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  1. Social welfare system prey to human nature

    Posted Apr 12th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I feel sorry for the veteran social worker, known only as Ms Cheng, who says she was pressured to resign after pointing out abuse of the medical fee waiver system ('Fees-abuse ... The authority carries most of the medicals costs and people still try to abuse the system. People are happy to use their own money to dine out, but they are unwilling to pay hospital fees if they get ...

  2. Separating two passionate belief systems

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... resulted in increased business- as reflected in the higher rental rates, as more people can walk about and visit the shops. Yes, a general sales tax will initially cost retail operators time, money ... reducing operating costs for businesses, but it will focus efforts on sales transactions, rather than rent and property prices. There would be true motivation to make Hong Kong attractive enough ...

  3. Letters

    Posted Nov 25th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... foundation (www.jobhuntforum.com) operates on an unpaid, voluntary basis. RALPH LEONARD, Getting Back To Work Foundation Proportional voting I am writing to correct an error concerning the UK electoral system that appeared in the letter headlined 'Preferential voting' (November 24). Preferential voting is not the norm in elections in Britain. Systems of proportional voting ...

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    China's state sport system has to change

    Posted Aug 14th 2012, 12:00am by LIJIA ZHANG

    ... Lijia Zhang says, however, it's no excuse for bias shown to China's Olympians Bad press aside, Chinese see need to revamp sport system If you take a quick look at the popular ... regard super performers like Ye as "cheats" or the product of the ruthless state-sports model copied from the Soviet Union. Under such a system, the government invests huge amounts ...

  5. Keeping bribery at bay crucial for our standing

    Posted Jun 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with anti-corruption rules. Its reputation suffered as a result of a bribery scandal involving British defence contractor BAE Systems; the country's position in the international corruption index has fallen to 17th, behind Japan and Hong Kong. By making British firms, those that operate in Britain, or companies anywhere in the world that have British business links liable, those poor ...

  6. Legal reforms 'gathering dust' in slow system

    Posted Apr 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... said. But the city still had an effective legal system, despite the slow reforms, he said. 'We don't have limited liability partnerships or higher rights of audience in Hong Kong, ...

  7. Beijing calls for co-operation with Taipei on islands

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com The mainland has urged cross-strait co-operation in protecting the sovereignty of disputed islands in the South China Sea, amid rising ... 'undisputable claim' to the Spratlys, but made no response to Yang's call for cross-strait co-operation. Taiwanese Foreign Ministry spokesman James Chang said the island's authorities had ...

  8. PLA given nod to lead anti-piracy operations

    Posted Sep 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... it be led, in any form, under any conditions. 'Our rule of thumb for overseas operations is independence and sovereignty,' he said. 'We won't tell other countries what to do, or be told what to do, and that principle will never change in our future anti-piracy operations.' He said that the policy partly stemmed from China's deep mistrust of Nato, which bombed ...

  9. Operator will not split revenue

    Posted Nov 28th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Ivan Zhai

    ... Anita Lam and Ivan Zhai The office to be set up by the three governments to operate the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge will not follow a share-holding structure which would allow members to split the bridge's revenue according to their investments, the transport minister says. Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said after meeting with Guangdong and Macau officials ...

  10. Travel advisory: our system is a disgrace

    Posted Mar 07th 2009, 12:00am by Alice Wu

    ... or of the terrorist and insurgent activities in places like the Philippines. Since the Thailand fiasco, Mr Lee has vowed to review the bureau's travel advisory system. Clearly, there is much room for improvement. Compared with other governments' systems, ours is disgraceful. The travel alerts issued by Mr Lee's bureau are overly simplistic and fail to provide information that Hong Kong ...




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