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  1. How to start a fight in a room full of economists

    Posted Dec 28th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... with Tom Holland If you ever want to start a fight in a room full of economists, just ask them if it was China that caused the credit crisis. Ask them if the root problem was really too much borrowing in the United States, or whether it was actually Beijing's economic policies that were to blame for the whole mess by encouraging too much saving in China. At first ...

  2. Four female students jump to their deaths as fire guts dormitory room

    Posted Nov 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lilian Zhang Four female students at a Shanghai university jumped to their deaths from their sixth-floor dormitory room after a faulty electrical device started a fire yesterday. The blaze ... firemen reached the scene. The fire was contained in one room, and no other casualties were reported. Police cordoned off the school and evacuated other students on the sixth floor to another ...

  3. Room rates fall as tourist bookings fail to match overly optimistic predictions

    Posted Jun 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... been forecast, hotel guests seeking rooms at the front desk may get a better rate than those who made reservations a year ago. Compared with two months ago, rates at Beijing's mid- and low-end hotels and guest houses are now 2 per cent lower, with 54.5 per cent of rooms in four-star hotels not yet reserved in August, according to the Beijing Tourism Bureau. The average rack rate ...

  4. Long faces in HK dressing room

    Posted Mar 19th 2005, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Hong Kong had hoped to feed at the plate competition, but will have to settle for the scraps in the bowl after Portugal- a team they had beaten the last time they met- knocked them out of contention yesterday. Having lost to Canada (41-0) and ...

  5. Discount era gives top hotels little room to manoeuvre

    Posted May 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Murray Bailey

    ... Murray Bailey Business at lower-category hotels in Hong Kong is expanding much faster than at more luxurious establishments, creating an unusual room-rate situation. The difference in rates between three-star and lower four-star establishments has fallen to only about $150 a night. The same narrow rate difference can be found between lower four-star hotels and those ...

  6. News - China - SICHUAN EARTHQUAKE

    Quake survivors find extraordinary strength in life-or-death moments

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... told of a young woman in Tianquan county who was asleep when the quake struck but escaped without injury as the room collapsed around her. Xiao Qin said the ceiling fell on her and her ...

  7. Shangri-La books in for a 164pc profit rise

    Posted Mar 31st 2011, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... into the first quarter of this year, the hotelier said. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts president and chief executive Greg Dogan said yesterday that the group's 200-room hotel in Tokyo had been forced to close on March 19 because of electricity rationing after the March 11 earthquake. He said it would not reopen until April 30. The Shangri-La Tokyo hotel had about 20 per cent of its rooms filled ...

  8. Mandarin profit falls 23pc amid financial turmoil

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... the planned 203-room Mandarin Oriental in the Chaoyang central business district last month. Investigation into the fire was under way, he said. In Hong Kong, the flagship 46-year-old Mandarin Oriental in Central saw revenue per available room, or yield, rise 2 per cent as a 10 per cent jump in average room rates to US$437 offset a decline in room rates, he said. The boutique Mandarin ...

  9. Shaken up

    Posted Mar 15th 2011, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... with Vivian Chen When the earthquake happened, I was in my room on the fourth floor. I was calm at first but it was shaking so hard I could barely stand straight. So my assistants and I ran downstairs. The phone wasn't working but fortunately there was a 3G network. So I checked my weibo (Chinese equivalent of twitter) and found out more about the quake. The aftershocks ...

  10. Blaze rages for seven hours at City Hall

    Posted Dec 07th 2004, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... started at 1am and raged for seven hours, spreading dense smoke through corridors, a restaurant and other function rooms in the lower block. Eighteen fire engines and two ambulances were sent to the scene. It took 70 firefighters two hours to get the blaze under control and five hours to extinguish the flames. The air-conditioning plant room on the second floor of the lower block was badly ...




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