100 million tourists by 2023 prediction sparks fears the MTR will not cope

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It can be a worker's hardest job of the day - squeezing into an MTR train during peak hours. Some see four full trains go by before finally being able to struggle onto the fifth one at Admiralty station, while as many as 1,000 other people continue to line the platform, hoping for better luck with the next train.

Friday, 24 January, 2014, 2:10pm 8 comments

HKMA to highlight liquidity risk in stress test for local banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority plans to conduct a thorough stress test on local banks this year, warning of excessive credit growth and mounting liquidity risk as capital flows out of the city’s banking system in response to the tapering of quantitative easing in the United States.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:33pm 1 comment More on Hong Kong Monetary Authority

More Shenzhen lawmakers sign petition against Tuen Mun landfill expansion plans

More than 50 additional Shenzhen lawmakers signed a petition against a proposed Hong Kong landfill expansion yesterday, after learning that Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin raised concerns about the project to Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor last year.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:19am More on Tuen Mun landfill

Hong Kong to destroy 28 tonnes of seized ivory after advisers endorse plan

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Hong Kong has boosted the fight against the illegal ivory trade by deciding to follow international examples and destroy most of its stockpile of confiscated tusks.

24 Jan 2014 - 9:35am 6 comments

Thanks to UAE player doubt, Hong Kong may be eligible for 2015 Asian Cup by default

Hong Kong could find itself playing in soccer's Asian Cup in Australia next January by default after it emerged that preliminary group opponents, the United Arab Emirates, apparently fielded an ineligible player in the two games against the city.

23 Jan 2014 - 10:48pm 1 comment More on AFC Asian Cup

Money still can't buy my love, says Gigi Chao after tycoon father doubles 'dowry' to HK1billion

Even a billion dollars would not be enough to find a man that Gigi Chao, the lesbian daughter of property tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-tsung, would be willing to marry.

24 Jan 2014 - 9:25am 27 comments More on Cecil Chao

Plan for 215,000 new flats eats into Hong Kong's green belts

A home-building plan aimed at tackling Hong Kong's chronic housing shortage looks set to eat up swathes of green belt and community sites in satellite towns in the New Territories, according to a paper released yesterday.

24 Jan 2014 - 9:49am 6 comments

Nancy Kissel cannot file further appeal, Court of Appeal rules

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Milkshake murderer Nancy Kissel failed on Friday to persuade the Court of Appeal to let her take her case to the top court after she lost an appeal last month against a conviction for murdering her high-flying banker husband.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:14pm More on Nancy Kissel

Japan plans to crack down on 'revenge porn' with new legislation

23 Jan 2014 - 5:52pm

Symphony of scandal: The significance of the ICIJ leaks timing

24 Jan 2014 - 4:15pm

Maid, 28, falls to her death from 27th floor flat while cleaning windows

24 Jan 2014 - 9:42am 10 comments

Infographic: China's online game industry made HK$105 billion in 2013

24 Jan 2014 - 10:24am

Elite cop 'accidentally fires his 9mm gun' in Chek Lap Kok airport police station

24 Jan 2014 - 9:47am 1 comment

Exchange Fund earnings fall 32pc on bond investment losses

24 Jan 2014 - 3:35am 5 comments

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Insight

'It is not twilight, but a new dawn that is breaking over Japan': Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe

For years, pundits called Japan the land of the setting sun. They said that for an economy as mature as Japan’s, growth would be impossible. They said that our public debt was unsustainable. They pointed to our supposed psyche of resignation as a symptom of relative decline.

24 Jan 2014 - 12:51pm

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Increase in blood donations fails to catch up with demand

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The number of blood donations to the Red Cross slightly rose  0.7 per cert, or 1,633 bags, last year from the previous year's figures, the organisation said on Friday.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:41pm

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Guangzhou vows new detention centres won't be like labour camps

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Guangzhou announced on Friday that it would set up two detention centres for petty criminals, but stressed that these were not a substitute for re-education through labour – a system that was abolished late last year.

24 Jan 2014 - 3:52pm 1 comment

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Thailand's court weighs future of Yingluck's February elections plan

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Thailand’s Constitutional Court could rule on Friday whether a February 2 election can go ahead – though whatever it decides there is little sign of a quick end to the political crisis dragging down Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:34pm

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24 Jan 2014 2 comments
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24 Jan 2014
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Infographic: China's online game industry made HK$105 billion in 2013

24 Jan 2014
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24 Jan 2014
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23 Jan 2014 4 comments
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Shanghai pilot programme encouraging local dialect in kindergartens under fire

23 Jan 2014 1 comment
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23 Jan 2014
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22 Jan 2014
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22 Jan 2014
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Flattering profile on Li Xiaolin, ex-premier's daughter, draws flak amid ChinaLeaks revelations

22 Jan 2014 2 comments
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China is biggest exporter of illicit capital, says watchdog group

22 Jan 2014 1 comment
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22 Jan 2014
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23 Jan 2014 20 comments
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22 Jan 2014 3 comments

Business

HKMA to highlight liquidity risk in stress test for local banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority plans to conduct a thorough stress test on local banks this year, warning of excessive credit growth and mounting liquidity risk as capital flows out of the city’s banking system in response to the tapering of quantitative easing in the United States.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:33pm 1 comment More on Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Despite Fed tapering, Beijing concerned about capital inflows

China’s firmer yuan and higher interest rates could attract more money inflows this year, despite the possible impact of the US Federal Reserve’s tapering of its easy money policy, the foreign exchange regulator said on Friday.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:50pm More on State Administration of Foreign Exchange

Property

US developer Silverstein's 13.4b yuan bid wins Qianhai site

Silverstein Properties, developer of the World Trade Centre towers in New York, bought a 51,416 square metre lot in Qianhai yesterday for a mixed-use project for 13.4 billion yuan (HK$17.1 billion), pushing the price of local land to a record.

24 Jan 2014 - 2:19am 1 comment

Millionaire behind Mr Chow chain in US makes China return with HK art show

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Best known as a celebrity restaurateur whose 1960s mission to change Western attitudes to Chinese food has lasted nearly 50 years, Michael Chow is also a trained painter who, until recently, had not picked up his brushes for decades.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:30pm

China's terracotta warriors to star in superhero film

21 Jan 2014

Singer Sarah Brightman tells of her plan to record a song in space

21 Jan 2014 1 comment

Hong Kong's vegetarian and healthy eating restaurants are slowly winning fans

Hong Kong Vegetarian Society founder Dr Simon Chau is the impossibly youthful, 66-year-old poster child for the city's raw food movement. Among the claimed benefits of his diet are looking even younger every year, a brain that works at turbo speed and an overall feeling of total contentment.

24 Jan 2014 - 10:47am More on LIFE

Nosh's pastry chef offers French classics with a Japanese twist

24 Jan 2014

Slovenian winemakers seek apostles to spread the word on best labels

24 Jan 2014

Start-ups outshine electronics giants at world's biggest tech fair

As trade fairs go, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is easily the world's most famous.

Each January the planet's innovators and entrepreneurs - often one-man bands or new start-ups - jostle for time with the world's biggest electronics manufacturers.

24 Jan 2014 - 9:36am More on LIFE

Hong Kong computers at risk of 'ransom' attacks by cyber crooks, experts warn

22 Jan 2014

A made-in-China operating system rises to take on Android and iOS

21 Jan 2014 14 comments

Magazines

Sport

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci hold on to Australian Open doubles title

Top-ranked Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci successfully defended their Australian Open title with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win over Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina on Friday.

24 Jan 2014 - 4:52pm

Magazines

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Sandra Ng unleashes a double dose of Lunar New Year levity

With two new films out this month, including the latest instalment of the wildly popular Golden Chicken franchise, Sandra Ng works hard for her laughs, writes Edmund Lee.

22 Jan 2014 - 11:17pm

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