June 29, 2005

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Yesterday it was the heat between Hong Kong and Beijing. Now for today's compare and contrast:

From the SCMP:

Huge cooling fans spread along a shorter cross-country course will ensure horses do not suffer in the heat and humidity if the equestrian events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics are held in Hong Kong, a senior Jockey Club official said yesterday.

Executive director Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said the Jockey Club's comprehensive plan to bring the equestrian events to Hong Kong - estimated to cost $1.2 billion - was primarily built around the safety of the horses. They would also arrive early to acclimatise to the conditions.

And from the same paper, one section over:
The government has proposed compulsory energy-efficiency labelling for power-hungry electrical appliances, hoping to save up to $135 million in electricity a year.
Does the idea of setting up giant fans over a 6 kilometre open air course sound like a good use of electricity to you?

posted by Simon on 06.29.05 at 09:25 AM in the


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