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National Day Earthquake Strikes Sichuan

Posted: 10/1/2014 5:05 pm
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Yuexiu County, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan

A 5.0 earthquake hit Sichuan Province this morning, shaking buildings and knocking items off shelves. Fortunately there are no reports of any deaths, reports the People’s Daily Online.

The State Seismological bureau said the earthquake stuck Yuexi county in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture today at 9:23am. The epicenter was 15,000 meters below the surface 39 kilometers from Yuexi County.

The Liangshan fire department has been dispatched to Baoshi and Gu’er, the villages hit hardest by the earthquake.

Photo: Xinhuanet

Japanese Coast Guard Helping China Search for Survivors of Sunken Vessel

Posted: 10/1/2014 1:39 pm

japan coast guardA Chinese ship carrying 14 people has sunk just outside of Japanese territorial waters, reports China Daily.

A Chinese ship with the designation LURONGYU2859 sank approximately 390 kilometers north of Shimane Oki Island of the Shimane Prefecture in the Sea of Japan yesterday morning (September 30).

Five people have been rescued, while another nine are missing and unaccounted for.

China is asking Japanese authorities for help to search for the missing sailors.

According to the headquarters of Japan’s eighth District Coast Guard, the ship LURONGYU2859 sank around 8 o’clock on the morning of September 30. The coast guard is now searching for survivors.

Photo: iFeng


Shenzhen primary school teacher injures herself after pushing student out of way of car

Posted: 06/3/2013 7:00 am

During the build-up to International Children’s Day which fell at the weekend, news related to primary school children in the region and the adults who were supposed to be protecting them was overwhelmingly bad.

However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

Zhang Xufen is recovering in hospital

Last week, one male primary school student was crossing the road in Shenzhen’s Luohu District when he was about to be hit by a car. A teacher saw what was about to happen and pushed the boy out of the way, leaving herself to be run over by the vehicle, Shenzhen Satellite Television reports.

The boy, surnamed Xiao, had just left the candy shop opposite Cuibei Primary School and was returning to campus with his younger sister when the incident took place.

The teacher, Zhang Xufen, is recovering in Shenzhen People’s Hospital after the front wheel ran over her left leg and the back wheel was inches away from running over her head.

The driver, Mrs. Zhao, took her to the hospital herself. She confessed to being in a hurry but traffic police don’t appear to be pursuing the case.

Huang Wenzhen, vice principal of the school, told reporters that Xiao’s parents had sent flowers and thank you notes.

Zhang being presented with her award.

Zhang has been described by colleagues as being of saintly modesty. She insists any teacher would have done the same in her position.

Several days after the incident took place, Zhang was awarded 10,000 yuan for her bravery and selflessness, according to XKB.

Chapter 56 of Rolf Dobelli’s “The Art of Thinking Clearly,” which was published this year, is titled: “How Bonuses Destroy Motivation.” In it, Dobelli argued that such monetary rewards cheapen acts of kindness.

What do you think?


Foreigner who collapsed in the Guangzhou metro rescued by Chinese heroine

Posted: 03/12/2013 4:26 pm

We’ve all heard scary stories about people in China ignoring those who badly need help, leaving some of them to suffer alone in public. The topic seemed to hit a climax last year in the case of little Yueyue, who was hit by a car and ignored by more than a dozen pedestrians who stepped over.

But here’s a case which shows things are not as dire as they seem: a heroine by the name of Zhang Jie helped rescue a foreigner, who collapsed in the Guangzhou metro on February 9.  The foreigner, named James, collapsed at Liede Station on Line 5.

The station’s closed circuit television shows James and his partner walking onto the main metro concourse. He doesn’t get far as he pulls up and falls backwards, landing heavily on the concourse. That’s when an attendant arrived.

Beijing Cream tells us more:

A subway attendant, Zhang Jie, supported James’s head while her colleague rubbed his chest. He remained unresponsive for a minute, at which point, while waiting for rescue personnel to arrive, Ms. Zhang began performing CPR. She said he remained unresponsive until after her third attempt, when he let out a breath of air.

A few minutes later, James was breathing on his own. He was sent to hospital, where he made a full recovery.

James is all back to normal now, but no word on what caused him to collapse.

It’s nice that, occasionally, stories do have happy endings.


4 year-old Dongguan girl rescued after dangling from balcony

Posted: 07/13/2012 7:00 am

In the 1951 movie “Ace in the Hole,” Kirk Douglas’ cynical journalist proclaims, “Bad news sells best and good news is no news.” This may be the reason why reports such as the one about Wang Yue last year have left people thinking that public morals have been declining in China. But after an out-of-work builder in Guangzhou saved a toddler from a balcony last month, a similarly heartwarming story of selfless behaviour has come from the region.

After a four-year-old Dongguan girl, Xiao Yan, got bored with watching television, she decided to amuse herself by looking over the balcony. She ended up dangling precariously, and after a collective effort by neighbours which involved much trial and error, she was rescued by a man in a yellow t-shirt, according to local media.

Initially, the neighbours held out a blanket for her to fall into, but cars were parked in the area, and there was no guarantee she would not end up landing on top of a car. Initially, they could not find a ladder tall enough, so they had a neighbour drive round with a truck, and the rescuer, Yang Yihua, placed the ladder on the truck and climbed from there to bring Xiao Yan to safety.

In an interview, Yang rejected the suggestion that he had acted heroically, saying that there was no danger involved in simply climbing a ladder. He also said that it was not he who noticed the child dangling, but it was brought to his attention.

Originally from Dazhou in Sichuan Province, Yang has been in Dongguan for 12 years and works as a security guard at Dongguan Information Technology School. The City Government intends to give him an award.

Yang Yihua

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