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Old July 4th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #761
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Crocodile Bdg. Redevelopment - Central

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Emergency network 'setfor storm time' Officials focus on trees, floods
19 June 2009
South China Morning Post

The city's emergency network is set to swing into action to handle any accidents during the coming typhoon and rainstorm season, the Development Bureau says.

Government measures were in place to prevent a repeat of the severe flooding that took place in Sheung Wan and Tai O last year, it said.

Officials were also prepared to remove 300 large trees located in busy areas should they endanger pedestrians and vehicles, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said.

Eleven emergency control centres had been set up in the departments of Civil Engineering and Development, Architectural Services, Drainage Services, Highways and Water Supplies, the bureau's deputy secretary Enoch Lam Tin-sing said.

More than 100 engineering and technical staff would co-ordinate emergency repairs and maintenance, and 30 works contractors would stand by during rainstorms and typhoons, Mr Lam said.

An emergency command system led by a regional project manager from the civil engineering department would be activated in case of a large emergency that involved more than one department, he said.

Eddy Yau Kwok-yin, assistant director of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, said about 300 trees of at least 80cm in diameter, in busy areas, had been identified and were monitored for regular maintenance, disease control and pruning.

Extra checks would be conducted within a week after each heavy rainstorm or typhoon of signal number 8 or above. While efforts were made to conserve trees, he said, those that posed a risk would be removed. "Public safety is [our] first priority."

A leisure department spokeswoman said the trees were not on the register of old and valuable trees, which would be inspected twice a year.

Mak Shu-hei, deputy head of the geotechnical engineering office in the civil engineering department, said 39,000 slope inspections and maintenance had been completed before the rainy season started.

A seminar was held in March to instruct property owners, corporations and management companies on maintenance of slopes within their estates, deputy secretary for development Janet Wong Wing-chen said, adding more of such activities would be held to remind owners of their maintenance responsibilities.

Assistant director of drainage services So Yam-tat said Sheung Wan stormwater pumping station and associated drainage works would be able to cope with a rainfall of 120mm per hour - and avert the scale of flooding that happened in Sheung Wan last year.

He said Tai O had a flood warning system. He said that when the water level was predicted to rise three metres within the next six hours, the Observatory would send phone text messages to Tai O village representatives. They would receive a pre-recorded voice warning message when a real-time device detected the rain level had exceeded 2.88 metres.

"This is when water would begin to flood into Wing On Street [in Tai O]," Mr So said.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 06:58 PM   #765
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Do you know what they're building there?

The HK Design College (?) is also building a massive humongous complex across from Tiu Keng Leng MTR.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #766
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Do you know what they're building there?

The HK Design College (?) is also building a massive humongous complex across from Tiu Keng Leng MTR.
Probably more residential towers.
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Personnel practise rescue skills in case Tai O faces another flood
29 April 2009
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More than 200 people from 22 government bodies took part in a flood drill in Tai O yesterday following floods in the fishing village last year that were the worst in decades.

Officials said warnings would be issued ahead of floods, but villagers said warnings were not much help.

Police and firemen used new equipment to rescue trapped residents in simulated flooding scenarios yesterday. Other departments, including the Home Affairs Department, Housing Department and Social Welfare Department, rehearsed how they would assist Tai O residents after flooding subsided.

About 20 residents took part in the drill, playing other locals who had refused to leave their homes and ones who needed to move around in wheelchairs.

A new four-seat rubber dinghy bought by the Fire Services Department and a foldable boat were deployed during the drill.

Tai O village turned into a swamp in September when Typhoon Hagupit stirred up a storm surge. Seawater reached the tops of doors in the hardest hit areas.

After last year's flood, a serious flood alert system was designed to warn residents and strengthen departmental co-operation in emergencies.

"The flood warning can provide information to residents earlier," Director of Home Affairs Pamela Tan Kam Mi-wah said.

"It can also make a rescue more systematic."

Departments would be able to fine-tune their roles in the alert system after yesterday's drill, she said.

There are three parts to the flood-warning system, according to Islands District Officer Byron Lam Saint-kit.

In the first stage, the Observatory would issue a flood warning if it predicted a flood in which water levels would reach an adult's chest in five hours. Once they received the warning, residents could start moving their belongings to higher levels or prepare for an evacuation.

In the next stage, the Drainage Services Department would issue a warning when the sea was lapping around residents' ankles. Rescue teams would head to the village, advising villagers to leave for safer ground.

The final stage involves emergency relief for affected residents.

Tai O Rural Committee chairman Lee Chi-fung said last year's flood was the worst in seven decades and he hoped the warnings could help villagers prepare for future floods.

Chan Kam, a villager in his 70s, was less optimistic. He said he was not strong enough to move electrical appliances upstairs even if he was told of a coming flood.

"It wouldn't be much help unless they help us move our stuff," he said.

Another resident, Man Yau-kan, said she would remain at home in the face of evacuation warnings. "I have to look after my house," she said. "How can I leave for a shelter?"
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Sai Kung residents complain about careless removal of asbestos ledges
6 July 2009
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Sai Kung residents are worried about the unlawful removal of asbestos from a four-storey building in the main square in Man Nin Street.

Last Monday, builders began removing concrete ledges containing asbestos from the building. The ledges, measuring about four metres by one metre and which also serve as window awnings, were broken up and carried from the building in bags labelled "asbestos".

Asbestos is relatively safe if left undisturbed. But when buildings or materials are demolished, asbestos particles can be released into the air and are dangerous. In recent years airborne asbestos fibres have been linked to a number of diseases, including asbestosis and lung cancer.

Sai Kung resident Jessica Drechsler said she woke up a week ago to find workers climbing scaffolding around the building with little or no respiratory protection.

"I have seen asbestos before and couldn't believe my eyes as the workers broke apart the awnings," Ms Drechsler, who works in the construction industry, said. "Asbestos was floating through the air and around the square into the nearby vegetable shop and restaurants."

Matthew Wilcock, manager of a Sai Kung restaurant, also watched the work in disbelief. "I was shocked to see this in Hong Kong. The men were breaking apart the awnings and putting them into a huge plastic sheet to lower from the fourth floor to the ground. Imagine if the rope broke on that load."

The Labour Department's 120-page "Safety and Health at Work with Asbestos" code of practice states: "Use and handling of asbestos or materials containing asbestos in the workplace require strict control to prevent serious occupational diseases asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma."

The measures include suppressing the dust at source, partially or totally enclosing the area, and making sure workers wear protective clothing to prevent or reduce exposure.

The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) and the Buildings Department visited the site after inquiries by Sai Kung residents and the South China Morning Post.

"The two men from the EPD told the contractor to clean up the debris on our balcony, but it has not really been cleaned up," said Ms Drechsler, pointing to the dust and chunks of asbestos-laden cement still there. "They also recommended that the contractor monitor the air quality, but we still haven't seen that."

The contractors were not available for comment.

Hong Kong's policy on the handling, removal and decontamination of asbestos is one of the strictest in the world, according to an industry source.

"Outside, there is a low chance of exposure, but the contractor should do the job correctly. The residents are taking things in the right direction by involving the EPD. It is important to ask the contractor for the results of reassurance air monitoring to ensure safety," the source said.
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Old July 6th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #769
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Probably more residential towers.
Hence why I asked - I was clinging to a tiny shred of hope it wasn't that...

Mind you, I believe they have plans to link up that mall to Park Central - meaning I'll have direct access to the MTR without really 'stepping outside' - especially in this weather. That's a good thing...

...if I'm still living there when it's done that is.
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Hence why I asked - I was clinging to a tiny shred of hope it wasn't that...

Mind you, I believe they have plans to link up that mall to Park Central - meaning I'll have direct access to the MTR without really 'stepping outside' - especially in this weather. That's a good thing...

...if I'm still living there when it's done that is.
I won't be surprised if there is a mall at the podium above the station and connected to the next door mall. It's quite a typical design in TKO.

In one way, this is a good thing; but in the other way, it also kills the street life.
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Don't think there's much in the way of street life as it is around this area, save for people crossing the street.
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the street life doesn't exist is because the numerous malls have already taken the way of that form urban life away already, adding another one will just get worse.
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Yep - agree with that.

Po Lam and Hang Hau are a bit better for street life though, despite numerous malls there as well.
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HONG KONG | Medical Facility Developments

Caritas to get improved access
21 April 2009
South China Morning Post

A footbridge will connect the main block of Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po to its emergency room, after a blunder last year when the hospital failed to help a dying heart-attack patient on its doorstep.

Redevelopment of the hospital, scheduled to be completed by 2013, will see a new rehabilitation block stand on the site of the current main building, Wai Ming Block, where most patients enter and exit the hospital on Wing Hong Street.

The new building will have five high-speed elevators able to deliver patients quickly to the footbridge leading to the emergency room, Hospital Authority senior architect Donald Li told the Legislative Council services panel yesterday.

More road signs would also be added around the hospital, among other redevelopment work, he said.

Undersecretary for food and health Gabriel Leung said the whole project would be finished in 56 months.

The redevelopment plan was originally launched in 2007 with an estimated budget of about HK$1.3 billion.

However, it was shelved when the bidding prices of contractors turned out to be 48 to 56 per cent higher than the original estimate.

Professor Leung said the discrepancy in prices was due to sustained inflation of raw-material prices in 2007, and that tenderers marked up prices because of the length of the construction project.

The government is now splitting the construction into three contracts, with the first phase to be contracted out next month.

Professor Leung said it would be difficult to estimate the cost of the latter phases as no one was sure about economic conditions in two years' time, when the first phase would be completed.

Meanwhile, a planned new rehabilitation building has been redesigned to cut costs. It has been reduced from 15 floors to 12, with the floor area reduced by 10 per cent.

A 56-year-old man died in December while awaiting treatment at the entrance of the hospital, after a receptionist told his son to call an ambulance, which took 26 minutes to deliver him to the emergency room.
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Suburban streets are quite dead in general. Definitely no MK-style crowds there!
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St. Paul's Hospital expansion
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Cool - had to go there just a few weeks back for a toe operation. Didn't know they had extended it - didn't see anything at the time...? I'm guessing it hasn't opened yet?
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私院聯會冀批地無附帶條件
28 June 2009
文匯報 (香港)

 【本報訊】經濟機遇委員會提出發展6大優勢產業,並預留4幅土地發展私營醫院。私家醫院聯會主席劉國霖指,4幅土地是否吸引須視乎當局設定的競投條件,又強調倘要將私營醫院產業化,一定要容許醫院以商業方式運作,才能讓私營醫院達致產業化目的,希望當局不要以「零地價」的方式批地,並附帶太多如收費上限、經濟病床比例等條件。

不應為商業營運添掣肘

 劉國霖昨日在接受電台節目訪問時指,業界同意特區政府提出的6大優勢產業發展的方向。在醫療方面,香港醫院提供的產科服務需求有所增加,並有需要發展高科技及高效益的醫療服務,但新的醫療器材投資龐大,令醫院支出大增,故認為政府日後在批出土地興建私院時,不能對醫院採取的商業營運有過多的掣肘。

 他說,政府可因應地皮本身的價值出價,讓業界競投,而業界從不期望政府會提供太多補貼,故不希望當局以「零地價」方式批地:「如果投地時,要求日後設收費上限、提供經濟病床及收費封頂等條件,是行不通的,而政府補貼過多也不算是產業化。」

學者指配套不利建高質私大

 劉國霖又說,全港目前有13間私家醫院,其中12間屬非牟利,所賺取的利潤都會用作重新投資,發展資產。

 另外,就教育產業的發展,理工大學專業及持續教育學院院長阮博文昨日在電台節目中指,支持當局提出的教育產業發展,令香港成為教育樞紐。不過,他指教育產業成本高昂,故需要政府的資助,特別應撥地作興建宿舍用途之用,以吸引外國學生,這對香港長遠發展亦有好處,又指香港目前要成立私立大學,可謂「無法可依」,在配套上不利於建立質素高的私立大學,希望當局檢討。
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市建局深水埗項目限建35層高,較原計劃低10層
(經濟通)2009年7月8日 星期三 08:27

市建局位於深水埗海壇街、桂林街、北河街重建項目,現擬定規劃大綱,限制樓高為110至120米(主水平基準以上.下同),即約35層高,較原先擬建最高45層為低,項目將於本周五(10日)城規會闖關。

根據市建局就深水埗海壇街、桂林街、北河街的規劃大綱顯示,項目分為三個地盤,佔地約8萬平方呎,若扣除北河街約8826平方呎後,淨地盤面積約7﹒13萬平方呎,地積比率為住宅7﹒5倍,非住宅9倍,可建住宅樓面面積約60萬平方呎,另設休憩空間約1﹒61萬平方呎,高度限制為110至120米,因應通風及景觀有別。

市建局早前宣布,以14億元收購深水埗舊區「海壇街、桂林街、北河街」進行重建,收購價每平方呎實用面積為5297元,項目預計於2014年落成。《香港經濟日報》
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北河街重建遭削面積
2009年07月08日(三)


市建局修訂深水埗北河街/桂林街及海壇街商住重建項目發展大綱,由於扣除部分北河街路段,令計算地積比率的淨地盤面積,由原來約8萬方呎減少至約7.13萬方呎,令總發展樓面減少近8萬方呎,最新約64.1萬方呎,4幢商住物業高度110至120米,估計約30餘層,低於建議的47層。
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