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  1. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Free mediation scheme for elderly ends

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 04:02am by Olga Wong

    ... forcibly acquiring their properties, after university professors said it was no longer cost-effective. The Development Bureau, which launched the scheme with eight leading mediation service ... services for compulsory sale cases. "The scheme has served its historical mission at a time when there was an upsurge in the number of compulsory sale applications," the bureau wrote ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1612306/free-mediation-scheme-elderly-ends
  2. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Plea to reject airport runway impact study

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 04:52am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... the report. But they said they had not yet decided whether to launch a legal challenge if the report was accepted by the director of environmental protection later this month. The call followed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1611598/plea-reject-airport-runway-impact-study
  3. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Loophole puts noodle shop at risk

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by FANNY FUNG

    ... by combining flats," the league's Icarus Wong Ho-yin said. Wong described what the firm had done as an "innovative way to exploit the legal loophole". He urged the Development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589626/loophole-puts-noodle-shop-risk
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Lands officials not restricted from buying land, rule says amid conflict-of-interest row

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 04:25am by Olga Wong, FANNY FUNG

    ... Olga Wong and Fanny W.Y. Fung Officials aren't barred from buying land as long as they declare it, but former civil service secretary says the guidelines need clarifying Lands row ... of interest with official duties", but it does not bar officials from buying land. However, in light of the controversy, former civil service secretary Joseph Wong Wing-ping called for rules ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1569479/lands-row-puts-rules-under-spotlight
  5. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Third runway decision on hold over dolphin habitat concerns

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... services and lower the ferries' speeds during construction, but rejected suggestions to relocate the pier from the east to the west side of the airport. The authority's other mitigating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577141/government-advisers-hold-back-giving-nod-third-runway
  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Tung Chung expansion to focus on the east

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:57am by FANNY FUNG

    ... development needs to reach a certain scale to attract companies," a spokeswoman said. "Business relating to airport services, such as logistics firms, may want to operate in Tung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574407/tung-chung-expansion-focus-east
  7. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Declaration of interest row after Lands Department official bought 13 plots

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:25am by FANNY FUNG, Olga Wong

    ... because her husband enjoyed farming. She denied the matter constituted a conflict of interest. But former civil service secretary Joseph Wong Wing-ping said officials whose private interests and official duties were perceived to be in conflict would bring the civil service into disrepute. "In that case, they might have violated the guidelines on conduct and could be liable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567858/row-over-officials-property-deal
  8. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Official in lands row to get new posting

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Olga Wong, FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... he asked. Former secretary of civil service Joseph Wong Wing-ping suggested lands officials should be required to seek instruction before any purchase. "Buying land is a huge investment. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568719/official-lands-row-get-new-posting
  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Speed of construction is draw of the mainland for Hong Kong architects

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:26am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... complex legal system and set procedures for processing building projects may enable everyone affected by a project to voice their opinion, but they also slow things down. "There are so many ... aged 18 to 45. The project will provide low-rent space for about 200 companies from the two cities and other parts of the world, focusing on modern logistics, information services, technology ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545080/speed-construction-draw-mainland-hong-kong-architects
  10. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Non-indigenous villagers lose out in compensation for loss of their homes

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Olga Wong

    ... as early as 1900, according to local records. But that doesn't meet the legal definition of indigenous village established when the government launched its small-house policy: one that existed ... are often labelled as squats by the government. Only houses registered with the government before the 1980s are considered legal. Even so, their legal status is precarious: their status is temporary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548175/non-indigenous-villagers-lose-out-compensation-loss-their-homes

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