Sands denies Beijing gave help on Macau casino license application

Sheldon Adelson

A lawyer for Las Vegas Sands Corporation said the Chinese government had no part in the awarding of gaming licences in Macau for the casino operator controlled by billionaire Sheldon Adelson more than 10 years ago.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 7:55am

Dog breeding licences 'won't protect animals'

Animal welfare groups claim the government's plans to introduce dog breeding licences won't protect animals. Photo: SPCA

Animal welfare groups have cast doubt on government plans to introduce three types of licences to control dog breeding, claiming the move won't protect animals.

18 Feb 2013 - 8:42am 1 comment

Shanghai licence plates 'precious as gold,' says vice mayor

Morning rush hour traffic in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

If scoring a licence plate for your car in Shanghai means winning an auction, getting one for your car in the future will be akin to winning the lottery.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:39pm 2 comments

Stone Age broadcasting laws in a digital world

Greg So Kam-leung want us to think the granting of radio and television licences is purely a policy matter, not politics.

Officials like commerce chief Greg So Kam-leung want us to think the granting of radio and television licences is purely a policy matter, not politics. Rules and procedures are in place to ensure fairness and to serve the public interest. Who is he kidding?

15 Nov 2012 - 2:34am 2 comments

Ask public if they want more free TV, says station

A company bidding to run a new free-to-air television station has waded into a row over the future of the free television market by urging the government to launch a consultation on whether the public really wants more free channels.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Licensing of agents reaches all-time high

In a reflection of the strength of the property market, the Estate Agents Authority says the number of licensed property agents in Hong Kong has reached a record high of 31,586, up about 15 per cent from 28,000 two years ago. The authority is assessing whether there is a need to increase the licence fee.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Restaurants seek tax relief as costs go up

The catering industry wants tax and licence fee cuts to offset costs which have increased by 20 per cent in the past year.

Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades chairman Ken Chan Wing-on said the economy may be booming but operating costs of restaurants had gone up drastically.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Making (air)waves

Do you support the decision by Citizens' Radio to resume broadcasting without a licence in defiance of the law? Do you agree with it that the government should open more airwaves for public use? Write to us

8 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Car seller tries to get back licence

Firm penalised for car-park operation

A second-hand car company accused of using its premises as a fee-paying car park yesterday applied for a judicial review after the Housing Authority terminated its licence.

The loss of the licence meant the company was forced to forfeit more than $1 million already paid in licence fees.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Eateries with a record may not get licence

Citing loopholes, officials ponder tighter laws for offenders

The government is considering refusing full licences to restaurants with a record of illegal operation, after 10 restaurants were found to be operating without a licence in Langham Place, Mongkok.

4 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Ofta cuts licence fees for telecoms operators

But the savings will be too little to pass on to consumers

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) has proposed lower licence fees for telecoms operators, but the savings will be too small to pass along to consumers.

10 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Exco member denies radio-licence role

The controversy over whether Commercial Radio will be given a licence effective for three years instead of 12 took a new turn last night when an executive councillor rumoured to be behind the proposal denied making the suggestion.

21 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Ex liquor-licensing head charged with misconduct

Former chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board Wong Hon-ching, 50, was charged by the ICAC for alleged misconduct over liquor licence applications. Wong, a serving Wan Chai councillor and a cost engineer by profession, will appear at Western Court today.

29 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

What they think ...

The travel expert

World Challenge Travel Service president Desmond Lee Yu-tai welcomed the government's announcement, despite the fact that his firm will not gain much from the measures.

'As a travel agency we will not benefit much from the exemption of rates, water and sewage charges.'

24 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Intellectual property rights piracy

Your correspondent Anthony Brooker's umbrage with i-Cable and regional broadcasters (South China Morning Post, October 26) displays a misunderstanding of the abuse of intellectual property rights being addressed in the civil action announced last month by the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA).

4 Nov 2002 - 12:00am