Hong Kong rethinks rules after Alibaba IPO loss

Alibaba’s choice of New York over Hong Kong for its blockbuster IPO was a blow for the Chinese financial center. Now, the city’s stock market is starting to rethink rules

Google unveils USD105 Android One smartphone amid push in India

Google Inc. will offer customers in India the Android One, a low-cost phone capable of Internet access, to win users in the fastest growing smartphone market. The smartphone featuring a MediaTek

Corporate Bits | Sands China recognizes team member for achievement in best employees with disabilities award program

Sands China Ltd. President and CEO Edward Tracy joined Senior Vice President of Human Resources Antonio Ramirez in congratulating Mak yesterday, and encouraging him to keep up the good work. “We

Air France braces for worst strike in 16 years over pilot terms

Air France said it’s bracing for the most disruptive strike since 1998 today as pilots walk out over management plans to expand low-cost operations using flight crew paid less than

Samsung accuses LG execs of damaging its products

Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives of domestic rival LG Electronics Inc. of intentionally vandalizing its washing machines at retail stores in Germany and has asked for an official

GAMING | Atlantic City casino revenues down 1.2 percent

Atlantic City’s casino revenue declined by 1.2 percent in August compared with a year ago as another gambling hall shut down at the end of the month. The 11 casinos operating

Sinopec sells USD17.5b retail unit stake to investors

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Asia’s top refiner, agreed to sell a 107 billion yuan (USD17.5 billion) stake in its retail business to a group of investors including China Life

Corporate Bits | A parade of gastronomic flavors available at MGM

From now until September 21, expert fromager Romain Olivier will greet guests with a smorgasbord of artisan French cheese. The fourth-generation cheese master’s artful menu showcases a selection of over

ANALYSIS | Islamic State group’s war chest is growing daily

  Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than USD3 million a day from oil smuggling, human

Ask the Vet | Most CoMMon Causes of Cat Bad Breath

by Dr Ruan Du Toit Bester Feline Gingivitis Gingivitis is a swelling of the gums, and may affect the area around one or several teeth. Gingivitis is caused by poor dental hygiene

Mexico pollution, water disputes turn political

Water pollution disasters in Mexico have turned into political battles as officials struggled last week to blame each other for the problems. A town in western Jalisco state is fighting state

China auto sales slow in August 

Drivers in the world’s biggest auto market by vehicle sales bought 1.5 million passenger cars in August, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said yesterday. Total sales, including trucks and buses,

New Jersey lets MGM keep half of Borgata casino

New Jersey casino regulators on Wednesday let MGM Resorts back into the Atlantic City casino market. The Casino Control Commission voted to let MGM reclaim its 50 percent ownership of the

Corporate Bits | Cotai Jazz & Blues Festival 2014

Once again supported by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macau S.A.R. Government, the Cotai Jazz & Blues Festival is a celebration of live international music, entertainment, bead throwing and

Real Estate Matters | Should I Still Be Investing In Macau Property ? Are prices too high now?

It’s a question that we are asked almost every day; prices are high, is it too late to buy property in Macau? Surprisingly its not a yes or no response, the

Project Poker | Risk and reward off the table

I am a long-distance runner and have in fact run several marathons before. In fact this year I ran a marathon for the eighth consecutive year; one was in Paris

TECHNOLOGY | Apple watch threatens Swiss industry’s lower priced timepieces

Swatch Group AG’s Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar watch has a compass, tells the altitude and runs on solar power. It costs USD1,250 - more than three times the smartwatch Apple

Nevada bets USD1.3b on Tesla to push economy beyond gaming

Nevada casinos, the state’s largest industry, took in USD11.2 billion in the year that ended in July. Now lawmakers must decide whether to wager as much as $1.3 billion on

Corporate Bits | HK comedian Dayo Wong brings latest stand-up comedy to the Venetian

Having created Cantonese stand-up comedy shows back in 1990, which gained widespread popularity in Hong Kong and in other Cantonese-speaking communities around the world, Wong has already produced up to

Santander banking titan Emilio Botin dead at age 79 


Born into a family of bankers, Botin was known for his hands-on leadership of Banco Santander. He turned the institution previously run by his father into Spain’s biggest and then

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