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  1. Virgin to use jet fuel made from steel mill waste gas

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Anita Lam Virgin Atlantic Airways says it may have found the best source yet for aviation biofuel. Earlier this month, the airline announced a partnership with New Zealand low-carbon fuel ... but this is the one we are most excited about,' said Andrew Fyfe, the carrier's general manager for Hong Kong. When Virgin launched the world's first test flight on biofuel in 2008, ...

  2. A bad week for...

    Posted Aug 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... compound stocked with Rice's face on every page. Richard Branson British tycoon Richard Branson has seen his luxury Great House on the British Virgin Island of Necker burned to the ground after it was struck by lightning. Although the Virgin Group boss was staying in a separate house nearby, Oscar-winner Kate Winslet had to rescue Branson's 90-year-old mother. ...

  3. Virgin Atlantic flies under Cathay radar

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Discovery Bay Pirates will from this week be sponsored by Virgin Atlantic Airlines and that could upset Cathay Pacific which, with HSBC, is a title sponsor of the Hong Kong Sevens. The reason for the concern is that plans are afoot for British billionaire Richard Branson to join the team at the high-profile march-past on the Sunday of the tournament in a Virgin Atlantic shirt. ...

  4. Man, 29, charged over death of British tourist

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... A 29-year-old man, arrested over the death of 64-year-old British tourist Janet Gilson, will appear in Eastern Court today. Police said the man was charged with murder yesterday. Gilson was reported missing by her niece last Wednesday. Her body was found at the home of her niece on Lamma Island, at about 4pm on Saturday. Police said an autopsy failed to establish the cause of her ...

  5. Lai See

    Posted Sep 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... by the Census and Statistics Department, which show that for 2009, 36.4 per cent of FDI came from the mainland while 32.4 per cent came from the British Virgin Islands. Our beef is it is absurd ... Howard Winn Leaked US report suggests how minibond saga changed Hong Kong Hong Kong's minibond saga was only settled after acrimonious discussions between the banks and the Securities ...

  6. HK gaining favour as place to start up

    Posted Dec 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Anita Lam anita.lam@scmp.com Hong Kong and Singapore are catching up with the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands as the preferred places for companies to register, a survey has ... of the Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands as destinations for offshore companies will diminish as new tax agreements between countries undercut the advantages of the islands as tax havens. OIL's ...

  7. Six degrees

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dave Bannister British billionaire Richard Branson's first world record was set 25 years ago this week. In 1986, he and his 72-foot powerboat Virgin Atlantic Challenger took two hours ... using a fortune he amassed with Virgin Records, which first hit the shelves in 1973 with Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield... Oldfield's annoyingly catchy debut instrumental album sold ...

  8. Caribbean tax haven adds heat to China's hot money

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Naomi Rovnick in Road Town, Tortola naomi.rovnick@scmp.com Wealthy mainlanders are increasingly sending their offshore income home via the British Virgin Islands to avoid paying tax ... the British overseas territory is also known, allows mainlanders to send funds from export sales or company listings in Hong Kong or overseas back home disguised as foreign investment, which ...

  9. Leaked cables expose political infighting

    Posted Sep 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lawrence Chung in Taipei lawrence.chung@scmp.com A string of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks relating to Taiwan has triggered a political furore on the island that is set ... that although it would be a 'bad bargain' for Taiwan, Beijing could remove the missiles targeting the island 'in exchange for an end to US arms sales' to Taipei. The leaked cables ...

  10. Discussing politics normal, British consul says amid US row

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Peter So Peter.so@scmp.com The British consul general has weighed into a row between China and the United States over the work of diplomats in Hong Kong, saying his staff discuss 'political and economic issues' as part of their duties. 'We are strong supporters of the principle of 'one country, two systems',' British consul general Andrew Seaton said ...




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