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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Town Planning Board's atrocious decision on Peak boutique hotel

    Posted Oct 09th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn howard.winn@scmp.com The Town Planning Board recently issued a defence of its widely criticised decision to allow the house at 27 Lugard Road to be developed as a boutique hotel. The board does not have a distinguished record and this is one of its crassest decisions. Readers will know this road, which loops around Victoria Peak, is one of the most pleasant walks ...

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    Rigid town planner annoys objectors at PLA site hearing

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 02:36am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Observers of yesterday's meeting of the Town Planning Board to hear the People's Liberation Army waterfront site issue were mystified by the rigid attitude of board ... the PLA to have control over the controversial site and seven against. Nevertheless, the planning board had let it be known that in view of the large number of people who had said they wanted ...

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    So who's responsible for the MTR debacle?

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:01am by Howard Winn

    ... to complete and millions of dollars in additional costs. As secretary for transport and housing and MTR board member, this comes under Anthony Cheung Bing-leung's responsibility. In the fine ... at the weekend. It is perhaps an improvement on the first words uttered by Michael Suen- "There is no need for anyone to resign"- when as secretary for housing planning and lands in December ...

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    Anthony Bolton retires with unfond memories of China

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 05:16am by Howard Winn

    ... positions were held by the same person, or whether independent directors held a majority on the board. "I found that corporate governance is a euphemism for 'are the figures real and is the management lying?', that is, fraud. The Chinese are great liars," the Sunday Times reported him as saying. So evidently no hard feelings there. Bolton plans to go travelling for a year ...

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    China Development Bank playing hardball over Rusal loan reform

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:13am by Howard Winn

    ... transaction because Renaissance is owned by Mikhail Prokhorov, is a 17 per cent shareholder in Rusal and his nominee sits on the Rusal board. Interestingly the subsidiary is not mentioned. Rusal has ...

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    Deborah Annells remanded in custody after fresh charges

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:32am by Howard Winn

    ... say that they do not have M&A plans in 2014, around the same proportion as in 2013," the report said.   What is art? There will be some disappointment at the Asia Society and possibly ...

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    Charles Li calls for a 'rational' debate on dual listings

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 12:19am by Howard Winn

    ... "core value". This, he argues, is not universally applied and ironically takes the case of HKEx which, although a listed company, the government gets to elect six of the 12 board members. ...

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    Legco advisers to tobacco groups should declare their interest

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 01:37am by Howard Winn

    ... With the tobacco lobby groups in full cry and the government forever on the back foot, it is no wonder that the HK$40 increase the government had planned for a packet of cigarettes at the last budget did ...

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    Gentrification brings tensions to Kennedy Town

    Posted Nov 23rd 2013, 02:40am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn Kennedy Town has been gentrifying rapidly because of the influx of people fleeing high rents in Central and the Mid-Levels in recent years and in anticipation of the new MTR ... as something of a scourge for some bar owners. The Quay West bar sitting on a prime waterfront site last week lost its licence at a hearing of the Liquor Licensing Board. There were no objections from ...

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    Judge Zervos gives liquor board a poke in the eye

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 01:10am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn A few months ago, we suggested the Liquor Licensing Board was getting out of control in the way it dealt with bars. In that piece, we mentioned that the Coast bar in Soho had its licence withdrawn by the liquor board, a decision which was upheld by the Municipal Services Appeals Board, and had subsequently applied to the High Court for leave to appeal for judicial ...




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