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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's housing policy challenge

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Beijing's housing policy challenge Local government, which depends on revenue from property sales to finance services and infrastructure, has combined in the past with developers to get around policy measures to cool the mainland property market. Now sustained tight credit, a huge oversupply of housing and negative sentiment have combined with administrative moves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579600/beijings-housing-policy-challenge
  2. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tourists at risk in thousands of illegal guest houses in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by Ernest Kao and Amy Nip

    ... houses scattered across the city operate without a licence, a study has found. The study comes after a fire in a North Point building filled with guest houses left 25 injured in December. ... that governs guest houses. "We estimate that there are at least 2,000 unlicensed guest houses in operation and this equates to about 20,000 rooms," research assistant Kimberly Fung Wan-yin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577144/illegal-guest-houses-put-tourists-risk-and-deprive-low-income
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENTERTAINMENT

    US haunted house brings Halloween horror to Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 04:44am by BRIAN YAP

    ... Brian Yap brian.yap@scmp.com Las Vegas-based organiser hopes to attract 50 per cent more visitors than it does in the States US haunted house brings Halloween horror to HK Fright Dome Las ... and gore-clad professional actors and six haunted houses. Egan- who claims to have invested millions of dollars in the Hong Kong event, exceeding the budget of the Las Vegas one- hopes that attendance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577876/us-haunted-house-brings-halloween-horror-hong-kong
  4. Magazines - 48hrs - FOOD & WINE

    25+ Restaurants: International Curry House

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:21pm by JANICE LEUNG HAYES

    ... are too high, and people won't pay more for their food," says So Man-ying, owner-manager of the 31-year-old International Curry House. So started the restaurant with a few partners ... ceremony where I had to bow and offer incense, it wasn't a casual apprenticeship. Only after that would he teach me his recipes," says So.   International Curry House, 26-30 Tai Wong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1577624/25-restaurants-international-curry-house
  5. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Art House: Antonioni's La Notte focuses more on characters than urban alienation

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 11:21pm by EDMUND LEE

    ... Wicki), their dreary hour at a dinner club strip-tease, and their respective flirtations with adultery at a giant house party— their emotional detachment seems complete. Uncharacteristically ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1577569/art-house-antonionis-la-notte-focuses-more-characters-urban
  6. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDIA

    House News closed last month, but other independent sites still exist

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 06:17pm by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau elaine.yau@scmp.com Raising their sites The abrupt closure of House News on July 26 sent a chill through the media community, highlighting the difficulties of operating ... and analysis, modelling itself on US sites such as Business Insider. The demise of House News spurred Simon Lee Chao-fu to bring forward the launch of Citizens' Media, says the founder, who also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1576116/house-news-closed-last-month-other-independent-sites-still
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    House rules in sale of land to official

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 01:23am by Howard Winn

    ... that the land Lam bought had already been the subject of two previous approvals. One, in 1995, was for a small house. The other was for three small houses. This planning approval lapsed in August last ... was no guarantee that the redevelopment proposal in respect of the lots would ultimately be approved by his office". Approval was conditional on ascertaining that the lots had "house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1573096/house-rules-sale-land-official
  8. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Art house: Festival Moon highlights inequality in Hong Kong, past and present

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 01:11am by Paul Fonoroff

    ... has changed in the past six decades. The Chens are educated members of the middle class, yet their housing conditions are appalling. The chasm between the "haves" ... still packs a potent punch.   Festival Moon, August 17, 7pm, HK Film Archive, October 26, 2pm, Broadway Cinematheque, November 9, 4pm, Cine-Art House. Part of the 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1572721/art-house-festival-moon-highlights-inequality-hong-kong-past-and
  9. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Growth in London house prices forecast to slow to 3pc

    Posted Aug 13th 2014, 05:05am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in London Growth in London house prices to slow to 3pc Growth in London house prices will slow to about 3 per cent next year as the prospect of higher borrowing costs forces ... the surge in British house prices in the past year, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said last month. Surging values in the capital prompted the Bank of England to limit riskier ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1572222/growth-london-house-prices-forecast-slow-3pc
  10. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Housing Authority must raise public housing rents or run out of money

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 12:45am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp Housing Authority will run out of money if it continues building flats without raising rents that are already among the lowest in urban world High time we stopped paying this rent Professor Raymond So Wai-man, who chairs the Housing Authority's finance committee, said it may need to ask for more funding as its coffers will have dwindled to HK$28.2 billion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money

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