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  1. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Rewind album: Synchronicity, by The Police (1983)

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 11:53pm by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam Synchronicity The Police A&M Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung coined the word "synchronicity", but the primary influence on Sting's lyrics for the fifth and final studio album by The Police was Arthur Koestler's 1972 ...

  2. Lifestyle - Books - MATHEMATICS

    Book review: Zombies & Calculus, by Colin Adams

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 11:53pm by Richard James Havis

    ... Richard James Havis Zombies & Calculus by Colin Adams Princeton University Press A book which aims to teach university students the basics of calculus by integrating maths lessons with a story about a zombie attack may seem a ridiculous idea, but Zomb ...

  3. Lifestyle - Books - GEOPOLITICS

    Book review: The South China Sea- The Struggle for Power in Asia, by Bill Hayton

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 11:53pm by BEN RICHARDSON

    ... Ben Richardson The South China Sea – The Struggle for Power in Asia by Bill Hayton Yale University Press Disputes over the South China Sea can seem as unfathomable as the storm-swept waters that batter its contested cluster of tiny islands, uninhabitable ...

  4. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Blue Notes by Robin Lynam

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 11:53pm by Robin Lynam

    ... Jazz fans who can only manage one night out this week have a tough choice to make: to catch the Alex Sipiagin Quintet on Thursday or the Eddie Gomez Quartet on Friday. For many, the combination of bassist Gomez's jazz-legend status and the presence i ...

  5. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Manulife to buy Standard Life’s Canadian operations for C$4b

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 09:33am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Toronto Manulife Financial Corp has agreed to acquire the Canadian operations of Standard Life for about C$4 billion (HK$28.4 billion) in cash in a deal that significantly expands the insurer’s presence in Quebec. The Toronto-based insurer, already Canada’s largest, said the transaction would boost earnings after the first year and more than double its presence ...

  6. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Chinese insurers could see better prospects after first-half squeeze

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 01:56pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Phillip Securities analyst Chen Xingyu said. China Life Insurance and PICC Property & Casualty, the largest players in the life and non-life insurance segments respectively, faced the biggest ... cent to 14.3 billion yuan (HK$18 billion), while Shenyin Wanguo Securities expects the insurer’s earnings to grow 0.72 per cent to 16.32 billion yuan. China Life said its accumulated premium ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    Taiwan insurers chase foreign bond offerings

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 01:10am by BLOOM

    ... about where the cash can be invested," said Paul Hsu, the chairman of the Life Insurance Association. "When one pool fills up, we need to look for the next one." CTBC, ... Bloomberg in Taipei With US$580 billion of assets, the industry eyes better yields from yuan and US dollar issues Taiwan insurers chase foreign bond offerings Taiwan's insurers drove ...

  8. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Strong profit growth forecast for Chinese life insurers

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 10:13am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Weaker earnings growth predicted for non-life players due to rising claim costs and the increase in sales of unprofitable car insurance Life insurers see profits rebound on investments The mainland's life insurers are poised to report robust growth in profit last year on the back of strong investment income, but the value of new ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Education is key to capturing insurance market share

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:34pm by Reports by Krystin Chu and Khay Inn Poh

    ... a joint-venture partnership with the American International Assurance (AIA) in 1984. It became one of the first multinational joint-venture life insurance companies in Indonesia. "We successfully ... of the largest European financial institutions. It has also been working with Meiji Yasuda, one of the market leaders in the Japanese life insurance industry. Avrist's local expertise, combined ...




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