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  1. News - China - CASE NOTES

    Lack of environmental public interest litigation in no one's best interest

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by Ng Tze Wei

    ... Ng Tze-wei If authorities want courts to resolve social conflict, environmental cases are a good start Public interest litigation is in everyone's best interest The absence from the latest draft amendments to the Environmental Protection Law (EPL) of a clause allowing public interest litigation has troubled many. Just this August, the Civil Procedure Law (CPL) was amended ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1077382/lack-environmental-public-interest-litigation-no-ones-best-interest
  2. Business - Companies

    BHP to sell its interest in Browse to PetroChina for US$1.63b

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 08:55am by Bloomberg

    ... overseas by the end of the decade. The purchase confirms “China’s intensifying interest for natural gas imports,” Gordon Kwan, head of energy research at Mirae Asset Securities HK, said. “Expect ... than the $4.40 per barrel paid by the Japanese companies, Bernstein estimated. BHP’s minority interest in Browse fell outside its strategy of owning “large, long-life, low-cost, expandable, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1103488/bhp-sell-its-interest-browse-petrochina-us163b
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    UBS fined HK$12b for rigging global interest rates

    Posted Dec 20th 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in London and Zurich UBS fined HK$12b for rigging global interest rates UBS, Switzerland's biggest bank, must pay about 1.4 billion Swiss francs (HK$11.84 billion) to US, British and Swiss regulators for trying to rig global interest rates, triple the penalties levied against Barclays. Fines from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the United States ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1108493/ubs-fined-hk12b-rigging-global-interest-rates
  4. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Loan sharks charged kidney patient 1,000pc interest on medical bills

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Loan sharks charged kidney patient 1,000pc interest Loan sharks charged a kidney patient interest of up 1,000 per cent a year when he borrowed money to pay his medical bills, police say. The jobless man in his 50s told police he still owed more than HK$100,000 after paying about HK$10,000 a month to cover the interest in the past 12 months. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1107169/loan-sharks-charged-kidney-patient-1000pc-interest-medical-bills
  5. Business - Money - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    The Week Explained: Low interest rates

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines moneypost@scmp.com A meditation on inflation negation We are stuck in a low interest rate environment likely to remain at this level for some time, not least because ... environment, but bad for cautious savers and investors who have modest aspirations for the growth of their funds but would really like to beat inflation. Putting money in various interest-bearing bank ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/money-news/article/1099996/week-explained-low-interest-rates
  6. Business - Banking & Finance

    Reserve Bank of Australia cuts interest rate to global recession low

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Sydney Australia cuts interest rate back to 2009 low The Reserve Bank of Australia has cut its benchmark interest rate to the half-century low set during the 2009 global ... cut is an attempt to smooth the transition from resources to the broader sectors of the economy that are currency- and interest-rate sensitive," said Martin Whetton, interest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1097674/reserve-bank-australia-cuts-interest-rate-global-recession
  7. News - Hong Kong - RIGHT OF ABODE

    Top judges may face conflict of interest over residency ruling

    Posted Dec 15th 2012, 12:00am by Austin Chiu, JOSHUA BUT, NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... conflict of interest, actual or apparent, and whether the judges are under pressure to make the decision. At issue is whether the opinions of the pre-handover Preparatory Committee in 1996, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1105732/top-judges-may-face-conflict-interest-over-residency-ruling
  8. Sport - Racing - RACING

    Buyers' interest well down in Hong Kong International Sale

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 12:00am by Michael Cox

    ... Michael Cox michael.cox@scmp.com The economic downturn could have kept buyers' interest down in the HK International Sale as Gibson snares sale-topper at 'bargain' HK$5 million Buying frenzy fizzles out aseconomy bites A relative air of normality returned to the Hong Kong International Sale yesterday, as many circumspect buyers kept their hands in their pockets, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1100844/buyers-interest-well-down-hong-kong-international-sale
  9. Business - Money - SHARES

    Short-selling eases as Block loses interest

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in New York Short-selling eases as Block loses interest Carson Block says it's become too difficult to short Chinese equities in the US as bets on stock declines drop by 50 ... interest in betting against the stocks because the government helps protect them. Short interest in the 83 biggest Chinese firms listed in New York has dropped to an average 2.61 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1093413/short-selling-eases-block-loses-interest
  10. Sport - Other Sport

    All Blacks 15s players show interest in Olympic sevens event

    Posted Dec 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... also expressed interest is Israel Dagg [winger]," Tietjens said. Tietjens has coached New Zealand to four Commonwealth Games gold medals, achieved manifold successes at the IRB World ... a different answer," she said. James Fitzgerald, IRB media manager, added: "We still see it as a positive thing, that China is interested in developing rugby programmes. Sevens is the ideal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1095271/all-blacks-15s-players-show-interest-olympic-sevens-event

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