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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Can we believe the Security Bureau on Occupy Central?

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 05:57am by Howard Winn

    ... issued a black alert for the country, meaning that all travel should be avoided. The risk in the Philippines was nowhere near this serious but the bureau nevertheless issued the same alert ...

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    A black belt after 11 months of blood, sweat and tears

    Posted Nov 01st 2013, 03:12am by Howard Winn

    ... as a relief from other more rigorous exertions. But she now has a black belt and did an extra four months to qualify as an instructor and, towards the end of her time, was teaching in Japanese. ...

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    Security Bureau shoots itself in the other foot over Philippines

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 01:11am by Howard Winn

    ... its differences with Manila over the August 2010 Manila hostage crisis. A few hours later the Security Bureau lowered the black travel alert it had assigned the Philippines since August 2010. This more or less confirmed what everyone had been aware of: the black alert was a political decision rather than an indication of the risk to Hong Kong tourists travelling to the Philippines, ...

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    Remarkable change in Philippine security says Hong Kong government

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 01:11am by Howard Winn

    ... from a black alert which means "avoid all travel", to an amber alert which carries the lesser warning of "exercise caution". Although the Outbound Travel Alert website says ... government's announcement yesterday that it has resolved its differences with the Philippines over the Manila hostage crisis. The black travel alert has been in force since the crisis in August 2010 ...

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    Why no travel alert for mainland China with this grim toll?

    Posted May 08th 2014, 12:42am by Howard Winn

    ... in casualties; A bomb attack in West Java on 15 April 2011.” The Philippines was put on a black travel alert when eight Hong Kong people died and seven were injured in the Manila hostage-taking. However, ...

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    Nightmare airport ride darkens Black card reputation

    Posted Jun 26th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn howard.winn@scmp.com We are still receiving complaints from holders of the American Express Centurion Card- the so-called Black card. Centurion Travel Services (CTS) appears ... practices such as turning of their engines when stationary. Thus EPD officers have, like missionaries, been stepping out into idling black spots to spread their message with kindness and leaflets. ...

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    Amex Black Card holders say the service is not worth the price

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn howard.winn@scmp.com Our piece the other day about the complaints of a holder of American Express Centurion Card- the so-called Black Card- has attracted a surprising reaction from other dissatisfied cardholders. A recurring theme in the e-mails we received was that service has deteriorated in recent years, the Centurion Card is not worth the HK$19,800 annual fee, ...

  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Even for the Black Card, it's a bit rich of Amex to double fee

    Posted May 30th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn The American Express Centurion Card- informally known as the Black Card- recently sent out a nice letter to its users but with a sting in the tail. The Black Card is, as Forbes describes it, the Bugatti of credit cards and use is by invitation only. As Amex says on its website: "Rarely seen, always recognised." It goes on to say, "Available by invitation ...

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    Legco advisers to tobacco groups should declare their interest

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:37am by Howard Winn

    ... on the other hand, will co-ordinate enforcement-cum-publicity activities at idling engine black spots by distributing idling ban leaflets and stickers to drivers. "On the afternoon of 4 April, we ...

  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Amex black card holder complains of 'shabby' service

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn howard.winn@scmp.com Our recent piece noting that Amex was doubling fees for holders of its Centurion card - aka the black card - to HK$38,000 prompted one of our readers, a card holder, to investigate the highly priced, rare and exclusive services he was paying for. He called the Centurion number one evening recently and was directed to press a key ...




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