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  1. Mainland could suffer disaster 'on the same scale as Bhopal'

    Posted Dec 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer China's spectacular economic growth has left the country vulnerable to a chemical disaster on the scale of the gas leak in Bhopal 20 years ago, experts warned yesterday ... for a disaster. 'A lot of the facilities are old, are using outdated equipment and are close enough to residential areas to be a problem if toxic clouds spew out,' he said. 'A lot ...

  2. Workers blamed for ignoring safety rules

    Posted Apr 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin The Chongqing gas blast was caused by workers ignoring instructions from safety experts on how to release the leaking chlorine gas from tanks, official reports said yesterday. The safety experts were almost killed in the explosions, Xinhua sa ...

  3. Plane swayed 'like it was in air show'

    Posted Nov 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Then it swayed and crashed,' Xinhua quoted Mr Wang as saying. Another man who was doing his morning exercises in the park also saw the plane swaying. 'I thought it must have been part ... The Canadian-made aircraft broke into two pieces after hitting the ice, witnesses said. After extinguishing the blazing wreckage, about 100 firefighters and police searched among lumps of ice for bodies. ...

  4. Further explosions halt search for bodies of Shaanxi miners

    Posted Dec 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan A four-day search for bodies at the site of a deadly coal mine explosion in Shaanxi was halted yesterday after three more blasts ripped through the area. The explosions damaged ventilation systems at the Chenjiashan coal mine in Tongchuan, but d ...

  5. Miners forced down blazing pit 'to secure bonuses for bosses'

    Posted Dec 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan Senior managers of the Chenjia-shan coal mine forced workers to descend into the blazing mine in the week before Sunday's explosion because they wanted to get a 400,000 yuan bonus each for exceeding their production target, relatives of the ...

  6. Teens worked in fire-struck mines

    Posted Nov 25th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Hebei governor vows to wipe out illegal practice of hiring youngsters Mine owners in Shahe, Hebei province, where at least 65 miners were killed in a fire last weekend, had illegally hired teenage workers, state media reports said. The reve ...

  7. Mystery over fireman's sewer death

    Posted Jul 08th 2004, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... into the manhole so urgently. We are now looking into whether he made a wrong judgment or underestimated the situation or had other reasons.' Yesterday's accident happened when four workers, ... the manhole into the sewer. One of the other workers made an emergency call and firefighters arrived four minutes later. Cheung entered the sewer alone as his colleagues were putting on breathing ...

  8. Backpackers' nightmare

    Posted Oct 15th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... was staying. She never made it. At around 9.30pm she was attacked on a bridge spanning the muddy Burnett River in what the prosecution claims was a bag snatch that went horribly wrong. After a fierce ... The man has since been sentenced to life in prison. Another high-profile court case will start early next year, when a former mechanic will go on trial in Darwin charged with murdering British ...

  9. Let it roll

    Posted May 21st 2004, 12:00am by Mathew Scott

    ... you throw in DVD sales and merchandise- we have the eco-disaster actioner The Day After Tomorrow (mother nature gets nasty, cities are destroyed, mankind on the run), Troy (swords, sandals and men in skirts) and Spider-Man 2 (aracnoid angst in downtown New York) and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (more growing pains for our favourite young wizard) arriving over the next ...

  10. Suspect 'waited on roof to set fire'

    Posted Jun 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Sara Bradford

    ... Sara Bradford Court told fatal blaze was started when man's ex-mistress returned with new lover A married man waited on the roof of his ex-mistress's apartment building until she ... that when firefighters broke into Fok's flat, the bodies were burned beyond recognition. Minutes earlier, the pair had made frantic calls for help from the room, the court heard. Cheung has ...




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