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Shout-Out – August 22, 2014

Villagers in Xinjiang have been told to fight terrorism with stern looks. Recent violence in the area has led the government to organise anti-terror drills and dispense advice on how to deal with the terrorist threat. Suggested weapons for dealing with bloodthirsty assailants included pitchforks, wooden clubs and spades. Officials also advised that frowns and stern looks could be an effective method of deterring potential attackers. The stern look technique was rated four out of six for effectiveness while wooden clubs scored six out of six.

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Shout-Out – August 21, 2014

A man has been locked up, as a punishment for trying to get into jail. The man pretended to have committed a crime so he could get back into prison to see an old friend. The Henan man ,named Hou, called the police to report a fight in the city of Xin’an. It turned out that there was no fight;only Hou, who had been drinking, was at the scene. When the police arrived, Hou threw bottles at the police cars to try to add to his list of offences. Hou told police he had been lonely since completing his recent jail sentence. ‘I want to reunite with my friend and enjoy the peace of jail,’ he said.

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Shout-Out – August 20, 2014

A pagoda in Jiangxi collapsed just after being built, but then remained standing for a further 400 years. The Xiushui Pagoda dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and a significant part of the structure collapsed just after it was completed. ‘My ancestors told me that [part of the tower] had long toppled,’ said one local. There is even a legend to explain the half-collapse of the tower. The tower was built to appease a male and female monster living on the mountain where it is built. After the tower was built the female monster fled and took half the mountain with her. Clearly the male monster was not too interested in following her.

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Shout-Out – August 19, 2014

Jackie Chan’s son has been arrested for possession of cannabis in Beijing. The news might be as much of a blow to Jackie Chan as it is to his son Jaycee; Chan Senior signed up to be a ‘Narcotics Control Ambassador’ of the Chinese police 5 years ago. Three and a half ounces of marijuana were found at Jaycee Chan’s Beijing house. Police also said the martial arts star’s son tested positive in a drug test. The younger Mr Chan, aged 32, is also an actor and singer, but has struggled to live up to expectations created by his father’s success.

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Shout-Out – April 25, 2013

A baby product company is expecting trouble, after firing a woman for pre-marital pregnancy.  The Pudong District People’s Court has ordered the company to keep the woman on, as well as pay 6,150 yuan that is owed to her in wages. Xu, 19, had been employed as warehouse manager for around a year. She requested sick leave once she found out she was pregnant, but the request was refused. When she took leave anyway, she was fired. The court ruled that the company’s actions were against clauses on women’s rights enshrined in Chinese law.

Shout-Out April 23, 2013

Residents of Shanghai have come together in a moving response to the Ya’an earthquake. Millions of yuan has been provided in donations in the few days since the disaster struck. The Shanghai Charity Foundation reported that donors to the disaster had been as young as five to as old as ninety-four. Around 13.9 million yuan has been donated, as well as equipment worth more than 130,000 yuan. The earthquake in Sichuan caused at least 186 casualties, with many more injured.

Shout-Out – April 22, 2013

More than 250,000 US dollars was raised over the weekend for the Shanghai United Foundation. Over 2,200 people took part in a sponsored walk of fifty kilometres. The project was called the One Egg Project, because it aims to feed children in poor areas with at least one egg a day. Some of the money raised will also go to recent earthquake victims. The walk began at 7am in Pudong on Saturday morning. As well as sponsorship, money was also raised through bags sold online, donations to passers-by, and advertisements.

Shout-Out – April 19, 2013

New plans for pollution control have been aired in Shanghai.  One type of pollution, PM 2.5, is being targeted in particular. PM 2.5 refers to airborne particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter. Pollution from these tiny particles poses a large threat to human health. To combat the micro-threat, fumes from cars and factories will be monitored, with exhaust discharge standards imposed. There will be further measures when pollution is severe. One third of government vehicles may be out of use on certain days. Some factory and construction sites may also rest during periods of heavy pollution.

Shout-Out – April 18,2013

A new batch of fake money doesn’t measure up to the real thing. Police in Jiangsu Province, close to Shanghai, discovered the forged 100 RMB notes. Though the imitation currency is high quality, with raised printing and the texture of genuine cash, the notes are two millimetres shorter than real 100 yuan bills. The counterfeit cash has a serial number beginning with PL078574. Shanghai police have asked residents to contact them if they come across the fake money.