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  1. News - China Insider - CHINA DIGEST

    More strain on Beijing water supply; deaf crime boss jailed; Shenzhen metro sued over death

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 05:18am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Beijing Youth Daily reports. Admittance to the park will be free during the week-long holiday, when 20 per cent more tourists are expected to make the visit. Strain on water supply People in the capital have put a strain on the city's water supplies as it sweltered in the heat during the summer, The Beijing News reports. Residents used 255 million cubic metres of water from June ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1597596/more-strain-beijing-water-supply-deaf-crime-boss-jailed-shenzhen
  2. Business - Commodities - COMMENT

    Closures of China's iron ore mines won't offset global supply increases

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:08am by Reuters

    ... output will open the door to increased imports, thus absorbing the extra supply being brought online by the major mining houses. This view is bolstered by the improving outlook for steel demand ... Clyde Russell Rising supply to dash hopes of iron ore bulls Iron ore prices increased the most in 10 months last week, but hopes that this marks the start of a new bullish phase are likely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1545149/closures-chinas-iron-ore-mines-wont-offset-global-supply
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must grapple with question of housing supply

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... trade-offs Supply chain This year marks the 60th anniversary of public housing in Hong Kong. It all started with a huge squatter fire in Shek Kip Mei on December 25, 1953. Then, in 1972, the colonial ... units have to be built. The government has to play a proactive role under a "supply-led strategy", especially in public housing, with an initial 60:40 public-private split in new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1304113/hong-kong-must-grapple-question-housing-supply
  4. Property - International - NEW ZEALAND

    New Zealand housing prices hit new high on limited supply

    Posted Sep 11th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Values 8pc above 2007 peak thanks to markets in Auckland and Christchurch, despite curbs Home prices hit record onlimited supply in big cities New Zealand house ... months to August, and prices in Christchurch were up 11.4 per cent, because of limited supply. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has imposed limits on the amount of low deposit-high value house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1307755/new-zealand-housing-prices-hit-new-high-limited-supply
  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Control of water supplies seen as seen as key to Iraq and Syria conflicts

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:50pm by GDN

    ... on who controls the region's dwindling water supplies, say security analysts in London and Baghdad. Rivers, canals, dams, sewage and desalination plants are now all military targets in the semi-arid region, which regularly experiences extreme water shortages, says Michael Stephen, of the Royal United Services Institute think tank in Qatar. "Control of water supplies gives ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1545993/control-water-supplies-seen-seen-key-iraq-and-syria-conflicts
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Hong Kong chief executive urged do more on land supply and ease building costs

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 01:41am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com The chief executive is urged to draft a more comprehensive land supply programme and look at ways to control construction costs Supply seen as key for HK's housing fix It turns out that introducing cooling measures was the easy part of the government's ambition to tackle the city's housing problem. At the end of his second year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1543252/hong-kong-chief-executive-urged-do-more-land-supply-and
  7. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    Public housing to account for 60pc of new flat supply

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... to account for 60pc of new flat supply Public housing will take up 60 per cent of new residential supply in the next decade, from the current 50-50 share with private flats. The marked change ... take a more active role and do more in providing public housing." Cheung said the ratio of public to private housing in new supply in the next 10 years would be 60 per cent to 40 per cent, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1290786/public-housing-account-60pc-new-flat-supply
  8. Business - Commodities - GEMS

    De Beers sees diamond demand outstripping supply in years ahead

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 02:46pm by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Miner expects China and India to lead growth as supply is likely to fall in 2020 De Beers sees rising diamond demand Rising global demand for diamonds, led by China and India, is expected to outpace growth in supply over the coming years, according to the industry's dominant force, De Beers. In the next decade, demand is projected to grow ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1594617/china-india-buying-more-diamond-can-be-produced
  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - PROPERTY

    Increase in land supply helps small developers compete with big firms

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:11am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com An increase in land supply gives minor players a chance to compete with the bigger companies Small developers back with a bang Small developers are flocking back to government land sales after being edged out by property heavyweights over the past decade, with an increase in land supply giving them a fighting chance to elbow their way into the world's most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1543903/increase-land-supply-helps-small-developers-compete-big
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's housing supply to soar just as mortgage rates double

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland And when currently unoccupied homes are put up for sale, prices can only fall. Then you will see just how unhappy property agents can get HK's housing supply to soar just ... they will not reverse their stamp duty rises and pledging to step up the construction of new housing projects. Last week, they announced the government will build more than 60,000 public housing flats ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1277488/hong-kongs-housing-supply-soar-just-mortgage-rates-double

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