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EuroChristmas still a hit

About half a million people have flocked to the EuroChristmas spectacular since it opened a week ago despite teething problems that led to a barrage of complaints lodged with the Consumer Council.

Sunday, 24 December, 2000, 12:00am

Children delighted, parents unmoved

Parents were underwhelmed by the EuroChristmas experience yesterday despite efforts to resolve teething problems. But children seemed impressed.

The temperature had been reduced and the quantity of snow being pumped around had increased after complaints on the opening day.

19 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Graft suspect's life of luxury

The key suspect in China's worst corruption scandal since 1949 had a luxury $15 million home in Jardine's Lookout but lost it at the end of last year.

Lai Changxing lived for three years in an exclusive 2,000-square-foot flat with views across Victoria Harbour before it was reclaimed and sold off by Kincheng Bank in November after Lai failed to meet mortgage repayments.

1 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Alleged kingpin's firm debt-ridden

The suspected kingpin of China's biggest smuggling racket used two luxury Central offices bought for $148 million to run the Hong Kong end of his operation.

Lai Changxing set up Honour Fair International Ltd with two offices in the Far East Finance Centre bought in 1994 and 1996 for $41 million and $107 million.

25 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

New Year drink alert

Barbecue-goers in Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay are to be targeted in an anti-drink-drive campaign during the three-day New Year holiday.

Police are to distribute promotional leaflets asking people to use public transport and not to drink and drive.

30 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Government 'chaotic and unfair'

RIGHT-OF-ABODE claimant Chan Fung who was de ported minutes before a court application to block his repatriation said he could not believe how 'chaotic and unfair' the Hong Kong Government had become.

'But now I am back, I will do whatever I need to claim my right of abode here. I ought to stay here because my family needs me more than ever,' said Mr Chan.

21 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Wendy not windy

TROPICAL Storm Wendy blew itself out yesterday, taking with it fears that the typhoon signal No 3 would have to be hoisted.

All storm warning signals were lowered at 11.32am yesterday. They had been up for 31 hours and 35 minutes.

A spokesman for the Observatory said Severe Tropical Storm Wendy dissipated over inland Guangdong.

5 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Police crack down as muggings rise

POLICE launched a crackdown yesterday on robberies, saying opportunistic crime was on the increase because of the economic downturn.

More officers will be stationed outside banks and in areas frequented by muggers while intelligence will be shared between districts and educational programmes stepped up.

29 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Barbie maker sues local firm

The world's largest toy-maker has sought an injunction from the High Court to stop a firm from allegedly making and selling counterfeit Barbie dolls.

Solicitors Lovell White Durrant issued the writ on behalf of Mattel in California against Rainbow World Industrial Limited in Fo Tan and its shareholder Wong Yuk-wai.

26 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Wife cashes in on 'secret' cache

Hong Kong's financial woes led to a little domestic strife for one man yesterday when his wife discovered he had a secret stash of $70,000 deposited with the troubled International Bank of Asia.

12 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Security firm faces probe

A security company accused of failing to pay casual workers for annual leave, long service and public holidays is to be subjected to a Labour Department inquiry.

A Labour Department spokesman said inquiries would be made into Hong Kong Security Guarding Services.

9 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Illegal CD factory raided

The first raid on an illegal compact disc factory has netted production equipment worth $8 million and 27,000 CDs worth $900,000.

The factory in Cheung Sha Wan was capable of producing 40,000 CDs a day, said Customs intellectual property investigation chief Calvin Leung Ho.

3 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Local workers can meet target, says confident union

Demand for construction workers to meet the homes pledge could easily be met locally, a union said yesterday.

Retrainees and graduates from the Vocational Training Council and Construction Industry Training Authority would be sufficient to deal with any 'minor' shortage in peak years, the union said.

25 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Mother blames handover

Long hours in the service of the SAR have been taking their toll on Anson Chan Fang On-sang's family life - her mother says the Chief Secretary for Administration has been skipping their weekly dinners.

Friends of painter Fang Zhaoling said her traditional Tuesday night meals with her daughter had been scuppered by Mrs Chan's hectic handover schedule.

17 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Street-sleeper's $340,000 in court's hands

The Supreme Court will have the final say over $340,000 in cash and jewellery left by a street-sleeper who died last week.

Tsui Mong-gok, 76, died in Cochrane Street, Central, in her makeshift bed beneath a flyover on Saturday.

Police believe the former maid had no surviving family. Last night her body remained unclaimed in Victoria Public Mortuary.

24 Mar 1997 - 12:00am