Czech mate

Bratislava's main square.

Slovakia's attractions may be unpronounceable, but there are enough of them to give the nation's more tourist-oriented neighbour a run for its money. Words and pictures by Tim Pile.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 6:56pm

A bad week for ...

Fung Wai-wah

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Trailblazer knew nothing of mainland

A keen dog-lover, Tsai Eng-meng derived the company name and brand Want Want from the Chinese rendition of the sound of a dog yapping - the name also sounds like the pronunciation of the Chinese character for 'prosperity'. A giant portrait of his dog, Happy, hangs at the group's headquarters in Shanghai.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cai Bao In is ready for first trip to city track

Paul O'Sullivan's Cai Bao In still has plenty of maturing to do, but a handy draw and suitable tempo should overcome any problems when he heads to Happy Valley for the first time tomorrow night, with the last-start winner looking the best banker in the middle leg of the Triple Trio.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Asian societies need a lesson in tolerance

Any general statements about West and East are bound to be little more than cliches and stereotyping. Still, it may not be inaccurate to say tolerance as an ideal and practice is much more cherished and encouraged in Western societies than in Eastern or Asian countries. This does not mean Western countries always practise what they preach.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

The plight of the condor

Is there really a difference between Chinese parents and Western parents? It's a topic that most parents in Hong Kong approach with caution, lest they be accused of being prejudiced, narrow-minded or downright racist. We all know the cliches, but how true are they? Does the place of our ancestry, or our ethnicity, really determine what kind of parent we will become?

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I detest this kind of snooping and will by no means allow it to happen

Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, denying reports of spying on opposition leader DR. Tsai Ing-wen

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4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Nation's first 3-D TV channel goes live

China's first 3-D television channel started broadcasting yesterday, despite the vast majority of mainland television sets being unable to display 3-D images.

Cai Fuchao, director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, said the nationwide launch marked an important step forward in the development of China's broadcasting industry.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Balancing act

As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, managing time is a delicate balancing act for Yolanda Choy-Tang. 'Scheduling is really important,' says the former marketing executive and now co-owner of bridal gown boutique Central Weddings & Occasions.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Taiwanese snack tycoon moves to wind up ATV

The troubled odyssey of Asia Television has taken another turn with an application to have the broadcaster's affairs wound up.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Shanghai Tang next to leave Pedder Building

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Access to ATV documents restricted

An ATV director who won court-ordered access to the broadcaster's operating documents earlier this month had his victory limited yesterday, when restrictions were slapped on his use of the documents.

Kevin Tsai Shao-chung may use the finance and operations documents only to discharge his duties as a member of ATV's board of directors, the Court of Appeal ruled.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Capturing the lion's share

Supporters of Singapore's claim to be Asia-Pacific's premier travel node have a good case. This might ruffle feathers in perennial competitor Hong Kong or in bold upstart Shanghai. Nevertheless, if you are going to choose a city for a global travel technology giant, like the UK-headquartered Travelport, Singapore is an obvious candidate.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

How often do you think Hong Kong minibus owners service their vehicles? The correct answer is zero

James Middleton, Clear the Air, notes poor engine maintenance fuels air pollution

I've said I do not exclude any possibility. As long as there is public support, Taiwan and China's future relations can remain open [to any possibility]

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I feel like I have been cheated

Frederick Fung Kin-kee, on the government's alleged reversal on scrapping District Council appointed seats

Beijing must ... understand the reality that the Taiwanese people ... are opposed to a one-party system and committed to upholding the independence of their sovereignty

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am