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  1. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Uncovering the secrets of Mount Paektu on the China, North Korea border

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 09:58pm by AP

    ... raised in South Korea and Japan that nuclear tests in the North- conducted at a site less than 100km away- might trigger an eruption. "That activity sparked a lot of interest both in China ... Uncovering the secrets of Paektu More than 1,000 years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1584579/uncovering-secrets-mount-paektu-china-north-korea-border
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Have National Day rally the next day, officials suggest; organisers demur

    Posted Sep 21st 2014, 05:14am by Peter So, FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... and insisted the October 1 march would go ahead as scheduled. They said they had identified a new site- but it could not be made public yet. They refused to answer questions about whether this would ... said in a statement. "The National People's Congress shut the gate [to universal suffrage] and the special administrative region government has failed to shown sincerity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1597019/have-national-day-rally-next-day-officials-suggest-organisers-demur
  3. Comment - Blogs

    Xiaomi eyes finance, Phoenix tries news feeds

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:39pm by Doug Young

    ... become quite popular but also very unruly these days. P2P finance sites operate online platforms where people with extra cash can lend their money to borrowers at relatively high interest rates. ... Doug Young Xiaomi's new investment in a P2P platform reflects its interest in online finance, while Phoenix's investment in a customized news feed app looks like a smart move ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/1590205/xiaomi-eyes-finance-phoenix-tries-news-feeds
  4. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Declaration of interest row after Lands Department official bought 13 plots

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:25am by FANNY FUNG, Olga Wong

    ... official's property deal The Lands Department will review its declaration-of-interest procedures after it was revealed a senior official overseeing Yuen Long had bought 13 plots of land ... and planning director Ling Kar-kan is chairman, approved the application on July 25. Lam had declared her interests and was excused from the discussion during the meeting. But committee member David ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567858/row-over-officials-property-deal
  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Guangdong demonstrators take to streets for second day to protest waste incinerator plans

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 02:19pm by He Huifeng

    ... the public" and would "pick the project site scientifically and in accordance of the law". In April, residents in three Guangdong cities- Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Maoming- took to the streets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1592354/guangdong-demonstrators-take-streets-second-day-protest-waste-incinerator
  6. Business - China Business - E-COMMERCE

    Transformation still incomplete in Alibaba's new China

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 04:59am by Ray Chan

    ... of profitable retail sites, including Taobao and Tmall. Ma's companies are buoyed by China's growing middle class, which seeks better-quality goods in a country where counterfeit and shoddy ... fund, offers annual interest rates of up to 6 per cent, and has attracted more than 500 billion yuan (HK$630 billion) from 81 million investors since its launch in June last year. "If ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1595566/transformation-still-incomplete-alibabas-new-china
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    How horticulture therapy can teach life skills to those with special needs

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 09:44am by Bernice Chan

    ... Bernice Chan Bernice.Chan@scmp.com A local association is spreading the word on how looking after plants can teach valuable skills to those with special needs, writes Bernice Chan Garden ... going to do. The group of 10 SEN (special education needs) students include those with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They were recommended by the school's social ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1566284/how-horticulture-therapy-can-teach-life-skills-those
  8. Lifestyle - Books - POPULAR SCIENCE

    Book review: How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 01:28pm by Richard James Havis

    ... interesting examples of cause and effect. It's not a great leap to see how the invention of glass ultimately led to the microscope lens, a piece of equipment that spurred the advance of scientific practice as a whole. But it's less obvious that the invention of the printing press would lead to the mass production of spectacles. That's because before books became easily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1592309/book-review-how-we-got-now-steven-johnson
  9. News - World - WHALING

    IWC gives indigenous Greenlanders go-ahead to kill hundreds of whales

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:21pm by AFP

    ... 594 minkes. Greenland's hunts are allowed under a special indigenous subsistence dispensation that also applies to whale-eating communities in North America, Russia, and the Caribbean ... of scientific research. Japan cancelled its 2014/15 Antarctic hunt after the ruling, but a fisheries official said his country would "explain its plan to resume research whaling in the next season ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593996/iwc-gives-indigenous-greenlanders-go-ahead-kill-hundreds-whales
  10. News - China - ENERGY

    China plans to be world leader in nuclear power by 2020

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 06:34am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... by April. National Energy Administration director Wu Xinxiong told more than 100 scientific and engineering advisers in Beijing on Tuesday that the plan should meet the central government's ... to overcome some big hurdles, including conflicts of interest among large state-owned companies, technological uncertainties in new-generation power plants and public concerns about nuclear safety. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1591984/china-plans-be-world-leader-nuclear-power-2020

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