China digest, August 13
Aid for ancient pines
Ancient pines at the Huangshan World Heritage site received a helping hand last week as the province braced for Typhoon Haikui, China National Radio reports. Special teams were assigned to watch and reinforced 54 trees that are more than 1,000 years old. The tree trunks were reinforced with ropes, and measures were taken to prevent soil erosion. Xinhua reported that the typhoon caused about 3.28 billion yuan (HK$4.02 billion) in damage in the province, and about 210,000 people were evacuated by Saturday.
Jieshou bomb denied
Police in Jieshou have denied rumours of a bomb being set off at the Public Security Bureau, The Beijing News reports. On Saturday, online reports claimed that a blast killed seven policemen and that the city had been locked down. Police said they were trying to find the source of the rumour.
Storm over taxi services
Following a deadly storm on July 21 that left many people stranded due to a lack of transport, traffic authorities have said they planned to use GPS technology to monitor taxis during storms and reward those who continued operating, while severely fining those price-gouging, The Beijing News reports. It was unclear when the plan would be put into effect.
Online crime crackdown
Police have detained 1,065 suspects in a six-week crackdown on illegal online activity, such as fraud, extortion and trafficking guns and drugs, the Beijing Morning Post reports. More than 200,000 pieces of information associated with the illicit actions were deleted.
Women aged 49 and older who lose their only child will receive annual compensation of 4,800 yuan starting this year, the Strait City Daily reports. Children traditionally support their ageing parents financially as they grow older, but older women may be unable to bear or raise more children.
The provincial government is recruiting talent from home and abroad, with six of the jobs on offer having an annual salary of more than a million yuan, China News Service reports. The highest-paid position is general manager of the Fujian Aoxiang Physical Plastic Co, with a salary of 5 million yuan. In all, 1,121 high-level positions are available, including 916 that require at least a master's degree and 582 that demand a PhD. GUANGDONG
Reward over drowning
The family of a 12-year-old boy in Gaozhou city was given a 100,000 yuan award on Thursday for his heroic attempt to rescue a drowning 13-year-old boy in March, the Nanfang Daily reports. Both boys died in the accident.
Schoolboy jumps to death
A senior high school student in Dianbai county, Maoming , jumped to his death on Saturday, two days after his school's summer courses began, according to an initial investigation by police, People.com.cn reports. Police said Zhan Guosheng sent a text message to a sister saying he was being abused by officials at the Shuidong Middle School. It is one of the top high schools in the province.
10 fishermen seized
Ten fishermen from a Vietnamese boat that became stuck on rocks in disputed waters off the Paracel Islands on Thursday have been taken by Chinese maritime authorities to Sansha , which was recently established to administer disputed islands and an undersea atoll in the region, the Beijing Times reports, citing the South China Sea Rescue Bureau. It was unclear when the fishermen would be returned to Vietnam. The Paracels, called the Hoang Sa Islands by Vietnam and the Xisha Islands by Beijing, are claimed by both sides, as well as Taiwan.
Sanya to pay bonuses
The tropical coastal city of Sanya planned to pay a one-off bonus of 5,000 yuan to more than 500 students this year who were the only child of their family and were accepted to university, The Southern Metropolis News reports. The total is up from 446 students last year, when the initiative began as a way of rewarding families with one child, in line with national family-planning policies.
Too wet for water park
The construction of a massive water park close to a dam of the Yellow River in Zhengzhou has been suspended during the flood season, and as the park has not yet received a flood-control assessment, China National Radio reports. The water park, which is expected to be the largest in Asia, was supposed to be finished late this month, but the completion is likely to be pushed back.
Zhengzhou park plan
The Zhengzhou government will build an industrial base for culture and technology, with an investment of 2.4 billion yuan, Dahe.cn a news portal in the province, reports. Under the new co-operation agreement, signed between the municipal government and Shenzhen Huaqiang Holdings, the construction will include a cultural heritage zone, a "red tourism" and education base, and a technology zone. Work is expected to be completed in August 2017.
Student killer executed
A man has been executed for the brutal killing of a university student in Enshi in June of last year, Xinhua reports. Dong Jie was found guilty in October of severely beating the student, then running him over with a car. The Supreme People's Court approved the capital punishment, which was carried out on Thursday.
Under a documenting system that now covers about 80 per cent of "left-behind children" whose parents work outside the province, teachers are being told to review their pupils' detailed records and keep in close contact with those children who need additional support, such as through home visits, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reports. The province has about 1.2 million children who are at potential risk of physical and psychological damage.
Farmer support urged
Authorities want residents to buy more fresh fruit from local farmers in suburban areas, after farmers suffered heavy losses last week from Typhoon Haikui, the Jiefang Daily reports. The calls were made on official microblog accounts.
First book store coffee shop
A well-known Taiwanese pottery company, Franz Collection, opened its first coffee shop at a branch of the Xinhua Bookstore in Jingan district on Friday, Chinanews.com reports. Xinhua Bookstore is the mainland's largest and only nationwide book store chain, and it plans to incorporate more of the coffee shops in its Shanghai stores as acceptance grows.
Water parks have been packed in Chengdu as people tried to cool off in a persisting heat wave, Chinanews.com reports. The temperature reached 40 degrees Celsius on Friday, and an average of 20,000 people a day have visited the Guose Tianxiang Water Park in suburban Chengdu this month. However, some relief was expected today, as forecast rain could cool the provincial capital.
Rural medical training
Remote training courses are being offered to medical workers in rural areas of the province, in an effort to improve health care, the Guangming Daily reports. The courses are being provided by the medical school at Peking University, and Intel is providing the necessary computer software. More than 50,000 grass-roots medical personnel in 4,600 rural villages are expected to benefit from the training.