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  1. 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
  2. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    The Inquisition: Taiwanese art-house actor Lee Kang-sheng

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:10pm by EDMUND LEE

    ... Text: Edmund Lee The Taiwanese actor has established himself at the forefront of the international art house scene THE INQUISITION 48 HOURS: After working on so many Tsai Ming-liang ... house and non-mainstream front — not many people watch them. Even in Taiwan? Even in Taiwan, indeed. So when I acted in that film, I very much shared my character's feelings. Tsai told ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1556146/inquisition-taiwanese-art-house-actor-lee-kang-sheng
  3. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    Hong Kong property bubble tipping point yet to be reached: HKU professor

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Tipping point for bubble not yet reached: academic While the government has warned of a property bubble, a professor of real estate says a tipping point ... points below bond interest rates," Chau told a forum organised by Caritas on addressing middle-class housing problems yesterday. Presently the rate of rental returns- just below 4 per cent- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1132523/hong-kong-property-bubble-tipping-point-yet-be-reached-hku-professor
  4. Magazines - 48hrs - FILM

    Art house: neo-realist icon Anna Magnani shines in Hollywood's The Rose Tattoo

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 11:10pm by Paul Fonoroff

    ... Text: Paul Fonoroff Defying the conventional image of a Hollywood screen goddess, Anna Magnani was 47 years old and an icon of Italian neo-realist cinema when she was tapped for her English-language debut in Daniel Mann's The Rose Tattoo (1955). In t ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1557173/art-house-neo-realist-icon-anna-magnani-shines-hollywoods-rose
  5. Magazines - Post Magazine - FOOD

    Snack attack: boba tea

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 10:52pm by Susan Jung

    ... Susan Jung Susan Jung Bubble brained Boba tea can quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger at the same time. The boba (also called bubbles) are large "pearls" of chewy tapioca ... large, but also, the bubbles are solid and heavy. Normally, a disposable cup is sealed with a tight plastic lid, which prevents the drink from spilling. The diner then pierces the plastic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1555333/snack-attack-boba-tea
  6. Property - International - MACROSCOPE

    Australia's housing revival sees shift towards high-rise apartments

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 12:31am by Reuters

    ... Wayne Cole Record levels of new home building underway, with growing Asian investment driving consumer demand for apartment blocks Australia's housing revival sees shift towards high-rises Australia is enjoying a long-desired housing renaissance as a record amount of new building gets under way, and a shift in fashion towards high-rise living should lengthen its life span ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1557107/australias-housing-revival-sees-shift-towards-high-rise
  7. Property - International - NEW ZEALAND

    New Zealand limits risky mortgage lending to head off risk of bubble

    Posted Oct 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters Central bank tackles risk of housing bubble by limiting low-deposit mortgages, but many in industry doubt if it will have the desired effect Curb on risky loans 'a step in the dark' New Zealand's central bank took a step in the dark yesterday when new rules to limit risky house lending came into effect, although many economists doubt they will work. Meanwhile, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1322225/new-zealand-limits-risky-mortgage-lending-head-risk-bubble
  8. Business - Money

    Chart of the day: Stress-testing mainland insurers

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:23am by NICK EDWARDS

    ... and growth-levered assets- those potentially most susceptible to losses if the credit bubble bursts. But analysis by Macquarie Bank pinpoints traditional assets as the real danger for insurer enterprise values in the event of widespread defaults, not their more exotic holdings. Almost all of the 9 per cent to 25 per cent decline in enterprise values that a bursting bubble might trigger would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1557729/chart-day-stress-testing-mainland-insurers
  9. Property - International - GERMANY

    Home prices in Berlin outpace rents

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:08am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Berlin Home prices in Berlin outpace rents Advertised prices for Berlin flats rose more than twice as fast as rents in June as housing demand in Germany's capital ... 7 points to 140.7, according to data compiled by online broker Immobilien Scout. "It would be misleading to attribute this to the start of a bubble," said Michael Kiefer, Immobilien ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1554878/home-prices-berlin-outpace-rents
  10. Property - International - GLOBAL ECONOMY

    Global property hot spots renew bubble fears fuelled by easy money

    Posted Nov 06th 2013, 05:10am by Reuters

    ... a professor of economics at Warwick University in Britain. "We're stoking up a huge bubble. It's quite extraordinary. We virtually ruined the Western world by having high house price ... easy-money bubble fears From China to Canada and London, fast-rising property markets are haunting the global economy again, five years after the US subprime mortgage bubble burst and triggered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1348368/global-property-hot-spots-renew-bubble-fears-fuelled-easy

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