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Chinese Red Cross Battles CCTV In War to Forget Guo Meimei

Posted: 08/4/2014 4:44 pm

guo meimeiThe Zhaotong earthquake on August 3 has left 391 people dead so far and many more homeless. Those that survived desperately need support from agencies like the Red Cross, but the organization is still struggling to overcome a corruption scandal involving a woman named Guo Meimei from three years ago. In a series of recent Weibo posts, the Chinese Red Cross has appealed for the public’s support in spite of the scandal, reports China News, but so far the appeals aren’t working.

Guo ignited a firestorm of netizen fury after she posted pictures of her wealth online in June 2011 while asserting she was a general manager for the Red Cross. The controversy sparked a backlash against the Red Cross and prompted some Chinese to disavow the organization.

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The Red Cross admitted that “three years of rumors and complaining may not be enough to clear the debt”, but still appealed to the virtuous nature of the public:

During this late night we have some colleagues who are packing up their bags to rush over to the earthquake disaster zone in Zhaotong, other colleagues have spent the entire night organizing more relief supplies, while other colleagues deep in the plains of Inner Mongolia to screen impoverished children for heart disease are getting ready to go… with so many people and places that we need to focus on, let’s look at the real facts and take a breath. Please forget her; we need to get operational again.

As if there was a concerted, organized effort to do the exact opposite, Guo Meimei is back in the news. On the official Weibo account for CCTV News, there were nine posts regarding Guo Meimei in a 30 minute time frame after midnight (12:03, 12:10, 12:21, 12:23, 12:24, 12:25, 12:27, 12:30, 12:33) dealing with her being arrested for gambling and prostitution-related crimes.

Here are two of those posts. This one is from 12:03 this morning:

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Gambling, flaunting of wealth, sex trade.
Beijing police have stated as the result of an investigation that Guo opened a gambling parlor and has earned hundreds of thousands of yuan. In 2010, 19 year-old Guo Meimei established herself as a kept woman for Wang Jun. After their relationship ended, Guo engaged in prostitution with contacts made over the internet and in person with each transaction worth several tens of thousands of yuan. An assistant for Guo stated, “There was a period of time when she would bring a new man home with her and wanted me to keep count.

This CCTV News post is the fifth out of nine such posts, published at 12:24 am:

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How did Guo Meimei get involved with the Red Cross?
“A friend named Weng had purchased a Bo’ai company, and I invested five million and got 10 percent in stock.” As promised by the “godfather” to Guo Meimei, Mr Wang, Guo would become the company’s CEO. In order to better flaunt her money, Guo had her Weibo account show her occupation had changed from “singer and actress” to “China Red Cross business general manager”.

With constant reminders of Guo’s involvement with the Chinese Red Cross, it’s not surprising netizens aren’t in a mood to forget her, or forgive the Red Cross. 

You’re letting her take all the blame and be your patsy.. Hehe

Please allow me to ask a question: if the all the allegations against the Red Cross are false, then why didn’t the Red Cross report her that year? Why hasn’t the police arrested her? Why is her Sina account is authenticated by the Red Cross? Can all of these questions be explained?

Does CCTV have a lack of prostitutes?

Too funny, are you trying to insult the IQ of the public? Mr Wang didn’t know (Guo was) a CEO? Guo Meimei didn’t know about the Red Cross? There’s no comparison between the two?

In three years, the Red Cross hasn’t been able to prove the innocence of one little prostitute?

*Falls off chair* Please tell me CCTV, what’s the point of all these updates? I’d like to trouble you to please focus upon the earthquake in Yunnan and other important affairs affecting the county. [sweat.emo]

guo meimeiPhotos: CCTV News, screencaps of CCTV News Weibo account (1, 2)


Category 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Yunnan Province, 381 Dead [UPDATED]

Posted: 08/3/2014 6:57 pm

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UPDATE 10, 2:08 pm August 4: The death toll now stands at 391.


UPDATE 9, 11:09 am August 4: A new update puts the death toll at 381.

By individual area, the fatalities are as follows: Zhaotong reports 302 fatalities, Zhaoyang District reports one fatality, Qiaojia Country reports 66 fatalities, and Huize County in Qujing reports 12 fatalities.

The Chinese National Earthquake Department has categorized the response to this earthquake at category one.


UPDATE 8, 1:39 am August 4: As of 12:30 am on August 4, the Propaganda Department of the City of Zhaotong has announced that a total of 367 people have died from the earthquake.

By individual area, the list of casualties are as follows: the Zhaoyang District of the city of Zhaoyang has reported one fatality; Ludian County has reported 296 fatalities with 1,591 injured; Qiaojia County has reported 60 fatalities; and Huize County has reported ten fatalities.

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UPDATE 7, 1:18 am August 4: The latest update by the official Weibo account of the City of Zhaotong  puts the death toll of the Ludian category 6.5 earthquake at 230.

221 fatalities are reported in the jurisdiction of Zhaotong, while nine deaths are reported in Huize County.yunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disaster


UPDATE 6, 10:58 pm August 3: According to the National Ministry of Civil Affairs, a revised list of casualties resulting from the earthquake puts the total number of fatalities at 175 with 1402 injured and 181 missing.

By individual area, the casualties are listed as follows: Qiaojia, Zhaotong reports 49 dead, one missing, and 102 injured; Ludian, Zhaotong reports 122 dead, 180 missing, and 1300 injured; and Huize County, Qujing reports four dead.

A major aftershock has been reported in the same area as the first earthquake that occurred this afternoon. According to the National Center for Seisomology, an aftershock rated at 4.1 has struck Ludian County in the City of Zhaotong, Province of Yunnan.

The earthquake occurred at 10:28 this evening at at 27.1 latitude north and 103.3 longitude east, the same exact coordinates as the first earthquake, with the epicenter located 11,000 meters below the surface.

The first earthquake to strike Yunnan today is the first earthquake over 6.5 to occur in Yunnan since 2000. In a 200 km radius of Ludian, there have been 44 earthquakes over category 5 throughout recorded history.yunnan earthquake ludian disaster ludianyunnan earthquake ludian disaster ludianyunnan earthquake ludian disaster ludian


UPDATE 5, 9:41 pm August 3: As of 8:42 pm, the road from Qiaojia to Ludian has been cleared, while the road from Zhaotong to Ludian was cleared earlier on, both allowing for the unfettered transport of relief supplies and equipment into the disaster zone.

In the two hours since the tremors started, there have been a total of 107 aftershocks recorded.


UPDATE 4, 8:42 pm August 3: A comprehensive tally of fatalities from all areas affected by the earthquake now stands at 150.

As of 8 pm, the Ludian People’s government has verified that there are now over 120 fatalities in its jurisdiction.

In neighboring areas, 26 fatalities have been reported in Qiaojia County with another four fatalities in Huize County.

Additionally, the local government of Ludian has announced that 180 people are missing in its jurisdiction with a total of 1,300 people injured. As well, it reports that due to the earthquake there are 12,000 collapsed buildings with a total 30,000 people affected by the disaster.

Transportation routes, electricity, communications to the disaster area have all been cut off.yunnan earthquake ludian disaster longtoushan yunnan earthquake ludian disaster longtoushanyunnan earthquake ludian disaster longtoushan


UPDATE 3, 8:17 pm August 3: CCTV is now reporting fatalities from the earthquake have risen to 34 for the areas including Huodehong Township in Ludian, Qiaojia County, and Huize County in Qujing.

Five people are currently reported missing with over a hundred people injured.

Rain is forecast for the next three days for the disaster zone with heavy rain scheduled from August 4 to 5. Authorities say the weather will hamper rescue efforts.yunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disasteryunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disasteryunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disasteryunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disaster


UPDATE 2, 7:35 pm August 3: According to CCTV, the Qiaojia local government has verified that there are currently 26 dead and 79 injured resulting from the earthquake at the current time.

A girl is said to still be trapped in debris at the Shaba Elementary School in Shaba.

The City of Zhaoqing has announced it is now taking level 3 earthquake emergency procedures while the Provincial Civil Affairs Bureau has announced it is sending 2000 tents, 500 towels, 3000 folding beds, 3000 mattresses, 3000 pairs of cotton clothes to the disaster zone.

Rescue crews are now on the scene. Many buildings are reported to have collapsed from the earthquake.yunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disaster yunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disasteryunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disasteryunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disasteryunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disaster


UPDATE 1, 7:22 pm August 3: The epicenter of the earthquake has been identified as Longtoushan Township, located 20 kilometers away from the Zhaotong urban center.

Roads leading to Longtoushan have been blocked by landslides of earth and rock.

At 6:07 pm, emergency crews were reported to be only 40km away, and said to arrive at the disaster zone within one hour. Furthermore, the 14th army battalion stationed in Yunnan has been mobilized.

Published pictures of the earthquake zone show an unspecified number of casualties along with wide-spread damage to buildings in the area.

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At 4:30pm on August 3, a category 6.5 earthquake struck Yunnan

Province at Ludian County in the municipal zone of the City of Zhaotong, reports Sina News.

The earthquake was so strong that it could be felt throughout Yunnan and in neighboring Sichuan Province. Netizens reported feeling the tremors in the cities of Kunming, Chengdu, Leshan and Chongqing.

The epicenter of the quake was recorded at 12,000 meters below the surface.

We will have further updates on this developing story.yunnan earthquake ludian longtoushan disaster

Photos: Yunnan Fire Department (2), China Daily (2, 3, 4), Shenzhen Evening Report, People’s Daily (2, 3, 4, 5), Foshan Daily, CCTV News, Beijing Youth Daily


China Red Cross Blasted For Sending Quilts to Tropical Typhoon-Ravaged Areas

Posted: 07/22/2014 8:51 am

The China Red Cross, a charity organisation, has found itself again engulfed in a sea of criticism after it sent more than 2,000 winter quilts to typhoon-ravaged areas in Guangdong, at a time when local temperatures are higher than 35 Celsius degrees in the heat of summer.

The civic group’s quilts drew a lot of criticism online despite its swift response to the disaster. “Its efforts, manpower and resources were used in the wrong places,” Xinhua said. When thousands of quilts reached Zhanjiang, Maoming and Yangjiang after super typhoon Ramassun swept across the region last week, they needed to be picked up and distributed. Xinhua argued this was a waste of resources, especially for the trucks that distributed the blankets and the manpower involved. These resources could otherwise have been allocated to much more badly needed relief supplies such as drinking water, food, sleeping mats, first-aid kits and medicine, the report said.

Officials from Zhanjiang said the electricity and water supply in several counties in the city were disrupted, but they received cotton quilts. The China Red Cross in Guangdong defended its decision to send quilts, saying they were demanded and will be useful in winter.

Still, this doesn’t sit well with online users. “Next time, send a Maserati; it might help us run faster in the face of disaster,” said Weibo user 短线追击手.

Some simply doubted the motives behind the Red Cross’s help, whose reputation was badly tainted by the Guo Meimei incident in 2011. 朦胧君 wrote: “I am from western Guangdong and have been living here for more than two decades. Do not treat our tragedy as a time for you to show your phony benevolence.”

Photos: Sina weibo; Ta Kung Pao


Donate to the Philippines… Here’s how

Posted: 11/14/2013 9:42 pm

There has been so much devastation in the Phillipines from both tropical storms (Super Typhoon Haiyan) and earthquakes. Some people would like to help out but don’t know how. Here is your opportunity.

Tonight at Rapscallions you can bring your old shirts, shoes, hats, and canned goods to give to either Shenzhen Local Music or put in the Donation Box from the Filipino Community.

St. Anthony’s Church will also have a donation box. The church is located on Nonglin Lu next to Sam’s Club. Another location to drop off goods are McCawley’s in Futian and Trainspotting in Shekou.

The Filipino community is also throwing an event this Sunday at Luna Bar. It is a buffet Dinner for 100RMB called “Dine for a Cause”. The proceeds will go to the typhoon victims in Tacloban City and Leyte.

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