Minister criticised for 'recycling' green policies

The new environment chief has been accused of 'recycling' old policies and failing to offer a vision of hope in his first meeting with lawmakers.

Thursday, 5 July, 2012, 12:00am

More vehicles escape idling ban

The director of environmental protection has quietly exercised discretionary powers to introduce a new exemption to the already much diluted ban on idling engines.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

No case for soccer boy over kick to head

Police will not prosecute a 10-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of kicking a 12-year-old in the head during a soccer match last month.

The incident, which angered parents and the coaches of both the teams involved, was filmed by a spectator and uploaded to the YouTube website, where it was seen by thousands of people before being removed.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Lawmakers say 20pc expenses raise is not enough

The government has postponed a plan to increase office expenses for lawmakers by 20 per cent, after Legislative Council members argued that the sum was not enough.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hefty catch raises hope for harbour

It was an unexpected and encouraging sight for the anglers trying their luck off pier 3 in Central.

They watched as one of their number reeled in a one-metre common sea bass at 1am on Friday - a sign, perhaps, that the fish population is recovering in a harbour that many people perceive as too dirty to sustain a rich marine life.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Village parking abuses 'rampant'

Lax regulation of village housing in the New Territories is encouraging unauthorised road widening and extensions, encroachment on government land and even criminal intimidation, an environment planning group warns.

Designing Hong Kong says new housing developments are increasing demand for parking space amid the supply shortage.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang fails to clear doubts on illegal home structures

Embattled chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday he had appointed an 'authorised person' to act on his and his wife's behalf in dealing with illegal structures at their home. But he refused to respond to many of the unanswered questions fuelling the row.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Socialite says she sought to return land

Socialite and barrister Brenda Chau says lands officials refused to entertain her offer to surrender sites in a country park now at the centre of a heated land dispute.

Chau said she was no longer keen to keep the sites in Ma On Shan Country Park, which the government had years ago licensed to her and her late husband, flamboyant fellow lawyer Kai-bong Chau.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

CLP could ease rate rises more: minister

Despite this week's partial backdown on its proposed tariff increase, CLP Power could reduce it even further by using its multimillion-dollar tariff stabilisation fund, the environment minister said yesterday.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Road back from ruin?

Forty-year-old Kenneth Li can still vaguely recall his childhood in Wong Chuk Yeung, a village on the Sai Kung peninsula. Memories of tranquil, golden paddy fields and the laughter of neighbours still stick in his mind.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Project 'threatens' Lamma marine life

A huge property development planned for Lamma Island's southeastern coast could destroy one of the last remaining untouched marine ecosystems in Hong Kong, according to an undersea survey of the area.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Villagers foil Henderson eviction plan

Henderson Land Development failed to evict tenants from a house in Ma Si Po village in Fanling yesterday, but has vowed to return in two weeks.

A dozen company representatives were blocked by villagers at about 11am yesterday when they came to eject the Lai family from the house which the developer bought in 2006. The tenants had been told to leave by yesterday.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Messy trek to new offices for civil servants

About 120 civil servants will have to pass through construction work to reach their offices at the new Tamar government headquarters, which is struggling to meet its deadline.

The officials from the commerce and tourism branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau are the first batch of civil servants to move into the HK$5 billion waterfront office tower.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tropical Storm Haima sends trees tumbling

Strong winds from Tropical Storm Haima felled at least 55 trees across the city yesterday, injuring one person, officials said.

The storm moved towards western Guangdong last night and was expected to make landfall near Maoming . At midnight, it was 240 kilometres south-southwest of Hong Kong.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Haima set to bring heavy showers

Heavy, squally showers are forecast for Hong Kong today as Tropical Depression Haima moves closer to the city and strengthens to a tropical storm.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am