HONG KONG, (PNA/Xinhua) — Hong Kong stocks closed up 0.48 percent on Monday.
The benchmark Hang Seng Index moved up 108.24 points to close at 22,806.58 points, after trading between a day high of 22,849.3 points and a day low of 22,753.75 points.
Turnover shrank to 48.1 billion HK dollars (6.21 billion U.S. dollars) from last Friday’s 62.55 billion HK dollars.
The H-Share Index moved up 80.6 points, or 0.79 percent, to end at 10,258.42 points.
Banking giant HSBC ended up 0.24 percent at 85.15 HK dollars. China Mobile, China’s dominant mobile carrier ended up 0.5 percent at 80.5 HK dollars.
For Mainland lenders listed in Hong Kong, ICBC, China’s largest bank by market value, edged up 1.17 percent to close at 5.2 HK dollars; CCB, the country’s second largest lender by market capitalization, ended up 1.05 percent at 5.77 HK dollars; BOC, one of the “big four”, ended up 0.29 percent at 3.46 HK dollars.
For local property developers, Sun Hung Kai, HK’s largest property developer by market value, ended up 0.9 percent at 101.4 HK dollars; Cheung Kong properties, owned by billionaire Li Ka-shing, edged up 1.84 percent to 121.9 HK dollars.
PetroChina, the country’s largest oil and gas producer ended up 0.57 percent at 8.77 HK dollars.
Sinopec, China’s top refiner, ended down 0.5 percent at 5.97 HK dollars.
China Life, one of the world’s largest life insurers by market value, ended up 1.84 percent at 19.98 HK dollars (1 U.S. dollar equals 7.75 HK dollar). (PNA/Xinhua) hbc/utbSingapore stocks close flat
SINGAPORE, Oct. 28 (PNA/Xinhua) — Singapore stocks finished almost flat on Monday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) up 2. 61 points, or 0.08 percent, to close at 3,207.85.
A total of 3.05 billion shares changed hands with turnover of 891.6 million Singapore dollars (721.4 million U.S. dollars).
Losers outnumbered gainers 331 to 124, while 499 others finished unchanged.
The STI index lost 12.71 points, or 0.39 percent, to close at 3, 205.24 on Friday. (PNA/Xinhua) /utb(ZBO)DOH conducts seminar on smoking and health for Zambo media practitioners By: R. G. Antonet A. Go
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 28 (PNA) – The Department of Health (DOH) has conducted a seminar on smoking and health and nutritional guidelines for the members of the local media to equip them with the knowledge on the ill effects of smoking to the health of a person.
The seminar, dubbed as Health Issues 101: Smoking and Health and 2013 Nutritional Guidelines, was held Monday afternoon at the Marcian Garden Hotel in this city.
“This (seminar) is for the media group in order that the media practitioners of Zamboanga City will be able to report correctly any issues related to smoking and health,” DOH regional information officer Teresita Dela Cruz said at the sideline of the seminar.
“I’m sure correct information will reach the people faster with the help of the media. The DOH cannot do it alone we need partners like the media to help us in disseminating the correct information related to smoking and health,” she added.
The topics discussed were the following: The tobacco epidemic; dangers of tobacco and smoke; and, 2013 nutritional guidelines.
Dela Cruz said that they are focusing on smoking and health since many of the people seem to disregard or ignore the ill effects of smoking and “many of the people are not aware that second hand smoke could affect their health.”
Dela Cruz said that nutrition was integrated because they believe that it is equally important to the health of the people.
She said there is an urgent need for the residents to know the guidelines related to nutrition because the region has high malnutrition rate among children. She did not give specific figures.
“Many children are getting obese and we would like to do something about that. Even pregnant mothers, lactating mothers, should know what are the proper nutrition for their children,” she said.
Those who attended the seminar are reporters from the print, radio and television.