Cheating cabbies are a hazard of big cities, preying on tourists and people without local knowledge. They may be a minority but they do nothing for a city's reputation. An encounter with them also leaves a bad taste in the mouth.Friday, 24 May, 2013, 5:21am 2 comments
Medical entrepreneurship can bring diversity and competition to the health care market. But if it is abused it can undermine public trust. An example is a medical centre that has been condemned by the privacy watchdog for collecting personal data from more than 360,000 people and selling it to an insurance broker for direct marketing purposes.13 Apr 2013 - 3:21am
This year, in addition to the many roles your smartphone can play, you may be able to add credit card and Octopus card.
Octopus Cards said it hoped to launch within the next few months a SIM card (which identifies a subscriber to a mobile-phone service) that will allow a phone to act as an Octopus card.6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am
A handyman killed a 74-year-old man before impersonating him to withdraw HK$600,000 from banks, the Court of First Instance was told yesterday.19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
A HK$670 million package of concessions will do little to ease the burden of MTR fare rises on travellers, critics say.26 May 2012 - 12:00am
Parent groups are angry that their disabled children younger than 12 will not benefit from a new scheme providing HK$2 concession rides on trains, buses and ferries.
Starting next month, everyone over 65, and severely disabled people aged 12 to 64 who receive a disability allowance, will be eligible for the low fare on transport any day of the week using Octopus cards.15 May 2012 - 12:00am
More than a million people will be able to ride the MTR anywhere for HK$2 from late next month if the government's HK$400 million flat-fare transport scheme for the elderly and handicapped wins funding approval from the Legislative Council.5 May 2012 - 12:00am
Rent vacant schools to competitors
In Hong Kong there are around 175 vacant school premises that were closed due to an insufficient number of students.4 May 2012 - 12:00am
When the MTR increases fares, it has a major effect on the population of Hong Kong. In many cases, salary rises have not matched the increases in the rate of inflation, and so the fare hike rubs salt in the wounds ...
I understand the MTR faces higher operating costs and wants to maintain profits, but it should not pass those costs onto passengers.10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
The Octopus card is set to end up attached to iPhones thanks to the company that makes the smart cards it has already combined with watches and key chains.
The new sticker, which has been designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S models, blends communication, travel and shopping into one convenient package.9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Octopus has started giving Hong Kong cabbies a HK$3 'tip' every time a passenger pays a fare using the smart card, to encourage more business, but drivers' unions say it is not a big enough incentive.8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Octopus donation needs improvement
I am writing in response to the letter 'Fine-tune donating by Octopus'(SCMP, December 22). I agree that the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Octopus Cards should improve the new donation method recently introduced for flag days.30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Tutorial centres' false promises
In about three months, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority will launch the maiden English exam of the new syllabus.8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The tentacles of the Octopus card reached into the world of charity for the first time yesterday as flag sellers were allowed to accept the card instead of cash donations.18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Three Romanians were sentenced to three years in jail yesterday for withdrawing more than HK$1.5 million from Hong Kong banks by fooling their automated cash machines with doctored British gift cards.22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am