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  1. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Excess levels of wastewater spews into sea from outlets in Guangdong

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:06am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing Industrial and urban waste water released into sea, often in amounts in excess of set limits Coastal water quality sinks to new depths The quality of water along Guangdong's ... fell 7.1 percentage points to 79 per cent, it said. About a third of 82 outlets that release industrial and urban wastewater into the sea violated national limits, it said. In detailing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1532122/excess-levels-wastewater-spews-sea-outlets-guangdong
  2. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Urban planner marks Hong Kong down

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 10:36am by Christopher Dewolf

    ... took a more bottom-up approach Drawn from experience Peter Cookson Smith has been working as an architect and urban planner in Hong Kong since 1977, but it wasn't until 10 years ago that he discovered a sad deficiency in how urban planners are taught. "I realised that nearly all the textbooks we use are Western textbooks," he says. Very little material dealt ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1590219/urban-planner-marks-hong-kong-down
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Speeding up urban renewal is in the public interest

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:51am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Urban renewal is in public interest When there is demand, there will be supply, say economists. But those living in Hong Kong know things do not always work like that. A plethora of rules and practices means market forces do not always produce outcomes as desirable as one would like. Urban renewal is a case in point. In what was hailed as a fundamental change ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1590468/speeding-urban-renewal-public-interest
  4. News - Hong Kong

    Watch: Burst water pipe creates urban geyser at busy Causeway Bay junction

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 11:55am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W.Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com A water pipe at the junction of Canal Road West and Leighton Road burst this morning, creating a large and powerful jet of water which crashed against the flyover above. The pipe burst at about 10.30am and the ensuing urban geyser continued for more than two hours before the Water Supplies Department brought the flow of water under control. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1590048/burst-water-pipe-creates-urban-geyser-busy-causeway-bay-junction
  5. Business - Companies - RETAILING

    Urban Outfitters opens first Asian store in Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 02:54pm by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com American high-street chain Urban Outfitters is opening its first Asian store in Hong Kong at the end of the month in a wider push to the region as sales ... in Philadelphia in 1970, Urban Outfitters is known for its alternative, quirky apparel and homewares, and sells vintage clothing and accessories sourced from Europe and California. The label’s parent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1590142/urban-outfitters-opens-first-asian-store-hong-kong
  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Urban planners urged to build social living spaces for the elderly to cut suicide rates

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Better planning 'could cut suicides' Urban planners have been urged to do their part to create a living environment suitable for the city's elderly, who are nearly twice as likely to take their own lives as the rest of the population. In particular, experts in suicide prevention said, urban neighbourhoods should be designed to promote ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589602/urban-planners-urged-build-social-living-spaces-elderly-cut-suicide
  7. News - China - SOCIAL WELFARE

    Rural casualties of an urban age

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:07am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Older generations in the countryside can be at risk of suicide as children move to cities and long-standing roles in the family change Rural casualties of an urban age The last few decades have been an era of unprecedented change on the mainland as millions of rural people have left the countryside- and traditional family dynamics- behind ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1588956/rural-casualties-urban-age
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China

    Shui On Land backs away from urban renewal projects as debt mounts

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 04:03am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Debt-laden developer seeks to speed up its development cycle with new strategy Shui On backs away from urban renewal The decision by highly geared Shui On Land to speed up its development cycle on the mainland by not taking part in future urban renewal projects could help accelerate its property sales, according to analysts. The Shanghai-based developer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1587474/shui-land-backs-away-urban-renewal-projects-debt-mounts
  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Survivors of Philippines ferry Maharlika II tell of monster seas

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:48am by AP

    ... from stormy seas Survivors from a ferry that sank after encountering steering problems in the central Philippines have recounted how they were tossed about by the churning sea in darkness ... the dangerous waters. They recovered at least three bodies from the Maharlika II, which sank at nightfall on Saturday, Red Cross worker Edward Barbero said. Search and rescue efforts by air and sea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1592591/survivors-philippines-ferry-maharlika-ii-tell-monster-seas
  10. Business - Companies - SHIPPING

    All aboard for 4-way battle on sea lanes

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 06:02am by JING YANG

    ... battle on sea lanes The competitive landscape of the world's seaborne container trade is becoming more perplexing with the proposed formation of Ocean Three, the fourth shipping alliance ... freight forwarding company that brokers sea, air and road cargoes, said he had seen a "pricing gap up to several hundred US dollars per teu quoted by different carriers in the same alliance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1589745/all-aboard-4-way-battle-sea-lanes

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