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Regina Ip accused of racism over tales of Filipino maids bedding expat bosses

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said she should not apologise for the anecdotes as she was 'only stating the facts'. Photo: Edward Wong

Executive councillor Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee refused to apologise to Hong Kong's Filipino community yesterday after sparking outrage by quoting anecdotes of domestic helpers seducing expatriate bosses.

Saturday, 18 April, 2015, 1:30pm 62 comments More on Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

HKU to make 'mainland China experience' compulsory for undergrad students

The new policy was publicly announced last night by Professor Ian Holliday, vice-chancellor and pro vice-chancellor of teaching and learning. Photo: Jonathan Wong New

A new policy that will make it compulsory for all HKU undergraduate students to spend time on the mainland as part of their degree has caused ripples through the campus.

18 Apr 2015 - 2:53pm

Rising politician Starry Lee vows to rejuvenate DAB, Hong Kong’s biggest party

Starry Lee, the DAB's first chairwoman. Photo: Felix Wong

Rising politician Starry Lee on Friday took the reins of the city's biggest party with a pledge to nurture young talent and lead the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong to greater success in crunch elections.

18 Apr 2015 - 12:20pm 15 comments

Surprise plan approved to tear down Excelsior hotel after 42 years as Hong Kong landmark

The Excelsior hotel site could be redeveloped.Photo: SCMP Pictures

Excelsior Hotel (BVI), a wholly owned subsidiary of luxury hotel operator Mandarin Oriental International, has secured approval to build a 26-storey commercial building.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:40am 5 comments

Civic Party rejects Carrie Lam's overtures on 2017 poll reform

Alan Leong Kah-kit. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The Civic Party will stick to its guns and vote against the political reform package, its leader said after talks with Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday.

18 Apr 2015 - 2:38am 5 comments

Revealed: the team behind China's Operation Fox Hunt against graft suspects hiding abroad

Chief graft-buster Wang Qishan (second from right) said this year''s first round of disciplinary inspections would focus on 26 centrally run businesses. All are on the Fortune Global 500 list. Photo: Xinhua

The leader of Operation Fox Hunt, the mainland's campaign to pursue corrupt officials and economic criminals hiding overseas, has revealed his team consists of 20 "hunters" with an average age of 30.

18 Apr 2015 - 9:42am 1 comment More on Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign

The day the Bloomberg screens went blank

A user at the New York Stock Exchange accesses the Bloomberg terminal, which is used to place trades and monitor real-time financial data. Photo: EPA

Britain postponed a sale of treasury bills yesterday as traders around the world were hit by a "global network problem" that affected terminals supplied by news and market price provider Bloomberg.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:00am 2 comments

Hong Kong Tennis Association outrage at WTA's 'bullying tactics'

Star attraction Eugenie Bouchard was a late withdrawal from last year's Hong Kong Open. HKTA president Herbert Chow got into hot water with the WTA for claiming  Bouchard did not "honour her agreement". Photo: USA Today Sports

The WTA has imposed a "personal fine" on the Hong Kong Tennis Association president for his "disparaging" remarks after Eugenie Bouchard's last-minute withdrawal from the inaugural tilt last year.

18 Apr 2015 - 2:19pm

Controversial plan to raze century-old Peak home for hotel project is approved

The view from 27 Lugard Road. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A developer's controversial proposal to turn a 99-year-old home on The Peak into a boutique hotel yesterday cleared its final planning hurdle.

18 Apr 2015 - 10:37am 8 comments

Trash-tracking app could help keep Hong Kong waterways clean

Douglas Woodring from Ocean Recovery Alliance.Photo: Bruce Yan

A new "trash-reporting app" will reduce plastic pollution in waterways and eventually the sea by harnessing the power of the public to provide information on its location, according to the app's developer.

18 Apr 2015 - 1:03am 1 comment

Friends recall ‘amazing’ and ‘deeply loved’ death plunge girl, 15, at Hong Kong funeral

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Hundreds of mourners gathered in Stanley to remember the daughter of British insurance executive Nick Cousins, who died after she jumped from a Repulse Bay high-rise.

18 Apr 2015 - 1:52am

Jailing of Chinese journalist Gao Yu for leaking secrets ‘part of push to silence critics’

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The seven-year jail sentence handed down on Friday to Gao Yu was widely condemned as another move to muzzle dissent in the ongoing crackdown on government critics.

18 Apr 2015 - 12:16pm 8 comments
Doo Hoi-kem will test her skills against the best in Suzhou at the 2015 World Table Tennis Championship from April 26 to May 3.

Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi-kem will test herself against world’s best in Suzhou

17 Apr 2015 - 11:19pm
Professor Ho Lok-sang thinks the Occupy movement might have contributed to youngsters feeling less happy. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong children less happy than ever, survey finds, and Occupy 'may be a factor'

18 Apr 2015 - 12:18pm 11 comments
Dragon Centre, Sham Shui Po

Frustrated amateur scientist sentenced to 10 months in Hong Kong jail for bottle bomb

18 Apr 2015 - 1:07am 3 comments
Hong Kong is one of the few remaining developed cities to still use bamboo in construction projects. Photos: Robert Ng

Spider sense: Hong Kong’s bamboo scaffolders defy gravity and safety rules

17 Apr 2015 - 5:28pm
These pellets washed up on Hong Kong shores in 2012 prompted the government to study the prevalence of marine waste. Photo: Sam Tsang

Most Hong Kong marine rubbish is local and not from mainland, says government report

18 Apr 2015 - 1:00am 1 comment
Activist Ken Tsang outside the court yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong police must name assault suspects, Civic Party activist tells court

18 Apr 2015 - 1:29am 7 comments
An aerial view of the site before the redevelopment began. Photo: David Wong

Senior new staff appointed to re-energise controversial Central Police Station project

18 Apr 2015 - 1:14am 3 comments
Misleading claims on milk formula packaging can discourage breastfeeding, mothers' groups claim. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong views split on labelling for milk formula products

18 Apr 2015 - 2:38am 5 comments
Pan-democrats must show how political deadlock can be broken, says dissident in camp

Pan-democrats must show how political deadlock can be broken, says dissident in camp

17 Apr 2015 - 5:29pm 26 comments
Aivvy's Isaac Mao shows off the start-up's intelligent music player. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong attracts Silicon Valley start-up in race with China to create technology hub

17 Apr 2015 - 6:33pm 2 comments

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Leader

In a State Council meeting this week, Premier Li Keqiang reportedly launched into a tirade when he learned that some central government decisions were held up by paperwork at lower levels. Photo: AFP

Cutting through the red tape

18 Apr 2015 - 1:02am 1 comment
Portraits of Chinese journalist Gao Yu are seen in front of the national emblem of China during a demonstration calling for the release of Gao, outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

Revision needed for catch-all law

18 Apr 2015 - 1:02am

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Hong Kong must free its district councils to spearhead local improvements

Several measures can enhance the relevance of district councils to enhance the delivery of more liveable districts. Paul Zimmerman

In his 2013 policy address, the chief executive put forward the concept of "addressing district issues at the local level and capitalising on local opportunities".

17 Apr 2015 - 5:33pm 2 comments

World

A man raises a baton to intimidate members of the media, as the mob threatens to burn down foreign shops and drive out their owners. Photo: AFP SOUTH AFRICA

UN, neighbour countries sound alarm over South Africa xenophobic attacks that killed six

The UN has raised the alarm over deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa which have displaced thousands, as neighbouring countries geared up to evacuate their citizens to avoid violence.

18 Apr 2015 - 1:13pm

China Insider

A competitor has her hair measured during the competition in Xinjiang province. Photo: China News Service CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese woman celebrates victory thanks to her 1.8-metre-long locks

5 Apr 2015
An unlicensed hearse collects a body from outside a Beijing hospital. Photo: The Beijing News CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: fury as Beijing hospitals help unlicensed hearses overcharge grieving families

3 Apr 2015
The Palace Museum, in Beijing's Forbidden City, has banned tour guides from using loudhailers since the start of the month to help cut down on excessive noise. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: tour guides find their loudhailers forbidden in Beijing's Forbidden City

2 Apr 2015 2 comments
A couple drew attention when they wore only their bathing suits while they took a shower in  Wuhan's landmark Guanggu Square. Photo: Sina Weibo CHINADIGEST

Around the nation: couple bath in famed fountain

1 Apr 2015 2 comments
A resident suffered only a slight injury after biting into this Chinese steamed bun containing a 3cm-long needle. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Supermarket’s steamed meat bun offers less-than-tasty treat

31 Mar 2015
Hundreds of butterflies were trampled to death by Chinese children as they rushed to watch the insects being released during a shop's promotional event in Chengdu. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: stampede by excited Chinese children kills hundreds of butterflies

30 Mar 2015
The ancient Chinese coins dated back to 1,000 years ago. Photo: 163.com CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese farmer finds 60kg of ancient coins buried deep in family land

29 Mar 2015
A Henan woman who was abducted when she was five is looking for her original family, but can't remember any details of her true identity. Photo: Sina Weibo CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: woman searches for family 30 years after her abduction

27 Mar 2015
Chinese villager Zheng Hongkang, a keen amateur painter, adds a dash of colour to his life-sized clay model of President Xi Jinping. Photo: Dfic.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: President Xi Jinping’s ‘China dream’ fires model maker’s imagination

27 Mar 2015
A huge crowd of Chinese women running in a marathon delayed the race after surrounding a handsome Chongqing policeman they thought looks like Hong Kong actor Wallace Chung (right). Photos: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese policeman's looks bring female marathon runners to standstill

25 Mar 2015
Couples stage 'naked weddings - covered in body paint and wearing only their underwear - at Hangzhou Paradise amusement park in Zhejiang province as a rejection of modern Chinese values, which places greater focus on money than love. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese 'naked' wedding celebrations focus on love - not money

24 Mar 2015 3 comments
Du Xiutang, 53, with his 300,000 yuan home-made submarine, which he says needs new investment if it is to set sail... and submerge ... as intended. Photo: SCMP Pictures CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation: Chinese DIY inventor searches for investors to help finish submarine

23 Mar 2015
Traffic backs up on a Kunming highway. Photo: kunming.cn CHINA DIGEST

Around the nation, March 23, 2015

22 Mar 2015
A finless porpoise is treated to a physical exam at Poyang Lake, Jiangxi province. Photo: Xinhua CHINA DIGEST

Around the Nation: Chinese teacher shot in head was mistaken as wild boar; free physicals for porpoises

20 Mar 2015

Business

Chinese SUV sales have passed foreign brands on the mainland. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China's carmakers are winning home SUV market with low-price strategy

After years of losing out to foreign brands, China's carmakers are winning in the world's hottest SUV market by employing a tried and tested strategy: offering them cheap.

18 Apr 2015 - 6:00am 1 comment
COMMODITIES

Trafigura chief Jeremy Weir set to make 'history' with speech

When Trafigura Beheer chief executive Jeremy Weir takes the stage at a conference in the Swiss city of Lausanne next week, he will do something no CEO of his company has ever done before. He will speak in public.

18 Apr 2015 - 4:00am

Property

A construction project at a property in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters CHINA

Glorious Property Holdings posts 2.99bn yuan in losses, from 292.1 million yuan profit in 2013

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Hit by sinking profit margins and lower property sales, the highly-geared mainland China developer Glorious Property Holdings said on Thursday it recorded a loss of 2.99 billion yuan last year, in a sharp reversal from the 292.1 million yuan profit it rang up in 2013.

16 Apr 2015 - 10:38am
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Kaisa Group’s public float at 20.81pc, below regulation 25pc

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Embattled mainland China developer Kaisa Group Holdings said on Thursday its public float fell to 20.81 per cent, below the minimum regulatory requirement of 25 per cent.

Trading in Kaisa shares has been suspended since March 31, 2015.

16 Apr 2015 - 9:11am
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The Central Police Station complex on Hollywood Road when renovations began in 2013

M+ curator poached to run art programme at refurbished Central Police Station

The Jockey Club has poached Tobias Berger from M+ to head the art element of the revitalised Central Police Station.  His appointment will facilitate the development of a concrete strategy for the lavishly-restored heritage cluster in the heart of Central.

17 Apr 2015 - 5:39pm 2 comments

Music review: the greatness of Courtney Bennett

17 Apr 2015

IN PICTURES: Hong Kong's iconic sights and objects star in British artist's eye-catching prints

17 Apr 2015
Saiyuud Diwong with papaya salad at her Bangkok cooking school.

How a cookery school in a Thai slum became an international success

In 2012, the world's news media gleefully reported that a Thai cookbook - in fierce competition with Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World and A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel - had won a prize for the world's oddest book title.

17 Apr 2015 - 6:55am

Huge plastic bladder makes bulk wine imports cheaper and greener

17 Apr 2015

The best of Bordeaux

17 Apr 2015
Whatsapp keeps Hong Kong workers on the job, wherever they are

Whatsapp the top pick for Hong Kong’s remote workers who need to stay in touch

Messaging app Whatsapp and file sharing tool Dropbox are the most popular remote working tools among Hong Kong workers, according to a global survey on remote working habits.

17 Apr 2015 - 6:36pm More on Whatsapp

Xiaomi-backed community living offers home from home for China’s would-be entrepreneurs

17 Apr 2015 1 comment

Top 5 tech giants who shape Shenzhen, 'China's Silicon Valley'

17 Apr 2015

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Sport

Star attraction Eugenie Bouchard was a late withdrawal from last year's Hong Kong Open. HKTA president Herbert Chow got into hot water with the WTA for claiming  Bouchard did not "honour her agreement". Photo: USA Today Sports TENNIS

Hong Kong Tennis Association outrage at WTA's 'bullying tactics'

The WTA has imposed a "personal fine" on the Hong Kong Tennis Association president for his "disparaging" remarks after Eugenie Bouchard's last-minute withdrawal from the inaugural tilt last year.

18 Apr 2015 - 2:19pm

Magazines

A game of bubble soccer in the dark at Wong Chuk Hang. COVER STORY

Want to play Quidditch? You can, in a former Hong Kong factory

The industrial plants that were the making of Hong Kong have become fun palaces where you can play Harry Potter's favourite game, or try bubble soccer, indoor skiing,  archery tag and other serious indoor fun.

17 Apr 2015 - 10:42am More on LIFE

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