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Lily Chiang was on leave at time of alleged offences, court hears

High-profile businesswoman Lily Chiang Lai-lei was on sick and maternity leave after losing an unborn twin during the period of her alleged fraud offences, a court heard yesterday.

Wednesday, 30 March, 2011, 12:00am

The days after

At night, Tokyo's famed Ginza retail and nightlife quarter still looks like an abandoned film set; blackouts and a lack of clientele conspire to extinguish its blare and shimmer. By day, however, signs of life are emerging just over a fortnight since the March 11 earthquake plunged Japan into its worst post-war crisis.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Credit Suisse chief has high hopes for Asia

Despite the earthquake, tsunami and radiation crisis in Japan and monetary tightening policy in China, Credit Suisse chief executive Brady Dougan is optimistic about growth in Asia over the next five years.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

CMU Fund seeks HK and mainland listings

China Mining United Fund (CMU Fund), the mainland's first private equity fund focusing on resources and mining, says it is preparing for listings in Hong Kong and on the mainland next year.

CMU chairman Zheng Zhi said assets in the potash, precious metals and new energy sectors could be included in the company's H- and A-share listings.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

TPV plans bigger LCD business on mainland demand

TPV Technology, the world's biggest contract manufacturer of computer monitors, is gearing up to expand its television business this year as the mainland becomes the industry's largest market for liquid-crystal display (LCD) televisions.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

To boost rural incomes, Beijing could ease micro-finance rules

China's leaders talk a lot about lifting incomes for the country's rural poor.

Their talk is unconvincing. In many cases the ground-level implementation of government policies hinders rather than helps wealth creation among the 54 per cent of the population who still live in the countryside.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

HK extends black travel warning to 3 more regions

The Hong Kong government last night extended the black travel warning to three more regions of Japan surrounding Fukushima.

The highest travel warning means people should avoid all travel to Miyagi, Ibaraki and Iwate, as well as Fukushima. The red travel warning - which advises against non-essential travel - is in force for the rest of Japan.

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Bra maker says labour laws are a recipe for going bust

Top Form is beginning to sound like a misnomer as the bra maker struggles to get over the hump caused by rapid changes in the mainland's labour market and industrial laws.

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Puma is hunting for realistic job-seekers

Despite rising production, operational and staff costs, and an increasingly competitive sports retail sector, Puma Hong Kong still believes the local market has great growth potential. But rapid expansion and rising wage expectations are making recruitment increasingly difficult for the company.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Push for gender equality to help women trailing in rush to prosperity

The media will, as usual, heap praise on the country's achievements in enhancing women's rights on International Women's Day today.

But experts warn that those at grass-roots level have been left behind as the country prospers.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland's aviation boom gives new focus

Asia's growing influence in the resurgent aviation industry is being driven by the mainland, the biggest market for aircraft in the world today. That will be reflected in the Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress, which opens its doors at AsiaWorld-Expo today and runs until Thursday.

8 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Audacity of hope

India: A Portrait - An Intimate Biography of 1.2 Billion People by Patrick French Allen Lane, HK$375

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Landmarks in every corner of the world

Norman Foster, the 75-year-old British architect, has designed some of the most renowned landmarks around the world.

In Hong Kong, the HSBC headquarters building and the Chek Lap Kok International Airport bear his signature.

So do the restored Reichstag in Berlin, the redesigned Hearst Tower in New York City and the futuristic Expo MRT station in Singapore.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Ring the changes

I am a user of Apple products. On the day news emerged that some workers at a company that made Apple parts had fallen ill from chemical poisoning, a friend said to me, 'Please throw away your iPhone'. He wasn't joking, because no one should take the health of workers as a joke. It made me think seriously about the responsibilities and obligations of consumers in such matters.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Severe stress forces immigration officers to seek medical help

Severe stress drove 30 immigration officers to seek help from in-house psychologists last year, and half of them were junior frontline staff, official statistics show.

Insomnia, fear of crowds and anxiety attacks were common mental health problems among officers who had lengthy periods of duty at the border, immigration officers' unions said.

5 Mar 2011 - 12:00am