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  1. Amazing Race couple keeping mum

    Posted Oct 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law When a professional model and her gym instructor boyfriend defeated more than 250 teams to become Hong Kong's only representatives in the first Amazing Race Asia, they wanted to tell the world. Instead, Francesca von Etzdorf and Sandy Sydney had to remain tight-lipped about being chosen and refused to say anything about where they went and what they did in order to get ...

  2. HK firm defends closure of Thai unit

    Posted Oct 15th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law A local manufacturer for lingerie brand Victoria's Secret has been embroiled in a month-long battle with the Thai government and union officials over the imminent closure ... of,' she said. There were large-scale protests in Bangkok last Monday- the first labour-related demonstration since martial law was imposed in the country after the September 19 coup- when ...

  3. Want to stay Canadian? You may have to give up Chinese nationality

    Posted Oct 08th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law Hundreds of thousands of Canadian passport-holders in Hong Kong may have to give up their Chinese nationality in order to remain Canadian citizens. A change in dual citizenship rights is being considered by the Conservative government in Canada after taxpayers complained about spending an estimated C$85 million (HK$588 million) on the evacuation of 15,000 Canadians from ...

  4. Lo Wing-lok's 'radical' turn may serve him well

    Posted Oct 08th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law Infectious diseases expert Lo Wing-lok has gone out of his way to become a 'man of the people' in preparation for a leadership role in the newly founded League of Social Democrats (LSD). 'Nowadays, I love chatting with the fishmongers and chicken vendors,' said the former medical sector lawmaker. 'I rarely wear a tie any more. Not even ...

  5. Son traumatised by arrest, dad says

    Posted Oct 01st 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law A father who was prosecuted for letting his 10-year-old son drive his car has questioned the police's reaction to the 'harmless' bonding exercise. Matt Burden, who ... Wednesday, Mr Burden said. Police have said that anyone- regardless of age- must be arrested for breaking the law. ...

  6. Chek Lap Kok airport

    Posted Oct 01st 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines On Thursday, Bangkok opened its new international airport after a long saga involving budget overruns, construction flaws, political interference and allegations of corruption. It took six years before construction began and another four to build. With a 563,000 square-metre passenger terminal, Suvarnabhumi Airport ...

  7. Discerning clientele keeps it quiet

    Posted Sep 24th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law While celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham choose to flaunt their pink diamonds in public, Hong Kong's exclusive clientele like to keep their rocks under wraps. According to diamond dealer Pablo Baldinger, of MercuryINX, only a small number of Hong Kong's high society understand the value of pink diamonds, and they are low-key about ...

  8. Pest-control officer accused of plot to fabricate ovitrap data

    Posted Sep 24th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law An investigation has been launched into allegations that Food and Environmental Hygiene Department staff tampered with data on mosquito infestation. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok said the department would not tolerate any acts of maladministration and corruption by staff. He said an internal investigation was under way. 'We have zero ...

  9. Diamond deals, or why you can't buy this gem

    Posted Sep 24th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law The largest collection of the world's rarest and most valuable diamonds was brought to Hong Kong last week under a veil of secrecy for a closed auction so exclusive that even the richest tai tais were denied entry. Only about a dozen of the city's most reputable diamantaires were offered the chance- against rival dealers in Tokyo, Perth, London, New York and Geneva- ...

  10. Third of teachers think of quitting, poll shows

    Posted Sep 10th 2006, 12:00am by Niki Law

    ... Niki Law The school year has just begun but one in three teachers is thinking of quitting, a survey released ahead of today's Teacher Respect Day reveals. The study by the Hong Kong Women Teachers' Organisation found that 30 per cent of the 563 teachers interviewed would quit if another job with similar pay became available. Both male and female teachers felt ...




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