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Guangdong Woman Hacks Husband’s Suspected Mistress in Grizzly Attack

Posted: 08/1/2014 2:48 pm

revenge victim brutal assault affairIn a brutal case of revenge, a 27 year-old Jiangmen woman’s breasts were cut off and her reproduction organ badly mutilated by a former colleague after she suspected the victim was having an extramarital affair with her husband, Nandu reported on July 31. The suspect, surnamed Meng, has been arrested.

“According to forensics, the severed parts of the breasts can’t be attached, and the reproduction organ was seriously injured, resulting in severe body injuries,” a police source said.

On July 27 when Xiao Lin was about to leave her apartment, Meng appeared pepper-sprayed Xiao’s eyes, dragged her into her room, and tied her up. The ensuing crime lasted about 20 minutes, Xiao Lin later recalled.

Meng accused Xiao Lin of having an affair with her husband, Xiao Lin’s immediate boss in a factory in Jiangmen. Meng’s husband had apparently sent affectionate text messages to Xiao Lin. Meng called Xiao Lin about a month ago and threatened to kill her, according to the report. Xiao Lin did not take it seriously at the time.

The good news is Xiao Lin’s reproductive ability is expected to recover following treatment.

Photos: Nandu


In Defiance Of Live Poultry Ban, Another Dies of Avian Flu in Guangdong

Posted: 06/18/2014 11:44 am

avian flu shadowWhile the live poultry ban continues to receive a cold shoulder from Guangzhou residents, the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Committee announced the latest death from avian flu on their official website on June 17.

The case was identified on June 9. The 42 year-old patient, surnamed Wu, was living in Jiangmen at the time he contracted the disease. The report does not specify when Wu passed away.

Meanwhile, the live poultry ban in Guangzhou has continued to receive a frosty reception from consumers. Already in its second month of implementation, the pilot project that replaces the sale of live poultry at local markets with frozen chickens processed at a central facility in order to decrease the risk of avian flu has not been doing well.

In a June 11 report, shop owners complained of poor business ever since the ban was initiated at the beginning of May:

At the beginning, I could sell 70 to 80 chickens in a day, but then, that went down to only selling about ten a day. Now, it’s gotten much worse as I’m not able to sell ten chickens. Frozen chicken doesn’t taste good, and there aren’t any repeat customers.

Ministry of Agriculture Head Zheng Weiyi hopes store owners will continue to support the government policy:

Because if you (the chicken meat proprietor) wait until the market recovers, you’ll be able to make more money than other (chicken meat proprietors). Right now, you have to find the path to success again, something you may not be able to find soon, but the government policy on frozen chicken will continue to be researched and adjusted.

Xinhua report states “more than 120 people in China have been infected by H7N9 this year, with dozens of deaths”. However, A Flu Diary points out a discrepancy in the numbers:

According to last week’s CHP: Epidemiological Summary Of The Second Wave Of H7N9the first wave (spring of 2013) saw a total of 133 human cases (including 43 deaths), while the second wave (fall-winter-spring) added 315 new cases, and more than 100 deaths.

Furthermore, Flutrackers corroborates this number to be above 300.

Photo: sun0769


Relax: All Those Sparrows In Jiangmen Aren’t Sick From Avian Flu

Posted: 06/4/2014 3:59 pm

grain sparrows pesticide jiangmen guangdong avian fluWhen grain sparrows started acting strangely in the City of Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, people noticed. And people got worried.

Starting last weekend, grain sparrows were seen in large numbers foraging on the ground at the Guifengshan scenic area in Xinhui District, mostly unable to fly. Those that were able to fly could only do so at low heights and for short periods of time.

As reported in the Yangcheng Evening Report, resident Mr Yang voiced his concern at the ominous signs:

At times there are upwards of a thousand sparrows on the grass; they aren’t acting very lively. Even when a person is walking right in front of them, they will still not fly away.

READ: Report: Female Poultry Workers Most at Risk for Avian Flu

That does sound strange.

Other areas don’t have the same problem. It seems to the people here that these grain sparrows are sick. Does this have anything to do with avian flu?

We’ve been hearing how outbreaks of avian flu have been happening throughout Guangdong Province for years. However, a representative for the Guifengshan scenic area provided an explanation that should ease the worry of local residents: it’s not avian flu, it’s pesticide.

RELATED: New Avian Flu Cases Bring Total to 3 Since
Live Poultry Ban in Guangdong

The scenic area has been working with the forestry department to control an infestation of pine tree caterpillars that occurs annually each May and June by spraying pesticides. The sparrows have gotten sick because they have eaten the affected caterpillars.

And it’s not like the pesticides themselves are directly responsible for the deaths of the grain sparrows. In explaining the disappearance of the sparrows, the scenic area representative said:

Today, there are a lot fewer of them. In the past two days we’ve received a large number of tourists. Sometimes, people would catch or step on the birds. Park workers would stop this when it happened. When dead sparrows are found, we would promptly dispose of them.

Not avian flu at all in this scenario. What’s to worry about?

RELATED: New Case of Avian Flu Reported Despite
Plans to Ban Live Chicken Markets

Any lingering compassion for the welfare of these grain sparrows and the disruption to the local ecosystem at large should really be put aside. As the scenic area representative explains, since the use of pesticides is so effective at controlling the caterpillars, the death of the sparrows is something that cannot be avoided. The representative adds,

…we mainly spray [pesticides] in the area in which there is a high concentration of caterpillars. This will not have a great impact upon [anything else], and for this reason residents can relax.

Nothing to see here, folks. A sparrow is no canary, so by the same logic, this is no coal mine.

Photo: Yangcheng Evening Report 


17 Year-Old Guangdong Girl Broadcasts Suicide Attempt Over WeChat

Posted: 05/30/2014 1:59 pm

girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationshipsDistraught over a failed relationship, a 17 year-old girl surnamed Fu
broadcast her suicide attempt online using the WeChat social media service, reports the Nandu.

READ: Guangdong Schoolgirl Attempts Suicide Because
Teacher Disapproved of Hairdo

After failing to win the affections of her love interest, Fu cut her wrists in a hotel room in Jiangmen, Guangdong at around 7:50pm on May 28. Fu posted pictures of her bloodied arm online as well as this text:

  • girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationshipsHalf of my heart is bleeding, half of my heart forgives.
  • How long will it take to forget you?
  • As much as this hurts, it doesn’t hurt as much as my heart hurts
  • What am I, in the end? I say other people are retarded, but I am also myself. Chen Xuanlin, I hate you.
  • I’m someone who has never done drugs before, but today, what else is there to do? I love you, Wenjie.
  • I love him, but he doesn’t love me. Love is always like that.
  • I won’t be so foolish again, won’t force it, forcing this won’t result in happiness, I won’t make you stay because of my tears.

An unidentified friend in Fu’s WeChat social circle saw the posts and had the following conversation with her:

girl wechat suicide attempt guangdong jiangmen drug breakup relationships

Friend: What are you up to?
Fu: Killing myself.
Friend: Sister, do you need me to call the police?
Fu: No need, I want to die.
Friend: Dying at such a young age is a tragedy. Where are you right now?
Fu: Haiyi Hotel, Room #505

The friend found Fu at the specified location and notified emergency services, who in turn were able to successfully rescue Fu.

READ: Threatening to Jump, Woman in Zhongshan
Falls Asleep During Suicide Attempt

Fu had used shards from a broken tea pot to make dozens of gashes into her left front forearm. Upon inspection, medical personnel say the cuts are not deep, and that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Police say that Fu had been using methamphetamine before the suicide attempt, but are unsure as to the source of the drug.

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Photos: Nandu


Could the secrets of the universe be unlocked in the PRD?

Posted: 01/17/2014 7:00 am

What caused the big bang? What happened to the material generated by it? These questions could be answered by work done in an underground laboratory to be built in Kaiping City.

A news conference was held in Jiangmen on Wednesday to announce that a neutrino observatory will be built 700 metres underground with an investment of 100 million yuan to help physicists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences study some of the biggest astronomical mysteries facing mankind, Guangzhou Daily reports. Wang Yifang of the academy’s Institute of High Energy Physics will be in charge of the project.

The observatory in Kaiping will be China’s largest underground laboratory and China’s second neutrino observatory. The other is one in nearby Daya Bay which gained international recognition in 2012 for “discovering a new neutrino oscillation model” and “opening a major door in the development of neutrino physics.”

The observatory in Daya Bay, via Google Images

Neutrinos are tiny and prolific subatomic particles that are born in nuclear reactions, including those that occur inside stars. According to the Nobel Prize website, 2001 to 2003 were the golden years of solar neutrino research. But research into neutrinos is still very much at the forefront of particle physics. An unprecedented neutrino discovery in the South Pole two months ago was described as a “Nobel Prize in the making.”

The location of the new observatory, underneath Jinji Town and Chishui Town took over a year to select. The laboratory will be completed in 2019 and the project will last at least 20 years. According to Wang Yifang, research done in the laboratory really could answer questions like “what happened to the material generated by the big bang?”


More horrifying molestation cases emerge in Shenzhen and Jiangmen

Posted: 07/30/2013 1:00 pm

In recent months, there have been a number of cases of adults in positions of trust being arrested for sexually abusing children and teenagers. As is often the case, Shenzhen took the lead in introducing preventive measures in the form of a black list of teachers with a history of inappropriate behaviour toward children.

Now cases in Shenzhen and Jiangmen, both involving men in positions of power, have shown that the problem is not one that can be tackled easily.

Shenzhen Daily reports that a doctor at Longgang District People’s Hospital admitted to police that he molested a 17-year-old female patient last week while pretending to be checking on her late at night.

The paper has more:

The patient, surnamed Cai, went to the hospital to have appendicitis surgery July 22. Mao, 40, conducted the surgery. At about 1 a.m. Thursday, Cai saw Mao walk into her hospital room, claiming to check on her. Mao admitted to police that he then inappropriately touched Cai’s genitals.

“It hurt and I thought it was very weird, but I did not say anything. He did not say anything to me, either,” Cai said.

At about 10:30 p.m. the same day, Mao went into the room again after the light was off.

“He (touched my genitals) again for about 10 minutes. I heard a zipper’s sound in the dark,” Cai said. “Because it was too painful, I tried to push his hand away, but he grabbed my hand to touch his genitals.”

Shockingly, this guy is the head of the hospital’s inpatient department. The case is being investigated.

In another case involving an abuse of power, Xinhua reported July 26 that a local official in Jiangmen had been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing two female middle-school students.

Huang Baolin, 50, is a deputy of the People’s Congress in Yamen Village and the head of the local farm and forestry department. The two year one middle school students have claimed that on four occasions he took them on trips to neighbouring cities such as Taishan and Zhuhai.

They claim that on one occasion, he stayed in a hotel room with them and forced them to perform sexual acts before trying to rape them. They successfully resisted.

Huang has already been stripped of all of his titles.

It remains to be seen, however, to what extent these men will be made an example of.


Dongguan jail home to 500 foreigners

Posted: 07/23/2013 2:14 pm

A fascinating report on Dongguan’s prison system in The Daily Sunshine has claimed that of the 5,000 inmates in the jail on Xinzhou Island in Dongguan’s Shijie Village, there are 500 foreign nationals from 53 countries, as well as some people with no nationality. Most of them are there for drug-related crimes.

What’s more, one of the inmates has a very peculiar claim to fame – he went to the same St Petersburg university as Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Shevchenco was sentenced to ten years in 2007 being involved in a fight that led to the death of a man in Jiangmen. Before the incident, the 29-year-old master’s graduate was the manager in charge of a branch office of a foreign trade company.

In prison, as well as winning much praise for good behaviour, Shevchenco has learned much about Chinese language and culture. Now that he can speak and write Chinese, he was asked what he intends to do when he gets out and whether he intends to stay in China. In response, he quoted the sentence from “The Analects of Confucius”: “While your parents are alive, do not journey afar.”

Another prisoner with an interesting story was a 52 year-old identified only as Roman. He says he has learned much about human nature while in jail. He used to be a lousy judge of character, he claims, and says the reason he ended up in jail is because he foolishly trusted a Chinese girlfriend. But when he gets out, he says he will be extremely careful when choosing what women he associates with and what food he eats.

Roman, who has Singaporean nationality was sentenced to 12 years for fraud in May 2007, has had his sentence reduced four times. He has used his time in jail to gain qualifications in mechanical engineering, business management and hotel management. He also uses his advanced English and Mandarin skills to act as a translator and teach other inmates. His star pupil, a man from Uganda identified as Kadasha, was able to accept an interview from the paper in Chinese. He can also read the magazine Chinese Geographical Science in Chinese.

The first foreigner to be detained at the jail was a Nepalese drug trafficker in 1996. After China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, a large number of Southeast Asian convicts wound up in the jail. 2007 saw the first inmates from both Africa and the Middle East.

One thing foreign prisoners find particularly hard to acclimatise to is prison labour, as this obligation was not stipulated when they were sentenced.

Prison guards told the paper that African inmates had developed a reputation for throwing sick days, while Europeans and Americans were generally well behaved but had a reputation for asking for time off on days that would be festivals in their home countries.

Some multinational companies were recently embroiled in a scandal for allegedly using products that had been made in a Dongguan jail.


NIMBY-ism is here to stay as protestors in Guangdong are emboldened by success

Posted: 07/17/2013 10:00 am

Ordinary people are increasingly bold about getting involved in environmental activism in China. Moreover, Guangdong Province is at the forefront of this phenomenon.

10,000 people took to the streets of Shiling township in Guangzhou’s Huadu District on Monday to protest against the construction of a refuse incinerator, South China Morning Post reported.

The protestors in Shiling, courtesy of Google Images

The paper has more:

“We are all very upset. The incinerator is only 500 metres from my home. I have two children and I don’t want them to develop health problems in a few years,” said a 33-year-old father of two who grew up in Qianjin, which he said has about 500 residents. “Over half of the world’s handbags are made here – Shiling is polluted enough and can’t handle an incinerator.”

The protest organiser, a 45-year-old who declined to be named, said the demonstration was discussed with Shiling officials last week. “We will give them a few days to address our concerns, but if there is no reply, we will head to Huadu district authorities and eventually the Guangzhou city government,” he said.

The protestors can draw encouragement from the success of the hundreds of Jiangmen residents who demonstrated against the building of a uranium processing plant in Heshan. As Beijing Cream put it: environmental protests have been uncannily successful in the past year.

Locals in Huizhou’s Daya Bay are also unimpressed by claims made by China’s largest offshore energy producer CNOOC and local officials that a massive fish die-off near the bay had been caused by ‘seasonal oceanic currents.’

Dead eels wash up on a beach at Daya Bay, courtesy of South China Morning Post

CNOOC’s Huizhou refinery started processing crude oil from the Bohai Sea in 2009. It is currently undergoing expansion to increase production to 24 million barrels per day, from 12 million barrels and locals are worried about air and waste water emissions from the refinery, South China Morning Post reports.

Concerns have also been raised over emissions from the nearby Daya Bay nuclear power plant.

There’s a long way to go yet, in spite of the various successes.


Child trafficking ring busted, 14 of the rescued babies were sold by their own parents

Posted: 02/6/2013 9:00 am

After four child trafficking rings were smashed in a cooperative effort by police in six Guangdong cities on October 17 last year, it was discovered Monday that 14 of the rescued babies had been sold by their own parents, according to Sina News. Another baby died while being transported by the criminals.

The parents received between 20,000 and 30,000 yuan for the children. Three of the childrens’ parents have already been arrested and all 13 of the infants now reside in orphanages in Huizhou. Another was adopted.

In May last year, police in Huizhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Dongguan, Jiangmen and Shanwei began to cooperate after three babies were rescued and three trafficers were arrested in Heyuan.

The effort culminated on October 16 when 27 were arrested and the rest of the babies were rescued.

Police are now seeking out the rest of the parents and the orphanages are trying to find homes for the children.

In a country that prides itself on its family values, netizens are outraged that any parent could consider this. One Sina Weibo user said: “If you can’t afford a baby then don’t have one.” Another wished for all the parents to get the death penalty.


Newlyweds in marital bliss in a tiny 4.65 sq metre room in Jiangmen

Posted: 10/11/2012 1:25 pm

Now that the one-child policy has skewed the population, the prospect of a demographic crisis and an excessive number of bachelors is unavoidable.

Moreover, given the materialistic age we live in, the men left single are overwhelmingly likely to be those with little education and low earning power. This was most notoriously underlined by the infamous quote made by a woman on a matchmaking show in 2010: “I would rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a bicycle.”

But don’t give up Chinese guys. A man in Jiangmen has proved there is hope for those who don’t own a house or a car, according to Southern Metropolis Daily.

The couple, a 26 year-old from Hubei named Xiao Zhang and a a 24 year-old from Guizhou named Xiao Pan live in a 4.65 sq meter room that has been described as a “hole in the wall” behind his father’s clothes shop.

The couple’s room behind the shop

The wall that seperates it from the shop is barely more than white paper, which means that the Chinese proficiency for having sex silently, which was observed by Peter Hessler in “River Town,” will be tested to the full.

After attending their wedding on Sept. 24, Xiao Zhang’s former boss, a Mr. Xiao, who owns a company in Dongguan, said his eyes glazed over with tears when he observed the sincerity of their love.

The couple earn 3,000 RMB a month between them, but as one microblogger pointed out: “The reason why people get married is to find happiness, nothing else.”

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