After Hong Kong ferry tragedy, there must be accountability

Rescue operation is underway at the waters off Lamma Island after a collision accident occur between a ferry of HK Electric and another one from Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry. Photo: Sam Tsang

A government's job is to protect its people. The finding of the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry tragedy that "serious systemic failings" within the Marine Department were in part to blame, therefore, comes as a shock.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 1:23am

Girl born amid rubble in 2008 dies in Yaan

Villagers walk past a damaged house in quake-hit Yuxi village of Lushan county, Sichuan province. Photo: Xinhua

Four-year-old Wang Yanxia was considered lucky and a gift to her family when she was born in the wake of the magnitude-8 earthquake that hit Wenchuan, Sichuan, in 2008. Now her family is struggling to face the reality of her death in the Yaan quake.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Husband dies after mentally ill wife fails to get help

The man, who slipped in the bathroom and hit his head, died from blood loss, officers believe. His 77-year-old wife had not drunk or eaten anything for the two days when police found her.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:22am

Shenzhen residents mourn man swallowed by massive sink hole

Residents mourns for the guard, Yang Jiabin, who was swalloed by a massive sink hole on Tuesday night. Photo: Weibo/Zhang Hongxi

Candles were lit and wreaths laid on Wedneday night by residents in a Shenzhen residential compound for a 25-year old security guard who died after being swallowed by a massive sink hole, which opened up under his feet on Tuesday evening.

28 Mar 2013 - 10:59am

Man dies in Shenzhen after being swallowed by massive hole - video

The sink hole seen moments after the collapse. (Photo: SCMP pictures)

One man died when a massive sink hole opened up under his feet at a Shenzhen residential compound on Tuesday evening, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The sink hole that swallowed 25-year old security guard Yang Jiabin measured five metres in diameter and was some four floors deep.

27 Mar 2013 - 4:12pm

Five pupils drown in Shanxi water reservoir

The pupils were playing near the reservoir at Wang Bao village on Saturday and fell into the water by accident, the report said.

11 Mar 2013 - 2:32pm

Disabled wife burns to death after husband flees fire

The blaze tore through the ninth-floor flat in Sha Tin, which firefighters are now trawling for clues. Photo: Edward Wong

Police are investigating a fire at a Sha Tin public housing estate which killed a woman who could not walk and was left in the burning flat by her husband yesterday morning. Residents had heard arguing and objects being thrown before the fire broke out on the ninth floor of Cypress House, Kwong Yuen estate, at 5.25am. The charred body of Chan Chi-ying, 52, was found on a bed inside. She could not walk as her leg was in plaster from an injury she received two months ago while at work, her brother said.

16 Feb 2013 - 3:46am

Lessons to learn from freed mental patient's murder-suicide

Mentally ill patients' attempts to suicide can be prevented. Photo: Simon Song

Once more, there has been a tragedy in Hong Kong involving a mentally ill patient and, again, questions are being raised as to whether it could have been prevented. A Tai Koo Shing housewife who had twice threatened to commit suicide strangled her 10-year-old son on Tuesday before hanging herself.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:57am

Tragedies prompt action call on 'left behind' children

The Bijie rubbish bin where five children died. Photo: SCMP

Schools must register so-called "left-behind" children and must pay special attention to their basic needs, the mainland's education ministry said yesterday, after several tragedies involving rural children whose parents live and work elsewhere.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:54am

Book review: Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Book review: Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

The wedding of Carmen and Matt is a pleasantly raucous affair, held outdoors at a bohemian farm in rural Wisconsin. Carmen's brother and sister have both momentarily slipped away from the proceedings. Alice, to her thrilled astonishment, has been taken to a back bedroom by Matt's sister Maude and now lies underneath her, naked, being thoroughly ravished. 

3 Dec 2012 - 6:26pm

Talking about drama

Drama is an important part of the school curriculum, or should be. Many schools have drama festivals while some give students the chance to write their own scripts. It's a lot of fun, isn't it? Some readers may have studied plays by William Shakespeare or may have attended a performance at a local theatre.

23 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

No-win scenario for royal family

In the wake of the tragic death of the Princess of Wales I cannot but remark on the grossly unfair criticism that is being levelled at the rest of the royal family.

To my way of thinking they have simply demonstrated what used to be regarded as an admirable British trait, namely keeping a stiff upper lip.

9 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Tragedy in a choice of words

In the article by Russell Miller describing the Bhopal gas tragedy and the effort on its victims, I take exception to Mr Miller's reference to a young woman shyly sitting in a doorway, who gabbles something in Hindustani, when replying that she had three miscarriages after the incident.

19 May 1997 - 12:00am

Series of blunders led to David Chan's death

I was greatly saddened and angered by the needless and preventable tragedy which claimed the life of David Chan Yuk-cheung off the Diaoyu Islands.

My heart goes out to his family for their terrible and tragic loss. The captain of the vessel owes them an explanation.

1 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

The real tragedy

As the massive search and rescue operation continued off the New York coastline yesterday - almost certainly without hope of finding survivors - preliminary inquiries into the tragic loss of TWA flight 800 to Paris were already beginning to suggest a terrorist attack. However, there was still room last night to believe these predictions might yet be wrong.

19 Jul 1996 - 12:00am