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  1. Disaster protection

    Posted May 27th 2008, 12:00am by James Dorn

    ... But there is a more important, if less understood, lesson: countries with well-developed markets, private property rights and a vibrant civil society are much more able to withstand and recover from natural disasters. Price and profit controls, and the lack of private property rights, increase the duration and magnitude of natural disasters. Market-led development provides the best insurance against ...

  2. Mainland companies wise up to their intellectual property rights

    Posted Jul 07th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei More work is needed to raise public awareness on the mainland about the need for intellectual property rights protection. But, as money is at stake, Chinese executives are fast catching up on the issue, using copyright law to defend and further their business interests. 'The Chinese people only learned about the term 'intellectual property' in the past 10 ...

  3. Bears lurk in the woods as property market arrives at crossroads

    Posted Aug 09th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... tenancy law reform, which liberalises landlords' ability to take possession of their property. Longer term, this liberalisation will be positive. London saw its private rental stock increase ... Simon Pritchard IN THE EARLY 1990s, Britons thought property prices would not reach the peaks seen in the boom-bust cycle for at least another generation. In Japan, it took almost ...

  4. Kwai Chung tragedy highlights vague law

    Posted May 11th 2005, 12:00am by Russell Barling

    ... of nowhere. Hutchison's Hongkong International Terminals (HIT), lessors and managers of the property where the fatal accident took place, are refusing to comment on operational procedures during ... at ports from Shenzhen to Singapore. The Kwai Chung facilities are industrial premises and regulated by the Labour Department. The department sets down guidelines for operators, which are not law ...

  5. Big quake raises fears over illegal rooftop shanties

    Posted May 30th 2008, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... rooftop shacks in the city. Property agents say thousands of illegal homes stand on numerous buildings in old neighbourhoods. 'These structures are everywhere,' Raymond Chan, a manager of Ou Ka Properties, said. 'Nearly 80 per cent of the five- and six-storey old buildings carry them.' The illegal structures are commonly seen on 40- to 50-year-old residential ...

  6. Ministry urges end to bare shell flats

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ngai-min, the chairman of property agency and consultancy Land Power International. That means the units are often offered for sale without toilets or washbasins, and with untiled floors ... of development of China's property market,' said Lee Hing-yin, the director for research and consultancy for east China at Colliers International. Anton Eilers, the executive director for CB ...

  7. Pledge but few clues on Shanghai property tax

    Posted Jan 17th 2011, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Shanghai was poised to prepare to implement a pilot property tax as part of nationwide efforts to curb rampant real-estate speculation, the municipality's mayor ... of non-luxury residential flats to be owned and occupied by ordinary citizens, and prepare for the trial reform on property tax as required by the central government,' mayor Han Zheng said ...

  8. Property selling despite curbs, agents say

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Ada Lee, Charlotte So

    ... Charlotte So and Ada Lee The Hong Kong government's new cooling measures may curb short-term property speculation in the medium to lower end of the market, but its effect on luxury homes could be limited, agents say. A day after the authorities, taking aim at 'flippers', announced an additional stamp duty of up to 15 per cent on property transactions and cut ...

  9. In Brief

    Posted Oct 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in its business, but the goods remain the property of the bank. Hang Fung Jewellery is a subsidiary of 3D-Gold Jewellery Holdings, which was formerly known as Hang Fung Gold Technology. ...

  10. Why property prices won't go away as a talking point

    Posted Mar 16th 2010, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland Often it seems as if there is only ever one topic of conversation in Hong Kong: the city's property market. The angle of approach might change from time to time. One ... the debate is about whether or not the government should resume building subsidised housing for sale to buyers eager to get a foothold on the first rung of the city's property ladder. Backers ...




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