Yulanda Chung

Price cut for LPG 'overdue'

Shell has announced a reduction in LPG prices from today in a move described as well overdue.

Wednesday, 27 January, 1999, 12:00am

Directors see employment growth, staff await cuts

Company directors and employees have vastly different views on the prospects of the job market, two surveys show.

A survey of 300 multinational company directors found the number of permanent job vacancies was poised to increase for the January-March quarter, while another survey found most employees expected the jobless rate to soar.

22 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Phoning from HK cheapest

THE international phone call price war has made Hong Kong one of the cheapest places in the world from which to dial abroad, a Sunday Morning Post survey has found.

Hong Kong now offers more attractive economy calling charges to the United States and Canada than are available phoning the other way using AT&T or MCI.

10 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Tragedy payouts extended

Overseas relatives of Hong Kong people injured or killed abroad are to be given financial assistance by the Government in response to the Manila Bay tragedy last year.

According to amendments to be gazetted today, divorced partners or overseas relatives of travellers involved in accidents can make claims to the Package Tour Accident Contingency Fund Scheme.

24 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Cake fans unworried by prepaid coupon alert

Cake fans have been snapping up piles of coupons, undeterred by Consumer Council warnings and the failure of other prepaid schemes.

Three major bakery chain stores launched discounted coupon promotions at the beginning of this month, offering 12 per cent to 26 per cent off for purchases of a minimum 10 coupons.

9 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

'Lai see' offered to examiner

A first-time driving test candidate offered $3,000 in 'lai see' to her examiner because she wanted to 'have some luck'.

Housewife Li Ka-man, 33, pleaded guilty at Sha Tin Court yesterday to offering an advantage to Yu Siu-bun.

11 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Alcoholic beat and kicked daughter, 4

An alcoholic father who hit his young daughter with a rod until her nose bled was given a suspended sentence yesterday.

The 54-year-old unemployed man hit his four-year-old daughter with a wooden rod, kicked her buttocks and smacked her more than 10 times on June 21, Eastern Court heard.

11 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Head teachers feel Government botching plans for improvement

Head teachers feel the Government is botching its plans to improve education, a survey revealed yesterday.

11 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Residents' chance to rate cadres

BEIJING cadres are under pressure to improve the quality of their work after public assessments were introduced to ensure 'the survival of the fittest'.

Twenty-three director-level officials in the capital have been removed in the past two years, Xinhua reported. Ten were demoted, seven stripped of leadership posts and six fired.

17 May 1998 - 12:00am

New broom prepares to revamp housing

THE amount of money invested in property is to rise by 10 per cent over last year, says newly appointed Minister of Construction Yu Zhengsheng.

Economic growth of the country was projected at eight per cent this year and construction expenditure would contribute 0.5 to one per cent of that, Xinhua yesterday quoted the minister as saying.

12 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Middlemen traders help boost distribution of food

The emergence of middlemen in the fruit and vegetable trade has speeded up agricultural reforms and improved food distribution.

There were now more than 100,000 agents earning their living through transactions involving produce harvested in one area and sold in another, Xinhua reported.

11 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Weak pupils told to leave

Some schools are trying to kick out pupils who drag down the school's overall academic performance despite pledges not to discriminate against poor performers.

A total of 102 students in 41 schools have been asked to leave, legislators were told. But most of these students have been able to stay after intervention by the Education Department.

12 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Thumbs up likely for Telecom deal

A multi-billion-dollar deal to buy out Hongkong Telecom's monopoly is expected to be approved by the Finance Committee this afternoon.

Some members who had voiced reservations said last night they were willing to back the $6.7 billion compensation package.

27 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

7,000-flat rehousing shortfall revealed

Only about a third of the 10,000 households affected by redevelopment will be rehoused in public flats, the provisional legislature heard yesterday.

The Land Development Corporation said last month that 10,000 households in 26 urban redevelopment projects would be affected.

But the Housing Society has only earmarked 3,000 flats for resettlement.

26 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Fund to upgrade facilities 'too small'

A fund to help owners of commercial buildings upgrade their fire safety facilities is inadequate, say provisional legislators.

The $200 million fund, down from the $500 million agreed in October, would benefit owners of about 400 pre-1973 commercial buildings, while another 1,000 pre-1987 commercial buildings were to be inspected by fire officers in a second batch of checks.

11 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

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