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The Nile

The length question

The Nile is the longest river in Africa. At about 6,695 kilometres long, for a long time people said it was the longest river in the world. Now, this is not so certain. The Amazon might be a little longer. Scientists said in 2007 they had found a new source for the Amazon that made it 6,800 kilometres long.

10 May 2010 - 12:00am


Correction: In last week's travel feature, the end point of the Nile cruise should have been Aswan, not Assam, which is, of course, in India. We apologise for the error, which was introduced in the editing process.

18 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Transformed Medico has Valley feature at his mercy

Reformed Medico has everything in his favour to make it back-to-back wins at Happy Valley tonight in the Po Leung Kuk Centenary Cup (1,800m).

The horse, who arrived from Ireland with three wins and two seconds from six starts in 2006, had Derby prospect written all over him, but it all went so wrong.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

The Quest

The Quest

by Wilbur Smith

Pan Books, HK$128

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Nilometer on fast track to success

The improvement record-chasing trainer Tony Cruz has conjured out of Nilometer has been nothing short of remarkable and his rise through the ranks looks set to continue in the Lek Yuen Handicap (Race 11) this afternoon, where he tackles Class One opposition for the first time.

5 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Bulb King to turn tables on Firm Offer

Gary Ng Ting-keung's sharp three-year-old sprinter, Bulb King looks to be holding the edge tonight at Happy Valley as he renews his rivalry with Firm Offer in the featured St George's Challenge Cup over 1,000 metres.

The progressive young gallopers have already met three times this season, with the score standing at a win each.

20 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Super fit Liverbird a worthy favourite

Punters have placed their faith in hard racing fitness by making Liverbird the overnight favourite at $45 for tonight's second division of the Li Yuen Handicap at Happy Valley (race four).

The New Zealand-bred three-year-old is the veteran of just four starts, the latest when third to Beverly Dreams over 1,400 metres at Sha Tin on Saturday.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Nilometer set to make every post a winning one

A jackpot of almost $10 million makes tomorrow night's Happy Valley Triple Trio an even more enticing bet to win and unstoppable trainer Tony Cruz can provide valuable banker assistance with Nilometer in the middle pin.

Cruz's hard work with Nilometer finally paid off after he went on to register his second consecutive win over the Sha Tin mile.

12 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Cruz shows rivals a clean pair of heels

There was no group one race to be decided on yesterday's card but leading trainer Tony Cruz was still in group one mode, claiming two more races from just seven starters and further stretched his premiership lead.

6 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

A hidden treasure?

Jewel, the latest addition to Soho, is hoping to attract a big turnout to its official opening party, an Egyptian-style affair with the theme 'Jewel of the Nile'.

That is if the guests can unravel the invitation.

17 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

NUM deal to boost NCH

Venture-capital firm NUM Capital says it has bought a 30 per cent stake in Rotterdam shipping firm Nile Dutch Holding (NCH) from its two owners. NCH's unit Nile Dutch Africa Line operates a scheduled service between Western Europe and ports in West and Southwest Africa. The service will be expanded.

10 Apr 1998 - 12:00am