Medical dispute profiteer in China

By Hoi Lo Yip

China is facing a frequent Medical dispute profiteer situations, which means a worsening doctor-patient relationship, which has caused devastating impacts towards the order of medical organization and patients’ health with a rippling vicious effects on society (Hu, 2012). Within the China, it is an illegal and even criminal behavior. This blog therefore tries to emphasis the cause of medical conflicts, corresponding laws and suggested solutions were discussed.

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Spotify: Deliberate Copyright Infringement over Unpaid Royalties?

By Chung Yan Joanne Lau

In October 2015, Spotify is sued twice within two weeks for unlawfully distributing and duplicating copyrighted music compositions purposefully without obtaining mechanical licenses from song authors. (Plaugic, 2015) Two artists, Melissa Ferrick and David Lowery seek at least $150 million in damages individually over unpaid royalties. However, Spotify denies this as an intentional act and claims it has a $25 million reserve fund to pay royalties for pending song use. (Duffett-Smith, 2016)

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The Return of Google to the China Market

By Hiu Ying Chan

Google has shut down its China search engine in 2010 and exited the enormous Chinese market due to the cyber attacks and censorship from the Chinese government (Waddell, 2016). However, after five years, Google decides to and has started to prepare its’ return to China. The cause for Google’s re-entry may be due to the large market in China, figures from China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) showed that China’s total Internet population are almost 668 million, which is the twice the US population, and the number of internet users continues to grow rapidly (CNNIC, 2015).

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Panama papers – Are tax havens legal?

By Cheung Yin Lim

In recent weeks, the Panama Papers has been a big hit in the news, leaking information of potential tax evasions. The leaked information shows links between Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm, and more than 1,000 U.S. companies. Some documents show that the firm helped create shell companies to hide assets, so as to avoid tax payments and was also involved in money laundering. (USA TODAY, 2016; The Economist, 2016) Presidents of Ukraine and Russia are also on the list, which raise public attention over the conduct of public figures and leaders of governments. Surprisingly, Hong Kong is discovered to be a big contributor to offshore tax evasion and more than 37,000 companies have links to Mossack Fonseca. (Ko T., 2016)

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The Land Being Excluded- Country Park Enclave

By Yuk Kai Yip

Sha Lo Tung recently entered the view of public because of one dazzling field of yellow rapeseed flowers. Tens of thousands of visitors have been drawn every day. Such hustle and bustle subsequently raise the awareness of environmentalists and mass media, for nothing but the special status of Sha Lo Tung as a site of special scientific interest. Possessing 70 of Hong Kong’s 107 recorded dragonflies and also a rare strain of the corona flowers (Chiu and Karacs, 2016), the area is conserved under Hong Kong laws. However, at the same time, Sha Lo Tung is also a rural enclave, which makes the case more controversial. Still, what is an “enclave”?

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The Cost of Beauty

By Tsz Ying Lee

In 2012, four women were sent to hospital after having cosmetic injection, resulting in one fatal and one amputated in Hong Kong (Yahoo News, 2016). Both principal (owner) and agents (technician and doctor) of Union Medical Healthcare who were accused of manslaughter will be brought to court in 2017. However, this is only the tip of an iceberg in the beauty industry of Hong Kong. In 2016, nine people from two beauty parlours were arrested on suspicion of violating the Trade Descriptions Ordinance by providing false and misleading cosmetic therapy’s information, and also engaging in aggressive commercial practices (Customs and Excise Department, 2016). Despite of the increasing serious infections being reported in recent years, the committee established by government in 2013 has still done nothing practical to solve the current situation.

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Legalization of Marijuana: A Step Forward or A Threat to Public Health?

By Lap Hay Mark Leung

Findings endorsed by Liberal Democrats in the UK has shown that the legalization of marijuana would help generate £1bn in tax revenue, as well as reduce the harm of marijuana to users. At the helm of the support for legalization was Lib. Dem. Spokesperson Norman Lamb, who believed that “the financial and human cost of the battle with drug use is vast” (Lamb, 2015).

Similarly, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also filed a bill in the Senate, with the intent of attempting to end federal criminalization of marijuana (CNBC, 2015). Backed by a young and liberal fan base, Bernie Sanders hopes to emulate the success of Colorado, which has seen a total of $700 million in sales after one year of marijuana legalization. The move is seen as a fundamental aid in economic recovery in the state.

Yet, even with such outstated support from such influential individuals, the legalization of marijuana has still seen strong opposition from many in the public. This post will analyse the reasons for and against legalizing marijuana, and possible solutions to bridge indifferences between those supporting and opposing the legalization of cannabis.

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