Is the system so rife with conflicts of interest that the average American, trusting his or her future to the stock market, is inadequately informed, poorly protected and therefore enormously endangered? A pertinent question, post Enron, from US Senator Joe Lieberman (above). It is not a fine but rather an economic compensation to society for taking up more social resources. Chinese State Family Planning Commission spokesman Jiang Yeman putting a positive spin on penalties imposed for having more than one child. This is no longer an attractive business for young people. Shih Wing-ching, managing director of Centaline Property Agency. If they want to treat me like a criminal on probation, that's fine - if they think it's worth the money. One of the few Hong Kong street cleaners unfazed by constant monitoring by government 'snoopers'. How can I meet people with this look? And I can do nothing about my love life. Chu Ieu, who is suing a hair salon for not being able to make her look like Hollywood actress Julia Roberts. It is a great New Year gift to Airbus. An Asian diplomat discussing the negative reputation that will likely surround Boeing following the bugging of Chinese President Jiang Zemin's official jet. There have been signs recently that some of the forces that have been restraining the economy . . . are starting to diminish and that activity is beginning to firm. A cautiously optimistic Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. There's a very strong trend down on the yen. It's turning into an Internet stock. Jesper Dannesboe, head of foreign exchange research at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.