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  1. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    More than 100,000 families with children in queue for public rental flats

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:31am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com 100,000 children's families in queue for public rental flats The number of children whose families are in the queue for public housing has jumped 30 per cent in three years and now tops 100,000, a welfare group says. A family of four now has to wait six to seven years on average to be allocated a public rental flat despite a pledge by Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1580445/100000-children-queue-public-rental-flats
  2. News - Hong Kong - COST OF LIVING

    Hong Kong ranked 13th most expensive city in global cost-of-living survey

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 07:59pm by Ernest Kao, Phila Siu

    ... Ernest Kao and Phila Siu Singapore takes top spot Hong Kong has scaled another rung on the cost-of-living ladder to become the 13th most expensive city to live in, an Economist ... the city fell one position instead to 5th place, behind Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney and the new title holder for the most expensive city in the world to live in- Singapore. The widening gap in cost ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1440281/hong-kong-ranked-13rd-most-expensive-city-global-cost-living-survey
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Return to rental caps proposed as Legco debates Leung Chun-ying's policy address

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 12:44pm by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Lawmakers criticise government for failure to improve housing crisis, as Labour Party's Cyd Ho floats reintroduction of annual rental caps scrapped ... basis. “Housing expenses have been growing but wages have not grown accordingly,” Ho said on Thursday morning. “Pressure is mounting on people who are ineligible to apply for subsidised housing. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1427046/return-rental-caps-legco-debate-leung-chun-ying-policy-address
  4. News - Hong Kong - COST OF LIVING

    Hong Kong rents for well-off expats ‘most expensive in the world’

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 05:55pm by Ada Lee

    ... flats still world's priciest Rent on high-end flats in Hong Kong remains more expensive than in any other city worldwide- double the level of Singapore- despite a slight fall in the past ... has topped the table, and the 13th time it has ranked most expensive since the survey of rents for expats began in 1996. And it came just days after regional rival Singapore was named ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1441930/hong-kong-rents-well-expats-most-expensive-world
  5. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    We're not cutting expenses, says finance chief John Tsang

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:54am by Tony Cheung

    ... expenses, says finance chief The government asked bureaus to cut spending growth by 1 per cent a year because of a sluggish economy and the cost of new programmes in the past two years, the finance ... from 2016 to make savings of up to HK$6 billion. But Tsang emphasised that the move would not result in an overall drop in public spending. "The government is not cutting expenses; our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565684/were-not-cutting-expenses-says-finance-chief-john-tsang
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    PMQ accused of not opening its space to the community

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 05:28am by Ada Lee

    ... it was usually exhibitions of expensive brands. "Some owners' corporations wanted to hold meetings … there, PMQ wouldn't even tell them the rent," he said. Cheung Kai-yin, a project ... They said it was for the community … but in fact it's all for big enterprises." A PMQ spokesman said they had discussed the issues of space rental, traffic and noise impact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1568557/pmq-accused-not-opening-its-space-community
  7. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Forced to go five-star: How China sends dissidents on all-expenses paid trips to keep them quiet

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 11:44am by Agence France-Presse

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing As top Communist leaders gathered in Beijing, veteran Chinese political activist He Depu was obliged to leave town- for an all-expenses-paid holiday to the tropical island of Hainan, complete with police escorts. It is an unusual method of muzzling dissent, but He is one of dozens of campaigners who rights groups say have been forced on vacation- ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1540832/forced-go-five-star-how-china-sends-dissidents-all-expenses-paid-trips
  8. News - Hong Kong - HOUSING

    No rush for bargain flats on Lantau with sky-high management fees

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:56am by FANNY FUNG

    ... given priority in choosing homes. The 19-year-old development on Lantau has been used for public rental housing, but has struggled to attract tenants due to its remote location. The Housing ... family lives in a 300 sq ft public rental flat in Sha Tin, said he was surprised to learn of the management fee, but decided to go ahead as the location and price were still attractive. "I ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581244/no-rush-bargain-flats-lantau-sky-high-management-fees
  9. News - China Insider - CULTURE

    How a Chinese government decree could take the glimmer out of Vienna's Golden Music Hall

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 03:13pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... abroad on government expenses. With its latest order, the ministry has reacted to years of increasingly embarrassing reports about Chinese delegations staging shows at historic overseas venues such as the Musikverein’s neoclassical Golden Hall and then parading their so-called international acclaim back home.   “Rather than attempting to draw crowds and profits, they rent venues at their own expense ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1551055/how-chinese-government-decree-could-take-glimmer-out-viennas
  10. News - Asia - Flight MH370

    Fresh analysis ‘refines’ search area for missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 01:50pm by AP

    ... to the expensive next phase. The agreement shares the ongoing cost between the two countries. China's deputy transport minister He Jianzhong, who also attended the Canberra meeting, said the ministers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1581426/search-missing-mh370-shifts-again-after-analysis-failed-phone-call

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