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Our historic cemeteries deserve both our care and protection

Some historic tombs at public cemeteries in Hong Kong have been either poorly restored or neglected. Should these graves get more protection?

Friday, 20 July, 2007, 12:00am

Ketamine dealer jailed for 15 years

Judge says drug is more harmful than first thought and it is time to crack down

A drug dealer who confessed to trafficking in more than 10kg of ketamine was jailed yesterday for 15 years because the judge said the drug's known harmful effects required a harsh sentence.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

here comes the bride

1 Who were married on July 23, 1986, at London's Westminster Abbey?

2 Which celebrity wed waiter Ojani Noa and dancer Cris Judd before her latest marriage to singer

Mark Anthony?

3 Which revolutionary thinker said: 'My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher'?

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Mortuary move hits poor families

Needy have to pay for funerals after facilities closed on Sundays, public holidays

Hong Kong's neediest citizens are paying the price for the decision by some hospitals to close their mortuaries on Sundays and public holidays.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Lively competition for jobs as morgue body handlers

It's not a job for the faint-hearted, but it seems to have got quite a few pulses racing: the Department of Health has just started recruitment for seven body handlers for its morgues - and already 1,100 people have applied, some with university degrees.

This is equivalent to 157 applicants per job, which pays between HK$12,690 and HK$14,330, depending on experience.

9 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Royal split offers valuable lesson

Prince William has split up with his girlfriend Kate Middleton. One of the reasons for the break-up must be the intense media pressure faced by the couple.

This shows that love is vulnerable, especially when there are obstacles. A couple have to love each other and make a lot of sacrifices.

2 May 2007 - 12:00am

Force 'not to blame' for missing killer in midst

Australian criminologist Roderic Broadhurst, who helped analyse constable Tsui Po-ko's behaviour, sees no reason why the public should lose confidence in the police force because of the case.

He said it would have been almost impossible to pinpoint Tsui as a killer because he had not displayed any outwardly extraordinary behaviour before the shoot-out.

27 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Full houses, an overnight stay and time to make new friends

The curtain finally fell on the marathon inquest when the jury foreman announced the verdict on the 37th day of the hearing - precisely the length of time Coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu predicted it would last.

The hearing, which started on February 26, set a number of precedents.

26 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Assurance over mortuary mix-up

Hospital Authority chief says every effort being made to cut risk of error

Bodies of the opposite gender would not be stored together in mortuary compartments, Hospital Authority chief executive Shane Solomon promised yesterday.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Four-member panel to investigate bodies fiasco

The Hospital Authority has set up a special panel to investigate the body mix-up fiasco at the Prince of Wales Hospital and will spend HK$1.5 million to computerise the identification system in mortuaries this year.

The government has also promised to consider granting resources to expand mortuaries after the blunder.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Mortuaries get HK$1.5m to computerise system

The Hospital Authority will spend HK$1.5 million to computerise the identification system in mortuaries this year and the government has promised to consider granting resources to expand the mortuaries after a blunder with bodies.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Pressure on mortuaries must urgently be eased

The loss of a loved one is a traumatic experience. Central to our grieving and mourning rituals is respect for the dignity of the deceased. Bereaved families trust hospitals and mortuaries to observe such practice. Sadly they have been let down too often. The distress this must cause is inexcusable.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

String of mistakes highlights sorry state of mortuaries

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department runs six crematoriums, among them Fu Shan Public Mortuary where three similar blunders were reported last year.

On March 7 last year, it was discovered that the body of Wong Yin-chau was mistaken for that of Wong Fong-ho at the Fu Shan Public Mortuary and cremated by the wrong family.

12 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

kevin sinclair's hong kong

Dying is an expensive business. Those in the funeral industry don't seem all that keen to bring down prices.

Combine that with deeply held belief, ingrained customs and superstition, and the cost of giving a basic final farewell to a loved one is generally in the region of HK$25,000.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Court rules out split shoot-out inquest

Evidence trail laid out linking deaths of policemen, guard

Material links between the deaths of three policemen and a security guard were traced in open court yesterday for the first time since a joint inquest into the deaths of the four began almost two weeks ago.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am