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  1. Arts Festival richest ever with HK$14m boost

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Oliver Chou

    ... with the money in advance for certain tasks.' News of the increase in taxpayer cash drew mixed reactions in the arts sector, particularly as a review is under way of funding administered by the Home Affairs Bureau for nine major performing arts groups. The chairman of one of those groups, Y.S. Liu of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, said: 'We have conveyed to the government our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/727923/arts-festival-richest-ever-hk14m-boost
  2. Beijing's pronouncements on transparency ring a little hollow

    Posted Aug 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... political parties', citizens' organisations and news media to work together to 'strengthen society's supervision of the government'. The author of another commentary ... it seemed like a man punching his own arm. The official Xinhua news agency quoted Zhou Hanhua, a legal expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as calling the circular a strategic move ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/975619/beijings-pronouncements-transparency-ring-little-hollow
  3. Embarrassing designs finally eradicated at world landmark

    Posted Nov 07th 2009, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... 'It's great news, because those images were just embarrassing,' designer Jay Foss Cole, of the ChinaStylus creative studio, said yesterday. 'This is a city which has some of the best ... attractions be removed or at least replaced with something stylish. Several designers weighed in with alternatives that would improve the visual pleasure of the thousands who use the route each day. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697595/embarrassing-designs-finally-eradicated-world-landmark
  4. Society wants curb on excessive banquet spending

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo Mandy.zuo@scmp.com The Jiu San Society, one of the mainland's eight non-communist parties, will submit a proposal at this year's annual meeting of the Chinese ... expenses accounted for 18.6 per cent of the mainland's total fiscal spending in 2009, and spending on banquets alone has reached 300 billion yuan a year, The Beijing News reported. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/994301/society-wants-curb-excessive-banquet-spending
  5. News - China - POLITICS

    ‘Make it short!’: reports of verbose official’s dressing down censored

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 02:15pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... a tacit understanding that news like this is among the must-delete category.” The New York Times China blog cited an anonymous Beijing-based web editor who said the reason the stories had been ... management office came to us and demanded that we take it down.” A news editor at the website Tencent, who asked not to be named, said: “We received orders to delete that news, but they didn’t tell ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1448515/make-it-short-reports-verbose-officials-dressing-down-censored
  6. News - China - POLITICS

    'I'll break your legs if you go into business': former president's career advice to children

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 01:02pm by DARREN WEE

    ... Darren Wee darren.wee@scmp.com Li Xiannian was clear he wanted his offspring to avoid becoming officials, rich or famous, his daughter tells newspaper Former president Li Xiannian warned his children he would break their legs if they went into business, according to a mainland news report. Li’s daughter, Li Xiaolin, said her father was a strict parent who wanted his children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1450678/ill-break-your-legs-if-you-go-business-former-presidents-career-advice
  7. Murdoch fallout tests press freedom

    Posted May 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The media wear many hats, some of them seemingly trite, others essential for society's well-being. Whenever it is perceived as having failed its job, the media's most important ... and politicians, hacked in pursuit of stories. The fallout for the media chief's British operations, News International, has been immense. Readers have lost trust, millions of pounds have been paid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000052/murdoch-fallout-tests-press-freedom
  8. Fears raised by plan for media watchdogs

    Posted Nov 11th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... The volunteers would be recruited from all sectors of society, with about half holding degrees. Some criticisms have been targeted at Wu Hao, the high-profile deputy chief of the provincial propaganda ... of the 'investigators' had been hand-picked by Wu and his department. Wu organised a news briefing on Monday to calm fears over the new scheme. 'A volunteer supervision mechanism is for self-discipline, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697943/fears-raised-plan-media-watchdogs
  9. News reports at the time painted vivid picture of plots and uprisings

    Posted Oct 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a representative of the South China Morning Post learned yesterday that it was computed that no fewer than five hundred supposed members of secret societies had recently arrived in the Colony from ... of these men, but nothing had eventuated to warrant any interference.' The uprising- also known as Yellow Flower Mound revolt- was crushed when news of it leaked beforehand and more than 80 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/981327/news-reports-time-painted-vivid-picture-plots-and-uprisings
  10. Grand ceremony today to celebrate 30 years of reform

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai

    ... their memories of the last 30 years with the PLA's newspaper. Mainland democratic parties also marked the anniversary. The Jiusan Society, a scholars-based party, announced a brief celebration ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/664202/grand-ceremony-today-celebrate-30-years-reform

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