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  1. Slice of Life

    Posted Jul 14th 2009, 12:00am by Sandra Lowe

    ... servants.' 'The Time Ball on Kowloon Signal Hill is dropped daily at 10am and 4pm, except on Saturdays when it is dropped at 10am only,' a notice said on July 13. The ball was hoisted half mast at the 55th minute and full mast at the 57th minute. Should it fail to drop at the correct time it would be lowered at 5 minutes past the hour. 'Should the Time Ball be out of order, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686790/slice-life
  2. 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,' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/495362/taiwan-orders-flags-lowered-half-mast-sign-respect
  3. 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' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/547236/flag-flap
  4. News - China - TAIWAN

    Taiwan investigators raid offices of Kaohsiung gas blast companies

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 05:04am by AFP

    ... people as the island flew flags at half mast yesterday to mourn the blast victims and 48 killed in an earlier plane crash. The number killed in the explosions rose to 30 after the family of two ... the Taiwanese flag would be flown at half mast from public buildings for three days of mourning for "our compatriots who died unfortunately in the two accidents".   ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1567150/taiwan-investigators-raid-offices-kaohsiung-gas-blast-companies
  5. News - World - FLIGHT MH17

    Russia can't wash its hands of blame for MH17 crash, Tony Abbott says

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 06:36am by AFP

    ... for the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine as flags flew at half mast to honour the Australians killed. The airliner carrying 298 people, including 28 Australians, came down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine ... for a comprehensive international probe with access to the site, debris, black box and any possible witnesses. Abbott ordered flags flown at half-mast across the country in tribute to those who died, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556692/russia-cant-wash-its-hands-blame-mh17-crash-tony-abbott-says
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    Dim sum bond issuance set to drop 50pc in second half

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:06am by Jeanny Yu

    ... issuance could plunge about 50 per cent in the second half of the year from the first half as the cost of borrowing yuan in offshore markets surges relative to the price of raising onshore debt. ... issuance of dim sum bonds in the second half to fall to 200 billion yuan (HK$251 billion) from a record 370 billion yuan in the first half. HSBC, Bank of China and Standard Chartered are the top ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1579569/dim-sum-bond-issuance-set-drop-50pc-second-half
  7. Business - Commodities - EARNINGS

    Sinopec Kantons shares up 7pc after 63.4pc jump in first-half profit

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:41am by Eric Ng

    ... (Sinopec), rose 7 per cent on Friday morning after it posted a 63.4 per cent year-on-year jump in interim profit. Net profit amounted to HK$377.02 million for the first half of the year, up from ... charter services both remained loss-making, to the tune of a combined HK$22 million in the first half, narrowed from a loss of HK$98 million in the same period last year. Revenue dropped 73 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1579039/sinopec-kantons-shares-7pc-after-634pc-jump-first-half-profit
  8. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Sinofert expects second-half pickup despite over-capacity concerns

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 09:41am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Sinofert, the mainland’s largest fertiliser maker and distributor, says its second-half profitability will likely improve although it saw no quick-fix to chronic ... slightly from mid-year lows. Coupled with cost-cutting measures, he expected the company’s second-half results to improve from the first-half. “With rising utilisation at [our customers’] composite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1578981/sinofert-expects-second-half-pickup-despite-over-capacity

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