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Geography of Italy

Court battle looms over Po Toi niches

The developers of a memorial garden on a historically important island are prepared to fight through the courts to stop lands officials repossessing the site for a breach of land leases.

Friday, 4 May, 2012, 12:00am

Canal hopping

Raised in Milan, a three-hour rattle along Trenitalia's westward rail line, I've been visiting Venice for decades. I've cruised through the city, taking in the ancient palazzi from the seat of a gondola. I've even donned one of those hideous facemasks and immersed myself into the incognito revelry of Venice's world-famous February Carnevale (carnival).

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Host of annual Alba truffle auction wins 1.25kg pair for Euro98,000, and pledges Euro25,000 to charity

For this year's annual Alba white truffle charity auction, bidders with deep pockets followed their nose to Central's Island Tang restaurant for an evening of fine food, wine and paddle-raising.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Woods rues 'ones that got away'

Sean Woods chalked up his 200th winner in Hong Kong with the first leg of a double, but that was not the milestone he has been thinking about over the past few weeks.

Woods is ruing missed opportunities after amassing an incredible 49 second placegetters this season, a disproportionate figure to his 28 wins for the term.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Outclassed Tai Po target domestic glory after AFC Cup defeat

Debutants WoFoo Tai Po's hopes in the AFC Cup are virtually over after another defeat at home to SHB Da Nang, of Vietnam, in their group H match last night.

The 2-1 defeat at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground leaves Tai Po at the bottom of the four-team group with only one point from four matches.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Our rivers need greater protection

Conservationists describe the illegal damming of a natural stream in Tai Po, apparently to provide road access to a development project that has not even been approved, as the worst case of eco-vandalism since the Tung Chung stream incident more than four years ago. Those are strong words, even in a city well accustomed to conflict between development and preservation of the environment.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Locanda Cipriani

Where is it? On the island of Torcello, northeast of the Venetian lagoon and a 45-minute boat ride from Venice.

13 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Another Lantau stream is sacrificed

Democrats say the diversion of the waterway proves new laws are needed

A 300-metre section of Lantau's Ngong Ping stream has been diverted into a man-made channel in the latest case of environmental destruction on the island.

The channel diverts the stream as part of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation's cable car development leading to the Big Buddha.

29 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Hotel Cala Di Volpe

Where? Costa Smerelda on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.

Isn't that where the rich and famous holiday? Indeed. This 40km stretch of ruggedly beautiful coastline, lapped by emerald green waves (hence its name), was the brainchild of the Aga Khan during the 1960s, and was built to strict architectural guidelines.

20 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Butterflies lend colour and beauty to Mai Po

Mai Po is well known as a haven for birds but is less well known for its butterflies. Over 53 species of butterflies have been recorded at Mai Po, providing a colourful spectacle during summer.

Birds are not the only visitors to Mai Po. Each year many butterflies pass through during spring and autumn. They play an important role in the pollination of plants.

25 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Battle over Shalotung goes on

The losing battle to preserve Shalotung continues. The latest chapter is marked by intransigence and lack of regard for the once-pristine beauty of the valley - both familiar ingredients in the 21-year-old saga.

20 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Talking point

1. Should anything be done to reduce the trade in endangered species if it helps Japan's economy recover from recession? Tell us what you think. Write to Talking Points, c/o Young Post, PO Box 323, Tai Po, New Territories. Fax: 2661-6984. E-mail: ypost@scmp.com

3 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Figs and coffee start day of bliss in idyllic Tuscany

OUTSIDE the bedroom door on the flagstone terrace, there was a fig tree with fruit bursting to ripe perfection.

Every morning, under the blue Tuscan skies of late summer, we would breathe the crisp air, brew coffee and cut up figs for breakfast.

Then we would lay out maps, open guide books and plot the course of another perfect day.

9 May 1999 - 12:00am

Land deals

More than half of land disposed of in the previous financial year was through private treaty grants, Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Bowen Leung Po-wing said.

22 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Site strike

A 23-year-old labourer was critically ill in hospital after being struck by lightning while tying bricks with a cable on a construction site in Lo Fai Road, Tai Po, yesterday.

4 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

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