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  1. Hundreds cheer return of historic steel bridge

    Posted Feb 26th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Rain and chilly winds in Shanghai were not enough to stop several hundred history buffs turning out early yesterday to witness the return of a century-old bridge to the northern end of the city's iconic Bund. A sea of umbrellas ...

  2. Firm's ignorance led to toppling of Shanghai building, report says

    Posted Jul 04th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem and Lilian Zhang in Shanghai An official investigation into the collapse of an unfinished building in Shanghai has said that the accident was due to the construction ... issues. One construction worker died when the 13-storey apartment block in Minhang district toppled at around 5.30am last Saturday. The case has gripped Shanghai, particularly after local ...

  3. Bund to be 'as charming as the Champs-Elysees'

    Posted Sep 18th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... to make the Bund as charming as the Champs-Elysees and other internationally famous boulevards.' Major construction would be finished by the end of the year- on schedule- officials pledged. ... black silt from construction sites. Views of the river are obscured by hoardings emblazoned with Shanghai Expo 2010 logos and artists' impressions of the project- some of them battered ...

  4. Private builders blamed for collapse in Shanghai

    Posted Jul 29th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... of serious misconduct and of important breaches of construction regulations. The collapse of the 13-storey building, which toppled over on its foundations on June 27, killing one worker, was a big ... Development and Shanghai Zhongxin Construction were 'chiefly responsible' for the collapse and recommended that they be given the 'highest penalty under the law'. The inquiry also ...

  5. Shanghai backwater prepares for transformation as bridge opens

    Posted Oct 15th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... to the backwater community of 704,000. 'This is the fulfilment of a century-long dream for the residents of Chongming Island,' Huang Rong, director of the Shanghai Urban Construction and Communications Council, said. 'This will bring numerous benefits to the people on the island.' The link, which has been under construction since 2005, joins Chongming to Changxing Island via ...

  6. Crackdown to curb influence of triads

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... on the construction, shipping and mining industries, especially those involving 'key national construction projects'. Rural development is also noted as another area in need of defence from organised ...

  7. Nine held over fall of unfinished block of flats

    Posted Jun 30th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... The cause of the collapse- which killed one worker- is still being investigated, but initial reports suggested that the breach of a nearby flood wall aggravated the poor construction quality ... that nine people who worked for the construction company and the developer had been placed 'under control'. The bank account of Shanghai Meidu Property Development has also been frozen ...

  8. Homeowners say official report fails to ease concerns on safety

    Posted Jul 04th 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... person. Experts in construction, geology and hydrology attributed the collapse to the movement of a large amount of dirt around the estate. Mr Du said a group of owners might hire an architecture ... were supposed to investigate the whole construction process, provide specific data of the movement of the building's foundations, but none of these could be learnt from the government ...

  9. Hunt for shareholders of fallen flats

    Posted Jul 01st 2009, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... and the construction company 'under control' and have frozen Meidu's bank accounts. ...

  10. US set to end delay over Expo

    Posted Jul 05th 2009, 12:00am by Dan Kadison, Will Clem

    ... Expo planners have been concerned other nations might see the US absence as an excuse to back out. Momentum for construction of the US pavilion has been building for weeks. Fund-raising has ... in the US$61 million Exco project. Washington has now collected more than US$20 million- more than enough to cover construction of the pavilion. That total includes big corporate contributions, among ...




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