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  1. Memories from the fault lines

    Posted May 31st 2008, 12:00am by Wong How Man

    ... Wong How Man Before May 12, the name Wenchuan had little or no meaning to most Chinese, let alone the rest of the world. But, overnight, all that changed. For me, Wenchuan brought back ... It seems obvious that economic growth over the past two decades contributed heavily to many more multi-storey houses being built. Almost all are made of bricks, concrete and cement. When ...

  2. A man-made disaster that embarrasses Beijing

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Such a man-made disaster is an embarrassment to Beijing while it still basks in acclaim for staging a successful Olympic Games. Industrial accidents threaten to remain a stain on China's record long ... to be a casualty of industrialisation because of disregard for the law at the local level. China is no exception, as we are reminded by the latest disaster in accident-prone Linfen, Shanxi province. ...

  3. Legal aid bid for job challenge

    Posted Aug 05th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... at that time.' Democrat Lee Wing-tat, who is helping Mr Kwok, said it would be in the public interest to know how the approval was made. 'Any reasonable man will question whether there is conflict ... Yvonne Tsui and Joyce Man Cheung Chau retiree Kwok Cheuk-kin has applied for legal aid to fund a judicial review over the government's decision to allow former housing director Leung ...

  4. Democrats drop legal bid after deal on Lehman products

    Posted Nov 06th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The Democratic Party has dropped plans to sue several banks over allegedly mis-sold derivative investments because the banks have settled with complainants. Party chairman Albert ... of Constellation structured retail notes had been made on Friday. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority said yesterday that banks should let customers who purchased Lehman investment products hear recordings ...

  5. Residents of Tai O cut off again amid confusion over reopening of road link

    Posted Jun 26th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man and Agnes Lam Tai O residents were cut off again yesterday, as road traffic and the ferry service were suspended due to bad weather. Residents complained that it was unclear under which conditions Keung Shan Road, the link between the fishing town and the rest of the city, would be closed or reopened. All lanes of Keung Shan Road, Tai O Road and Shum Wat Road were ...

  6. Taking yaks upmarket

    Posted May 10th 2008, 12:00am by Wong How Man

    ... Wong How Man Suddenly, Tibet is front-page news the world over, again. In some ways, that is to be expected, as part of the pre-Olympic fever. How can those in the west with multiple ... for someone who has spent a good part of almost three decades taking part in exploration and conservation projects on the Tibetan plateau, I too feel compelled to speak up. I have made my small ...

  7. Don't assume the worst, says Hong Kong's man in Chengdu

    Posted May 19th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Cheung Chi-fai in Chengdu and Agnes Lam A senior Hong Kong official stationed in Chengdu yesterday still had hopes for eight Hong Kong residents in Sichuan missing since the earthquake struck last Monday. They are among 100 people reported missing by thei ...

  8. Old districts' buildings 'fail basic safety codes'

    Posted Sep 25th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong Thousands of buildings in older districts would fail to meet minimum legal fire-safety requirements and are a threat to society, a grass-roots political party has warned. The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood said thousan ...

  9. China's long march out to the stars

    Posted Sep 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a space power. Three astronauts will be on board, for the nation's third manned mission. But for the first time, China will attempt a spacewalk. China's space dream started decades ago. ... dated July 14, 1970, was to 'immediately begin research and production of a manned spaceship and start screening and training of astronauts,' according to the China Astronaut Centre ...

  10. The man taking on might of the mafia

    Posted Aug 17th 2008, 12:00am by Lorenzo Tondo

    ... watches the small television, where a short 55-year-old man with a big moustache and a raspy smoker's voice is talking about him and his organisation- the Cosa Nostra. The man on TV is Pino ... and the cameraman is his 18-year-old son, Giovanni. 'They are the real heroes,' a proud Mr Maniaci says. And indeed, it must not be easy for a family to stand behind a man such as him. They risk ...




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