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  1. Lease of mainland's virgin islands open to all comers

    Posted Jul 20th 2003, 12:00am by Marcal Joanilho

    ... Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan residents are eligible to apply for a 50-year lease to develop one of the thousands of islands off the mainland coast that have been put on the market, ... Administration. The leasing arrangement is seen as a move by the mainland to ensure sovereignty. 'Those island development projects involving overseas residents and firms should gain the approval ...

  2. China puts its virgin islands up for lease

    Posted Jul 16th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For as little as 100,000 yuan (HK$94,000), you can lease - and even name - that remote island off the mainland's coast you have always had your eyes on. A new law on the protection and use of uninhabited islands was introduced on July 1, said Wang Zhong, an official with the State Oceanic Administration in Beijing. 'Individuals and firms may lease these islands for up ...

  3. Deal to let Virgin fly to Sydney is signed

    Posted Nov 28th 2003, 12:00am by Joseph Lo

    ... Joseph Lo Travellers may soon be able to fly from Hong Kong to Sydney on Virgin Atlantic if a deal signed yesterday between the Hong Kong and British governments passes European Commission ... services. This opens the door for more flights by existing operators - British Airways, Virgin and Cathay - and gives British Midland Airways and Dragonair the chance to initiate flights. The deal ...

  4. British airlines lobby for new talks with HK

    Posted Jul 07th 2003, 12:00am by Joseph Lo

    ... Virgin and British Airways are vying to expand their Asia presence with flights from Chek Lap Kok to Sydney British airlines are once again intensifying their lobbying efforts to persuade ... Richard Branson, Virgin's chairman, will also come to Hong Kong. The airline is vying with arch-rival British Airways for greater on-carriage rights through Chek Lap Kok to expand its Asian ...


    Posted Aug 12th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China Cable and Communications has rolled out the welcome mat for more foreign investors to enter the mainland's cable TV industry. In a letter to shareholders, China Cable chief executive Ray Kwan said the company recently acquired a US-listed firm, with the trading ticker symbol of CCCI, in a bid to push its new investment strategy. Through its British Virgin Island ...

  6. British officials bullish on air deal

    Posted Sep 19th 2003, 12:00am by Joseph Lo

    ... pact. British and Hong Kong officials are scheduled to meet on Thursday and Friday to discuss Virgin Atlantic Airways' request to operate flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, and Cathay ... the precedent set by South Africa is a solid one.' While Cathay and Virgin are expected to be the main protagonists at the meeting, British Airways, Dragonair and DHL Air UK - the express ...

  7. Vegging out

    Posted Sep 07th 2003, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... grainy mustard 2 tbsp mild wine vinegar 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 shallots, peeled, halved and sliced thin 2 stalks of celery, diced 1/2-3/4 cup Hellman's mayonnaise 2 tbsp lemon juice ... at the edges so the filling doesn't leak. When the oil is hot (200 degrees), carefully add the filo packs but do not crowd the pan (do this in batches if necessary). Use a metal ladle to scoop up ...

  8. Shakeout in tax haven leaves hard choices for firms

    Posted Jul 25th 2003, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... Local companies will be hurt by the new rules in the British Virgin Islands Hong Kong offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) must lodge bearer shares with a custodian before 2005 under the island's newly revised company laws or risk their assets being wound up. BVI legislators recently gave the green light for the passage of the island ...

  9. Hong Kong students outshine their British counterparts in GCSE exams

    Posted Aug 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Michael Gibb

    ... Results are twice as good as UK state schools, says principal Hong Kong students dramatically outperformed their British counterparts in the General Certificate of Secondary Education ... schools,' said David James, the principal of ESF's Island School. The GCSE is equivalent to the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination and is generally taken by students wishing ...

  10. Diary

    Posted Sep 22nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... at the British Council. The HK Institute of Company Secretaries presents 'Update on the British Virgin Islands' Bearer Shares - The New Law and its Implications' seminar. Visit ...




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