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  1. Business - Economy - LAI SEE

    Former judge says Hong Kong's town planning process is unfair

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 05:03am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Those that take the time and effort to object to planning applications at the Town Planning Board have long been angered by the unfairness of the process. It is routinely ... five times in one form or another since 1994. In 2004, Hopewell applied to build a 93-storey hotel with convention and exhibition facilities, which was rejected by the board and again when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581336/former-judge-says-hong-kongs-town-planning-process-unfair
  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Luxury crackdown brings fear of flying first class in China

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

    ... groups Galaxy Entertainment, and Melco Crown Entertainment. Chow Tai Fook this year entered the list for the first time. China has the most number of companies on the list at 16, though down from ... appears on the list for the eighth time, the longest of any company. Other Indian businesses include HCL Technologies for the fifth time, and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. There were six firms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1581570/luxury-crackdown-brings-fear-flying-first-class-china
  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    'Closed to media' event at Foreign Correspondents' Club

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 01:02am by Howard Winn

    ... Will Offshore and Midshore Jurisdictions Remain Viable? In the blurb accompanying the invitation: "Offshore and midshore financial services are essential catalysts in the global financial system. ... mitigating problems encountered in the under-developed domestic financial markets." It goes on to say that offshore centres are now being "challenged" by global regulatory measures, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1572400/closed-media-event-foreign-correspondents-club
  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... What are the prospects for action any time soon on this? Despite the environmental degradation, poor planning, the corruption it engenders and illegal development, the government is likely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1580676/government-too-weak-fight-villagers-over-small-house-policy
  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Sino Iron fiasco has Clive Palmer changing his attitude to China

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Clive Palmer's tirade against China made global headlines earlier this week. But what's got the Australian mining billionaire so fired up? After all, four years ago Palmer was critical of the previous Labor government when Kevin Rudd was prime minister saying its policies made trade difficult for Chinese investors. In a speech he called the policies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1579552/sino-iron-fiasco-has-clive-palmer-changing-his-attitude-china
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    An unwelcome reminder of why 'the law is an ass'

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:31am by Howard Winn

    ... But the law is the law, and from time to time it's an ass.   Snooze control It's a poor show if you fall asleep on the job. But if you're an air traffic controller, it's pretty ... minutes. The plane landed safely but "because air traffic control was asleep on duty, [the plane] called many times," civil aviation authorities said in a statement quoted by the business ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1577220/arts-affairs
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    House rules in sale of land to official

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 01:23am by Howard Winn

    ... status, in addition to entitlement to redevelop. However, there apparently was no such issue when Lam applied for planning permission. By that time the department had discovered the lot had ... don't spend enough time with ageing parents. They don't set up a financial foundation for the future. People stop having fun. Get out more and socialise. Remember that the money you ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573096/house-rules-sale-land-official
  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Fun at the park

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 01:06am by Howard Winn

    ... But we live in strange times.   Have you got any stories that Lai See should know about? E-mail them to howard.winn@scmp.com ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573854/fun-park
  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Why does the global warming debate generate such hot air?

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 01:10am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn One of the interesting aspects about the global warming discussions that we indulge in here from time to time, is the nature of the response they generate. They seem ... Panel on Climate Change, that science shows that global warming is happening and that at least half of it is supposed to be due to man's activity in the form of the production of C02. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1431316/why-does-global-warming-debate-generate-such-hot-air
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Benefits of pork

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 01:54am by Howard Winn

    ... they are unhappy with their salaries, front-office professionals are generally paid on a par with global firms, Sharon Chow, vice-president of financial services at recruiters Charterhouse Partnership, told the website efinancialcareers. Global firms are interested in senior bankers with "proven experience" of serving clients- especially mainland state-owned enterprises, added ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1563751/benefits-pork

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