Man Made Disaster

Risks and reward

Following the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, attention has fallen not only on how the country is coping with the aftermath.

Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am

Why it won't happen in HK

Japan's prime minister Naoto Kan has said the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear incident are the biggest crisis Japan has encountered in the 65 years since the end of the second world war.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh food imports under greater scrutiny

The Hong Kong government is stepping up monitoring of food imported from Japan, especially dairy products, fruit and vegetables, after the nuclear scare.

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Travel alert system comes under fire

The government's travel alert system has been criticised for encouraging people to risk personal safety to continue with their travel plans.

14 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Curse of the rare earths

On the outskirts of one of China's most polluted cities, an old farmer stares despairingly out across an immense lake of black dust and bubbling toxic waste that he remembers as fields of wheat and corn.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Perfect match

There are many variations of sea snail in spicy wine - some have more curry notes, some more chilli and others are full of heady Chinese wine aromas. Sichuan peppercorn has a numbing sensation that is exaggerated when the snails are eaten hot. Sea sweetness is carried in the texturally satisfying snail.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Queen of the oceans makes first visit to city

A sumptuous new queen of the seas berthed in Hong Kong yesterday, marking a new era in the city's life as a destination for cruise ships.

The Queen Elizabeth, which entered service in October, is one of four new cruise ships to visit the city this year, double the number of last year.

11 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

... but transparency is the solution to myriad social woes, delegates say

Transparency is the best remedy for many of the social ills the mainland faces today, such as corruption and quality control, top political advisers say.

11 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Brilliant Prebble keeps the momentum going with treble

It was all about Brett Prebble again at Happy Valley last night, as the Australian jockey landed a three-timer to keep the ball rolling on a brilliant two months since his return from an improper-riding ban.

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Old paradox means China's efficiency target won't help

Green activists were greatly heartened last week when Premier Wen Jiabao promised that improving the mainland's energy efficiency will be a key plank of Beijing's policy platform over the next five years. To add substance to his promise Wen announced a specific target: by 2015 China will reduce the amount of energy it burns to produce each unit of economic output by 16 per cent.

9 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Mandatory green targets set

Beijing announced new targets to improve energy efficiency, curb carbon emissions and combat widespread pollution in the next five years amid mounting concerns over the environmental impact of the mainland's runaway economic growth.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Sibling co-operation

Park Chan-kyung is among the most prominent South Korean artists today. Having graduated from first Seoul National University and then the California Institute of the Arts, the 46-year-old boasts of a Hermes Korea Missulsang award and two prizes from the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad

Sat, 10pm, Hyde

Drum'n'bass music has enjoyed a spirited following in Hong Kong since its worldwide explosion in the 1990s, and Saturday night's event at Hyde should pack out the two-storey venue.

3 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cashed-up investors can reign in Spain

Of late, Spain's property market seems to have moved faster than a flamenco dancer. First it was up - way up - during boom times that saw double-digit yearly price growth in the heady early years of the new millennium. Then the country went into recession in 2008 and property prices took a dive, from which the market has yet to recover.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Gear changes and weight drop to favour Royal Knight

Astute trainer and jockey combination Sean Woods and Olivier Doleuze combine with Royal Knight for a potential knockout to Triple Trio punters at Happy Valley tomorrow night, and the jackpot of almost HK$3.5 million may well rest on the five-year-old hitting the frame in the final leg.

1 Mar 2011 - 12:00am