Date
18 January 2020

World

  • Hong Kong should make use of its strengths to play a part in innovation on the mainland, a consultancy says. Photo: Bloomberg

    HK can be urban ‘innovative test bed’ for China

    Apr 30, 2014 6:33pm
    Hong Kong should take advantage of its urban strengths to act as a test bed for mainland companies looking to innovate in the rest of the country, according to a policy and economic advisory firm. “Hong...
  • Chinese authorities are believed to be conducting a thorough audit of the nation's largest power grid operator. Photo: Bloomberg

    China’s State Grid said to be under sweeping audit

    Apr 30, 2014 5:35pm
    Hundreds of inspectors from the National Audit Office (NAO) have been stationing in the offices of State Grid Corporation of China since April 17, Caixin.com reported Wednesday. The audit inspection marks a supervision effort directed against...
  • China could topple the US as the world's biggest economy on purchasing power parity basis as soon as this year. Photo: Bloomberg

    China set to pass US as biggest economy on PPP basis

    Apr 30, 2014 3:36pm
    China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy, while India has leaped into third place, ahead of Japan, based on purchasing power parity (PPP), Bloomberg News reported Wednesday. China’s economy was...
  • Escalator engineers need to complete a four-year apprenticeship or work with a contractor for eight years to qualify. Photo: Bloomberg

    Lift safety hangs by thread of overworked engineers

    Apr 30, 2014 1:17pm
    Hong Kong is ignoring the safety risks and plight of the city’s overstretched escalator and lift engineers as they grapple with plummeting wages, dangerous work conditions and long hours, AM730 reported Wednesday, citing unnamed engineers.  The...
  • Turtle Cove Beach is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Photo: LCSD

    Field trip sparks controversy over biology class practice

    Apr 30, 2014 1:14pm
    One bright, sunny day, two biology teachers, along with a laboratory technician, took their 44 students to Turtle Cove Beach in Hong Kong’s Stanley district to experience the wonders of nature and learn about science first hand....
  • An oil rig owned by a CNPC unit is silhoutted against the gathering dusk. A change in CNPC's hiring policy means workers' children have fewer chances of employment in an oil field subsidiary. Photo: Reuters

    Job promise turning up empty under new CNPC policy, paper says

    Apr 30, 2014 1:09pm
    If you had a parent working in a certain unit of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), the country’s largest oil company, you probably had a job waiting for you once you got a college or university degree....
  • More than 140 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in Guinea since March. Photo: AFP

    HK nurses put hands up for West Africa Ebola mission

    Apr 30, 2014 1:02pm
    The Hong Kong Red Cross will send three volunteer nurses to Guinea in West Africa to help communities there cope with the ravages of an Ebola virus outbreak, Apply Daily reported Tuesday. For volunteer Kwok Yuk-lai,...
  • Hong Yaoming makes good on his promise to schoolchildren. Photo: Xinhua

    Piglet kiss inspires schoolchildren to clean up their act

    Apr 30, 2014 12:58pm
    A headmaster in Hubei province has an unusual way of motivating his pupils to clean up their act — kiss a piglet. That’s exactly what Hong Yaoming did to keep his end of the bargain after the...
  • President Xi Jinping inspects troops stationed in Xinjiang. Photo: Xinhua

    Xinjiang visit shows Xi support for local party chief

    Apr 30, 2014 12:50pm
    President Xi Jinping visited northwestern China’s Xinjiang province this week to show his support for provincial party chief Zhang Chunxian and his management style, while seeking to get a closer look at the restive region, Ming Pao...
  • Screen grab shows details about Li Fangwei, together with an announcement of a US$5 million reward for his capture. 
Photo: US government website

    US offers bounty for Chinese Iran missiles man, WSJ says

    Apr 30, 2014 11:20am
    The United States is putting up US$5 million for the arrest of a Chinese businessman accused of selling ballistic missile parts to Iran, in violation of western sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Washington has clamped...
  • Sanjiang Church begins to crumble as authorities carry out demolition. Photo: voachinese.com

    Protesters don’t stand a prayer as Wenzhou church torn down

    Apr 30, 2014 10:52am
    In its short history, Sanjiang Church was a towering and expansive presence in Yongjia county outside Wenzhou city in Zhejiang provice. It had a cross that soared to the heavens and a footprint the size of...
  • Animal specialists want to replace Belgian police dogs with German Shepherds after a series of attacks on officers. Photo: HK Police webstie

    What the… police dogs bite the hand that guides them

    Apr 30, 2014 10:43am
    Talk about turning on your master, or partner for that matter. Police dogs in the West Kowloon Emergency Unit have attacked their human partners nine times in the past 18 months, Apple Daily reported Wednesday. The...
  • Xi Jinping has vowed to root out corrupt officials at all levels of the Chinese Communist Party. Photo: Reuters

    Former top Sichuan official being prosecuted for graft

    Apr 30, 2014 10:33am
    Li Chuncheng, a former senior official in China’s Sichuan province, has been expelled from the Communist Party and handed over to judicial authorities for prosecution on corruption charges, state media reported. The Party’s discipline watchdog announced...
  • Shanghai will implement new building construction rules to take care of the needs of the elderly. Photo: Bloomberg

    Shanghai to give senior citizens a lift with new building rules

    Apr 30, 2014 10:00am
    Shanghai authorities have announced that all new residential buildings over four-stories high will from June be required to have an elevator, a move that will bring relief to the city’s senior citizens. Currently, only residential properties...
  • Govt sewage project destroying Tai Po marshes, paper says

    Apr 30, 2014 9:24am
    Environmental groups are accusing the government of damaging part of a 16-hectare wetland and mangrove area in Tai Po with an underground sewage construction project, Apple Daily reported Wednesday. The sewage project is part of a...
  • This early, pro-democracy activists are preparing for the Occupy Central protest campaign. Photo: HKEJ

    Police gear up for Occupy Central movement

    Apr 30, 2014 8:58am
    Hong Kong will deploy at least 2,000 police officers to enforce the law during the “Occupy Central” civil disobedience campaign in July, when pro-democracy groups will stage protest actions to press their demand for universal suffrage, Ming...
  • China offers tax breaks to boost jobs

    Apr 30, 2014 8:44am
    In an effort to reduce unemployment, China is offering tax breaks to companies hiring fresh graduates and people who have been out of work for some time, China Daily reported Tuesday, citing a finance ministry statement....
  • MTR proceeded with construction on the West Kowloon terminus even after a geological report flagged some problems. Photo: Bloomberg

    MTR ignored geological report on rail project, paper says

    Apr 30, 2014 8:19am
    MTR Corp. (00066.HK) knew it had hit a layer of hard rock that could complicate its cross-border high-speed rail project but went on with construction anyway, Apple Daily reported Wednesday. Consulting firm AECOM, hired by MTR...
  • A survey has shown that most professionals would like a better work-life balance.

    Professionals want the blue-collar benefit: standard work hours

    Apr 29, 2014 5:46pm
    Standard working hour policy was originally aimed at protecting the low-level staff, but now even professionals are asking for it as some of them are putting in inordinate hours per week, according to professional accounting organization...
  • Pupils in Beijing pay their respect to Confucius on their first day of school. Photo: Bloomberg

    Splitsville sits on one route to better education

    - Apr 29, 2014 5:19pm
    There are few things a mainland parent won’t do for the sake of a child’s education — and that includes divorce. At least one mother has reportedly signed on the dotted line in Nanjing, Jiangsu province,...