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  1. Property - International - URBAN PLANNING

    Infrastructure guides investment flows

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 01:36pm by Peggy Sito

    ... by non-profit research organisation The Urban Land Institute and professional services firm EY. Considerations about infrastructure topped the priorities among public-sector officials (91 per cent) ... government services- regulations, tax structure and quality- fell in the middle of the group of influencing factors for both public and private-sector respondents. The survey also highlighted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1482764/infrastructure-guides-investment-flows
  2. Business - Economy

    China services activity picks up in March

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 09:30am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Services activity picks up in March Activity in the mainland's services industry rose to a four-month high last month, a private survey showed yesterday, even as persistent weakness in manufacturing has reinforced fears of a sharper-than-expected economic slowdown. The Markit/HSBC services purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51.9 in March from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1463628/chinas-services-pmi-edges-down-stays-growth-territory
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying conspicuously absent from reform publicity stunt

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 08:31pm by Tanna Chong

    ... reform: who's aboard? Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was conspicuously absent from an electoral reform publicity stunt led by his top aide Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday. An open-top, double-decker bus paraded 21 government figures through the streets of Siu Sai Wan to Shau Kei Wan and on to Tin Hau to encourage public involvement in the reform debate. Alongside the chief secretary, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464888/officials-basic-law-publicity-stunt-greeted-protestors
  4. Comment - Letters

    MTR's train service enhancement will ease overcrowding

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 04:21am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial MTR's latest train service enhancement will ease crowding The MTR Corporation would like to thank Frank Lee for his letter expressing his views on the crowding ... train trips on the Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Kwun Tong Line and East Rail Line starting from April 7 under the Listening Responding Programme. The latest train service enhancement, together ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1463373/mtrs-train-service-enhancement-will-ease-overcrowding
  5. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, April 16, 2014

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:16am by LETTERS

    ... they came down a natural trail on the west slope. The other group negotiated a natural trail along the south slope from near the Harlech Road rest area down to the service reservoir in Pok Fu Lam. ... for public enjoyment. The Country and Marine Parks Authority must prohibit organised events that imperil or disturb other users of these public areas, and ruin the natural landscape. Pierce Lam, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1483297/letters-editor-april-16-2014
  6. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Overlooking services’ key role distorts trade picture

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 10:29am by PATRICK LOW

    ... Patrick Low Trade statistics do not report services- and if they did, the numbers would be severely understated- twisting economic perceptions Distorting the big picture In less than ... the famous dictum attributed by Mark Twain to Benjamin Disraeli about there being lies, damned lies- and statistics. A serious shortcoming is that these statistics do not report services trade, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1463019/overlooking-services-key-role-distorts-trade-picture
  7. News - China - EMPLOYMENT

    In tight times, jobseekers turn to stability and security of civil service

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:11pm by He Huifeng

    ... Jobseekers turn to 'stable' civil service As the mainland job market grows tougher, more fresh graduates are turning once more to the civil service for a safe if unexciting career ... 3,000 or 4,000 yuan (HK$3,300 to 5,000) a month," Xu said. "But a meal costs at least 20 yuan and a flat in the city more than two million yuan. Only a civil service post offers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1422037/chinas-new-graduates-seek-out-civil-service-posts-despite-intense
  8. News - Hong Kong - AUDIT COMMISSION

    Not enough land to build 200,000 flats in Hong Kong, Audit Commission warns

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 04:01am by FANNY FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com Shortfall exposed in flats pledge The Audit Commission has warned of long waits for public flats as it cast doubt on the government's claim to have enough land to meet its ambitious home-building targets. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged in his January policy address to provide 200,000 new public rental flats in the decade ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1484788/shortfall-exposed-flats-pledge
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    The pros and cons of working past 60

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Pros and cons of working past 60 Much has been said about Hong Kong becoming a fast-ageing society. Various public consultations have been launched but officials appear to be still tip-toeing around the problem. The latest attempt to extend the civil service retirement age is another step to address the challenge. Belated as it is, the proposal differs from other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1481347/pros-and-cons-working-past-60
  10. News - World - PRIVACY

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's very public view of privacy

    Posted Feb 09th 2014, 04:48am by WASHPOST

    ... public view of privacy Ten years ago, a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg sat at a computer in his Harvard dorm room and launched thefacebook.com. The goal, according to a 2009 Zuckerberg blog post ... social networking service and the second-most visited website. Only Google gets more visitors daily. All that ubiquity challenges how we think about what should be private, and what we broadcast ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1424175/facebook-founder-mark-zuckerbergs-very-public-view-privacy

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