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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Kindergartens will remain at mercy of free market while they are privately run

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... Hundreds of parents are now scrambling around for preschool places in the run-up to the takeover in September. Although the new group offered to take the pupils for a modest fee increase, it came ... hands are tied, as all kindergartens are privately run at present. Despite some basic requirements and subsidies through a voucher scheme, government control is minimal. Unless kindergartens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1479176/kindergartens-will-remain-mercy-free-market-while-they-are
  2. Sport - Other Sport - CRICKET

    Axed Pietersen still dreams of 10,000 test runs

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 10:39pm by Reuters

    ... 10,000 test runs in cricket. Prolific and polarising in equal measure, the 33-year-old South Africa-born strokemaker’s international career was cut short after nearly a decade at the crease ... runs],” Pietersen was quoted as saying by The Indian Express newspaper on Thursday. The top-order batsman, who has scored 8,181 test runs at a 47-plus average, appeared contrite over the 2012 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1474573/axed-pietersen-still-dreams-10000-test-runs
  3. News - Asia

    India's Uttar Pradesh and its economic hopes key to Modi's run

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 11:08pm by BLOOM

    ... literally depend on the current Indian election. At a 100-bed government-run hospital in the city of Jaunpur, goats roam the corridors. Used syringes and vomit dot the floors. Walls are stained red ... cluster around a broken well. None have toilets or running water, and only a few of them have electricity. "If Modi is for development then I will vote for him," Yadav said. "In ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1472219/indias-uttar-pradesh-and-its-economic-hopes-key-modis-run
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Time running out on waste charging scheme

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 05:16am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Time running out on waste charging If evidence is needed to show that Hong Kong is dragging its feet even in the face of a crisis, the waste charging proposal is the best example. The levy was floated as a solution to our mounting problem of refuse disposal as early as the 1990s. Despite a gradual public consensus on adopting fees to help reduce waste, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1472227/time-running-out-waste-charging-scheme
  5. News - World - POLITICS

    Hillary Clinton says she’s ‘thinking’ about 2016 White House run

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 02:18pm by Reuters in Washington

    ... Reuters in Washington Former secretary of state considering run for US president but won't confirm candidacy 'because I’m actually enjoying my life' Asked again the question on the mind of everyone who follows US politics, Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was “thinking” about running for president in 2016. Appearing at a marketing conference in San Francisco, Clinton, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1471304/hillary-clinton-says-shes-thinking-about-2016-white-house-run
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS: ANALYSIS

    Is there a pan-democrat Beijing would allow to run?

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 04:18am by Tanna Chong, Gary Cheung

    ... Tanna Chong and Gary Cheung It's the big question in reform debate, and one name crops up regularly- Anthony Cheung Is there a pan-democrat Beijing would allow to run? The prospects ... to Beijing? And would it be too much to ask that they do a good job of running the city if elected? It's a question that has crystallised since Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1467861/there-pan-democrat-beijing-would-allow-run
  7. Sport - Racing

    To run or not to run: that is Ho's Derby question for Flame Hero

    Posted Mar 02nd 2014, 12:51am by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... Andrew Hawkins andrew.hawkins@scmp.com To run or not: Ho's Derby question for Hero Peter Ho Leung has until tomorrow morning to decide if Flame Hero will be a late entry for the BMW ... a HK$160,000 late entry fee, but the prizemoney he won today will cover it." If Ho does decide to run Flame Hero in the Derby, he will be out to emulate Collection (2008) and Akeed Mofeed (2013), ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/racing/article/1438266/run-or-not-run-hos-derby-question-flame-hero
  8. News - Hong Kong - BROADCASTING

    New ATV chief defends station's reliance on re-runs

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 04:05am by SAMUEL CHAN, Vivienne Chow

    ... re-runs, says new boss The new executive director of ATV has defended the station's use of re-runs to fill its schedule, saying the amount of airtime devoted to repeats was not high compared ... adding more current affairs and talk shows. Daily or weekly re-runs of topical news shows were "to facilitate audience members with different daily routines", he said. Viewers might ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1467712/new-atv-chief-defends-stations-reliance-re-runs
  9. News - Asia - AFGHANISTAN

    Smooth-running Afghan election raises questions about Taliban’s strength

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 07:12pm by Reuters in Kabul

    ... result to be declared in the race to succeed Karzai. Even then, one of the eight candidates will have to score more than 50 per cent of the vote to avoid facing a run-off with his nearest rival. ... of spectacular attacks in the run-up to the vote. The killing of Niedringhaus came only weeks after an Afghan journalist with the Agence France-Presse news agency was killed together with eight other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1467118/smooth-running-afghan-election-raises-questions-about-talibans-strength
  10. News - World

    Time running out to meet global warming target- UN report

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 07:28pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Oslo, Norway World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows. Government officials and top climate scientists will meet in Berlin from April 7-12 to review the 29-page draft that also estimates the needed shift to low-carbon energies ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1466346/time-running-out-meet-global-warming-target-un-report

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