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  1. Resources rolled out to prevent mining disasters

    Posted Mar 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Nailene Chou Wiest in Beijing The State Council says it will allocate more resources and roll out more specific measures to prevent mining disasters. Zhang Guobao, chairman of the State Council's Office of the Leading Group for Revitalising Northeast China and Other Old Industrial Bases, said the coal mine blast in Liaoning province last month had rung another alarm bell ...

  2. Public-safety awareness still in short supply

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Chris Yeung

    ... people's neglect and ignorance. The Fire Services Department said the karaoke nightclub on the mezzanine floor where the fire broke out had no smoke- prevention doors, which is believed to be the reason for the so-called 'chimney effect' that fed the blaze and made it difficult for residents to escape. Such apparent laxity in fire prevention brought back painful memories ...

  3. Safety rules useless without enforcement

    Posted Sep 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... hall in Liaoning's Benxi county. Fire fatalities are inevitable in any society. But they can be minimised by a range of safety features that also enhance fire prevention, such as use ...

  4. Swift action is vital to silence these alarm bells

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to improve safety and help prevent a similar tragedy. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of two firemen and two women resulting from a fire that started in a karaoke ... by breathing a pocket of fresh air in illegal structures amid the smoke. Ironically these structures were identified as a contributing factor in the tragedy by preventing smoke from dispersing. ...

  5. Legal plea to cool tension of evictions

    Posted Jan 11th 2011, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai Last year was a 'peak year' for forced evictions across the mainland and extensive legal reform is urgently needed to prevent the social malaise from ... themselves on fire in protest after being frustrated by the legal process. 'Civil servants do not want citizens to take their cases to court and actively seek to prevent them from exercising ...

  6. No injuries in Kwun Tong blaze

    Posted Sep 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... GRETA YAN WEN-JIE Updated at 5.48pm: Firemen led 57 people to safety on Thursday after a blaze broke out in a Kwun Tong factory building. The fire broke out at 1pm and was upgraded to a No. 3 alarm half an hour later, according to local radio. Some nearby streets were sealed off by the police in order to prevent the blaze spreading. Firemen used a branch, five jets ...

  7. Shippers in dark over mainland oil spill rules

    Posted Jul 27th 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Keith Wallis China has been unable to enforce new oil spill prevention and clean-up regulations for nearly five months because international and mainland shipping companies have little ... more than 1,500 tonnes of oil into the sea. China's new law to prevent and control marine pollution from ships was enacted on March 1. But it cannot be enforced until the MSA approves ...

  8. Mainland attitudes to HIV/Aids must change

    Posted Sep 27th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by 2015. Beijing is credited with investing a lot of political and financial capital in the fight in recent years, quadrupling its budget and beefing up national prevention and treatment ... the public to the health and law enforcement sectors to the employment market. Otherwise, it is harder to improve prevention and treatment services for people with risky lifestyles. Moreover, ...

  9. Fire-alert system failure must not happen again

    Posted Mar 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... skyscraper-packed, densely populated city. Every aspect of preventing and putting out fires has to be of the highest possible standard. No effort can be spared to ensure it doesn't happen again. A text ... occurred. The department has taken interim measures to prevent a repeat, pending the outcome of an internal inquiry. There is no question that computerised communications have a role in modern ...

  10. A tragedy that could have been avoided

    Posted Aug 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... girl. These tragic losses not only made me feel sad, but also made me realise how valuable life is. It makes me angry this tragedy could have been prevented if the correct smoke-detection ... and unnecessary loss of lives. Our thoughts should be with the victims' families at this difficult time. All too often, disasters that could have been prevented happen. Whether it's poorly ...




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