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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Fishy business on the rise in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 12:29am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Hong Kong has had a ban on trawling for fish since the end of 2012. It has made payments to fishermen to assist them during this ban, and many of the familiar green-hulled ... are unclear whether they are registered in Hong Kong or on the mainland, or both. Meanwhile, the Marine Department has done nothing to address the question of providing additional private moorings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1464217/fishy-business-rise-hong-kong
  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Hong Kong is being choked by its government bureaucracy

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:45am by Howard Winn

    ... Hong Kong. Small wonder it cannot organise itself to get a halfway decent harbour front, or why there is a shortage of moorings for boats while there are literally acres of space in typhoon ... in a bureaucratic quagmire. Hong Kong is choking on its own bureaucracy. This is a serious problem, but as everyone knows reforming the civil service is one of the hardest things to do. There are too many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1462722/hong-kong-being-choked-its-government-bureaucracy
  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Can Hong Kong be the world's biggest mining finance market?

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:35am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Three years ago, Robert Friedland, executive chairman and founder of Ivanhoe Mines, told the Hong Kong Mines and Money conference: "Hong Kong will become the largest ... in it? Naturally the stock exchange would like this to be true. However, it now costs about three times more to list in Hong Kong than it does in Toronto or Sydney. Despite the higher price, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1458754/can-hong-kong-be-worlds-biggest-mining-finance-market
  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Art Basel coming to Hong Kong in a cloud of cigar smoke

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 01:34am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Art Basel, the art fair jamboree par excellence, comes to Hong Kong in May. Last year's event was fun and attracted all those art sophisticates like Roman Abramovich, Kate ... related disease, it seems strange to say the least that Art Basel thinks it is okay to take tobacco money. Tobacco sponsorship is pretty much banned in Hong Kong. So it is something of a surprise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1452667/art-basel-coming-hong-kong-cloud-cigar-smoke
  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    More pragmatism needed over Hong Kong's land policy

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 01:05am by Howard Winn

    ... to fall as well. Hong Kong wins accolades for being a free economy, but how is it that the Lands Department gets to decide what land prices should be? There is a simple message here. If you force ... cent discount on lease modification premiums because it wanted to encourage development. There is a need for more pragmatic thinking.   An unwilling winner Hong Kong frequently comes top ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1451158/more-pragmatism-needed-over-hong-kongs-land-policy
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Hong Kong crowd funding site looking for momentum

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 01:17am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn We caught up with fund2.me again recently- one of a handful of crowd funding sites in Hong Kong. We initially wrote about it shortly before its launch at the beginning ... and Europe, but its growth in Hong Kong has been sluggish. Just over three months after fund2.me opened for business, co-founder Mathias Krosewitz says progress has been slower and harder than he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1447319/hong-kong-crowd-funding-site-looking-momentum
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Deborah Annells remanded in custody after fresh charges

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:32am by Howard Winn

    ... make you wonder about the West Kowloon Cultural District. It would be a shame if it were to be added to the growing list of white elephants in Hong Kong.   Have you got any stories that Lai ... 55, who is well-known in Hong Kong expatriate circles, appeared before Principal Magistrate Bina Chainrai on a charge of doing an act, tending and intended to pervert the course of public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1483321/deborah-annells-remanded-custody-after-fresh-charges
  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    So who's responsible for the MTR debacle?

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:01am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Good to see the Hong Kong government's attitude towards the Principal Officials Accountability System remains unchanged. That is, no matter how embarrassing a blunder, ... as well we weren't invited.   A matter of perception Cathay Pacific Airways has been named Hong Kong's most attractive employer. This odd sounding award is not, as you might suppose, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1484931/so-whos-responsible-mtr-debacle
  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Too much focus on fishing boats as pleasure craft are neglected

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 12:19am by Howard Winn

    ... came into effect at the end of 2012, there are now more registered fishing boats in Hong Kong than there were before the ban. It will be recalled that in 2010, there were 5,571 licensed fishing ... are licensed here and in the mainland, but they prefer to be based in Hong Kong, which is an easier place to operate from. But while the Marine Department accommodates the presence of ever more fishing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1482429/too-much-focus-fishing-boats-pleasure-craft-are-neglected
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    What's good for the civil service is good for Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 07th 2014, 05:17am by Howard Winn

    ... the main social, economic and policy challenges which require further study regarding changes to Hong Kong's population profile in the next 30 years. It will recommend strategies and practical measures for pursuing the objectives of Hong Kong's population policy, and advise on the priority of these measures." The appointments came shortly after the Census and Statistics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1422431/whats-good-civil-service-good-hong-kong

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