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  1. Ulan Bator pitches plan for tent cities

    Posted Oct 08th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Kohn

    ... curious onlookers. The sign describes an ambitious plan to modernise the neighbourhood, the 11th ward of Bayanhoshuu district, raising it from slum conditions to the first-world in a flash. ... the neighbourhood people will have more conveniences and a better standard of living.' The plan may sound like fantasy for this poor country, but Ragchabazar was undeterred. A crafty land readjustment ...

  2. Weatherman forecasts Putonghua in retirement

    Posted Apr 04th 2009, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong The city's top weatherman hopes to promote the use of Putonghua after his retirement. 'It's just my interest,' Observatory head Lam Chiu-ying said just a few days before his retirement. 'It seems that Hongkongers are not really interested in learning Putonghua despite the city's handover.' Mr Lam has great interest in languages on top ...

  3. New-car tax fails to solve old car problem

    Posted Feb 24th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For a government with a reputation for tiptoeing around a problem rather than going straight for the jugular, the proposed increase in registration tax for new private cars does not come as a surprise. The aim is to reduce road congestion, which gets wors ...

  4. More city bike paths will fuel people's desire to ditch cars

    Posted Aug 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... schemes. You can convert some streets to pedestrian streets and in that plan put in some bike paths,' he said. Mr Opiola said London had also seen at least a 15 per cent decrease in taxi ...

  5. Developers hit back over green features

    Posted Dec 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... temperatures, lack of green space and air pollution was to sell less urban land and to use sites now planned for sale to create more open space. It also urged the government to 'consider ... Planning Board would be able to control the development, it added. The association said the floor area concession policy - the major concern of the consultation - was working well and should ...

  6. Let's halt destruction of historic Graham Street area for profit

    Posted Oct 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Despite strong objections from members of the community, architectural and planning professionals, the secretary for development has decided to recommend to the Chief Executive in Council ... argument that it will keep the market is unconvincing, when four towers, between 26 to 33 storeys high, have been planned for the site and the construction period, which will bring great ...

  7. letters

    Posted Nov 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Why the retirement age should increase Fewer babies are born in Hong Kong and people live longer thanks to advances in health care. Because of that soon we will be facing an economic ... is to increase the retirement age and provide training to elderly people to help them carry on working longer. This can provide a stable workforce and also sustain personal development. The government ...

  8. HK activists plan anti-nuclear march

    Posted Mar 31st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phila Siu As Japan battles to bring its renegade nuclear reactors under control, other countries are reviewing their own nuclear power plans. The 9.0-magtitude quake that hit the islands on March 11, and the resultant tsunami damaged one of the country's nuclear reactors. New readings show a sharp rise in radioactive iodine present in the sea off the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear ...

  9. Japanese eateries plan to cut prices

    Posted Mar 30th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong hit by nuclear contamination fears plan to cut prices and ask the government to provide safety certificates for food imported from Japan in a bid to stay afloat. Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, the city's 600 Japanese restaurants have lost an average 20 per cent in revenue, ...

  10. HK community must get more involved in plans for the delta

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The discussion over the 'Action Plan for the Bay Area of the Pearl River Estuary' is wrongly cast as a battle between integration and autonomy. The real issue is good versus bad planning. 'One country, two systems' responded to the fears of many in China and Hong Kong, before the handover. But by now the focus should be on building one country out of two systems ...




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