At a time when investment houses all over Hong Kong are yet again slashing their Hang Seng Index predictions, at least one brave brokerage is sticking its neck out for local bulls. 'Whispering' Howard Gorges and his team at the South China Brokerage came out with a report this week that boldly predicts the market will defy gravity and rocket to 16,000 points next year. But the brokerage's prediction is conditional on one small assumption: Hong Kong needs to get some help from big brother. The report states: 'The People's Republic of China Government should aim to send five million tourists from China to Hong Kong in the coming 12 months. 'Assuming the average spending per tourist is $6,000, then five million tourists will yield an income of $30 billion with an additional multiplier effect on the whole economy far above this figure.' This would help the overall mainland economy, by increasing the SAR's imports of food from the mainland. All we've got to do now is find five million big-spending mainlanders who can't wait to sample the delights of toxic pigs, video-coupon runs and, of course, the red tide. Amid all the economic gloom about Japan, one well-known Japanese company is talking boom - and at least some of its success is down to Hong Kong. Casio announced yesterday that its net profit had more than tripled for the year to March. The driving force behind this success in hard times was a gadget familiar to many a Hong Kong parent. No, not Tamagotchis, but G-Shock watches, those ubiquitously large and rugged timepieces that many a Hong Kong teenager seems to be showing off. The company sold a total of 12 million of these timepieces last year - as Hong Kong kids joined others in Japan, the United States and Germany in buying the watches in a big way - but this apparently wasn't nearly enough to keep up with demand. Good to see those 'little Emperors' in Hong Kong are continuing to help keep the business of at least some Japanese gadget companies booming. There's been a strong outbreak of prudence in recent months at the Jardines group of companies. This week, Jardine Pacific announced it had seen the light and got out of the spectacles business with its sale of The Optical Shop, as part of what it termed sales of 'non-core assets'. This followed on from other similar moves in recent months with other businesses. The frugality has extended to public relations firms. We hear the long time representatives of Jardine Matheson, PR operative Ludgate Asia, will no longer produce the company's annual report. A Jardine Matheson spokesman said the production of the report would now be handled directly by its designers - saving the company dollars. Further to our story on Monday about exhaustive terms and conditions imposed by Internet companies, it seems AT&T is not the only service provider in the area imposing very far-reaching terms and conditions. Reader William Hay tells us his favourite condition set by a company offering Internet services is one imposed by a rival operator, Hongkong Supernet. It goes as follows: 'The Subscriber shall have granted explicit authorisation to Supernet to reproduce, distribute, publish, transform, copy, download or otherwise exploit in whole any information, data messages, files or software [of which copyright or similar rights are owned by the Subscriber] posted on, saved or stored in the databases or facilities of Supernet by the Subscriber.' The moral of the story: don't write the manuscript for your great novel on Supernet's e-mail service. No prize for naming the man with the bow tie - The newly released issue of the American Chamber of Commerce's monthly magazine, Amcham, showcased an offbeat sales pitch for a new business help programme. The ad featured the illustration duplicated below, together with plenty of questions for Hong Kong's business owners. Look closely at the shot: does the man featured in it look familiar? His eyes and half of his nose might be missing, but there are a few clues. Note the double flag pin, featuring both Hong Kong's emblem, the bauhinia flower, and the Chinese national flag. There's also the natty blue suit we seem to have spotted before. But the giveaway is the red and white spotted bow tie - looking even larger than normal, if that's possible. Yes, who else could it be but our always-elegant Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen? There's only one thing out of place. Dapper Donald seems to be holding the microphone and doing the interviewing - all a far cry from his traditional role as interviewee. Could it be possible he's planning a change of career? We're not sure - but Hong Kong hacks, watch out!