Briefs, December 7, 2012

Shinzo Abe (2nd right), former prime minister and leader of Liberal Democratic Party, in a campaign for the Lower House election in Sendai. Photo: EPA

Thai authorities are trying to restore power on two popular islands in the south after a power blackout extending at least 48 hours caused travellers to leave.

Friday, 7 December, 2012, 5:09am

Listing committee may oppose reform consultations

The listing committee of the Hong Kong stock exchange may oppose further consultations on two controversial proposals - instituting quarterly reporting and extending the trading blackout for directors - even if it agrees to make changes to the market reform measures.

11 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Exchange may trade longer blackout for quarterly reporting

The stock exchange might review the controversial extended blackout period on director share sales, but only if Hong Kong companies agree to another measure to lift market transparency - quarterly reporting.

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Court awards Britney's dad pay rise for managing her affairs

A US court has awarded Britney Spears' father a pay rise of about US$75 (HK$580) an hour for managing her life, reported. Jamie Spears, who took over the running of his 27-year-old daughter's financial affairs in February, was awarded an additional payout of US$51,000 by a Los Angeles court.

28 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Officials among 27 held over fatal Shenzhen fire

Shenzhen authorities have arrested 27 people, including 10 government officials, for involvement in a nightclub fire last month that killed 44 people, local media said.

28 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Britney Spears

Britney Spears


(Sony BMG)

'It's Britney, bitch.' Everyone's favourite train wreck of a pop star could give no better introduction to her new album. She sounds like that friend who's fallen beyond reach calling to ask for a ride to court-ordered counselling. No surprise the album is called Blackout.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Blackout tactics

Will you be turning out your lights for three minutes at 8pm on Tuesday in support of the Lights Out Hong Kong anti-pollution campaign?

Write and tell us why - or why not

5 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Power cut disrupts weddings

Updated at 5.34pm: Some Hong Kong couples on Wednesday were forced to complete their marriage ceremonies in the dark as power supply to the Marriage Registry at Sha Tin Town Hall was disrupted.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Blackouts halt lifts and cut off water

Two power blackouts trapped dozens of people in lifts at Mei Foo yesterday.

The blackouts in Phase V of the Mei Foo Sun Chuen estate at Lai Chi Kok also halted water supply to 12 blocks of flats for nearly seven hours.

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Give me five

Give me five

to stand a chance


to have a prospect of success

Example: She doesn't stand a chance of beating Brian in the chess game.



the act of closing one eye quickly as a signal

Example: Give me a wink when my brother comes in. I'll light the birthday candles.

23 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Information blackout

The government's electronic news and weather service was down for 16 hours yesterday after routine maintenance took longer than expected.

8 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

3-week probe on blackout at airport

A three-week investigation has been launched by CLP Power into Tuesday's blackout at the airport.

It will decide if human error was to blame and identify preventive measures for the future.

19 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Lamma residents left in dark

TWO power cables broke down in Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, causing a blackout.

20 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Blackout arrests

Police investigating the alleged sabotage of floodlights at top English football grounds, for which a Hong Kong man has been charged, have arrested two more men, the BBC said.

11 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Blackout at border

Thousands of passengers were delayed by a blackout at the Lowu checkpoint that forced immigration officers to check visas manually.

1 Sep 1998 - 12:00am