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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    No law to stop businesses from carving niche in housing dead

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:15am by STEVEN GALLAGHER

    ... Steven Gallagher New bill needed to bring end to entrepreneurs cashing in on city's demand for more urn space No law to stop businesses from carving niche in housing dead When ... opted to take advantage by expanding provision from the faithful to anyone who can pay. Concern has also been expressed about the conversion of flats in New Territories village houses ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580632/no-law-stop-businesses-carving-niche-housing-dead
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Beijing's housing policy challenge

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Beijing's housing policy challenge Local government, which depends on revenue from property sales to finance services and infrastructure, has combined in the past with developers to get around policy measures to cool the mainland property market. Now sustained tight credit, a huge oversupply of housing and negative sentiment have combined with administrative moves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579600/beijings-housing-policy-challenge
  8. 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
  9. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Tourists at risk in thousands of illegal guest houses in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by Ernest Kao and Amy Nip

    ... houses scattered across the city operate without a licence, a study has found. The study comes after a fire in a North Point building filled with guest houses left 25 injured in December. ... that governs guest houses. "We estimate that there are at least 2,000 unlicensed guest houses in operation and this equates to about 20,000 rooms," research assistant Kimberly Fung Wan-yin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577144/illegal-guest-houses-put-tourists-risk-and-deprive-low-income
  10. News - Hong Kong - ENTERTAINMENT

    US haunted house brings Halloween horror to Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 04:44am by BRIAN YAP

    ... Brian Yap brian.yap@scmp.com Las Vegas-based organiser hopes to attract 50 per cent more visitors than it does in the States US haunted house brings Halloween horror to HK Fright Dome Las ... and gore-clad professional actors and six haunted houses. Egan- who claims to have invested millions of dollars in the Hong Kong event, exceeding the budget of the Las Vegas one- hopes that attendance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577876/us-haunted-house-brings-halloween-horror-hong-kong

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