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  1. Speculators develop taste for rubber futures trade

    Posted Mar 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wild price swings and a bloated turnover of rubber futures trading in Shanghai have sounded yet another warning to the mainland's securities regulator about massive speculative funds sparking runaway investments in China's fast-growing financial markets. On Thursday, 2.1 million lots, or 21 million tonnes of rubber for September delivery changed hands on the Shanghai ...

  2. Annual rubber-stamp fest is a kids' game, after all

    Posted Mar 16th 2010, 12:00am by David Eimer

    ... to be a member of the CPPCC, Ni justified her rubber stamp by saying: 'I love this country dearly.' Her statement highlights all that is wrong with the mainland's political system. ... for more 'authentic voices' to be heard. Until that happens, the NPC and CPPCC will never shake their reputation as rubber-stamp bodies. David Eimer is a Beijing-based journalist ...

  3. Huge rubber tree removed over fears for public safety

    Posted Jan 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai A giant Indian rubber tree at Jardine's Lookout in Mid-Levels has been cut down after government officials said its 'critical structural weaknesses' might ... the tree's condition, said removal was needed because there was a risk of trunk failure. Another Indian rubber tree at University Lodge at the University of Hong Kong was chopped down last month ...

  4. Forever 50s

    Posted Mar 21st 2010, 12:00am by Stephen Lacey

    ... pastel grey, eau de nil green or even pink, while kitchen cupboards (nearly always constructed from Masonite) were often lemon yellow or duck-egg blue. The porcelain-enamelled cast-iron sink ... a wire-framed magazine rack and a rubber plant in an anodised aluminium pot. In the middle of the room there would have been a kidney-shaped coffee table in varnished teak or maple. The table would ...

  5. Duck back after epic flight to Siberia

    Posted Dec 27th 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan A wild duck fitted with a transmitter last December made it back home on Christmas Day, to the delight of conservationists working on the project. The duck is the only one of 23 ... time the bird's complete migration. Officers at the Mai Po Nature Reserve were surprised when the northern pintail, numbered 91268, appeared on Christmas Day. The ducks were fitted ...

  6. A lame duck lost up a blind alley

    Posted Oct 29th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... weak government, now into its early lame-duck stage, tied even tighter. It is now open for attack from all sides without any credible options for defence. The immediate consequence is that our ... will this hand-tied, lame-duck government have the guts to take tough action, and will its decisions be allowed to be effectively followed through? Even as an optimist, I can only say I am not sure. After ...

  7. Food store fined over maggots in duck meat

    Posted Aug 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng Tam Sin-yuen too two bites out of a preserved duck leg she bought the previous day from popular food store Wing Wah when she turned it over and made a disgusting discovery. ... in Kowloon City Court yesterday for selling a preserved duck leg infested with maggots. The court heard that by the time she decided to make a complaint in the evening, the rubbish had been collected ...

  8. Los Angeles' other duck goes hip hop in black, white and grey

    Posted Sep 27th 2010, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... with Vivian Chen The city swank of SoHo's private club Hyde took on a hip-hop edge last Thursday when the space was transformed into a one-of-a-kind fashion show, featuring a collection by The Other Duck clothing line from Los Angeles. The Other Duck, the brainchild of dancer-choreographer-entrepreneur Cheryl Koo and her partner Sean Varristo, began its tour last month, ...

  9. IMF meeting ducks currency war issue

    Posted Oct 12th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Finance ministers and central bank governors in Washington at the IMF/World Bank annual meetings ended their discussions with much whimpering, and a whimper of a final communiqu? There was much talk of 'war'- currency war, trade w ...

  10. Lame-duck governance not on Tsang's agenda

    Posted Sep 10th 2010, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... Ambrose Leung Donald Tsang Yam-kuen yesterday dismissed recent criticism that, with less than two years in office, he would become a lame-duck chief executive. Speaking in his first district consultation session for next month's policy address, in Tsim Sha Tsui, he said: 'I have heard some comments that I will only be a caretaker government... ...




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