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Archive for November, 2007

Turning off engines at Traffic Lights to curb pollution

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The government recently tabled an initiative to reduce pollution which was for all roadusers to have to switch off their engines whilst waiting at traffic lights….  it must rank as one of the most ludicrous ideas I have ever heard….

Have they thought about how much fuel gets used during the startup of an engine? Have they thought about the wear and tear this would have on cars? Have they thought about the negative impact on traffic this would have?

Police Search

Friday, November 16th, 2007

A bunch of us were in Soho the other night and a plain-clothed policeman and 2 policemen came by and started to interrogate my friend because he was smoking rolled cigarettes. They asked my friend to empty his pockets and other embarrasing things. Should the plain-clothed cop show his ID or badge before making such requests? What is the general procedure?

Smoking In Bars Continued

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Along with smoking in bars being an erosion of our civil rights, the laws regulating smoking in bars are not being followed by the tobacco control office and smoking exemptions are being withdrawn at the whim of the officers rather than for actual infringements of the smoking exemption rules.

 I know of one bar that lost its smoking exemption because it served food.  The smoking ordinance states very clearly that a bar is only in violation of the law if it "PRIMARILY" serves food. 

This bar was never questioned about the percentage of food to alcohol sales, and during its hearing the management was told that it had broken the regulations by allowing a magazine to print an unauthorized note in a dining round-up saying food was available in the bar.

 If the government wants businesses to follow the law, it should follow it itself.

Banning Smoking in Bars

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Another erosion of civil liberties…. the banning of smoking at bars and restaurants… I am a non-smoker and find the banning of smoking in bars to be another instance of our freedom being taken away from us.

An alternative solution would be for the government to setup different licensing policies for smoking and non-smoking bars; and the government can regulate the proportion of smoking to non-smoking bars through pricing control. This offers people who don't wish to suffer second hand smoke to go to bars that are non-smoking and those who wish to smoke to go to bars smoking bars.

Are we becoming too politically-correct?

2 Found Dead at Grand Hyatt

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Anymore updates on the 2 people who died at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong? I heard that the 2 who died were businessmen staying over and they were found dead in their suits.

Pollution in Hong Kong

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I can't understand why everyone in Hong Kong is asking the government to spearhead initiatives to curb pollution in Hong Kong. It is well-known that ~80% of the pollution comes from the Pearl River Delta region so even if Hong Kong didn't have cars, we would still have serious pollution issues to deal with. Perhaps a more sensible idea would be for the Hong Kong Government to disucss these issues with China. Shouldn't we try to address the real cause?

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