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  1. Help for young writers

    Posted Feb 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... Annemarie Evans Rael Baird, eight, has a vivid imagination, which is helped by avid reading and a writing workshop that allowed him to create a secret agent, John Bc'Arta. 'He's captured... after being sent on a mission by the head of the C ...

  2. Open media briefings central to accountability

    Posted Aug 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Governments around the world have long used the media as a way of getting their message to the people. An informed citizenry is a critical part of any modern society, and there are few alternatives so far to the media when it comes to disseminating inform ...

  3. Answers needed on US-Iran spy saga

    Posted Jul 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... There has been a lot of debate surrounding Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri, 32. He disappeared from his hotel room during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June last year. Later he resurfaced in the United States, claiming he had been kidnapped by the CIA a ...

  4. Central Market's cover-up decried

    Posted Mar 13th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng Even before the historic Central Market is transformed into an 'urban oasis', hundreds of screws have been driven into its walls as part of a plan to make it look better. The Urban Renewal Authority, in charge of a revitalisation project for the market, says the building on Des Voeux Road Central, dilapidated with some tiles peeling off, needed all ...

  5. Intelligence still the best defence against terrorism

    Posted Jan 12th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty US President Barack Obama admitted that American intelligence had 'screwed up' by failing to intercept the alleged Christmas Day plane bomber before he boarded his flight in Amsterdam for Detroit. Intelligence agencies could not 'connect those dots' linking Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab with warnings from his own father to CIA officials in Nigeria ...

  6. China's voice is about to get louder all around the world

    Posted Oct 30th 2010, 12:00am by Sophie Yu

    ... Sophie Yu Shaped like a sharpened pencil jutting into the sky, the building in Beijing that houses Xinhua was designed to symbolise the news agency's role as the voice of the state. ... by a round-the-clock English-language channel in July. It has been busy hiring staff, shopping for TV stations abroad and looking for potential local and foreign shareholders. The news agency's global ...

  7. Strip ratings agencies of their special status

    Posted Jun 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Everyone else was mistaken, so why not the credit ratings agencies? That was effectively Warren Buffett's defence of Moody's, Fitch, and Standard & Poor's over the role they played in the subprime mortgage crisis. But this is not really a defence at all. We expect such professional agencies to guide investments wisely, not to follow the herd. Otherwise, why give them ...

  8. Agencies to share more information to catch corrupt officials

    Posted Jan 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok The mainland has set up a new system involving 17 central government agencies to prevent corrupt officials from fleeing abroad, according to the Communist Party's top anti-graft agency. Li Yufu, deputy party secretary for the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), said that the cross-board system was co-ordinating efforts from the public security, ...

  9. Troubled drug agency's deputy sanctioned

    Posted Jun 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui A deputy chief of the State Food and Drug Administration has become the latest official implicated in the agency's corruption scandal, in which five officials have been ... of health and family planning in the People's Liberation Army Logistics Department. He has a master's degree in business administration and a master's degree from the Central Party ...

  10. Some smaller HK banks likely to be swallowed up, agency says

    Posted Feb 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... according to rating agency Standard & Poor's. The agency said the outlook for the banking sector would be stable this year, with profitability set to improve, but it expected growth ... of scale have become extremely important. The agency said Hong Kong banks' fundamentals such as capital and liquidity were much stronger than their peers in other markets, but limited growth ...




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