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  1. Why everyone ignores financial 'quake' signs

    Posted Oct 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... on your watch. It is the head of the Japan Meteorological Agency and he has bad news. He tells you that the arrays of precision sensors operated by the agency's Earthquake Prediction Centre ... or to evacuation points. There could be panic, stampedes, crushes. The financial costs would be severe. Shutting Tokyo's businesses for just a single day would cost Japan more than US$5 billion ...

  2. Food safety centre 'can do more'

    Posted Jul 25th 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The new Food Safety Centre needs more resources to be more effective in protecting consumers against tainted products, legislators said. They aired their concerns yesterday after being told that the centre, set up after contamination scares involving food imported from the mainland, would hold 2,000 more tests each year than the 61,000 handled previously. Site visits ...

  3. Asia Financial hard hit by disasters, investments

    Posted Mar 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... May Chan may.chan@scmp.com Asia Financial plunged into the red last year following heavy insurance payouts to natural disaster victims and an investment loss caused by the downturn in markets. The company, which is engaged in the underwriting of general and life insurance and securities trading and holding, posted a net loss of HK$137.5 million, against a profit of HK$268.8 ...

  4. Poor need greater financial protection from disasters

    Posted Dec 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... good-quality infrastructure and emergency systems. Its death toll from such disasters would be much worse if that were not the case. In dollar terms, the financial cost is much higher than it would ...

  5. Centre sees lower risk from toxic plasticisers

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com The Centre for Food Safety will stop intensive daily testing for plasticisers such as the cancer-causing DEHP in foods. Instead, checks will be made as apart of routine testing. The stepped-up surveillance started after several popular drinks and food products from Taiwan were found to contain DEHP in May. But a centre spokesman said ...

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    Red Cross slated over Baoxing quake relief canvassing

    Posted Apr 23rd 2013, 08:06pm by Chris Luo

    ... struck by the 7.0-magnitude Yaan earthquake. Financial news magazine CBN Weekly reporters took photographs of a Red Cross booth in Baoxing county and published them on an official account ... that reads, “Baoxing county Red Cross: 4.20 earthquake disaster relief donation booth.” The CBN Weekly post said, “Setting up donation boxes to solicit money at the centre of the rescue operation ...

  7. Parcel explodes at Air Mail Centre

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Danny Mok Some 50 workers in the Air Mail Centre at Chek Lap Kok airport ran for safety when a parcel exploded and burst into flames last night. No one was hurt in the incident just after 10pm and firemen quickly dealt with the fire. The parcel contained batteries, compressed air, matches and playing cards believed to be for a magic performance. Firemen said there was a short ...

  8. A financial support scheme designed to protect witnesses

    Posted Feb 24th 2007, 12:00am by Norma Connolly

    ... Norma Connolly Relatives of the dead, interested parties or witnesses in inquest cases have only been given the option of legal assistance since changes to the law in 2001. Before that, there was no option for relatives or witnesses to be represented by l ...

  9. News - China

    Magnitude-5.3 earthquake hits Inner Mongolia

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 06:59pm by Chris Luo

    ... close to the border of Liaoning province, and the depth of the hypocentre was six kilometres, according to China Earthquake Network Centre. The quake jolted the northern province a little past 5pm, causing tremors in multiple locations in nearby Liaoning and Jilin provinces, the Centre said. View Inner Mongolia Earthquake April 22 in a larger map ...

  10. Food monitoring centre planed for mid-year: Chow

    Posted Mar 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... LAI YING-KIT Updated at 6.36pm: Health Secretary York Chow Yat-ngok said on Wednesday the government wanted to set up a centre to monitor food safety in Hong Kong later this year. Speaking at a Legislative Council special meeting, Dr Chow said the centre would be established to maintain the quality and safety of food sold in the territory. 'The arrangement is intended to address ...




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