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  1. Beijing raises death toll to 77 after long silence

    Posted Jul 27th 2012, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... and questioned whether anyone would take responsibility and apologise. 'Will the government lower the flag to half mast for the dead?' said another microblog user posting under the name ...

  2. Floods kill eight, affect half a million

    Posted Jun 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sally Wang sally.wang@scmp.com Heavy rain and flooding has hit many parts of Guangdong, claiming eight lives and causing direct economic losses estimated at more than 700 million yuan (HK$860 million) since Thursday. Thirty-four counties and cities have been battered by rainstorms and more than half a million people affected, the province's Emergency Management Office ...

  3. Survival of two and a half year-old girl moves many hearts

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Tze-wei tzewei.ng@scmp.com The survival of a two and a half year-old girl has come as much-needed good news amid immense grief and anger surrounding the Wenzhou train crash. But it has also deepened the controversy over the alleged early halting of rescue operations after the accident. Xiang Weiyi, who had endearingly been called Yiyi by her parents, was the last survivor ...

  4. Safety net inadequate, half in survey say

    Posted Nov 15th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau More than half of residents believe that social welfare does not cover basic needs, a survey by the Liberal Party has found. Of the 1,115 people aged 18 or older interviewed by phone, 51.5 per cent said the safety net was insufficient to meet the basic needs of people like the elderly and new arrivals from the mainland. Of these, 90 per cent said an extra HK$500 a month ...

  5. Sailing holiday turns into ocean nightmare

    Posted Jan 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'The mast snapped and fell into the sea, and we had to cut the rigging away. There was nothing to save,' Mrs Lee said by phone from the ship that eventually rescued them. The yacht began ... contact, and the ship began the half-hour process of turning around to retrieve the pair. The rescuers threw lines to them and pulled them to the rope ladder. But the pressure of the sea forced ...

  6. 5 killed as crash car is torn in half

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chow Chung-yan in Shenzhen Five people were killed in Dongguan early yesterday after their BMW car- carrying fake Hong Kong registration plates- crashed into a truck from Shenzhen at a junction. The collision, which took place at 3.50am, was so violent th ...

  7. Half to shun freshwater species for three months

    Posted Aug 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai Nearly half of respondents to a survey have sworn off freshwater fish for at least three months in the wake of the malachite green scare. The poll also found that 80 per ... of respondents said they would consume freshwater fish within the coming three months despite the concerns about health risks. A little more than half said they would pay extra for labelling ...

  8. Guangdong only has enough water for half its needs

    Posted Feb 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Yi Hu and Dikky Sinn Guangdong faces a water shortage of 7 billion cubic metres- nearly half of its needs until the spring flood season in April. The province's Flood Control and Drought Relief headquarters estimated its total demand for water from now to April at 15.1 billion cubic metres, but the reserves stood at less than 8 billion cubic metres, Xinhua reported ...

  9. coming to blows

    Posted Aug 26th 2007, 12:00am by Jason Wordie

    ... The warning signals now displayed on television and websites were once actually 'hoisted' on signal masts; the heavy mesh shapes indicated wind speeds and probable directions. Every 30 years ...

  10. News - World - WEATHER

    Superstorm Sandy wreaks havoc in US, kills 40

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Agencies in New York

    ... ultimately reach US$20 billion, only half of that insured. "This will be one for the record books," said John Miksad, senior vice-president for electric operations at Consolidated Edison, ...




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