Free Disneyland tickets for hard-working primary-school pupils

Free Disneyland tickets for hard-working primary-school pupils

Free Disneyland tickets are to be given to selected pupils in every primary school class in Hong Kong in a HK$10 million initiative aimed at encouraging less academically gifted students to make the most of their potential.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 8:18am

Former flight attendant establishes sewing start up in Central

The Sewing Lounge's visual merchandiser Carmen Giraldo (front) and founder Melanie Bell (rear) get down to work. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Sewing Lounge, based on Lyttleton Road in Central, is a haven for those who want to enjoy a few hours in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with fellow sewers.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

An interlude that is music to Anthony Bolton's ears

An interlude that is music to Anthony Bolton's ears

Anthony Bolton puts his success down to being unemotional and a contrarian investor. In interviews with the financial press, he is often described as unflappable. But put him in an opera house or classical concert hall and he checks that part of him at the door with his coat.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:08pm

Delay won't sink Titanic II, says mining magnate Clive Palmer

Blue Star Line executives promote their Titanic dream at the Grand Hyatt yesterday. Photo: David Wong

Clive Palmer, the Australian businessman planning Titanic II, a modern-day replica of the ill-fated passenger liner, is confident it will sail into New York on its maiden commercial voyage in 2016.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am 1 comment

Cruise industry sets sail for Asia's growth

Cruise operators are taking a bigger interest in the market potential in Asia but there are challenges to overcome. Photo: ImagineChina

HNA, the mainland airline, hotel and property group, will launch its passenger cruise business tomorrow when its first cruise ship starts its maiden revenue voyage from Sanya to Vietnam.

The move comes amid mounting interest by cruise lines in Asia and especially China, although senior industry executives said there was a raft of challenges to overcome.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Time to revisit the so-called benefits of tourism

Time to revisit the so-called benefits of tourism

For decades, tourism has been one of the four pillars of the economy.

James Tien Pei-chunHK Tourism Board chairmanSCMP, October 8

Let's be glad that a three-legged stool offers as secure a perch as a four-legged one. It wouldn't be wise to put much weight on Mr Tien's fourth of tourism.

9 Oct 2012 - 4:26pm 1 comment

An island of opportunity

Havelock City is a large-scale apartment development in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

Don't mention the war, Basil Fawlty warned. In the context of Sri Lanka, it was hard not to during 26 years of devastating internal conflict.

3 Oct 2012 - 11:48am

Causeway Bay joins International Zouk Flash Mob dance for unity

International Zouk Flash Mob members dance outside Fashion Walk - while news footage of riots played on big screens. Photo: Nora Tam

While footage of anti-Japanese riots played on big screens in the background, a group of about 60 dancers came together on a Causeway Bay street for a performance representing unity among the nations of the world.

They were part of the International Zouk Flash Mob and were among 3,000 participants in 99 cities carrying out the same choreography at the same time.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:20am 1 comment

Yoga centres under stress as banks restrict services after mass closures

Yoga instructor George Dovas strikes a pose with his students during a class at the Iyengar Yoga Centre in Sheung Wan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Yoga studios in Hong Kong are feeling the backlash from the collapse of so many of their counterparts as banks now refuse to provide them with credit card payment facilities.

16 Sep 2012 - 4:03am

Magical adventure with dose of humour creates a winning read

Magical adventure with dose of humour creates a winning read

Stuart Horten (10 years old, but looks younger) has moved with his doctor mother and crossword compiler father to the small town of Beeton, where Great-Uncle Tony lived before he disappeared. Tony was a magician who perfected a set of mind-blowing illusions, and whose magic workshop was a place of wonder.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:03am

Teenagers avoid Youth Square

Teenagers have hardly used the new facilities at Youth Square in Chai Wan since it opened in 2009, a government report says.

The 40,000-square-metre youth centre, built and operated by the Home Affairs Bureau, lost as much as HK$76 million during its first two years of operation.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Capsule hotel will offer a (very) cosy night's sleep

Visitors to Hong Kong will soon be able to bag a single 'room' for as little as HK$240 per night - but it will be no place for the claustrophobic.

The city's first capsule hotel will be aimed at budget travellers and cash-strapped students, offering accommodation at a fraction of Hong Kong's average nightly rate.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Black Caviar's odds at shortest ever

Bookmakers have posted champion sprinting mare Black Caviar at the shortest odds of her brilliant career to return today as a winner in the Group One Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Problems mount for big holiday getaway

Mainland transport, energy and security authorities have been put on high alert to cope with the world's largest annual migration of people during the Lunar New Year, with hundreds of millions expected to travel to visit their families.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Ruling on car park issue reserved

The High Court yesterday reserved ruling on whether the Town Planning Board had erred when it prevented a Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary from converting part of an underused car park at the Cheung Kong Center into a supermarket.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am