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  1. Government mulls rise in water fines

    Posted Jul 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Felix Chan Fines for people misusing the water supply and committing other offences such as installing water filters without permission could soar five-fold under proposals to bring ... Ordinance. The scale of the increase would be around 150 to 400 per cent. The maximum fine for people polluting water in reservoirs would increase from $20,000 to $50,000 and that for taking water ...

  2. Shortfall in pretrial resources an injustice for legal aid clients

    Posted Jan 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... defendants depend on legal aid. The lack of adequate criminal legal aid resources in Hong Kong is seriously limiting defendants' ability to defend themselves against a much more resourceful prosecution, creating a serious 'inequality of arms'. Our legal aid system does not provide resources for defendants to hire lawyers to do pretrial preparation. It only funds lawyers' ...

  3. Consensus needed on legal resources

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... common-law countries. The resources available for preparation of cases are at the centre of the dispute. Lawyers claim the fees barely cover their expenses, which makes them reluctant to take on too ... be at stake, the goal should be legal representation that matches the prosecution's. The government and Law Society must redouble efforts to reach consensus on resources and perhaps reforms ...

  4. Officials too slow in tackling water thefts, lawmakers say

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Colleen Lee colleen.lee@scmp.com Lawmakers blamed red tape, lax monitoring and weak enforcement by the Water Supplies Department for a loss of HK$160 million in water revenues last year. The losses, highlighted in the Director of Audit's report two weeks ago, were due to inaccurate metering and illegal use of water. The report was the focus of a Legislative Council Public ...

  5. Cargo ship seized in US$1.2m dispute freed

    Posted Jan 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis keith.wallis@scmp.com Admiralty judge Anselmo Reyes yesterday freed a dry cargo ship that had been under arrest since Christmas Day in a dispute over a charter hire agreement involving more than US$1.2 million. The 39,988 deadweight tonne dry ...

  6. Body found on top of water tank

    Posted Jul 08th 2010, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Detectives are investigating whether foul play was involved in the death of a man whose body was found on top of a water tank in Chai Wan public housing estate yesterday. The body of the man in his 50s was discovered in a kneeling position on the roof of the 2.4-metre-tall water tank on the ground floor of Lok Hing House at Hing Wah Estate at about 2.15pm. Police ...

  7. Woman's body found in water off Kwun Tong

    Posted Apr 06th 2010, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok Police are investigating the identity of a woman who was found dead in the sea off Kwun Tong. The woman, wearing pyjamas and aged 30 to 40, was found floating in the water by a worker in the Cha Kwo Ling public cargo area at about 1.20pm. She was confirmed dead at the scene but no identity documents were found. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. ...

  8. Water torture turns innocent ex-soldier blind in prison

    Posted Jul 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to drink 10 to 15 litres of tap water a day for nearly four months. The suffering of Qin Yingwei, 27, from Zanhuang county, is the latest embarrassment to law-enforcement authorities, whose ... drinking too much water. 'My stomach lost all sense of feeling and my body swelled,' he said. 'I told the officials about my health problems but got no response. They said I had ...

  9. City Digest

    Posted Jul 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 15 got dysentery on trip to Cambodia in June About 15 of the 32 people on a Wing On Travel tour fell ill with bacillary dysentery on a trip to Cambodia from June 13 to 17, the Centre for Health Protection. A woman, 58, was treated at Pok Oi Hospital, and ...

  10. Water thieves put stiffer fines on cards

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... government water last year was fined more than $4,800. The government lost 11.8 million litres- enough to fill 12 Olympic-size swimming pools- through such thefts last year. Stealing government water- for instance from fire hydrants or unauthorised pipe connections- carries a maximum penalty of just $5,000. The Water Supplies Department said it was carrying out a review to decide ...




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