China Digest, November 14, 2012

A former director of farm-machinery management in Chongqing was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in jail for accepting 3 million yuan in bribes and for embezzling 500,000 yuan in public money to operate his own business, China News Service reports. 

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 4:49am

All the Money in the World

All the Money in the World by Laura Vanderkam Portfolio

The standard advice that the average financial adviser offers could be summed up in three words: 'stop buying lattes'.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Green green grass is what HK urbanites need, says legislator

Bernard Chan says Hong Kong needs far more open grassy spaces for the public and he intends to raise the matter during a motion debate in the Legislative Council this week.

The executive councillor and lawmaker, who has two young children aged five and seven, said not having enough open grass spaces for them to run around freely and safely was a big problem.

11 May 2008 - 12:00am


The trickiest lawn-mowing challenge in London has tickled the city's headline writers. 'It's turf at the top,' says the Daily Telegraph. 'When the going gets turf the turf gets going,' says The Times.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Water torture

It rained last Monday - the day that water bills rose 5.5 per cent, twice the rate of inflation. Londoners took it in their stride (there are no water meters, yet). It poured down on Tuesday, too - the day after hosepipe and sprinkler bans came into force in parched London, with fines of #1,000 ($13,600) for serial offenders.

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Comfortable country retreats

THERE'S nothing better when travelling through South Africa than to go down to a farm. The country provides a dazzling selection of country retreats, from luxurious houses of former diamond barons to humble homesteads.

Wherever you stay, the welcome is in true country fashion, warm as a summer's day out on the veldt.

27 Apr 1995 - 12:00am