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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Climate change deal is a positive step for Sino-US relations

    Posted Nov 14th 2014, 05:38am by SCMP Editorial

    ... ground. In that respect the talks between President Xi Jinping and US counterpart Barack Obama were productive. The climate change deal, under which both sides committed to cutting greenhouse emissions, is very significant because it breaks new ground on an internationally divisive issue of the 21st century. It also sets a positive note for talks to be concluded by the end of next year ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    SFC's legal action against Citic a reassuring sign

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 05:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... troubled experience with an Australian iron-ore mining and processing project, which is not untypical of problems encountered by some Chinese companies overseas, including cultural issues. It has been plagued with cost overruns, technical glitches in commissioning production lines, conflict over the import of cheap Chinese labour along with unfamiliarity with local labour conditions, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Online rogues tarnish reputation of Hong Kong's travel industry

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 05:32am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The mushrooming of websites with one-stop services and price comparisons for different travel products testifies to the growing popularity and reliability of online booking. But the do-it-yourself ... The problem of misrepresented online sales also appears to be an issue of growing concern in Hong Kong. The Consumer Council had received 80 complaints against hotels and guest houses by the end ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Supermarkets must make prices fair

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:29am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Make prices fair and transparent Shoppers ought to be able to trust product prices listed in supermarkets. But a Consumer Council study has uncovered serious discrepancies ... isn't just upwards- a third of the mispriced items found were lower than the sticker price by as much as half. So the practice may appear unintentional, but it does point to a larger issue ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    No more delays to competition law

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:21am by SCMP Editorial

    ... it will not be ready for implementation until next year. In another preparatory step for enforcement, the Competition Commission last week issued 100 pages of draft guidelines, detailing what may or may ... for a supplier or distributor to set a fixed or minimum price for retailers to follow when selling a product. The commission considers this as undermining competition. Those who cannot justify ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A ban on trans-fats is the way to go

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... on reducing trans-fats, widely used in pastries and dairy products to improve texture and prolong shelf life, have also been issued. Critics argue that eating is a personal habit. The labelling law is good enough in that it helps consumers to make their own choices. Those fighting the ban in US take it as a liberty issue, warning of a "nanny state" if what people put ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Strike right balance in keeping shop owners from encroaching on streets

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:40am by SCMP Editorial

    ... penalty of HK$1,500 on shop owners, licensees or managers that could be issued by officers from several government departments, if they were caught red-handed putting goods outside their store. The penalties could also be issued based on "circumstantial" evidence, which might include the fact products similar to those sold in the shop were placed outside for a set period, ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Trust in baby formula is elusive

    Posted Aug 13th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... The first was the potentially fatal bacterial contamination of a New Zealand whey product used to make formula. The second was the imposition of record fines on six companies for manipulating prices ... evidence of market abuse to restore consumer trust in the local product. It will be more convincing if the authorities step up monitoring of milk powder producers and severely punish any found ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Antibiotics abuse is an increasing threat in China

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... This is a worldwide issue. But a new study provides concrete evidence that it is a particularly serious problem among China's huge population, where it is exacerbated by unrestricted use of antibiotics ... of Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Science, who led the study, said that while mainland doctors tended to prescribe many more antibiotics than their European counterparts, the more serious issue ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Talent pool for plum public roles needs refilling

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 04:22am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to an independent watchdog charged with redressing people's grievances arising from public maladministration. On the other hand, he or she is also a product of the system. There is no evidence in the track records of the last two ombudsmen, both from civil service backgrounds, that this affected impartiality. It is more an issue of perception, and justice must not only be done but be seen ...




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