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  1. Hollow-brick buildings blamed for quake deaths

    Posted Mar 15th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Most of the 25 deaths in last Thursday's earthquake in Yingjiang county, Yunnan, which also left 314 injured, were due to the collapse of poorly constructed buildings built from hollow bricks, authorities say. The head of the county's urban construction bureau, Yin Anqiang, said hollow-brick buildings were common in Yingjiang because they were cheap to build ...

  2. Hong Kong tour group safe after fleeing building

    Posted Feb 23rd 2011, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong A tour group of 20 Hong Kong people was in Christchurch when the earthquake struck, but all were unhurt. Members of the Wing On Travel tour were having lunch at a restaurant in the downtown area of Christchurch when they felt the building shake. 'The 20 and a Hong Kong tour guide quickly rushed to an open area. None of them were injured,' a spokeswoman ...

  3. Blaze destroys five-star Dynasty Wanxin hotel in Shenyang after New Year fireworks land on nearby building

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... dawn on Thursday. There were no casualties, Xinhua reported. Firefighters had difficulty tackling the blaze because the building was 219 metres tall but their equipment could only reach to 50 metres. Police said the blaze was triggered by fireworks which landed on a nearby apartment building. It broke out at midnight in Tower B of the Dynasty Wanxin complex, and the flames quickly ...

  4. 'Tofu buildings' protester pleads not guilty to assaulting officer

    Posted Oct 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng A man accused of tearing off a woman police constable's shoulder badge, during a 'tofu buildings' protest outside the central government liaison office, appeared ... to uphold a five-year jail term imposed on activist Tan Zuoren. Tan had investigated the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and blamed shoddy building construction ...

  5. Three killed in Guangxi building collapse

    Posted Aug 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Daisy Zhong Three people were killed and nine injured when a three-storey building collapsed in Guigang, Guangxi, yesterday in the latest of a spate of building collapses around the mainland in the past five days. The building's top two floors, each 300 square metres, crumpled, flattening its ground floor early yesterday morning and burying the 12 people. On Thursday ...

  6. Anger in Sichuan as building collapses

    Posted Jul 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... authorities and quake victims over the unusual collapse of a residential building weeks ahead of its completion. Residents in Hanwang town, Mianzhu city, one of the worst-hit areas in the May 2008 quake, claimed the unfinished building- designated as new homes for quake victims- collapsed suddenly after heavy rains on Thursday afternoon. Photos of debris of the toppled four-storey building ...

  7. No-build zones

    Posted Jul 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Paul Zimmerman

    ... ding rights- rights of the former Sai Wan villagers to build houses- and create a villa park under the established practice of the Lands Department and Town Planning Board. One just needs ... That statement has proven to be false, as many leases allow extensive earth works, rebuilding previous structures and building new village houses. The only step the government was willing to take ...

  8. Blaze revives fears about lack of sprinklers in pre-1973 buildings

    Posted May 24th 2010, 12:00am by Adrian Wan, Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip and Adrian Wan A fire at a Kwun Tong industrial building has raised concerns about the speed of a review of fire safety in old buildings. A fireman was injured fighting the blaze, which broke out in a rock-climbing centre on the 13th floor of the Tak Lung Industrial Building in Wai Yip Street at 11pm on Saturday. It was the second blaze in an old industrial building ...

  9. Red tape helps the NT dump-and-build brigade

    Posted Jun 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... been authorised. The Buildings Department says it will pull down the illegal structure- unless the Lands Department rules it can stay, which it is now considering. Meanwhile, the Town Planning ... another- and are pressing the government to stop approving village houses on illegal dumping sites in what they term the 'destroy now, build later' practice. In the case of the warehouse, ...

  10. Workers cash in on Sichuan building boom

    Posted May 12th 2010, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai, Minnie Chan

    ... planned to buy 10,000 square metres of barren land nearby to build a playground several years ago, but I had no money,' he said. 'After the quake, the Liaoning government donated more than 50 million yuan to build a 40,000-odd square metre school for us with a football ground, teaching buildings, dormitories and a library.' The earthquake killed nearly 30,000 people ...




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