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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

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

    ... of applicants. Unsurprisingly this has given rise to corruption and irregularities. It is now recognised that the supply of housing in the New Territories has radically improved since the 1970s, so ... restrict their ability to farm the land and more importantly their "right" to build a small house. This is just another example of the low-level lawlessness that pervades the New ...

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

    House rules in sale of land to official

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

    ... that the land Lam bought had already been the subject of two previous approvals. One, in 1995, was for a small house. The other was for three small houses. This planning approval lapsed in August last ... was no guarantee that the redevelopment proposal in respect of the lots would ultimately be approved by his office". Approval was conditional on ascertaining that the lots had "house ...

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

    Fun at the park

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

    ... to the Lands Department official Anita Lam Ka-fun who received planing permission to build four houses on agricultural land. We are curious as to the way the planning papers present the case which would not be out of place in Yes Minister as an example of bureaucratic cynicism. At one point we read: "The proposed development of four NTEHs [small houses] is not entirely in line ...

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

    The economist who wants to be paid to be wrong

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 01:16am by Howard Winn

    ... for spin-offs from this. He also believes there's a market for customised research from particularly smaller institutions as it is expensive for institutions to maintain an in-house economist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1562207/economist-who-wants-be-paid-be-wrong
  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Where does the truth lie in McDonald's 'lack of clarity'?

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 01:26am by Howard Winn

    ... Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain He was looking for the place called Lee Ho Fook's Going to get a big dish of beef chow mein Hearing this blasting out of Government House every ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1561430/where-does-truth-lie-mcdonalds-lack-clarity
  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    MTR saga highlights governance and accountability issues

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 02:16am by Howard Winn

    ... fall guy, this will deflect attention from the Secretary for Housing and Transport, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, and Walder presumably will be well paid to do so. Cheung does not come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1555904/mtr-saga-highlights-governance-and-accountability-issues
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    'Valet parking' available off Chatham Road

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 01:20am by Howard Winn

    ... while a company called Ultimate Dream is suing Kith for vacant possession of the offices used to house its company headquarters in Hing Lung Commercial Building, in Bonham Strand East. Despite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1554331/valet-parking-available-chatham-road
  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Power squeeze

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 12:32am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Power squeeze We were interested to read in CLP Holdings' in-house magazine an account of the farewell banquet the company held to mark the end of its long-standing partnership with ExxonMobil. The account concluded: "CLP sincerely wishes ExxonMobil continued success for the future." This left us wondering that the boot should be on the other foot. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1552375/power-squeeze
  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Trust me- I'm an expert, but even experts can get it wrong

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:43am by Howard Winn

    ... told the website. Disgruntled investment bankers are also leaving to take advantage of the recent uptick in in-house M&A jobs with companies planning acquisitions. These are mostly junior ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1547030/trust-me-im-expert-even-experts-can-get-it-wrong
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    When it comes to earth's climate, change is normal

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 05:34am by Howard Winn

    ... Emeritus, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara. His testimony was given to the US House Subcommittee on Science, Space and Technology, which ... and the White House National Climate Assessment, "these environmental changes are not apocalyptic nor irreversible". He says: "My biggest concern is that both the reports present a number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1525535/when-it-comes-earths-climate-change-normal

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