Football in Portugal

Portugal defeats Russia, revives World Cup hopes

Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring against the Faroe Islands during the World Cup qualifying match in Dublin. Photo: Reuters

Portugal revived their World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Russia 1-0, while Mario Balotelli was red-carded for Italy in a 0-0 draw at the Czech Republic that put the four-time world champions closer to next year's finals.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 5:39am

The fun art of fine dining

Managerial and operational staff The Cafe Deco Group

Working for a large company allows employees to have lateral exposure and keep learning new skills. Opportunities for career advancement are also higher.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A vintage caper

It doesn't look very far on the map. Even the distance from Auckland - 300 kilometres and a bit - doesn't sound too extreme. But I haven't accounted for the winding nature of New Zealand's 'main' roads. Nor the mists, the hills, the urge to stop at every turn to gaze at the landscapes.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fearlessness on Cafe Deco menu

Martin Allies is the chief executive officer of Cafe Deco Group, which recently merged with Chevalier Pacific Holdings, the parent of Igor's Group - making it one of Hong Kong's largest food and beverage (F&B) companies, employing about 900 staff in more than 40 outlets.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Early goal as quiz night raises HK$70,000

There's never a dull moment at the annual Five-A-Side Football Tournament launch party.

Two years ago, the event was held outdoors on one of the coldest nights of the year. Last year, a person took a misstep and fell backwards off the back of a slightly elevated stage.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Big deal

Opening its doors on May 1, Shanghai's newest boutique luxury hotel, the Langham Yangtze Boutique (above), has a range of offers centred on the property's art deco past.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Restaurants hungry for staff

Labour shortage means Cafe Deco group needs 'a lot of people'

While visitors to Macau marvel at the mushrooming of casinos and state-of-the-art gaming facilities, they also enjoy a wide array of international cuisines, especially with the arrival of The Venetian Macau.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Chelsea may well be feeling the heat by the time they host Arsenal in tomorrow's big London derby, but that should not prevent the Premiership champions taking three precious points.

Manchester United kick off the weekend action in tonight's derby against neighbours City, knowing that victory would put them nine points clear of Chelsea.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

England face battle to unseat Poles

Low goals look good bet in tense final clash

England should set up a super showdown with Poland by beating Austria today, but another victory on Wednesday night looks far from guaranteed.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Shanghai deco

I love the look of Shanghai when it was the Paris of the East. Could you please tell me about the furniture of the era?


19 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Shooting for goal in the China market

Manchester United are expanding their plan to conquer the Chinese market, with culturally friendly merchandise including lanterns and lai-see packets in the team's colours.

The lanterns will go on sale at this year's Mid-Autumn Festival.

23 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

History shows backing favourites can be dangerous

The theory goes that group winners are favoured by the draw now that Euro 2004 has reached the knockout stages, but the reality of past tournaments suggests punters should be wary of backing the favourites.

24 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Wax - the works

Party girls all over town have been getting a Brazilian wax - that's everything, folks - ready for Cafe Deco's Noche Latino party this Saturday. 'It's all part of the South American vibe,' said Cafe Deco's Nicky Sayle, who had her first all-over waxing two years ago.

8 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Porto go through with heads held high

Fernando Santos loves playing mind games - and so do his Porto players.

'We won with our heads,' said coach Santos after the Portuguese champions clawed their way to a 1-0 victory away to Hertha Berlin in Group A.

23 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Muzak for no one's ears

It happens to all of us occasionally. You secure a good table in a good restaurant for a quiet dinner a deux.

The menu looks wonderful. In the candlelight your companion looks even better. The sommelier is extracting the cork from a bottle of a perfect wine, and you are enjoying the anticipation of what is clearly going to be a good evening.

15 Feb 1998 - 12:00am