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  1. Improving Dragon looks the part in middle pin of TT

    Posted Feb 22nd 2008, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... John Bell Special Dragon looks to have the makings of a promising type and he should make light work of a rise in weight in the middle pin of Sunday afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha ... at the trials to warrant respect. In the opening leg, Call Me Cullen looks a value banker with a return to the all-weather track and sporting a pair of blinkers for the first time. The Alex Wong ...

  2. Carmakers hit bumps along road to export breakthrough in US

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... Kandy Wong Chinese carmakers are facing fewer challenges from rising oil prices than their United States counterparts but that advantage does not necessarily get them closer to their dream ... the market changes,' said John Bonnell, director of market intelligence for Asia-Pacific at Automotive Resources Asia. Recent official figures in the US showed that cars accounted for 57 per ...

  3. Hongkongers too laissez-faire about retirement planning

    Posted Dec 15th 2008, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer Since the introduction of the Mandatory Provident Fund eight years ago, fund administrators and trustees have repeatedly emphasised one point: it is all about taking a long-term perspective. Particularly in a year when slumping global markets have weighed down fund performance and caused the relative value of many portfolios to tumble, that basic message to scheme ...

  4. New strategies on the cards

    Posted Dec 20th 2008, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... Written by John Cremer Marketing initiatives to boost range of transactions Sound long-term marketing strategies should see a company through the ups and downs of the economic cycle, but it is a major advantage if the business model is built to withstand a cutback in spending on big-ticket items. 'It is not a big concern if purchases are big or small; the frequency of using ...

  5. Answering the phone at work

    Posted Nov 18th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Written by John Millen This week We look at communication in the workplace Almost all people have to answer the phone at some point during their work day. Phone calls are important and they have to be dealt with efficiently by the person who picks up the phone. Today, that person is you Useful Phrases Here are some phrases that will help you be more efficient when you answer ...

  6. Taking care of the neighbours

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... John Cremer Start planning a mega high-rise in Hong Kong and one of the first things you have to consider is the impact the structure is going to have on the immediate environment and the neighbours. In the case of the International Commerce Centre that meant studying in detail the effects of the new microclimate that would be created, including everything from downdrafts ...

  7. Let's have a debate (2)

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Written by John Millen This week In a debate, you are trying to prove you are right and your opponents are wrong The motion: This House believes that violent video games have a negative effect on teenage behaviour Your classmates, friends or family members will have different opinions as to whether video games have a bad effect on teenage behaviour. Hence, the above motion ...

  8. The soap show

    Posted Oct 14th 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... Written by John Millen This week We take a look at soap operas and why they are so popular Soap operas are a much-loved part of popular culture all over the world. From South America to Scotland, soaps play an important part in television schedules and millions of viewers watch them. What are soap operas and why are they so popular? What Makes a Soap Opera so Gripping? Do you watch ...

  9. Look no further than Namjong Sky for a happy day

    Posted Sep 30th 2008, 12:00am by John Bell

    ... John Bell Namjong Sky has been a transformed horse since being patiently ridden and, despite a rise in weight, he should again give his rivals a galloping lesson in the middle pin of tomorrow afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin. With Sunday's TT failing to go off after some indifferent results, the main prize is expected to reach HK$6 million, and, from an inside ...

  10. Few surprises in young girl's tale

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by John Millen

    ... John Millen The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong By Kirsty Murray Published by Allen and Unwin ISBN 1 86508 737 8 The latest novel from Australian writer Kirsty Murray is aimed squarely at teenage female readers. The Secret Life of Maeve Lee Kwong focuses on a 13-year-old who goes through typical teen problems and a few which are less common. Once Murray introduces her eponymous ...




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