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  1. 'Starling squadrons' to tackle locust plague

    Posted Aug 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng About 100 counties in Sichuan province are under siege from swarms of locusts descending on rice crops in an average density of 100 per plant, the China News Service reported ... and pesticides to combat the plague. The locusts are expected to head west and north. Xinjiang is preparing for the influx by setting up artificial nests to attract starlings to catch the locusts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/602853/starling-squadrons-tackle-locust-plague
  2. Locust fight always left too late, says scientist

    Posted Jul 08th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The marauding masses of locusts that chomp their way across the north and east of the country each summer could be stopped if authorities took preventive measures rather than purely reacting to the problem when it arises each year, experts have said. Last year locusts ravaged vast swathes of the country, forcing officials to spray expensive and damaging pesticides over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420950/locust-fight-always-left-too-late-says-scientist
  3. Capital prepares to combat locust swarm

    Posted Aug 06th 2003, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Pest-fighting units in Beijing have been put on alert as a swarm of locusts flies closer to the capital. The insects have already devoured more than 4.6 million hectares of grassland ... for a possible locust invasion,' she said. Ms Jin said the agency had begun to mobilise its staff at the municipality's 10 monitoring stations after officials discovered some of the insects ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/423983/capital-prepares-combat-locust-swarm
  4. Swarming over locust records

    Posted Sep 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Ancient Chinese invented many things. A lesser-known innovation was the collection of records of locust infestations over more than 1,000 years. Ma Shijun of the Chinese ... collection of the data to determine patterns in locust populations in a bid to predict future swarms. Contrary to a popular misconception, migratory locusts are solitary insects but during ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/608778/swarming-over-locust-records
  5. Host city warned as locusts loom

    Posted Jul 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Raymond Lee Beijing has been warned of a possible locust onslaught during the Olympic Games and authorities in neighbouring Inner Mongolia have been ordered to launch a pre-emptive strike. The capital is particularly prone to locusts migrating from grasslands in the north in August after the larvae emerge from soil. A plague this year could threaten some of the events. 'A possible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643710/host-city-warned-locusts-loom
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Anti-mainlander protest urging curbs on visitor numbers tarnished city, say top officials

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 01:38pm by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Chief secretary and ministers condemn march calling for curbs on visitors as ‘humiliating’ for mainlanders and a stain on Hong Kong’s image ‘Locust’ protest tarnished city, say top officials Four top government officials have attacked Sunday's "anti-locust" protest, saying it humiliated mainland visitors and tarnished the city's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1429558/locust-protest-urging-curbs-mainland-visitors-tarnished-city-say-top
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time for an honest debate about Hong Kong's place in the nation

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... to this mingling of people from different places is unremarkable and similar to what happens elsewhere. Thus, we have idiots calling mainlanders locusts, foul-mouthed louts and the like. This is hardly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1141253/time-honest-debate-about-hong-kongs-place-nation
  8. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Abkhazia, Kosovo or Barcelona for Luis Suarez, the face of nipple clamps?

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:33am by James Porteous

    ... and love, despite his error on the field,” the store's director said. Yeah... maybe. Insect of the day A giant locust / cricket /grasshopper landed on James Rodriguez's arm just before he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1547099/world-cup-diary-will-it-be-abkhazia-kosovo-or-barcelona-luis-suarez
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Don't forget the Hong Kong that once welcomed mainlanders

    Posted Oct 06th 2012, 12:00am by Geoffrey Somers

    ... Geoffrey Somers Geoffrey Somers says instead of spreading devastation, the maligned 'locusts' today spread wealth Let's not forget the Hong Kong that was once welcoming ... for him". And a crusty police chief with one eye smaller than the other was "20 cents and 50 cents". All of which brings us to the "locust song", a searingly derogatory ditty ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1054765/dont-forget-hong-kong-once-welcomed-mainlanders
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A letter from the editors

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 06:18pm

    ... in ‘locust’ ban” with surprise. For those who missed it, the senior South China Morning Post editors decided to issue guidance to our newsroom on the use of emotive words, specifically the term “locust”, a patently offensive term used by a group of Hong Kong protesters to describe mainland Chinese. The Standard wrote about our decision on Wednesday (Feb 26), postulating that it may have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1435752/letter-editors

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