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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong's new poverty line wins wary support

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... the Mandatory Provident Fund, the compulsory retirement saving scheme, as it was set up only in the past decade, and they are reluctant to turn to welfare. Stephen Fisher, director general of Oxfam Hong Kong and a member of the commission, said: "In Hong Kong, one of the main causes of poverty is being old. This should not be happening." Fisher, who was the director ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1102376/hong-kongs-new-poverty-line-just-first-step
  2. There can be no franchise on patriotism

    Posted May 16th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Hong Kong people have observed the first anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake with solemnity and pledges to continue assistance for the rebuilding programme. And, on June 4, ... Or better still, there will be an open debate. Meanwhile, in an open society like Hong Kong, it is shameful to suggest that there is only one correct form of patriotism. Stephen Vines is a Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/680405/there-can-be-no-franchise-patriotism
  3. No use making a show if you can't talk the walk

    Posted Jul 04th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines The sight of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen gingerly handling a display of canned foods provided a modicum of light relief in these troubled inflationary times. Indeed ... In other words, they want them to show and say. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643908/no-use-making-show-if-you-cant-talk-walk
  4. Fear of the unspeakable

    Posted Mar 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Insecurity is a terrible thing, and when it comes to insecurity over national identity, the repercussions are profound on a personal and a political level. These thoughts ... to the same objective. Political and moral cowardice is rarely a recipe for success. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/630819/fear-unspeakable
  5. Out of the bag

    Posted Dec 01st 2007, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Civic society is growing and, with it, calls for greater accountability - much to the annoyance of those in power, writes Stephen Vines It may be a stretch, but it's just possible ... it really want to wait until this opposition reaches boiling point? Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617837/out-bag
  6. HK ignoring children's views says UN

    Posted Sep 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Winnie Yeung

    ... Winnie Yeung The SAR government has been criticised by a United Nations committee for not doing enough to protect children's rights. Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher ... on the steps that have been taken to protect the city's children. At Tuesday's hearing, Mr Fisher said the government will set up a Children's Rights Forum by the end of the year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/517432/hk-ignoring-childrens-views-says-un
  7. 'No welfare' for HK-born children of mainlanders

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the children's parents on the mainland or appointed families were refusing to take care of the children unless they were subsidised, social welfare director Stephen Fisher said. Before February 1, senior social welfare officials were also empowered to approve the assistance for such children. Mr Fisher said he would not grant discretionary CSSA to children who were living apart from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629619/no-welfare-hk-born-children-mainlanders
  8. More delays looming on expat package bill

    Posted May 11th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... on expatriate packages. Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Stephen Fisher told the Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony yesterday that drafting of the bill was nearing completion. The bill was previously expected to be presented for lawmakers' consideration in March. Mr Fisher said some chambers of commerce, those from Europe and North America in particular, had recently voiced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/548283/more-delays-looming-expat-package-bill
  9. News - Hong Kong

    Defining how much one needs is next step in poverty issue

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... between the government and various NGOs and grassroots groups, said Commission on Poverty member Stephen Fisher, former director of the welfare department and current director-general of Oxfam ... and a child as 0.5 of the first adult. So, according to that scale, a household for two adults and two children would be equivalent to a household of 2.7 adults. But in Hong Kong, Fisher said the cost ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1102375/defining-how-much-one-needs-next-step-poverty-issue
  10. travellers' checks

    Posted Jun 24th 2007, 12:00am by Stephen McCarty

    ... Six and the city Amari is spoiling travellers for choice with a special package available at six of its 10 Bangkok properties: the Amari Boulevard Hotel, Amari Watergate Hotel & Spa, Amari Atrium Hotel, Amari Don Muang Airport Hotel, City Lodge Soi 19 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/597936/travellers-checks

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