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  1. Comment - Letters

    Protection of hiking area essential

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 03:27am by LETTERS

    ... Park. Anyone who goes hiking regularly will know that Tai Long Sai Wan is one of the most scenic parts of Hong Kong. This is an outstanding hiking trail, comparable to any hiking experience ... up their rucksacks and take a hike free of charge. Walks like this revitalise them and help them to recharge their batteries. The Tai Long Sai Wan area is under threat. For example, ...

  2. Comment - Letters

    KMB justifies fare hike

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 03:27am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial KMB needs fare hike with so many of its routes making a loss In their letters, Kenny Pun Tsz-him (" A well-worn path for KMB fare hikes ", December 7) and Pun Ka-hung (" Driven to distraction by KMB claims ", December 8) question the need for KMB to raise fares. KMB fully appreciates that a fare increase will have an impact on the community, ...

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    Tobacco tax hike deters young people from starting to smoke

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 03:26am by LETTERS

    ... Steep tobacco tax hike puts young people off starting to smoke A recent report funded by the tobacco industry claimed that the illicit cigarette problem in Hong Kong is serious. ... in a hike of consumption and contraband cigarettes seizure. The World Health Organisation believes the most effective measure against smuggling is tight control and aggressive enforcement. Hong Kong ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Japan primed for release of third arrow of Abenomics

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 12:23pm by KOICHI HAMADA

    ... Koichi Hamada Koichi Hamada says focus should turn to labour reform and deregulation Japanese economy primed for release of Abe's third arrow Last April, Japan's government implemented a long-planned consumption-tax hike, from 5 per cent to 8 per cent, and is expected to bring the rate to 10 per cent by 2015. The hike- a key feature of "Abenomics", Prime ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    At stall speed, world's major economies languish in a cycle of relapse

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 02:22pm by Stephen Roach

    ... quarter was blamed on a sales-tax hike. Europe's stagnant growth in the second quarter has been explained away as an aberration reflecting the confluence of weather effects and sanctions ... forward expenditure in anticipation of the sales-tax hike. The 6.1 per cent first-quarter growth surge to which this gave rise was more than offset by a 6.8 per cent second-quarter contraction. ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Lantau has so much potential to become a multi-function hub

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:49am by LETTERS

    ... Hong Kong families and their friends will still come to the island for recreation, such as cycling and hiking. These outlying islands with their unique geological formations are part ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, September 13, 2014

    Posted Sep 13th 2014, 04:29am by LETTERS

    ... why many small and medium-sized enterprises are opposed to it. Having to provide such benefits to employees who were unmarried couples could prove very expensive, with a sharp hike ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Mortgage rate hikes add note of caution to markets

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... SCMP Editorial Rate hikes add note of caution The decision by HSBC and Standard Chartered to raise mortgage lending rates by 0.25 percentage points should not come as a surprise. Other ... homeowners. Still, the rate hike will have a psychological impact on investor sentiment. On the day the rate hike was announced, property agents reported cases of flat sellers lowering their asking ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, September 11, 2014

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 05:11am by LETTERS

    ... that serve hawker food has continued to decrease in recent years. Many have argued that soaring rents are the main reason behind the closures of these businesses. With such high rent hikes, the only ...

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    Letters to the Editor, September 10, 2014

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:24am by LETTERS

    ... of the city. The government also has to promote the unique natural heritage of the island, such as its country parks, so that more people come from abroad to hike and have picnics there. ...




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