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  1. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Scores killed in Pakistan as heavy rains trigger floods

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 07:07pm by Reuters

    ... third week, people’s attention turned to the devastation brought by the floods, with television channels showing live images of villages and towns inundated by muddy water. At least 43 people ... leaving the powerful military to step in during disasters. This week, the army moved in across Punjab to carry out flood relief work while poorly resourced civilian authorities struggled to help. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1586070/scores-killed-pakistan-heavy-rains-trigger-flash-floods
  2. News - World - BRITAIN

    Scotland's pro-independence leaders bet on oil as rivals say wells in decline

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:55am by WASHPOST

    ... 'Yes' backers bet on oil even as wells run dry The discovery of oil beneath the waters of the North Sea means it is a boom time for the ancient port city of Aberdeen, with some of the highest ... Norway, which had grown rich off of oil. "If we want an example of how to manage a great natural resource, we just have to glance across the sea to our friends in Norway," Salmond said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1592519/scotlands-pro-independence-leaders-bet-oil-rivals-say-wells-decline
  3. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Facing the music on hold on the telephone

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 12:27pm by MCT

    ... land. When it comes to waiting on the phone, something is better than nothing About that music: while recently put on hold, the overture to Handel's Water Music came through the earpiece ... aware of the oddity of the situation: Water Music is a work executed by a German-born, England-adopted composer for a politically important "water party" on the River Thames ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1590954/facing-music-hold-telephone
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hungry India's challenge is rice, not ice

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 05:48pm by RAJESH SHARMA

    ... Rajesh Sharma Rajesh Sharma says need-based community projects can go a long way India rises to the rice bucket challenge to feed the hungry Pouring a bucket of iced water over one's ... resources can be redistributed for public benefit, something which governments are unable to do in free-market economies. The government of India came in for sharp criticism from some quarters ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1587914/hungry-indias-challenge-rice-not-ice
  5. News - Hong Kong

    HKUST scientists invent new water purification system on trial in Shenzhen

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 04:44am by MICHELLE TOH

    ... Michelle Toh michelle.toh@scmp.com HKUST invents new system to purify water Local researchers have teamed up with a private electroplating firm in Shenzhen to test out a filtering ... of a material known as zero-valent iron to remove metals that can cause disease. "After wastewater treatment, if the water meets a discharged standard, it can be sent to the river," said Lo, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577879/hkust-scientists-invent-new-water-purification-system-trial-shenzhen
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan extends its sea territory by 177,000 sq km in line with UN ruling

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 10:09pm by Julian Ryall

    ... and the exploitation of natural resources on the sea floor and beneath the seabed. The ordinance goes into effect on October 1, according to Toru Furubori, deputy director of the Oceans Division ... as it looks to enhance its own territorial claims. Japan is taking the opportunities afforded by its seabed claims seriously, having already launched submarines designed to prospect for resources. One ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1589572/japan-extends-its-sea-territory-177000-sq-km-line-un-ruling
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    British consulate won't be joining in Hong Kong Scots' toast to referendum

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 06:15am by ALICE WOODHOUSE, Niall Fraser

    ... impartiality". They were also "to ensure that public resources are not used for party political purposes" and must decline invitations to public events where they might be asked to comment ... would want to be an independent nation again. But hard-headedness leaves me questioning whether an independent country with a population less than that of Hong Kong, with whisky, water, salmon, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1591953/british-consulate-wont-be-joining-hong-kong-scots-toast-referendum
  8. Business - Commodities - COURTS

    Citic Resources sues Qingdao Port for US$108m compensation

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 02:34pm by CHIM SAU-WAI

    ... Resources has filed a lawsuit against Qingdao Port International, demanding US$108 million in compensation if its fails to deliver base metals retained by the authorities as part of the fraud ... to be at the centre of a probe over whether metals were pledged multiple times as collateral for loans. HSBC asked Singapore's High Court this month to liquidate Chen's Zhong Jun Resources after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1561801/citic-resources-suing-qingdao-port-over-detained-metals
  9. News - China - YUNNAN EARTHQUAKE

    Rescuers to work non-stop to lower dangerous barrier lake in Yunnan quake zone

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 06:36pm by Nectar Gan

    ... season, and heavy rains may fall at any time. Once the barrier burst, it will cause huge damages,” Li Shengang, an expert from Ministry of Water Resources was quoted by Xinhua as saying. The water ... Nectar Gan nectar.gan@scmp.com Rising waters threaten 39,000 residents and more than 2,700 hectares of farmland Bid to drain barrier lake formed by quake Rescuers are digging a canal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1569331/rescuers-work-non-stop-lower-barrier-lake-yunnan-quake-zone
  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - LAND USE

    Hong Kong developers eye green belt land for flats as government plans rezoning

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 03:01pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... received more than 600 objections, mainly from residents worried the development would destroy the natural environment and affect water and air quality. Alex McMillan, a resident in the area, said: ... [since] some are not vegetated." However, Ng Mee-kam, a professor of geography and resource management at Chinese University, worries the over-dense environment in Hong Kong could worsen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1588593/hong-kong-developers-eye-green-belts-rezoning-gains-ground

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