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  1. Olympic Briefs

    Posted Feb 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japan's Crown Prince on invite list Beijing intends to invite Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Princess Masako, to the opening ceremony, state media claimed. Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi informed senior members of the government and Japan-China friendship organisations of China's intention. The Chinese government will make a formal invitation ...

  2. Trees at racecourse decapitated despite ban

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com More than 100 trees in the public recreation ground at Happy Valley racecourse have been stripped of their crowns by government workers, despite a ban ... health was not affected. She added that frontline staff would be reminded to be more cautious. Last night the Tree Management Office, which has classified crowning as bad practice, said ...

  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Cradle of Communist Party at centre of dead pig fiasco

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com Region famed as the birthplace of China's Communist Party forced to revise its methods after tide of rotting hogs is linked to its farmers Source of dead pigs traced to revered historical site For decades, the river-laced city of Jiaxing in northern Zhejiang province has prided itself as the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party. In 1921, ...

  4. Prince and the revolution

    Posted Jan 01st 2011, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Years ago, on my second day working in London, I was invited to take tea with Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace. About half a dozen journalists met the young prince, who ... to forget that he was a prince and go down the King's Road in Chelsea, the hang-out of the smart set of those days, and enjoy a coffee and conversation, just like a normal young man. 'Oh, ...

  5. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    UN climate report will not sway US deniers, experts says

    Posted Sep 21st 2013, 06:17pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... they will be challenged in the primary (elections next year) by the Tea Party,” the ultraconservative wing of the Republican party. They “say what they have to say to get reelected,” Meyer said. Public opinion ...

  6. News - Hong Kong

    Updated water quality standards needed for Hong Kong's beaches, says DAB

    Posted Aug 19th 2013, 07:59pm by CHARMINE CHE

    ... Charmine Che charmine.che@scmp.com A pro-establishment political party is calling for the government to update the water quality standard for bathing beaches, after a poll they conducted ... swimming facilities are urgently needed for citizens in the Western part of New Territories DAB lawmaker Christopher Chung Shu-kun  In a survey conducted by the party earlier this month, over ...

  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Eco-friendly Japanese demolition scheme slashes dust and noise

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... noticing," said Hideki Ichihara, manager of Taisei, the construction firm running the project. In this demolition scheme, the building shrinks and disappears without you noticing The Grand Prince ... as an adjustable lid that can be lowered down the building on an external support frame. Workers at the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka have brought in 15 hydraulic jacks on which this "lid" now sits ...

  8. News - China

    Hu Jintao tells congress that environment must be a priority

    Posted Nov 09th 2012, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Party chief says green China must be a priority, as critics point to damage done on his watch Communist Party chief Hu Jintao yesterday emphasised the importance of protecting the environment, but some analysts said its increased degradation in the past decade would tarnish his legacy. Hu devoted an entire section of his speech to the party's 18th national congress ...

  9. News - China

    Chinese officials launch 'green' ad to fight back against swimming challenge

    Posted Feb 21st 2013, 11:05am by Chris Luo

    ... Zhejiang province. It also said that the city had been named a "national role model" in environmental protection and that it would strive to retake that crown in 2014. "We strive ...

  10. News - World - ENVIRONMENT

    Nicaraguan canal 'an environmental disaster'

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Managua US$40b Nicaraguan canal 'an ecological disaster' A proposed Nicaraguan waterway rivalling the Panama Canal would cause an environmental disaster threatening drinking water supplies and fragile ecosystems, conservationists say. Congress, controlled by President Daniel Ortega's ruling Sandinista party, approved the US$40 billion deal, ...




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