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  1. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Let the Hong Kong taxpayer off the hook for a new runway, please

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 12:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... just under HK$1,000. My guess is also that if confronted with this, many travellers would say, "Thanks. Where do I catch the coach to the border?" And then we would not need to build ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1571636/let-hong-kong-taxpayer-hook-new-runway-please
  2. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong government's reserves are not big enough to fight 'financial predators'

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 01:01am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... arrayed against you if your so-called "financial predators" decide to take you on. It's about 3,500 times what you have in free fiscal reserves. You haven't a hope of building ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563045/hong-kong-governments-reserves-are-not-big-enough-fight-financial-predators
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Trees just the start for axe swinging needed at West Kowloon arts hub

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:21am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... and talk, yes. But do? At the moment they are all squabbling with the senior government bureaucracy about whether to spend HK$23 billion on a parking garage for one of the buildings. Very artistic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1557771/trees-just-start-axe-swinging-needed-west-kowloon-arts-hub
  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Keep Hong Kong airport for wide-body jets and ditch need for third runway

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 01:17am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... demanding that we build a third runway for it. The reason that our new airport has been plugged up earlier than expected is that it has 57 per cent more passenger aircraft movements than the old ... by building another runway at a cost of up HK$200 billion so that they can continue misusing the airport by operating unsuitably small aircraft to unsuitable destinations. We spoiled them at Chek Lap ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1554322/keep-hong-kong-airport-wide-body-jets-and-ditch-need-third-runway
  5. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Housing Authority will run out of money if it continues building flats without raising rents that are already among the lowest in urban world High time we stopped paying ... this year. At one time this did not matter. Income from public-sale housing, the Home Ownership Scheme, covered the cost of building rental flats. And when HOS was finally wound down in 2004, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - JAKE'S VIEW

    Losers' Clubs spend good money on bad ideas

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:55am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... as an investment analyst, is a good example. It was notable for having the fanciest building in all Manila and the highest pay packages. Its motto- "I'm all right, Jack". In every third ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1550671/losers-clubs-spend-good-money-bad-ideas
  7. Property - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Hong Kong's simple answer to its industrial land space puzzle

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:06am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of industrial space as everyone involved would have to turn honest. Thus a large number of these buildings are in an increasingly moribund state. Overall they constitute a seriously inefficient use ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1545172/hong-kongs-simple-answer-its-industrial-land-space-puzzle
  8. 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
  9. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Rise in interest rates is something to welcome, not worry about

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... it straight once more for Professor Chan's boss, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who reportedly spends his days at present poring over aerial photographs to look for land on which he can build ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1543904/rise-interest-rates-something-welcome-not-worry-about
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Ungrateful arts leaders owe public an apology over West Kowloon project

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 12:29am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Mix public funding with the arts in this town and what you get is a fixation with costly, fancy buildings, mostly of the windowless sort Ungrateful arts leaders owe public an apology The government's non-committal attitude towards building the third phase of the West Kowloon Cultural District is not just an insult to the arts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1524094/ungrateful-arts-leaders-owe-public-apology-over-west-kowloon-project

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