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  1. News - China

    Henan official sets farmer’s trees on fire for fun

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 06:23pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com A Henan official set fire to a villager’s poplar trees, covering five acres of land, for his own amusement. Two months ago a Huangchuan villager, surnamed Cai, found five acres of poplar trees destroyed in an arson attack by a local tax bureau official, but he has still not received any compensation, Dahe Daily reported on Wednesday. The fire ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    More transparency needed about the health of our heritage trees

    Posted Aug 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Transparency can root out the rot Trees, normally, are no threat to public safety. They improve the environment and are welcome features in concrete jungles like Hong Kong. ... and co-ordination among departments. As a result, a new bureaucracy that costs taxpayers an annual HK$19 million was put in place in 2009 to take better care of our trees. The recent suggestion by a tree ...

  3. Tree branches may have distracted crash driver

    Posted Dec 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Overhanging tree branches that struck a tour bus may have led it to crash, killing two Hong Kong tourists, in Jilin province, tour members said yesterday. A man, ... a head injury, said in Jilin that the coach was not going fast, but the driver might have been distracted by tree branches striking the top of the coach just before the accident. 'The driver ...

  4. Typhoon-damaged tree chopped down

    Posted Oct 07th 2008, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok A paperbark tree in Sheung Shui, listed on the register of old and valuable trees, was cut down yesterday because it had become unstable after being damaged by Typhoon Hagupit last month, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said. Propping up the tree, in the Kwu Tung section of Castle Peak Road and Fanling Highway, was not an option, it said. ...

  5. Storm uproots 800 trees

    Posted Aug 05th 2006, 12:00am by Vivienne Chow

    ... Typhoon Prapiroon knocked over almost 800 trees and damaged more than 1,600. Among them was a tree registered as 'old and valuable' - a Chinese banyan at Ap Lei Chau that was uprooted and beyond saving, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said. More than 100 workers in 17 teams were doing emergency work yesterday. The biggest tree-destroyer was Typhoon Dujuan ...

  6. Fallen tree halts Peak Tram service

    Posted Apr 21st 2008, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The Peak Tram service was suspended for seven hours until 2pm yesterday after a tree near the May Road station fell on the tramway when strong winds from Tropical Storm Neoguri hit the city. Passengers at the Central terminal had to use the Citybus route 15 service. A mainland tourist at the terminal said the service suspension was understandable. Some Peak Tower ...

  7. Candle sets Christmas tree ablaze in flat

    Posted Jan 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo A flat in the Wan Chai district was damaged after a burning candle set fire to a Christmas tree yesterday. Firefighters were called when one of the tenants, 36, woke to find a fire in the living room of the second-floor flat at Crescent Heights in Tung Shan Terrace. The tenants escaped the flat before emergency crews arrived. An initial investigation found ...

  8. Storm topples dozens of trees

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Hong Kong took the first tropical storm to affect the city this year in its stride, despite heavy rain and high winds which toppled dozens of trees. The No3 typhoon signal ... Kung, the rear of a Mercedes-Benz was crushed by a 15-metre tree. No one was injured. ...

  9. Storm topples trees

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Hong Kong took the first tropical storm to affect the city this year in its stride, despite heavy rain and high winds which toppled dozens of trees. The No 3 typhoon signal ... blowing down at least 35 trees. In Wong Chuk Wan, Sai Kung, the rear of a Mercedes-Benz was crushed by a 15-metre tree. Two small trees were blown over in Kowloon, blocking part of Ho Man Tin Hill ...

  10. Powerful winds sink boat and topple trees

    Posted Oct 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam, Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo and Agnes Lam Strong winds swept across Hong Kong for another day yesterday, uprooting trees, sinking a boat and disrupting services at Ocean Park. The winds, however, were ... and Cultural Services Department received at least 17 reports of collapsed trees and 64 damaged ones. One tree collapsed across Fan Kam Road in Sheung Shui shortly before 8.30am, blocking traffic. ...




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