HQ's west wing 'should be saved'

The west wing of the former government headquarters in Central could be saved from demolition after antiquities experts agreed the entire complex should be given the highest heritage rating short of monument status.

Friday, 11 May, 2012, 12:00am

ESF funding talks may be on hold until end of year

The Education Bureau says discussions on funding for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) could be delayed until the end of the year.

The bureau confirmed that officials would report to the Legislative Council's education panel over the issue of ESF funding, referred to officially as subvention, later in the year.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hardware matches software

While some of Hong Kong's best-known universities have spent years preparing for the launch of the four-year first-degree programmes in the 2012-2013 academic year, preparations at Chu Hai College of Higher Education have been much more low key. That's because the institution has operated a four-year curriculum since its 1947 inception.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Environmentalists divided over 'hideous' Mid-Levels slope

A Mid-Levels slope that has recently undergone work intended to beautify it has instead been described as hideous by its neighbours.

The slope, in Stubbs Road, originally sprayed with concrete, has been coated with a product called Elegant Stone designed to make it look like the granite rocks that abound in Hong Kong.

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Illegal works up sixfold on land in New Territories

Cases of unauthorised development in the New Territories have risen sixfold in the past 15 years, according to Planning Department figures.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong tour group safe after fleeing building

A tour group of 20 Hong Kong people was in Christchurch when the earthquake struck, but all were unhurt.

Members of the Wing On Travel tour were having lunch at a restaurant in the downtown area of Christchurch when they felt the building shake.

23 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Victim paid deposit for job as 'spokeswoman'

'I was not trying to lose weight, I was just applying for a job,' said a victim of the alleged Royal Bodyperfect slimming scam.

The 26-year-old woman, who did not give her name out of privacy concerns, said she was forced to pay HK$24,800 as a deposit for a slimming package when she applied for a job at Royal Bodyperfect in 2009.

17 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Park train reopens

The Ocean Express tunnel railway at Ocean Park was allowed to reopen yesterday - but at lower speeds - after an accident on December 6 in which seven passengers were injured.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

China Aoyuan keeps target despite weak sales

Guangdong developer China Aoyuan Property Group says its contract sales only reached 22 per cent of its 5 billion yuan (HK$5.69 billion) goal for the first five months, but the company's target remains unchanged.

Investors are closely watching how developers deal with a raft of measures imposed by the central government to cool the property market.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Henderson reply on luxury deals fails to satisfy

The government is not satisfied with Henderson Land's explanation of why the sales of 24 flats in a luxury Mid-Levels development have not been completed five months after the developer said they were sold.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Booming cross-border trade boosts demand

Booming cross-border trade and continued office decentralisation have boosted the leasing activity of Delta House in Sha Tin.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Dog escapes sterilisation after biting vet and nurse at clinic

The owner of a black and white husky took the dog to a clinic in Wan Chai to get it sterilised yesterday, but the three-old-year pooch clearly had his own feelings about the operation.

6 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Warning on weight-loss salons

More slimming companies are luring customers into being their 'spokeswomen', but some of the women later regret it when they fail to meet weight-loss targets.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Mozart production is desperately seeking old wooden wheelchair

A local theatre troupe desperately needs a rare prop for its September production. The Hong Kong Players will be staging Sir Peter Shaffer's award-winning drama Amadeus - most famously turned into a movie of the same name that won eight Academy awards and three nominations in 1985 - about the life and death of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Customs raids HMV

HMV was assisting a customs investigation into its alleged illegal sale of parallel-imported movie DVDs, a spokeswoman for the retail chain confirmed yesterday.

Local film industry figures yesterday hailed customs' recent crackdown on parallel imports and urged the government to keep up its action.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am