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Bleak data, politics hammer Europe
European stocks closed sharply lower as manufacturing contracted in the euro area and China, and as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte failed to reach a deal with a coalition party over austerity measures. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=31&art_id=121812&sid=36160937&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Push for double fees on gate-crash moms
A Hospital Authority plan to double the fees for mainland mothers-to-be who gate-crash emergency wards may come into effect by the middle of next month, a top official said. Phila Siu 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=121811&sid=36158962&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Rent-to-buy start set by year-end
The Hong Kong Housing Society's first "rent- to-buy" homes in Tsing Yi will be completed on time and available for lease bookings in advance by year-end as scheduled, officials said. Phila Siu and Bonnie Chen 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=121810&sid=36157187&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Official kept CUHK job as sex claims hushed
The Chinese University of Hong Kong renewed the contract of a senior staff member even though top officials were aware he had been accused of sexually molesting a subordinate, former vice chancellor Lawrence Lau Juen-yee told an inquest. Eddie Luk 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=121809&sid=36154701&con_type=3&archive_d_str=20120424



Don't back down, Tsang advises media
From the way it sounded, one thing Donald Tsang Yam-kuen won't exactly miss when he vacates the Chief Executive's Office is the media glare. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=21&art_id=121808&sid=36157487&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Food on the minds of weight watchers
To help clients shape up while aiding the needy, Circuit25 has come up with a win- win solution. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=21&art_id=121807&sid=36157486&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Three's a steamy crowd for censors
A threesome may be too hot a number for Singapore's censors. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=21&art_id=121806&sid=36157485&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Tsunami football gets lucky bounce
A teenager who lost his home in Japan's devastating tsunami now knows that one prized possession survived: a football that made it all the way to Alaska. It is one of the first pieces of debris from last year's disaster to wash up 8,200 kilometers away across the Pacific. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=21&art_id=121805&sid=36157484&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Cable car bosses high in lawmakers' sights
Frequent disruptions to the high-profile Ngong Ping 360 service should mean penalties slapped on the MTR Corp unit that runs the cable car operation on Lantau, lawmakers say. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=11&art_id=121804&sid=36154299&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Glass paneling from fire hotel crashes down
A large chunk of glass paneling fell from the 43rd floor of the Harbour Grand Hong Kong in North Point onto a construction site. No one was injured. Candy Chan 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=11&art_id=121803&sid=36154294&con_type=3&archive_d_str=20120424



Leung's hiring glitches
Suddenly, the name Chen Ran has entered the public domain. It's a safe bet that nobody had ever heard of this woman before she was drafted by Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying to join his interim office staff. Mary Ma 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=49&art_id=121802&sid=36157481&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Alibaba.com net profit drops 25pc
Alibaba.com (1688) - which is in the process of being privatized by its parent - said net profit in the first quarter fell 25 percent year-on-year to 339.2 million yuan (HK$417.3 million) as paying-member numbers kept falling amid business restructuring. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=1&art_id=121801&sid=36159030&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Next Fed move to guide our fortunes
In the past few months, Dr Check has stayed cautious on the Hong Kong equity market. I have recommended bargain hunting only for the purpose of making a short-term trading profit. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=5&art_id=121800&sid=36157210&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Deposit rates first in line for reforms: Zhou
China may first relax controls on borrowing costs and widen the range for deposit rates as part of changes to financial-industry rules, central bank chief Zhou Xiaochuan said in an interview with Caijing Magazine. 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=5&art_id=121799&sid=36158612&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



Golden Week luster lost to Macau allure
The upcoming Golden Week holiday in the mainland no longer fills local retailers with cheer, as many cash-rich tourists from across the border now prefer to do their spending in Macau. Natallie Cai 4/24/2012
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/archive_news_detail.asp?pp_cat=1&art_id=121798&sid=36156858&con_type=1&archive_d_str=20120424



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