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    I blame the mainlanders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bookblogger
    I blame the mainlanders.
    be careful... they often do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simoncox
    I'm a resident of Larvotto, but haven't heard anything about windows falling out. Has anyone had any confirmation from a reliable source that this is an issue?
    I live at Larvotto too and can confirm that the outdoor pool was closed yesterday. The staff on duty told me that a window on the 11th floor in Tower 3 had fallen and hence the pool was closed .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bookblogger
    I blame the mainlanders.
    It's more than likely the glass was manufactured on the mainland. The rubber sealing too would have been also.

    I also suspect some of the workers would have been mainlanders too or at the very least the workers would have had a cousin or distant relative living on the mainland.

    So I think your suspicion would be more than likely accurate....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock
    I have to say that I am deeply suspicious of this sort of "a friend told me" stuff that gets passed around amongst (generally) the tai-tais of this town. There have been previous similar cases which turned out to be complete bullshit (child abductions was the last one if I recall correctly).
    Not BS and in this case and i believe in previous cases it was all 'a friend of a friend said...', whereas this is someone i know and see quite regularly. I know the woman quite well and have since spoken with her and another resident with children who cancelled a playdates because of the issue. The other woman lives in Tower 3 and also saw the window which fell to the pool area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simoncox
    I'm a resident of Larvotto, but haven't heard anything about windows falling out. Has anyone had any confirmation from a reliable source that this is an issue?
    Just ask the management, and insist they do a check of your windows. They will.
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    If the management don't address the problem then call the HK Building Department - they surely would force a complete inspection and explanation.

    The famous story in Canada is of the Toronto lawyer who used to demonstrate how tough the glass was in the Toronto Dominion Centre by going full blast into the glass so show those who were new to the firm how there was nothing to fear. I think all the new articling students would get this show every year...but... eventually the glass caved in.

    This is for the few people that have not heard this 14 year-old story: Gary Hoy, a partner at the firm, would periodically throw himself against the window of high-up floors in the Toronto-Dominion Centre to show that the glass was extremely strong. At an evening party, he did this trick again and succeeded. On his second attempt, however, he crashed through the window of the 24th floor, falling 72 meters to his death.

    The firm, then dealing with merger woes, also had to deal with this controversial and public death. They closed soon afterwards amidst unpaid bills and compensation.
    http://www.blogto.com/city/2007/05/l...nadas_largest/

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang
    we have had chunks of cement falling onto our playground for months. we have contacted management, customer service of the landlord, police.... they still haven't done anything.

    nothing surprises me.

    we tried to make it safer by putting up gazebo tents, but the cement, unsurprisingly, just ripped through them when it fell. still, nothing done on the part of the management.
    That is pretty terrible. What was the police response? Even if it is not their area, I would expect them to refer you to the right authority. Maybe this one, not sure - nothing from a quick glance on their website shows they would deal with this type of problem

    http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/organisation/index.html

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    As I twice posted the Building Department (not the police) are the right authorities to deal with BUILDING issues. It would be up to the owner of the building to call the police if there was some sort of crime committed in faulty construction. Not sure why people think the police should be called for every issue of concern to the public when there are other relevant departments to handle issues.

    But as this site says on this page - they do inspections and do respond to complaints which if possibly the residents might want done.

    Carang's issue is precisely what they need to do here. There is a building in To Kwa Wan where the cement from the over hang fell one evening about 30 feet ahead of where I was walking. I see when back there recently the entire overhang has had to be redone. The authorities were there.

    http://www.bd.gov.hk/english/service...MBIS_MWIS.html

    Last edited by Football16; 09-10-2012 at 10:23 AM.
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    That page looks irrelevant to me Football. It's all about the Mandatory Inspection scheme for a random sample of buildings aged 10 years or over. It's nothing to do with people being able to report problems with their buildings and have it attended to.

    Selection of Target Buildings

    The target buildings selected for each year would represent a mix of buildings in different conditions and age profiles in different districts. A selection panel comprising representatives from professional institutions, relevant non-governmental organisations, property management professionals, District Councils and relevant Government departments is established to render advice to the BD for the selection of target buildings for the two schemes. Before serving the statutory notices for mandatory inspections, the BD will issue pre-notification letters to building owners advising them of the selection of their buildings as target buildings to allow them ample time to get prepared and plan ahead. The Government, the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) and the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) stand ready to provide support and will organise district briefing sessions to introduce the schemes to the owners in order to encourage and help them organise the inspection and repair works.

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