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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Judge does South Africa proud in Pistorius trial

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 05:36am by SCMP Editorial

    ... to be controversial. Elements of race, sexual inequality, crimes against women and concern for the rule of law ensured that whatever the judge said would be seen by some as either too light, to others, ... struggling with race, democracy, corruption and social issues, that made the case so significant. Judge Thokozile Masipa, a black woman imprisoned under apartheid, was a symbol of changed times. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1622385/judge-does-south-africa-proud-pistorius-trial
  2. Sport - Racing

    Zac Purton wins Caulfield Cup on Admire Rakti

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 02:50pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... Andrew Hawkins andrew.hawkins@scmp.com Champion jockey Zac Purton returned to his homeland on Saturday and plundered one of its most prestigious races, stealing the Caulfield Cup ... Zealand mare Rising Romance (James McDonald) in the final strides to win the A$3m (HK$20.4m) 2,400m handicap by a long neck. Race favourite Lucia Valentina (Kerrin McEvoy) was a farther ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1619269/zac-purton-wins-caulfield-cup-admire-rakti
  3. Sport - Racing

    Better the devil you know in the Caulfield Cup- or is it?

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 07:45pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... What loomed as an extraordinary occurrence- the top three Hong Kong-based jockeys riding in a prestigious race abroad – is instead a non-event What loomed as an extraordinary occurrence- the top three Hong Kong-based jockeys riding in a prestigious race abroad – is instead a non-event after Joao Moreira made the understandable decision not to trek to Melbourne on Saturday. His ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1617749/better-devil-you-know-caulfield-cup-or-it
  4. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Simulcast turnover not all it seems

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 10:48pm by Alan Aitken

    ... The presence of top Hong Kong-based riders at Caulfield did not produce the fanciful numbers that were predicted Simulcast turnover not all it seems The simulcast turnover on three races ... chance in support races. But actual turnover weighing in at a tick under HK$17 million on the Cup and nearly HK$42 million altogether was closer to, if just short of, more reasonable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1621459/simulcast-turnover-not-all-it-seems
  5. News - World - POLITICS

    No he can't: heckling, walkouts as Obama tries to rally Democrat vote

    Posted Oct 21st 2014, 03:46am by AGENCIES

    ... 4 midterm elections. Many candidates from the party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity. Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown ... Obama's help, or lack thereof, may not matter much to Brown, who is 11 points ahead of Republican opponent Larry Hogan, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics. Quinn's race ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1620881/no-he-cant-heckling-walkouts-obama-tries-rally-democrat-vote
  6. News - World - TURKEY

    Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish government

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 05:28pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Ankara Turkey’s ruling party begins deliberations on the shape of the next government on Monday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history by winning the nation’s first direct presidential election. Erdogan’s victory in Su ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1571417/erdogans-presidential-win-starts-race-new-turkish-government
  7. Sport - Racing - ON THE RAILS ALAN AITKEN

    Checks in place for 'mainland' owners

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 08:36pm by Alan Aitken

    ... horse racing on the mainland continues to claim thirsty foreign victims, but there were those thinking aloud on Sunday about a potential flood of influential owners in Hong Kong from the same ... take over Hong Kong racing. After all, there must be millions of newly wealthy people interested in having a champion racehorse. Is it true? Are they getting special favours? And why ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1616390/checks-place-mainland-owners
  8. Sport - Other Sport - MOTOR RACING

    Formula One-bound teen Max Verstappen out to lift Macau Grand Prix crown

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 12:43am by Kevin Kung

    ... Kevin Kung kevin.kung@scmp.com Teenager, who will race for Toro Rosso next season, is one of the big names coming for the 61st edition of the race Verstappen heads 'sensational' Macau GP Formula One-bound teenager Max Verstappen will aim to end his career in open-wheel racing's junior ranks with the coveted Macau Grand Prix crown next month as organisers unveiled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1612295/max-verstappen-headlines-sensational-macau-gp-line
  9. News - China

    Smog smothers Beijing as backlash grows over decision to stage marathon despite pollution

    Posted Oct 20th 2014, 02:42pm

    ... blamed organisers for failing to reschedule the race and putting participants’ health at risk. The capital was still shrouded in smog on Monday amid continuing controversy over the decision ... the race and putting participants’ health at risk. About 30,000 runners took part in the marathon which started in Tiananmen Square on Sunday morning with an AQI reading above 400 – meaning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1620571/smog-smother-beijing-backlash-over-decision-stage-marathon-grows
  10. News - China - POLLUTION

    Beijing marathon will go ahead despite smog, official insists

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 04:06am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... the capital, a race official has said. Parts of northern China are expected to suffer "moderate to severe" pollution at least until Monday, the national weather bureau has forecast. ... gave a reading of 177, which US health authorities deem unhealthy and cause to avoid prolonged activity outdoors. The marathon is one of China's biggest athletic events. The race, from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618838/beijing-marathon-will-go-ahead-despite-smog-official-insists

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