Amy Nip

Exhibitors protest at loss of earnings

The Hong Kong Book Fair ended in acrimony yesterday with exhibitors staging a protest over loss of earnings due to the organisers' typhoon arrangements.

Wednesday, 25 July, 2012, 12:00am

More English books, discounts

Book lovers can expect large discounts and a wider selection of books in English when the Hong Kong Book Fair opens today.

That's as competition among 530 exhibitors intensifies due to rising rents and limited space.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Face-reading machine tells you what to read

The distance between your facial features can betray your age, according to the creator of a kiosk at this year's Book Fair which is said to be able to make reading recommendations based on such information.

The booth goes a step further than one introduced at last year's fair, which offered recommendations based on answers to questions keyed in by users.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Ambulance rule 'put my pregnant wife at risk'

An irate husband yesterday criticised inflexible emergency procedures after his pregnant wife was taken by ambulance to a public hospital with no maternity ward.

The husband said his wife risked losing the baby because of the 20 minutes she spent at Tseung Kwan O hospital before being transferred to the United Christian Hospital where she was booked for delivery.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Arts veteran backs Hui for culture

Drama veteran Ko Tin-lung last night added his support for Florence Hui Hiu-fai to be culture minister in the next government, following criticism that she lacks knowledge of the field.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Abandoned cats swamp Lingnan volunteers

A plea has gone out to pet owners to stop dumping their cats at Lingnan University in Tuen Mun, where volunteers are struggling to take care of more than 100 of them.

Domestic cats do not have the skills to survive outdoors or fight for a place in a colony, volunteer Bill To said. Some have been found dead or with serious injury or illness.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Woman in death leap lands on maid, killing her

A woman leapt to her death from the roof of a block of flats yesterday - and landed on a passing domestic helper, killing her.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Check policies first, insurance buyers told

Investors should think twice before buying a life insurance policy, especially if it involves a long-term contract, the Consumer Council warns.

Complaints about life insurance rose last year, and the watchdog said there could be a big difference between what a salesperson described and the actual terms of a policy.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ocean Park takes a step back in time

Rickshaws run on a street lined with dai pai dong food stalls tended by girls with braided hair and flowered shirts.

Around the corner is a Grand Cinema, decorated with old movie posters and fitted out with a period ticket booth, next to which performers in retro outfits stand luring customers in.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

HK$8m 'sea view' flat too low, says buyer

Two homebuyers complained to the Consumer Council yesterday about being misled into buying expensive homes in Cheung Kong (Holdings)' exclusive Oceanaire development in Ma On Shan.

They said key features they were expecting after reading the sales brochure did not exist.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Misleading sales tactics targeted in trade bill

It is not uncommon for restaurants in online food-review forums to be highly praised, so much so that the comments do not appear to have been written by bona fide diners.

Many companies, including restaurants, are understood to be paying agents to post comments that praise them or attack their rivals.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Devil is also in the details of airline luggage rules

Always check the fine print. That advice also applies to airlines' rules on luggage, the Consumer Council said as it revealed that complaints in this area doubled last year - from 14 to 30.

In some cases items disappeared or were damaged; in others their delivery was delayed or came with questionable additional charges.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hawker fights counts of obstructing path, officer

A Fa Yuen Street hawker whose prosecution last month led to a four-hour standoff between onlookers and police pleaded not guilty to obstructing the street and preventing an officer from carrying out his duties.

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fair-goers shun politicians and put on an appy face

Lunar New Year shoppers are voting with their wallets - and the candidates for chief executive are lagging behind goodies based on smartphone apps.

As the Lunar New Year fair in Victoria Park rolls on, cushions designed to look like iPhone apps are flying off the shelves, with the price of a Facebook cushion having more than doubled to HK$208.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

'Give me back my daughter'

Mrs Yip, a middle-aged restaurant worker, returned from her nightshift at 5am yesterday to see her home in Fa Yuen Street engulfed in flames. Inside, somewhere, was her 24-year-old daughter.

Towering flames engulfed the market stalls on both sides of the street, sending up choking black clouds that made it difficult to breathe and impossible to see what was happening.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am