Brazilian senator proposes to name a day for Chinese migrants

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Brazilian lawmaker Fausto Pinato submitted a proposal to Brazil’s House of Representatives on Aug. 15, asking to name the day as “Chinese Migrants’ Day.”

He made the remarks at a commemorative activity for Chinese migrants in the meeting hall of House of Representatives.

“The establishment of the day is seen as Brazil’s recognition of overseas Chinese, who have helped to write Brazil’s history and will continue to do so,” the proposal said. According to official record, the first group of Chinese migrants arrived in Brazil on August 15, 1900.

Chinese Ambassador to Brazil Li Jinzhang, an attendee at the activity, expressed hope of pushing forward China-Brazil relations and building a community of shared interests, as well as a community between the two countries.

A senator and a member of the Communist Party of Brazil said the launch of the day reflects the friendship between the two countries and shows that Brazil always stretches its arms to Chinese migrants.

China and Brazil established a diplomatic relationship 43 years ago on Aug. 15.

Coal mining official sacked for failing to investigate deadly accident

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Zhang Ruiqing, a county coal mining administration head in north China’s Shanxi province has been dismissed for being negligent in his handling of a landslide that left at least four people dead and five others missing on August 11, provincial authorities said.

Other people involved in the incident will also be punished. After the accident, Zhang led government officials to the site twice to investigate the online report, but the company told them no one was buried in the landslide.

The local publicity department then announced that there were no casualties. Police also detained a person accused of “fabricating information online”.

The man who was earlier detained for “fabricating information online” on the accident was released after the truth was unmasked.

The head of the coal mine turned himself in to police on August 15.

A special business on Taobao: Chinese couple sells 2,709 cremation urns online in three years

A young couple over the past three years sold 2,709 cremation urns on China’s largest e-commerce platform, Taobao. They said the business makes them feel like they have experienced death 2,709 times.

During the three years, no one knew their profession except their parents. They made no new friends and avoided contacts with old pals for fear of bringing bad luck to other people. Their only friends were deliverymen who they had to contact every day.

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Yang Sheng, born in 1989 in Jinhua, south China’s Zhejiang province, met Chen Xiaoxiao three years ago when the latter was selecting a cremation urn in his online shop for her mother.

Believing prompt delivery matters much to bereaved families, Yang drove nearly a thousand miles overnight to deliver the urn in Chen’s hometown, a mountainous area in the west of the province.

Chen thought Yang was a reliable person. Thereafter, they fell in love, got married and Chen joined the business. Last year, their online shop posted profits of RMB 150,000 ($22,438).The couple also invested in a cremation urn factory which could earn tens of millions of yuan annually.

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Producing an urn needs nearly 50 days and the labor cost is high. But the couple has opted to reduce profits in order to provide better services to buyers and help more people.

The two said they are not only sellers, but also listeners. Behind each order is a sad buyer. They will listen to their demand, feel their pain and console them. So far, the shop has received 642 good reviews, each having a tear-triggering story. “It is the last order for the dead, so we have to be responsible to them,” they said.

Chinese school trains crayfish masters to boost booming sector

Crayfish has become a popular food in China. Photo: IC
Usually served spicy with a cold beer on hot summer nights in China, crayfish has now jumped from dining tables to classrooms.

A vocational college in central China’s Hubei Province has enrolled students in in a crayfish major which will see them receiving official certificates after graduation. The aim of the program is to produce more cooks and managers for the booming crayfish industry.

The first group of 86 students will begin two to three years of study at the crayfish school in the autumn. The school is affiliated with the Jianghan Art Vocational College in Qianjiang City.

Each student was given a choice of three majors: crayfish cooking and nutrition, catering management, and marketing. They are expected to work in major crayfish restaurants or start their own businesses after they graduate.

Crayfish connoisseurs

Established in March, the school’s predecessor was a private training center set up in August 2015. Its short courses have already taught more than 1,580 people how to raise and cook crayfish, but they did not receive official diplomas.

Xia Zhongzhi, the director of Jianghan Art Vocational College’s recruitment department, told The Beijing News on July 20 that the crayfish cooks and breeders were trained one-on-one.

“Old cooks taught young cooks, and some private cooking schools were also popular,” he said. “[People with] crayfish skills are in urgent need in China, and we saw the necessity of making it a major in an art vocational college.”

Yang Junfeng, 30, was one of the first students to enroll at the Jianghan Art Vocational College. In a classroom, he raised the burner heat to high and stir-fried crayfish with soy sauce, minced garlic, star anise and Myrcia in a wok.

The experienced cook has mastered the preparation of more than 10 dishes, including braised, steamed and garlic crayfish, after a weeklong training program.

Yang runs a small fish restaurant in his hometown of Jingmen City on the Jianghan Plain, a major producer of rice, cotton, fish and shrimp.

With fertile land and a large network of rivers and lakes, the plain is an ideal habitat for crayfish.

Native to North America, the species was brought to east China’s Jiangsu Province by a Japanese merchant in the 1920s or 1930s. They appeared in the plain about 30 years ago, and villagers found the shellfish tasty and turned them into a big business.

“Every household in my hometown can make fish dishes. So, you’d better have something new for customers,” said Yang, the owner and cook at an eatery.

In 2010, braised crayfish took Jingmen by storm, becoming even more popular than fish. Every night, crayfish restaurants were brightly lit and crowded with a sea of foodies, Yang said.

“People even waited for two hours just for a seat in those snack shops,” Yang said. “A braised crayfish dish that cost 20 yuan ($3) to make could be sold for 138 yuan. How profitable the market is!”

A promising career

Xia said the Jianghan Art Vocational College is the first in China to create a major targeting the crayfish industry. He said that the students would also have classes including English, computer and business management in addition to learning crayfish related subjects. The students will also be given a job offer right after enrollment.

According to a report released by the Ministry of Agriculture in June, Chinese consumption of crayfish has jumped by about 33 percent to 879,300 tons a year over the past two years. Annual output reached 899,100 tons in 2016, making China the world’s largest producer of crayfish, accounting for over 70 percent of the world’s total. Raising and processing crayfish and related service industries provided nearly 5 million jobs in the country.

The nationwide craze has boosted the crayfish cooking profession. According to Yang, most crayfish chefs come from Qianjiang City.

“They can earn a monthly salary of up to 30,000 yuan,” he said.

Zhang Guo’an, chairman of the crayfish school, said fostering more talent for the profitable industry is an urgent task.

He revealed that the crayfish school plans to train 10,000 cooks and another 10,000 to raise crayfish. It will also help graduates open 1,000 Qianjiang crayfish chain stores across the country in the next five years.

Chu Chaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said in the Beijing News report that colleges and universities in China are increasingly flexible in creating new majors, which is a good thing. However, he said there are concerns about whether the major is needed and how the college will ensure the quality of instruction. He suggested that the college strictly evaluate the new major on the quality of teaching, the academic achievement of the students and whether the graduates get good job offers over several years.

Xia said the college’s crayfish major welcomes students from all over the country and is optimistic about the major’s future.

“Crayfish cooking is not the only thing of the major [teaches]. The students are also supposed to learn other cooking skills which can ensure that they get a job after graduation,” he said.

“The concerns are a little bit unnecessary because even our part-time crayfish training sessions were well received, and all the students found a job with a monthly income of over 8,000 yuan.”

After Yang returns home, he plans to overhaul his snack shop and make crayfish its signature dish.

“I learned a lot at the school. If you don’t have something special, you will be kicked out of the market,” he said.

Source: Global Times

 

Touching moments after China’s Jiuzhaigou earthquake

Touching moments have been recorded by photographers after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou County in southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Aug. 8.

Though the earthquake took 20 lives and injured 431 others, these warm, touching moments serve as a source of courage and power for the country.

A traffic police officer named Yue Lin received an emergency order right after his baby was born. He immediately headed to the earthquake zone to help with disaster relief efforts before he even got a chance to look at his child. “I’m sorry, kid. Forgive me for not kissing your face, because now there are more people out there in need of your father’s help,” he said to his baby.

On the morning of Aug. 9, the medical staff of a local hospital took a nap on the ground after a whole night of rescue efforts. They started working again right after their short break.

After Jiuzhaigou County was hit by the earthquake, the 13 blood donation centers in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan, received a total of 1,121 citizens, 840 of them donated their blood.

An injured citizen gives a thumb up to the government and hospital, expressing his appreciation.

An armed police officer carries an injured citizen on his back and takes her out of the collapsed area.

Firefighters are seen having a nap on the ground after a round of rescue efforts.

A firefighter falls asleep while leaning on his helmet.

Shared campstools go operational on Beijing streets

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Shared campstools are the latest innovation to be introduced on the streets of Beijing. However, only four of the campstools were still operational at one of the launch locations after the first day of the service.

According to the service provider, they did not expect the situation, given that the launch was only a promotion activity.

About a dozen campstools with QR codes were launched close to bus stations in the capital. In addition to QR codes, there was also promotion information on the stools. Users can use them after scanning the code, and no deposit or registration is required.

“The campstools have been launched in a number of populated places in Beijing, providing space for commuters to wait for buses,” a service provider employee said.

However, most of the campstools have been taken away, and no one knows where exactly they have gone.

Meanwhile, people have different opinions of the innovative service. Some hailed it for the convenience it brings, while others believe the campstools may create problems for crowded streets.

The service provider said they distributed thousands of campstools citywide, and the number lost was within expectations. They stressed that the service was meant to assist members of the public.

According to Zhu Wei, deputy director of the Communications Law Research Center at the China University of Political Science and Law, the campstool-sharing service actually does not fall into the category of shared economy. It is indeed meant to make profits through advertisement on the stools.

Even so, Zhu believes that the commercial activity should acquire qualification and approval from related departments.

China to establish first giant panda national park

A plan to establish China’s first giant panda national park has been officially approved, the website of Sichuan provincial government reported. More than 80 protected areas in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu where most wild giant pandas inhabit will be incorporated in the 27,134-suqare kilometer park.

Giant panda habitats are the most complicated landforms with obvious climatic vertical zonation. In addition to giant pandas, they are home to more than 8,000 wild life species including Sichuan snub-nosed monkeys. Thus, it is of great significance to protect these areas.

China’s fourth national survey on giant pandas suggested that their habitats have to some extent shrunk and the species is in danger of extinction.

According to the plan, 7 Sichuan cities and prefectures have been included in the national park. Its three main objectives are protection, ecological restoration and education. In addition, parts of Shaanxi and Gansu provinces have also been included in the park.

By establishing the giant panda national park, the country hopes to formulate regulations and ensure smooth communication between each habitat, thereby setting a good example for worldwide biodiversity conservation hotspots.

UK to adopt Shanghai math textbooks from September

Starting this September, some UK primary schools will be using 36 math textbooks, exercise books, and teachers’ guides published by the Shanghai Century Publishing (SCP). The textbooks will be simultaneously used in both Shanghai and the UK.

It is the first time for Chinese textbooks to be adopted by the education authorities of a developed country in such a systematic and large-scale manner.

The textbooks have already been listed as a sample by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics of the UK.

With SCP’s authorization, British publisher HarperCollins UK, the publisher of the textbooks, will be responsible for the promotion of the schoolbooks.

Turpan’s high temperatures facilitate creation of new industries

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According to an article on the WeChat account of China Comment on August 14, Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, one of the areas with high temperatures in China, has in recent years been making use of its light and heat to develop new emerging industries.

The meteorological department says average temperature in Turpan in June and August every year is above 38 degrees centigrade, while ground temperature during daytime in summer can even reach 75 degrees centigrade.

With growing demand for personalized tourism and consumption, the number of people choosing to travel to Turpan has increased in recent years.

The Flaming Mountains scenic area in east Turpan receives 3,000 people every day during peak season to experience featured tourism programs such as sand therapy and roasting eggs in the desert.

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Featured local tourism programs and folk houses with national characteristics have stimulated economic growth and increased incomes of local people.

In addition, hot and dry climate has led to the emergence of a unique industry-extreme hot and dry weather test centers. “It is an ideal place for testing products in extreme hot weather,” said Long Yanping, an official with the Turpan Quality and Technology Supervision Bureau, adding that Turpan has been a key vehicles testing site.

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“Gobi desert covering more than 2,000 mu (133 hectares) has been approved as an important trial run base in the country,” said Long Yanping.

Many automobile enterprises in China in the past conducted trial runs in Europe and America because the country lacked such conditions. Now, China’s first-ever base in Turpan is an alternative to these foreign testing sites.

In the summer of 2016, 138 enterprises, more than 1,400 vehicles and 2,000 people conducted test runs in Turpan, directly stimulating local consumption by nearly 80 million RMB ($12 million).

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57 Chinese universities amongst the world’s best 500

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According to an August 15 release by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, China now has 57 Top 500 universities. Tsinghua University joined the top 50, occupying the 48th position for the first time in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, ARWU.

Peking University ranks 71st, while Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University and other institutions on the Chinese mainland come between 101st and 150th. Twelve universities from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan also entered the top 200.

Compared to last year, four more universities on the Chinese mainland entered the Top 500 universities, indicating the growing strength and international influence of Chinese institutions.

Universities ranked between 501 and 800 are published as ARWU World Top 500 Candidates because of their potential to break into the Top 500 list in the near future.

China and the U.S are the two biggest hosts of Top 500 candidates, with each having 55 such universities.