CITY NEWS

Ad campaign muddies waters
IN April this year, East China's Zhejiang-based Qiandaohu Yangshengtang Drink Water Co Ltd made the surprise announcement it would no longer be producing purified water and its brand - Nongfushanquan - would now be associated with natural water alone.

Agitated sunspots cause trouble
IF the lights in your house keep flickering, blame frequent sunspots.

TV launches new service
THE Near Video on Demand service from Shanghai Cable Television (NVOD) was formally launched last week by Shanghai Cable TV Station and Shanghai Cable Network Company Limited. It enables users to read Eastday website news and watch a movie on TV.

Artist draws on pandas to highlight major issues
THE giant panda, a beloved icon of China, stars in a series of public service advertisements entitled "Zhao Bandi and the Panda."

Hoary hoodlums up crime
WHILE juvenile delinquency continues to draw increasing concern from the public, crime by the elderly is also creeping up, according to Minhang District Procuratorate.

Lufthansa boss happy to land in Shanghai
"HOME is where the family is," said Dieter Groose, manager of Lufthansa German Airlines's Eastern China operations. "I now naturally see Shanghai as my home."

Foster arts and industry, says Italian consul general
WITH China's anticipated accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Sino-Italian trade is expected to enter a new stage of expansion, according to Leonardo Baroncelli, Italian consul-general in Shanghai, in an interview last week.

Classic shows for art fest
ABOUT 13 shows have been selected for the second Shanghai International Festival of Arts, to be held this November.

Natural gas to serve homes in Puxi
RESIDENTS of Puxi (the west side of Shanghai) will have natural gas for cooking and hot water by the end of this year, according to Shanghai Gas Business (Group) Co Ltd.

A toast to speeding nukes disarmament
ABOUT 60 diplomats, academics, and journalists attended a cocktail party on Wednesday in aid of nuclear disarmament.

'Red Tide' ebbs
RED tide, which has engulfed coastal areas around Taizhou Bay in East China's Zhejiang Province since early May, is receding.


Vernon mayor craves investors
By Jane Tian

LEONIS C. Malburg, mayor of Vernon, a small city in Southern California of the United States, regretted his stay in Shanghai was so short.

"It is the first time I have come to this metropolis," he said. "But I have had no time to tour the city, let alone climb the TV Tower."

The mayor who is leading a delegation arrived in the city on Tuesday night. He said he was amazed at the beautiful night scenery of skyscrapers and colourful lights on the way from Pudong Airport to his downtown hotel.

Whereas 10 years ago, when he went to Beijing as a tourist, what struck him was the streams of cyclists.

This trip was designed to attract Chinese investment to his city. The delegation met with several officials from Zhabei District and other neighbouring cities during its one-day visit.

John B. Leonis, Malburg's grandfather, together with another two partners, founded the city of Vernon as an industrial base in 1905.

Today the city attracts domestic and foreign investment with more than 200 facilities from Asia.

"Chinese enterprises are welcome to expand their business in Vernon under quite preferential terms," Malburg said. "We will provide solid support to achieve a win-win balance."

He said some local enterprises, such as clothing manufacturers in Vernon, are quite successful.

"I will seek opportunities to come here again, but you will also find it quite worthwhile if you go to Vernon," he added.

The delegation left for home yesterday.

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