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Daily Archives: September 26, 2008

Search intensifies for crewmen missing off Macau

The search for 17 crewmen missing after a South Korean freighter capsized off Macau intensified yesterday with China's help, South Korean officials said.
"We asked the Chinese authorities through the consulate in Guangzhou to dispatch more ships for the search," foreign ministry spokesman Moon Tae-Young told a briefing. "I understand the search has intensified."
Eight South Koreans, eight people from Myanmar and one Indonesian were aboard the 4,000-ton Zeus-ho that lost radio contact after sending a distress call early Wednesday.
The capsized ship was found Wednesday afternoon 57 kilometres southwest of Macau but a typhoon in the area was hampering the search for the crew.
The ship, carrying 6,200 tons of glass materials, left Vietnam Sunday and was due to arrive at the South Korean port of Masan this coming Sunday.


More than 2,700 public housing apartments set to be completed by 2011

by Anni Lam

Six blocks of public estates, with a total of 2,703 apartments were scheduled to complete construction in the first quarter of 2011, said Chan Hon Kit, co-ordinator of the Infrastructure Development Office (GDI).
The Housing  Institute (HB), Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT), Transport Bureau (DSAT) and GDI yesterday jointly hosted a press conference to illustrate the details of construction of Court TN27, public house estates in Estrada Coronel Nicolau de Mesquita, Taipa.
Chiang Coc Meng, president of HB said that the new public house estates not only met the demand of public housing estates, but also reserved adequate areas for further infrastructure and amenity constructions.
Chan Hoi,senior technician of DSAT said that there would establish several roads near the friendship bridge as well as optimise the traffic network nearby in order to ease the traffic of the public housing estates.
He then went on that a communal parking garage will also be built to meet the parking demands of the TN27 tenants.
The some 40,000 square metre parking garage is expected to provide 681 light vehicles and 1,023 motorcycles' with parking spaces, according to the senior technician.
In addition, the Bureau also planned to construct a 6,000 square metre bus depot and transit stop for catering to the surrounding traffic.
According to the co-ordinator of the GDI, the total amount of the public housing estates was estimated to be approximately 1.5 billion patacas and was expected to be completed within 30 months.
On the other hand, the president of the Housing Institute told the media that the construction of public house estates at Mong Ha was hampered because of the blockage in foundation piling.
However the Bureau promised to strive to complete the construction promptly, said the co-ordinator of the GDI, adding that “we'll try to complete them in 2009.”