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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. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Developers expected to slash house prices to ease housing inventory oversupply

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 02:08am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com Rising housing inventory and sluggish sales are expected to force the hand of property firms needing to clear stock amid slump, analysts say Mainland ... that a year earlier, consultancy E-House (China) said. It was up 40 per cent to 12.7 months in second-tier cities, mainly provincial capitals. In the eastern port city of Qingdao, it now takes as long ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1545108/developers-expected-slash-house-prices-ease-housing
  3. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Retired PLA officers told to ‘return houses’ in graft crackdown

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 05:32pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... government has told retired military officers to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found “irregularities”, state media said on Saturday, as Beijing stepped up efforts to stamp out official corruption and excess. Abnormalities were revealed in an inspection into “housing and infrastructure construction” that began last year as part of a wider crackdown ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1559821/retired-pla-officers-told-return-houses-graft-crackdown
  4. News - Hong Kong - PLANNING

    Police firing range targeted for possible housing near Kwu Tung new town

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by Cheung Chi-fai and Olga Wong

    ... is targeted for housing Development officials are considering relocating several police facilities, including a large firing range, to make space for more housing close to a proposed new town in North ... into a housing development, citing the difficulty of relocating a tiny firing range nearby. While the uses of the sites, if vacated, are yet to be decided, a government source said housing would be one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559399/police-firing-range-targeted-possible-housing-near-kwu-tung-new-town
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. News - Asia - INDIA

    After a 'terrible beating', India's President House in line for sympathetic makeover

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:20am by GDN

    ... London to undo the damage done to its interiors by an eccentric occupant with a passion for redecorating and a weakness for the colour mauve. Lutyens had designed the house and its 130-hectare ... House), yet it took a terrible beating," said conservation architect A.G. Krishna Menon. "The true significance of the place was not understood. There was no realisation of the fact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1556656/after-terrible-beating-indias-president-house-line-sympathetic-makeover
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Proposals a welcome step to closing illegal guest houses

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:45am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Illegal hotels must be closed The influx of visitors continues to put Hong Kong's tourism capacity to the test. With only 1,629 registered hotels and guest houses ... unlicensed guest houses will be raised from HK$200,000 to HK$500,000 and from two years' imprisonment to three. The law will also be revised to make it easier to haul offenders to court. Instead ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1555506/proposals-welcome-step-closing-illegal-guest-houses
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Yantai looks beyond the housing glut in the Shandong city

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 01:23am by Langi Chiang

    ... Langi Chiang langi.chiang@scmp.com City's hopes to weather slump are examined in the first of a two-part report on mainland cities Yantai looks beyond the housing glut Yantai looking beyondthe city's housing glut The coastal city of Yantai, in Shandong province, is suffering a housing glut like many other third-tier cities on the mainland. But it is less speculative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1555499/yantai-looks-beyond-housing-glut-shandong-city

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