WEEK IN BRIEF
WEEK IN BRIEF
A PREGNANT woman was hit by the tail of a bus on Cao¡¯an
Lu on September 5. The bus fled from the scene, leaving the woman
on the ground. Wen Qiaoling, who is five-month pregnant, was sent
to hospital. To protect the health of the fetus, doctors used a
stethoscope, rather than CT and x-rays, to give her an examination.
The fetus was found to be healthy. Witnesses said they cried at
the bus driver to stay, but the bus left quickly. Wen¡¯s
husband said they would report the incident to the police.
SEVERAL fishermen in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, recently caught
a 2-metre-long fish weighing about 3 tons and three businessmen
bought it to donate to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
The fish was sent to Shanghai on September 5. Experts checked the
fish and said it was called a ¡°Monster Fish.?Some fishermen
suggested that they could eat the strange fish but it was finally
purchased by the three donors. However, the fish died and the museum
planned to make it into a specimen. For fear of the fish skin rotting,
it was peeled off and soaked in salty water on its way to Shanghai.
The 150-kilogram fish skin is being kept in a refrigerator until
the fish is embalmed.
Week of festivity
PART of the Shanghai Tourism Festival, Zhoushan Seafood and Culture
Week will open on September 16 at the square of Longhua Temple.
A coastal city in neighbouring Zhejiang Province, Zhoushan will
introduce its renowned seafood delicacies to Shanghai people. Twelve
food stands will be set up during the festival and chefs from Zhoushan
will cook fresh seafood for visitors on the site from 4 pm to midnight
during the week. Folk artists are going to present Zhoushan-featured
crafts at the event as well.
A woman was recently sentenced to nine years in prison by the Putuo
District People¡¯s Court for setting a fire in her own
apartment that badly injured her son. The woman, who was not identified,
ignited gasoline she poured onto the floor to threaten her husband
who was involved in a love affair. Firefighters rushed to the scene
and rescued the family. Both the woman and her husband were also
slightly burnt. The woman had attempted suicide three times before
Illegal vendor sentenced
A young man from Fujian Province of East China was sentenced to
one year in prison and a 5,000 yuan (US$617) fine for selling fake
brand sports shoes in Shanghai. Hired by someone else, Deng Xiaodong
and another man surnamed Li began to purchase fake Nike, Adidas,
Mizuno and other brand sportswear from Fujian Province to sell them
in the city early last year. When they were arrested in August,
more than 4,900 pairs of sports shoes were found in their possession.
REPRESENTATIVES from consulates from more than 30 countries took
part in an information meeting with the Shanghai Municipal People¡¯s
Political Consultative Conference on September 5. Yang Qiqing, secretary
of the conference, told the foreign diplomats about proposals of
the conference members and their researches into local politics,
economics and society.
THE 2005 Amway Nutrilite Health Run will be held in the city October
2. China¡¯s former athletics Olympics champion Wang Junxia
will lead the run. This is the fourth time the run is being held
in the city. It is a non-competitive event which aims to promote
a healthy lifestyle. The run will start from the Shanghai New International
Expo Centre in Pudong, runners should run or walk along Fangdian
Lu, Dingxiang Lu, Shiji Dadao, Yuanshen Lu. The finish point is
the Pudong Yuanshen Sports Centre. The total distance is 4.3 kilometres.
A total of 20,000 people can participate in the run. Anyone interested
in it can sign up in outlets of Amway, All Days, the King¡¯s
Fitness Club or Yuanshen Sports Centre. The sign up fee is 15 yuan
TV tower discussed
ON September 2 Netherlands architect Ole Scheeren, heading the China
Central Television (CCTV) building project, gave a speech entitled
¡°Made in China?at the Shanghai Library. The speech was
hosted by CA Group, a Shanghai-based architectural consulting company.
In his speech, Scheeren revealed the architectural concepts behind
the new CCTV tower. After his speech, Tadao Ando, the renowned Japanese
architect, and other guest lecturers also discussed ideas related
to new cultural buildings.
FIFTY per cent of the relocation project involving households located
within the prospective Shanghai Expo Zone has been completed, with
more than 9,000 households moved out in the past five months, according
to statistics from the Shanghai World Expo Bureau. Pudong created
a record in the history of Shanghai household relocation by settling
more than 1,000 relocation contracts with locals in a single day.
The relocation project involves three districts ?Pudong, Huangpu,
and Luwan, including six residential districts and 18 neighbourhoods.
Two large-scale settlement bases for those who have signed the contract
are now under construction.
THE latest Hollywood blockbuster ¡°War of the Worlds?has
reportedly caused serious mental problems for a local child named
Leilei. Leilei was very scared when the terrifying aliens emerged
and suddenly set off a high-pitched squeak in the cinema. The child
later became terrified of darkness because in the movie, whenever
the aliens planned to attack, they used EMP and all electrical devices
including lighting went dead. Every night, Leilei demanded the lights
not be turned off when he was sleeping.
ACCORDING to the Shanghai Youth Daily, a household refrigerator
exploded in the city recently. The Lu family were shocked awake
by a huge explosion in their kitchen at midnight on September 4.
The explosion was caused by dry ice in a pack of Haagen-Dazs ice-cream
mooncakes. A notice had been printed on the product packaging warning
that the dry ice was only to be used to prevent the product melting
on its way to the customer¡¯s home, and it should have
been discarded in an open environment when no longer needed.
FOUR people were killed and 22 injured following the collapse of
a platform on the sixth floor of a construction site in Beijing¡¯s
Xidan area on September 5, reported the Xinhua News Agency. The
dead workers came from Sichuan Province, Southwest China. Disregard
for safety regulations is believed to have caused the accident,
said an official from the Beijing Municipal Construction Committee.
Google for business
GOOGLE has launched a beta version of a service that allows Chinese
Web surfers to search for businesses in their local area, reported
the Economic Information Daily on September 5. The service, called
Google Bendi, offers similar features to Google Local, which was
launched in the US last year. The Chinese service provides information
about businesses in over 170 Chinese cities. China is the fifth
country where Google has launched this service, after the United
States, Canada, Britain and Japan, according to the report.
Death for drug dealers
A FAMILY of four involved in trafficking drugs were recently convicted
and sentenced to death in Fuyang, Anhui Province of East China,
reported the Jianghuai Morning News in early September. Farmer Hou
Zhanqi, 55, from Yunnan Province of Southwest China, started the
illegal trade with his wife, son and daughter in 2003. Of the four,
only his wife got a two-year grace period, which allows the death
sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment if she does not commit
another offence in the period.
A MAN who was convicted of murdering his wife, only to be released
early this year when she showed up alive, received more than 450,000
yuan (US$55,000) in compensation from the local court and government
in Jingshan County, Hubei Province of Central China, reported the
Modern Express newspaper in early September. She Xianglin was sent
to prison in 1994 shortly after his wife disappeared and a female
body was found in a nearby pond. In March this year, his wife returned
to Jingshan from an abduction to East China¡¯s Shandong
Province where she was sold to a man in need of a wife.
THE longest scroll painting ever created by Chinese painters recently
made its first public debut in Shandong Province of East China.
The painting measuring 36 metres long and 0.56 metres wide took
local painter Wang Chengxi two years to complete. The painting illustrates
fishing and social life on a series of islands along the coast of
MANILA ?Thousands of people marched in the Philippine capital on
September 7, struggling to keep up the momentum of street protests
against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a day after she survived
an impeachment attempt. Protesters ranging from left-wing militants
and students to a small number of Catholic bishops ignored the government¡¯s
call to bury the hatchet after months of bitter feuding, but were
unable to match the size of a rally the previous day. Tens of thousands
marched on Congress on September 6 after lawmakers rejected impeachment
complaints against Arroyo that accused her of rigging last year¡¯s
election as well as committing graft and human rights abuses. Arroyo
has denied any wrongdoing. Analysts see little chance of another
¡°people power?revolution following those in 1986 and
2001 because the protests have not attracted many middle-class Filipinos
and the influential Catholic Church has refused to take sides.
CAIRO ?Egyptians voted on September 7 in the country¡¯s
first contested presidential elections, with President Hosni Mubarak
expected to win a fifth six-year term as the leader of the Arab
world¡¯s most populous nation. Polling stations opened
across the country of 72 million at or soon after 8 am and trickles
of people chose between Mubarak and his nine rivals, most of them
little-known leaders of political parties with few members. Mubarak,
77, has won office four times since 1981 through referendums in
which he was the single candidate, chosen by a parliament dominated
by the ruling National Democratic Party.