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Street cleaners send waste for recycling to landfills

Government-paid street sweepers have been caught emptying recycling bins and dumping their contents with general waste destined for landfills.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 5:39am

Crazy thinking will damage MTR further down the line

The idea that fare increases should be denied if services are not up to a standard deemed satisfactory by some nebulous panel is alien to any rational concept of how a public service corporation works.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:21am 6 comments

New Shanghai mayor vows to treat city's problems as 'a citizen'

Shanghai's new mayor, Yang Xiong, said yesterday he understood the "inadequacies" of public services as "a citizen" of the mainland's commercial hub.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:48am

Government should investigate DBC Radio saga

DBC Radio's special week-long broadcast, initiated by its former hosts and staff after its official closure last week, might come to an end sooner than expected following an application to the High Court by some shareholders to put the company into liquidation.

23 Oct 2012 - 1:05pm 2 comments

China's health spending reform an encouraging sign

Important policy announcements tend to dry up as the mainland prepares for a once-in-a-decade leadership change. It is good to see that health care for the nation's 1.3 billion people is an exception. The Ministry of Health has announced a 30 to 40 per cent increase in health spending as a proportion of GDP by 2020, raising it from the current 4.9 per cent to 6.5 to 7 per cent.

10 Sep 2012 - 2:04am

Competition bill in danger of losing

If evidence is needed to demonstrate the government's lack of political will to act for the benefit of the wider community, the fair competition bill now languishing in the Legislative Council is an example. First floated 16 years ago, the blueprint seeking to outlaw anti-competitive market behaviour faces growing resistance from the business lobby.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Ombudsman to probe water metering, billing

The Ombudsman received more than 100 complaints a year against the Water Supplies Department for the past three years over its management of water meters.

The good-governance watchdog is launching an investigation into the department's practices.

The investigation will look into its procedures regarding water meters, and the issuing and adjusting of bills.

11 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

No excuse for letting the city's historic postboxes dwindle away

I refer to the letter from Mary Chung, for the postmaster general ('Postbox too badly damaged', February 18), in which she responded to my letter ('Historic mailbox's last post', February 11).

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Talkback

Should firemen get a pay rise?

Why are we deliberating on whether or not to give Hong Kong firemen a raise?

That they need to protest to obtain better equipment and more staff, after having their requests turned down by 'a government advisory body' ('Firemen may stage protest over pay', October 7), reflects extremely poorly on Hong Kong as a civilised city.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

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