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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must banish tourism rogues

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to consolidate its image by offering visitors the highest standard of service. Sadly, the notorious "forced shopping"- compelling tourists to shop to make up for cheap package tours- has made ... they would get. Since the tourism law only targets compulsory shopping without prior agreement, such "subsidised-cum-shopping" tours may fall into a legal grey area. The revelation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1466559/hong-kong-must-banish-tourism-rogues
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Should public libraries pay royalties?

    Posted Apr 23rd 2014, 03:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... are perhaps no match to those found in major world cities. But with a total collection of some 13 millions items and an annual 55 million borrowings, our library service is no doubt highly popular. ... means fewer copies are sold anyway. To many who still prefer pages to touchscreens, the library is doing a great service in promoting a reading culture. The public access also enhances ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1494679/should-public-libraries-pay-royalties
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The pros and cons of working past 60

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to be still tip-toeing around the problem. The latest attempt to extend the civil service retirement age is another step to address the challenge. Belated as it is, the proposal differs from other ... working lives means fewer promotion prospects for younger officers and a heavier financial burden for taxpayers. The impact is expected to go beyond the civil service. It is likely to induce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1481347/pros-and-cons-working-past-60
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The market proves to be a stern judge of government apps

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Officials deserve credit for reaching out to the people and offering e-services via mobile apps. But if the market experience is any reference, apps come and go. Only the interesting or useful ones ... stores. All products and services require promotion. Government apps are no exception. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1469939/market-proves-be-stern-judge-government-apps
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Taiwan needs to think long-term as region's economic focus shifts

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 06:02am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Taiwan needs to refocus economy Common sense has prevailed in Taiwan's political stand-off over a cross-strait trade services pact. Student-led protesters have pledged ... in the mainland's transition to a more consumer-led economy, which calls for Taiwan to refocus integration on provision of services rather than manufacturing. A fresh reminder came this week with a report ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1469942/taiwan-needs-think-long-term-regions-economic-focus-shifts
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Ban on Japanese whaling a major victory in conservation battle

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 04:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... illegal commercial operations remain a threat. Japan has to honour the historic ruling. Other environmentally conscious governments now have a green light to begin legal proceedings to protect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1463374/ban-japanese-whaling-major-victory-conservation-battle
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong can have zero tolerance for forced labour by domestic helpers

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:55am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for the purpose of prostitution rather than, say, for forced labour. Given that from January to July last year, 2,172 foreign domestic workers were granted visa extensions to resolve legal disputes ... helpers better legal protection than rival Asian markets. It should be enforced. While most employers are good, the city should not tolerate even one case of abuse. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1460446/hong-kong-can-have-zero-tolerance-forced-labour-domestic
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The devil is in the detail of China's urbanisation blueprint

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 04:09am by SCMP Editorial

    ... household registration will present challenges staggering in their scale and complexity, including the question of where debt-burdened local governments will get the money for essential services ... government's reliance on land acquisition and sales, which drives farmers into megacities without household registration and social services. But it must be accompanied by land reforms to allocate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1461290/devil-detail-chinas-urbanisation-blueprint
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Turkish PM Erdogan has no right to stifle social media

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:54am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on internet freedoms. But social media use is widespread and part of daily life in Turkey; a service like Twitter cannot be shut down without protest and a search for a solution. Within hours, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1458788/turkish-pm-erdogan-has-no-right-stifle-social-media
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A welcome step to easing burden on public health care system

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 03:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... scheme will be the only reform of financing of health services aimed at shifting more of the patient burden to the private sector and more of the cost to those who can afford it. The delivery of health services remains defined by lengthening queues and waiting times in the heavily subsidised public system. One of the recommendations of the Health and Medical Development Advisory ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1455782/welcome-step-easing-burden-public-health-care-system

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