Oil lamps

1. Traditional brass Nepalese oil lamp, $350, from Himalayan Art & Craft (20/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2553 5311).

2. Pewter table oil lamp, $225, from Barbeques Galore (12/F, Horizon Plaza, tel: 2792 7268).

Sunday, 10 October, 2004, 12:00am

HK's deflation rate slowing

Updated at 6.40pm: Hong Kong is continuing to experience deflation - although it is easing - with prices falling 0.1 per cent in June, year-on-year, latest statistics released on Friday showed.

The 0.1 per cent fall was considerably smaller than the 0.9 per cent decrease in May, the figures showed.

23 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Do we really need a day for every cause?

On Monday, it was the need to curb smoking. Yesterday, we were asked to switch off our air-conditioners to save energy. And on Saturday, attention will turn to protecting the world's environment. The calendar is being rewritten, it seems, with each day highlighting a different cause.

2 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Huaneng records sharp earnings jump

Increased power-generating capacity and a surging demand for electricity helped push up Huaneng Power International's earnings sharply higher in the first nine months.

22 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Council snub

I do not believe the Consumer Council exists to protect the interests of all consumers.

14 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Electricity bills keep piling up

Owed millions of yuan by a large state coal mine in Shanxi province, the local power company cut off the supply of electricity.

The mine organised a workers' street demonstration to besiege the power company's offices.

When news of the disturbance reached the State Council in distant Beijing, it ordered power to be unconditionally restored.

24 Dec 2001 - 12:00am


YOU CAN ALWAYS depend on our legislators to make grandiose claims of injustice in commercial and economic matters without supplying a shred of hard data to back it all up.

They were at it again on Wednesday, urging the Government to cut water and sewage charges and lean on the private utilities to make concessions in pricing of electricity and gas.

30 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Shenzhen flat-owners 'harassed'

Dozens of Hong Kong people who own flats on a Shenzhen estate yesterday told how they were intimidated, beaten and harassed by the developer after complaining that the properties were sub-standard.

The residents also said brothels and illegal nightclubs had begun operating on the private estate in Tai Ling Road, which now made them fear for their safety.

25 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Camera adaptor recalled

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department has recalled an adaptor used with an Agfa digital camera. When the adaptor - model number UP01811065 - is used while batteries are in the camera, the batteries can overheat, leak or possibly explode. Only 10 of the adaptors have been sold in Hong Kong.

14 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

The cost of recovery

Economic recovery may be just around the corner - but it is not alone. Lurking there and waiting to pounce on consumers are public utility companies and the transport industry.

4 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

How does a guide dog find its way or know where its owner wants to go? Guide dogs go only where their owners tell them to. Their job is not to find the way, but to avoid the obstacles and stop at hazards such as road junctions.

If the blind person does not know where to go, neither does the guide dog. However, the dog does learn familiar routes and will use its initiative.

24 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Black Point expansion plan delayed

CLP Power is delaying for two more years a plan to increase the generating capacity of its Black Point power plant.

The decision, which will cost the firm $360 million, was forced by over-estimates of the demand for electricity. It brings the total bill for the inaccurate forecasts to almost $1 billion.

18 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Power point

A worker processes waste paper at the recycling centre at the former Kai Tak airport's main fire station, which has been powered by a diesel generator during a dispute over electricity.

Operators yesterday dropped a protest plan to burn more than 300 tonnes of used paper after officials agreed to provide the site with electricity for their recycling operation.

25 Nov 1999 - 12:00am


Suede Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre September 28 Just as Richard Oakes was grinding out an electrifying opening riff and Brett Anderson prepared to belt out a track about 'psychos for sex and glue', a placard, as if on cue, was projected on to the two video screens beside the stage.

30 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Mountains are nearer to the sun, but why is the temperature on a mountain top lower than that at sea level? Although mountains are slightly closer to the sun, temperatures have little to do with proximity to the sun. The earth is about 150 million kilometres from the sun, so even a Himalayan mountain's 8,000 metres is an insignificant distance.

2 Sep 1999 - 12:00am