Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti

Jun 29, 2015

Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti

When Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group snapped up cash-strapped Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti in 2012, the deal looked like a match made in heaven. Debt-laden Ferretti, known for the elegant Riva speedboats favoured by film star Sophia Loren, was the world’s top maker ...

China hints it will end ivory trade

Jun 26, 2015

China hints it will end ivory trade

In the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants, conservationists are hailing as a possible game-changer the unexpected pledge by a senior Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in a country whose vast, increasingly affluent consumer market drives elephant poaching across Africa. Now ...

Jun 19, 2015

Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

A global crackdown on wildlife trafficking has netted “huge” amounts of whale bones, rhino horn, ivory and other contraband, leading to hundreds of arrests, European and Asian authorities announced Thursday. Operation Cobra III saw police in 62 countries swoop on suspected wildlife smugglers between ...

May 1, 2015

French perfumer bottles scent of dearly departed

A French company has come up with a novel way to keep people close to their departed loved ones: bottling their unique scent as a perfume. The idea came to Katia Apalategui seven years ago as she struggled to come to terms with her ...

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

May 1, 2015

Dark tattoos daunt Apple Watch

Apple aficionados who are also fans of body art are finding out that dark tattoos can daunt the iconic company’s hot new smartwatch. An online Apple support page on Thursday warned that “ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the ...

In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos

Jan 4, 2015

In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos

South Africa lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries or to provide meat to fighters in the bush. From South Sudan, where ...

Dec 1, 2014

Hong Kong counts cost of protests on city's core shopping districts

Hong Kong is expected to report a drop in October retail sales on Monday, providing the first broad look at the impact of pro-democracy protests on core shopping areas after demonstrators blocked key roads and scared off mainland Chinese tourists. Protests began choking parts ...

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond ...

Etihad Airways launches luxury A380 'residence' suites in the sky

May 5, 2014

Etihad Airways launches luxury A380 'residence' suites in the sky

Talk about some serious legroom. Etihad Airways, a fast-growing Mideast carrier, laid out plans Sunday to offer passengers who find first-class seats a bit too tight a miniature suite featuring a closed-off bedroom, private bathroom and a dedicated butler. It’s just the latest push ...

Food labs fight organized crime

May 4, 2014

Food labs fight organized crime

by Jamie Doward and Amy Moore

At first glance the sprawling campus amid glorious countryside looks an unlikely base from which to wage war against Italy’s most feared crime organization, the ‘ndrangheta. And yet the laboratories of Campden BRI, once part of the University of Bristol and now a major ...