Polly Hui

Public more aware of welfare cheats

The increase in the number of substantiated cases of social welfare fraud in recent years was partly due to greater public awareness, labour minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday.

Thursday, 17 April, 2008, 12:00am

140 aim to climb in Cheung Chau bun festival

About 140 people have applied to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to participate in the Cheung Chau Bun Scrambling Competition next month. The applicants include 12 Cheung Chau residents, according to a spokesman for the department. The contest begins on May 3, and 12 finalists will climb a tower in the race for buns at midnight on May 12.

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Shoppers admit they could halve their use of plastic bags

More than 70 per cent of consumers admitted that they could have used two to three fewer plastic bags on each visit to wet markets, a survey by Greeners Action has revealed.

A total of 974 people were interviewed at three wet markets last month. The survey showed they had used 2,653 plastic bags.

29 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

29 ordinances passed into law but never enforced, report shows

Twenty-nine ordinances enacted in or before 2004 contained provisions that have yet to be enforced, a submission by the government to the Legislative Council has shown.

The paper, to be discussed at today's meeting of the administration of justice and legal services panel, showed that the oldest ordinance dated to the 1960s.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Relax ban on barristers' adverts, judiciary urges

The judiciary has urged the Bar Association to seriously consider relaxing the ban on barristers' advertising to enable public access to information on their expertise and fees.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

White workers way ahead in minorities' pay

Thais at bottom of wage scale

A white person can earn on average five to seven times more than an Indonesian, Nepali or Thai employed other than as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, the latest by-census report on ethnic minorities reveals.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Old days not always so good for ICAC

It has been a time for reflection for staff of the Independent Commission Against Corruption ahead of the official opening of its new headquarters in North Point tomorrow.

For some officers, flipping through the old records moved from their former headquarters in Admiralty has revealed how much their work and society have changed over the past few decades.

7 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Teenage girl sentenced for indecent conduct

A 17-year-old girl was given an 18-month probation order yesterday after she and her younger sister, 16, assaulted a 12-year-old girl and took pictures of her naked in Tin Shui Wai two years ago. The sisters were each convicted of indecent conduct towards a child and a count of common assault.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Drivers in court over kidnap attempt

Two men who allegedly attempted to kidnap former Urban Council chairman Leung Ting-pong appeared yesterday at the Eastern Court. Brandi Chiang Sai-wah, 47, and Jimmy Wong Hon-wai, 31, were charged with conspiring with others to detain Mr Leung against his will on November 6 in Causeway Bay with the intention of procuring a ransom or benefit for his liberation.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Students protest over quality of courses

About 40 students yesterday protested against what they say is a drop in the quality of associate degree programmes after the transfer of 112 teaching staff from City University's community college.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Bureau urged to make more schools go green

The Education Bureau was urged yesterday to force primary schools to introduce environment-friendly methods for storing and eating lunch, after results of a survey showed nearly 40 per cent of them are still using styrofoam lunchboxes and plastic utensils.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Autistic boy dies after running back into burning block of flats

A 10-year-old autistic boy left with his 14-year-old sister was killed yesterday when, after the two had escaped a fire at their home in Tseung Kwan O, he ran back into the building.

The tragedy prompted a veteran psychiatrist to call on parents to take to the streets against inadequate social services for autistic children and their families.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

One last trip down Theatre Lane and cinema will be a memory

Nostalgic couples who courted in Queen's Theatre 40 years ago have a final chance to share two hours in the stalls today before the cinema in Central turns up the lights for the last time.

Staff said the cinema would show Taiwanese director Ang Lee's Lust, Caution at the usual times - noon, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Rethink urged over hawker permits

Legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee yesterday urged the government to reconsider the decision to stop issuing hawker licences. In her Letter to Hong Kong on RTHK, the Civic Party leader appealed to the secretary for development to stop bulldozing Mong Kok's 'Sneaker Street' and Wan Chai's open-air market. 'We should revisit this policy.

13 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Lawmaker criticises mixed messages over historic village

A legislator expressed frustration yesterday at what she said were confusing signals given by the government and the Urban Renewal Authority on redevelopment plans for Hong Kong's oldest urban village.

6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am