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  1. News - Hong Kong - SPORT

    Call to change rules on SAR passport to soccer

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 03:54am by MICHAEL DE WAAL-MONTGOMERY

    ... Michael de Waal-Montgomery michael.dewaalmontgomery @scmp.com Football chief's appeal after HK-born player surrenders British passport Call to change rules on SAR passport to soccer ... the latest in a wave of players to swap their original passports for a Hong Kong SAR passport so they could qualify for the city's team. "It is good that players are prepared to rescind ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543768/call-change-rules-sar-passport-soccer
  2. News - Hong Kong - ELECTORAL REFORM

    ‘You moved the goals’: Scholarism protest government’s political reform reports

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:02pm

    ... and the public can also start a dialogue [with local government], but what we need more is a conversation with Beijing. Ultimately, the right to make a decision is vested in the central but not the SAR ... consultation Student group Scholarism accused the government of “moving the goals” as it protested on Wednesday against two reports on political reform. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555340/you-moved-goals-scholarism-protest-governments-political-reform
  3. Wen says the nation is strengthened

    Posted Jul 01st 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Elaine Wu, Joseph Lo

    ... in the fight against Sars. The group were yesterday honoured with bravery awards by the government. Mr Wen talked to surviving family members, many of who were reduced to tears. Lo Wing-lok, ... He praises the brave deeds of those who helped to fight Sars and says Hong Kong is bouncing back from its terrible ordeal The Chinese nation has become stronger as a result of the fight ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420284/wen-says-nation-strengthened
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Does Beijing intend to weaken powers of the Hong Kong government?

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 12:43pm by Frank Ching

    ... did not include an SAR government with executive power. Evidently, in the wake of the Sino-British talks, Beijing decided to vest executive power in the Hong Kong government. This is affirmed ... Frank Ching Frank Ching says a close reading of the white paper hints at Beijing's wish to take back the executive power it granted to the SAR Ruling party In the late 1970s, Britain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1534593/does-beijing-intend-weaken-powers-hong-kong-government
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MACROSCOPE

    Our minds are preoccupied with tiny risks, ignoring the real challenges

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 02:51pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... David Dodwell From Ebola and Sars to flying and nuclear power, emotional responses distract us from dealing with the larger threats that we face Risk appraisal the key casualty when we ... I recall the same phenomenon clearly from our awful experience in Hong Kong of Sars. When people died of Sars, their death was recorded as due to pneumonia. But the 2003 data shows no recognisable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1581134/our-minds-are-preoccupied-tiny-risks-ignoring-real
  6. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    City says overall market sustainability must govern granting of TV licences

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:30am by JULIE CHU

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Government counsel tells court HKTV was rejected due to changing ad market ‘Holistic approach needed’ for TV licences In the face of a shrinking and changing media advertising scene, the government must consider market sustainability as a whole when deciding whether to issue new television licences, the Court of First Instance heard yesterday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581873/city-says-overall-market-sustainability-must-govern-granting-tv
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    When the Hong Kong government becomes the problem

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 04:46am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com When government becomes the problem People like to talk about "core values" as those which make a society like Hong Kong succeed or different from ... on those pillar institutions. But those same institutions, devised in another century, are proving to be inadequate, and we are doing a very poor job of rebuilding them. A functioning government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1581903/when-hong-kong-government-becomes-problem
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Record HK$413 billion defence budget sought by Japanese government

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 06:51pm by KRISTINE KWOK

    ... Kristine Kwok kristine.kwok@scmp.com Japanese government requests HK$413 billion in defence spending for shopping list that includes patrol planes and hi-tech submarine Abe asks for record military budget Japan's government has requested a record defence budget and is also seeking a big increase in spending on diplomacy to counter the growing influence of China. The defence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581800/japan-defence-ministry-asks-record-budget-amid-china-naval-fears
  9. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Law empowers government to decide on TV licensing bids, court told

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:22am by JULIE CHU

    ... empowers government' to decide on TV bids The law allowed the government the discretion to decide which broadcasting operators would receive free-to-air television licences, ... to make the final decision on the licensing issue, barrister Benjamin Yu SC, representing the government, said. There was a need for the Chief Executive in Council to consider the public interest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581521/law-empowers-government-decide-tv-licensing-bids-court-told
  10. Business - Economy - DEBT

    Local governments can replace costly debt, finance minister says

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 01:14am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Beijing urges swap into cheaper bonds Local governments can swap some of their high-interest debt for cheaper municipal bonds, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said, a move ... the amount of money borrowed by regional governments by ensuring that all their debt was accounted for in their budgets. Regional governments are responsible for the bulk of public spending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581589/local-governments-can-replace-costly-debt-finance-minister-says

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