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Wine-dine festival to open on 31 October

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About 300 booths to be set up. According to a report, the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival will be held at the New Central Harbourfront from October 31 to November 3, under the “Hong Kong: Our Home” Campaign. Read ››

The Bridge at HKIA to be inaugurated tomorrow

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It will be a single class lounge. Cathay Pacific will open The Bridge, its newest lounge at Hong Kong International Airport, on October 30. Read ››

NEC pushes facial recognition in Hong Kong

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Says technology is a “fantastic tool” for the city. Japan’s NEC Corporation said it facial recognition technology will help maintain public order in Hong Kong. Read ››

Fiji Airways launches third direct service between Fiji and Hong Kong

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Service will be progressively rolled out. The service will start with two extra Monday services on December 9 and 16 and then every Monday from January 6, 2014. Read ››

Hong Kong realtors hurting from record-low home sales

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September sales are the lowest since 1996. Bloomberg’s reported that the three-month average of residential transactions in plummeted to 3,693 units in September, the lowest since at least 1996. Read ››

Hong Kong suffered from 'very high' pollution

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Bad air likely to continue until tomorrow. Read ››

LPG prices to drop in November

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Will now range between $4.50 and $4.96 a litre. In a report, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department announced that liquefied petroleum gas ceiling prices for dedicated filling stations will decline 11 to 12 cents a litre in November, to range from $4.50 to $4.96 a litre. Read ››

HAECO to acquire US aircraft maintenance firm

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Sale to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Read ››

Welfare cases dropped 0.4% to 1,138

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Caseload stood at 263,704 in September. According to a report, the overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload stood at 263,704 in September, with a total of 400,344 recipients. Read ››

Symposium seeks to boost economic cooperation between Beijing, Hong Kong

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Aims to create a win-win situation. The ongoing17th Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Cooperation Symposium will see a total of 370 investment projects in Beijing promoted in the 14 business matching activities. Read ››

TVB to set up own music label

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Will help develop music careers of TVB artists. Hong Kong broadcaster TVB said it will launch a new music label named Stars Dream Entertainment by absorbing music company Stars Shine International. Read ››

Bing Ads services to roll out in Hong Kong

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US judge rules Yahoo cannot stall launch. The judge refused to let Yahoo, Inc delay using Microsoft Corporation’s Bing search capabilities in Hong Kong, affirming an arbitrator's decision in favor of Microsoft. Read ››

Hong Kong has its first OpenStack hybrid cloud

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New public cloud launched by Rackspace Hosting. Ajit Melarkode, managing director of Rackspace Asia Pacific said Rackspace is excited to launch the region’s first hybrid cloud powered by OpenStack. Read ››

Hong Kong to enhance student exchanges with Australia

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Pilot initiative under discussion. According to a report, Australia has invited Hong Kong to participate in the pilot phase of a new student-exchange initiative that would provide more opportunities for Australian students to study and undertake internships in the city. Read ››

Hong Kong Electronics Fair draws over 100,000 buyers

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Number is a new record. Fair organizer, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), said buyer attendance was up 6%, with over 68,000 buyers from 140 countries and regions. Read ››

More Hefei to Hong Kong flights from China Eastern Airlines

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Tourists from Anhui are increasing in number. New Flights Connect Hefei to Hong Kong Starting October 29, China Eastern Airlines will add a new return flight from Hefei to Hong Kong every Thursday. Read ››

200 car parking spaces in Chai Wan up for sale

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Tender closes on 28 November. According to a release, Colliers International has been appointed as the sole agent to offer the 200 car parking spaces at Winner Centre (the Property) in Chai Wan for sale by public tender. Read ››

6 green vehicle trials get go-ahead

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Subsidies involved amounted to $3.5m. According to a report, six applications have won approval to trial green transport technologies under the Pilot Green Transport Fund, the Environmental Protection Department announced. Read ››

Hong Kong investigating foreign currency rates manipulation

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Is consulting with foreign regulators and banks. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority said it is aware of the allegations of manipulation in the foreign exchange market. Read ››

HK tourists top spenders at Indian hotels

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Were top global travelers visiting India in H1. The Hotel Price Index report by revealed that tourists from Hong Kong spent most money to stay in India in the first half. Read ››

Atkins wins third expansion contract at HKIA

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Will design airfield and apron extension works. British construction and engineering firm WS Atkins plc has won an expansion contract at Hong Kong International Airport . Read ››

Transformers director hurt in attack in Hong Kong

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Physical injuries inflicted on Michael Bay. Hollywood director Michael Bay was attacked and slightly injured on the set of the fourth installment of the famous “Transformers” movie franchise currently filming in Hong Kong. Read ››

Indonesia AirAsia, Tigerair Mandala boosting flights to HK

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AirAsia looking to dominate in Indonesia. Both budget carriers are targeting the Indonesia-Hong Kong market. Read ››

Atkins wins expansion contract at HKIA

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Will design airfield and apron extension works. British construction and engineering firm WS Atkins plc has won an expansion contract at Hong Kong International Airport . Read ››

HK tourists top spenders at Indian hotels

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Were top global travelers visiting India in H1. The Hotel Price Index report by revealed that tourists from Hong Kong spent most money to stay in India in the first half. Read ››

Poultry products from Lombardy, Italy banned

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Avian flu fears prompt Hong Kong to take move. Hong Kong has banned the imports of poultry and poultry products from Italy's Lombardy Region due to threat of avian flu, said the Center for Food Safety. Read ››

Sham Shui Po restaurant's licence cancelled

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It illegally extended business area. According to a report, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department cancelled a Sham Shui Po restaurant's licence today. Read ››

2 bottled beers recalled

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Feared to contain glass fragments. According to a report, the Centre for Food Safety today urged the public not to drink two kinds of bottled beer which might contain glass fragments. Read ››

Vietnam egg imports stopped

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Due to avian influenza scare. According to a report, the Centre for Food Safety has banned the import of salted duck eggs from Hoa Binh in Vietnam due to an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak at a poultry farm. Read ››

French Pavilion to rise at Hong Kong Optical Fair 2013

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Will showcase France’s latest eyewear collections. Ubifrance, the French Agency for international business development, and Syndicat National Lunettes de France (the French Association for eyewear) will open a French Pavilion at Hong Kong Optical Fair 2013 from November 6 to 8. Read ››

Check out these 'HK: Our Home' activities

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Over 2,000 people to gather on 19-20 October. According to a report, a tented village will spring up outside the Chong Hing Water Sports Centre in Sai Kung on October 19 and 20 when more than 2,000 people will gather for the Stargaze Camp for All & the Blind 2013. Read ››

China says Shanghai FTZ won’t replace Hong Kong

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But both will compete with each other for offshore business. Read ››

Hong Kong’s logistics firms must target the mainland

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Key to boosting growth and maintaining HK as top logistics center. Read ››

Warning out on bogus emails

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Police already tapped to investigate. According to a report, the Inland Revenue Department has issued an alert on fraudulent emails from accounts similar to Read ››

Sha Tin restaurant ordered to shut down

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For illegally extending business area. According to a report, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department today cancelled a Sha Tin restaurant's licence. Read ››

Tseung Kwan O site fetched a whopping $428m

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Here's the winning bidder. In a report, the Lands Department announced today that the tender for a Tseung Kwan O site has been awarded on a 50-year land grant at a premium of $428 million. Read ››

Here's what to blame for SaSa's disappointing sales growth

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It reported only 11% sales growth. According to Maybank Kim Eng, number of local retailers disclosed their retail sales performance during Golden Week yesterday. Read ››

Samsonite's 3Q sales growth pegged at 13-15%

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Will it be badly affected by Asia's slowdown? Maybank Kim Eng expects Samsonite's total 3Q sales growth to come in at 13-15%, similar to 1H13.  Here's more: We now forecast Asia (40% of sales) to grow 14.8% YoY, vs. Read ››

Cycle track to be completed by end-2013

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It'll be between Ma On Shan and Sheung Shui. In a report, Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony Cheung says construction of a cycle track between Ma On Shan and Sheung Shui is underway and is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Read ››

Moscow Expo to strengthen HK ties with Russia

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Exhibit will run until 14 November. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing will kick off Hong Kong’s first exhibition in Moscow today, aimed at building stronger cultural and economic links with Russia. Read ››