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  1. REASON to smile

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Richard Warren With the euro and Swiss franc falling in value against the Hong Kong dollar, winter holiday homes in Europe are becoming more affordable for SAR buyers. The Hong Kong dollar has strengthened by 10 per cent against the euro from June last year, and last month, by 20 per cent against the Swiss franc. A fall in the value of the Swiss franc against the euro ...

  2. A little-known tale exposed

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... conditions in the Velodrome, a stadium for cycle races in France. Very few people escaped. The prisoners were later deported to the Auschwitz camp in Poland, where many died. At the time ... stormed in to arrest them. In present-day France, American-born journalist Julia Jarmond (Kristin Scott Thomas), who lives in the country with her French husband, decides to write a story about ...

  3. China, France agree to work on yuan flexibility

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com China and France are forming a task force to clear the way for the yuan's inclusion in the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) of the International ... to enter the IMF's SDR in recognition of its growing role in the world economy. Baroin said France sees a convertible and international yuan as in line with China's increasing openness ...

  4. Status grows by leaps and bounds

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... by his sponsor, Salomon. There is a specific mountain range he calls home: the Catalonian Pyrenees, near Spain's border with France. He was born and raised on a refuge there at an altitude ... in Australia, the Western States 100 (100 miles) in the US, UTMB in France, the Table Mountain Challenge in South Africa and the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon in Malaysia. After a few ...

  5. The Cooking of South-West France

    Posted Jul 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Susan Jung The Cooking of South-West France By Paula Wolfert Mention French food to most people and they'll think of beautifully presented dishes served in small portions. But it's rustic, hearty food that many French people eat every day, and this cuisine is wonderfully detailed in the Paula Wolfert classic, The Cooking of South-West France, first published in 1983. ...

  6. Strange mystery as girl is caught up in kidnap plot

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... John Millen Twilight Robbery Frances Hardinge Published by Macmillan Children's Books ISBN 978 1 4050 5539 0 Twelve-year-old Mosca Mye and her travelling companion- ... populations apart? Who are the true rulers of Toll, and why is the town divided? The twin set-up of the kidnap plot and the true nature of Toll are rich plot devices that Frances Hardinge exploits ...

  7. France invites local port investors

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih Hong Kong and mainland companies are welcome to invest in French port activities as continuing reforms open the door wider for foreign interests, said French minister of state for transport Thierry Mariani. 'In France, we are about to complete port reforms to put French harbours on regained competitiveness. As part of the reform, non-essential activities can be performed ...

  8. Treaty on tax good news for French

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to pay tax in. 'In the absence of a double taxation agreement, there's a lot of case law that will in certain situations make it possible to pay taxes in France even though you work ... to live here with your family, but you still have your home in Paris- that could give rise to arguments from the French authorities to say you're still a tax resident in France ...

  9. Patrons and friends of Le French May treated to cordon bleu hospitality

    Posted Nov 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Vivian Chen Le French May festival has been a popular annual event since its launch, its success due to the eclectic line-up and various sponsors, donors and promoters. French consul Arnaud Barthelemy hosted a thank-you for patrons of this year's fes ...

  10. Back on track

    Posted Jul 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... This year's edition of the Tour de France, with nail-biting tension through to the end, has offered one of the most exciting finishes in years- and without the serious doping blight ... after testing positive for a masking agent. These images from European Pressphoto Agency, Agence France-Presse, Reuters and Associated Press show the grit and pain of every kilometre. ...




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