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  1. Concerted action needed on natural disasters

    Posted Oct 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... typhoons a year. Regardless, Ketsana caught the nation off guard. Warnings went unheard or were ignored. The same is the case for dozens of other natural disasters across the world each year; ... the Philippines' plea for help on Monday. Their efforts have been individual, not co-ordinated. The response to a natural disaster has to be integrated and managed. Until nations pool resources and work ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694156/concerted-action-needed-natural-disasters
  2. PICC back in the black as claims owing to natural disasters decline

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu PICC Property and Casualty, the mainland's largest non-life insurer by premiums, returned to profit in the first half of the year, helped by Mother Nature. The insurer reported a 322 million yuan (HK$365.42 million) net profit, against a 292 million yuan loss a year earlier, as claims because of natural catastrophes declined. No interim dividend was proposed. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690348/picc-back-black-claims-owing-natural-disasters-decline
  3. A realistic look at disaster

    Posted Sep 13th 2009, 12:00am by Rebecca Tsui

    ... no heroism. It realistically portrays the impossibility of a single human beating the power of nature, which tends to be what happens with Western disaster films. The star-studded cast is brilliant, ... and a clear hero, buy Independence Day or Knowing. But if you treat it as study of human nature rather than a disaster flick, Haeundae is well worth the ticket price. Opens September 17 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/692321/realistic-look-disaster
  4. Facing up to army's failings, Ma makes disaster relief its 'main job'

    Posted Aug 19th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung, Minnie Chan

    ... response to the worst natural disaster to hit the island in half a century, Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday amid public criticism of rescue efforts. 'Now our enemy is not necessarily people across the Taiwan Strait but nature,' the island's president said. 'In the future, the armed forces of this country will have disaster prevention and rescue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690079/facing-armys-failings-ma-makes-disaster-relief-its-main-job
  5. A brief history of disaster

    Posted Dec 21st 2009, 12:00am by Susan Ramsay

    ... major cultural myths. He believed the close passing of other planets interfered with earth's magnetic field and caused disasters. Velilkovsky's theories are widely discredited among the science community. But some people today still believe the mysterious so-called Planet X, or Nibiru, will pass close by, bringing disaster- and of course the end of civilisation. So far, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701846/brief-history-disaster
  6. Drones to be used to help regions hit by disasters

    Posted Jul 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... International Disaster Reduction and Emergency Technology and Equipment Expo, to open in Beijing in mid-October, The Beijing News reported yesterday. 'There are more than 200,000 geological hazards ... the central province of Henan and Heilongjiang in the northeast, were under constant threat from geological disasters. Each remote-controlled plane could cover territory beyond the jurisdiction ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/685954/drones-be-used-help-regions-hit-disasters
  7. Wolong pandas slowly recover from trauma of disaster

    Posted May 13th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the scale of the disaster, it is fortunate more were not harmed. Now, most of the pandas have been transferred elsewhere and the centre remains temporarily closed. Even though a year has gone by, Li ... to safety.' In the aftermath of the disaster, international organisations such as WWF launched campaigns calling for government help for the pandas. Most were transferred to the safer Yaan Panda ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/680086/wolong-pandas-slowly-recover-trauma-disaster
  8. Geologist defies ban to discuss possible link between the disaster and a hydroelectric dam

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... for the disaster area the next day. 'I knew it would be dangerous... but I wanted to look at the quake lakes that were formed by landslides and the mountains of debris.' The journey proved ... leading to the town of Yingxiu, the epicentre, was blocked in the first few days. He was forced to take a detour through other parts of the disaster zone. 'Each time I was stopped ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679963/geologist-defies-ban-discuss-possible-link-between-disaster-and-hydroelectric-dam
  9. Officials proud of post-disaster achievements

    Posted May 08th 2009, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Authorities in Sichuan gave themselves a pat on the back yesterday, saying they had made headway in reconstruction efforts ahead of the first anniversary of the devastating May 12 earthquake. Provincial officials said that more than1.25 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/679470/officials-proud-post-disaster-achievements
  10. Saving world from culinary disaster

    Posted Dec 30th 2009, 12:00am by Sunny Tse

    ... effects are jaw-dropping in the food-from-sky scenes, and will definitely leave cinema-goers hungry for more culinary disaster movies. On the whole, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is nearly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702331/saving-world-culinary-disaster

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