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Stamp duty hike failing to rein in HK home prices  Listenfacebook
Property analyst Nick Brooke is warning that property prices are set to continue to rise. New data show home prices rose for a third straight month in January; and there's been strong interest among developers for residential plots. On Tuesday, a mainland consortium snapped up a site in Wong Chuk Hang – days after a separate plot in Ap Lei Chau was tendered out to another mainland consortium for a record HK$16.9 billion. Annemarie Evans asked Nick Brooke, the chairman of Professional Property Services, if all this indicates that the latest stamp duty increase in November is failing to rein in prices:
Iron-deficient Hong Kongers turned away as blood donors  Listenfacebook
More evidence has emerged indicating that the hectic lifestyle of many Hong Kongers, and their penchant for gulping down copious amounts of tea and coffee is directly affecting their health. The Red Cross says it's had to turn away one-in-eight would-be blood donors over the past year, because they were found to have low haemoglobin levels. This means while slightly more people offered to donate blood over the past year, the Red Cross ended up collecting a bit less than they did in 2015. Dr CK Lee, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service told Jim Gould that dietary factors, and Hong Kong's breakneck pace may be partially to blame:
South Korea scandal engulfs Samsung scion  Listenfacebook
The heir to South Korea's biggest business, Samsung, is to be charged with bribery and embezzlement, in the widening scandal that's led to the impeachment of the country's president, Park Guen-hye. South Korea's special prosecutor's office announced the charges against Lee Jae-yong. Our correspondent Frank Smith in Seoul gave more details to Annemarie Evans: