Work on Guangzhou Metro Line 6 destroys five ancient tombs

Guangzhou Metro is facing a public outcry after contractors destroyed five ancient tombs during construction of Line 6 of its subway system. Photo: Xinhua

The protected site, on the eastern slope of Da Gong mountain, had been sealed off by the Guangzhou Archaeology Research Centre, with warning signs posted and red lines marking the protected area.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:51am 5 comments

Hong Kong tycoon's firm razes Guangzhou home of opera legend

The compound where Sit Kok-sin's mansion used to be.

Hong Kong tycoon Peter Lam Kin-ngok has been pulled into a controversy over the alleged unauthorised demolition of two historic buildings in Guangzhou, one of which was the home of Sit Kok-sin, the late "King of Cantonese Opera".

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 1 comment

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in transport infrastructure improves a mainland mayor's chances of promotion, while spending on environmental improvements lowers them, a research paper using data between 2000 and 2009 has found.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 1 comment

Work on delta bridge linked to expected decline in dolphin numbers

Construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge is linked to the expected decline in Chinese white dolphins.

A report to be released within days is expected to partly blame the impact of construction work on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge for a continuing steep decline in the number of pink dolphins in Hong Kong waters.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 1 comment

Lung Mei beach plan fought on ecological grounds

Save Lung Mei Alliance members take their protest to the High Court yesterday. Construction is due to begin next week. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Ho Loy, a member of the Save Lung Mei Alliance, filed a notice with the High Court seeking a judicial review of the government's decision to allow the building of the Lung Mei beach on the grounds of a flawed environmental impact assessment.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am

Letters to the Editor, June 15, 2013

Barbarians and the Lions at Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: AP

Land exchange best hope for urban growth

I refer to Jake van der Kamp's column ("Land exchange is not the way forward", June 6) in reply to my letter ("Adopt land exchange for new town", June 5).

I was delighted to read his cosy view that we are "under nowhere near the development pressures we faced back then", from the 1960s to the 1980s.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:53am

Overseas passengers return to Kai Tak with official opening of HK$8.2b cruise terminal

Passengers disembark from the Celebrity Millennium at Kai Tak, when it docked at the terminal during a trial run in March. Photo: Felix Wong

Built at a cost of HK$8.2 billion, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal finally welcomed its first visitors yesterday after years of planning and construction. Carrying more than 3,000 passengers and making her maiden voyage to Hong Kong, the 310-metre, 15-deck Mariner of the Seas would have been too big to berth at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:19am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, June 5, 2013

Protesters on a barricade in Istanbul. Photo: Reuters

Adopt land exchange for new town

At long last, after looking at those miles of underdeveloped land between Tuen Mun and Yuen long, it has been decided to develop the area surrounding Hung Shui Kiu which stands athwart the highway between these two towns.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am

Small-house policy is flawed

Hau Kwok-cheung - outside Fanling Court - maintains that his house in Kam Tsin village is not subject to a three-storey limit under the small-house policy. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The small-house policy is now becoming more like a tool for developers to grab land and build houses for sale rather than a policy for villagers to build their own houses.

Although every indigenous male villager has the right to build a small house, not all of them want to and even those who do may not be able to acquire a piece of land to make this possible.

4 Jun 2013 - 1:58am 1 comment

West Kowloon project will need more finance, says arts hub chief

Michael Lynch

Rising construction costs have put pressure on the West Kowloon arts hub and it will need more financing in the future, its chief says. Michael Lynch has admitted that may mean changing construction plans.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:29am 5 comments

New public hospital proposed for Kai Tak district

New public hospital proposed for Kai Tak district

It would serve the many new housing developments planned for the site of the former airport, and would answer a longstanding complaint of Wong Tai Sin residents: that the densely populated district lacks adequate medical facilities close by.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Without land reform, China cannot meet its policy goal of urbanisation

Photo: Reuters

The deaths of three farmers in Henan , Hubei and Sichuan - killed separately while protesting against the requisition of their land - have made the central government sit up. On May 13, the Ministry of Land and Resources warned officials to enforce the rule against illegal land grabs.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 3 comments

Foreign aid for development projects is cut as African economies grow

Commentators on Britain's recent announcement of the end of direct aid to South Africa noted wryly that the aid cut roughly corresponded to the US$22 million President Jacob Zuma spent on 'security' upgrades for his home. Photo: Xinhua

Last year Western aid to sub-Saharan Africa quite literally decimated. Rich countries making up the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) reduced assistance to the region by 10 per cent, the largest drop in 16 years.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Dolphins' demise inevitable

A young pink dolphin and its mother play off Lantau, site of massive public works projects. Photo: AFP

Stu Pryke's letter ("Neglect of workable survival plan has condemned dolphins", May 11) and the articles ("Iconic pink dolphins are disappearing fast", May 5) and ("Hong Kong 'must save its pink dolphins'", May 12) on the fast disappearing dolphins make very sad reading.

23 May 2013 - 4:19am 1 comment

Bold vision of reclamation

The newly reclamated land in Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

I refer to the report ("Unease over reclamation", April 29), and would like to provide information on the vision and overall planning in the proposals for reclamation outside Victoria Harbour.

21 May 2013 - 4:15am