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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Hong Kong students encouraged to apply for Rhodes Scholarships

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 09:36am by Nora Tong

    ... Nora Tong life@scmp.com There's more to life than good grades, according to the man running the world's most esteemed academic scholarship, writes Nora Tong Rhodes to glory ... at the start and end of tenure, and private health insurance. "I think we are doing a very good job in picking scholars but we can always be better. I believe we should not only look for people ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - INSURANCE

    Chinese tourists buy 16pc of life insurance sold in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:08am by Enoch Yiu

    ... carefully. Mainland tourists' share of new life insurance sold in the city grew to 16 per cent last year from 13 per cent in 2012, 9 per cent in 2011 and 4 per cent in 2010. Hong Kong insurance ... for the insurance industry, said mainlanders had become an important source of business for Hong Kong-based life insurance companies. "They don't just come here for cosmetic products or jewellery ...

  3. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Reforms on insurance-linked investment products bring shake-up

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... will have a major impact on how life insurance companies and agents operate, say analysts and senior industry executives. They argue that commissions and product fees will drop and clients ... products marketed to both expatriate and local investors. Such products combine life insurance, investment and estate planning structures and allow investors to spread small sums of money between ...

  4. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    City insurance authority bans indemnity commissions

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 01:13pm by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Agents face tighter payment rules Hong Kong's insurance authority has banned upfront commission payments on long-term policies in a move to clean up a HK$17 billion-a-year business plagued by persistent complaints of unscrupulous sales practices. The ban will hit a cutthroat insurance savings plan industry marketed to both expatriate and local investors, which combines life insurance ...

  5. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    How Monopoly came to dominate board games

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Richard Lord

    ... Richard Lord life@scmp.com As Monopoly hits two milestones, Richard Lord explores how the beloved board game has evolved from its unlikely origins Happy landings More than 275 million sets ... about life- there's a philosophical aspect to it. It's about people competing for limited resources Patrick Chugh, founder of the Hong Kong board games club And in the 1970s, San ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: The Inner Enemies of Democracy, by Tzvetan Todorov

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by David Wilson

    ... David Wilson life@scmp.com The Inner Enemies of Democracy by Tzvetan Todorov Polity 3 stars David Wilson During the early 20th century, French essayist Charles Péguy wrote: "There is in the Declaration of Human Rights enough to make war on everybody for as long as the world lasts!" Péguy was right, according to Bulgarian-born historian Tzvetan Todorov. The chief threat to world ...

  7. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - POSTCARD TORONTO

    Postcard from Toronto

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Helen Barlow

    ... Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British code-breaker Alan Turing, the biographical drama-thriller proved illuminating in its depiction of the real-life hero who made a huge contribution ... French), with Jean Dujardin as a real-life Marseilles magistrate who brought down the region's drug kingpin in the 1970s. Samba was a solid follow-up from the team of Olivier Nakashe and Eric ...

  8. Lifestyle - Books - ART

    Book review: 33 Artists in 3 Acts, by Sarah Thornton

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Douglas Kerr

    ... Douglas Kerr 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton Granta 3 stars Douglas Kerr This sequel to Sarah Thornton's excellent Seven Days in the Art World lifts the lid on the contemporary art scene again, in order to examine the strange life-forms within. The book, with its chapters divided into acts and scenes, is essentially an anthropology of the exotic tribe comprising ...

  9. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Actor Ben Kingsley is laidback and loving it

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by Kavita Daswani

    ... in the boxtrolls  In Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's The Boxtrolls, Kingsley lends his distinctive voice to Archibald Snatcher, the villain of the town of Cheesebridge whose sole ambition in life ... that as an actor and understand it and can interpret it, it is an absolute joy," Kingsley says. "That primal gesture can be deeply life enhancing, and that's a joy to play. Or it can ...

  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Art collective's pink tears draw attention to Johannesburg's run down buildings

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 11:07am by GDN

    ... Enjoli Liston Pink tears for fears of life in a dangerous city In downtown Johannesburg, building after building began to cry tears of hot pink paint. Over the summer the striking colour trickled out of broken windows, over dirty sills, and down the sides of some of the city's most precious- yet most neglected- heritage high rises. Bloggers asked who was behind the mysterious ...




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