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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 - Commodities - EARNINGS

    Maanshan sees first-half loss more than double to 730.27m yuan

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 10:08am by Enoch Yiu and Eric Ng

    ... first-half loss. They traded at HK$1.81 at 10.19am. The company’s shares had gained 8.4 per cent in the previous month as investors bet steel producers’ profitability would improve on the back ... such as iron ore and coking coal, had dropped significantly, but the second half of the year would still be tough. “As there is no obvious improvement on the issue of overcapacity of steel, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1577537/maanshan-sees-first-half-loss-more-double-73027m-yuan
  7. Business - China Business - TECHNOLOGY

    Launch of iPhone 6 set to bolster Taiwan’s second-half exports

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:55am by Reuters

    ... gadgets. Economists expect momentum to be sustained through the second half of the year although it may be too soon to tell what percentage of orders will translate into actual exports. Export ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1577530/launch-iphone-6-set-bolster-taiwans-second-half-exports
  8. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Beijing aviation dream in doubt after first-half losses at AVIC Aircraft

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by SIJIA JIANG

    ... Sijia Jiang sijia.jiang@scmp.com Slow product deliveries push Avic Aircraft into the red in the first half Beijing dream in doubt after losses at jet maker Steep losses at mainland jet ... of Aviation Industry Corp of China, reported yesterday net loss after extraordinary items of 136.8 billion yuan (HK$172.4 billion) for the first half, compared with a profit of 57.2 billion yuan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1577250/beijing-aviation-dream-doubt-after-first-half-losses-avic
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Bank of China beats expectations with 11pc boost in first-half profit

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com State-owned bank's 11pc gain in first-half net earnings beats estimates, but jump in non-performing loans reinforces concerns for the sector Debt risk dampens BOC profit rise Bank of China posted first-half profits above expectations for the sector yesterday but faced rapidly increasing bad debt, a trend analysts say will be reflected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1577255/bank-china-beats-expectations-11pc-boost-first-half-profit

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