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  1. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    Call for Hong Kong to get tough on preserving historic buildings

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 04:38am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Conservancy Association calls for harsher rules to protect buildings of historical significance from demolition, alteration or redevelopment 'Time ... whether legislation should be passed to restrict the alteration or demolition of privately owned buildings that are graded for historical significance, whether more economic incentives should ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1562113/call-hong-kong-get-tough-preserving-historic-buildings
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Land premium uncertainty discourages building of footbridges

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 02:27pm by Alnwick Chan

    ... or causes landlords to hesitate before building is a footbridge connection. Footbridges that link buildings are open to the public. Since the 1990s, one of the bases for assessing the land premium ... be astronomically high. This has deterred many landlords from building footbridge connections. For instance, the construction of a footbridge may generate an additional 10 per cent in pedestrian traffic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1558953/land-premium-uncertainty-discourages-building-footbridges
  3. Business - Economy - CURRENCIES

    France out to build on gains as yuan hub, consul general in Hong Kong says

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:26am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com The fifth-largest offshore yuan centre is keen to grab a bigger slice of the pie, the consul general says, as trade linkages with China expand France out to build on gains as yuan hub France wants to expand its yuan business on the back of a strong trade relationship with China, while its financial firms are keen to offer yuan investment products, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1560725/france-out-build-gains-yuan-hub-consul-general-hong-kong-says
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Hong Kong home prices stay firm on high building costs, strong demand

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:38am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com New private housing supply seen reaching 8-year high of 73,000, near government target Prices stay firm on high costs, strong demand High construction costs and strong demand are seen keeping property prices high although ne ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1559391/hong-kong-home-prices-stay-firm-high-building-costs-strong
  5. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Longer wait for flats on the cards amid building shortfall

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 04:57am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... waiting time' pledge again soon," he said. But critics were pessimistic. "The chief executive pledged to build an average of 20,000 public rental flats each year [between 2013 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557701/expect-longer-waits-flats-amid-shortfall-well-catch-soon-says-housing
  6. News - World - HACKING

    Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller build device to protect cars from hackers

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 01:22am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Boston Security experts to showcase technology that stops hackers taking control of vehicles Device protects cars from cyberattack Two security experts who a year ago exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have de ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557749/chris-valasek-and-charlie-miller-build-device-protect-cars-hackers
  7. News - Hong Kong - EMERGENCY

    Tenants claim they were not alerted to fire in building

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:59am by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com Tenants claim they were not alerted to fire in building Tenants of an office block in Central have accused the property's management of failure to alert ... no casualties. One office worker who spoke on condition of anonymity said the building's management, Sino Property Services, did not inform staff at his company or others on the same floor. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557402/tenants-claim-they-were-not-alerted-fire-building
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    SHKP to build on sites where Housing Society deemed project too costly

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 11:29am by Yvonne Liu

    ... it can profitably build on sites where the Housing Society abandoned a residential project for the elderly as being too expensive. Sun Hung Kai Properties snapped up two sites in Tin Shui Wai ... in the building sector, the society estimated the construction cost would have at least doubled from its forecast of HK$4.6 billion in 2008. However, SHKP deputy managing director Victor Lui Ting said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1553911/shkp-build-sites-where-housing-society-deemed-project-too
  9. News - World - SYRIAN CONFLICT

    'It's a miracle!' Two-month-old Syrian baby rescued from bombed-out building

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 10:01pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut A two-month-old Syrian baby was rescued from the rubble of a bombed building in war-battered Aleppo – a “miracle” caught on film by rescuers – but now desperately needs help, according to its mother. The dramatic rescue of infant, Mahmud Idlibi, in the flashpoint northern city, a constant target of regime air raids, was shown in a video tweeted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1553537/its-miracle-two-month-old-syrian-baby-rescued-bombed-out-building
  10. Sport - Rugby - SUPER 15

    Crusaders build momentum for Super 15 semis

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 12:42am by AP, AFP

    ... Agencies Canterbury side sweep aside Highlanders to top New Zealand conference standings Crusaders build momentum for Super 15 semis Flanker Matt Todd scored two tries and Dan Carter ... season seven points clear at the top of the standings and will now have a week off before hosting a semi-final for the first time. The momentum is building for the Waratahs as they chase ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1552991/crusaders-build-momentum-super-15-semis

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