Gunmen kill Guinea's anti-graft treasury chief Aissatou Boiro

The head of Guinea's treasury was gunned down as she was driving home in what her colleagues describe as a brazen assassination aimed at silencing an official who had launched an investigation into the disappearance of millions in state funds.

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 3:55am

Cleanliness vital for 'fragile' Guinea pigs to enjoy stress-free lives

Most people like to keep clean by taking a daily shower or bath. The same goes for Guinea pigs. 'I bath my Guinea pigs every day in a very shallow bowl with lukewarm water and a small drop of shampoo - to get them clean underneath and rinse them. They seem to enjoy it,' says Josee Colley, who owns two long-haired Guinea pigs named Fluffy and Curly.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Africans feel Chinese investment 'more generous' than West's

The recent spate of Chinese investment in Africa brings with it its fair share of issues - not least amongst them concern for the rate at which Chinese companies are extracting natural resources - but also a number of tangible benefits according to Pascal Agboyibor partner Global Finance of multi-national law firm Orrick.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Lounge keeps the African beat going in rough ride through four years

While higher-profile food and beverage outlets come and go, Amina Lamarre-Delafoulhouse's African lounge Makumba has survived to its fourth anniversary, and she's celebrating tonight at the Peel Street cul-de-sac club. Not that it hasn't been a struggle to bring in a clientele interested in, or at least curious enough about, African culture to keep returning weekly.

18 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Chalco raises alumina price on tight supply

Aluminum Corp of China (Chalco), the country's largest producer of the metal, raised its spot alumina price by 8.5 per cent yesterday to reflect tightening supply.

The Beijing-based company boosted the price to 3,800 yuan a tonne, effective yesterday, from 3,500 yuan earlier. Chalco turns alumina into aluminium at its smelters before selling the metal to manufacturers.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Aluminium firms lose tax benefits

China has scrapped tax benefits to companies that import alumina and export aluminium, the latest in a series of measures to tackle over-investment in heavy industry and stubborn shortages in power and natural resources.

18 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Trade fair nets 500 deals

Nearly 500 agreements, with a total investment of US$510 million, have been reached at a trade fair in Sanming, Fujian.

Of the contracts, 137 were overseas-funded projects involving $310 million in foreign currency, according to He Tuanjing, the city's mayor.

The three-day fair drew more than 1,400 businessmen from 14 countries and regions.

24 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Vietnam plans to speed up pace of reform

VIETNAM'S Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet wants to free 'cumbersome obstacles' blocking business in Vietnam, but emphasises he has not perceived 'disappointment' among the growing number of foreign investors.

26 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

City digs deep for golden opportunity

FOR Yantai, ''gold coast'' means not so much a tourism lure as a revenue blockbuster: buried under the coastal city is one-third of China's total reserves of the precious metal.

The mainland's biggest gold-producing city, Yantai contributes a quarter of the country's overall production.

2 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Not many bears on Russian gold

GOLD is set to outshine other sectors of Russia's ailing economy this year as mines step up production, a top industry official says.

Yevgeny Bychkov, head of the State Precious Metals Committee, said this year's gold output would rise to 157 tonnes, from 149.5 tonnes last year and 146.1 tonnes in 1992.

30 May 1994 - 12:00am