Tension after village leader dies in custody

The death of a suspected riot leader in police custody has fanned tensions between villagers and police in the already restive Wukan village of Guangdong.

Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 12:00am

10 years is too long to enforce the law

Hong Kong frequently proves that what goes up can just as easily come down, no matter where it is located. The old Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Ritz-Carlton in Central were cases in point - it was as if one day they were there, the next they were not.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

School rules

Hong Kong's school reforms of 2004 give a wide range of powers to the incorporated management committee (IMC) that each aided school is required to establish.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

6 years to enforce change at 1 house

Legal enforcement against the construction of village houses above three levels in the New Territories has seldom been successful. However, a rare instance of the government's success has highlighted the onerous hurdles that officials face, as they seek to enforce the law amid a looming crackdown.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Checks on village voters and candidates must be carried out

Ever since the first New Territories village resident representative elections took place in 2007, I have been asking the government for a clear interpretation of what is meant by 'sole or main home', which defines a person's residency status in the Village Representative Election Ordinance (CAP 576).

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Few women take part in elections

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Flat owners furious as plan to redevelop is hit by height limit

Homeowners who banded together to sell their low-rise apartment blocks to a developer say their plans are being stymied by a building height restriction imposed by the Town Planning Board.

About 50 angry owners of Kai Tak Mansion in Kowloon Bay who attended a press conference yesterday accused the government of giving them false hope.

10 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Village candidates win uncontested seats

Uncontested victories were declared yesterday for 943 candidates in the village representative elections, among the 1,753 who filed valid nominations. Twenty candidades have withdrawn from the race, and three nominations have been declared void. Voting will be held over the first four Sundays of next month.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

We must not lose sight of ultimate Legco aim

In June, Hong Kong witnessed momentous political change with the passing of the constitutional reform package after co-operation between the administration, a faction of the pan-democrats and implicit support from Beijing. The reforms included the addition of five new functional constituency seats.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Television puts blind prodigy in sight of Lang Lang

Renowned mainland pianist Lang Lang is used to being admired around the world, so little did he know two years ago when he first met child prodigy Lai Jiajun (pictured) that he would be treated like 'a television set'.

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Fast-food chain dusts off collection to recall days of McToy mania

It's been 35 years since Hong Kong first tasted the Big Mac and the Fillet-O-Fish. But for most local folk, McDonald's is more than a happy meal - there's the toys created for special promotions. The fast-food chain celebrated its anniversary with a media event yesterday at one of its oldest branches in the city, on Smithfield Road in Kennedy Town.

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Singer cuts to the Chace and starts a family

Almost exactly nine months after getting married in a big ceremony, singer Kelly Chen Wai-lam gave birth to a 2.7kg boy at Canossa Hospital last Friday morning. Clearly the entertainer, who was married on October 2, wasted no time to start a family with husband Alex Lau Kin-ho.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Wrestling with pay

Disgruntled police officers called off their protest march last Sunday following the personal pledge by their commissioner, Tang King-shing, to fight for an early, backdated implementation of the recommendations in the grade structure review. At the same time, they placed an advert in newspapers explaining to the public their side of the dispute.

1 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Unions should accept findings of pay study

In good times, civil servants benefit from the pay-trend survey that forms the basis for their annual adjustments - a safeguard for pay and conditions that are envied by the rest of the community. In bad times, it is reasonable, therefore, to expect them to accept that when private-sector pay is going down - as it has been - their annual adjustment should reflect that, too.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Locals show colour of money for colourful fashion collection

People might not have as much money as they used to, but presented with limited-edition in-demand sale items, Hongkongers surely will find a way to buy, buy, buy. That's what the two local H&M flagship stores in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui experienced last Thursday when their hyped-up Matthew Williamson for H&M collection went on sale.

28 Apr 2009 - 12:00am