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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    More accountability needed for MTR

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by SCMP Editorial

    ... hardly wait to put behind it, after delays in all five construction projects. The HK$67 billion cross-border high-speed link has been delayed for two years, while also behind schedule ... the system's credibility and pushing forward the five major construction projects. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1550610/more-accountability-needed-mtr
  2. Comment - Letters

    Higher productivity needed on construction sites

    Posted Nov 30th 2013, 04:17am

    ... Higher productivity on construction sites is long overdue I totally agree with Jake van der Kamp's view on the issues pertaining to rising wages (" Rising wages pay off in the end for a world city ", November 19). He quotes Thomas Ho On-sing, president of the Hong Kong Construction Association (" Industry leaders fear manpower shortage crisis ", ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1369237/higher-productivity-needed-construction-sites
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 04:31am by STAFF

    ...   MTR focuses on tree preservation The MTR Corporation briefs journalists on its efforts to preserve century-old tree growing on walls in Kennedy Town during the construction of the West Island ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1551471/talking-points
  4. Property - Comment - BRICKS & MORTAR

    Slow progress in housing reform adds to bubble fears in China

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 01:10am by Langi Chiang

    ... that will help steer the frothy housing market to a gentler landing, removing the biggest downside risk to the world's second-biggest economy. A deep contraction in the construction industry has ... inventories have been building up since late last year and home prices have started to edge back from record highs. A deep contraction in the construction industry has begun to affect the overall ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/article/1549243/slow-progress-housing-reform-adds-bubble-fears-china
  5. 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

    ... in little revenue as construction costs are taking almost all the money. And yet the government wants the HA to build 20,000 rental flats a year, flats that have also gone way up in construction ...

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

    Clean energy takes stage in China as national interests evolve

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 01:25pm by David Fullbrook

    ... of wind power at the end of last year. Optimistically, construction might begin on another offshore gigawatt this year. Nevertheless, the targets are ambitious, requiring development each year ... especially for an immature industry. Construction bottlenecks could spoil plans. A shortage of ships, for example, hampered development in Britain. Another headache may be finding enough engineers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1548648/clean-energy-takes-stage-china-national-interests-evolve
  7. Comment - Letters

    Government can offer small landowners better financial deal

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by LETTERS

    ... and planning approval, land resumption, site clearance and construction of developments. Ultimately, society would benefit from swifter delivery of urgently needed homes. A little ingenuity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1549930/government-can-offer-small-landowners-better-financial-deal
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Tenants should pay fair share for public housing

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 04:32am by SCMP Editorial

    ... surplus is enough for just one year's construction. The system would become unsustainable if tenants only take advantage of subsidies without paying their fair share under the standing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1549234/tenants-should-pay-fair-share-public-housing
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hanoi must meet the challenge of standing up to Beijing

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 01:51pm by JONATHAN LONDON

    ... a more constructive approach. In a recent speech, President Xi Jinping noted that "the notion of dominating international affairs belongs to a different age". Might Xi consider his own ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1550297/hanoi-must-meet-challenge-standing-beijing
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    West Kowloon planners should showcase the art of walking

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 12:08pm by Wilson Lau

    ... with its surrounding areas. Currently, the space between Canton Road in Jordan and Kowloon MTR Station is dominated by construction cranes and workers wearing hard hats. Even though several design ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1550962/west-kowloon-planners-should-showcase-art-walking

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