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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Sai Wan villagers extend blockade of hiking trail to weekends

    Posted Mar 20th 2014, 03:59am by Ada Lee

    ... by blocking a popular hiking track through the village on all days. Residents of Sai Wan village on the scenic Sai Kung Tai Long Wan coast were already blocking the track on weekdays, but on Saturday, ... of participants to take another route for the marathon hike. Several weeks later, they made the blockade a regular practice on weekdays. The South China Morning Post reported last month that conservation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1452823/sai-wan-villagers-extend-blockade-hiking-trail-weekends
  2. Business - Economy - JAPAN

    Japan exports grow at fastest pace in 7 months, but slowing growth looms

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 02:30pm by Reuters

    ... to pressure on the Bank of Japan and the government to step up policy support as the economy struggles to recover from the pain of an April sales tax hike. A recent run of weak data including ... on the second-stage of the sales tax hike in December. In that context, yesterday's trade figures should be welcome news to Tokyo. The 6.9 per cent annual increase in exports in September was roughly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1622120/japan-exports-grow-fastest-pace-7-months-slowing-growth-looms
  3. News - Asia - ANALYSIS: INDONESIA

    Indonesian president Joko Widodo faces hurdles on inauguration day

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 05:10am by AP

    ... hikes would be enough to tax any incoming president. But Indonesia's Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who takes office today, must also find a way to work with a powerful and well-funded ... vulnerable to the hikes expected next year in what are record-low US interest rates, which could suck funds from the country, pressurizing the rupiah and spooking the markets. Widodo will also have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1620072/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-faces-hurdles-inauguration-day
  4. News - Hong Kong - TOBACCO

    Newspaper vendors say tobacco-tax hike could force them out of business

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 02:31pm by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Struggling stall owners fear customers will ditch expensive habit, or turn to black market, as representative says 100 stalls may disappear As the government considers raising the tax on tobacco, newspaper vendors are fretting over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1425160/newspaper-vendors-say-tobacco-tax-hike-could-force-them-out-business
  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIAL SERVICES

    Post office set to raise fees again despite hike just four months ago

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:38am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Cost of mailing a letter already went up in October, but self-funded government body says more revenue is needed to get in the black Post office set to raise fees again Consumers can expect more frequent increases in postal ra ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1424672/post-office-set-raise-fees-again-despite-hike-just-four-months-ago
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Government mulls tobacco tax hike in bid to curb smoking among children

    Posted Feb 06th 2014, 04:48am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Government to explore pumping more money into educating kindergarten and primary pupils Smoking habit set to get more expensive The government may raise tobacco taxes to prevent people- especially youngsters- from pickin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1421621/government-mulls-tobacco-tax-hike-bid-curb-smoking-among-children
  7. Business - Banking & Finance - TURKEY

    Turkey stuns investors with massive rate hikes to stem lira fall

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Istanbul Turkey’s central bank hiked all its key interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency midnight policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip ... to know that as always, I am against a hike in interest rates today,” the prime minister told reporters late on Tuesday, hours before the central bank’s meeting. “But of course I don’t have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1416669/turkey-stuns-investors-massive-rate-hikes-stem-lira-fall
  8. News - China Insider - STOCKS

    Did Xi Jinping's hiking jaunts boost outdoor apparel firm’s stocks?

    Posted Jan 15th 2014, 01:47pm by Amy Li

    ... the recently revealed hiking trips taken by President Xi Jinping had something to do with it. News that Xi was an enthusiastic hiker and that he had even become honourary chairman of a hiking club ... Xi had responded: "Though I don't usually chair any groups or clubs, I am willing to be an honourary chair[man] of the hiking club. By doing so, more people will be encouraged ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1406085/did-xi-jinpings-hiking-jaunts-boost-outdoor-apparel-firms-stocks
  9. News - China - LEADERSHIP

    Read my greasy lips: no price hikes for President Xi Jinping's favourite buns

    Posted Jan 16th 2014, 11:12am by Vanessa Piao

    ... Vanessa Piao vanessa.piao@scmp.com Beijing’s deputy mayor has asked the low-end restaurant chain, which took the nation by steamy storm after President Xi Jinping's unexpected visit last December, not to mark up the price of its famed stuffed buns, a ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1406751/read-my-greasy-lips-no-price-hikes-president-xi-jinpings-favourite-buns
  10. Comment - Letters

    Protection of hiking area essential

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 03:27am by LETTERS

    ... Park. Anyone who goes hiking regularly will know that Tai Long Sai Wan is one of the most scenic parts of Hong Kong. This is an outstanding hiking trail, comparable to any hiking experience ... up their rucksacks and take a hike free of charge. Walks like this revitalise them and help them to recharge their batteries. The Tai Long Sai Wan area is under threat. For example, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1398641/protection-hiking-area-essential

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