Protesting farmer crushed to death in Sichuan

Online photo shows dead farmer Song Wuhua.

Another farmer has been crushed to death in China in a dispute with a mining company on Wednesday – the third such case in a week, mainland media reported on Friday.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 4:41pm 3 comments

Premier recalls major turning point for nation

The zhiqing (educated youth) who were sent down to do farm work with local peasants study Chairman Mao's red book with a local farmer in the field.

While new premier Li Keqiang gave little away about his personal feelings in his speech yesterday, he spared a moment to recall one day in one of the poorest counties in China during the Cultural Revolution as one of his most memorable experiences.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am

How Taiwan's Shen Hsin-ling helped poor through computers

Shen Hsin-ling on her visit to Hong Kong last week. Photo: Felix Wong

Shen Hsin-ling changed the lives of poor, struggling Taiwanese farmers by setting up a website to sell their fresh produce - a feat even a computer-savvy adult would find challenging. Shen was 11 when she finished the project.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am

Angry farmer who threatened children after his house demolished detained

A Hunan farmer turned himself in last night following a citywide manhunt in Guangzhou that began at the weekend after he threatened to attack schools in the city.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:53am

First farmers crafted ancient water wells without metal tools

One of the ancient wooden water wells in eastern Germany, built by farmers from hollowed-out tree trunks. Photo: SCMP

The people who lived in eastern Germany around 7,000 years ago are thought to have been some of the first farmers.

Now, new archaeological evidence suggests they were also skilled woodworkers, crafting intricate water wells some 2,000 years before metal tools were forged in Europe.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:00am

Wealth gap to be cut, Han Changfu tells Central Rural Work Conference

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities.

Beijing will look to boost farmers' income, protect their land rights and seek more equitable treatment for migrant workers in cities, reports from the annual rural work conference said yesterday.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Two steps that would prove Beijing is serious about reform

Rural migrants earn less and have less job security. Photo: Xinhua

At their first Politburo meeting earlier this month, China's incoming leaders pledged to boost domestic consumer demand, promote urbanisation and enhance social welfare provision.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am 2 comments

How did Hong Kong Airlines win a prize for service excellence?

Japan's Emperor Akihito

We wrote last week about our astonishment at Hong Kong Airlines receiving a prize from the magazine Capital CEO for its "service excellence in the aviation industry." As readers who have followed our previous reports on this airline will know, it has had considerable difficulties this year and "excellent service" is not what immediately springs to mind when reflecting on the airline.

27 Nov 2012 - 3:14am

The Green Huntsman

In the great forest of Grunwald, people have told tales of a ghostly Green Huntsman who rode through the thicket on his black horse with a pack of hell hounds snapping at his heels.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Airport sets new record for monthly movements

The airport set a new monthly record in March with 29,600 flight movements, which was 5.2 per cent up on March last year. Resident and visitor traffic rose 20 per cent and 8 per cent respectively, but cargo throughput declined 0.4 per cent to 368, 000 tonnes year on year. Exports grew 3 per cent and transshipments fell 3 per cent.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Marriage headed for the rocks on mainland

Women marry for money and houses, while men wed for passion and looks, according to a countrywide survey of single and divorced mainlanders.

Almost 80 per cent of women interviewed said they would not consider a man who earned less than 4,000 yuan (HK$4,900) a month.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Milk on tap

Listen to the news podcast about a business set up by an enterprising farmer in Germany and then answer the questions

1 What imaginary situation are you put into at the start of the podcast?

a. your local convenience store has been robbed

b. you have run out of milk at home

c. you are waiting for a delivery of milk

14 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mother made son stand naked in hall

A woman was handed a 12-month probation order yesterday for making her son, six, stand naked in the corridor outside their flat. Lin Qiong-yu, 30, a farmer who came to the city two years ago, had pleaded guilty in Kowloon City Court to ill-treatment of a child on October 12. Deputy Magistrate Ko Wai-hung said such an offence might have a permanent psychological impact on the boy.

8 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

What John changed and why

I've set my version of 'The Man with a Wish' in a world closer to the one we know in modern Hong Kong.

So now the poor man is no longer on his way to the market to sell his last cow. Instead he's walking to a job interview in Kowloon.

And I've removed the magical element.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

While I am now a totally urbanised citizen, I have not always been so. I've had the privilege of experiencing the rural way of life - rounding up cattle on a farm the size of Belgium from a helicopter, learning about the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef first-hand from marine biologists, diving to survey the destruction of the reef from our planet's overheating.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am