shifts biscuit making to Suzhou
SUZHOU: Kraft Foods is closing one
of its two Melbourne factories in Australia and shifting its
biscuit manufacturing operation to China , according to Kraft
Foods (China) Company Ltd.
pioneers fixed rate mortgage
China Everbright Bank has been given the go-ahead to offer
fixed-rate mortgages to home buyers in Shanghai and Beijing,
the nation's first lender to offer such products.
Although restaurants in Shanghai have
scheduled two seatings for Chinese New Year's Eve dinner,
it's still hard to get a reservation for China's most important
meal of the year.
hope for chronially obese
Nursing helpers taking care of patients
in Shanghai's hospitals do not belong to the hospitals, and
clerks working at bank counters do not belong to the banks.
food venues use holidays to increase business, profits
Eagle-eyed customers may have discovered
that the price of certain KFC products has been increased
by 5 jiao (US$0.06) to 1 yuan (US$0.125). Pizza Hut, another
chain restaurant under Yum!
Shanghai Orthodox churches await new roles
With their imposing architecture, cavernous
vaulted ceilings and ornate decoration, Shanghai's old Russian
Orthodox churches should be prime real estate.
with pure motives
Social worker is a highly respected
profession in developed countries, but in China, it is more
of an ill-paid "professional Lei Feng" (an expression
referring to a member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army,
fabled for his willingness to help others). Despite this,
social workers in China are gradually gaining recognition
from the public and playing a greater role in ensuring social
Pet shares infection
A 10-year-old girl was diagnosed with
urethra inflammation ?a disease normally found among adult
women ?at Shanghai Liren Womens Hospital on Wednesday.
It was believed the condition came from the girls close
contact with her pet dog. The girls parents reported
that she ate, slept and even bathed with the dog. When the
girl was brought to hospital by her parents, the doctor found
the virus that caused the girls urethra inflammation
was the same one shared by her pet dog.
Hard to stomach
Twenty-four per cent of white-collar
workers suffer from stomach troubles, according to a recent
health survey concerning such ailments among office workers
conducted in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and released
recently by the Shanghai Puya Medical Examination Centre.
Holidays are the peak time for white-collar workers to see
doctors about stomach pains and disorders. During the three-day
New Years holiday, Tongji Hospital saw the number of
outpatients with stomach trouble increase by 20 to 30 per
cent. Working pressure, unhealthy food and irregular work
and rest schemes are blamed for the high incidence of stomach
troubles among white-collar workers.
From the coming spring semester,
incidental expenses for students receiving compulsory education
in the Chongming District will be abolished.
Charges for books will also be abolished in the district from
the autumn semester, according to a special policy released
by the municipal education commission on Wednesday. The Chongming
District is also attempting to improve the retention of teachers.
Over the past five years, the district has lost more than
500 teachers, equivalent to those introduced into the district.
To make the situation more attractive for teachers, better
pay and training programmes for teachers are being investigated.
Cat on a stick
A large number of missing cats
may have ended up as lamb skewers?this winter, reported
the Oriental Morning Post.
Cats have gone missing in large numbers this winter, mainly
because their fur is at its best in the season, said Li Ruohai,
head of the Shanghai Small Animal Protection Association.
The association carried out an investigation after a dozen
cats it had sheltered went missing one morning and they found
that the cats being sold for 15 yuan (US$1.8) each to local
The cats?fur would then be sold on to fur dealers at a much
higher price while the meat would be sold for just 2 to 3
yuan (around US$0.3), usually to local barbecue stalls. To
make the cat meat taste like lamb ?a popular barbecue skewer
meat ?it would be soaked in soup made of sheeps organs.
In addition to barbecue stalls, the cat meat would also be
purchased by small cooked-food shops to pass off as rabbit
meat, for instance.
Two die in tunnel collision
A man and woman died in a traffic
accident in the Dapu Road Tunnel Wednesday morning. It was
the most severe traffic accident in the citys first
tunnel across the Huangpu River, which opened in 1971. The
victims were in an east-bound minibus with a Zhejiang licence,
which collided head-on with a tunnel line bus bound for Puxi.
According to the surveillance video, the minibus driver seemed
to lose control of his vehicle after braking and swerved into
the opposite lane, where it collided with the tunnel bus.
Speed, mechanical failure or improper driving may have contributed
to the tragedy. The speed limit in the tunnel is 30 kilometres
per hour. No other injuries were reported in the accident.