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  1. First-time UK buyers take ire to the streets

    Posted May 16th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren in London Government accused of propping up prices Britain's first-time buyers have taken to the streets for the first time to protest against high property prices ... coincides with the release of figures which show first-time buyers are spending the biggest share of their income on mortgage payments for 16 years. Buyers lobbyist group PricedOut held its protest ...

  2. Scotland and Northern Ireland still leading the pack

    Posted Mar 14th 2007, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... property, but affordability problems may restrict demand this year. Halifax says 20 out of 21 towns in Wales are too expensive for first-time buyers. ... South West England's huge popularity with second home buyers- a third of the UK's holiday homes are in the region- pushed prices up 11 per cent in the region last year. However, ...

  3. A blue-sky treat for first-time fliers

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Many of the Tung Chung families chosen for Cathay Pacific Airways' 'community responsibility' programme wanted to make sure they were well rested for the first flight of their lives yesterday. So they went to bed early. Very early. 'Th ...

  4. Beauty battles Beast as Thais vote for first time since coup

    Posted Dec 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chief Asia correspondent Greg Torode in Bangkok Stark contrasts in candidates in first post-Thaksin election It could be called Beauty and the Beast. As 46.6 million Thais go to the polls today in the first election since a military coup drove prime minis ...

  5. Sugden treats first-time Guia drive with respect

    Posted Nov 16th 2007, 12:00am by Melanie Ho

    ... Melanie Ho A driver's inaugural lap on the Guia circuit can be considered a rite of passage. The drivers experience similar wide-eyed expressions, there are feelings of both excitement and nerves and when it's done, they say it's nothing yo ...

  6. Japan returns graft fugitive to China for the first time

    Posted May 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei China's top prosecutors confirmed that Japan has for the first time handed over a Chinese national suspected of corruption, Xinhua reported yesterday. Yuan Tongshun, former general manager of a state-owned enterprise in Dalian, Liaoning, is suspected of embezzling a large amount of public funds between September 2003 and March 2004. He had since sought refuge ...

  7. Cruz would settle for placing as Bullish Luck takes to dirt for first time

    Posted Mar 31st 2007, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... Dubai surface at his first time on dirt. 'If he handles that, then I think he can surprise a few people and run well, but whether he can handle the favourites in the race, I just don't ...

  8. Jobs for all in reach for first time since handover

    Posted Mar 25th 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan and Dennis Eng Labour Department notified of record 2,500 jobs a day Hong Kong could reach full employment this year for the first time since the handover, the government's internal estimates show. Unemployment fell to an eight-year low of 4.3 per cent last month, and senior government sources say the 'natural' rate of unemployment is now 3.9 per ...

  9. Yangtze's overall water quality worsening, first-time report says

    Posted Apr 16th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan The water quality of the nation's longest river is deteriorating, with the risk of flooding exacerbated by building the Three Gorges Dam, a report on the Yangtze's development and protection has concluded. The report, the first of its ...

  10. Drama as griffins clash for first time

    Posted Feb 26th 2007, 12:00am by Murray Bell

    ... Murray Bell The first griffin race for the season provided thrills, spills and drama, with the final insult being a total blowout for punters when 45-1 chance Favourite Supreme nosed out hot favourite Danesis. Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing admitted being ...




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