Man Made Disaster

The best of the rest

While you don't have to leave Asia to get your festival fix, the really heavy-hitting action is happening in the US and Europe, where multi-day music blow-outs have been attracting the biggest, most hyped-up names in pop and rock for decades.

Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am

Japanese eateries plan to cut prices

Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong hit by nuclear contamination fears plan to cut prices and ask the government to provide safety certificates for food imported from Japan in a bid to stay afloat.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

The days after

At night, Tokyo's famed Ginza retail and nightlife quarter still looks like an abandoned film set; blackouts and a lack of clientele conspire to extinguish its blare and shimmer. By day, however, signs of life are emerging just over a fortnight since the March 11 earthquake plunged Japan into its worst post-war crisis.

29 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Hongkongers must do more to protect planet

The letters page on March 22 covered topics including the horrors of shark finning, the unwelcome development proposal for Lamma, the apparent need for a new runway and the impending incinerator, among others.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Normal service restored by still-smarting Wales

Once they were slayers of world champions. But last night giant-killers Hong Kong tasted the revenge of the fallen and it was hard to stomach as they tumbled to a 35-12 defeat at the hands of Wales in their opening pool game.

The defeat put to rest a grudge which had been an irritant for Wales the past year.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Students turn to sperm donation as a means to raise funds

Perhaps inspired by late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's 1980s mantra that 'to get rich is glorious', some Guangdong university students have turned to a new method for making money. But members of the public have reacted with shock to newspaper reports that sperm donation, a virtual taboo among mainland men just a few years ago, is now regarded by some as a viable way to earn some cash.

26 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Zhejiang villagers become the latest victims of lead poisoning

More than 130 villagers in Zhejiang - including at least 35 children aged between 14 months and 10 years - are suffering from lead poisoning caused by a battery factory in the latest toxic metal pollution scandal to hit the mainland.

25 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Lesson in civility

Japan has been subjected to a horrifying ordeal since it was struck by a massive magnitude-9 earthquake, followed by a gigantic tsunami that knocked out the Fukushima nuclear power plant, precipitating a nuclear crisis. But the calamity also showcased the resilience of Japanese society and the strength of its people.

23 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Freeman Lau takes inspiration from the elements in his latest design

Freeman Lau Siu-hong, who went from humble graphic designer to award-winning visionary who shapes corporate identities - most notably the award-winning Watsons Water bottle design in 2002 - has teamed with Malaysian pewter manufacturer and retailer Royal Selangor.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Internet user held by police for spreading polluted sea rumour

A man has been detained by police and fined 500 yuan (HK$593) for spreading rumours that radiation from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant had polluted the sea around Shandong, China News Service reports.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Incendiary rhetoric is not the answer

In his article, Lau Nai-keung equates recent actions by anti-government forces with 'revolutionary' activity ('Protesters play with fire by breaking rules', March 18).

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Nuclear energy isn't worth the risk

I was shocked by the news about the explosions at nuclear reactors in Japan. I started to be concerned about the leakage of radiation and began to doubt the safety of nuclear energy. Those who support using it as a source of electricity claim nuclear energy is much cleaner than other types of energy. They also say nuclear energy will not run out, unlike other energy sources.

22 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Careful what you fish for

It's a sunny afternoon in Tai O; Kwok Chi-kuen sits on a platform outside his pang uk, or stilt home, knotting a new fishing net. The 54-year-old Water Supplies Department worker relocated to Tin Shui Wai with his family in the 70s, when he gave up the fisherman's life as fish stocks dwindled in nearby waters. But on his days off, Kwok still returns to his old home for a bit of fishing.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Second brush with death for quake honeymooner

Fifteen years after a 12-year-old Stanley Cheung Yun-hang nearly died in a fire, he found himself in grave danger again, caught in Japan's biggest earthquake on record on March 11.

This time, his first thoughts were for his new bride, Rainbow. They were on honeymoon when the quake hit their hotel in Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture, northern Japan.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Sun Hei concentrating on the league

Sun Hei advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup but the relegation-threatened club vowed to keep their focus on survival in the BMA First Division.

They edged Fourway Rangers 3-2 at Tsing Yi Sports Ground yesterday, with former Hong Kong international Wong Chun-yue picking up his first goal in two years.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am