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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Taxpayers should not pay for a third runway … but they will

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Making airlines bid for landing and take-off slots at Chek Lap Kok would be the best way for airport to build revenue and fund new landing strip ... "analysts" are also right. It will never happen. I accept that at some level of aircraft movements there will be a need for a third runway at Chek Lap Kok and, given the lead time for building one, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1439598/taxpayers-should-not-pay-third-runway-they-will
  2. Business - Economy - JAKE'S VIEW

    Welfarism of corporate kind is the real problem

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:24am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and still rising fast. As the second chart shows, public expenditure on building and construction has risen threefold over the past six years to a current annual level of more than HK$78 billion. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1421694/welfarism-corporate-kind-real-problem
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Not everyone will be safe when banks go bust

    Posted Jan 30th 2014, 05:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... are not going well. SCMP, January 29 Time for a reminder of Jake's No 7 Rule of Investment- No matter how wide you build the exits, they are never wide enough when a stampeding crowd wants out. ... no more than you do but the alternative to personal prudence in banking relationships is wilder swings in the economic cycle and system wide financial crises again and again. No one can build ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1417021/not-everyone-will-be-safe-when-banks-go-bust
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority has no business in being a shopping mall landlord

    Posted Jan 26th 2014, 05:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... no longer need to build housing for public sale. This hit the Housing Authority's finances hard. It funded construction of public rental housing from its sales programme. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1413662/housing-authority-has-no-business-being-shopping-mall
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let container port go into terminal decline, then let's build some flats

    Posted Oct 13th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Let our port go into terminal decline, then we can build flats There have been suggestions that Kwai Tsing Container Terminals is no longer needed. Some even suggest ... and a little reclamation infilling and we could have perhaps five square kilometres of land. This is enough land for well in excess of the 470,000 flats our bureaucrats are talking of building. Now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1330495/let-container-port-go-terminal-decline-then-lets-build-some
  6. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Land-hungry tourism a 'pillar' that short changes Hong Kong

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 12:53am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... can then send them back to Shenzhen every night and save the cost of building yet more hotels on prime land that could be used for housing. Yes, Mr Chan, let's start that rethink now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1411277/land-hungry-tourism-pillar-short-changes-hong-kong
  7. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Science Park's tech hub dream a waste of money and scarce land

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 12:48am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... company, I'm sure, but helping build an unassailable hub of technology? Megasoft Micro in the name would have suited this bunch better than Mega but, unfortunately, the Microsoft name has already been taken. Megasoft's line is tracking real time customer movements. Building security applications are to come next. Careful now, Big Brother's baby sibling is in training ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1404883/science-parks-tech-hub-dream-waste-money-and-scarce-land
  8. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Tung Chung a case study in foolishness

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 01:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... been compromised ever since. But it was still not enough. And then one of the planners came up with a brilliant idea. Why not build a hitherto unplanned new town right beside the airport, ... the look-foolish thing. Thus Hong Kong came to have the unique inside-out, upside-down, back-to-front distinction of building a residential district to serve a railway rather than building a railway ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1382730/tung-chung-case-study-foolishness
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    Industrial buildings rethink runs into home truths

    Posted Jul 18th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... buildings into "transitional accommodation" is not a sound option to help people who are queuing for public housing, development officials have concluded. SCMP, July 17 Here is one ... buildings. But our civil servants must operate by the book and cannot formally recognise this without being in defiance of the Court of Final Appeal. They must pretend that it is all still empty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1284956/industrial-buildings-rethink-runs-home-truths
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    JP Morgan just doing as Romans do

    Posted Dec 10th 2013, 01:39am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of American securities regulators. I think it is mostly self-serving in helping them build their empires or political careers and it smells of rank hypocrisy. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1377036/jp-morgan-just-doing-romans-do

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