China expects bumper summer grain harvest

The good harvest is due to various factors including favorable wheat price policies, technological support to increase per unit area yield, as well as effective disaster-control measures. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING — China is expected to see a bumper harvest for summer crops this year, with nearly 80 percent of the crops already harvested, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Wednesday.

The total area for growing summer crops remain stable at around 26.7 million hectares this year, while the average output from each hectare of wheat, the main summer crop, is expected to rise, the ministry said.

The good harvest is due to various factors including favorable wheat price policies, technological support to increase per unit area yield, as well as effective disaster-control measures, the ministry said.

China’s summer grain output stood at 138.72 million tonnes in 2018, down 2.2 percent from 2017.

Chinese police detain 9 suspects for illegal online gambling

HEFEI — Police in eastern China’s Anhui province said Tuesday that they had arrested nine suspects for organizing online gambling through QQ groups.

Police in the city of Chuzhou received a tip-off at the end of 2018 that a victim had lost over 600,000 yuan through gambling on a website called “Jurassic.”

They then found multiple suspects through bank, Alipay and Tenpay accounts provided by the victim, but the investigation has been very difficult due to a large number of accounts and phone numbers involved.

After a thorough investigation, police finally targeted a gambling gang led by a suspect surnamed Chen. The gang of nine have convened almost 10,000 people participating in online gambling through QQ groups and made more than 50 million yuan in illegal profit.

The nine suspects were detained in late March, and more than 200 bank cards, 50 cellphones and eight computers were also seized. Securities accounts with a market value of more than 30 million yuan (around $4.3 million) were frozen by the police.

Further investigation is underway.

4 giant pandas to call Qinghai home

An airport worker transfers a giant panda at Caojiapu International Airport in Xining, capital city of Northwest China’s Qinghai province, June 3, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two 3-year-old female giant pandas will arrive in Xining, Qinghai province, on Wednesday to join two other pandas, completing the first group of the animals to call the high-altitude plateau home.

Qiguo and Yuanman will join the other two from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that arrived on Monday to stay for three years in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo.

With the approval of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, the zoo signed an agreement with the Chengdu base to borrow the four pandas to be exhibited in the zoo.

The cost of borrowing a panda is 250,000 yuan ($36,174) a year.

The cost is relatively low because the base cares more about educating locals, who would not otherwise have an opportunity to see pandas, about conservation of endangered species, said base chief Zhang Zhihe.

Wu Kongju, a panda expert at the base, believes that the four pandas can adapt to the plateau. Wild pandas live 1,500 to 3,500 meters above sea level. The zoo in Xining is 2,300 meters above sea level, Wu said.

The altitude is almost the same as that of a base for training captive pandas to live in the wild in Yingjing county, Sichuan province.

Pandas from the Chengdu base feel at home in Yingjing, frolicking, foraging for food and seeking out a place to sleep, Wu said.

Before the arrival of Qiguo and Yuanman, Hexing, a 6-year-old male, and Shuangxin, an 8-year-old female, have already been making themselves at home on the plateau.

Hexing and Shuangxin will live separately in the Xining zoo as they are adults. Adults pandas stay together only during the mating season.

Juvenile bears Qiguo and Yuanman, who will occupy the same den, have lived together since birth and get along well, Wu said. The purpose of lending pandas of different ages is to let locals know the animals at different life stages, she said.

Fresh bamboo and bamboo shoots will be transported from Chengdu to Xining twice a week.

Bamboo south of the Yangtze River is different from that north of the river. Wu said the few bamboo species north of the river are not very palatable to pandas.

It is not unusual for zoos that can afford it to transport bamboo from other regions. The Calgary Zoo in Canada has imported bamboo from China, she said.

Public education and awareness of endangered animal conservation from visiting pandas is more important than the cost of bamboo transport, she said.

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo, the only such facility on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, has a 9,000-square-meter panda facility.

Nine zookeepers trained at the Chengdu base will take care of the four pandas.

Nine dead, 10 injured after tremor hits Jilin mine

A worker who was injured after a deadly mine tremor in Changchun, Jilin province, is treated in a local hospital on Monday.ZHANG YAO/CHINA NEWS SERVICE

Nine people have died and 10 were injured after a tremor hit a mine in Changchun, Jilin province, which has been fined twice in recent years for safety irregularities.

Authorities have suspended the operations of all mines in Changchun over safety concerns after the tremor hit around 8 pm on Sunday. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

More than 300 miners were trapped underground when the tremor jolted the Longjiapu coal mine managed by Jilin Liaoyuan Mining Co in Jiutai city.

Li Yinghui, chief engineer of the mining company, said the tremor resulted in the collapse of a transportation tunnel 900 meters underground.

Li said luckily the collapse didn’t completely block the tunnel but left a space about 1 meter high, which created favorable conditions for the rescue work that lasted until 4 am Monday.

With reserves of 180 million metric tons of coal, the mine began operations in July 2009. It now boasts annual output capacity of 3 million tons, according to the company website.

Sun Haiwen, deputy head of Changchun emergency management authority, said all mines in the city have been asked to suspend their operations. They have also been ordered to conduct thorough safety checks.

“They can only resume production after experts check their mines and accept that they have done proper rectification work if risks are found,” Sun said.

Sun added that in addition to checks of machinery and structures at the mines, measures to protect the personal safety of miners also need to be in place. However, he added that the severity of Sunday’s tremor was well beyond “people’s capability to control” it.

He said mine tremors caused by mining activities are similar to earthquakes in that both are hard to predict.

Wang Jianxia, a resident living near the coal mine, said she had experienced tremors quite frequently of late.

The 40-year-old said these tremors resulted in cracks in house walls and had ruptured some roads.

Man arrested in Shenzhen for spying in dressing room


Shenzhen police on Wednesday detained a man surnamed Sun after he installed a camera in a fitting room in Uniqlo on Saturday.

Sun made the camera look like a button and stuck it on top of a mirror in Uniqlo’s fitting room with chewing gum around 1 pm on Saturday.

At about 4:30 pm a female customer found it and reported it to the police.

Police found that Sun had saved videos from the changing room on his mobile phone.

He is to be detained for 10 days, the local authority said in an official announcement.

An investigation found no videos from Sun’s phone have been leaked.

Sun, a 28-year-old staff member of a technology company, said that he did this for “excitement”.

Forum on fishery development opens in East China

The First China Intelligent Fisheries Development Forum opens in Hefei, Anhui province, June 20, 2019. [Photo/chinanews.com]

HEFEI — A forum on fishery development opened Thursday in eastern China’s Anhui province.

The First China Intelligent Fisheries Development Forum opened in the provincial capital Hefei, with more than 700 aquaculture experts, business delegates and aquaculture farmers in attendance.

“We have entered an era of online and offline businesses, and intelligent fishery is just inevitable,” said Zhao Xingwu, head of the China Fisheries Association.

Delegates delivered reports on research and industrial application of intelligent fisheries. Roadshows were also conducted. Experts also pointed out shortcomings in China’s intelligent fisheries.

Last year, China’s aquaculture production output exceeded 50 million tonnes.

China’s lawyers association publicizes punishments on lawyers, law firms

BEIJING — Ten cases of punishment on lawyers and law firms for violating industry discipline were made public Thursday by the All China Lawyers Association.

Nine lawyers and one law firm were punished for misconduct including law violations, aiding illegal business practices, and illicit charges and meetings, among others.

Of those punished, a law firm in North China’s Tianjin had its certificate to practice revoked, and its membership at the local lawyers association canceled, which is rare in the punishment of law firms, according to the association.

Seven cases concerning the protection of lawyers’ rights were also publicized by the ACLA.

Experts call for easier access to social services

A senior undergoes a free physical examination at a high-end nursing home in Lujiazui district, Shanghai. Provided to China Daily

While many seniors are struggling to adapt to the rise of the internet, experts have said it is important to guarantee that elderly people without the latest technology can also access services.

“If elderly residents feel it is too difficult to learn the necessary skills to access services via smartphone apps, the government should provide adequate services offline to ensure that their lives are not compromised by a lack of modern technology,” said Zhou Haiwang, deputy director of the Institute of Population and Development at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Shanghai, which has the oldest population in the country, is taking the lead in this respect, and elderly residents generally feel that they are receiving better social care and welfare than ever before, experts said.

In the past decade, the city has unveiled a raft of policies to support senior citizens, who are generally living longer as a result of improved public health networks and higher living standards. However, families’ ability to take care of them is shrinking because people are having fewer children and family units are smaller than before.

Last year, the average life expectancy of permanent Shanghai residents was more than 83 years, equal to the level in developed countries, and the city has topped China’s life expectancy figures for more than 10 years, according to the Shanghai Health Commission.

In the past year, 234 care service consultants have been dispatched to talk to 20,000 seniors in more than 100 communities across the city, explaining relevant policies and resources and helping the elderly to find appropriate services. The government plans to extend the program citywide this year.

For more than a decade, the municipal government’s annual task list has included the provision of more beds for seniors in nursing homes, during which time the number of beds has risen by about 7,000 every year. By the end of last year, there were 147,000 beds for seniors at 712 nursing homes across the city.

However, only 3 percent of Shanghai’s elderly population lives in nursing homes, because 90 percent either live in their own homes or with their families, while 7 percent live at home but rely on community assistance, such as communal canteens.

In the past four years, 155 nursing homes have been built within communities, meaning families can place senior members in the hands of trained nurses for day care or short-term respite care.

“When the families go on vacation or a caregiver falls ill, these facilities can take over,” Zhu Qinhao, head of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, told local media during an interview last month.

Respite care centers, which can be used for just a few hours or as long as three months, are managed by organizations or companies that specialize in providing care services.

“I like the description the local government uses, ‘These care homes are where a bowl of soup brought from home is still warm.’ It feels like I’m still living in the community, and therefore I don’t feel lonely,” said 89-year-old Liu Cuilin, who has often stayed in respite care facilities.

Each facility has 10 to 40 beds, and priority is given to residents who live alone or come from low-income families. Seniors recovering from surgery who prefer to convalesce close to home rather than in hospital enjoy priority access.

One important project to help stay-at-home seniors involves the provision of meal-delivery services for older people in each of the city’s subdistricts at a cost of about 10 yuan ($1.50) per meal.

Moreover, 800 canteens in care service facilities are accessible to elderly residents, providing fresh, tasty and affordable meals.

The Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said it aims to double the number of such canteens in 2022, and the number of people the meal service reaches is also targeted to double to 160,000.

Some seniors, such as those living near Jing’an Temple in the downtown, do not even need to leave home to access care services.

Five years ago, before the advent of respite care centers, authorities in Jing’an Temple subdistrict selected 100 seniors to receive 100 hours of free services a year at home, ranging from nursing care and massages to haircuts and housekeeping.

“The elderly need care, not just beds in nursing homes. We reach out to those who cannot or do not want to go to care homes,” said Fang Pei’er, director of the home-based care services center of Jing’an Temple subdistrict.

Young man to reflect on life while riding a horse from Inner Mongolia to Hunan

Screenshot of Pear Video shows a young man riding on a horse.

In Chifeng, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, a young man in his twenties says that due to failure in business, he is making an epic horseback ride from Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia all the way back to his hometown in Central China’s Hunan province. A report says he is enjoying the scenery on the way as he travels more than 1,600 kilometers in two months. He said that he has worked outside his hometown for a decade without much success, and he will mull over matters regarding his future life and career during the journey.

Octogenarian wins praise for saving 96-yr-old with CPR

Recently, an online video of an octogenarian giving first aid to save a senior citizen in his 90s won widespread praise among Hangzhou residents in East China’s Zhejiang province.

The 96-year-old surnamed Pan, from Jiande city, governed by Hangzhou city, experienced sudden chest pain and shortness of breath on Sunday morning. He had suffered from high blood pressure and heart disease for years, and received heart stent surgery in January 2019. Then his grandson immediately drove him to the hospital.

Pan’s condition became more serious, and there was a traffic jam on the road to the hospital. The grandson had to pull off the road and carry the senior man on his back as he ran. But in the process, Pan suddenly stopped breathing.

The grandson then immediately put down his grandfather to do chest compressions based on his own knowledge.

A silver-haired man happened to be passing by. I saw that the way the young man was conducting CPR was somehow wrong, and it was unlikely to be useful, he later told the media.

Yu Shoudi, 83, then knelt down to observe the victim’s vital signs and found that his breathing and carotid pulse had stopped. Then he made the judgment to perform not only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, but also artificial respiration. After four to five rounds, the man made a stable recovery.

Before retirement, Yu was a physician in a hospital in Jiande city. After retirement, he still provided consulting services to patients until he reached the age of 74. He had practiced medicine for 51 years in total.

While others have lauded him for setting a good example for society, he said he was just doing his job as a doctor.

If you have the knowledge of first aid, you should give your help to those who are in critical situations. Then the result might be totally different. Yu said he hopes that more people can engage in such life-saving acts.