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Single mothers from mainland plead their case to stay in city with children

A group of 15 mainland single mothers yesterday appealed to lawmakers to issue them with single-entry permits that would enable them to stay in the city and bring up their Hong Kong resident children.

Friday, 8 October, 2010, 12:00am

Illegal jobs scam uncovered in joint swoop on fake ID syndicate

The Immigration Department and mainland authorities, in the first case of its kind, have cracked a syndicate that arranged for mainlanders to enter Hong Kong with legitimate travel documents then provided them with fake identity cards and helped them find work in local restaurants.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


We can turn new cultural district into a major tourist attraction

I am grateful to Sir David Tang for initiating the forum on April 18 on the West Kowloon Cultural District ('New cultural district needs autonomy, experts say', April 19).

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Not comparing like with like when looking at visa rules on mainland

I refer to Terry Scott's letter ('Official should explain visa difficulties', April 12).

He asks why he cannot get to the mainland as easily as the mainland residents get to Hong Kong, even though he is a permanent Hong Kong resident.

19 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Shenzhen visas move should be welcomed

Restrictions on entry to Hong Kong have meant that freedom of movement between the city and the mainland has been largely one-way traffic - going north - since the handover. It is inconceivable that it could remain that way until the city ceases to be a special administrative region of China in 2047. Greater integration with the mainland is inevitable.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Guangdong residents may get electronic entry permits

Guangdong residents would be allowed to enter Hong Kong with electronic permits to ease the flow of people between the province and the city under a proposal by a policy think-tank.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am


HK can learn from Taiwan's election

I refer to the letter by Peter Lok regarding Taiwan's presidential election ('Taiwan model not for HK', April 4).

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Short-stay visas no longer available at border checkpoints

Foreign passport holders will not be issued short-stop visas at border checkpoints as part of a series of entry restrictions imposed by mainland authorities last week.

The move, in addition to a ban on multiple-entry visas, was revealed by local travel agents as security tightens ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Multi-entry visa ban until after Games

Hurdle to mainland trips for frequent travellers

Beijing has stopped issuing multiple-entry visas, risking major inconvenience to foreigners who travel to the mainland regularly, especially on business. Hong Kong travel agents say the ban will stay in place until after the Olympic Games.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


Talks with fast food industry can cut waste

Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah has appealed to Hong Kong people to cut down on the amount of waste they generate in order to reduce pressure on our limited landfill facilities. However, some glaring examples of waste generation require a collective solution and this can only be achieved through public programmes.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


Leaders doing nothing to clean up filthy air

Wolfgang Ehmann makes an excellent point - each individual must contribute to a clean environment ('Dispelling some myths about incinerators', March 20). But I disagree with his conclusion, that sustainability is not only having the right leader wisely choose the right solution.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Rosy picture of teaching is not from this world

I listened with amusement to a government advertisement broadcast recently on the radio about what a 21st-century teacher is like.

Predictably, he or she is innovative in teaching, being able to interact with students in class. But that's not all.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Children need old-fashioned discipline

G. Gaia ('Physical and verbal child abuse knows no social boundaries', March 11) argues that the old saying 'Spare the rod and spoil the child' does not work any more and that children who are beaten tend to be rebellious.

However, what we have seen in recent years is completely the opposite.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Citizen bane

What, exactly, is the status of permanent residents in Hong Kong? Legislator Howard Young has provided a timely reminder of this question by tabling a motion at the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to give permanent residents the same ease of access to the mainland as that of Hong Kong's Chinese citizens.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Released reporter keen to cover Olympics, despite family's fears

Freed journalist Ching Cheong wants to go to Beijing to cover the Olympics, as he continues his career in reporting China's news after being released from a mainland prison.

He would also like to help resolve any crisis between the mainland and Taiwan if war broke out.

'The Olympics has been the Chinese people's dream for a century,' he said.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am