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  1. Only public service broadcaster can provide quality television

    Posted Sep 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that is not television's role. It is the role of public service broadcasting, set down by the first director of the BBC, Lord Reith, in 1927. The role of commercial television is fundamentally the same ... countries in the world have public-service television services and Hong Kong cannot claim to be a world-class city until it is created here. The usual cry arises: 'Who will pay for it?' ...

  2. Vital signs good for public health service

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's public health services. This much is reassuring. But a workable solution will be found only if the government is able to master the art of consultation and persuasion. We do not need to ask the public what it wants from the health system. The community already enjoys high-quality services at low prices. It will not be inclined to vote for radical reforms, especially ...

  3. Our civil service needs true credibility

    Posted Apr 30th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... attraction as an employer. But fewer benefits and less political influence are now the norm for civil servants, according to the latest Public Service Commission report, which has raised alarms about ... public opprobrium often- sometimes unfairly- falls on the civil service, leading to questions about its integrity, quality and responsibility. This helps breed a corrosive cynicism about civil ...

  4. Talkback

    Posted Oct 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is public services like this that we trust. As a permanent resident, how can I vote, or who can I phone, to voice my implicit support for our proud firefighting force? Susannah Hirst, ... that should not be discussed publicly. Being a local secondary student, I agree that there is a need for sex education to be improved in Hong Kong. Our secondary schools do have sex education, ...

  5. Public interest key in post-service job review

    Posted Feb 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... servants. A consultation paper unveiled yesterday by a review committee on post-service employment raises a lot of questions for debate, but mostly leaves it to the public and stakeholders to weigh ... On paper, it generally compares well with regimes in other parts of the world known for the value they place on the integrity and impartiality of their civil services. In practice, however, ...

  6. Why complainers deserve a hearing

    Posted Jul 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... wanted a means of expressing his unhappiness to someone in authority. In this way, the Ombudsman's acceptance of even trivial complaints represents a public service. In the past, Hong Kong ... report. In future, the Ombudsman should concentrate on dealing with complaints from the public, not making complaints about the public. ...

  7. Backdown rescues lifeguards

    Posted Sep 30th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lifeguards are basking in victory after the government agreed to scrap plans to contract out the management of eight public swimming pools to private firms. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department made the announcement yesterday after meeting leaders of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Lifeguards' Union. The union had threatened to strike tomorrow - the National Day public ...

  8. Public consultation will focus on promoting mediation services

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong A public consultation on how to better promote and implement mediation services in the city will take place early next year, following the completion of a report this December, ... for legislation, Mr Wong said. The promotion of mediation has featured high on the government's agenda to promote Hong Kong as an international legal services hub. Mediation is also being championed ...

  9. Satellite system will cut response time to emergency calls

    Posted Feb 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Benjamin Wong People dialling for help will no longer need to give address Emergency calls for ambulances and firemen should get faster responses from this month, when the Fire Services ... a year, and the third-generation [system] is designed to meet the increased demands in the coming decade,' said Fire Services director Anthony Lam Chun-man yesterday. The system, which uses ...

  10. In Brief

    Posted Feb 20th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Road-safety campaign starts A police road-safety campaign targeting drivers of public service vehicles and goods vehicles will run from today until Tuesday. ...




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