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  1. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong Privatising and deregulating public housing could free HK$3.36 trillion for the government to finance health care and old-age welfare payments Home for more capital The value of Hong Kong's housing capital last year was estimated at HK$6.8 trillion, or 320 per cent of gross domestic product. This is the net value of private residential housing at market prices, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583989/how-freeing-public-housing-would-help-hong-kong
  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG RESIDENTIAL

    Prices in 5 housing estates still below 1997 peak

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 03:48pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Prices in five of the housing estates most popular among investors in 1990s are still below their peak values in 1997, although the average home price ... and Taikoo Shing in Quarry Bay have recorded the strongest growth in property prices. Baguio Villa is a 39-year-old housing estate. But Wong said it was renovated a few years ago and is one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1583629/prices-5-housing-estates-still-below-1997-peak
  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - HONG KONG RESIDENTIAL

    Housing rally in Hong Kong cools

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 03:39pm by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Hong Kong’s housing market rally has cooled as developers ease up on the pace of new launches and flat owners ramp up asking prices. Ricacorp Properties estimates that 7,885 property transactions were lodged with the Land Registry in August, marking a 16 per cent drop from July’s 9,400 units. This would be the first decline in five months, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1583635/housing-rally-hong-kong-cools
  4. News - World - GAMBLING

    The house doesn't always win in Atlantic City as two casinos close

    Posted Sep 01st 2014, 04:44am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Atlantic City In an unprecedented few days amid sliding profits in the gambling resort of Atlantic City, three casinos will have closed and 5,000 jobs will be lost The house doesn't always win A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos are closing this week and a third ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1582449/house-doesnt-always-win-atlantic-city-two-casinos-close
  5. News - Hong Kong - Public safety

    No vacancies: guest houses not welcome in our blocks

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 04:22am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Residents support government proposal to shut hostels in their buildings following deadly fire at Continental Mansion, survey shows No vacancies: guest houses not welcome in our blocks For years, Lau Kwok-hung has been troubled by the proliferation of guest houses in the building where he has lived for five decades- but his voice was heard only when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581514/no-vacancies-guest-houses-not-welcome-our-blocks
  6. Comment - Blogs

    The rule of thirds: New evidence of the Chinese role in Vancouver’s housing market

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 08:29am by Ian Young

    ... Ian Young 33 per cent of house buyers in city last year were mainlanders, according to leading firm There are at least three ways to respond to the influx of mainland Chinese money to Vancouver’s real estate market, depending on your perspective of the phenomenon. One position is to oppose it on the grounds that it has helped boost housing unaffordability to unacceptable levels: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1581034/rule-thirds-new-evidence-mainland-chinese-role-vancouvers-housing
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Government too weak to fight villagers over small house policy

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 01:03am by Howard Winn

    ... restrict their ability to farm the land and more importantly their "right" to build a small house. This is just another example of the low-level lawlessness that pervades the New ... the interplay of politics, property and money. The policy was set up in 1972 as a temporary measure to deal with the low level of housing in the New Territories. Indigenous male villagers who can trace ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1580676/government-too-weak-fight-villagers-over-small-house-policy
  8. News - Hong Kong - ENTERTAINMENT

    Ocean Park's new haunted house may just scare the life out of you

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 05:49am by Arthur Chan, Patsy Moy

    ... Arthur Chan and Patsy Moy New haunted house may scare the life out of you Ocean Park says its new haunted house is so scary it will require visitors to sign a disclaimer in case they fall ... in fact protect the park from potential claims if something did go awry. Ocean Park says this is the first time it has introduced such a requirement for one of its attractions. The haunted house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580908/ocean-parks-new-haunted-house-may-just-scare-life-out-you
  9. News - Hong Kong - FIRE

    Fire in Kwun Tong housing estate, killing a woman and two children

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 04:31am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter A fire broke out in a publing housing estate in Kwun Tong, killing three people and injuring two in a family of five. Among the dead were a woman, 33, a girl and a boy, aged 5 and 2 respectively. A man, 53, and an eight-month-old baby were injured; the baby was in critical condition. At around 3am, fire broke out in a flat in 20/F, Tsui Lok House, Tsui Ping (South) Estate. About 60 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581028/fire-kwun-tong-housing-estate-four-injured
  10. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syria opens door to US bombing of Islamists but White House to go it alone

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 09:57pm by AP

    ... and implement UN Security Council resolution 2170," Muallem said. But White House spokesman Josh Earnest rejected the call from Damascus. "There are no plans to coordinate with the Assad ... "caliphate" could become a launch pad for a new round of global terror attacks. While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside Syria, additional intelligence on the militants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1580906/syria-opens-door-us-bombing-islamists-white-house-go-it-alone

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