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Troubled broadcaster ATV receives ‘several proposals’ for stake in cash-strapped station

Ip Ka-po has been optimistic about ATV finding a new investor. Photo: Edward Wong Developing

The managers of ATV and representatives from Deloitte China confirmed that the beleaguered broadcaster had received several proposals in response to a tender to take a 10.75 per cent stake in the company, just ahead of a Monday deadline.

Monday, 26 January, 2015, 8:32pm 2 comments More on Asia Television Limited

Second Hong Kong hiker dies in a week as woman, 45, is swept off rocks in Sai Kung

Lau Yin died after she fell into the sea while climbing a cliff near Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. Photo: Joyee Chan

A second Hong Kong hiker has died in a week after a woman fell into the sea as she climbed a cliff near a popular beauty spot in Sai Kung on Sunday.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:34pm 3 comments

Pan-democrats who abandoned confrontation could bag Hong Kong's top job: Albert Chen

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold umbrellas and banner to leave Legco chamber before Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers his Policy address at Legco Building in Tamar on January 14, 2015. Photo: Sam Tsang

Pan-democrats who have given up confrontation in favour of a top government role are likely to be accepted by Beijing as 'patriots' suitable for Hong Kong's top job, an expert says.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:18pm 9 comments More on Universal Suffrage

‘Keep tight grip on handouts’, top adviser to CY Leung urges as Hong Kong budget nears

Lam Woon-kwong describes himself as a social democrat who is in favour of more support for underprivileged and low-income people. Photo: Edmond So

Financial Secretary John Tsang should not offer generous handouts in next month’s budget despite his expectation of a fiscal surplus in each of the next three financial years, Lam Woon-kwong said.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:11pm 4 comments

Down the tubes: ATV’s 33-year history, from trendsetter to troubled broadcaster

Governor Sir Edward Youde (centre) and Lady Youde (2nd from left) tour Asia Television Ltd in November 1982 - the year the firm became ATV. With them are actors David Keung Tai-wai (left), David Lau Chi-wing and actress Amy Chan Sau-man. Photo: SCMP Pictures New

As the bidding deadline passes for embattled Hong Kong broadcaster Asia Television to sell a 10 per cent stake, SCMP looks back on the road that led it to its current crisis.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:25pm

Job growth in Hong Kong financial services sector to rise 15 per cent

A job board festooned with positions at Hong Kong's Education and Careers Expo. The financial services sector's job growth is expected to hit 15 per cent. Photo:  May Tse New

Job growth in Hong Kong’s highly paid financial services sector is set to jump 15 per cent in the next few years and foreigners will dominate the new hires, a new report from the government’s Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) concludes.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:37pm 3 comments More on Jobs and Careers

'404 - plane not found': Malaysia Airlines targeted by hackers proclaiming IS support

Malaysia Airlines' website was hacked to display a 'plane not found' message

The website of struggling carrier Malaysia Airlines, still reeling from twin disasters last year, has been hacked by a group proclaiming support for the Islamic State group.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:24pm 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 370

Obama and Modi share a man-hug to show China and the world their bond is strong

US President Barack Obama (left) hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a joint press conference. Photo: AFP

At first glance, they might appear unlikely friends or allies. One is a right-wing nationalist and long-time international pariah, while the other is an unabashed liberal and Nobel peace laureate.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:16pm 15 comments More on Barack Obama

Changes called for in the process of selling subsidised flats in Hong Kong

People submit application of new HOS flats. Photo: Nora Tam

Housing critics are calling for changes to the process for selling subsidised housing after almost 130,000 applications were filed for just 2,160 New Territories flats under the relaunched Home Ownership Scheme (HOS).

26 Jan 2015 - 6:51pm

Shanghai authorities blasted for destroying street art on derelict housing estate

Several couples took their wedding photographs next to the images before they were destroyed by the authorities. Photo: Metro Express Update

The removal of a series of pictures by street artists in a partly-demolished residential compound in Shanghai has sparked a debate over whether the authorities were right to destroy the works.

26 Jan 2015 - 1:51pm 1 comment

Hong Kong runner, 24, dies after collapsing close to marathon finishing line

A runner who collapsed just 100 metres from the finishing line of the 10km race at the Hong Kong marathon yesterday has died in hospital.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:13pm 7 comments More on Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015

Puma apologises for ‘D7689’ Hong Kong marathon photo targeting CY Leung

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Sportswear company Puma has apologised for a catty Hong Kong Marathon marketing stunt that appeared to have its claws out for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

26 Jan 2015 - 6:27pm 3 comments More on Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2015
Prominent Toronto lawyer Tim Leahy has a long history of antagonism with Canada's immigration authorities and various judges. Photo: AFP

Lawyer to Chinese migrant millionaires hoping for life in Canada is disbarred

26 Jan 2015 - 1:26pm 3 comments
Participants pack the Island Eastern Corridor during yesterday's race. There were 73,000 entrants. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong Marathon full to bursting, even if new Wan Chai route is approved

26 Jan 2015 - 6:01pm 3 comments
Workers sort parcels for delivery at a distribution centre in Shanghai. Photo: Xinhua

One third of sample goods bought from Chinese websites ‘fake’, study finds

26 Jan 2015 - 8:40pm 9 comments
The wreckage of the Chinese student's car seen on Miles Platting Road in Queensland, Australia, in this screengrab from 9News Australia.

Chinese student killed in high-speed crash 'while drag racing' in Australia

26 Jan 2015 - 8:58pm
Photo: AFP

Beating Hong Kong's bad air: the best ways to defend your lungs from air pollution

26 Jan 2015 - 10:43am 4 comments
US President Obama with Indian Prime Minister Modi. Photo: EPA

Obama announces nuclear ‘breakthrough’ on landmark India trip

26 Jan 2015 - 9:01am 4 comments
More than a quarter of mainlanders are on track to be aged over 65 by the middle of the century. Photo: Bloomberg

Ageing China braces for onslaught of dementia with 30m cases predicted by 2050

26 Jan 2015 - 10:44am 1 comment
The Shanghai stampede on New Year's Eve left 36 people dead. Photo: AFP

Shanghai stampede officials 'held accountable' for accident that killed 36, says mayor

26 Jan 2015 - 9:02pm 2 comments
In the long run: Visualising the 2015 Hong Kong Marathon results

In the long run: Visualising the 2015 Hong Kong Marathon results

26 Jan 2015 - 10:16am
Opening Concert of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in September 2013. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Principals of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra call on chiefs to quit

26 Jan 2015 - 9:07am

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Criminals and suspects are transported to a mass sentencing rally in Xinjiang. Photo: Reuters

World must work together to defeat Islamic State and other terrorists

26 Jan 2015 - 7:00am 2 comments
Convenor Chan Ching-sum (front) and members of I Care Action march to support legislation Article 23 on March 23, 2014. The issue remains a hot potato 12 years after it was shelved following a huge public outcry speaks volumes about just how sensitive this matter is. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong must find a way to settle the Article 23 debate on national security law

26 Jan 2015 - 8:32am 6 comments

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Insight

Macau's casino crackdown a worthy attempt to evolve under 'one country, two systems' framework

To heed Xi's call for clean government, there is still much work to do. Anthony Lawrance

Macau has taken a battering of late. Share prices of casino stocks listed in Hong Kong have halved in the past year as gaming revenues continue to plunge.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:53pm

Focus

Amid rising anti-Muslim sentiment, Germany must walk a fine line

Illustration: Lau Ka Kuen AP

Ali began noticing them in early autumn, the men on street corners of his heavily Muslim neighbourhood who hoped to "talk about Islam" with him.

26 Jan 2015 - 3:53am 1 comment

Harry's View

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Yunnan logging firms say staff and millions of yuan worth of equipment were seized in raids on what they claim were legal operations in Kachin State. Photos: SCMP Pictures MYANMAR

Chinese logging firms seek intervention over seized staff and equipment in Myanmar

Dozens of Chinese logging operators have petitioned local authorities in Yunnan to intervene over the arrests of more than 150 logging workers in Myanmar’s Kachin State and the seizure of equipment worth hundreds of million yuan.

26 Jan 2015 - 8:02pm 3 comments

China Insider

Henan hospital staff mourn death of colleague after fatal attack HEALTH

Henan hospital staff mourn death of colleague after fatal attack

26 Jan 2015
The diners are seen walking out of the seafood restaurant in this photo taken by Southern Metropolis Daily. MEDIA

Chinese police officials under probe after allegedly assaulting journalists at 'secretive' banquet

26 Jan 2015
Hell bank notes, used as offerings to the dead, can sometimes resemble the real thing late at night. Photo: SCMP Pictures SOCIETY

Taxi passenger suffers heart attack after being given ‘hell bank note’ in change

26 Jan 2015 1 comment
Smoke billows from the chimney of a factory in Foshan, which recorded Guangdong province's worst air quality in last year's final quarter. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Foshan’s air quality worst in Guangdong during final quarter of last year

25 Jan 2015
A man bumped into his former girlfriend recently but but the reunion quickly turned sour when he demanded she return his SIM card, which she then swallowed. Photo: Bloomberg Around the nation

Around the nation: Woman swallows ex-boyfriend's SIM card during row

23 Jan 2015
A lesbian Chinese couple kiss for the cameras outside a marriage registry office after being turned away. Some lesbians are opting to marry gay 'beards' to ease social pressure and discrimination. Photo: EPA LGBT RIGHTS

Seeking a lesbian wife: pressured Chinese gays turn to online dating for ‘cooperative marriage’

23 Jan 2015 6 comments
The Chinese man who surprised commuters by riding on the Beijing subway with a "watermelon head mask" appeared to be drunk. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: 'Melon head' man spotted on metro in China - and taken away by police

23 Jan 2015
A man high on drugs thought he was proposing to popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured), but it turned out to be his colleague. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Hallucinating Chinese man proposes to 'Fan Bingbing' - or so he thinks

22 Jan 2015
Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video Animal Care

Zoo keeper expelled after abuse of tiger cub is exposed in online video

22 Jan 2015
Diners visiting a new restaurant in Shenyang, Liaoning, have a winter-only option of being serving in an igloo. The interior is heated enough to prevent diners from freezing, but not so warm to melt the surroundings. Photo: SCMP Pictures Around the nation

Around the nation: Shenyang restaurant offers winter dining in an igloo

21 Jan 2015
Disgraced former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (right) showed off his calligraphy work in 2010. Anti-corruption

'Leave the arts to artists,' China's top graft-buster warns officials of corruption under disguise of art groups

20 Jan 2015 3 comments
Rescue workers climb a 30-metre transmission tower in Zhengzhou to rescue a chef upset over a colleague's criticism of his cooking. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chef threatens to jump off tower after colleague says his cooking is too salty

19 Jan 2015
WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

WeChat angers China officials for flying virtual American flags on Martin Luther King Day

20 Jan 2015 8 comments
The Fuyan police department insisted the officers were pictured in their real training sites. Photo: Weibo SECURITY

Police unit in China's restive Xinjiang mocked for cinematic recruitment posters

16 Jan 2015 7 comments

Business

HKMA chief Norman Chan says policy changes in Japan and Europe will complicate the investment environment this year. Photo: Simon Song INVESTMENT

Exchange Fund reports fourth-worst result on foreign exchange losses and poor stock returns

The Exchange Fund reported its fourth-worst earnings result last year, a gain of just HK$43.6 billion, as a result of heavy foreign exchange losses and poor returns from Hong Kong and overseas stock investments, Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam said on Monday.

26 Jan 2015 - 5:45pm
TRANSPORT

Hactl upbeat after 8.7pc boost in cargo handling for 2014

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Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl), the biggest independent air cargo handler at Hong Kong International Airport, handled 8.7 per cent more goods last year and chief executive Mark Whitehead is optimistic about this year's prospects.

26 Jan 2015 - 9:09pm

Property

Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, without its landmark main building that was demolished two years ago, sold for a record HK$5.1 billion. Photo: Sam Tsang HOUSING

Sales on The Peak breathe life into Hong Kong luxury property market

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Big-ticket sales on The Peak are seen as breathing life back into a luxury property sector that has languished in the doldrums even as prices in the mass market deepen their push into record territory.

23 Jan 2015 - 4:25pm 2 comments
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Jiang Wen's Gone with the Bullets shot down by Chinese film-goers

Of late, Jiang Wen's life seems to be imitating his art. It's a tragicomic turn for the acclaimed Chinese actor-director, not unlike the fate that befalls the protagonist in his new film, Gone with the Bullets.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:58am More on LIFE

Principals of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra call on chiefs to quit

26 Jan 2015

Forerunners of YouTube - Art Institute of Chicago's video collection is unofficially collated online by a grad student

24 Jan 2015
Vicky Lau started out in advertising before learning her trade at Le Cordon Bleu in Bangkok and working at Michelin-starred Cépage in Hong Kong.

Vicky Lau, Asia's Best Female Chef 2015, not afraid to experiment

The owner of Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room & Bar, in Central, who has been named Best Female Chef 2015 by the organisers of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants, talks to Kylie Knott about Hong Kong's evolving food scene.

24 Jan 2015 - 10:28pm

Wine lovers, do your homework before an auction

24 Jan 2015

Chefs, get out of the kitchen! It's the way to earn respect

24 Jan 2015
Video game review: Funk of Titans  - musical adventure hits all the wrong notes

Video game review: Funk of Titans - musical adventure hits all the wrong notes

If you're basing an entire game around the world of funk, the least you could do is infuse it with some music. But that's the least of Funk of Titans' problems, because while it may look like a fun and frivolous download-only game for the Xbox One, it's such an incredible disappointment we wouldn't even bother with it on a smartphone.

26 Jan 2015 - 11:36am More on LIFE

3D face scanner delivers form-fitting eyewear accurate to within 0.1mm

26 Jan 2015

Genetically recoded organisms could be safe enough to use to clean up oil spills or break down toxic chemicals

25 Jan 2015

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Sport

Standard  Liege fans display a banner  depicting the decapitation of Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour. Photo: AFP

‘Beheading’ banner at Belgian match causes outrage

Fans of Belgian giants Standard Liege on Sunday caused outrage when they unfurled a banner showing a mocked-up image of former captain Steven Defour being beheaded.

26 Jan 2015 - 10:19am

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