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Doctor Jumps Out of Window to Flee Hospital Beating

Posted: 04/24/2014 7:40 pm

The recent announcement that police presence will be ramped up at Guangdong hospitals may have to do with incidents like this one.

A woman named Yi has a long-standing grievance with the Shijing People’s Hospital in the Baiyun District of Guangzhou. For ten long years, Yi has tried to taken the hospital to court, but has always been unsuccessful. Never one to consider that she may in fact be wrong, Yi has come to the hospital on several occasions lately to air her grievances in person.

This time, Yi has brought along family members for support, reports 21CN. According to an eyewitness, Yi and her family arrived at the gynecology department and, without first saying a word, began to beat a female doctor with fists and kicks. As the male family members locked the door and prevented anyone from coming in, Yi took out a knife with a 20-30 cm blade.

When security guards finally gained access to the room, they tried to separate the family from the doctor, but were unsuccessful due to the threat of the weapon. Yi and her family continued to beat the doctor, an altercation that lasted approximately 30-40 minutes in total. It wasn’t until the doctor climbed through the window of the examination room that she was finally able to escape, crying as she ran.

The doctor sustained a concussion and bruising throughout her body while the family was taken away to a police station.

And the reason for Yi’s imagined injustice? Yi’s daughter, born ten years ago to the doctor she was beating, suffers from cerebral palsy that Yi believes was caused by the doctor’s improper use of retractors.

Photo: N21


3 Year-Old Guangzhou Girl Survives 7 Story Plunge; First Words: “It Hurts, Mama”

Posted: 04/24/2014 2:34 pm

3 year old falls 7 floor apartment guangzhou childAfter being saved from certain death, little Yaoyao is now on track towards huge savings.

While doctors call the recovery of three year-old Yaoyao nothing short of “miraculous” after the girl tumbled out of a Guangzhou seventh-floor apartment, what remains truly heavenly is the girl’s saving of her parents from a huge debt incurred by massive hospital bills.

Yaoyao’s rate of recovery has been exceptionally fast for such a serious incident. After the accident occurred on April 19, Yaoyao regained consciousness a day later; three days after that on April 22, Yaoyao was moved from ICU to a regular ward at which time she was able to open her eyes and move her hands and feet; then, Yaoyao continued to astonish when she said her first words yesterday: ”Mama, it hurts”.

Yaoyao’s speedy recovery is just as well. Yaoyao father Mr Xie emphasized how expensive it was to treat his daughter. Xie doesn’t have the money to pay her daily medical treatment that averages 5,000-6,000 yuan a day and is expected to reach 100K yuan before she fully recovers.

The three year-old girl had fallen from a Lilian Street apartment in Cangtou Village, Huangpu District, the Guangzhou Daily reports. No one was home at the time of the accident; her father had left the house after putting Yaoyao to bed. The window to her bedroom was closed but not locked, and the apartment is not equipped with an anti-burglar cage from which other falling children hang by their heads and is responsible for trapping families inside their own homes during a fire.

A few factors may have helped Yaoyao not break the bank and buy the farm. Seeing many broken tree branches at the scene, Xie thinks that a tree located below the apartment may have broken the girl’s fall. As well, doctor’s praise young children in their high resiliency towards injury, but stopped short of recommending falls be performed at as young an age as possible.

And hey, if it seem disingenuous to value Yaoyao’s quick recovery for the money she will save in hospital bills over her own life, well, at least it’s not to be as disingenuous as fans of a hit TV show expressing outrage at a fictional rape performed by their favorite characters that are all guilty of performing atrocities four seasons long.

Photos: Guangzhou Daily


13 Guangzhou Bottled Water Products Contain High Levels of Bacteria

Posted: 04/24/2014 10:53 am

contaminated drinking water food safety guangzhou bottleIf a deluge of food safety stories is panicking residents of China, then first we’ll dispense with the good news: the Guangzhou Municipal Food Safety Office released a report on April 22 that found 97.4% of the 1164 food products it tested were safe.

The bad news? Of the 30 food products it deemed unacceptable, 13 are bottled water products that are especially hazardous to human health, Bendibao reports.

10 of these bottled water products (not the hand-size, but the kind Louis CK had thrown out of a window) exceed legally allowed limits for bacteria. An examination of Ganlong Water showed that it contained bacteria that is 3100 times over the legal limit. The food safety office warned that products like this one made by Guangzhou Yulong Spring Water Company contains micro-organisms that can result in intestinal disease.

But that’s just a drop in the ocean. The other main problem with these contaminated bottled water products is that they were not properly de-ionized. Ding Qiang Drinking Water, made by the Guangzhou Nanchun Food Company, was found to be three times over the legal limit for electrical conductivity at 32.2μS/cm.

Here are the thirteen offending products and the reason why you shouldn’t be putting it in your mouth:

1. Wulingshan (雾岭山): bacteriacontaminated drinking water food safety guangzhou bottle
2. Ganlong (甘龙): bacteria
3. Gaoshanzong (高山宗): bacteria
4. Linbowan (林波湾): bacteria
5. Liuxi Jiaxiangquan (流溪家乡泉): not
6. Qingsui (清穗): not de-ionized
7. Baodi (宝地): bacteria
8. Dinghua (鼎华): bacteria and not de-ionized
9. Dingqiang (鼎强): bacteria and not de-ionized
10. Anqier (安琪儿): bacteria
11. Keliyin (可立饮): bacteria
12. Yili (忆利): bacteria
13. Maidishan (麦地山): not de-ionized

The improper food products have been taken off store shelves and recalled, with legal action being taken against operators. And while we’re clearing the air, the other unsafe food products that aren’t water products were not mentioned in several news items about the report. It will come out in the wash, we’re sure.

To stem the tide of potential health hazards, a public safety reminder: bottled water must be used within one week of opening the seal of the bottle; after this period of time, water must be boiled to ensure it’s hygienic. As well, please don’t store water in direct sunlight.

Photo: Tianhe Net, Bendibao


Guangzhou Man Farms 7 Million Locusts for Food

Posted: 04/24/2014 7:45 am

Admittedly, people in Southeast Asia enjoy a bit of exotic food now and then: cicadas, grasshoppers, ants, crickets and locusts. However, a man living in Conghua, Guangzhou is taking people’s love for one of those exotic delicacies—deep-fried locust—very seriously.

According to a report by Nandu on April 23, a local farmer named Xie Bozhen is raising more than 7 million locusts at a farm in Conghua after he heard the deep-fried insects are considered some of the tastiest culinary dishes among foodies.

Deep-fried locusts (Photo credit: People’s Daily)

According to the report, all of Xie’s insects are raised in a farm nestled deep in the woods (Let’s hope so). Covering an area of 10,000 square meters, Xie’s farm can produce up to nine batches of grown locusts, with each batch weighing between 6 tons and 8 tons. Besides making the insects into packaged snacks, Nie is planning to grind the insects into powder as fish feed, and sell them to fish farmers due to their high protein.

Nie’s entrepreneurial spirit was met with jitters from the officials at the local agriculture bureau who fear an eminent locust plague if the much loathed insects were to be let loose.

But since there is no law banning locust farming, Xie signed an agreement with the bureau which states that in case of locust outbreak, Xie would be responsible for administering pesticides to the bugs and providing compensation for any economic damage caused.

If Nie is looking for a name for his new delicacy, we’d suggest the name “Legion”; for they are many.

Home page photo credit: Nandu


Guangzhou Mothers Rushing Pregnancy to Avoid Unlucky Year of the Ram

Posted: 04/22/2014 4:25 pm

Now that China reformed its one-child population control policy last December, and with Guangdong officially having carried out the policy on March 27, many eligible mothers are gearing up to take advantage of the two-child policy.

Mrs Liu from Guangzhou has been urged to have a second child by her mother-in-law. But upon hearing it’s bad luck to have a baby during the Year of the Ram, due to start next year on February 19, 2015, the mother-in-law tries to persuade Liu to conceive and bear a child during this calendar year, according to Nanfang Metropolis Daily.

The reason why babies born in the Year of the Ram are unlucky is because they are “fated to suffer”. A folklore saying goes: Nine rams out of ten are not completed; this means people born during the year of ram will have bad luck. Considering what type of future is in store for her child, Mrs Liu hesitates to have another baby.

RELATED: Guangdong’s New “Two-Child Policy” Off to a Rocky Start

Ye Chunsheng, Vice-President of the China Folklore Society and the Chinese department Professor of Sun Yat-sen University says the opinion doesn’t hold water at all. “I think people born in the year are very nice though,” he said.

Mrs Du, Director of Liwan District People’s Hospital, disagrees with superstitions regarding luck. “Based on the statistics we have now, the number of babies born next year doesn’t much difference.” In regards to women who may try to give birth prematurely to avoid giving birth to a child born during the Year of the Ram, Du said, “It’s very harmful to have a Caesarean one month earlier than the date of expectancy. It will not only cause massive bleeding, but also amniotic embolism; either case will be dangerous for mothers and babies.”

Hongn Kong fengshui expert Mak Lingling reassures people not to worry about babies born in the Year of the Ram. Mak said, “Rams stand for auspiciousness. Baby rams born in the morning are passive and conservative, but have good people skills. Afternoon baby rams are more active, while evening rams are too conservative and conventional but don’t like new environments.”

Photo: TX News

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Female Students Strip Naked in Protest at Guangzhou University

Posted: 04/21/2014 6:35 pm

university of technology female student naked protest[This article may contain material offensive to some readers]

This morning, Weibo user @Morning Sunbeams of Southern China made a post that contained all of the pictures seen in this blog.

For context that may explain these photographs, text was added to these photographs. These words said:

Guangzhou female university students suddenly take their clothes off in public. Under the gaze of everyone’s eyes, these women were not shy in the slightest. Male students at Guangzhou University City (Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center) have gone crazy.

Upon further analysis of the photographs, signs could be seen that read “Stop looking at us through lusty lenses”“Cherish the worth of the female sex” and “We need equal opportunities for employment”.

Online debate of this protest was fast and but not spurious. A user named Chaozhoufangua(潮州翻瓜) wrote: There are many ways of protests. Why baring yourself? For the attention? Most of the people only talked about the nudity anyway.

On the contrary, Weibo user Maskmagician opined: Our Chinese national characteristics are not fit these “open” protests. It’s disgusting and is purely for the attention. I am not even bothered to repost this story.

Opinions differing as they will, job discrimination is still a factor for today’s women. The job market in China is expected to be much tougher than last year as 8 million graduates will soon be flooding into the country’s various job markets, Sina reported on April 21. Last year, the number was recorded around 7 million and it was already called as the “toughest employment season ever” by some media reports.

It was certainly fortuitous that a crowd of photographers was on hand to record this extremely rare occurrence of women “suddenly” taking their clothes off in a planned media stunt that is sure to gather attention for many things if not for the alarming fact that China’s body painting technology is decades behind that of the West.

The Nanfang will continue to follow this story as more details are uncovered.

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Natalie Wang contributed to this report.

Pictures: Weibo account, club isso


Guangzhou’s Image Tarnished By Attention-Seeking Bridge Jumpers

Posted: 04/21/2014 9:38 am

China’s petitioners have a history of “gao yuzhuang” (告御状) where victims of injustice during China’s feudal times would petition officials in hope of redressing their grievances. When attempts failed, petitioners often resorted to extreme measures.

In today’s Guangzhou (or China at large), not much has changed: disgruntled petitioners denied redress often draw attention to their issues by threatening to harm themselves.

According to figures released by the Guangzhou Politics and Law Commission, Guangzhou has seen a sharp rise in incidents of “malicious acts of jumping from bridges,” said the commission in charge of the city’s social stability and legal affairs.

“Since April 14, Guangzhou has seen 85 cases of people climbing atop a bridge, of which 73 were not suicide attempts. Almost 90 percent of the people attempting the act were not local residents and most of the cases in question were not related to issues in Guangzhou,” said Luo Zhenliang, deputy head of the city’s police department, reported by Nanfang Net on April 18.

These attention-seeking methods were labelled by the official as “kidnapping Guangzhou’s public interest, damaging the city’s image and severely affecting people’s normal life.”

To further clarify his point, the commission cited stacks of well prepared figures. In April 2009 alone, Zhuhai had 8 incidents of attention seekers threatening to jump from the Zhuhai Bridge. As a result, the Zhuhai fire brigade sent out 49 firefighters, eight fire trucks and eight 22-meter-long air cushions, an ambulance with a doctor and two nurses, leading to a direct economic loss of more than RMB 1 million ($162,000).

Admittedly, these acts cause unnecessary economic losses. But when the ideal petition process through the Petition Bureau is less than satisfactory, and the legal system offers little recourse, the number of bridge jumpers is unlikely to decrease any time soon.

Home page photo credit: Nanfang Metropolis Daily 


30,000 Workers Strike in Dongguan, Robots Planned As Replacements

Posted: 04/18/2014 2:58 pm

robot worker labor factory

Labor strife in Guangdong can be had to generalize: as some labor disputes flare up and workers are granted concessions, other labor protesters are convicted for “disturbing social order”. And so, we have the following pieces of news, both announced recently.

There are currently 30,000 workers are on strike at the Yu Yuan Industrial shoe making factory complex in Dongguan, the Associated Press reports. Workers have been protesting the company’s lack of social security and welfare benefits, and have been staging periodic work stoppages at the factory since April 5.

Yu Yuan makes components used in shoes by Nike, Adidas, Reebok and New Balance in a gigantic complex made up of ten separate factories. The Nanfang had first told you about this labor dispute back on April 7.

SEE: Foxconn to Replace Shenzhen Workers with Robots

Striker Cui Tiangang, 31, was adamant on the demands made by the workers. Cui said, “We expect at least an explanation, to give us an answer… We will keep on striking if there is no offer.”

If true to claims made by the organizers, this protest is the largest strike of its kind to ever take place in China. As historic an occasion that may be, Cui’s solidarity for his fellow worker may just be a quaint notion in the not-too distant future.

An industrial development guideline issued by the Guangzhou municipal government is encouraging the use of robots instead of human labor by providing companies with cash rebates. In fact, Guangzhou plans to have 80 percent of all its manufacturing production to be performed by robots instead of humans by 2020.

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That’s not all: the Guangzhou government is proposing to construct two or three robot industrial development zones. Each of these in turn will make 100,000 robot units a year by 2020.

It’s simply great that waves upon waves of robots will be given the jobs necessary to provide for their robot families, but a reliance upon technology does not always solve the problem at hand as seen in the documentary about the decline of American prosperity, Robocop (1987).

Sure, it will be great to reap the rewards of a worker that won’t go on strike, and will neither arrest nor harm any senior executives of OCP. Luo Jun, executive chairman of the International Robotics and Intelligent Equipment Industry Alliance, predicts the annual output value gained from the robotics industry in China will equal 300 billion yuan (US$48 billion) in 10 years.

READ: Dongguan Workers on Strike at Samsung Supply Factory

However, industry experts are warning against an over-reliance upon the Western market and its technology as well as the danger of overcapacity. At that point, both robots and workers will be out of a job.

Manufacturing production is a huge industry for China and if this sector should ever suffer a economic breakdown with catastropic consequences, we may be referring to Robocop more often. If it isn’t “I’ll buy that for a dollar!” then it will be this:

“Riches, leave.”

Photo: Robotics Business Review

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Guangzhou to Tax Construction Sites emitting too much dust

Posted: 04/18/2014 7:45 am

Taxing heavy polluters and coal-fired plants are common solutions to tackling China’s worsening air quality. Guangzhou, however, has opted to focus on a more unusual pollutant – flying dust.

Guangzhou Daily reported on April 17 that the city plans to levy a tax for excessive dust stirred up at construction sites. The policy will be introduced this August as part of Guangdong Province’s new fiscal measures to curb PM 2.5 emissions. The province vowed to lower its annual PM 2.5 concentration 15% by 2017.

Dust particles have become the latest subjects of taxation following research which demonstrated that they constitute 21% of the city’s total PM 2.5 emissions. Dust is a type of particulate matter, and when these particulates measure 2.5 micron or less, they are classified as PM 2.5.

RELATED: Expert says people in Guangzhou already have black lungs

PM 2.5 particulates are small enough to enter the lungs or bloodstream of humans and cause health damage including lung cancer, the leading cause of death in Guangzhou.

In December last year, Guangzhou had 792 ongoing construction projects, and 8 of them were singled out by the city’s environmental protection department for causing flying dust pollution and discharging excessive amounts of dust, the report said.

Compared with a RMB 8500 ($1,370) fine for these infractions, the environmental protection department believed the financial punishment was too lenient. The city has yet to finalize a set of standards for the fines, but according to the report, it will be based on the construction site’s size, its operational period and protection measures taken by its development company.

RELATED: China’s Pollution Wreaking Havoc on International Weather Patterns

The department said that any construction site measuring larger than 100,000 square meters should install CCTV cameras to monitor the amount of dust discharged and increase the frequency of spray surrounding roads with water to avoid raising dust.

Several construction sites will be selected to test out the results by August. If successful, the policy will be more broadly implemented by 2016.

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Home page: Dongchu Evening Post 


Demolition Begins on Hidden Forest House in Guangzhou

Posted: 04/17/2014 10:23 am

guangzhou illegal structure penthouse treehouse tianhe demolition extra stories“Clear-cutting” has begun on the forest built on top of a Guangzhou apartment building to hide illegally-constructed floors. Local chengguan and the owner of what has been called “Guangzhou’s most ‘niu’ illegal building” have reached an agreement to start demolition on the treehouse penthouse, Nanfang Daily reported.

We’re trying to imagine just what kind of negotiation took place as a source with the chengguan revealed the legality of the building was never actually determined. Instead, demolition was initiated since the owner was anxious Guangzhou residents couldn’t see the virtual forest for the trees.

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In a move that may further deter the promotion of Shenzhen rooftops as a green space, we note with bemusement that the colloquial name given by the Chinese press to this apartment is “big green hat”. For those who have never been on the receiving end of this insult, “wearing a green hat” is the Chinese euphemism for  a “cuckold”.

Located in North Haitangge Neighborhood of Tianhe District, we imagine Poison Ivy is currently cursing at the Caped Crusader and is plotting from another secret lair, perhaps from the rooftop temple located in Shenzhen.


Photos: Nanfang Daily, ChinaNews via bzcm

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