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Crossing Divides: Africans fight Hong Kong prejudice with football

A team of African asylum seekers, All Black FC, hope football can change their lives in Hong Kong.

Source: BBC News - China | 23 Apr 2018 | 11:28 am(NZT)

Fuzhou summit highlights drive to build digital China

CHINESE President Xi Jinping yesterday called for fostering new driving forces through informatization, to promote new development and make new achievements. Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory letter sent to the first Digital China Summit, which opened yesterday and runs until tomorrow in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China’s Fujian Province. Digitalization, networking and the application of intelligent technologies, which have been greatly developed, are playing more important roles in promoting social and economic development, modernizing China’s governance system and capacity, and meeting the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life, he said in the letter. Xi noted that the summit will show China’s latest achievements in developing e-governance and the digital economy. It will also enable people to exchange experience and perspectives about building a digital China, and help to further build consensus, the president said. The summit will stimulate the enthusiasm, initiative and creativity of all sectors of society to build a digital China, as well as make informatization bring more benefits to the society and the people, Xi said. Huang Kunming, head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, addressed the opening ceremony, urging implementing Xi’s strategic thought and instructions on building China into an Internet power. He also urged achieving breakthroughs in core technologies, promoting the upgrade of infrastructure, developing the digital economy and benefiting more from data resources. Several well-known entrepreneurs spoke at the summit. Tencent Chairman Pony Ma said Chinese enterprises need to make breakthroughs in core technology and that this need is becoming more urgent. Only with competitive core technology can Chinese companies have a chance to have equal dialogue with global giants. He said more people must stride over digital divide. Jack Ma, founder and chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, said China needs a deeper understanding of Internet development in this critical period of the information revolution. He said large enterprises should shoulder greater responsibilities and speed up to make breakthroughs in core technology that will benefit society. He also said a law on the digital economy is urgently needed to guide the development of Internet companies in China. China is the world’s largest e-commerce market, accounting for over 40 percent of the value of worldwide transactions, according to the McKinsey Global Institute.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Apr 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Sponge city project turns trash into cash

A HUGE amount of ceramic waste in east China’s Jiangxi Province has been transformed into a huge pile of cash as part of the sponge city project.A sponge city is one in which urban precipitation is absorbed into the groundwater rather than running off into watercourses. The idea is to make best use of rainwater and prevent flooding. These sponge cities typically feature roof gardens, large numbers of trees, vast areas of lawns and permeable pavement.Luo, 60, is president of the Longfa Industrial Company Ltd in Jiangxi’s Pingxiang City. The company is one of the biggest ceramics makers in the city that produces about 70 percent of China’s industrial tiles.“The company has been doing great business for 17 years,” Luo said. “But the waste we produced was a big headache.”High levels of quality control mean that while churning out ceramics, Luo’s company also generates tons of waste, including substandard bricks, floor tiles and ceramic balls. Mountains of waste pile up behind the factories. “I had to pay people to take the waste away,” Luo said.A big change came in 2014, when Luo traveled to Europe and was walking on footpaths made of water permeable bricks. “The streets were dry even after heavy downpours, whereas in China, there is always flooding in cities,” Luo said. “That’s when I realized there was huge market for permeable bricks, and that the ceramic waste was just the material needed.”On his return, Luo began research on how to transform his waste into bricks. A year later, the government named Pingxiang as one of 16 “sponge cities” to pilot ways of tackling the dual challenges of water shortages and urban flooding. By then, Luo’s bricks made of the ceramic trash were ready for mass production.“The bricks were in high demand as soon as the sponge city project was launched,” he said. “I no longer needed to pay to clear the garbage behind the factories. On the contrary, people were now paying me to take it away.”According to Luo, 1 square meter of the bricks can absorb about 20kg of water.“When the weather is dry, the bricks can release vapor into the air, which increases humidity and fights pollution,” Luo said.In Pingxiang, about 200,000 tons of industrial ceramic waste are produced each year. Luo’s company turns around 240 tons of that into bricks every day, which “not only makes money, but protects the environment.”According to the sponge cities plan, 20 percent of cities should have modern sewerage systems and infrastructure allowing efficient rainwater absorption by 2020, with the number rising to 80 percent by 2030.This means even higher demand for Luo’s “garbage” bricks. His production line, which can make 100,000 tons of bricks a year, is in full swing, and bricks have been delivered to Ningxia, Hunan and Guangxi. A new production line is already in operation. “The bricks are mainly for municipal projects to make cities spongier,” Luo said.He is looking for other ways to make even more bricks.“Pingxiang has many steel-makers, and the quantity of waste they produce is equally staggering,” Luo said. “I plan to make steel waste into water permeable bricks, too.”

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Apr 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Hainan on way to being international tourist resort

The Cirque du Soleil show “TORUK — The First Flight” has been a hit in Sanya, a popular Chinese destination for beach lovers, in Hainan Province.“I’m absolutely satisfied with the ticket box here in Sanya. The local reaction has most likely never been seen in other parts of the world,” said Michael Veilleux, a show manager at the Canadian entertainment company.The show, inspired by the blockbuster Avatar, has been staged in Sanya since the beginning of the Chinese New Year in February and will run through the end of April.Once remote and underdeveloped, Hainan has been edging closer to its goal of becoming an international tourism resort by 2020 and has become increasingly attractive to investors at home and abroad.“It is more widely known abroad nowadays. Its infrastructure and tourist facilities, such as transportation and hotels, have been improved,” said Qian Jiannong, senior vice president of Fosun International, the second-largest shareholder of Cirque du Soleil.Development guidelineBy the end of January, the world’s largest duty-free shop in Sanya, which opened in 2014, and another in Haikou that opened in 2011 had recorded total sales of 31.5 billion yuan (US$5 billion).China’s first international cruise port is under construction in Sanya. On completion, Sanya will be able to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships and receive 2 million tourists a year.Last year, Hainan received 67.45 million tourists, up 12 percent year on year, and nearly 81.2 billion yuan in tourism revenue, up 20.8 percent from 2016. The number of overseas tourists to Hainan exceeded 1 million for the first time in 2017.A development guideline unveiled by central authorities last week said Hainan will ease curbs on its offshore duty-free policy, develop cross-border cruise tourism, and facilitate overseas patients’ visits to the Hainan Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone.The State Immigration Administration said on Wednesday that greater visa-free access will be offered for tourists from 59 countries to Hainan from May 1, allowing group and individual tourists to stay there for up to 30 days if they book their tour through travel agencies.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Apr 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

China dragon boat accident leaves 17 dead

The accident during race practice on a river in China may have been caused by a strong current.

Source: BBC News - China | 22 Apr 2018 | 7:14 pm(NZT)

China deters jaywalkers with water spray at crossing

Traffic police in one Chinese city have set up motion sensors with sprays to deter jaywalkers.

Source: BBC News - China | 20 Apr 2018 | 11:58 pm(NZT)

Task force in works to help Hong Kong businesses in mainland China

An all-new task force comprising heavyweights from Hong Kong’s industrial sector and business chambers will be set up by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, a source familiar with the arrangement has said. The advisory body, likely to be chaired by Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah, is to generate ideas to help firms overcome obstacles when doing business on the mainland, particularly in the nearby Pearl River Delta. But a veteran political...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 2:00 pm(NZT)

Tai O villagers urge review of Hong Kong flood prevention amid long clean-up after Typhoon Hato

Disgruntled villagers on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island have demanded a full review of flood-prevention measures in Tai O, where tsunami-like waves destroyed homes during Typhoon Hato last week. The villagers, who were almost stranded by floodwater, debris and rubble strewn across paths and alleys in their coastal fishing settlement, were starting to get back to normal life thanks to dozens of volunteers pitching in to help the clean-up. But villagers were told to expect to wait for two or...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 12:35 pm(NZT)

Search launched for ‘emotionally troubled’ pregnant woman who fled from Hong Kong hospital

Tuen Mun Hospital is appealing for help to find an emotionally troubled pregnant woman who left the medical institution without approval. The 25-year-old woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, left the observation area at the hospital’s emergency unit without notifying staff at about 3pm on Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. The woman had told the hospital she was dealing with emotional problems, the spokesman added. Police appeal for help in search for Hong Kong girl, 13, missing since July 1...

Source: South China Morning Post - Hong Kong feed | 31 Aug 2017 | 12:02 pm(NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

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International group praises green revival

A high-level international advisory body applauded China's efforts to improve the environment and suggested a 15-year strategy against pollution in a draft recommendation report on Monday.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)


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