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  1. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Anton Oilfield adjusting to new situation at PetroChina

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:23am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn We noted last week that Anton Oilfield Service Group suffered a disastrous first half for 2014 with earnings per share down 83 per cent year on year. This Hong Kong ... for the online edition of the SCMP yesterday were: "Beijing warns UK to drop Hong Kong inquiry as MP says Sino-British deal may have been broken"; "Occupy Central's strategy has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583992/anton-oilfield-adjusting-new-situation-petrochina
  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    How will Beijing contain city's demand for political reform?

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 12:28am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn After years of being promised political change, it turns out that what Hong Kong is going to get is universal suffrage with Chinese characteristics. It bears little resemblance ... are clearly in for a period of political unrest. Hong Kong protesters are among the most peaceable in the world but it is not hard to imagine the presence of agent provocateurs to stir up trouble. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583210/how-will-beijing-contain-citys-demand-political-reform
  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Luxury crackdown brings fear of flying first class in China

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 01:11am by Howard Winn

    ... to 600,000 yuan a year. "I've noticed it in the newspapers, but I haven't received any instructions about it," he told reporters at a meeting yesterday in Hong Kong to discuss ... by calling it business class.   Nathan Tinkler in Hong Kong We see that Nathan Tinkler has had the rug pulled out from underneath him by Peabody Energy. The flamboyant Australian coal miner had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1581570/luxury-crackdown-brings-fear-flying-first-class-china
  4. Business - Economy - LAI SEE

    Former judge says Hong Kong's town planning process is unfair

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 05:03am by Howard Winn

    ... unacceptable practice of being indecently vague again and again and … the frequent promises to give fuller details later". Waung is also unhappy with the way Hong Kong's town planning process is structured. "The whole town planning process in Hong Kong is a classroom example of inequality of arms, with the developer having the huge resources, with professionals working for long periods ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581336/former-judge-says-hong-kongs-town-planning-process-unfair
  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

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

    ... Territories, and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Hong Kong. Nobody is likely to be prosecuted for this. It's also another example of the government's weakness in dealing with the problem. It set up a committee in 2002 to consider the matter, but when asked its progress will say it is "still studying" the issue. It is Hong Kong governance at its worst, involving ...

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

    Sino Iron fiasco has Clive Palmer changing his attitude to China

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... with the dignity they deserve". However, his view has evidently soured. This is almost entirely to do with Hong Kong-listed Citic Pacific's Sino Iron project in Western Australia. In 2006, Palmer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1579552/sino-iron-fiasco-has-clive-palmer-changing-his-attitude-china
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Efforts to airbrush out Zhou Yongkang struggle at lift-off

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 01:17am by Howard Winn

    ... for talent hiring and other matters related to employees.   'Shapies' coming to Hong Kong One of the dispiriting aspects of new technology is the trivial functions to which it is applied. So many of the applications for smartphones are mindless, the internet is laden with porn, and now we have the "shapie"- a 3D selfie. Coming to Hong Kong next week is the Artec ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1578717/efforts-airbrush-out-zhou-yongkang-struggle-lift
  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    It's Christmas again with David Webb's Arts Optical tip

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 01:26am by Howard Winn

    ... It related to the stunning performance of the Hong Kong-listed eyeglass company Arts Optical, which rose 60 per cent on Tuesday, but alas it was a story that Lai See missed. The stock soared ... using the 2002 price of HK$1.87. He says Shenzhen is beginning to go through a similar experience to that of Hong Kong in the 1980s when it became too costly to make garments and factories ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1577980/its-christmas-again-david-webbs-arts-optical-tip
  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    An unwelcome reminder of why 'the law is an ass'

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:31am by Howard Winn

    ... on a technicality because they were not set up as non profit-organisations". However, the bidder mentioned, a consortium which included Asia Arts Archive, Para Site, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Ink Society and the School of Architecture of the Chinese University of Hong Kong are in fact all set up as non-profit organisations, and with the exception of the latter have charitable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1577220/arts-affairs
  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Judge Zervos calls for reform of liquor licensing process

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 01:15am by Howard Winn

    ... in their battles with the licensing and appeals boards. "Hong Kong could benefit from greater predictability in the liquor incensing system and that would make investment in Hong Kong more attractive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1576322/judge-zervos-calls-reform-liquor-licensing-process

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