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  1. News - Asia - THAILAND

    Thai government admits lack of power to renew troubled rice subsidy

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters in Bangkok

    ... not have the power to renew a rice subsidy scheme when it expires at the end of the month, risking further alienating farmers angry over late payments for their current crop. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, assailed since November by a largely urban, middle-class protest movement bent on driving her from office, is now facing unrest among her Puea Thai Party’s natural supporters ...

  2. Don't short-change shop owners in urban renewal

    Posted Oct 27th 2010, 12:00am by Albert Chen, Albert Cheng

    ... to urban decline. Renewal has had its successes and failures, but it is a significant step for a city's long-term development. Redevelopment or gentrification can bring countless benefits ... flexible in weighing the interests of all parties concerned, because urban renewal is a highly sensitive and complex matter that involves many different stakeholders. Before the lowering ...

  3. 3 chances to save building missed

    Posted Feb 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng, Olga Wong

    ... to be inspected under the government maintenance scheme launched last year. Second, the Urban Renewal Authority considered redeveloping the area last year but dropped the plan because many flats had ... of Hong Kong, said. A person familiar with renewal projects said the area was among sites considered by the Urban Renewal Authority early last year. But it was dropped after a study of land ...

  4. Urbane renewal

    Posted Apr 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... with classics reworked for contemporary urban women in a sombre palette. Distressed items and modern tunics, jean leggings, knit or tweed cape coats, mannish jackets and jumpsuits were worn ... succeeded with a signature look deeply rooted in American tradition. This season some revisited their archives or paid tribute to Americana. Donna Karan softened her signature urban look ...

  5. Big profits in urban renewal under spotlight

    Posted Jun 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The Urban Renewal Authority was criticised for buying low and selling high yesterday in a legislative meeting in which the authority disclosed to lawmakers details of its surplus ... were small to medium in size. Lucrative The Urban Renewal Authority says it made a net profit in the past five years of this much, in HK dollars: $2b ...

  6. Local forums to guide future urban renewal developments

    Posted May 12th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong In an attempt to head off community friction over urban renewal projects, a forum will be set up in each affected district to involve the local community right from the planning ... These measures are the latest proposed by the Development Bureau's review of urban renewal strategy, which started in 2008. The consultation entered its final stage yesterday with the steering ...

  7. Urban Renewal Authority told to make smaller and cheaper flats

    Posted Nov 19th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The Urban Renewal Authority should be required to provide a certain number of small and cheaper flats in its redevelopment projects, surveyors have proposed. David Tse Kin-wah, chairman of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' task force on urban-renewal strategy, said redevelopment projects were delivering mostly luxury flats, adding ...

  8. District councils seek 200 urban renewal projects

    Posted Jul 09th 2010, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong In the city's first 'ground-up' consultation about urban renewal, which has solicited district council ideas on how to improve the planning and design of old ... to the top-down approach previously used by the government. The Development Bureau and the Urban Renewal Authority Study yesterday released several recommendations. The two bodies funded surveys by seven ...

  9. Seeking a better balance in urban renewal

    Posted Jun 06th 2010, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Chloe Lai When the Urban Renewal Authority acquired the building where 85-year-old Ko Tak-leung and his wife Ho Foon, 84, live, he had an acute sense of deja vu. A decade ago Ko and his ... will prepare a report by year's end. So far, the review suggests 'urban renewal forums' be set up in different districts to plan the scope and strategy of renewal, including where ...

  10. City model of urban renewal, not renovation, is bad precedent

    Posted Oct 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... their lifetime income to secure properties as their own home, some for long-term personal investment, but when it comes to resumption by the Urban Renewal Authority, these people are given no alternative ... As more and more expensive 'masterpieces' are erected all over our city as a result of the clearance of old districts, Hong Kong people now have a better idea of what urban ...




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