Divers recover body of top Philippine politician

Divers prepare to search the crash site of a plane carrying Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. AFP

Divers recovered the body of one of the Philippines’ most influential politicians on Tuesday, three days after a light plane carrying him and three others crashed into the sea, the government said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Anger over new restrictions at crowded cemetery

A limit on the supply of spaces for burial urns at the Wo Hop Shek Cemetery could lead to more people cremating the bones of their relatives after the seven-year burial limit passes, putting pressure on hard-pressed columbariums.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Seeking alternatives to niches and burial plots

Transforming cremated remains into remembrance diamonds is just one of the options available to tackle the shortage of burial plots and niches in Hong Kong columbaria.

The government is promoting sea burials and offers a free boat service for anyone wishing to commit their loved-ones' ashes to the sea for what is described as 'a sombre and dignified send-off'.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Niches shock for grieving relatives

Among the tens of thousands of Hongkongers who visited ancestors' graves for yesterday's Ching Ming Festival, some did not know the columbariums housing their relatives' ashes had been labelled illegal just days earlier.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Hold On 'Til the Night (CD) Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance came to attention with an awesome, gutsy, slowed-down piano cover of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi. Since then, many view the 14-year-old as the new Biebs. Both started their careers on YouTube; both were just teenagers when the world took notice.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Sweet, but no threat to Bieber

Greyson Chance, the singer many view as the new Biebs, came to attention with an awesome, gutsy, slowed-down piano cover of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi. Both boys started their careers on YouTube; both were only just teenagers when the world sat up and took notice.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive by Erika Hayasaki Kindle Single (e-book)

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Welcome to the last hotel you will ever check in to

Catering to the needs of a maximum of just 18 guests, the Lastel is one of the newest and most sought-after boutique hotels in the port city of Yokohama.

Its reception area is marble-and-chrome, the furnishings are plush and there are ornate arrangements of flowers on each of its five floors.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Dying to be like the stars

When Korean actor and singer Park Yong-ha hanged himself on his bedpost on June 30 last year, it sent shock waves around the world.

In Turkey, thousands of kilometres away, fans expressed their grief at the death of the 32-year-old actor, internationally famous for his role in the popular drama Winter Sonata.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Should the government build columbaria in all 18 districts?

Hugo Lai Chung-yan, Stewards Pooi Kei College

We are running out of places to store the ashes of the dead.

So what should we do?

The government has proposed building columbaria in all 18 districts across the territory.

The move is aimed at pleasing the public who are adopting a not-in-my-backyard approach to the issue.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Breast op patient died after anaesthetic

A 42kg woman who died after breast enhancement surgery last year was given enough anaesthetic for a 50kg person, the coroner's court heard yesterday.

Zoey Leung Kwan, 24, wanted the surgery to be a surprise for her boyfriend. She went in for the operation at a private clinic in Nathan Road on April 30 last year.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Problem far from dead and buried

Dying without a final resting place is a Chinese taboo. Yet that is the frustrating reality for thousands of Hong Kong families. The lack of public burial places means many have to wait for months or sometimes years to lay their loved ones to rest.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Repair man officials tried to blame for collapse has a clear conscience

Yesterday was just another day for Chu Wai-wing, the repair man government officials accuse of triggering the deadly collapse of the tenement in To Kwa Wan.

This was despite it being the day for the delivery of a coroner's verdict in one of the most closely followed public inquests in recent years.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Everyone at fault, no one to blame

A coroner yesterday declared the deaths of four people when a To Kwa Wan tenement block collapsed last year were accidental - despite finding fault with both the owner and buildings officials.

Michael Chan Pik-kiu said he was unable to find the deaths unlawful and said no one should be held criminally responsible.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Relatives seek tough ruling over collapse

The victims of a deadly building collapse at To Kwa Wan were 'murdered', their relatives said yesterday as they urged the coroner to record a verdict of unlawful killing.

The Buildings Department, the landlady, her main tenant and a workman were all responsible for the four deaths, the families told the Coroner's Court.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am