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  1. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Local concerns complicate hopes of a cap on visitors

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:21am by Tammy Tam

    ... did not mention in public was that the government's talks with mainland authorities were proving far from easy, as they involved officials in many provinces and an array of local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1480936/local-concerns-complicate-hopes-cap-visitors
  2. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    In politics, the pursuit of perfection may be all in vain

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 05:05am by Tammy Tam

    ... setting a timetable for the later introduction of an "ideal" or "ultimate" arrangement? Beijing has now made clear that it stands firmly against the public and political parties playing a part in nominating chief executive candidates, opening a huge gap with the pan-democrats who cite so-called public nomination as a precondition for an agreement. The Basic Law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1450199/politics-pursuit-perfection-may-be-all-vain
  3. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Is financial chief John Tsang ready for a budget backlash?

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 04:45am by Gary Cheung

    ... Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying also doubled the annual value of vouchers under the Elderly Health Care Voucher Scheme for people aged 70 or above to HK$2,000, costing the public purse an extra ... government"- a situation in which a country's economy grows more slowly than its spending on public policy and welfare benefits- was one of the most popular topics for discussion among social ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1433756/financial-chief-john-tsang-ready-budget-backlash
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CITY BEAT

    Zhang Dejiang gives political warriors plenty to chew on

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 04:28am by Tammy Tam

    ... in accordance with the Basic Law. And nurturing public support is vital for Beijing. While the omission of references to "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" and a "high degree ... arising from pan-democrats' insistence that the public and political parties get to nominate chief executive hopefuls is getting the consultation on reform nowhere. Meanwhile, Beijing's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1444584/zhang-dejiang-gives-political-warriors-plenty-chew
  5. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Expect more clues on 'bottom line' for electoral reform

    Posted Mar 03rd 2014, 05:17am by Tammy Tam

    ... executive candidates by the public and political parties- which have been criticised by mainland academics as contravening the Basic Law. And prominent Basic Law expert Rao Geping will be in town ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1438799/expect-more-clues-bottom-line-electoral-reform
  6. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Time to make Hong Kong a party town

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 04:54am by Tammy Tam

    ... While that incident may have triggered the announcement, Lau said the idea of a party did not come to the kuk overnight. And whatever the public thinks of the kuk's decision to set up ... Secretary Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, in which he expressed doubts about whether the pan-democrats' two favoured methods of nominating chief executive hopefuls- nomination by the public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1429107/time-make-hong-kong-party-town
  7. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Middle class finds it's all give, no take

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 05:08am by Tammy Tam

    ... ran up serious mortgage debts as their homes plummeted in value, while those in public housing remained debt free. Under tremendous pressure, then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa felt the urgent ... but they are not eligible for any "takes" as they cope with soaring property prices, expensive private health care and a disappointing education system. Middle-class instability could also lead to social ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1409218/middle-class-finds-its-all-give-no-take
  8. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Conflict between Leung Chun-ying and John Tsang Chun-wah can spur debate on city's future

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 04:30am by Tammy Tam

    ... of the exchequer Gordon Brown years ago? Or does it simply reflect a division of views, not only between the two, but among the public. It could be either or both, but what matters is whether ... weeks, Leung and his top aides have been busy taking every opportunity to convince the public the increased spending is affordable in the long term, on the basis that the money will be used ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1414389/conflict-between-leung-chun-ying-and-john-tsang-chun-wah-can-spur
  9. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Don't let hospital drama undermine our faith in system

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by Tammy Tam

    ... valuable thing in life? Good health of course. So providing high-quality, professional public health services to citizens is what people legitimately expect from any government. But how can we ... a high standard of public health care. But when Health Secretary Ko Wing-man returned from his summer break a week ago, he found himself facing a big challenge which, if not handled properly, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1306460/dont-let-hospital-drama-undermine-our-faith-system
  10. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Government plans united approach to beat poverty

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:59am by Tammy Tam

    ... this government-NGO-business model aims to promote the spirit of helping others and arouse greater public awareness of the city's disparities, through its official slogan "helping those in need is a blessing ... the government." Bless Hong Kong has received an initially warm welcome from the community, but questions have been raised on whether it will end up as a publicity stunt for the government. It is normal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1404045/government-plans-united-approach-beat-poverty

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