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  1. Slice of Life

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Sandra Lowe

    ... servants.' 'The Time Ball on Kowloon Signal Hill is dropped daily at 10am and 4pm, except on Saturdays when it is dropped at 10am only,' a notice said on July 13. The ball was hoisted half mast at the 55th minute and full mast at the 57th minute. Should it fail to drop at the correct time it would be lowered at 5 minutes past the hour. 'Should the Time Ball be out of order, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686790/slice-life
  2. Taiwan orders flags lowered to half-mast as a sign of respect

    Posted Apr 04th 2005, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... Jacky Hsu in Taipei Taiwan yesterday lowered its official flags to half-mast to show respect to the late Pope John Paul II, whose Holy See is Taipei's only ally in Europe. In his condolence message to the Vatican, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian praised the Pope as one of the greatest religious leaders in the world. 'The world has lost a great religious leader,' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/495362/taiwan-orders-flags-lowered-half-mast-sign-respect
  3. Flag flap

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Rick Boychuk

    ... quarrel has broken out over the simple matter of when the flag on the Peace Tower- over the Parliament buildings in Ottawa- should be flown at half-mast. The battle royale is being waged ... and flags would be flown at half-mast at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa from the day of the death until sunset on the day of the funeral. In addition, flags at the soldiers' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/547236/flag-flap
  4. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan investigators raid offices of Kaohsiung gas blast companies

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by AFP

    ... people as the island flew flags at half mast yesterday to mourn the blast victims and 48 killed in an earlier plane crash. The number killed in the explosions rose to 30 after the family of two ... the Taiwanese flag would be flown at half mast from public buildings for three days of mourning for "our compatriots who died unfortunately in the two accidents".   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1567150/taiwan-investigators-raid-offices-kaohsiung-gas-blast-companies
  5. News - World - FLIGHT MH17

    Russia can't wash its hands of blame for MH17 crash, Tony Abbott says

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:36am by AFP

    ... for the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine as flags flew at half mast to honour the Australians killed. The airliner carrying 298 people, including 28 Australians, came down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine ... for a comprehensive international probe with access to the site, debris, black box and any possible witnesses. Abbott ordered flags flown at half-mast across the country in tribute to those who died, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556692/russia-cant-wash-its-hands-blame-mh17-crash-tony-abbott-says
  6. Business - Companies - AVIATION

    Air China blames yuan depreciation for 55.42pc fall in first-half profit

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 11:17am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... Sijia Jiang sijia.jiang@scmp.com Air China reported a 55.42 per cent fall in first-half earning to 510 million yuan (HK$642.5 million) as mainland airlines suffer from the depreciating ... dollar exchange rate was volatile and has dragged down the overall performance for the first half of the year”. It recorded a net exchange translation loss of 721 million yuan, compared ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1581078/air-china-blames-yuan-depreciation-5542pc-fall-first-half-profit
  7. Business - Commodities - EARNINGS

    China Datang expects use of wind farms to rise in second half

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:27am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Weak resources in the first half result innet loss for the mainland power company Datang expects use of wind farms to rise in second half China Datang Corp Renewable Power, the wind and solar power unit of one of the mainland's big five national power generation groups, expects wind farms utilisation to pick up in the year's second half after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1580989/china-datang-expects-use-wind-farms-rise-second-half
  8. Business - China Business

    New China Life boosts first-half net profit 71pc on investment gains

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:27am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Mainland insurer's 71pc net profit gain for first half also aided by bigger premiums haul Investment income lifts New China Life earnings New China Life Insurance, the mainland's third-largest life insurer by market share, said first-half earnings rose 71.4 per cent on the back of better investment income and insurance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1580991/new-china-life-boosts-first-half-net-profit-71pc-investment
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 per cent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million mark for the first time on record, government data showed on Tuesday. Although the number of births tends to be higher in the latter half of the year, the figure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580811/japan-birthrate-drops-27-cent-first-half-year
  10. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Sunac reports 21pc rise in first-half core net profit to 1b yuan

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:15am by Langi Chiang

    ... half, with its net gearing ratio down 3 percentage points from the end of last year at 66.7 per cent. Its revenue rose 5.9 per cent to 9.1 billion yuan, and net profit grew 8 per cent to 813 ... first-half result with growing margin and lower gearing,” said Edison Bian, research head for China property at UOB Kay Hian in Hong Kong. He said investors would need to watch how Sunac closes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1580741/sunac-reports-21pc-rise-first-half-core-net-profit-1b-yuan

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