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  1. News - China - IRAQ

    1,300 Chinese workers evacuated to Baghdad from Samarra construction site

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 12:52pm by Angela Meng, LAURA ZHOU

    ... to Dubai instead and said he hoped to return to Iraq for a construction project in the south. An embassy spokesman said all workers were safe but declined to comment on the evacuation. Some workers ... State-owned China Machinery Engineering Corporation is building a 630 megawatt power plant in Samarra. Construction on the US$1.2 billion project began in 2011. Security in Iraq has deteriorated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1541558/over-50-chinese-workers-evacuated-helicopter-amid-iraq-turmoil-state
  2. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    37 held for extorting money from lunchbox hawkers at construction sites

    Posted May 29th 2014, 07:52pm by Clifford Lo

    ... of lunch boxes. The arrests were made after officers posing as hawkers were sent to the construction sites about 10 months ago. "Hawkers had to pay up to HK$50,000 as a 'joining fee' ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Raids net 37 over building site racket Police believe they have smashed two triad gangs who allegedly extorted millions of dollars a month from hawkers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1521240/37-held-extorting-money-lunchbox-hawkers-construction-sites
  3. News - China - AIR POLLUTION

    Dust busters: Beijing to require cameras at construction sites for stricter smog policing

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 11:01am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Municipal government zooms in on builders with latest anti-pollution measures Construction sites in Beijing will come under closer scrutiny as the municipal government seeks to determine how much they contribute to rampant smog. Cameras will be installed to monitor the sites by the end of June and all construction firms must use “fully enclosed” vehicles to carry gravel, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1466871/dust-busters-beijing-require-cameras-construction-sites-stricter-smog
  4. News - World - UNITED STATES

    San Francisco construction site fire may have been sparked by welders

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 09:15pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in San Francisco San Francisco fire investigators were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a huge blaze that tore through an apartment building construction site, threatening nearby buildings, prompting evacuations and forcing officials to call in about half the city's on-duty firefighters to prevent its spread. As fire crews doused hotspots ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1447941/san-francisco-construction-site-fire-may-have-been-sparked-welders
  5. Lifestyle

    Ambitious plans for construction in north Lantau bring out voices of dissent

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 12:03am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Plans for extensive construction in north Lantau to exploit the Zhuhai-Macau link is stirring dissent among residents and conservationists, writes Elaine Yau A bridge too far ... a 2007 concept plan put forward under then financial secretary  Henry Tang Ying-yen. The extension plan includes the  construction of a 130-hectare  island with malls and hotels east of Chek Lap ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/1541094/ambitious-plans-construction-north-lantau-bring-out-voices-dissent
  6. Property - Hong Kong & China - TIN SHUI WAI

    SHKP to build on sites where Housing Society deemed project too costly

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 11:29am by Yvonne Liu

    ... The society returned them to the government at the end of last year, citing the high construction cost of the project. Since the two sites are close to Hong Kong Wetland Park, piling work will have ... silent piling technology, which would also increase the cost. The discovery of marble caverns in the porous karst landscape around one of the sites has also added to the construction cost ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1553911/shkp-build-sites-where-housing-society-deemed-project-too
  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - C-SUITE

    A golden decade for the construction industry

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 03:26pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... transport charges add to the growth in construction costs. We should not rely on imports from the mainland. The government could allocate sites for factories to produce prefabricated components. The government should also release a site for a factory for cutting and bending steel bars. At present, construction firms have to do the work on site. The factory could save time and cost, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1526687/golden-decade-construction-industry
  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - INFRASTRUCTURE

    Keep infrastructure spending steady, construction boss urges government

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 03:25pm by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu yvonne.liu@scmp.com Gammon's Thomas Ho says strategic plan for infrastructure would counter boom-bust cycle Construction boss urges policies for industry "Hong Kong's construction industry is always in a boom-and-bust cycle," said Thomas Ho On-shing, chief executive of Gammon Construction. Ho said the government spent HK$170 billion on construction ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/hong-kong-china/article/1526653/keep-infrastructure-spending-steady-construction-boss-urges
  9. Comment - Letters

    Higher productivity needed on construction sites

    Posted Nov 30th 2013, 04:17am

    ... Higher productivity on construction sites is long overdue I totally agree with Jake van der Kamp's view on the issues pertaining to rising wages (" Rising wages pay off ... countries have been using plasterboard for their homes and commercial buildings for a long time. In Asia, Singapore and Japan are already way ahead of Hong Kong and their construction sites produce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1369237/higher-productivity-needed-construction-sites
  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea resumes missile site construction: US institute

    Posted Nov 30th 2013, 05:12pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul US think tank publishes satellite images it says indicate Pyongyang is working to develop its nuclear missile launch site North Korea has resumed construction ... undertaken major construction work at Sohae, possibly to cater to larger and more mobile weapons. The Sohae site was used for the launch in December of the North’s Unha-3 carrier, which successfully ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1369609/north-korea-resumes-missile-site-construction-us-institute

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