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  • RegisteredJanuary 25, 2011
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Forums > Study > KCEL a profit-making school

Non publc sector schools are businesses and aim to make money. This is normal in any country. I would tend to put KCEL in the language centre sector, where profit is the main purpose.

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It will also play a major part in flood prevention further downstream. I lived just outside Gloucester, England in the late 1990s. We had floods year after year caused by the large paved areas of the cities in the Midlands, up to 100 km away.
With large paved areas the water cannot soak into the ground and slowly dissipate into the ground water system. Instead the water runs straight into drains and then is piped directly into water courses. This then over flows into rivers.

In the case of Gloucestershire, to protect the large towns downstream of the cities, they basically opened the floodgates knowingly sacrificing the smaller rural towns and villages further downstream.

The idea of a sponge city is beneficial to the city, if water can be saved for later use, prevention of flash flooding in the city itself during heave downpours, and for the areas downstream that get flooded as a result of run-off from paved areas.
This is a phenomenon that has been known for many years, but as cities (especially in China) are getting larger and larger, so are the problems that they cause.

Let us hope that pre-school curriculum is not just a preparation program for the mainstream curriculum. There would be so much scope to develop children's other intelligences, leading to more rounded individuals, who can better cope with the things life will throw at them. Just having more of the same, starting earlier, will only give you what you already have; which everyone admits needs improving.

Property taxes would be easy to enforce, as there is a registered owner(s), and may help get rid of a lot of zombie properties. We know a guy who owns over 30 properties, well at least his company does. All of these properties are empty. Companies have these 'assets' on the books often at optimistic values. A company owns a house where we are. They want about 30% over market value for it, only then will they sell.

People may think, 'Zombie property, so what?'. If an area has low occupancy, no small businesses can flourish, and the local economy can be in a downward spiral.
If people/companies have to pay tax on empty property it becomes a liability as well as an asset. It is also possible to charge a higher levy on empty property, if a government chooses to do so. They are talking about doing this in London.

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Echo everything said by others.
Breakfast great and the serve from 8am. Most other places say 9am and they still are not ready.
Sandwiches are cheap 22-32, and really packed full of filling. We got some sandwiches for a day out, the only mistake I made was ordering two, as this was too much. These are seriously good sangars, and they are wrapped in alu foil.

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In fairness to Metro, they are a wholesalers, and not really a supermarket. Hence the need for a card, which can be got around.

They have improved in the year I have been away. They now carry a more consistent range of imported foodstuffs and they also seem to have sorted out the mported milk supply.

They have a wider range of electrical appliances now, there is a coice of more than one toast. There is also a better range of seasonal non foods, like clothes, shoes, garden furniture and camping gear.

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Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.

Mae culpa

I was getting mixed up with the other international clinic that was open on XiYuan Lu, but the block is now under re-development.

I blame the confusion on pre-senile dementia, and the resurection of a 3 year old thread.

Lots of nice big brand performance bikes but not good for those of us on a budget.