New Zealand poised to lead Asia-Pacific on gay marriage

New Zealand is poised to become the first Asia-Pacific nation to legalise same-sex marriage in a parliamentary vote that gay rights advocates yesterday hailed as a milestone for equality.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 2:54am

Obama, Romney agree on US military's pivot to Asia-Pacific

Romney wants an extra 50 navy ships. Photo: EPA

If China is already bristling that the US military's "pivot" back to Asia represents a dangerous attempt to contain it, then things look set to get worse for Beijingbefore they get any better.

2 Nov 2012 - 12:37pm

Asian-Pacific airlines better performers amid global storm

Airline profits are seen better than expected this year, but industry executives say the market will remain tough. Photo: Bloomberg

Strong passenger demand has led Asian-Pacific airlines to weather the global turbulence that has engulfed the industry better than other carriers despite economic woes and volatile oil prices, the head of the industry body said.

2 Oct 2012 - 3:38am

Lack of decent housing keeps many Asians poor

The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the world's fastest-growing countries and is the only bright spot propping up a dim, fragile global economy. Yet, 500million people, or one in eight, still live in slums on the continent and that figure is expected to grow, United Nations estimates show.

2 Oct 2012 - 2:49am

Time is right for Pollyanna Chu to take the helm at Franck Muller's Asia-Pacific operation

Franck Muller, founder of the eponymous Swiss luxury watch maker, travelled to Macau to congratulate Hong Kong billionaire Pollyanna Chu Li Yuet-wah on her appointment as chairwoman of his brand's Asia-Pacific region operations.

A bevy of A-listers attended a gala dinner on Friday in the Wynn Macau's ballroom to show their support for the 53-year-old business veteran.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

career tracker

Jeffrey Bernier, managing director - Asia-Pacific, Delta Air Lines

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Red tape puts suitors off deals, survey finds

'Regulatory creep' in the Asia-Pacific region is deterring companies from mergers and acquisitions, according to global law firm Clifford Chance and threatening to choke economic activity.

The firm commissioned a survey of about 400 companies worldwide with revenues of more than US$1 billion, of which a third are based in the Asia-Pacific area.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

On the Move

Frank Trampert Managing director, Asia-Pacific Wyndham Hotel

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Smart crowd assembles in HK

One of the largest conferences and exhibitions to highlight the latest technologies and market trends in smart security, payment, identification and mobility will take place on Wednesday and Thursday next week at AsiaWorld-Expo.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Asia-Pacific focus vital to success

Insurance giant AIA Group announced strong results for the financial year ending November 30, 2011.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Asia-Pacific region is crucial to global economic recovery

Global wealth creation is becoming tougher in the present economic climate, but Asia-Pacific continues to rise in the wealth creation ladder.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK workers put wages above loyalty to boss

Workers in Hong Kong are more concerned about their salaries than others around the world. And almost four in 10 workers here are so unhappy about their current job that they are 'seriously considering leaving', according to a poll of about 30,000 employees worldwide.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK and Asia-Pacific spur HSBC profits to US$11.1b

Hong Kong and Asia-Pacific led growth in HSBC's global revenues as the region's economic momentum continued to outstrip North America, Europe and Latin America.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Foreign role is vital for career

How much does overseas experience count if you want a successful financial career? A lot, according to a survey by a financial website. Overseas experience is crucial to developing a career in finance, a survey by eFinancialCareers shows.

The poll was conducted among 3,019 Asia-Pacific finance professionals last month and the first half of this month by the website.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Prada looks to buoyant mainland growth amid plans for more stores

Italian fashion house Prada expects to post a profit of at least Euro150.7 million (HK$1.69 billion) for the first half of this year.

The company also plans to add 80 directly run stores globally by January next year, according to a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange yesterday.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am