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The Cantonese opera playwright signed a last-minute deal with the landlord of the Sunbeam Theatre, saving it for at least another four years. Li said he would seek to renew the lease when it expires in four years, co-incidentally when the new West Kowloon Xiqu Centre is due to open. Li said that he was prepared for losses, given the rent rise, but he did not rule out raising ticket prices.
Hong Kong women
The Development Bureau has decreed that new shopping malls and cinemas will have to provide 50 per cent more toilets for women than men, updating rules stipulating a one-to-one ratio for male and female toilets. 'Ladies have suffered because of inadequate provision of toilets in public places,' a bureau spokesman said. 'This is very unacceptable. We need to update the 1959 rules because society has changed over the years.'
Winston Wen Yunsong
The son of Premier Wen Jiabao was appointed chairman of telecoms giant China Satcom, the latest princeling to take the helm of a big state-owned firm. He is the most high-profile princeling to make his name in private equity - an industry that draws many children of senior officials, using their connections to invest in mainland firms planning initial public offerings, and ready to reap handsome profits after they list. But his investments are controversial, not least because his father has tried to cultivate an image as the people's premier, trying to reach out to the poor and expressing indignation against rampant corruption.