Man Made Disaster

China Navigation in US$300m vessel deal

China Navigation, the shipping company privately owned by John Swire & Sons, has signed a US$300 million deal for eight 31,000 deadweight tonne multipurpose ships with Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding.

Thursday, 30 December, 2010, 12:00am



Andy Lau Unforgettable Concert 2010

Canto-pop singer-actor Andy Lau Tak-wah in concert. Dec 30, Jan 1-8, 8.15pm, also Dec 31, 9.30pm, HK Coliseum, 9 Cheong Wan Rd, Hung Hom, HK$180-HK$480 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2905 8134

Say It Loud!

30 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Firefighters change tactics after loss of water-bombing helicopters

The grounding of three government helicopters after an engine failure has severely curbed firefighters' ability to combat blazes, as seasonally low humidity and strong winds push the risk to extreme levels.

29 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

3 GFS helicopters grounded after emergency landing

The Government Flying Service has grounded all three of its Super Puma Mk II helicopters after engine failure forced one to make an emergency landing in the Shing Mun Reservoir yesterday.

The helicopter was taking water from the reservoir to douse a nearby hill fire in Tai Mo Shan when the incident happened at 10.30am.

28 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

One-Claus town

With temperatures that can plunge below minus 40 degrees Celsius, freezing winds that howl down from Siberia and darkness from mid-afternoon, the town of Mohe might not sound ideal for a holiday. But if its tourist officials get their way, there will soon be an influx of visitors to this isolated town in Heilongjiang province during the bitter winter months.

21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The Planner


JJ 'Invincible'

Joe Law Hon-wah's ceramic works from his Gundam, Speedy, Classic and Life series. Today, 11am-7pm, Red Elation Gallery, 5-6 Lung On St, Wan Chai. Inquiries: 2893 7837. Ends today


21 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The Planner


Island of Four Seasons

Yin Zhaoyang's paintings exploring humanity and history. Today-Fri, 10.30am-6.30pm, Tang Contemporary Art, Basement, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan. Inquiries: 2544 9918. Ends Fri

Allaprima 2010

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am


Privacy chief missed great opportunity

I refer to the report ('HK$250,000 PR deal sparks anger with watchdog', December 15).

This sum of HK$250,000 of our hard-earned tax dollars was spent in an effort to further the agenda of Privacy Commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang for reshaping the privacy ordinance currently under public consultation.

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

The Planner



Photographs by View Camera Club members show how shadows connect photographer and subject and, in so doing, expand their horizon. Today-Tue, Thu, 10am-7pm, Wed, 10am-9pm, 3/F Former Central Police Station Compound, 10 Hollywood Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2777 1955. Ends Thu

In the Mood for Art

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Visitors from across strait give Grand Hotel new lease on life

Visitors from the mainland have overtaken the Japanese as the main guests of the most famous hotel in Taiwan, pushing the occupancy rate to more than 75 per cent and enabling it to turn a profit this year.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am


Don't set exam bar too high for foreign doctors

I have been following with interest your reports on the various woes of the medical profession in Hong Kong.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am


Shanghai tragedy was not inevitable

I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of dozens of people in last month's fire in Shanghai.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Tunnel connects last county without a road

Finally, every county in China is connected by road.

And the people of Metok county in the Tibet Autonomous Region will at last, after several doomed attempts, have a link to the outside world.

16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am



Guo Hua: a Contemporary Interpretation

Experimental and installational work, and traditional ink-and-brush landscape and insect paintings by local artist Koon Wai-bong. Today-Sat, 2pm-6pm, Blue Lotus Gallery, Unit 24, 5/F Wah Luen Industrial Centre, 15-21 Wong Chuk Yeung St, Fotan. Inquiries: 2526 6716. Ends Sat


16 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Adapting to change

Far from being another unsuccessful international meeting, as some predicted, the Cancun summit is likely to be seen in years to come as a seminal moment.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am