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Shout-Out – April 21, 2014

Mercedes Formula One drivers claimed both first and second place at yesterday’s Grand Prix in Shanghai yesterday. Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton finished in first place, and has now won three consecutive races. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg from Germany, followed him into second place. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso finished third on Sunday. He is also third overall in the Formula One World Championship. The Mercedes team currently lead the championship, with Hamilton in first place and Rosberg in second.

Shout-Out – April 18, 2014

Families continue to await the news of 287 passengers, who were mostly high school students, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday. Nine are confirmed dead, but with the missing being trapped in the ferry or in the cold ocean, the number is expected to increase. The father of one of the missing students said he received a text saying that his child and other students are still alive. The reason for the boat flipping on its side remains unknown.

Shout-Out – April 17, 2014

The average wage of experienced domestic helpers in Shanghai has increased sixfold over the last decade. Shanghai’s best paid ayis are now earning between 7,000 and 10,000 RMB per month. In 2004, the same group of ayis was paid between 2,000 and 2,500 RMB per month. Hourly wages have also increased. In 2004, average ayi wages were between 8 to 10 RMB per hour, in 2014, the average is 20 RMB per hour. The highest paid ayis in Shanghai usually live with families and specialize in taking care of newborn babies.

Shout-Out – April 16, 2014

A man was arrested on Xiangyang North Road yesterday, after attacking three police officers. The man, named Yan, stabbed one officer in the back and arm. He also slashed at two other officers, resulting in hand injuries. The police visiting the man’s home in Jing’an district to question him about a separate incident, although they did not give further details. The police requested backup and Yan was successfully subdued and arrested. According to police, the attack was unprovoked.

Shout-Out – October 22, 2012

Bite of Lujiazui is going on this week along the Pudong side of the Huangpu River. Lujiazui management has invited to catering companies and added 400 seats by the waterfront. There will be shuttle buses running from the Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower all week for office workers. Until October 26, from 11am to 9:30pm food will be available. Venders will be selling local cuisine, Taiwanese cuisine and a variety of snacks. Meals will cost about 25RMB. Local food safety inspectors have been invited to ensure safe food.

Shout-Out – October 19, 2012

How often do you see bus drivers violating traffic laws? Now you can get rewarded for it. Sanghai Bashi Group is awarding people in Shanghai for taking photos or recording video of bus drivers disobeying traffic laws. Bashi Group is implementing this program to clean up it’s image which it believes has gone down due to bus driver’s reckless behavior. The company also plans on adding more cameras to bus lanes to ensure safer driving. The reward for submitting photos or video is a 50RMB transit card.To claim the reward, one needs to send the pictures to Bashi Group within 3 days.

Shout-Out – October 18, 2012

A small percentage of local children are starting to suffer from early puberty due to pollutants and diseases. Pesticides and hormones found in certain foods have contributed to the problem.  Daily environment was the biggest factor. A study done by a local hospital shows that chemicals found in children blood who suffered from early puberty were way higher in comparison to a healthy child. Over the summer, a local children’s hospital saw over 100 children patients a day with this problem.

Shout-Out – October 17, 2012

A recent survey shows that foreigner visitors and expats living in Shanghai rate the city’s public transportation very high. Shanghai’s Metro and taxis were rated especially high. In contrast, locals and Chinese out of towners, ranked public transportation fairly low. The biggest complaint amongst locals was traffic problems. During peak rush hour, locals say that Shanghai’s public transportation authority should work on improving performance. Another big issue that people brought up was illegal taxis. Locals and expats alike want the government to further crack down on illegitimate taxis. Over 2000 people took the survey, around 400 were foreigners.

Shout-Out – October 16, 2012

In an effort to lower pollution in Shanghai, the city plans to give away free license plates to energy saving cars before the end of the year. Currently 20,000 plates have been reserved but  the number could change depending on how many are needed. The plate numbers for the new cars will be different from normal Shanghai license plates so no one tries to take advantage of the deal. On average, license plates in Shanghai cost around 66,000RMB, over $10,000USD. Every month there is an auction for new cars. Over the past 4 months, there have been roughly 9,500 new plates made each month.