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  1. Nurses, patients returning to public system amid economic downturn

    Posted Dec 17th 2008, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... hospitals had seen a rise in the number of patients in recent months, she said. She suggested the economic downturn could be driving a shift by patients from private to public hospitals, ... Amy Nip More nurses and patients are returning to public hospitals from the private sector, the Hospital Authority says. In the past week, the authority had recruited more than 10 nurses ...

  2. Tax cut the wrong move during a serious economic crisis

    Posted Nov 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... will leave people with more cash in their pockets. Why they should also benefit from lower income tax is a mystery. Companies making profits should also contribute to the public coffers, after all ... economy, rather than their current crowd-pleasers, the public and the administration should politely but firmly advise them to shut up. Martin Brinkley, Ma Wan ...

  3. Public shied from stock market in dismal first half, says SFC report

    Posted Jul 16th 2008, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Institutional investors remained active while retail investors shied away from the stock market in the first half of this year, according to the Securities and Futures Commission. The SFC's first-half market review shows that institutional ...

  4. Public Eye

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... with Michael Chugani mickchug@gmail.com Would you like a tax rise with those fries? Okay, we're done with hurling marshmallows. Public Eye is now going to play hardball. We've ... income by propping up their slave wages with handouts. That's right, employers want to use your tax dollars to subsidise them. But even if we use the public purse to dole out dollars ...

  5. China must help itself... for the US' sake

    Posted Dec 01st 2008, 12:00am by Michael Pettis

    ... It must pay for its own domestic spending to fight off a sharp economic slowdown at home. The US, they conclude, must convince China, with its huge foreign currency reserves, to choose to fund US ... There is no trade-off. The root of the economic and financial crisis has been the capital and trade relationship between the US and China. Any adjustment in one part of the relationship must automatically force ...

  6. Giveaway does not take away need for reform

    Posted Feb 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... come up with a variety of ways to return wealth to the people. He was, however, reluctant to make longer-term commitments on spending, especially with dark economic clouds on the horizon ... accounts, with funding enhanced annually, in cycles of five to 10 years. Only then can we spend more on long-term social programmes, instead of holding them hostage to the economic cycle. ...

  7. Public Eye

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... with Michael Chugani Will the authorities ban Mia Farrow? Let us tell you about Yusuf Islam. Before he became a Muslim he was known as Cat Stevens, the British pop star. His Muslim name got him in trouble in September 2004 when he was denied entry to the ...

  8. Uneven distribution of wealth leads to low public confidence

    Posted Jul 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I find it intriguing that people are so deeply concerned about Hong Kong's economy ('Public satisfaction with economy hits new low', July 3), even though the University ... economy such as Hong Kong. So why is public confidence so low? I would say that this is mainly because of the uneven distribution of income earned in our economy. GDP growth can only reflect ...

  9. Web index tracks real-time health, economic impact of air pollution

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai An index believed to be the first anywhere to offer continuous, real-time measurement of the economic and health impacts of air pollution was launched yesterday in Hong Kong ... of community medicine and school of public health in conjunction with independent think-tank Civic Exchange, to improve public awareness of the consequences of air pollution. They also hope ...

  10. Address vested interests first before asking public to dig deep

    Posted Apr 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (1999) noted that consultants and management took a lion's share of the Hospital Authority's budget. It accurately predicted that the rivalry between the public and private sectors ... to the public by coercive means such as mandatory health insurance and medical savings? Unless these issues are dealt with properly, any talk about health-care-finance reform would be preposterous. ...




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