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  1. Law on building inspections being drafted

    Posted Oct 06th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The government was drafting legislation for a mandatory building inspection scheme and a mandatory window inspection scheme to require private building owners to check their buildings and windows regularly, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said yesterday. ...

  2. Building workers 'underemployed'

    Posted Dec 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... moves made. 'We think the government should also build more public housing flats and introduce more improvement projects at public housing estates to create more jobs.' Mr Shek, who ... alone newcomers. Also, young workers need to work to build up experience. How can they do that when there is no work for them after they have completed training programmes at school?' Mr ...

  3. After Sars, 'health' of buildings is rated

    Posted Oct 13th 2003, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... of buildings in the wake of the Sars outbreak. A pilot study by the faculty of architecture between June and September found that six out of 57 blocks failed to pass its benchmark. Under the building health and hygiene index, the residential blocks were graded A, B or C, with U meaning unclassified. Building design and property management were the most influential factors in grading a block. ...

  4. Housing chief vows tough action on building inspections

    Posted Oct 25th 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Owners who fail to comply with mandatory building inspections will not escape criminal liability by simply passing the buck to incorporated owners' committees, the housing minister has warned. Speaking on an RTHK radio programme yesterday, Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands Michael Suen Ming-yeung said criminal liability and the cost of mandatory building ...

  5. Students urged to build on English festival

    Posted Jun 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Students who took part in the English Festival 2005 have been encouraged to use the language in their daily lives. About 20,000 students took part in various activities, with about 1.6 million people watching an accompanying television programme ...

  6. Advisory council calls for studies and limits

    Posted Jun 14th 2005, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... there will be more research on how wind speed, direction, building height and positioning of buildings will affect the city's ventilation,' said Lam Kin-che, chairman of the Advisory Council ... it was time to press ahead with such ventilation assessments, given the building booms in Kowloon after the relocation of the airport. 'It is still not too late, though most developments ...

  7. Woman arrested over flat blaze

    Posted Jan 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam A woman was arrested yesterday for setting fire to a flat in Mong Kok by burning clothes. The fire broke out at about 11am in the flat on the 18th floor of the Yuen Fat Building in Nelson Street. A source at the scene said the woman had moved into the rented apartment just two days ago. A police spokesman said a witness in a building across the road saw smoke pouring from ...

  8. Frontline officers burdened with extra duties, says union

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... duties. The union said frontline firemen had to set aside time meant for training or other daily work to carry out building checks and public education. But the Fire Services Department said the number of dedicated staff for monitoring building improvement had risen. Yuen Fong-him, president of the Fire Services Department Staffs General Association, said fire prevention used ...

  9. Worker dies after falling six floors

    Posted Sep 07th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam A 46-year-old worker renovating a flat fell six floors and later died in hospital yesterday morning. The man was removing a steel frame from the exterior of a building at Shim Luen Street in Kowloon City when the accident happened. He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with serious head injuries and was certified dead at 11.40am. ...

  10. Flats exposed to elements after work suspended

    Posted Sep 04th 2008, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Balcony collapse halts project Residents at a building where a balcony having illegal structures removed collapsed have had their lives turned inside out by the incident, with some balconies left exposed because work was halted. Construction work at Moonway Mansion was suspended after the collapse on Monday at the fifth-floor flat, in a Kwun Tong building in Yuet Wah ...




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