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  1. Appointment system breeds collusion

    Posted Jun 07th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Prepare for worse ahead with the new junior ministerial positions. Far from being a constitutional advance, this is an extension of the colonial system of appointment ... The corporation was created to provide extra credit to help bolster apartment and land prices. Collusion does not need an agenda or meeting place. It just needs an appointment system. Philip Bowring ...

  2. Topic and Tone

    Posted Jan 24th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read these e-mail messages. Match each message with the most appropriate item from the list of subjects. Then identify the tone of each message, selecting the correct adjective from the list. Messages 1 Just to keep you up to date on the charity fund-raising walk. I have been having great fun ringing all the potential sponsors and planning our publicity ...

  3. The biofuel issue

    Posted May 08th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read the sections and answer the questions which follow them. Part A Biofuels are replacements for fossil fuels made from a number of common crops such as corn, sugar beet, rapeseed, palm oil, soy and, most of all, sugar cane. The main products are ethanol and diesel, though there are also hopes to develop the use of biobutanol for aircraft fuel. ...

  4. A feeding frenzy at the political trough

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring There seems to be no limit to the self-aggrandising, and enrichment, of senior bureaucrats in Hong Kong. That is ever more alarming as increasing numbers morph ... is an equitable way of reducing quango power by distributing excess savings to the community. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  5. Too hot to handle?

    Posted Dec 11th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Australia's Kevin Rudd may find his climate-change pledges hard to live up to, given the costs involved, writes Philip Bowring Australia's belated signing of the Kyoto Protocol ... but the road to electoral disaster is paved with good intentions. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  6. Money and power talk - more than ever today

    Posted Nov 27th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring 'There has been a gentrification of triad society.' It was a stark assessment of Macau by former Hong Kong policeman Steve Vickers, who now heads the security ... Hong Kong waters. Philip Bowring is a Hong Kong-based journalist and commentator ...

  7. Business - Companies - RETAILING

    Robinsons Retail eyes family-owned chains to compete with rival

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:30am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Manila Philippine retailer to compete with rival chain by acquiring small businesses in rural areas Robinsons eyes family-owned stores for growth Billionaire John Gokongwei ... Robinsons Retail Holdings is looking for family-owned grocery or pharmacy chains of three to eight outlets outside the capital Manila, president Robina Gokongwei-Pe said in an interview. It plans ...

  8. Detective, Partner and Criminal

    Posted Mar 19th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Paper 1a - 10 Words and Attitudes A. What do you think of when you hear the name Sherlock Holmes? Maybe you see in your mind his tall, thin shape with his distinctive hat and cloak, but next you will think of his superb analytical skills, powers of deduct ...

  9. Squandering our assets on insiders

    Posted Aug 29th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... oversight over Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's expanding bureaucracy, public assets will continue to be squandered for the benefit of insiders - public or private. Philip Bowring ...

  10. Idioms

    Posted Oct 19th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Keep your fingers crossed When you make a wish, you might cross your fingers (middle and index fingers) as this traditionally brings good luck. If someone tells you they have applied for something and you want to wish them well, you can say: Good luck. I& ...




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