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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong protesters, police get all tangled up in the numbers game

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 05:17am by Alex Lo

    ... half its estimate for the July 1 rally. The Alliance for Peace and Democracy, which organised Sunday's pro-Beijing protest, originally put the figure at 193,000 but yesterday, Robert Chow ... the disparities between official and organiser estimates happen because they are not counting the same thing. Organisers of this year's July 1 march claimed more than half a million took part, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1576288/hong-kong-protesters-police-get-all-tangled-numbers-game
  2. Business - Banking & Finance - EARNINGS

    Newly listed banks see profits soar

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 09:44am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Don Weinland don.weinland@scmp.com Two of the newest mainland banks to enter the Hong Kong market posted high profit growth, as well as high impairment charges, for the first half of the year. Bank of Chongqing, which listed in October, said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange late on Tuesday that net profit in the first six months of the year hit 1.66 billion yuan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1577513/newly-listed-banks-see-profits-soar
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Majority in poll opposes Beijing screening candidates for top job

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by Tony Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Majority in poll opposes screening of candidates More than half of Hongkongers say candidates should be allowed to run for chief executive in 2017 ... of Beijing. Beijing-loyalist politicians have repeatedly said they expect the National People's Congress Standing Committee to require candidates to win half of the nominating committee's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576341/majority-poll-opposes-beijing-screening-candidates-top-job
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - COMMERCIAL

    Buying sentiment brightens for office market in Hong Kong

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 05:21am by Peggy Sito

    ... Leong On-kei, casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun's fourth wife. The investment market was expected to be more active in the second half of the year than in the first half, Davis said. Apart ... valued at more than US$10 million- excluding residential transactions and land sales- reached HK$26 billion, a rise of 150 per cent quarter on quarter, to take first-half transactions to HK$36.4 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1577038/buying-sentiment-brightens-office-market-hong-kong
  5. Business - Companies

    TCL sees turnaround as profit leaps 308pc to HK$441m

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 01:09am by Sophie Yu

    ... as its first-half net profit climbed 308 per cent to HK$441 million, against a net loss of HK$209 million at the same time last year. A company statement said TCL "successfully shifted its business focus" to smartphones, with margins rising to 19.5 per cent in the first half of 2014 from 17.6 per cent in the same period in 2013. "The group expects that growth momentum ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1573833/tcl-sees-turnaround-profit-leaps-308pc-hk441m
  6. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Bosses plan hiring spree in second half of year, survey shows

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:26am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Almost 50 per cent of employers will increase headcount, survey reveals Bosses plan hiring spree in second half of year Almost half of Hong Kong's employers plan to recruit more staff in the second half of this year, according to a survey, the strongest hiring trend since late 2011. The poll reflected growing confidence among the city's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545122/bosses-plan-hiring-spree-second-half-year-survey-shows
  7. Sport - Hong Kong - SOCCER

    Kitchee in box seat in AFC Cup quarter-finals

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 11:23pm by CHAN KIN-WA

    ... the opening goal with an unmarked header in the first half against the home team, the Spaniard was gifted his second and the fourth for Kitchee, thanks to a horrendous blunder by the Ninh Binh ... great pressure in the second half, but the most important thing is we won the match." Coach Jose Molina acknowledged they are in a good position to make the last four after the impressive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1577163/kitchee-box-seat-afc-cup-quarter-finals
  8. Property - International - CANADA

    Low mortgage rates fuel rise in home sales in Canada

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 05:21am by Reuters

    ... which we do not expect will happen until the second half of 2015." The real estate association's home price index rose 5.3 per cent from July last year, little changed from June's ... next year, mortgage financing will remain attractive over the second half of 2014." The national sales-to-new-listings ratio was 53.6 per cent last month, little changed from 53.4 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1577027/low-mortgage-rates-fuel-rise-home-sales-canada
  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Yacht enables Harbour School to expand its marine science classes

    Posted May 27th 2014, 10:26am by Raymond Ma

    ... allowed to board the yacht. "We expect that it will be taken out for half day periods several times a month. The kids and the parents are really excited by it- sometimes the parents more ... The Black Dolphin is undergoing assembly and servicing to bring it back to seaworthy status. Its mast, which was dismantled and stowed for the long voyage here, is being remounted. Other work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1518826/yacht-enables-harbour-school-expand-its-marine-science
  10. News - China - ARSON

    Arson suspected as one person killed, 19 injured in Shandong bus blaze

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 06:05pm by XINHUA

    ... Xinhua in Jinan One person was killed and 19 others were injured after a public bus caught fire during rush hour in east China’s Shandong province on Wednesday. The bus blaze in Longkou city broke out at around 8.30am and was extinguished half an hour later, according to the Longkou municipal government. Police said the fire was an act of arson. Following a preliminary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1577761/arson-suspected-one-person-killed-19-injured-shandong-bus-blaze

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