Subterranea http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29072/all en Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Hong Kong for festive fun http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/travel-postcard-48-hours-hong-kong-festive-fun <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Farah Master</p> <p>HONG KONG, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Gleaming skyscrapers, Michelin-starred noodle stalls, secluded beaches and a buzzing night life all make Hong Kong, a former British colony, the perfect place to soak up some Asian festive fun.</p> <p>Chinese New Year, which starts on February 10 and ushers in the Year of the Snake, is a time when Hong Kong's frenetic pace slows down and even the hardest working executives take time to enjoy traditional dishes such as "nian gao" sticky rice cakes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/travel-postcard-48-hours-hong-kong-festive-fun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Human Interest Pearl River Delta Subterranea Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:15:33 +0000 5742760 at http://www.globalpost.com Roman catacombs yield magnificent frescoes, ancient relics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131125/roman-catacombs-yield-magnificent-frescoes-ancient-relics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rome, Nov 25 (EFE).- The cubicle that houses frescoes representing the resurrection of Lazarus is one of the latest, most magnificent discoveries to be found in the Roman Catacombs of Priscilla after five years of archaeological exploration.</p> <p>Lasers have been used to restore these ancient frescoes that increase even more the value of the Catacombs of Priscilla, with their priceless paleochristian works of art that include the first known image of the Holy Mother and Child.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131125/roman-catacombs-yield-magnificent-frescoes-ancient-relics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ancient Roman architecture Physical geography Subterranea Agencia EFE Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:46:17 +0000 5999685 at http://www.globalpost.com In Rio, exploding manhole injures 1 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140201/rio-exploding-manhole-injures-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Keen to show tourists need not fear for their safety ahead of the football World Cup in Brazil this year, Rio authorities have been beefing up police numbers in touristy areas.</p> <p>But muggers aren't the only threat to tourists -- one of whom was hurt Saturday by a rather different species of public nuisance: a flying manhole cover.</p> <p>Police and firefighters said a visitor from the southern state of Santa Catarina was taken to hospital for stitches after a manhole blew its lid and cut him on the leg.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140201/rio-exploding-manhole-injures-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public utilities Street furniture Subterranea AFP Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:18:26 +0000 6059100 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong metro seats may be scrapped for smartphone space http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140226/hong-kong-metro-seats-may-be-scrapped-smartphone-space <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong is pondering whether to rip out some seats from overcrowded metro trains to give the city's smartphone-addicted population more room to interact with their devices.</p> <p>The transport and housing bureau has suggested that the MTR Corporation, which operates the underground railway system, consider the move to relieve rush-hour congestion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140226/hong-kong-metro-seats-may-be-scrapped-smartphone-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Subterranea Transport AFP Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:02:11 +0000 6081057 at http://www.globalpost.com Hong Kong metro seats may be scrapped for smartphone space http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140226/hong-kong-metro-seats-may-be-scrapped-smartphone-space-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hong Kong is pondering whether to rip out some seats from overcrowded metro trains to give the city's smartphone-addicted population more room to interact with their devices.</p> <p>The transport and housing bureau has suggested that the MTR Corporation, which operates the underground railway system, consider the move to relieve rush-hour congestion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140226/hong-kong-metro-seats-may-be-scrapped-smartphone-space-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Subterranea Transport AFP Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:04:50 +0000 6081165 at http://www.globalpost.com H.K. gov't apologizes over China railway link delay http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140505/hk-govt-apologizes-over-china-railway-link-delay <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Hong Kong government admitted Monday to a coverup over delays to a railway project linking Hong Kong and mainland China, and apologized for "problematic judgment."</p> <p> MTR Corp., which is building a 26-kilometer-long Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, has blamed excessive rainfall in March for delaying the project by at least a year.</p> <p> Documents obtained by the territory's legislature, however, have shown that the government had advance knowledge of the delay but kept it under wraps.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Copyright 2014 Kyodo News International.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140505/hk-govt-apologizes-over-china-railway-link-delay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hong Kong MTR Subterranea Kyodo News International Mon, 05 May 2014 13:17:47 +0000 6138965 at http://www.globalpost.com Museum in Palermo gives public a look at 8,000 mummies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140512/museum-palermo-gives-public-look-at-8000-mummies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Palermo, Italy, May 12 (EFE).- An endless obituary, a piety expressed in countless quotes from the New Testament on its walls, and a face-to-face encounter with 8,000 mummies is the experience offered by the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy, a museum unlike any other in the world.</p> <p>The Sicilian city of Palermo is known for beautiful beaches, a vast historical heritage and rich gastronomy, but also possesses a museum of the dead capable of touching mankind's deepest nerves, fears and feelings.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140512/museum-palermo-gives-public-look-at-8000-mummies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Death Mummies Subterranea Agencia EFE Mon, 12 May 2014 18:18:52 +0000 6145121 at http://www.globalpost.com Beijing abandons plan to renam subway stations after World Cup teams http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140610/beijing-abandons-plan-renam-subway-stations-after-world-cup- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Beijing has abandoned a plan to rename subway stations after the 32 teams competing in the World Cup in Brazil amid fears that it would confuse passengers, the subway operators said on Tuesday.</p> <p>To celebrate the soccer's showpiece event which kicks off on Thursday, the Beijing MTR Corportation, which runs subway Line 4 in the Chinese capital, had named 32 stops on Line 4 and its extension after each of the 32 World Cup teams, with the other three stop being named "Fair Play", "Sportsmanship" and "Footballers of the Year".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140610/beijing-abandons-plan-renam-subway-stations-after-world-cup-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong MTR Corporation Subterranea Technology Xinhua News Agency Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:49:35 +0000 6171833 at http://www.globalpost.com Injured German caver 'hours away' from rescue http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140619/injured-german-caver-hours-away-rescue <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>German rescuers said Thursday they were "hours away" from bringing to safety an injured caver, 11 days after he was hit in a rockfall deep below the Bavarian Alps.</p> <p>Explorer Johann Westhauser, 52, suffered serious head injuries in the accident about 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) below ground in the massive Riesending cave complex, Germany's longest and deepest.</p> <p>Since then a multi-national team of hundreds of emergency personnel have battled around the clock in a complex and costly operation to bring him to the surface.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140619/injured-german-caver-hours-away-rescue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Caving Physical geography Subterranea AFP Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:22:04 +0000 6181138 at http://www.globalpost.com HK MTR's Jay Walder to step down in August http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140716/hk-mtrs-jay-walder-step-down-august <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HK MTR's Jay Walder to step down in August</p> <p>HONG KONG, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong's MTR Corporation has announced that the company's Chief Executive Officer, Jay Walder, will leave his post on Aug.15, a year earlier than scheduled, due to poor judgment in monitoring the project of high-speed rail line to Guangzhou.</p> <p>The chairman of the corporation, Raymond Ch'ien, said Walder's early departure was by mutual consent.</p> <p>The company said a worldwide search is now underway for a replacement for Walder. Meanwhile, Walder's deputy, Lincoln Leong, will become acting CEO.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140716/hk-mtrs-jay-walder-step-down-august" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Hong Kong Jay Walder Jay Walder Politics Subterranea Xinhua News Agency Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:45:17 +0000 6206965 at http://www.globalpost.com