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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

    ... 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,' said Mr Chen in his ...

  2. 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' ...

  3. Slice of Life

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

    ... 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, the above routine will be carried out with the flag 'Z' o the Storm Signal mast. Time signals are also given at night by means of three white lamps mounted vertically ...

  4. News - World - OBITUARY

    Jim Flaherty, the man who balanced Canada’s books, dies at 64

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 10:13pm by AP

    ... on Parliament Hill in Ottawa was lowered to half-mast. US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Flaherty was admired and respected by leaders throughout the world. "Known for his drive and hard work, ...

  5. Business - Money - LISTINGS

    Weibo IPO offers half the price of Twitter's listing

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:10am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York Weibo offering half the price of Twitter's float Weibo's done half the job that Twitter has in turning its microblogging users into earnings. That may explain why the Chinese company is seeking as little as half the valuation in its initial public offering. Weibo, owned by Sina and Alibaba Group, plans to offer 20 million American depositary ...

  6. News - Asia - flght MH370

    More than half of Malaysians believe government withheld MH370 information

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 02:19pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com Over half of Malaysians say their government have been withholding information in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, a survey by a Malaysian ... Monash University in Malaysia said the half-century-long authoritarian leadership led to the state’s lack of transparency. “Malaysia is a semi-authoritarian state. The ruling party has been ...

  7. News - World - BOLIVIA

    New cable car cuts journey time by half for commuters in La Paz, Bolivia

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 09:25pm by GDN

    ... The Guardian in La Paz System aims to cut in half interminable journeys to and from La Paz Cable car puts commuters on a high Through its tinted windows, the red cabin affords passengers a spectacular view of the glacier-capped Andes mountains as it glides serenely out of Bolivia's administrative capital, La Paz. It climbs almost 500 metres up to the cliff-edge city of El Alto, ...

  8. News - China - AUSTERITY

    Communist Party banquets cut by half in 2013 under Xi's austerity drive

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 04:25pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen andrea.chen@scmp.com Austerity campaign 'frees cadres from obligations' to wine and dine, study finds Officials' banquet duties down by half A study has revealed ... drop by half. This gave civil servants an average of 30 minutes more with their families, Zhang said. It was not reported whether the study was based on reports from bureaus or monitoring ...

  9. News - World - BRITAIN

    Diana leaked royal phone directory, says former editor Clive Goodman

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 08:23pm by AFP

    ... Diana's death. "People [members of the public] wanted the flag at half-mast but the palace got caught up in stuffy protocol because the queen wasn't there," and refused to raise it, ...




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