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  1. Comment - Letters

    Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement will benefit Taiwan

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 04:48am by LETTERS

    ... the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, and I would like to clarify the views of the government of Taiwan. Your readers will have seen the television coverage where young people joined protests ... Trade in Services Agreement, and the Executive Yuan will study the feasibility of holding a national affairs conference, national trade and economic consultation meeting or citizens' ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Government facing HK$30m legal bill

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 03:51am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Costs awarded to men cleared of blackmailing former chairman of listed company Government facing HK$30m legal bill The government is set to get a HK$30 million legal bill after a businessman and four other people cleared of blackmail were awarded costs. Deputy High Court judge Madam Clare-Marie Beeson made the order yesterday despite an assertion ...

  3. Comment - Letters

    Taiwan aims to be a free-trade island

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 05:18am by LETTERS

    ... stringent requirements in all areas linked to this high-standard, free-trade agreement. Fully aware of this fact, the government is working hard to reform the nation's legal, public sector ... will be relaxed in the zones, which will also set up one-stop service windows to streamline administrative procedures for acquiring land and building permits, clearing customs and registering businesses, ...

  4. Business - Economy

    China services activity picks up in March

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 09:30am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Services activity picks up in March Activity in the mainland's services industry rose to a four-month high last month, a private survey showed yesterday, even as persistent weakness in manufacturing has reinforced fears of a sharper-than-expected economic slowdown. The Markit/HSBC services purchasing managers index (PMI) rose to 51.9 in March from ...

  5. News - World - FRANCE

    French prosecutors start pimping probe into sugar daddy website

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 01:13am by AFP

    ... which targets encounters with mature women- by offering this time to find mature men," he said. But the Action Team Against Pimping association, which made a legal complaint last week, said that "under the cover of a dating website, the site sugardaddy.fr seems to correspond to an online pimping service". ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    MTR's train service enhancement will ease overcrowding

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 04:21am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial MTR's latest train service enhancement will ease crowding The MTR Corporation would like to thank Frank Lee for his letter expressing his views on the crowding ... train trips on the Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Kwun Tong Line and East Rail Line starting from April 7 under the Listening Responding Programme. The latest train service enhancement, together ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - LEGAL EYE

    Legal Eye: beware the cross-border minefield of prenuptial agreements

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 10:04am by WITHERS

    ... as long as there has been independent legal advice and full disclosure. The courts can intervene if the provision for division of property is unfair. In Australia, prenuptial agreements ... and legally approved by the registrar of marriage, will be enforceable unless it is "contrary to the restrictions set by the law, religion or morality".   In the United Arab Emirates, ...

  8. Business - Economy - TRADE

    Overlooking services’ key role distorts trade picture

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 10:29am by PATRICK LOW

    ... Patrick Low Trade statistics do not report services- and if they did, the numbers would be severely understated- twisting economic perceptions Distorting the big picture In less than ... the famous dictum attributed by Mark Twain to Benjamin Disraeli about there being lies, damned lies- and statistics. A serious shortcoming is that these statistics do not report services trade, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legal scholar calls for compromise

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 05:26am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com Legal scholar calls for compromise Parties across the political spectrum should focus on reaching a compromise on how to elect the chief executive in 2017, a former University of Hong Kong legal scholar says. The controversial idea of public nomination- allowing registered voters to propose candidates- was not essential for democratic development, ...

  10. News - Asia - MALDIVES

    Maldives holds parliamentary election despite doubts over its legality

    Posted Mar 23rd 2014, 05:32am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Male Islanders vote despite doubt over poll's legality Parliamentary elections got under way in the Maldives yesterday despite the island nation's new president expressing doubts over whether the vote can be conducted, officials said. An ally of President Abdulla Yameen had petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a delay of the polls, ...




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