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Is this a wedding - or mission impossible?               

Getting married in China is no easy task if you are a special policeman, who needs to be on duty round the clock. So his bride is to join him on the training field to have a special set of wedding photos taken.

The 29-year-old special policeman, surnamed Hou, from Chongqing in SW China said he couldn’t spare any time for wedding photos at a studio as he has to be on 24-hour standby. So his fiancé turned up in her wedding dress, and a colleague shot the photos  in a gangster-film style.

Street sculpture or giant “air conditioner”!            

If you come across a giant ball that produces a cold mist when it’s hot, should you feel refreshed or surprised? This ball street sculpture has been on show in Shenzhen, S China during the recent hot spell.

When it gets really hot the sculpture sends out mist of cooling water, pleasing  some passers-by while surprising others, according to Guangming.cn 

Red alert has been issued for hot weather in Guangdong Province, S China since Tuesday. The highest temperature hit 39.6℃.

The Plague contained in Gansu
The town of Yumen in northwest China’s Gansu Province has been reopened after a plague-scare sent the town into quarantine for nine days.
On July 16, a 38-year-old local man died from Bubonic Plague, which he likely contracted after coming into contact with a dead marmot, a member of the rodent tribe.
151 other people who had been in contact with the man were also quarantined, but so far none has reported symptoms.
The plague is categorized as a class-A infectious disease, the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.
With the help of modern medicine, the plague has largely been brought under control, but can still be fatal if not promptly treated.
The ancient disease is most famous as the primary culprit during the “Black Death”, which killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe, but has also surfaced in China in more modern times during the late 19th century, and sporadically since then.
In 2012, a resident in the village of Litang, Sichuan Province, died of the plague after eating a dead marmot.
Netizens on Sina Weibo were quick to comment.
“The plague has been very rare now, but we can’t take it lightly.”@shayuanjili
“A pop science: Never touch bodies of dead rodents.” @roundlaruku
“Continuously paying attention to this. I believe human beings will be able to conquer the plague.” @shengyulipinggu
Adapted from Shanghai Daily and Xinhua

The Plague contained in Gansu

The town of Yumen in northwest China’s Gansu Province has been reopened after a plague-scare sent the town into quarantine for nine days.

On July 16, a 38-year-old local man died from Bubonic Plague, which he likely contracted after coming into contact with a dead marmot, a member of the rodent tribe.

151 other people who had been in contact with the man were also quarantined, but so far none has reported symptoms.

The plague is categorized as a class-A infectious disease, the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

With the help of modern medicine, the plague has largely been brought under control, but can still be fatal if not promptly treated.

The ancient disease is most famous as the primary culprit during the “Black Death”, which killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe, but has also surfaced in China in more modern times during the late 19th century, and sporadically since then.

In 2012, a resident in the village of Litang, Sichuan Province, died of the plague after eating a dead marmot.

Netizens on Sina Weibo were quick to comment.

“The plague has been very rare now, but we can’t take it lightly.”@shayuanjili

“A pop science: Never touch bodies of dead rodents.” @roundlaruku

“Continuously paying attention to this. I believe human beings will be able to conquer the plague.” @shengyulipinggu

Adapted from Shanghai Daily and Xinhua

Happy birthday to China’s newest city

Thursday marked the second anniversary of the setting up of China’s southernmost city - Sansha. Two years ago, the city came into operation after a historic ceremony was held on Yongxing Island, where the city government is based.

Sansha was built to strengthen China’s foothold in the South China Sea, protect China’s sovereign rights, and safeguard the eco-system and natural resources.

It’s a job that the city’s mayor, Xiao Jie, has taken to heart.

"Through ecological preservation and conservation on various islands, we will make Sansha a more beautiful place to live… and improve the living standards of the islands’ residents," said Xiao.

Challenges, however, remain.

Despite the rapid progress, the biggest challenge for Sansha is still the lack of basic infrastructure and transport. The island is heavily dependent on supplies from outside.

CCTV News reporter Han Bin has been there to see the daily life of its residents and to feel its development.

China hunts high-profile criminals abroad

For Chinese economic criminals hiding abroad, the Chinese police have a message for you:“We’re serious.”

On July 22nd, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) vowed to block the last escape route for corrupt officials, who have been fleeing overseas since the late 1980s.

Although there are no publicized figures for the number of fugitives or the sums they have pilfered, experts believe the trend has already caused a significant economic loss to the country.

Since 2008, China’s international hunt has proved successful.

China has already signed treaties with 37 nations and international organizations on the extradition of fugitives. However, barriers remain. 

Besides extradition, the MPS also urged authorities to step up other measures including urging suspects to give themselves up and encouraging tip-offs from the public by offering rewards.

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China gets tough on illegal golf courses

Golf has always had an uncomfortable history in China. The game was once banned for being “too bourgeois.”

Now, Chinese authorities have sent in workers to dig up and tear down five illegal golf courses discovered in different parts of the country.

It’s part of the government efforts to get tough on unauthorized construction and protect China’s farmland.

After China’s reform and opening up, golf enjoyed a mini-boom with a large number of ranges being built in a short period of time.

Often located on arable land, the strain on resources eventually led to a general construction ban on such land in 1997.

In a joint announcement, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Land and Resources called on local authorities to fully enforce the regulations and severely punish violators.

Elderly nursing home residents in China castrated with dull razor

In a bizarre story, the #testicles of four #elderly men at a #nursing home in northeast #China’s Heilongjiang Province were chopped off on Tuesday. The suspect, surnamed Wang, was detained by local police. 

Two of the victims had both testicles removed, while the other two lost one each. All are in stable condition at a hospital, said a spokesman with the local government.

Wang reportedly tied them up and removed their genitals with a dull razor at the nursing home on Tuesday afternoon. According to one of the victims, surnamed Zhou, he had quarreled with Wang about some leftovers during lunch earlier that day. 

After an investigation, police said on Friday that Wang got drunk before committing the crime, and considered it as a way to let off steam, China News reported on Friday. 

According to the report, police also said that Wang was mentally handicapped and had mutilated himself in the past.

Victims’ families of Taiwan plane crash hold memorial

Family members of victims of the #Taiwan #plane #crash accident have held a #memorial at a #funeral parlour close to the crash site west of Taiwan on Thursday.

#TransAsia Airways Flight GE 222, with 58 people on board, crashed into residential buildings in #Penghu on Wednesday evening after a failed emergency landing at Magong Airport.48 people have been confirmed dead and 10 others injured.

TransAsia Airways says it will pay 200,000TWD (6,670 USD) to each survivor, and to the family of the victims as condolence money. The victims’ families will also receive 800,000TWD (26,690 USD) for funeral expenses.

 

Inside the workshop that produced 5,000 boxes of expired meat

China’s food quality watchdog has launched a nationwide investigation into the recent meat scandal involving ‪#‎Husi‬, Co., a supplier of several fast food chains.

Some footage has been released showing the workers processing expired meat in unsanitary conditions.

BREAKING: Air Algerie flight AH5017 crashes in Niger

An Air Algerie plane carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew members has crashed near Niamey, the capital city of Niger.

The plane lost contact 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at 01:17 local time.

The plane, which is owned by Spanish private airline company Swiftair, is an MD83 Airbus.

Algeria Press Service says the flight number is #AH5017.

It’s reported there were 116 people onboard the Air Algerie flight, including six Spanish crew members. Details of injuries are unknown.