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  1. The greening of big oil in China

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Timothy Hildebrandt

    ... Timothy Hildebrandt Just as Amoco signs disappear from the American landscape, BP has rolled out a nationwide advertising campaign to announce its entrance into the US market. Ubiquitous ... The company, still known to most of the world as British Petroleum, likely recognised it was economic suicide to be identified as a foreign entity in an increasingly ethnocentric US market, and thus ...

  2. Five-year limit on auditors opposed

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... accounting scandals at companies such as Enron, WorldCom and Tyco wiped out billions in shareholder value. The scandals led to drastic reforms in the US, which also included the establishment ...

  3. Matchstick Men

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Mathew Scott

    ... characters- and he allows them mostly to develop and drag us in to their little tale. On the downside comes the film's change in tone once Roy discovers his daughter. She brings out ...

  4. Overcast, with sunny periods

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Richard James Havis

    ... mixture of scabrous humour and vicious violence. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell as two grifters on the make. Cage plays quick-thinking Roy, who makes his living swindling ... at deception, too. Much japery ensues until a cheque fraud goes wrong, the guns come out, and things get much nastier. Scott admits comedy isn't really his forte, and that's why the film ...

  5. Fringe benefits

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Joyce Hor-Chung Lau

    ... if he misses the bigger fringe festivals of Hong Kong's economic boom time, he simply says: 'For us, it has not changed. It has been bigger, but it is still one of the truly great ... and government sponsorship, grants and whatnot. Each party has to pull its own weight. But, at the same time, the three of us have to work together.' The show, which premiered in South Korea last ...

  6. Best of the fest

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Joyce Hor-Chung Lau

    ... 5-7, 9.30pm. $80, $60. Videos of dance acts from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the US show in Dancing On The Roof. January 7, 10, 14, 17, 28, 31. February 4,7. 7.30pm. ...

  7. Bonds may be Thailand's story this year

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Michael Preiss

    ... Michael Preiss michael@michaelpreiss.net THERE ARE SOME recent developments in Thailand that could make the country even more interesting to investors this year. Last year, Thailand was the market for equities, with the Stock Exchange of Thailand being the best performing Asian equity market (up 116.6 per cent) and the baht rising (up 8.7 per cent) against the US dollar. This year, ...

  8. Germany to allow sale of plutonium plant to China

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Andrew K. Collier in Beijing The German government plans to allow industrial group Siemens to sell a plutonium plant to China- a controversial deal criticised by green groups and members of Germany's opposition. Previously, the German government said it would not allow the US$60 million sale unless the mainland government allowed international checks to ensure it was not used ...

  9. China plays still flavour of the day

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but less so than in 2003. Fortunately for us, the Chinese government will not tighten significantly and cause a hard landing. With a US presidential election on the way, we also don't see any drastic actions from the US Federal Reserve that will impact on the rebounding US economy. The only potential downside is a souring of Sino-Taiwan relations, but we expect the Chinese government ...

  10. US dollar remains the central figure

    Posted Jan 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Craig Stephen YOU COULD BE forgiven for having missed out on last year's startling H-share rally. Yet, the dramatic decline of the US dollar, with its broader impact on financial ... of their newly contentious currency pegs. Last year, the net impact of US dollar weakness was largely positive for the region, pushing China's export machine into overdrive and bringing stability ...




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