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  1. Hitting the right notes

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Lacey

    ... The Republic of Seychelles has warm turquoise waters, white sands, swaying palm trees and a terrible cabaret singer. Stephen Lacey sails into the sunset. After a rough crossing aboard ... it to retain its culture without succumbing to a tourist invasion. As we wander through the town, its easy to see that life goes on, tourists or no tourists - a young man tends to his vegetable patch, ...

  2. Smart way to get on in the ministry of silly ideas

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Aggressive stupidity is never a pleasant characteristic, yet it seems that large swathes of the Hong Kong bureaucracy are determined to outdo each other in claiming ... the ranks of the bureaucracy? Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  3. Changing face of HK's older buildings

    Posted Feb 29th 2008, 12:00am by Anneliese O'Young

    ... Renovating commercial blocks makes better sense than redevelopment as it is economical and faster. Reports by Anneliese O'Young Efficiency is the name of the game when developers and investors choose to refurbish existing commercial buildings as opposed to redeveloping them. Unlike the often costly redevelopments, refurbishment can be done much faster, which allows developers ...

  4. Olympic supporters and cynics - everyone's a winner

    Posted Aug 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Rarely has a controversial event elicited quite the level of predictions that came before the Beijing Olympics, and even more rarely have nearly all of them been proved ... attempts to portray an image of perfection. Maybe it is time for the word 'relax' to enter the vocabulary of Chinese politics. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist ...

  5. Welfare-averse mindset is morally bankrupt

    Posted Feb 12th 2008, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines One of Hong Kong's greatest political taboos is the so-called 'free lunch' syndrome. The ruling elite and their allies pride themselves on resisting anything ... to protect its most vulnerable citizens; if ideologues have a problem with that, tough. Stephen Vines is a Hong Kong-based journalist and entrepreneur ...

  6. St Mark's outclass St Stephen's

    Posted May 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wong Yat-hei In a second-round encounter in the 12th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition, St Mark's School defeated St Stephen's College, thanks to their better presentation skills. ... unemployment rate for new immigrants, and they spoke confidently at a good pace and with eye contact with the audience,' he said. St Stephen's also lost points due to poor time management. ...

  7. On the move

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... as executive director and continue to act as director of corporate services and head of learning and development. She was formerly director of secretarial services with Ernst & Young/Tengis. Kristi ... investment funds formation and equity and convertible securities offerings. He has law degrees from Victoria University (New Zealand) and the University of Chicago. Stephen Hilton Head of critical ...

  8. Unlike our tycoons, Douglas Young knows the difference between price and value

    Posted Sep 18th 2010, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... and a subservient media. We are perfectly capable of recognising business brilliance such as that of deserving people like Douglas Young, co-founder and boss of lifestyle chain G.O.D.; individuals whose very success has contributed to society instead of ripping us off. So I was most pleasantly surprised by this personal communication from Young (pictured). He was responding to my account last ...

  9. Boy killed as subway escalator reverses

    Posted Jul 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com A 13-year old boy died and 30 were injured when an escalator suddenly reversed direction at a station on Beijing Subway's Line 4 yesterday morning. Two people remain in critical condition. Witnesses said the escalator malfunctioned at the Beijing Zoo Station at about 9.30am. 'When we were about to reach exit A, we heard ...

  10. HK$2m for the creative young to study abroad

    Posted Aug 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vidya Viswanathan Six lucky Hong Kong young people will have the opportunity to travel around the world at the end of the year to further their careers in creative design. In the fifth year of its Young Design Talent Award, the Hong Kong Design Centre will distribute HK$2 million among six winners on December 4. The scholarships allow designers aged under 30 to study ...




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