China Digest, February 8, 2013

The former party secretary of Chaohu's civil affairs bureau was sentenced to 10½ years in jail for embezzling 100,000 yuan (HK$124,400) from village coffers in 2005, when he was party chief of Zhonghan town. 

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 4:43am

A lick of paint has a healing touch

Injured trees need their wounds dressed just like people. And, like humans, that includes bandages and the arboreal equivalent of band-aids.

Now, however, researchers have come up with a new means of treatment: ordinary exterior house paint.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


The stereotypical Queenslander is seen largely as right-wing and with a penchant for pumpkin scones, cane-toad ashtrays and an infamous beer called XXXX. However, other Queenslanders - the houses - represent the most quintessential architectural style of the region.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Nature's riches from the Amazon

Under the tree shades


Forget about spine-chilling mice climbing from sewers to haunt dai pai dong diners. The world's largest rodent, the capybara, is stockier than rats, but no less endearing than guinea pigs.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

More temple termites means more money

The Hung Shing Temple in Ping Shan, Yuen Long, has been closed for emergency repairs after termites were found eating more wooden beams supporting the grade-two historic building. Villagers obtained a HK$1 million repair grant, the maximum amount allowed, from the government to fix a beam but it was recently found more beams had been damaged. They say the grant is inadequate.

6 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Termites irk tenant

A tenant feeling a mite irritated has issued a writ demanding his landlord give him hotel accommodation because his home is infested with white ants.

Fung Hon-kwong claims he has to spend one or two hours every night spraying flying termites at his Mei Foo Sun Chuen home.

11 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

A whole new meaning to having computer bugs

As the summer months do their worst to make our lives a living greenhouse, humidity and mould are just two of the smaller invasions the average Hong Kong household has to deal with.

They are problems that you can live without, if you don't mind paying for 24-hour air-conditioning, but there is still one problem that, rich or poor, none of us can get away from.

30 Jun 1998 - 12:00am


I REFER to your correspondent Mr Peter Vine's letter headlined, 'Termites killing trees' (South China Morning Post, October 21).

13 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Termites killing trees

AT the end of Po Shan Road, and alongside the path leading down to Realty Gardens, is a small wood.

Unfortunately the trees there are succumbing, one by one, to the attack of termites and a thick growth of creeper is aiding this.

21 Oct 1995 - 12:00am