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  1. Call for action on unlicensed guest houses after fatal fire

    Posted Jul 08th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... The government should step up inspections of unlicensed guest houses across the city after a fatal fire in Tsim Sha Tsui, the tourism lawmaker and a district councillor have said, arguing that safety was a concern not only to travellers staying there but ...

  2. Hill fires spark row over park access

    Posted Jan 20th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Cheung Chi-fai The conservation chief should clarify under what circumstances she would exercise powers to shut country-park trails affected by hill fires, a member of the Marine and Country Parks Board says. Yau Wing-kwong was speaking after at least two hiking groups defied warnings on Sunday from park rangers not to use trails in Pat Sin Leng Country Park ...

  3. Ford design chief breaks gender, culture barriers

    Posted Dec 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... Kandy Wong Hongkonger Chelsia Lau shines in a male-dominated arena It was not common for a Hong Kong woman to choose design as a career 20 years ago, especially car design. Parents at that time were more likely to oppose such a move, believing in the old notion that artists only earn money after their death. Chelsia Lau, the chief designer at United States carmaking giant Ford ...

  4. Offerings take a dive in grave times

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Tiffany Lam and Martin Wong Visitors to ancestral tombs opt for paper pigs and other austerity measures Grave-sweepers flooded the final resting places of their ancestors during the Chung Yeung festival yesterday as usual, but offerings for their loved ones shrank in size and variety because of the financial crisis. Instead of genuine roasted pigs, some people went to ancestral ...

  5. Saving ships in the night

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Tiffany Wong

    ... Written by Tiffany Wong Keeping a watch over Hong Kong waters requires vigilance and the ability to act decisively in a crisis When Hung Shung-leung reports for a night shift at the Hong Kong Marine Department, he must be prepared for almost anything. As marine officer in the Marine Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) he is responsible for monitoring sea traffic ...

  6. From the heart

    Posted Sep 10th 2008, 12:00am by Joseph Wong

    ... HK's leaders have a lot to learn from Premier Wen Jiabao's example of compassionate care, writes Joseph Wong Leaders display their best qualities in times of crisis. ... and the secretary for home affairs when the inquiry into her death draws its conclusions. People-based leadership comes from the heart. Joseph Wong Wing-ping, formerly secretary for the civil service, ...

  7. We risk our lives for poor pay and long hours, say firemen

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Joshua But Firefighters work long hours on a fine line between life and death, yet are paid less than junior government staff, says a fireman who claims he cheated death in Sunday's fatal fire. 'Our duty is to save people. There is always the risk,' the firemen said. He was angry that people only recognised firemen's efforts and supported their calls ...

  8. Jammed radios hindered rescue efforts

    Posted Aug 16th 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong and Joshua But Jammed radios, heavy smoke and the large number of people waiting to be saved hindered efforts to rescue the two firemen who were killed on Sunday in Mong Kok in the city's worst blaze in a decade, firemen and officials said. Altogether, four people died during the alarm No 5 fire at Cornwall Court, Nathan Road. A fireman who had arrived at the scene before ...

  9. Woman plunges from burning flat

    Posted May 31st 2008, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong A woman plunged to her death during a fire in Tuen Mun last night in which a man was severely burned. Flammable liquid was found in the flat and on the body of the injured man after the fire on the 25th floor of Block 4 in Po Tin Estate. Firefighters called to the blaze at about 6.30pm had it under control in about 20 minutes. While they were fighting the fire, ...

  10. Spirit of Spanish Mary

    Posted Sep 19th 2009, 12:00am by Wong How Man

    ... Wong How Man I was in a hotel room in Carmel, California, when my phone rang; it was RTHK and I was to participate in a live panel discussion about the tenuous political situation ... arrive in droves. The sound of Putonghua-speaking groups is now commonplace. The Chinese are finally coming back: this time, not to make money, but to spend it. Wong How Man is founder ...




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