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  1. Extend safety net for those in need

    Posted Mar 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the safety net of welfare services and budget relief measures. They do not pay tax- and, therefore, will not get tax rebates- nor are they welfare recipients, who will get bonus payments, or public ... hoc government fund for help is regrettable. Set up in 2010, amid growing discontent over the widening wealth gap, with a view to supplementing the existing safety net, the HK$10 billion ...

  2. A safety net ripped apart

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... and measures to lower the cost of electricity and public housing, among others. Critics said none of the initiatives will benefit the city's poorest nor those who fall outside the safety net. ...

  3. Safety warning for Japanese in HK

    Posted Sep 17th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Japanese people in Hong Kong have been warned to be alert to their safety amid anger over Tokyo's continued detention of the captain of a mainland vessel intercepted near the Diaoyu Islands. The warning from Japan's consulate in Hong Kong was made ahead of a protest tomorrow at which hundreds of activists are expected to march to mark the 79th ...

  4. Firefighter strike threat over shift cuts

    Posted Mar 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com Firefighters might work to rule or even take to the streets if no consensus is reached with the government when they meet on Monday over a proposed reduction in night shifts. Chairman of the Fire Services Department Staffs G ...

  5. Mainland system still in need of a safety valve

    Posted Jun 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... government is well aware of the need to resolve people's problems. This can be seen, for example, in its swift reaction to the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. But the system still lacks a safety ...

  6. Better ferry piers, not safety net needed, say lawmakers

    Posted Apr 24th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Legislators yesterday criticised a government plan to allow the two operators of outlying islands ferry routes to apply for up to HK$120 million in public funds over three years to offset maintenance costs and, in effect, subsidise fare increas ...

  7. Diaoyu protest ship halted 'for its own safety'

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... office had played a role. Mr Tsang said officials had a duty to ensure Hongkongers' safety, and pointed to an incident last June when the Japanese navy sank a vessel being used by Taiwanese ...

  8. Should the government be responsible for ensuring food safety?

    Posted Sep 24th 2008, 12:00am by Ronald Ling, Anthea Wong

    ... the government of not doing enough to ensure food safety, but I have a different view. It can be argued that the government collects taxes from citizens and hence it should ensure food safety. I agree a sound government should help ensure food safety. But the government can only conduct spot checks on food products or stop the smuggling of unsafe food ingredients. In other words, ...

  9. Safety net

    Posted Oct 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Insurance agents want the government to speed up bringing in a compensation fund. Would you like to see something similar to the guarantee scheme for bank depositors to protect policyholders? Write to us. ...

  10. Safety net

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

    ... The government acted to protect American International Assurance customers' interests as the financial crisis deepened. Is a compensation fund needed for policyholders if their insurance firm folds? Write to us. ...




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