【文章】廉航入港可有法律依據

信報財經新聞 2013-09-16
A18 | 時事評論

《廉航入港可有法律依據》

電視台熱播的飛機師連續劇大收旺場,令許多年輕人視飛機師為理想職業,也令不少人心血來潮想來一趟沖上雲霄,乘搭飛機到外國旅遊。

可惜的是,乘搭飛機對很多人來說依然是奢侈品。反觀世界其他地方,不論旅行還是公務,搭飛機有如家常便飯,有時甚至是比其他交通工具更為廉宜的長途客運方法。外地為何能夠做到這樣?那是因為有廉價航空的存在。

廉價航空對香港人來說可能非常陌生,主要原因在於服務較簡單、價錢較便宜的廉價航空始終無法在香港的航空客運業發展起來;結果,服務較多(有些服務其實不必要)、價錢較貴的傳統航空公司便成為市民的唯一選擇。

最近,打正廉價航空旗號的捷星香港( 「捷星」)向空運牌照局申請空運牌照,則有望打破這個困局,讓更多市民有機會一嘗「搭飛機」的滋味。

主要營業地是關鍵

不過,當捷星才提出申請,本地最大航空公司國泰航空及旗下的港龍航空便急不及待向空運牌照局提出反對意見書,指它的申請違反《基本法》第134條(該條例規定航空牌照申請人須以「香港作為主要營業地」),理由是掌握捷星管理控制權的母公司為澳洲航空,而它的主要營業地點是在澳洲。 Continue reading “【文章】廉航入港可有法律依據”

【Article】Overworked justice system at risk

SCMP link:
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1308849/overworked-justice-system-risk

SCMP 2013-09-13
A17 | INSIGHT | Dennis Kwok

Overworked justice system at risk

【Dennis Kwok says overworked judges and a backlog of cases are affecting the quality of justice in Hong Kong, prompting the need for additional resources and support for the judiciary】

Hong Kong’s rule of law depends on the quality of our independent judiciary. It is the key contributor to the city’s competitiveness and success under “one country, two systems”. The lack of adequate resources and support, coupled with the recent spate of judicial vacancies and imminent retirements, has threatened the judiciary, access to justice and the state of our rule of law.

The average waiting time for cases, from filing to judicial hearing, has increased significantly in recent years. Civil matters in the Court of Appeal now wait an average of 131 days, an increase of 54 per cent since 2008 and in excess of the judiciary’s 90-day target. The criminal cases list has an average waiting time of 180 days, exceeding the judiciary’s 120-day target and an increase of 61 per cent since 2008. The civil cases list has an average waiting time of 244 days, exceeding the judiciary’s 180-day target and an increase of 68 per cent since 2008.

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【文章】我跑步,因為……

am730 2013-09-06
B20 | 戶外 | Run

《我跑步,因為……》

跑步,或許是最容做到的運動,也是我最喜愛的運動,至今已成為我的生活習慣。平常日子,不論多繁忙,每星期我都至少跑步3次。跑的路線隨時間和體力可長可短。因為家住跑馬地,如果想短跑,便會到馬場繞圈跑5公里;若然想長跑,便由跑馬地轉上寶雲徑,再向西跑到中環,然後折返跑馬地。這段路,約有10公里。我喜歡在戶外跑步,可惜近來空氣質素不太好,有時只好在健身室跑,但感覺實在不及在戶外跑那麼爽。

對我來說,跑步的意義不止是操練身體的運動,更是減壓和解難的方法。每人每天總遇到多多少少,大大細細的問題;也有很多時候,問題會衍生出壓力,而壓力則反過來妨礙人去解決問題。 Continue reading “【文章】我跑步,因為……”

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