Letters to the Editor, March 17, 2013

Malaysian soldiers patrol Sabah, on Borneo. Photo: EPA

Parallel-goods trading is a controversial topic and a practice condemned by many people. However, I think it is beneficial to Hong Kong to some extent.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 2:21am 1 comment

Whale found in Andalusia with 17kg of plastic in stomach

A scientist amid plastic sheets found inside whale. Photo: AFP

The whale, washed up last year on a beach in Andalusia, had over 17kg of garbage blocking its stomach, including 30 square metres of plastic sheeting, said Renaud de Stephanis, a marine biologist at the Donana Biological Station, run by the Spanish National Research Council.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:31am

Lai See

The two-year delay that is bad for our health

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A satellite falls but why no complaints?

A six-tonne US satellite is plummeting to earth, and the Nasa scientists who are monitoring it have no idea where the potentially dangerous debris will land. It could hit as far north as Edmonton in Canada or Aberdeen in Scotland, or as far south as Cape Horn, the southernmost edge of South America.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Plastic-bag law isn't rocket science

There should be nothing complicated about further weaning us off plastic bags. A good start has been made with the imposition of a 50 HK cent levy at 3,000 shops. Almost two years after its implementation, the scheme has been widely accepted and has reduced the number of bags littering our streets and waterways and being put into landfills.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Online district bulletin board would deter passing of the buck

Yet again the government has failed to effectively consult the public, this time about controversial plans to concrete over Lamma's historic waterfront.

Why is it, in these days of modern media, that Hong Kong people have to be lucky enough to catch an advert in the Chinese- or English-language press in order to be informed of government consultations?

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Felines given an abundance of choice when it comes to relieving themselves

Could you imagine voluntarily eating cat litter? Three years ago, veterinary surgeon Pauline Taylor watched a sales person mix a spoonful of corn-husk kitty litter into a glass of water, then drink it.

'My mouth went open, I reckoned if this lady had this much confidence in the litter, it really was all-natural,' she recalls.

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Guangzhou is cleaning up its act

Spitting and littering are health hazards and ruin the environment. In a bid to clean up the city, authorities in Guangzhou enacted a new law on July 10.

Under the new law, anyone caught spitting or littering on Beijing Road, the city's famous pedestrian area, can be fined for 50 yuan (HK$56.70).

6 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Petty litterers fined many times more than polluting motorists

Despite irrefutable evidence that our horrendous street-level pollution is generated by vehicles, the government continues to procrastinate by initiating more consultations and plans for district greening projects that never deliver what they promise.

3 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Damage from collisions can be minimised with precautions

As humankind invents and uses new ways to travel, the danger of collisions increases.

We are only too familiar with the deadly effects of road vehicles crashing into pedestrians, or into each other.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Sedan chair racers put shoulders into giving city's charities a lift

The economic downturn may have stopped some teams from competing in the annual Sedan Chair Race at Matilda International Hospital on The Peak yesterday, but organisers said the impact on donations was limited.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Smoking-ban culprits should pay for help

Helping smokers to quit improves their health and saves lives. It also reduces the substantial burden smokers place on the health budget. A proposed change to a bill introducing a fixed penalty for lighting up in no-smoking areas therefore deserves serious consideration.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Association to go full steam ahead

Members of the Swiss Association of Hong Kong will be pushing the boat out tonight in Happy Valley to celebrate National Day. But instead of these Star Ferry uniforms, which they donned for the Matilda Sedan Chair Race last year, members are more likely to be kitted out in red and white smart-casual wear.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Lawmakers seek swifter start to fines for smoking

Lawmakers yesterday called for early introduction of a fixed penalty for smoking in non-smoking areas, which the government said could be introduced in 2008.

11 Apr 2006 - 12:00am


Q Can on-the-spot fines for smokers be enforced?

It depends on how many environmental wardens the government employs. In public places, they could issue tickets directly. Repeat offenders would get a bigger fine.

7 Apr 2006 - 12:00am