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  1. Taiwan orders flags lowered to half-mast as a sign of respect

    Posted Apr 04th 2005, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... Jacky Hsu in Taipei Taiwan yesterday lowered its official flags to half-mast to show respect to the late Pope John Paul II, whose Holy See is Taipei's only ally in Europe. In his condolence message to the Vatican, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian praised the Pope as one of the greatest religious leaders in the world. 'The world has lost a great religious leader,' ...

  2. Tsang sends condolences to Britain, vows to protect expats

    Posted Jul 09th 2005, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday expressed his condolences for victims of the London bombings, saying he was deeply shocked and saddened by the attacks. At the British consulate in Admiralty yesterday, the Union Flag was flown at half mast and one minute's silence was observed for the victims. Bouquets were placed outside the building. 'We feel ...

  3. Success of ESF effort exceeds all expectations

    Posted Jan 08th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... V School in Kowloon, the entire student body formed a circle of remembrance for two minutes of silence, with the school flag flown at half mast. Laura Zhang, 12, a pupil at West Island School, ... ripped apart and the nature destroyed.' Bradley Raper, 16, a Year 12 student at the school, gave $500, half from his pocket money and half from his parents. 'Five hundred dollars ...

  4. Turf wars

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Arsenal defeat last year, when fans from North London rivals Spurs flew it at half mast. 'I would have burned theirs,' says Terry. Margaret nods, as she stares at her book of word ...

  5. Taiwanese bolstered by 'funeral diplomacy'

    Posted Apr 08th 2005, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... the Vatican decided to assist him in obtaining the visas. The Taiwanese leader ordered the lowering of national flags to half mast and visited the charge d'affairs to express his condolences. ...

  6. Funds face struggle in second half

    Posted Aug 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kelvin Wong Hong Kong's retirement funds will find it difficult to match their strong first-half performance in the second half, amid changing expectations concerning US interest-rate ... and Standard Chartered have posted earnings results that exceeded market expectations. But Mr Konyn warned that corporate earnings in the Asia-Pacific region could disappoint in the second half, due ...

  7. One-off gains lift Swire's first half

    Posted Aug 12th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to drive earnings growth in the second half but warns that surging oil prices may eat into contributions from its airline operations. The blue-chip conglomerate unveiled a 143.8 per cent increase ... trend,' chairman David Turnbull said. 'The second half will also see a pick-up in profits from strong sales of residential apartments in Miami.' Swire, which derives most of its earnings ...

  8. Fuel shortage shuts half Shenzhen's pumps

    Posted Aug 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Shenzhen, Lillian Yang and Kevin Huang More than half of Shenzhen's service stations and fuel depots were forced to close yesterday as the oil-supply crunch that has plagued Guangdong for weeks worsened. The fuel crisis has also begun to spread, with Shanghai now suffering shortages. Shenzhen municipal government and fuel giants Sinopec and China Petrol ...

  9. HK aiming for a top half result

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... days. We want to finish in the top half of the field.' Hong Kong earned their passage to the world championship after competing in two qualifiers in Australia and in the United States ...

  10. Plastic bags tax backed by over half in study

    Posted Apr 25th 2005, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... More than half the people polled in a survey support a tax on plastic bags but most believe it should not be more than 30 cents. Of the 640 people interviewed by the Democratic Party, 355 agreed to the introduction of a tax on the bags. A total of 267 interviewees believed taxation could increase public awareness of environmental protection. More than 60 per cent ...




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