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  1. The man who helped China in from the cold

    Posted Aug 07th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks The pragmatism of late tycoon Henry Fok Ying-tung, who championed China's return to the international sports arena some 30 years ago, presaged a more pragmatic approach by Beijing to reunification with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. 'In many ways, the idea of 'one country, two systems' was actually conceived through sport,' said Timothy Fok ...

  2. From rags to riches ... the entrepreneur who valued lessons of the past

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks Entrepreneur Po Chung proudly claims he was the first person to receive an American Express card issued in Hong Kong. The year was 1972. He needed money to set up a Far East division of expanding air courier firm DHL. He learned that one of his US partners was using an American Express card to finance cash flows. 'Get me one too,' he said. Huge success ...

  3. Word to the wise

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... A tycoon has found a new calling in advising successful baby boomers on how to get the most out of retirement, writes Sarah Monks The first wave of Hong Kong's ageing baby boomers is reaching the potentially rocky shores of retirement, where many now wrestle with adjusting to life beyond work. Philanthropist and former air courier tycoon Chung Po-yang ('Po Chung'), ...

  4. Still my borrowed home

    Posted Apr 04th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks Last week, 30 years since I arrived in Hong Kong from Australia, I indulged in some personal nostalgia about the city I thought would be a temporary base on my way to somewhere ... in a Hong Kong that is ever more complex, some things never change. Sarah Monks is a contributing editor who first worked for the SCMP in 1978 ...

  5. Global villager

    Posted Apr 10th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... A Hong Kong training scheme is taking young executives out of their comfort zones to learn about the real world, writes Sarah Monks For most people Cambodia is the splendour of ancient Angkor contrasted with the horror of the killing fields. But for Chandran Nair it's where tomorrow's business leaders can hone essential 'soft skills' to compete in the global ...

  6. Change manager returns home a changed manager

    Posted Apr 10th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks Manager Ronney Ngan Hon-pong is used to operating in new and different settings at Cathay Pacific, where he supports change and development. But he never expected to find himself working in a small hut surrounded by chickens, dogs, spiders and children. Nor did the 34-year-old executive imagine his corporate skills would be useful to farmers seeking to make ...

  7. Change of tack

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Hong Kong shipowners are at forefront of a battle for tighter emissions curbs, an industry insider tells Sarah Monks In an unusual reversal of roles, a global industry - shipping - is pressing international regulators for tighter controls over its toxic emissions. And Hong Kong owners have been in the vanguard, campaigning for earlier use of cleaner fuels by the world's ...

  8. Living a life less ordinary

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks Barry Cheung Chun-yuen, chairman of the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) since May last year, was born 50 years ago into a community that no longer exists: the refugee shanty town and Nationalist stronghold of Rennie's Mill, in east Kowloon. It was cleared of homes in the 1990s, when new town Tseung Kwan O was developed. His parents arrived in Hong Kong from Shandong province ...

  9. Holocaust denial keeps historian vigilant in fight to preserve facts

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... Sarah Monks Historians have to be 'very brave and indefatigable' in pushing for the truth, says Deborah Lipstadt, a history professor in the US and author of the book Denying the Holocaust - the Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Professor Lipstadt, 60, prevailed in a six-year legal battle with British Holocaust denier David Irving who sued her for libel over that book. ...

  10. Building for the future

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Sarah Monks

    ... The Urban Renewal Authority hopes its new vision can balance preservation with redevelopment, writes Sarah Monks It is fortuitous that Urban Renewal Authority (URA) chairman Barry Cheung Chun-yuen lifts weights as part of his exercise regime. The agency he leads is about to carry a heavier load for heritage preservation. A government-led review announced last week aims to set a new ...




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