Briefs, December 19, 2012

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou pledged not to interfere with freedom of speech or the media, and said he had called on Beijing to release Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. 

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 3:18am

Survival pod maker says he can't meet demand ahead of doomsday

Yang Zongfu test drives his pod. Photo: Youku screen grab

The Zhejiang inventor whose successful crash test of his survival pod earlier this year made him an internet celebrity says he cannot keep up with demand for the device as December 21 doomsday fears mount.

20 Dec 2012 - 5:11pm

Forget doomsday, we've more pressing issues to worry over

Forebodings about doomsday cause superstitious people rushing to stockpile emergency provisions like candles.

The last incredible apocalyptic scenario came and went 12 years ago with barely a hiccup. Remember Y2K, or the millennium bug? Yet predictions without any basis in science or reason continue to come around. The current one holds that the end of the ancient Mayan calendar on December 21 - this Friday - portends a dire event, or even the end of the world.

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am 1 comment

Hebei villager constructs large emergency survival pods

Furniture maker Liu Qiyuan, who has constructed spherical emergency shelters in a village in Langfang, Hebei, believes his structures could save his family from big floods, earthquakes or solar storms. Photo: AFP

A father's 20-year mission to provide a haven from the apocalypse for his daughter comes to fruition - just in time for a predicted end of the world

13 Dec 2012 - 8:54am

Relief at authority's admission of flaws

The Hospital Authority has admitted there were flaws in the process under which two senior doctors were punished for Caritas Medical Centre's failure to assist an elderly heart attack victim who collapsed at its front door.

One of the doctors, Ng Fu, head of the accident and emergency department, said yesterday he was relieved at the authority's admission.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Only 46pc of calls are genuine emergencies

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Thursday Think Tank

1 Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to take control of battle against youth drug use ... that's because Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen is too busy fighting on the dangerous tree front.

2 Plastic bag levy comes into effect ... but some confused people now think you can't use them indoors at bars, karaoke clubs and mahjong parlours.

9 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of the proposed ambulance dispatch system?

The government has unveiled its new medical priority dispatch system ('Staff raise fears over new ambulance system', July 4). It is proposed that the three-tier grading system will have response times of nine, 12 and 20 minutes.

8 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

New 999 procedures will help save lives

The ambitious response targets that fire chiefs have set for ambulance services have become increasingly hard for medics to meet. That is not their fault. The services are being stretched to the limit, with the number of emergency calls - whether critical or frivolous - rising each year.

4 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Less than half 999 calls genuine

Of the 2,279,672 calls made to the 999 emergency number last year, only 44 per cent, or 995,188, were genuine, with the remainder being nuisance or misdialled calls, the police said yesterday in a statement urging Hongkongers to use the hotline only for emergencies. A spokesman said misuse tied up hotline staff and could delay handling of genuine emergencies.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Emergency The Pigeon Detectives (CD)

The Pigeon Detectives' latest album, Emergency, is packed with upbeat rock and indie blends. The Pigeons are sometimes criticised for failing to produce truly innovative music, but with an increasing number of talented bands emerging, it's a tough job. But the band delighted music fans with their debut Wait For Me, setting a high bar for Emergency.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Perfect road trip music

The skinny on the newest albums

The Pigeon Detectives' latest album Emergency is packed with upbeat rock and indie blends.

The Pigeons are sometimes criticised for failing to produce truly innovative music, but with an increasing number of talented bands emerging, it's a tough job.

3 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Stop abusing 999, police urge

Police have appealed against abuse of the emergency 999 number, after 1,293,452 calls, or 58 per cent of those received last year by command and control centres were nuisance or misdialled calls. A total of 2,239,457 calls were received, of which only 946,005 were genuine calls.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

'Help, help, help' were missing policeman's last words

Fears grow for constable lost in country park for three days

'Help! help! help!' were the last words a constable missing in Sai Kung Country Park said on Sunday before his mobile phone dropped out, according to police.

14 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Priority system in use worldwide

The Medical Priority Despatch System (MPDS) - the controversial proposal to grade the urgency of each ambulance call, tabled recently in the legislature by the Fire Services Department - has been widely used for years in 22 countries, including the US, Canada and Britain.

Hong Kong will be the first in Asia to implement MPDS, a Fire Services Department (FSD) spokesman says.

29 Jul 2005 - 12:00am