Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China

Letters to the Editor, August 16, 2012

Casino vacancies good news for Hongkongers. Photo: Dickson Lee

Extend law to secondary flat market

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 2:45am

As clubs close, the lights are fading on a racy tradition

Deng Xiaoping famously promised Hongkongers that 'the dancing and horse racing will continue', as he sought to assure the city that its lifestyle would stay unchanged after the 1997 handover.

But while the going remains good for the racing industry, the local nightclub scene is fast disappearing.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Inflation worries hit consumer sentiment in HK

Consumer confidence in the economy and livelihoods dropped to a four-year low in Hong Kong in the second quarter, a survey by City University shows.

The consumer confidence index fell to 77.5 in the quarter, the lowest since the quarterly study was launched in 2008. The reading in the previous quarter was 80.7.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Construction industry tops survey of Q3 hiring plans

Hiring intentions are on the rise, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Better approach to learning biology

I am writing to express my opinion on biology, an elective subject in the New Senior Secondary curriculum.

Many students think the subject only requires them to memorise all the key terms and concepts. But I think this shouldn't be the case, as biology also encourages critical thinking.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Macau case raises rendition problem

Two Hong Kong tycoons facing charges of bribery and money laundering in Macau after a preliminary hearing are entitled to the presumption of innocence, as they would be if the proceedings had been in Hong Kong. This principle calls for voluntary restraint in commenting on matters related to the charges, even though it is in another jurisdiction.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

Law's longer reach

With more and more foreign investors making a beeline for China, lawsuits involving non-mainland firms have also been rising, with 60 per cent of 2011 cases involving companies from Hong Kong and Macau, according to official figures.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Luxury goods sales surge forecast

The global luxury-goods market will grow 10 per cent annually over the next three years, thanks mainly to demand in emerging markets, according to estimates by CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.

The luxury market grew by a robust 14 per cent last year to a record GBP197 billion (HK$2.5 trillion), CLSA data shows.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Coach to bag China sales growth by expanding

United States luxury retailer Coach aims to ramp up sales on the mainland by steadily expanding its stores and other distribution channels in lower-tier cities.

Lew Frankfort, chairman and chief executive, said the New York-based firm was on track to secure at least US$300 million in sales across the mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau in its fiscal year to June.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Canada appoints new consul general for city

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK tycoons named in latest Macau bribes case

Macau's top court has named two Hong Kong business tycoons for the first time in a high-profile corruption case involving jailed former secretary for transport and public works Ao Man-long, Macau media reported.

The names of Joseph Lau Luen-hung and Steven Lo Kit-sing came up at the third trial of Ao's multimillion-patacas graft case in the Court of Final Appeal yesterday.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Majestic Falcon lands at right time

The errant John Moore-trained five-year-old, Majestic Falcon, will attempt to become the third horse to do the interport double later this season, after doing his level best to throw away the Hong Kong Macau Trophy (1,400m) yesterday.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Guangzhou bars foreigners from buying shops

Guangzhou has unveiled a new policy banning foreigners, and people from Hong Kong and Macau from investing in retail properties in the city, the latest move to tighten controls on its red-hot property market.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Man-made islands are the wrong idea

A proposal to build artificial islands off the coast of Hong Kong to provide more space for housing has been released. However, I think this is an ineffective solution.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Zhu to confront causes of unrest

Social discontent poses a greater challenge to Guangdong than the economic risks the province faces, newly elected governor Zhu Xiaodan said yesterday.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am