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  1. How long should Hong Kong's architects reach for the sky?

    Posted Oct 31st 2008, 12:00am by Violet Law

    ... Violet Law Something most Hongkongers have long taken for granted was the subject of a three-day symposium in New York. That tall - very tall - buildings can be packed into Hong Kong plots ... in North America, are only warming to housing developments that connect to public transport hubs, in Hong Kong these transit-oriented developments seemingly have been a staple in property ...

  2. Court upholds property tycoon's jail sentence

    Posted Sep 30th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai Property developer Luo Zhongfu will have to serve a 101/2-year jail sentence for illegally occupying forest land after a court in the southwestern province ... partner and Luo's wife to shorter terms. They were tried under stricter environmental laws, which came into effect from 1997 aiming to protect natural resources. Luo's company, Beijing ...

  3. Landfill charges now required by law

    Posted Jul 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... year after long-disputed legislation to impose charges was endorsed by lawmakers yesterday. The law will cover all construction activities from home renovation to huge building projects. ... with the Environmental Protection Department. Although the charges will not come into force until two by-laws are passed, officials and legislators hailed the passage of the legislation as a milestone. Officials ...

  4. New engine idling law is a start- but only just

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... So, after 14 years of talk and negotiation, Hong Kong finally has a law regulating vehicles parked with engines running. It has been watered down so much by transport interest groups ... than done. The government has tended to favour voluntary measures over laws, preferring not to infuriate tax-paying employers. There is generally nothing wrong with this approach in an open ...

  5. Mainland burial sites offer healthy returns

    Posted Apr 07th 2010, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... at 25,800 yuan for a simple design. In accordance with Chinese law, a legal will is required in order for the deceased's property rights to be passed on to whomever they choose. In the absence ... is scarce, prices of burial plots have been rising about 10 per cent per year over the past few years, according to Marcy Zhang, the managing director of Shanghai-based Crispins Property Investment ...

  6. Our laws don't foster respect for environment

    Posted Oct 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is renowned for its sturdy rule of law and the strength of its judicial system, and rightly so. It is a source of the territory's competitive advantage that our laws apply equally to all people, rich or poor. But not all our laws work as well as they should- and that's especially true when it comes to environmental protection. While there are fines of up ...

  7. Dirty air law to target machinery

    Posted May 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cheung Chi-fai The government is proposing a new law targeting street-level emissions. But not from cars or buses: the measure will regulate 'mobile machinery' ... is misplaced. Under the proposed law, to be tabled next year, new mobile machinery with a certain power output will have to meet United States, European Union and Japanese emission standards ...

  8. Guangdong officials ponder law to cut traffic in cities

    Posted Aug 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Authorities in Guangdong are considering legislation to restrict the number of vehicles on the province's crowded city streets. The police bureau said a rapid increase in vehicles was causing a swathe of problems, such as air pollution, co ...

  9. It's time to impose laws to help clear the air

    Posted Jan 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the government's refusal to adopt legally binding policies. Laws stopping vehicles from parking with engines running while drivers wait to deliver and take on goods and passengers would make a big ... have to get to the root of the problem, not nip at the edges. Laws, not voluntary schemes, are the most effective way of making our air clean and clear. The time for solutions- not blame- has ...

  10. Nine convictions recorded for breaching anti-pollution laws

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

    ... a company that failed to comply with an air pollution abatement notice, the spokesman said. Hong Kong has recently introduced tougher laws against littering, spitting and pollution. ...




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