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  1. Police crackdown on illegal guest houses is long overdue

    Posted Aug 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A number of articles appeared last year warning about the growth of illegal guest houses in Hong Kong and Macau. I wrote this year about the problem in some buildings in the city ... fallen on deaf ears and the administration in Hong Kong has failed to act regarding illegal premises in the city. These guest houses encourage crimes such as burglaries and incidents of even ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/722540/police-crackdown-illegal-guest-houses-long-overdue
  2. Central government to scrap housing demolition regulation

    Posted Dec 18th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li The central government is moving closer to scrapping the housing-demolition regulation amid public outcry over a number of violent and even deadly confrontations between ... the draft regulation would usher in a profound shift in housing-demolition policy. But he stopped short of offering a time frame for the draft regulation to be put to the public for wider ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701609/central-government-scrap-housing-demolition-regulation
  3. All Silent to bring the house down

    Posted Dec 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Patrick Allen All Silent boasts the star quality to outshine the stellar Group One field- and the wide barrier should only improve the odds for punters who are keen to back the exciting galloper. His world-class acceleration is the reason he has won two G ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701214/all-silent-bring-house-down
  4. Nail-house squatter holds ground as bulldozers move in

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu An elderly man and his 'nail house' are standing in the way of a scheme to revamp Macau's Ilha Verde, or Green Island district, a slum area for a century ... government has no lawful reasons to remove me.' Housing authorities say they will demolish the hut next week to pave the way for construction of 500 public housing flats. The site is one of four ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690830/nail-house-squatter-holds-ground-bulldozers-move
  5. Call for action on unlicensed guest houses after fatal fire

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The government should step up inspections of unlicensed guest houses across the city after a fatal fire in Tsim Sha Tsui, the tourism lawmaker and a district councillor have ... on Monday that it was possible the flat was operating as an illegal guest house. The Home Affairs Department earlier said seven inspections had been carried out at the flat since 2005, with the last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686144/call-action-unlicensed-guest-houses-after-fatal-fire
  6. 31 dogs and cats die in blaze at village house

    Posted Sep 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Clifford Lo, Joyce Man

    ... house early yesterday. Fire and police officers were called to the two-storey house in Ko Po San Tsuen off Kam Tin Road at 1.54am after the blaze broke out on the second floor. It housed 42 pet cats and dogs, but no one lived there. The owner, Pang Feng-yee, 49, lives next door. Firefighters had to break into the house and doused the flames at 2.22am. The blaze damaged an area ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/651067/31-dogs-and-cats-die-blaze-village-house
  7. Houses damaged in crane drama

    Posted Jun 05th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Clifford Lo

    ... of the crane buckled and collapsed and its end fell onto the roof of a three-storey house on the slope, damaging the tiling. 'The load swayed along the side of the house and hit an air conditioner ... into the security gate of another house and pierced about 60cm into the house. No one was inside,' Mr Cheung said. The crane operator, 64, escaped injury by jumping out of the cabin. Buildings ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/640327/houses-damaged-crane-drama
  8. Public housing teeters on the brink after 50 years

    Posted Dec 24th 2003, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... village. But the fire which left 50,000 people from the village homeless prompted the establishment of public housing in Hong Kong to cope with the influx of mainland refugees. The government celebrated the anniversary of half a century of public housing development in Hong Kong yesterday by unveiling a commemorative plaque at the Shekkipmei estate. Public housing has been hailed by many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/439181/public-housing-teeters-brink-after-50-years
  9. Memories of a changing HK- 50 years of public housing

    Posted Jun 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... syringes, rats, filth and illegal businesses when she talked about the earliest public housing estates in the 1950s. 'The lock of our communal shower room was loose. I had to guard the door ... of others in the Shek Kip Mei squatter area in 1953, Ms Hui was resettled with her family in a first-generation public housing estate in the district and lived there until 1990. Limited living space ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/457930/memories-changing-hk-50-years-public-housing
  10. Bath-house explosion kills seven

    Posted Dec 05th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill in Shanghai Boiler blast stuns Shanghai district Residents of a poor district in northern Shanghai were in a state of shock yesterday after an explosion at a bath-house left seven dead and seven wounded, in the worst accident of its kind in memory. A boiler on the ground floor of Yi Quan (Happy Spring) bath-house in Hongkou district exploded on Wednesday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/436967/bath-house-explosion-kills-seven

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