The curse of a lady's missing emerald

Should we feel sympathy for the Swiss woman who lost an emerald ring worth HK$12.3 million in the Four Seasons Hotel?

Thursday, 19 January, 2012, 12:00am

Home truths of mainland toy story

Buying toys on the mainland is certainly not child's play. Independent studies have shown that they commonly contain substances like lead or chromium that could debilitate or even kill. Weak regulations and low standards ensure that manufacturers can easily put profit ahead of safety. The result is that what is given out of love or as a reward can bring not joy, but heartbreak.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

China is hurting its future by not acting on lead poisoning

Another village was found last month to have been poisoned. More than 300 people, including 99 children, were diagnosed with acute lead poisoning in Zhejiang province. Unfortunately, entire villages being poisoned by lead from battery factories or lead smelters is not unusual - in the past year alone, mass poisonings in six provinces have been reported in central and southern China.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Guangdong children suffer lead poisoning

Another case of excessive lead pollution has been uncovered on the mainland, this time in Guangdong, where a county government admits dozens of children are affected.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing to probe lead poisoning

The central government has taken over the investigation into a lead pollution incident involving one of China's biggest battery factories, in Deqing county, Zhejiang, and will soon release its findings, China News Service reports.

A county official told the news agency that a team of specialists from the Ministry of Environmental Protection had arrived in Deqing on Saturday.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Factory to blame for lead levels, villagers say

Excessive lead levels have been found in the blood of workers at a motorcycle battery factory in Deqing county, Zhejiang, and dozen of villagers living nearby.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Order restored after factory protest

A heavy police presence temporarily restored peace to turbulent Fengxiang county in Shaanxi province yesterday, where hundreds of villagers stormed a chemical plant that is being blamed for more than 600 children falling ill.

19 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Anxiety spreads beyond lead-hit towns over true extent of pollution

As furious villagers tried to smash the factory near their homes in Shaanxi province that left more than 600 children sick with lead poisoning, anxiety spread in surrounding areas over the true extent of the pollution.

18 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Fownes suffers heartache as Jackpot Delight withdrawn

Champion trainer's big hope found to be lame for QE II Cup

Champion trainer Caspar Fownes experienced the low side of big-time racing yesterday when he found his Audermars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup contender Jackpot Delight to be lame in the right front leg. He was formally scratched from the race later in the morning.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Lead poisoning confirmed in Hunan

At least three children and one adult have been confirmed to be suffering from lead poisoning three months after a smelting plant in their Hunan village was shut down, a local environmental official admitted yesterday.

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Demolition team goes to work on polluting Gansu smelter

Local authorities yesterday tore down production facilities at a smelter in Gansu after investigators found it to be the major source of pollutants that caused more than 350 villagers to suffer lead poisoning.

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Drink milk? Poisoned villagers too poor to buy it

'Let them drink milk.' That's what health experts have prescribed to poisoned Gansu villagers too poor to afford anything but water, according to a local doctor.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Poisoned villagers' pleas were ignored

Smelter blamed for excessive levels of lead in their blood

Residents of several villages in Gansu province, where hundreds of people are suffering from lead poisoning, yesterday accused the local government of ignoring for years their concerns about a nearby lead smelter.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Thousands poisoned by lead from smelting plant, Gansu villagers claim

Thousands of villagers in the northwest province of Gansu have been showing up to hospital with lead poisoning they say was caused by a local smelting plant.

6 Sep 2006 - 12:00am



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