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  1. Business - Economy - ABENOMICS

    From Abenomics to Abegeddon: How will shrine visit affect Japan’s economy?

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 11:22am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... tax hike. This is a potentially large redistribution to Japan Inc and away from Mr and Mrs Watanabe. The average Japanese has seen few benefits. According to a poll of 16 economists ... less. It’s corporate nirvana.” Enjoy it while it lasts. Richter also notes that Japanese households have begun doing what they did before the last consumption tax hike, stocking up on purchases ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1393753/abenomics-abegeddon-how-will-shrine-visit-affect-japans-economy
  2. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    Angry villagers block public path in protest against park plan

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 03:35am by Ernest Kao

    ... to close off the only hiking path into the remote Sai Kung community of Tai Long Sai Wan. The path is a public right of way. The village, which is a popular spot for nature lovers, hikers, surfers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1393495/angry-villagers-block-public-path-protest-against-park-plan
  3. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Hong Kong's ham radio enthusiasts lend a helping hand

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 08:56pm by Bernice Chan

    ... regular trips into the hills. "We have to hike up to these places and so we carry smaller transmitters and receivers," Chan says, opening a backpack to reveal equipment welded to a light ... hiking or have a meal together." The association, which has more than 100 members aged from 40 to 70, is more socially inclined. Another breakaway group from Harts is the Hong Kong Amateur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1393231/hong-kongs-ham-radio-enthusiasts-lend-helping-hand
  4. News - China Insider - Morning Clicks

    China news round-up: Uygur activist held incommunicado, banks take on 'living wills'

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 08:15am by Patrick Boehler

    ... Post Garment workers strike: Factory owners will find it advantageous to pay the wage hike, rather than miss out on huge profit potential to absorb China’s shrinking garment output, says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1392946/china-news-round-uygur-activist-held-incommunicado-banks-take
  5. Business - Companies

    Li Ka-shing's British power firm UKPN under fire over alleged tax avoidance

    Posted Dec 29th 2013, 11:03pm by Peter Simpson

    ... power companies including UKPN have been criticised for above-inflation winter fuel price hikes and the poor response to power cuts, which at one point left millions of homes without power after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1392727/li-ka-shings-british-power-firm-ukpn-under-fire-over-alleged-tax
  6. Business - Economy - PUBLIC FUNDS

    Japan approves highest-ever national budget of US$922b for 2014

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 12:04pm by AFP

    ... of US$922 billion on Tuesday, as an improving economy and a sales tax hike made room for more defence spending and the first step towards achieving a balanced budget. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ... is the largest in Japan’s history due to changes in accounting rules and a sales tax hike, which will rise to 8 per cent from 5 per cent on April 1. The lion’s share of the extra revenue is earmarked ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1389641/japan-approves-highest-ever-national-budget-us922-billion-2014
  7. News - Hong Kong - CHRISTMAS

    Something for everyone as city gears up for Christmas

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 05:15am by Christy Choi, Edward Tang

    ... affair, avoiding the crowds. "We'll probably be going to Cheung Chau to go hiking," said 20-year-old Helene Woo. The weather is forecast to remain cool and sunny with a few cloudy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1389268/something-everyone-city-gears-christmas
  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Take the stress out of Christmas gatherings by using common sense

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 05:46pm by Karen Pittar

    ... and my husband and I just got to relax with a chilled glass of wine and watch them have fun." For physiotherapist Emma a hike has become part of their holiday tradition. "Dragon's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1389030/take-stress-out-christmas-gatherings-using-common-sense
  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, December 21, 2013

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 04:35am by LETTERS

    ... in March. KMB should try not to impose increases too frequently. Before calling for further hikes, the company should seek the views of the public on this matter. Gloria Lau Lim-chi, Tsuen Wan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1387154/letters-editor-december-21-2013
  10. Business - Economy

    Strong New Zealand growth points to March rates hikes

    Posted Dec 20th 2013, 01:31am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Strongest figures in nearly four years, on the back of an agricultural rebound, may see the central bank tighten the cycle as early as March New Zealand growth points to rate rises New Zealand's economy grew at its fastest clip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1386219/strong-new-zealand-growth-points-march-rates-hikes

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