Hypocrisy of officials' power play

Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah is calling for a review of the controversial 'control agreements' used by the power companies in light of proposed price increases from CLP Power and Hongkong Electric.

SCMP, Dec. 18

Tuesday, 20 December, 2011, 12:00am

Tight squee ze

Felix Yau has understood the value of time from a young age. His father bought him his first watch, a Seiko Lassale, for his sixth birthday and since then he has made it his business to be on time - particularly in his professional life as a lawyer.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Ruling does little to help struggling widow

Widow Lai Yip-kwong, 54, earns HK$8,000 a month as a caretaker in a hospital. Of that HK$7,760 is eaten up by insurance premiums.

And this is likely to persist for at least another eight years as she pays off policies she says she was deceived into buying by an insurance agent.

1 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Ploys to dodge 50-cent bag law may be illegal

The government is looking into whether retailers will break the law if they adopt ploys to get around the 50-cent levy on plastic bags when it takes effect next month.

Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah said his bureau was studying the legality of 'tricks' such as pre-packaging products in plastic bags or offering different types of bags.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Government cannot justify plastic bag levy on unrepresentative survey

Environment chief Edward Yau Tang-wah says about 80 per cent of the 2,000-plus retail outlets affected by the levy on plastic bags to be introduced next month had registered with the Environmental Protection Department and the public should now be ready for the levy ('Most retailers ready for plastic-bag levy', June 7).

14 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Most retailers ready for plastic-bag levy

About 80 per cent of the 2,000-plus retail outlets affected by the levy on plastic bags to be introduced next month had registered with the Environmental Protection Department, environment chief Edward Yau Tang-wah said yesterday.

Speaking on a radio programme yesterday, Mr Yau said that the public should now be ready for the levy.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Orient espresso

Many young people like to do a little globetrotting after graduation. But Pazu Yau Wan-kong has taken it to extremes. What began as a short backpacking trip turned into a six-year odyssey, which culminated with a cycling expedition from Cambodia to Tibet with Thai friend Kittipong Kongkaew - and their opening a cafe in Lhasa.

14 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Proposed idling ban to be eased for taxis

The proposed ban on idling engines would be relaxed, but not dropped, for taxis, the environment chief told lawmakers.

24 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

I took action on taxi blockade, says official

Undersecretary for Transport and Housing Yau Shing-mu, who has been criticised for his handling of last week's taxi blockade, said he had taken prompt action after receiving a call from a lawmaker, and had referred the matter to Transport Department colleagues who handled it.

8 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Top officials should not wait for green groups to take initiative

I asked if Secretary for Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah had taken any steps to meet representatives of the fast food industry to discuss how they could cut waste through eliminating paper tray covers, disposable cutlery and chopsticks and reducing rice portions ( 'Talks with fast-food industry can cut waste', April 2).

As usual there was no response.

28 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Minister confident over bag levy

The proposed 50 cent levy on plastic shopping bags will be approved by the Legislative Council in July, the environment minister predicted yesterday.

Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau Tang-wah said he expected the Product Eco-Responsibility Bill, which includes the plastic bag levy, would be approved before the end of the legislative year.

26 May 2008 - 12:00am

environmental protection

Word Power

1. When did the ParknShop start to stop automatically distributing plastic bags?

a. last Wednesday

b. Sunday

c. yesterday

2. How much does the government is proposing to tax for each plastic bags?

a. 20 cents

b. 50 cents

c. without any charges

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Accounts differ on care of two youngsters

The uncle of the two home-alone fire victims said it was rare for the children to be left unattended - but neighbours said it happened often.

'It is not that they [the parents] are ignoring the children. But they have to work,' said the uncle of the children, who refused to be named.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Man arrested after body found in hotel

A man was arrested yesterday after police found the body of a woman in a North Point hotel.

She was found on a bed with red marks on her neck and a wound to her chest.

Police were called at noon by a man surnamed Yau, saying a woman had collapsed inside a hotel room in Electric Road.

16 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

PGA unimpressed with Yau's excuse over withdrawal

YAU Sui-ming has defended his decision to withdraw from last week's Hong Kong PGA Golden Harvest Invitational.

Within hours of shooting a disappointing opening-round of 75 last Wednesday, the seven-time champion informed the tournament committee that he would be taking no further part in the event.

18 Jan 1994 - 12:00am