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  1. Fight natural disasters with nature

    Posted Jan 14th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... redevelopment will make coastal and island communities just as vulnerable to future natural disasters as they were to the tsunami. Nearly 40 island nations- attending a UN conference in Mauritius this week on the vulnerability of small island states to natural disasters and climate change- are expected to endorse this call. 'Healthy ecosystems can save lives,' says Isabelle Louis, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. First school lesson: surviving natural disasters

    Posted Sep 01st 2008, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... natural disasters. This comes in the wake of the devastating Sichuan earthquake in May, which left 88,000 people dead or missing. Another earthquake struck a county on the Sichuan-Yunnan border ... Xiexia and Liu Chunhong , and NBA star Yao Ming in what the broadcaster calls a combination of the Olympic and anti-disaster spirit. Zhan Jiang, a Beijing-based journalism scholar, welcomed ...

  5. Natural disasters will have little impact on food supply: minister

    Posted Jun 05th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng This year's massive natural disasters, including the Lunar New Year blizzards in south China and last month's Sichuan earthquake, will not have a significant impact on the mainland's food security and supply, according to Agriculture Minister Sun Zhengcai . Xinhua quoted Mr Sun as telling the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's summit in Rome on Tuesday ...

  6. When natural disasters strike

    Posted May 30th 2008, 12:00am by Chris Davis

    ... adequate insurance coverage, including for natural disasters. This compared with the more than 90 per cent of companies in Germany that held adequate coverage. 'This is a typical symptom ... and there is little point in offering cut-price insurance if it is going to bankrupt an insurance company if there is the need to pay out on a catastrophic natural disaster,' said Mr Trumpp. Shortly ...

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    East Asian countries need to improve disaster plans and infrastructure

    Posted Aug 19th 2012, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... vulnerable. The region has a high incidence of natural disasters, from earthquakes and tsunami to storms. Governments have to ensure that residents do not live in danger zones. That requires planning, ... SCMP Editorial Improve disaster plans in East Asia Hong Kong is looked on enviously by its neighbours every typhoon season. While other cities battle floods and landslides, often ...

  8. Much to learn from Japan's disaster on nuclear programme

    Posted Mar 14th 2011, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei Facing natural disasters, China and Japan endure misfortune together'- the headline of an article in the overseas edition of the People's Daily yesterday. ... in the face of the quake. 'I burst into tears when I saw the catastrophic scenes on TV. Japanese people are not alone while fighting against the natural disaster. Best wishes to them,' ...

  9. Effects of disasters could upset supply chains for a year

    Posted Mar 21st 2011, 12:00am by Ed Zhang

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing Chinese businesses from sovereign wealth funds to small processing factories are bracing for the long-term fallout from the disasters in Japan. Japan is one ... the fund's Australia-based investment arm. That was before the disasters battered Tepco's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, triggering a nuclear crisis. The 21st Economic Herald reported ...

  10. Losers from Lehman 'disaster' stage vigil

    Posted Nov 09th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... reserved for natural disasters and humanitarian tragedies such as the Sichuan earthquake and 1989 Tiananmen Square incident. Police estimate 800 attended, while the organisers - the Democratic ... of Lehman Products, thought the vigil fitting. 'A candle-light vigil is serious, for a humanitarian or a natural disaster. This Lehman incident is a disaster.' ...




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