Company Force Majeure

Wind power hits a northern snag for Datang

China Datang Corporation Renewable Power is one of the largest wind-power producers in Inner Mongolia, but it has hit a snag: there isn't enough infrastructure in the grid to transport all its power to market.

Monday, 28 March, 2011, 12:00am

Facts and figures out of step with reality

Japan's economy minister, 72-year-old Kaoru Yosano, clad in his regulation ministerial 'Action Man' powder-blue boiler suit and heavy gumboots ready to spring into emergency mode, claimed last week that the damage to the country's economy from the earthquake and tsunami would be 'limited'.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Electronic goods in China face price rise

With Japanese suppliers overwhelmed by the damage to the transport and power infrastructure caused by last week's earthquake, a shortage of key electronic components and higher prices for these devices now loom for China's manufacturers.

16 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Police not alerted to Cathay staff scare

The Cathay Pacific flight attendant who fought off a man trying to enter her hotel room in Saudi Arabia might have found herself on the wrong side of the law if police had been alerted, her union believes.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Making life easier and more accessible

Living in a dark, blurry and colourless world, the visually impaired in Hong Kong rely on a cane to move around. And they face many obstacles in their daily lives. Overhanging scaffolding, for example, poses a huge threat. This is because, using canes, the visually impaired are only aware of a 45-degree area in front of them as they walk.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Will wind of change blow ties off course?

The revolution in Egypt reverberates in North Korea - and not just because Pyongyang would like to hide the news from a citizenry that might want to emulate the Egyptian example.

The fact is that for 40 years, Hosni Mubarak- going back to before his ascent to the presidency in 1981- fostered a tight bond with North Korea while also currying favour with the West.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

MTR rail cracks serious, government says

Cracks on MTR tracks that caused rush-hour disruption twice in three weeks were much more serious than initially believed, the government says. It ordered further reports from the MTR Corporation on the incidents and action to ensure safety.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Trouble in pipeline from Mideast unrest

With benchmark Brent crude oil hovering at around US$100 a barrel and Malaysia's Tapis, Nigeria's Bonny Light and most of the world's marker crude prices reaching triple digits, oil market specialists are beginning to ask whether the Year of the Rabbit will see panic that could send oil and energy prices soaring to new record figures and undermine the global recovery.

8 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Freak and you shall find

Hong Kong sets itself apart from much of the rest of Asia with its mish-mash of East and West, the ancient and modern, the commercial and the spiritual, and the seemingly normal and bizarre served up at the same time - and often on the same plate.

13 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Wetland fire raises suspicions of arson

Nature lovers are demanding police investigate a fire in the popular Nam Sang Wai wetland that has destroyed natural habitat in an area at the centre of a development controversy.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay pilots earn much less than peers, union says

Pay talks between Cathay Pacific and its pilots begin tomorrow, with the pilots' union arguing they earn millions of dollars less over their careers than cockpit crew with competitor airlines like Emirates.

The Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association also says meeting the pilots' pay demands would only cost passengers HK$1.50 per flying hour.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Moulin jail terms reflect the crime's scale, judge says

For some it has been a bitter saga of riches to rags. But for at least one of the executives of ill-fated Moulin Global Eyecare Holdings jailed for fraud, it was presented as a redemptive tale.

6 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

French nuclear waste deal fuels debate in China

China could soon be adding spent nuclear fuel to the tens of millions of tonnes of scrap and garbage that it imports every year.

27 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Mild earthquake sets Shenzhen, HK trembling

A 2.8-magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Deep Bay rattled Shenzhen and Hong Kong at 2.42pm yesterday.

The Hong Kong Observatory received more than 100 reports from members of the public, jamming its hotline briefly.

Most of the calls were from people living or working in Tuen Mun, Tai Po and Sheung Shui in the New Territories, near Shenzhen.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Seawater-to-desert plan rejected by government

The utopian proposal to pump water from the Bohai Sea on the eastern coast to fill lakes in western deserts has been rejected by the central government. But funds and support from enthusiastic investors and other government officials are keeping the lobby going strong.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am