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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even Hong Kong's best efforts may not help to clear our air

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 12:46am by Tom Holland

    ... not help to clear our air Christine Loh Kung-wai, Hong Kong's campaigning Under Secretary for the Environment, has promised us that she will deliver "drastic improvements" in the city's air quality over the next five years. Yesterday, she pledged to get the very worst-polluting buses and trucks- those that do the most harm to our health- off Hong Kong's streets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426234/even-hong-kongs-best-efforts-may-not-help-clear-our-air
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Better pollution policies would mean longer lives for millions

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... was more right than he knew. According to an academic study published this week, air pollution from burning coal has shortened average life expectancies in northern China by five and a half years. ... consumption has more than tripled since the time Zhu moved from Shanghai to Beijing. As a result, the mainland's air pollution has got much, much worse, with Beijing and other northern cities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1279871/better-pollution-policies-would-mean-longer-lives-millions
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    How to eradicate poverty - at least by the official definition

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... - at least by the official definition At the weekend, the Hong Kong government rolled out its latest big idea: an official poverty line. In its wisdom, the government decreed that anyone earning less ... Setting your poverty line relative to median income is a little like having an education secretary who declares that all children should get above-average exam grades. Your policy is never going ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1323068/how-eradicate-poverty-least-official-definition
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Powerful evidence Hong Kong officials just don't care about pollution

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Although the mainland could be blamed for the periodic smogs, the city's government has failed in its measures to improve air quality Powerful evidence HK officials just ... by standing on the corner and inhaling. The government insists it is tackling the problem. In January 2007, then chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen pledged to improve air quality within five years. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1326682/powerful-evidence-hong-kong-officials-just-dont-care-about-pollution
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    After nine years, it's time to leave the stage

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 12:25am by Tom Holland

    ... also worried about the severity of local pollution and angry at the government's failure to do anything to clear the air. ("We have the most environmentally-friendly place for people, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1441327/after-nine-years-its-time-leave-stage
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fiscal report based on lunatic projection of capital spending

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Tom Holland

    ... to no traffic on its glittering spans. These flawed projections of capital spending undermine the report's whole premise. Factor in more modest spending on infrastructure, in line with Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1439605/fiscal-report-based-lunatic-projection-capital-spending
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's not heresy to expect grand projects to pay for themselves

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 01:01am by Tom Holland

    ... Kong's population of over-60s. If we also assume a very modest 3.3 per cent real investment return in line with the Exchange Fund's performance over the last 20 years, then that HK$1.6 ... a painfully steep hidden tax in the form of sky-high property costs. For example, in line with the government's much-vaunted "user pays principle", we could charge visitors to the city ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1436598/its-not-heresy-expect-grand-projects-pay-themselves
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Who's more damaging, Hong Kong officials or Occupy Central?

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 12:32am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Forget scare stories about looming disruption and economic costs from protests, these guys are amateurs compared with government bunglers Who's more damaging, HK officials or Occupy Central? Among the grievances aired at Hong Kong's weekend protest against media censorship were complaints that editors have been leaning on local journalists to stress the supposed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1434352/whos-more-damaging-hong-kong-officials-or-occupy-central
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Any slump in the mainland economy will inevitably cause casualties including Hong Kong because of the banking sector’s exposure Fears over a 'tail risk' hard landing in China are growing Yesterday, the South China Morning Post reported how Beijing's central propaganda department has instructed mainland media organisations not to give air time or column ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1431315/fears-over-tail-risk-hard-landing-china-are-growing
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Even an export rebound won't do much to lift China growth

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 01:07am by Tom Holland

    ... lines shutting down and the pace of shipments abating over the previous week, all the negative effects should have been felt last month. Instead, exports boomed. Some commentators attempted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1426699/even-export-rebound-wont-do-much-lift-china-growth

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