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  1. Business - Comment

    How freeing up public housing would help Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 01:17am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong Privatising and deregulating public housing could free HK$3.36 trillion for the government to finance health care and old-age welfare payments Home for more capital The value ... The other half is in government-provided public rental housing and subsidised ownership homes, mainly tenant purchase scheme and homeownership scheme flats. Benefits would come at no one’s expense. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1583989/how-freeing-public-housing-would-help-hong-kong
  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

    ... this year. At one time this did not matter. Income from public-sale housing, the Home Ownership Scheme, covered the cost of building rental flats. And when HOS was finally wound down in 2004, ... subsidised with free land, the biggest treasure we have in the public purse. What to do? Quite simple, say I. We already pay public housing tenants to live in public housing. They don't pay us. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1549258/housing-authority-must-raise-public-housing-rents-or-run-out-money
  3. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    24 sites reserved for public housing sold to developers, says report

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:30am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Public housing land sold to developers: report Despite long queues for public housing and a shortage of land, 24 plots of land originally reserved for public housing were returned to the government between 2001 and 2013 and eventually sold to developers or converted to other uses. A report released by the Legislative Council Public Accounts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1550584/24-sites-reserved-public-housing-sold-developers-says-report
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Tenants should pay fair share for public housing

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 04:32am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Fair shares in public housing Public housing is made for low income earners. That it is heavily subsidised by public funds means it should be managed with fiscal prudence. ... against the cumulative rise in incomes of 35 per cent during the period. The actual adjustments range from an extra HK$28 to HK$387 a month. Public housing tenants are indeed much better off than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1549234/tenants-should-pay-fair-share-public-housing
  5. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    Hong Kong's public housing policy a homewrecker for poor couples

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 11:15am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong Hong Kong's public flat policy rewards divorce among the poor, and helps perpetuate inequality Housing homewrecker Hong Kong’s divorce rate in 2011 was 2.9 per 1,000 ... have been rising and since 2000, the divorce rate  was on average about 50  to 60 per cent higher among public and private housing tenants than among homeowners. Homeownership is a good proxy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1544154/housing-policy-heartache
  6. News - World - UNITED STATES

    White House intruder had machete and ammunition in car, court told

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 09:30pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Car of US army veteran also held two hatchets and machete, court told; guns found in July search White House intruder had bullets A homeless US army veteran who jumped a fence and ran into the White House with a knife had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a court heard. Omar Gonzalez, 42, appeared in US District Court on Monday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598909/white-house-intruder-had-machete-and-ammunition-car-court-told
  7. News - World - UNITED STATES

    White House tourists may be moved from fence, or screened, after intrusion

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 10:19pm by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post After intrusion, Secret Service may bar access to pavements or screen visitors a block away Now fence at White House may be off limits The US Secret Service is considering ways to move tourists and residents further away from the White House to cut down the chances of intruders piercing its security perimeter, as one man did on Friday night. Among ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598120/white-house-tourists-may-be-moved-fence-or-screened-after-intrusion
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    New rail projects will keep public transport system right on track

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 05:02pm by Anthony Cheung

    ... railways the backbone of Hong Kong's public transport system Right on track The government's new railway development strategy provides a blueprint for planning the expansion of Hong Kong's network up to 2031. It is based on a consultancy review of the 2000 development strategy, taking into account views collected in two rounds of public engagement in 2012 and last year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1596128/new-rail-projects-will-keep-public-transport-system-right-track
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong guest-house owners say new licensing rules will run them out of business

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 02:20pm by Amy Nip

    ... into guest houses and that their investments would be worthless if the government changed the rules and refused to renew their licences. In a public consultation that ended last month, the Home ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Guest house operators attack proposal to ban them from offering rooms in residential blocks, but flat owners welcome the plan Tighter hostel rules 'may hit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1590847/operators-guest-houses-say-planned-new-licensing-rules-will-run-them
  10. News - World - CHILE

    Reagan White House, rattled by anti-Pinochet protests, weighed giving dictator asylum

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 09:07pm by GDN

    ... continuation in power might help the Chilean left regain public support, said Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File. "An asset like Pinochet becomes a liability when he is no longer seen ... for 'saving Chile' and tell him [Pinochet] that 'it was time to go'," the author said, citing declassified White House records. "But George Shultz [then secretary of state] ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1591116/reagan-white-house-rattled-anti-pinochet-protests-weighed-giving-dictator

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