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  1. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    The mystery of border enclave Luk Keng's 'special administrative region'

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:21am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... village is a "special administrative" region of sorts. It lies within a country park but is also part of the village area- known officially as the "village environs". ... is zoned for conservation. Parts are privately owned, but those owners have never prevented access to the public. There are no signs warning visitors to stay away. For years, the area outside ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Should public libraries pay royalties?

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 03:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... and culture as a platform for education, leisure and information. Its success owes much to building up a rich collection of works made available for free public use. In Hong Kong, libraries ... the government to introduce a public lending right, under which libraries pay royalties for books lent out. Their rationale is simple: readers are less likely to buy when books can be readily enjoyed ...

  3. News - China - HEALTH

    Health officials raise 'outbreak' concerns amid low public confidence in Chinese vaccines

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 06:38pm by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong hong.zhang@scmp.com Expert says public vaccination rates have risen very slowly, leaving many people vulnerable to disease Public confidence in Chinese-made vaccines has ... slowly over the past four months amid lingering doubts over safety. We aim to restore the public’s confidence in [domestically]-made vaccinations and stop the declining trend Li Quanle, health ...

  4. Focus on public administration

    Posted Feb 12th 2011, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... profound political, administrative and socio-economic changes. Public managers need to be equipped with the latest knowledge, skills and toolkits in public policy and management in order to deal with the challenges,' says Dr Peter Cheung, programme director for the master of public administration degree offered by the University of Hong Kong. The curriculum covers theory and practice of subject areas ...

  5. Public doctors to meet minister over administration 'chaos'

    Posted Aug 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang and Eva Wu Doctors' representatives will meet the health minister on Monday to complain about 'chaotic administration' by the Hospital Authority after 16 doctors resigned from an authority consultative body in a pay-cut row. One of the representatives, Public Doctors' Association president Ho Pak-leung, said they hoped Secretary for Food and Health ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR RIGHTS

    Union demands government approves statutory 17 public holidays to all Hong Kong workers

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 05:08pm by Ada Lee

    ... of statutory holidays in Hong Kong to 17, so all workers would be entitled to every public holiday. As many in the city began a four-day weekend to mark Easter yesterday, the Confederation of Trade ... receives 12 statutory public holidays by law, but it is up to employers to decide whether they will give workers five other "bank holidays", including Good Friday and Easter Monday. ...

  7. News - World - SECRECY

    Obama administration admits secretly accessing decades of phone records

    Posted Sep 03rd 2013, 12:00am by NYT

    ... slides were given to peace activist Drew Hendricks in response to public information requests to police agencies. The programme appears to have been started in 2007 and has been carried out in great secrecy. The Obama administration acknowledged the extraordinary scale of the Hemisphere database and the unusual embedding of AT&T employees in government drug units in three states. ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing should loosen the reins on Leung administration

    Posted Aug 14th 2013, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... publicly shunted aside on such a key issue cost him tremendous credibility, a blow from which his administration never recovered. There is a real danger that the same thing will happen to the Leung administration, which has suffered from low public approval since assuming office. From Beijing's standpoint, 2017 is still four years away and there is no urgency to deal with the matter. ...

  9. News - China

    State Oceanic Administration sued over oil production in spill-hit Bohai Bay

    Posted Aug 05th 2013, 03:54pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) is being sued for allowing US oil major ConocoPhillips to resume production after spills off northern China in 2011, state media reported on Monday. The Global Times newspaper, affiliated with the ruling Communist Party, said the SOA confirmed it was being pursued for administrative misconduct. ...

  10. News - World - SECURITY

    Obama bids to win back public trust with changes to NSA's collection of phone records

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 04:11am by Reuters

    ... by the National Security Agency but allow the government to access the metadata when needed, a senior administration official said. If Congress approves, the Obama administration would stop collecting ... ending the government's role in controlling the database, the official said. The administration would renew the metadata programme until Congress passed new authorising legislation, ...




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