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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 - Companies - PORTS

    Port operator China Merchants sees first-half profit rise 11.1pc

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 01:00pm by JING YANG

    ... Jing Yang jing.yang@scmp.com China Merchants Holdings (International), one of the world’s biggest port operators, reported first-half net profit attributable to shareholders up 11.1 per cent to HK$2.15 billion from the same period last year as the company started to realise gains on previously invested projects. Revenue rose 4.8 per cent to HK$3.9 billion. China Merchants, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1581413/port-operator-china-merchants-sees-first-half-profit-rise-111pc
  7. Business - Commodities - EARNINGS

    Jiangxi Copper first-half profit down 3.6pc on lower metals prices

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 10:39am by Eric Ng

    ... in first-half net profit on Wednesday night on the back of lower copper and gold prices and higher finance costs. First-half net profit declined to 1.19 billion yuan (HK$1.5 billion) from 1.24 billion ... But that was offset by lower copper and gold prices. Jiangxi Copper did not give its average selling prices, but said first-half copper prices fell about 8.3 per cent year on year at the London Metal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1581387/jiangxi-copper-first-half-profit-down-36pc-lower-metals-prices
  8. Business - Companies - AVIATION

    Air China blames yuan depreciation for 55.42pc fall in first-half profit

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 11:17am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... Sijia Jiang sijia.jiang@scmp.com Air China reported a 55.42 per cent fall in first-half earning to 510 million yuan (HK$642.5 million) as mainland airlines suffer from the depreciating ... dollar exchange rate was volatile and has dragged down the overall performance for the first half of the year”. It recorded a net exchange translation loss of 721 million yuan, compared ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1581078/air-china-blames-yuan-depreciation-5542pc-fall-first-half-profit

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