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A Field Guide to Tracking Bill Murray in the Wild

This post originally ran in October 2012. Bill Murray is the embodiment of the #YOLO phenomenon. A legend in his own right (see his work in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Rushmore, Saturday Night Live, Caddyshack, Lost in Translation, etc.), the guy has made a habit of using his very public profile … More »

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Landfill plans will be retabled in 2014, says Chief Secretary Carrie Lam

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The government planned to retable three contoversial landfill extension proposals in the Legislative Council in the first quarter of 2014, said Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Thursday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Postage fees to rise by up to 25pc

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Postage fees will rise by as much as 25 per cent in October, Hongkong Post announced yesterday. It is its first price increase since April 2002, and comes after the city’s post office began to incur operating losses in the financial year from 2011. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Jailed killer who knifed lover 150 times appeals

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A man jailed for life for killing his girlfriend in a frenzied knife attack after he discovered she was having an affair appealed against his conviction yesterday. Liang Yaoqiang was found guilty of murder by a Court of First Instance jury in October 2010. He had stabbed Yeung Sau-yu, 35, more than 150 times at their flat on Castle Peak Road in September 2009, after finding a used condom. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Biking across China in 5 months: lofty goals for worker promoting constitutionalism

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Jumping on his bike, a 27-year-old construction worker in eastern China plans on pedalling across the country to promote rule of law – which he believes the nation urgently needs. Zhang Hao, originally from Shanxi province, said he recently realised he had been brainwashed by Communist Party propaganda after poking around online. Since then, he has decided to make things right and enlighten his compatriats with an issue that “matters to every Chinese”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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AirAsia part ways with Japan’s ANA amid clashes

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top budget carrier, AirAsia, said Tuesday it has decided to part ways with Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. after clashes over how to run their low-cost joint venture airline. AirAsia said it will sell its 49 percent stake to ANA for 2.45 billion yen ($25 million). AirAsia Japan will operate until the end of October, after which it will be given a new name and operate as ANA’s fully-owned subsidiary out of Tokyo’s Narita airport. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Joan Vila Dilme guilty over 11 killings of elderly

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A security guard at a Spanish retirement home has been found guilty of killing 11 elderly residents, three of whom he forced to drink bleach, in what he tried to portray as acts of compassion. Prosecutors are seeking a 194-year jail term after Joan Vila Dilme, 45, dubbed “the angel of death”, was found guilty on Tuesday by a unanimous jury decision at a court hearing in the northeast town of Girona. Sentencing will take place later. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Conservative Brent Rathgeber blasts Canadian PM Harper as he quits

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<!– google_ad_section_start –> A legislator from Canada’s ruling Conservatives quit unexpectedly and accused the government of being secretive and overly controlling, boosting pressure on Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he tries to contain a scandal over expenses. The Conservatives have a majority in the House of Commons and the next election is not scheduled until October 2015. But a growing number of legislators are unhappy with both the scandal and what they see as excessive control from Harper’s office. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Nina Wang’s struggle to hide cancer revealed

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The younger brother of late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum gave a glimpse yesterday into her sad and secretive life as terminal cancer took hold. In an effort to avoid people seeing her, Wang would take a rarely used back staircase of her building even when she could barely walk, Dr Kung Yan-sum told the Court of First Instance, where his sister’s former fung-shui adviser Peter Chan Chun-chuen stands accused of forging a will that left her fortune to him. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Fung shui guru trial all set bar jury

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The long-awaited criminal trial of Peter Chan Chun-chuen – fung shui guru to Asia’s richest woman at the time of her death – may begin as early as tomorrow following the jury selection. Chan yesterday pleaded not guilty before Mr Justice Andrew Macrae on one count of forgery and one count of using a false instrument. The 53-year-old is accused of forging a will in the name of the late Chinachem chairwoman Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum some time between October 15, 2006, and April 8, 2007. The will bore the date October 16, 2006. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Guangdong manhunt ends with arrest of man suspected of chopping schoolchildren

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Police in a Guangdong city said early on Wednesday that they had arrested a man accused of injuring six children and one woman with a butcher knife, ending a manhunt that gripped the province the evening before.  <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Relatives told ‘marine chief expressed sorrow already’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Marine Department insisted yesterday that its director had already expressed his remorse for the Lamma ferry tragedy following criticism from relatives of some of the 39 people who died. It added that Director of Marine Francis Liu Hon-por remained saddened by the October 1 disaster – which a commission of inquiry found had been caused in part by his department’s “serious systematic failings”. Yesterday’s statement did little to appease Ryan Tsui Chi-shing, whose older brother Tsui Chi-wai and 10-year-old nephew Tsui Hoi-ying died in the crash. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Google chief Larry Page discloses problem with vocal cords

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Google chief executive Larry Page has disclosed a problem with his vocal cords that makes it difficult for him to speak and breathe occasionally, but he says he remains fit enough to run the internet’s most influential company. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hong Kong seizes 113 smuggled ivory tusks worth HK$3m

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Hong Kong customs officers have seized 113 ivory tusks worth about HK$3 million on the Chinese ivory market, officials said on Wednesday. The smuggled ivory was seized at the airport on Tuesday in a container marked “spare parts” from Burundi which was bound for Singapore, said an official statement. The total seizure, weighing 300kg, was worth an estimated HK$3 million. “Upon X-ray image analysis, the consignment was detected to contain ivory tusks instead of spare parts,” the statement said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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CY tries to get his timing right

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Rather than getting a headache deliberating over whether to donate HK$100 million to the Sichuan government, it appeared that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had been pondering a more pressing issue – whether to announce his next policy address in October or January. Former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen followed colonial tradition and delivered all his policy speeches in October, but after Leung took office last year, he delayed his maiden policy address to January “to give the government time to build a partnership” with lawmakers returned in September. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Secretary charged for lying over sale of Rafael Hui’s home

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The personal secretary of former Citic Pacific chairman Larry Yung Chi-kin has been charged in connection with the sale of a luxury flat which had been ex-chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan’s home. Agnes Tai Wai-kuen, 58, also a director and a shareholder of E-Sincere Holdings, appeared in the Eastern Court on Tuesday on three counts of wilfully making false statements in relation to the $7.6 million used to buy the flat at Leighton Hill, Happy Valley, in January 2001. The property was sold in October 2002. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Thatcher’s thoughts from a life in politics

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher – who died on Monday from a stroke at age 87 – retired from public engagements in 2002 following a series of small strokes, and was only occasionally seen in public since then. Here are memorable quotes from her public life.   “There are dangers in consensus: it could be an attempt to satisfy people holding no particular views about anything. … No great party can survive except on the basis of firm beliefs about what it wants to do.” October 10, 1968, Conservative Party conference.   <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Asia stocks modestly higher after S&P hits record

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday as momentum carried over from yet another record high on Wall Street. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed at its highest level ever Thursday, driven by more encouraging data on the U.S. economic recovery. The government said the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter, slightly better than previous estimates. The revision reflected stronger business investment and export sales. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Asia stocks modestly higher; Nikkei, yen slip

<!– google_ad_section_start –> BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday as momentum carried over from yet another record high on Wall Street. The Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed at a record Thursday, driven by more encouraging data on the U.S. economic recovery. The government said the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter, slightly better than previous estimates. The revision reflected stronger business investment and export sales. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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