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  1. Sport - Rugby

    Hong Kong aim to shut down ‘flashy’ Tongan game

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 09:48pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Hosts hoping to bounce back in their second match of IRB U20s tournament in Hong Kong HK aim to shut down flashy play of Tonga Flanker Sebastian Brien will be one of four changes in the starting line-up for Hong Kong and his orders will be to close down the ‘flashy’ game which opponents Tonga will bring in their second outing at the IRB Junior World ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/fifteens/article/1474277/hong-kong-aim-shut-down-flashy-tongan-game
  2. Sport - Racing

    Historic Chengdu meeting another hoof in the door

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 10:11pm by Michael Cox

    ... what is seen as the final frontier for the sport. Forty-eight horses were flown in for five races on a newly upgraded turf track at Jinma Racecourse in Wenjiang, Sichuan province. The feature ... of China racing Frank Gabriel Quarantine issues were the major obstacles- and the main reason the meeting was twice postponed. It was originally set down for October, and then moved from December ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1478871/historic-chengdu-meeting-another-hoof-door
  3. News - World

    Finland’s premier, Jyrki Katainen, to step down in June

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 09:40pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Helsinki Katainen looks to take a senior post with the EU, further shaking coalition government Finland's premier to step down in June Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen will be stepping down in June with a view to taking a senior European Union post, a move that could further unsettle a coalition government that last month lost one of its parties. Katainen, who had led ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1466361/finlands-pm-jyrki-katainen-step-down-june
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Waste and power facilities could be moved underground: engineer

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 04:35am by FANNY FUNG

    ... underground spaces," Ng told an Eastern District Council meeting. "We can move down things which we don't want to see on the ground, such as refuse collection points and power ... Hong Kong Stadium and the Happy Valley Racecourse are among the sites identified as possible locations for underground development. The administration plans to ask lawmakers for HK$60 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1453398/waste-and-power-facilities-could-be-moved-underground-engineer
  5. Sport - Racing

    Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh retires to focus on training

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 12:19am by AFP

    ... on the difficult, undulating course at Epsom Downs, south of London, where the race is staged annually. “I’ve done extremely well and when you look at the list of horses I’ve ridden, there have been some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1435363/irish-jockey-johnny-murtagh-retires-focus-training
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - RETAILING

    Hong Kong property experts call for new tack to lure shoppers

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:39am by Peggy Sito, Sandy Li

    ... the first fall in value since August 2009, the Census and Statistics Department said. The value of sales of jewellery, watches and clocks, and valuable gifts increased 5.3 per cent, down from the 10 ... points' retail stores." The government also announced that Hong Kong Park, Victoria Park, Happy Valley racecourse and Kowloon Park are among areas initially selected for a pilot study ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1466501/hong-kong-property-experts-call-new-tack-lure-shoppers
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Bernard Chan may scale down public duties after heart operation

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 03:38am by Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung and Gary Cheung But Exco member won't quit all public roles despite undergoing heart surgery- and insists he never considered running for chief executive Bernard Chan may scale down duties after op Executive Council member Bernard Chan says he will consider scaling back his work with NGOs after undergoing heart surgery on Monday- and ruled out a run for chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1463321/bernard-chan-may-scale-down-public-duties-after-heart-operation
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLICY

    ‘Housing for Hongkongers’ scheme may be wound down, says CY Leung

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 02:27pm by Tony Cheung and Olga Wong

    ... launched two stamp duty measures, the market has cooled down." He did not give a direct answer to questions about whether the scheme had already been shelved. Under the scheme, announced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462407/housing-hongkongers-scheme-may-be-wound-down-chief-executive-leung
  9. News - World - KENYA

    Police patrol Mombasa after prominent Kenyan Islamist gunned down in the street

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 04:48pm by Agence France-Presse in Mombasa

    ... Agence France-Presse in Mombasa Heavy security in Mombasa after Muslim cleric, a vocal supporter of Osama bin Laden, is shot dead Prominent Kenyan Islamist gunned down in the street Armed police patrolled the streets of Kenya’s port city Mombasa on Wednesday after a prominent radical Muslim cleric assassinated overnight was buried as martyr. But Kenya’s second city – a key ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1463180/police-patrol-kenyan-port-after-assassination-hardline-muslim-cleric
  10. Business - Economy - RETAILING

    Gift giving in Hong Kong down on calendar quirks

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 01:20am by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com Gift giving down on quirks in the calendar Hong Kong retail sales fell 2.3 per cent year on year to HK$40.5 billion in February, the first fall in value ... in the Western and Chinese calendars. Combined sales for the first two months of the year rose 6.6 per cent year on year to HK$95 billion, well down on the 15.7 per cent rise in sales for the same months ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1461948/gift-giving-hong-kong-down-calendar-quirks

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