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China launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

ZHUHAI: China's President Xi Jinping launched the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China Tuesday at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on its semi-autonomous territories. Xi announced the bridge officially open at a ceremony also attended by Hong Kong's and Macau's city leaders at a new port terminal in the southern mainland city of Zhuhai. "I declare the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge officially open," Xi said as digital fireworks exploded on a screen behind him in an indoor…

Hong Kong mega bridge launch announcement sparks backlash

HONG KONG: An opening ceremony has finally been announced for the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, but critics hit back Thursday over the secrecy surrounding the launch. Construction started in 2009 on the 55-kilometre (34-mile) crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, linking Hong Kong's Lantau island to the southern mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary. It has been dogged…

Hong Kong’s new fight against fast fashion

HONG KONG: Despite Hong Kong’s reputation for rampant consumerism, a nascent movement against fast fashion is taking root in the city, with clothes-mending workshops and pop-up swaps growing in popularity, and designers parading recycled fabrics on the catwalk. From broken umbrellas to discarded curtains, no material is too shabby for designer Jesse Lee, who showcased his creations at a recent sustainable fashion show in Hong Kong. Lee realised that humble household goods could be the springboard for creativity when…

Super typhoon heads for Hong Kong, China after pummeling Philippines

HONG KONG/MANILA: A super typhoon swirled towards Hong Kong and the Chinese coast on Sunday, gaining in strength over the South China Sea after hurtling through the Philippines, where it wreaked havoc that killed at least 25. Tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), equivalent to a maximum Category 5 “intense hurricane” in the Atlantic. Philippine authorities said at least 25 people were killed, including a baby and a…

Oil prices down in Asia as focus turns to Trump, equities rise

HONG KONG: Oil prices slipped in Asia on Tuesday morning from three-and-a-half-year highs as investors cautiously await Donald Trump’s Iran nuclear decision later in the day. The US president wrote in a tweet that he would make an announcement on whether or not to tear up the agreement with Tehran and reimpose painful sanctions that could cut off crude supplies. Although Trump has been urged by world leaders to keep it in place, there is a general consensus that he will refuse to preserve the 2015 pact fanning fears of…

Chinese aircraft left with gaping hole after surviving bird attack

HONG KONG: A commercial plane was left with a gaping hole in the nose cone after a supposed bird attack during a three-hour flight from Tianjin in northeast China to Hong Kong. The Air China aircraft too was left with a one-meter-wide (3.28 ft) hole at the front from the bird collision before it landed at Hong Kong International Airport. Analysing the damage the plane supposedly struck mid-air as the blood of birds was splattered on the damaged parts. The flight landed at Hong Kong airport 80 minutes late where the…

Hong Kong’s richest woman sees her wealth halved

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's richest woman Pollyanna Chu has seen more than half of her wealth wiped out in the last three months after warnings from regulators about her company led to stock plunges. Chu's Hong Kong-listed Kingston Financial Group tumbled again by as much as 12 percent on Monday after index provider FTSE Russell removed the stock from its benchmarks, according to Bloomberg News. Monday's crash comes on the heels of a steeper slide since January after Hong Kong's securities regulator warned the company's…

Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

SYDNEY: Australia rang in the New Year with a spectacular display of rainbow-coloured fireworks cascading from Sydney Harbour Bridge amid tight security. About 1.5 million people packed the city’s foreshore to watch the pyrotechnics light up the sky above the historic bridge and the iconic opera house, the first major celebrations worldwide after New Zealand. "This is a fabulous way to see out 2017," said Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. Thousands turned out earlier in New Zealand's largest city Auckland for the…