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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Debate on a universal pension highlights need for tax reform

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 02:41am by SCMP Editorial

    ... is it sustainable? Developing such a retirement protection system is an issue the world over. Our problem appears to be even more challenging, as about half a million elderly people currently live ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1579597/debate-universal-pension-highlights-need-tax-reform
  2. Business - Money - TECHNOLOGY

    Stock trading? There’s an app for that

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 11:03am by James Griffiths

    ... a viable, scalable platform for them to market their ideas JONATHAN CAI, IMAIBO Cai said about half of iMaibo's 400,000 users paid for value-added services such as chatting with the 100 or so ... because whatever they bring in, we give them half. So we provide a viable, scalable platform for them to market their ideas." IMaibo users will soon be able to buy and sell stocks listed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1579021/stock-trading-theres-app
  3. Sport - Soccer - ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

    England braced for return of Mario Balotelli

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 10:08am

    ... described as a rare talent. Balotelli’s two-and-a-half years with Manchester City were overshadowed by his off-pitch antics, which included car crashes, setting fireworks off in his bathroom ... the Colombian, who missed the second half of last season and the World Cup with a serious knee injury. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1578999/england-braced-return-mario-balotelli
  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - ACQUISITIONS

    SOHO China on lookout for acquisitions in prime locations

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 02:03pm by Peggy Sito

    ... profit, excluding net valuation gains, rising about 128 per cent to 1.22 billion yuan (HK$1.54 billion) in the first half of the year on a stronger contribution from sales of commercial space ... the first half was about 26 per cent. Chairman Pan Shiyi said in the results announcement that the uncertain market outlook for the mainland’s residential property market would provide land ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1578404/soho-china-lookout-acquisitions-prime-locations
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Business - Companies - EARNINGS

    Shangri-La unveils new hotel brand 'Jen' as profit leaps 39 pc

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 01:28am by TIFFANY AP

    ... Tiffany Ap tiffany.ap@scmp.com Hotel Jen to first open for business in Singapore in September as company reports attributable gain of US$35.8 million for the first half Shangri-La unveils new brand as profit leaps 39 pc Shangri-La Asia announced yesterday consolidated profit for the first half to June rose 39 per cent as the luxury chain relaunched its affordable business hotel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1577991/shangri-la-unveils-new-hotel-brand-jen-profit-leaps-39-pc
  8. Business - Economy

    Mainland factory sector growth hits 3-month low

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 01:21am by Victoria Ruan

    ... of the year as the leadership has vowed to defend the annual economic growth target set at about 7.5 per cent. The economy expanded 7.4 per cent in the first half, thanks to the government's ... policy easing, including adopting broad-based reserve ratio and interest rate cuts. Barclays Capital said two interest rate cuts in the second half would help the economy expand 7.4 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1578723/mainland-factory-sector-growth-hits-3-month-low
  9. News - Asia - THAILAND

    26 suspects in Thailand charged over alleged plot to attack city

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 08:56pm by AFP

    ... there are armed elements on both sides of Thailand’s bitter political divide. Thaksin, who was ousted in an earlier coup in 2006, has traditionally enjoyed strong support in the northern half of Thailand ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1580116/26-suspects-thailand-charged-over-alleged-plot-attack-city
  10. Business - Companies - COMPANIES

    Trading group Li & Fung in store for subdued profits, say analysts

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:01am by CHIM SAU-WAI

    ... A chilly start to the year in the United States and disruption from anti-Chinese factory riots in Vietnam are expected to weigh on Li & Fung's results for the first half of the year. And with the global trading group having completed the spin-off of its brand business in July, analysts believe it may not be able to count on a traditionally stronger second-half performance to make up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1575676/trading-group-li-fung-store-subdued-profits-say-analysts

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