Ex-Sex Pistol plays China concerts
China gets a taste of British punk as former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon arrives with his band Public Image Ltd. Lydon revealed to a British newspaper that Chinese authorities demanded copies of every lyric he had ever written before agreeing to the shows in Beijing tonight and Shanghai tomorrow. "They surprisingly approved me," Lydon said. "They have either incredible good taste or they have no idea what I'm going on about. I can't wait to find out."
Frederick Engels on his marks in Dubai
Star Hong Kong trainer John Moore takes the pride of his stable to the Middle East in the hope of winning his first overseas Group One race. Frederick Engels runs in the US$2 million Golden Shaheen, part of the Dubai World Cup meeting. After encouraging runs at the top level, Moore is adamant the horse will thrive on the artificial surface in the United Arab Emirates.
New milk powder rules for online stores
Online shops based in Beijing will be required to obtain special approval to sell milk powder as the authorities step up supervision to prevent the sale of substandard products. Many online shops have been selling imported milk powder since the mainland public lost confidence in domestic milk powder following the scandal over melamine-laced milk powder in 2008. The rule kicks in at midnight tomorrow.
HK Reporter goes off the air
One of the city's biggest pro-democracy radio stations goes off the air tomorrow - with its owner denying that political pressure is to blame. Stephen Shiu Yeuk-yuen, owner of Hong Kong Reporter, says he has lost HK$15 million running the station over the years but finance is also not a consideration in its closure. The station is closely linked to the firebrand political group People Power.
Sevens spotlight turns to the women
After last week's Hong Kong Sevens, the women have their chance in the spotlight as Guangzhou hosts a leg of the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series. The action kicks off today as hosts China take on England, with the finals of the 12-team tournament taking place tomorrow at the 50,000-capacity Guangzhou Uni Town Stadium.
Olympic hopeful in European action
Hong Kong's latest Olympic hopeful starts her new season in Europe. Windsurfer Hayley Chan Hei-man takes part in the World Cup regatta in Palma de Majorca, Spain, starting today, as she looks to build on her 12th-place finish in the London Games. Chan, who has put her university studies on hold to compete for sporting glory, recently moved up to third in the RS:X world rankings.