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Beijing Metro Line 1 Finally Getting a Badly-Needed Safety Upgrade

Posted: 11/24/2014 9:30 am

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Having served as the backbone of the Beijing subway system for more than 30 years, the ever-popular Line 1 is finally getting a modern upgrade: safety doors. Along with Line 2, the glass doors will be installed by 2017.

The new doors should help prevent accidents on the Line 1 and 2 subway tracks. Last Thursday, a man fell onto the tracks at Fuxingmen Station on Line 1, while the evening before saw a woman fall onto the tracks at Xuanwumen Station on Line 2, hitting her head. Both people were safely helped off the tracks.

While newer subway lines — Line 6, 8, and the extension of Line 10—are equipped with glass safety doors, accidents still happen. Earlier this month, a 33 year-old commuter was killed when she became trapped in the safety doors at a Line 5 station. And while the new safety doors are certainly an improvement, it has been revealed that they lack infrared sensors which detect commuters walking towards them, and therefore don’t always open when they should.

With new infrastructure often comes new costs, and with the Beijing Metro continuing to expand, fares are set to be raised in the near future.

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Guy attacks an ostrich as part of elaborate suicide attempt, ultimately fails

Posted: 01/23/2013 7:00 am

A man was rescued by police in a zoo in Shaoguan City on January 19 after a bizarre suicide attempt which followed even more bizarre behaviour, Shenzhen Satellite Television reports.

The man, Li, 27, from Yunnan Province, attacked an ostrich in the zoo and bit it to death in front of onlookers who included children and elderly people. He then slashed his wrists as police were called.

Xu Jianwen, deputy head of Datang Road police station told reporters that when he arrived at the scene, Li was highly excitable and simulated firing a gun at the policemen. He was already covered in blood when police arrived.

As he began to lose strength, Li lay on the ostrich’s corpse like a pillow before police approached him tentatively. He offered little resistance before police dragged him away.

He was rushed to hospital where his condition soon stabilized. However, that night, his condition worsened and he was returned to hospital. He appears to be out of the woods now. A suicide note was found on his person. The note urged his parents to have a good life, saying there was no need to worry about him anymore.

Li works as a security guard and has been described by colleagues as an introvert who is unusually quiet when at work. He was also described as being straight-forward.

Police drag a bleeding Li away from the ostrich’s corpse

The name of his company was not revealed to media.

Whether this was a genuine attempted suicide or a cry for help, I think we can all agree: the man needs help.

Li claims to have no recollection of the incident. The investigation is ongoing.


Video: Sexy heroine kicks knife out of suicidal woman’s hand, becomes online sensation

Posted: 01/8/2013 7:00 am

The knife is kicked out of the suicidal woman’s hand

An unidentified woman in Guangzhou, who looks like she’s barely out of her teens, has become an online sensation after a display of athleticism and bravery last Saturday (January 5).

At around 8:20 p.m., a woman in her thirties was seen standing on a street corner at Baogang Boulevard waving a knife and threatening to kill herself, Southern Satellite Television reports.

As onlookers gathered round, she became more hysterical and started throwing money around, including 100 yuan and 50 yuan notes as well as small change. By this stage, she was already bleeding out of her hands, according to one witness, Miss Li.

Nobody dared approach the woman but some people picked the money off the ground. Then, a woman, thought to be in her late teens and wearing shorts in spite of the weather, picked up some notes and tentatively approached the hysterical woman, offering to give her the notes back.

As the knife-wielding woman was about to accept the notes, the woman kung fu kicked the knife from her hands with enormous speed and athleticism before both women fled in seperate directions.

Netizens have nicknamed the brave young woman “heroine with sexy legs” due to the length, whiteness and athleticism of her legs.

All of the cash was returned to police and neither woman had been identified as of yesterday afternoon.

Police are seeking the woman as they hope to give her an award

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