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  1. Flag flap

    Posted May 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Rick Boychuk

    ... quarrel has broken out over the simple matter of when the flag on the Peace Tower- over the Parliament buildings in Ottawa- should be flown at half-mast. The battle royale is being waged ... and flags would be flown at half-mast at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa from the day of the death until sunset on the day of the funeral. In addition, flags at the soldiers' ...

  2. A wild ride

    Posted Dec 08th 2006, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires My eyes are fixed on a place of buttock-clenching terror. I'm looking at the top of the 45-metre-tall mast of the super-maxi yacht Wild Oats XI and shivering with the thought of what it must be like to be perched there in a storm. How the mast would sway like a crazed pendulum, and sea spray would sting my hands and face. How it would all be even more daunting ...

  3. Victims of '228 massacre' remembered

    Posted Mar 01st 2006, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... by blaming it on public anger over KMT corruption. On the orders of Mr Chen, flags flew at half-mast yesterday in recognition of the massacre. ...

  4. Central bank forecasts 10.3pc growth in first half

    Posted Jun 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Premier reiterates sustainable development goal China's economy will expand 10.3 per cent in the first half of the year, with no let-up in investment, the central bank forecast, ... as it forecast inflation of 1.3 per cent in the first half. Speaking to Hong Kong media in Uganda on Friday, Mr Wen said structural adjustments had been the cornerstone of China's macroeconomic ...

  5. Luxurious, floating museums take to sea

    Posted Sep 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and Mediterranean hues as a backdrop, the boats sat proudly in the quay like a floating museum. And when the vessels hoisted their sails in open water, the effect was breathtaking. Atop their masts flew ... gauges, aiming devices and water-resistant timepieces that expressed technical ability, innovation and craftsman's skills. In the second half of last century, it became the official sole ...

  6. Half as loud would be just great

    Posted Feb 25th 2006, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam John Scofield Cultural Centre Concert Hall Reviewed February 24; also appearing tonight If it had been half as loud it would have been twice as enjoyable. Many of the subtler aspects of John Scofield's reinterpretations of the Ray Charles songbook were obscured by thundering drums, and the keyboards were often barely audible. This detracted from, but did ...

  7. Half HKIEd staff qualify for 'super'

    Posted Dec 09th 2006, 12:00am by Nora Tong

    ... Nora Tong Half of the staff at the Hong Kong Institute of Education are to qualify for superannuation, up from the current 38 per cent. A statement this week said details of the arrangement for contract staff to be put on superannuation were now being prepared by the human resources office and would be released shortly. Acting president Bernard Luk Hung-kay welcomed ...

  8. Beijing to divest half of state firms by 2010

    Posted Dec 08th 2006, 12:00am by Jamil Anderlini

    ... Jamil Anderlini in Beijing The central government plans to divest up to half of the 161 large state-owned companies under its direct control by 2010, a senior government official said yesterday. Only 80 to 100 centrally administered state-owned enterprises will remain in four years' time, according to State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission vice-director ...

  9. High-rises have cut wind speed in half

    Posted Dec 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Weather chief warns of urgent need to rethink urban design The weather chief has called on professionals to rethink the design of urban buildings as a government study found wind speed has been reduced by almost half over the past 30 years, with high-rises springing up across the city. Between 1968 and 1995, wind speed measured at King's Park in Ho Man Tin declined ...

  10. Teen pleads guilty to attacking half-sister

    Posted Nov 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty in the District Court yesterday to attacking his teenage half-sister, allegedly tying her limbs together with tape and beating her with a cane until it broke. The youth- who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victims- is also charged with sexual assaults on his half-sister and another teenage girl living in the foster care ...




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