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  1. Time has come to fix failing bird flu defences

    Posted Dec 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Our city's elaborate defences against bird flu have, once again, been breached. This time, dead chickens at a farm in Yuen Long have been confirmed to be infected by the H5 virus. ... such an important component in our defences, is fading. Steps must be taken to ensure that, as far as possible, vaccines provide adequate protection. There is a disturbing sense of deja vu about the return ...

  2. Attack may be self-defence: panda expert

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The giant panda that attacked his keeper in his enclosure at Ocean Park last month could have reacted in self-defence against perceived threats, the 'father of giant pandas' Zhang Hemin said yesterday. Mr Zhang, director of the Wolong nature reserve for giant pandas in Sichuan, said old pandas often suffered from high blood pressure. Pregnant pandas and those ...

  3. Bird flu defences must be strengthened

    Posted Jun 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... line of defence. The system has successfully detected H5N1 in birds at the market, prompting a cull and other measures intended to prevent the virus from spreading. But questions have arisen ... to happen until at least 2011. Central slaughtering must be introduced as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, steps must be taken to improve our defences and prevent a further outbreak. ...

  4. Vigilance, not panic, best bird-flu defence

    Posted May 31st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to handle a flu pandemic. It plans a joint exercise with the mainland in the next year. Our defences are yet to be tested by a fresh outbreak, but steps have been taken to make sure we are prepared. ... a major blind spot in the world's defences against a potential flu pandemic. As if a 17,000-island archipelago of 220 million mostly poor people does not present a big enough problem, ...

  5. In defence of more roads

    Posted Jul 24th 2006, 12:00am by Quinton Chan

    ... Interview: Quinton Chan Transport experts like me are always misunderstood. People tend to think we fantasise about roads and always want more highways to be built. This is simply wrong. Roads are built for drivers and passengers; there is no need to cons ...

  6. Quake-prone Japan takes a hard look at its defences

    Posted Jan 07th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Hi-tech warning system may still not be enough Shocked at the scale of the Indian Ocean tsunami and the devastation it left in its wake, scientists charged with protecting Japan's citizens from a similar disaster are re-examining the country's defences. One of the most earthquake-prone nations and in recent years, the victim of what are termed ...

  7. Who said it?

    Posted Dec 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Last flight w. American, where retired Catholic school gym teachers from the 1950s find jobs as flight attendants Actor Alec Baldwin, on Twitter This isn't about China. This is about Australia and ensuring that we remain present in the region U.S. Undersecretary of Defence Michele Flournoy, on plans for a U.S. marine base in Darwin It is going to be real tough... We are up ...

  8. Tough task

    Posted Dec 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The latest bird flu outbreak has raised new questions about Hong Kong?s vulnerability. What more do you think officials could and should do to strengthen our defences against the deadly virus? Write to us. ...

  9. China launches GPS satellite No 8

    Posted Apr 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan China will launch an eighth navigation satellite to perfect its Beidou-2, or Compass, satellite navigation and positioning network within days, the Ministry of National Defence said on its website. It said the satellite would be sent into orbit by a Long March 3C rocket at Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan. The new system will become part of an accelerated ...

  10. Who said it?

    Posted Jun 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Once the post-quake reconstruction efforts are settled, I will pass on my responsibility to younger generations Embattled Japanese PM Naoto Kan signals he will step down We are not trying to hold China down. China has been a great power for thousands of years. It is a global power and will be a global power US Defence Secretary Robert Gates We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want ...




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