HK's pellet woes

A ship's lost cargo has locals worried about the quality of the city's fish.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

Silence on plastic pellets bred unease

There is no greater worry than fear of the unknown. Snow-like piles of plastic pellets washing up on beaches may not seem something to be feared, but the uncertainty of their impact on the environment, sea life, animals and the food chain are another matter.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm

Worries over pellet spill persist despite promises

Government pledges on the spill of 150 tonnes of plastic pellets during Typhoon Vicente did little to ease the fears of Hongkongers yesterday.

It said it would keep the public up to date about the clean-up operation on beaches and post the results of tests on fish online.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Ministers contrite over pellet plague

The health and environment ministers vowed to improve procedures yesterday in the face of mounting criticism of the government's delayed response to the waves of plastic pellets washed onto Hong Kong's shores following Severe Typhoon Vicente two weeks ago.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Volunteers remove plastic pellets from beach

Volunteers remove plastic pellets from beach

More than 150 volunteers from the Hong Kong-based NGO Ecovision Asia removed 217 bags of plastic pellets and assorted rubbish from Big Wave Bay beach yesteday. Some 150 tonnes of the plastic pellets were in six containers which fell from the Yong Xin Jie 1 freighter when Typhoon Vicente struck the city last month.

13 Aug 2012 - 10:23am

Hundreds help clear pellets

Hundreds of volunteers yesterday helped clear up the mass of plastic pellets washed ashore on Discovery Bay's beaches in the wake of Typhoon Vicente two weeks ago.

For their part, environmental groups called for quicker action from the government.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

DB residents urged to help clear pellets

Discovery Bay has been left with an unwanted reminder of Typhoon Vicente in the form of millions of raw plastic pellets blown off a ship.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Michelin restaurant ducks criticism after diner bites the bullet during main course

You've heard the old joke, 'waiter, there's a fly in my soup!' Well, it was a case of 'waiter, there's a bullet in my duck' recently at the French haute cuisine restaurant Caprice.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Japanese alarm at wave of copycat shootings

A rise in the number of shootings in Japan has opened a new discussion on gun ownership - even though the weapons being fired are nothing more than air guns.

In the latest incident on Tuesday night, a 47-year-old man was arrested in the central Japanese town of Kyotanabe for repeatedly firing an air rifle at houses and cars.

13 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Play soldiers on your own battlefield

Those war-gaming louts who have invaded our tranquil country parks have clearly gone out of control. These weekend warriors presumably know no other way to work off their aggression and weekday frustration than to don camouflage uniforms, paint their faces with imitation mud and carry menacing fake firearms.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Pleasant walk being ruined by war games

Although I don't enjoying curbing anyone's fun, I would like to lodge a complaint about the war games that take place every weekend at the peak of Mount Davis in Pokfulam.

14 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Man held after pistol find

A jobless man, 54, was arrested after the seizure of a home-made pistol, metal pellets and explosives in a hut in Tan Kwai Tsuen, Yuen Long.

The pistol was made of two water pipes about 20cm long and 2cm wide.

20 Oct 1998 - 12:00am