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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN: ANALYSIS

    Postponement of tax hike in Japan may help global economy

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 11:24pm by KYODO

    ... Kyodo in Tokyo Postponement of consumption levy hike in Japan may help stop global economy sagging World may thank Abe for tax delay Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's postponement of Japan's next consumption tax hike may win support not only from Japanese voters but other major countries, some analysts say. As Japan's economy enters a recession in the wake of the first, ...

  2. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Unexpected recession in Japan will allow Abe to delay tax hike, call snap poll

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 07:13pm by Reuters

    ... Japan's economy unexpectedly slipped into recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Shinzo Abe to delay an unpopular sales tax rise and call a snap election two years early. ...

  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Bank of England set to signal no rate hike until next year

    Posted Nov 07th 2014, 05:18am by Reuters

    ... The Bank of England, once widely expected to start weaning Britain off near-zero interest rates this month, now looks set to signal no rise in borrowing costs until the middle of next year. ...

  4. Lifestyle - Health - FIT & FAB

    Hiking brings balance to Hong Kong accountant

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 10:56am by Rachel Jacqueline

    ... Rachel Jacqueline life@scmp.com How hiking brings balance Life at the top of one of the world's so-called big four accounting firms can be a stressful place. For Judy Tsang, partner ... woman- but she let her early sporting passions slide as work pressures mounted. Now, she spends her free time hiking with her husband, or swimming at the beach. "For many Hong Kong ...

  5. Magazines - 48hrs - TRAVEL

    Star treks: Hong Kong's best night hikes

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:49pm by Martin Williams

    ... Martin Williams Night hikes are a great way to escape the crowds and the heat, while taking in a different view of the city Star treks Andrew Li and three friends went on their first night hike last month, crossing the Twin Peaks above Stanley in southern Hong Kong Island. "We set off about 9pm," he says. "It was much more exhilarating than hiking in the daytime. ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans snap general election: reports

    Posted Nov 15th 2014, 04:25pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... another scheduled tax hike, reports said on Saturday. Abe is expected to announce his decision at a press conference on Tuesday, according to major media, including the Yomiuri Shimbun. The development comes as the Abe government moves to postpone a consumption tax hike to 10 per cent from the current 8 per cent amid a series of weak economic indicators fuelling fears of recession. ...

  7. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Japan's industrial output rises in May, signalling rebound after tax hike

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Reuters

    ... Japan's factory output rose in May after companies cut production in April to offset the impact of a national sales tax rise, underscoring views the economy will absorb the increase largely unscathed. ...

  8. News - World - IRAQ

    Violence in Iraq threatens crucial oil reserves, may lead to price hike

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 03:29am by AFP

    ... Escalating violence in Iraq is threatening the development of some of the world's largest oil reserves at a time when Opec's No 2 producer was expected to be a key future supplier. ...

  9. Business - Economy - CREDIT RATINGS

    Standard & Poor’s hikes Ireland’s credit rating, maintains negative outlook for Italy

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 02:21pm by Agence France-Presse in Dublin

    ... Agence France-Presse in Dublin Ireland's recovering economy continues to impress economic analysts as ratings agency upgrades assessment and predicts further improvement, while Italy languishes in negativity Standard & Poor’s on Friday revised up ...

  10. Hill-seekers

    Posted Sep 07th 2007, 12:00am by Zara Horner

    ... Fed up with the stress of the city? Well, pull your hiking boots on. Everyone else is, writes Zara Horner When people think of Hong Kong they most likely picture tall buildings, high ... natural scenery is on the city's doorstep. Jackie Peers, a travel agent specialising in walking and hiking tours, says: 'We find people are interested in hiking because it's a great ...




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