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Policy U-turns and a cash handout debacle: why is HK leader Carrie Lam’s year off to such a rough start?

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A charitable reading of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s recent remark that she was a 61-year-old woman putting in more than 10 hours of work every day was that she meant [...]
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Four major HK figures recognised by Beijing as ‘friends of diplomacy’ in inaugural award ceremony

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Four Hong Kong business figures and professionals were recognised by Beijing as “friends of diplomacy” at the foreign ministry’s inaugural award [...]
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HK man who tried to lure girl, 8, home with HK$200 jailed for six months

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A Hong Kong service station worker who tried to lure an eight-year-old girl to his home with HK$200 (US$25) was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday. Eastern Court [...]
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HK courts independent despite Beijing’s power to interpret Basic Law, top judge Kemal Bokhary says

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Beijing’s interpretation of the city’s mini-constitution might affect the judicial autonomy of local courts, but Hong Kong judges would always independently apply [...]
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HK leader Carrie Lam widens high-level inquiry into shoddy-work allegations at MTR Corp’s Sha Tin-Central link

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A high-level inquiry into allegations of shoddy work at Hong Kong’s most expensive rail project got even wider on Thursday, as the city leader announced it would look [...]
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Mainland Chinese visitors drive HK’s tourist numbers to record high of 65.1 million

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Mainland Chinese visitors were the driving force that pushed Hong Kong’s tourist arrivals to a record high of 65.1 million last year, even as the Tourism Board rolled [...]
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Avenue of Stars: HK’s spectacular waterfront promenade reopens

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM

If there’s one postcard image that represents Hong Kong, it has to be the neon skyline view across the harbor from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. No surprise then, that [...]
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HK man cries and bangs head on table as jury finds him guilty of raping and molesting Indonesian helper

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A Hong Kong man sobbed and banged his head on the table in court on Wednesday after a jury dismissed his claim that he was seduced by his Indonesian helper, instead finding [...]
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‘Very high chance’ lost papers on HK’s scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central Link destroyed on purpose, says legislator Tanya Chan

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

It was suspicious that so many documents which would shed light on the shoddy-work scandal at Hong Kong’s costliest rail project have gone missing, a legislator and [...]
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HK’s electric car trade-in scheme gets boost but why didn’t motorists take advantage of it before and how are the city’s efforts on low-carbon vehicles coming along?

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Hong Kong has relaxed the eligibility criteria for an electric car tax rebate scheme to get more motorists to switch to emission-free vehicles after its “one-for-one [...]
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HK loses out to mainland China, Singapore when it comes to marketing, financial sector pay, survey shows

01-Feb-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

If you are a sales and marketing manager with more than 10 years of experience, then mainland China is where you should be. Average salaries there are at least double that of [...]
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HK bar manager jailed for selling coupons to customers that allowed them to touch Thai women’s breasts in dice game

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

A Hong Kong woman was jailed for eight months on Wednesday for managing a bar where customers could use HK$20 (US$2.50) coupons to redeem intimate exchanges with Thai women. [...]
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HK to offer more drop-in boxes for cash handout scheme in response to complaints over complicated application process

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

To make it easier to apply for and collect a government cash handout, Hong Kong authorities are offering more drop-in boxes for the scheme, following a public outcry over the [...]
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HK tops ‘economic freedom’ chart despite political pressure from Beijing

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | CNBC | 6:00 AM

* In an annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong has come out on top for the 25th year in a row. * That’s despite the city coming under increasing [...]
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HK hospital support staff protest against manpower shortages in wards during flu season

31-Jan-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM

Support staff at public hospitals who do orderly work such as changing diapers and washing patients staged a protest on Wednesday decrying insufficient manpower to handle the [...]
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