Issue: December 20, 2014   (Archive)
Saturday, December 20, 2014   



BYD collapse puzzles market as rumors fly
Shares of BYD (1211), the electric carmaker backed by Warren Buffett, tumbled by as much as 47 percent in less than an hour yesterday amid record trading volume.

3 days for paternity leave
The three-day paternity leave with 80 percent pay will likely take effect in March, the labor chief said after the Employment Amendment Bill was passed yesterday by the Legislative Council.

Scrooges show empty hands as Christmas nears
Christmas? Bah, humbug a sentiment some Hongkongers appear to have in common with Scrooge, according to the Hong Kong Research Association.

Student protest leaders set to stand down
At least four senior members of the Hong Kong Federation of Students have decided to call it a day following the end of the Occupy Central protests.

Fearful Sony stops `killer laughs' film
Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of a madcap comedy about North Korea that triggered threats from hackers as US investigators blamed Pyongyang for a damaging cyber raid on the movie giant.

National Geographic glow for park shot
Hong Kong-based photographer Brian Yen won the grand prize of US$10,000 (HK$78,000) at the prestigious 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest. His photo, "A Node Glows in the Dark", also won the People Winner award.

Havana ball over US Cuba move
World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the United States and Cuba are moving to restore diplomatic relations and bury one of the last vestiges of the Cold War after more than 50 years of hostility.

Delays in repair of burst water pipes slammed
The Water Supplies Department's handling of burst water pipes, which takes in some instances up to two years to repair, is being probed by the Ombudsman's office.

Brits affirm `obligation' to territory
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said yesterday the Sino-British Declaration clearly acknowledged both the central and British governments, rejecting constitutional affairs chief Raymond Tam Chi-yuen's controversial comments.

Official calls for reflection on Occupy cause
The Beijing official responsible for Hong Kong affairs said society should reflect on the reason there was an illegal Occupy Central movement that lasted for almost 80 days.



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