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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Pan-democrats try to delay funding requests amid electoral reform stand-off

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:55am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Aim of 'non-cooperation campaign' is to block all except livelihood items Pan-democrats try to delay funding requests Pan-democrats have begun a "campaign of non-cooperation" over political reform with the aim of holding up all requests for public funding unless they are related to people's livelihood. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1618840/pan-democrats-try-delay-funding-requests-amid-electoral-reform-stand
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's new trade minister Yuko Obuchi 'to quit' over misuse of funds

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:27am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo New trade minister 'to quit' over misuse of funds Japan's newly appointed trade and industry minister plans to resign following reports that some of her support groups misused political funds, Japanese media said. Yuko Obuchi, the 40-year-old daughter of a former premier, had told people close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that she planned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1619631/japans-new-trade-minister-yuko-obuchi-quit-over-misuse-funds
  3. Business - Money - DEBT

    Fund managers ready to snap up cheap corporate bonds

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 05:47am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in New York Fund managers ready to feast on cheap bonds In a junk-bond market that has been anything but high-yield for almost two years, the world's biggest debt-fund ... in almost three years. "Credit is a buy here, specifically high-yield" bonds and loans, said Mark Kiesel, one of three managers who oversee Pimco's US$202 billion Total Return Fund ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1618796/fund-managers-ready-snap-cheap-corporate-bonds
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's first female economy minister accused of spending political funds on make-up, gifts

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 03:09pm by AFP

    ... the five years to 2012, her political funding body spent more than 10 million yen (HK$725,000) on things unconnected to politics, including cosmetics and accessories. It also spent 3.62 million yen ... for supporters. Political funding rules in Japan do not explicitly bar much aside from outright bribery. They are generally interpreted to allow for spending on running offices and promoting individuals. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1617626/japans-first-female-economy-minister-accused-spending-political-funds-make
  5. News - World - Ebola virus

    UN’s anti-Ebola trust fund massively short of its US$1 billion goal

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 03:46pm by AP, AFP

    ... AP and AFP in New York and Washington Colombia the only donor so far who gave cash to secretary general Ban Ki-moon's flexible humanitarian fund The UN trust fund for Ebola has barely US$100,000 in cash – just 0.01 per cent of what the world body says it needs to fight the worst outbreak on record – reports said on Friday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the trust fund ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1618463/uns-anti-ebola-trust-fund-massively-short-its-us1-billion-goal
  6. News - China - TECHNOLOGY

    Inventors of 'air umbrella' seek funding (and it can protect against pepper spray too)

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 05:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau in Guangzhou mimi.lau@scmp.com Developers of a torch-like device that shields users from the elements seek outside investors Air umbrella team look for lift from funding crowd ... spray. Nanjing native Wang Chuan, 27, and his friends have been working on the patented technology for about two years and are now looking online for international funding to fine-tune ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1615909/makers-air-umbrella-look-funding-lift-kickstarter-crowd
  7. Property - International - GREECE

    Greek fund aims to raise €400m in sale of state real estate assets

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:09am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Madrid and Athens Fund targets €400m in state asset disposals The Greek fund charged with selling state assets will attempt to raise €400 million (HK$3.89 billion) by securitising real estate in a move designed to attract investment to the debt-stricken nation. The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund would sell shares in a company with about 300 properties ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1616314/greek-fund-aims-raise-eu400m-sale-state-real-estate-assets
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Funding requests face tough crowd when Legco Finance Committee meeting resumes

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 04:07am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI, JEFFIE LAM

    ... Cheung Chi-fai and Jeffie Lam Waste projects will be top of the pile when Finance Committee meeting resumes Funding requests facing tough crowd in Legco Waste infrastructure projects ... on democracy protesters. The committee has 18 funding requests to get through that were delayed by filibustering before the summer break. At the top of the pile are what environment officials say ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1616410/funding-requests-face-tough-crowd-when-legco-finance-committee
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    US exchange-traded funds target China onshore bond market

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 10:56am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in New York American firms set to launch exchange-traded funds allowing access to onshore bonds that have been largely closed off to foreigners U.S. funds take aim at China's bond market Investment firms in the United States are readying the first line of exchange-traded funds designed to give American investors access to China's swelling onshore bond market, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1615617/us-exchange-traded-funds-target-china-onshore-bond-market
  10. Sport - Rugby - Gold Coast Sevens

    Fiji face fight for funds to reach Olympic dream

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 06:21pm

    ... for granted,” Ryan said. “We just had funds to run camps for this tournament. And I desperately need funds to run it for Dubai. If we can prepare like we did for this tournament, then we’re ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1615794/fiji-face-fight-funds-reach-olympic-dream

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