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  1. Tang's wife comes under scrutiny over basement

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com The Buildings Department has launched an investigation into chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen's wife and others over an illegal 'underground ... building work could 'constitute an offence' under the Buildings Ordinance, it said. It would also be an offence if someone 'knowingly misrepresents' a fact in any plan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992935/tangs-wife-comes-under-scrutiny-over-basement
  2. Blaze kills elderly man, burns teen girl helping

    Posted Nov 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com An elderly man died, and a teenage girl helping was severely burned, in a blaze that swept an old tenement building in Jordan. The 18-year-old girl, ... salon on the first floor of a six-storey building at the junction of Parkes Street and Ning Po Street on Friday night. Tang's mother said the teen had been revising alone at home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/984016/blaze-kills-elderly-man-burns-teen-girl-helping
  3. Trial over deadly building collapse

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tau Wai Road on January 29, 2010, when the building collapsed, killing four people. Chu is charged under the Buildings Ordinance with carrying out work likely to cause injury to people ... heard. He had long noticed faults such as rotting columns and concrete peeling off ceilings, said prosecutor Bruce Tse Chee-ho, for the Buildings Department. Hired to tear down an illegal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1001049/trial-over-deadly-building-collapse
  4. Law review call to close signboards loophole

    Posted Jul 05th 2008, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan Legislators have urged a review of the Building Ordinance which, the Building Department has conceded, may allow signboards to be put on buildings without the consent of owners. During a meeting of the Legco home affairs panel yesterday, Buildings Department assistant director for existing buildings Paul Pang Tat-choi said the ordinance dealt only with issues of safety ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/644056/law-review-call-close-signboards-loophole
  5. Dishonesty at home in mainland building sector

    Posted Jan 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Illegal practices are still rife in the mainland construction sector, which is known for its corruption, poor safety and low standards, the Ministry of Supervision said. In the first 11 months of last year, 22,243 people ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/991105/dishonesty-home-mainland-building-sector
  6. Lands officials have to set good example

    Posted Feb 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the typical 'not-my-duty' mindset among civil servants. It started with a leaky roof commonly found in old buildings. When the problem worsened in March 2010, the person living on the top floor complained and sought help from the Buildings Department. They were told that the illegal rooftop structure that caused the seepage was actually held by the government but that the Lands ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/993988/lands-officials-have-set-good-example
  7. Developer cannot begin building in Mei Foo before December hearing

    Posted Jul 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com A developer wanting to build a high-rise at Mei Foo Sun Chuen has no legal argument to secure an interim injunction preventing protesting residents from ... the legality,' he said. 'The government approval is one thing. Whether you have the right [to build] is another.' The Court of First Instance had twice, in April and May, rejected Billion ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/973584/developer-cannot-begin-building-mei-foo-december-hearing
  8. Developer asks court to overturn rejection of high-rise

    Posted Jul 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yvonne Tsui A developer behind a Happy Valley project is asking a court to overturn the Building Authority's rejection of its development plan for being too high for the neighbourhood. Fortune Key is fighting to overturn decisions made by the Building Authority and its appeal tribunal that are blocking its plan - submitted in September 2006 - to build a six-storey ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/687180/developer-asks-court-overturn-rejection-high-rise
  9. Collapsed building's owner must wait

    Posted May 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com The owner of a tenement building that collapsed in Ma Tau Wai early last year may not be able to obtain compensation from the Urban Renewal Authority ... earlier this month, more than a year after the building collapsed, killing four people, in January last year. But the authority wants to clear up legal risks before it makes an offer to the owner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/969213/collapsed-buildings-owner-must-wait
  10. More charges weighed over building collapse

    Posted Apr 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu The first person to be prosecuted over the deadly collapse of a tenement building in To Kwa Wan may face more charges, Kowloon City Court heard yesterday. Chu Wai-wing, 74, is accused of demolishing unauthorised work in such a manner as to cause injury to people and damage to property ahead of the collapse, which killed four people in January last year. He faces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/965706/more-charges-weighed-over-building-collapse

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