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Navy joins search for missing fisherman

The Royal New Zealand Navy has joined the search for a man missing off the coast of the Bay of Plenty.Police were alerted at 11.20pm last night that a 24-year-old man from Rotorua was missing.The man was one of three people who...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:52 am

Door-to-door search to start today for missing man

Police search and rescue teams will this morning start a door-to-door search in Rotorua for missing man Nigel Peterson.The autistic man, who was in 24-hour care, ran from his carer's car on Otonga Rd on Friday at 3pm.Peterson's...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:40 am

Principal tells parents: You're not cool, you're kidding yourself

Another Dunedin school principal has publicly aired concerns about growing expectations that schools act as social as well as educational institutions.In a recent Otago Boys' High School newsletter, rector Richard Hall said he...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:35 am

Bad drivers, not roads, to blame for Western Bay's shameful death toll

The biggest killer on Western Bay of Plenty roads is human error, police say.Fatal crashes caused by human error, also known as preventable crashes, made up most of the region's 2017 road toll. In total, 11 people have been killed...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:30 am

Black Friday discounts often 'not so special', shoppers warned



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:28 am



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One day we'll stop using Facebook. What happens next?

Many of us wonder how we ever lived without Facebook — and how we might escape. If Facebook has become one network to rule them all, then the future looks like a splintered, fractured mess, writes Seamus Byrne

Source: ABC News | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:26 am

Huntswoman whips masked protesters in anti-hunt confrontation caught on camera 



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 9:10 am

Donald Trump's national security adviser calls him a 'kindergartner'



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:53 am

Ardern's backstage gossip on President Trump big news across the globe

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's story - and regret - suggesting the United States President mistook her for a politician's wife is making global headlines.Since Ardern revealed Donald Trump initially thought she was Canadian Prime...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:51 am

'Playing dirty': Defence firms in vicious contest for multi-billion-dollar ships contract

The fight for Australia's lucrative Offshore Patrol Vessel contract is getting ugly as defence firms adopt increasingly ruthless tactics amid claims of Chinese influence and accusations of faulty designs, writes Andrew Greene.

Source: ABC News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:48 am



Born weighing 454 grams: The faces of Australia's rising premature birth rate

When Rachael Gauci first saw her newborn daughter Kyra, weighing less than half a kilogram, she burst into tears. How could someone so tiny, born so prematurely, possibly survive?

Source: ABC News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:34 am

Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were told not to report child sex abuse, as organisation is accused of sheltering abusers



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:20 am

Donald Trump declares 'murderous' North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:19 am

Rachel Smalley: Jacinda Ardern, not Jack Tame, at fault in Trump gaffe

Jack Tame copped a lot of abuse yesterday. He was doing his job. As a journalist, you're charged with holding the government of the day to account. And he pressed Jacinda Ardern on whether she'd said that Donald Trump mistook...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:14 am

Cambridge student died after taking legal high two months before it was outlawed 



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:10 am

Contaminants flow into Ahuriri Estuary

Contaminants from a business in Napier spilled into the Tyne St drain, which flows into the Ahuriri estuary yesterday - turning the water murky. The Hawke's Bay Regional Council was alerted to the incident at 1.30pm and were on...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 21 Nov 2017 | 8:00 am

Charles Manson’s death brings 'no joy or comfort', relatives of cult's victims say



Source: News | 21 Nov 2017 | 7:58 am

‘Simulated family’ boon for foster kids

At 7am every morning, 56-year-old Jing Fengying and her husband Zhang Youbing wake up their four foster children and spend an hour dressing and feeding them. They need to leave by 8am for classes at a children’s welfare institute.The couple has devoted eight years to looking after abandoned children in their home at Hohhot Children’s Welfare Institute in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.In 2009, the institute employed the couple as foster parents for four disabled children. They live in a three-bedroom house in the institute and are responsible for the day-to-day care of the children until they are either legally adopted or reach 18.The couple receive about 1,800 yuan (US$270) per child from the institute each month, and they have fostered 18 children over the past eight years.They currently care for Songsong, a 4-year-old boy who was born prematurely, and another three disabled children. Their other 14 foster children have found permanent families or been transferred to other social welfare homes when they turned 18.Before joining the institute, Jing did odd jobs to make money.“At first I just wanted to have a stable job,” she said. “But now I feel good giving these children the love of a family.”In 2009, Hohhot Children’s Welfare Institute launched the program called “simulated family” to help the children there to receive proper parental care.There are eight couples living at the institute and each takes care of four disabled or abandoned children. All the couples are between 45 to 55 years old and have completed at least nine years of formal education.The foster parents live in the institute and in addition to the day-to-day care, they attend training about how to raise a disabled child, while the institute focuses on the children’s medical treatment, education, and rehabilitation.The program aims to have the children enjoy the warmth of a home and family as much as possible, and help them to learn to interact with their family members, said Zhang Yan from the Hohhot Children’s Welfare Institute.“Children without proper parental care tend to become withdrawn or violent. That’s why we tried this method,” said Zhang.It also aims to help them to adjust to a parent-child relationship and to a normal family life after they are legally adopted.“With the care of their foster parents, some withdrawn and sensitive children feel the warmth of family life and learn to communicate with others,” said Zhang.Songsong was lucky to be fostered. He has grown from a sick abandoned infant to a healthy young boy, thanks to Jing’s long-time care.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am



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Heavy smog warning for Beijing

Beijing issued a blue alert for heavy air pollution yesterday, forecasting smog from last night.The alert, effective from 3:30pm, is forecast to last throughout most of today, according to a statement by the city’s air pollution emergency response office.A blue alert means heavy pollution with an average air quality index (AQI) of over 200 for 24 hours, according to the city’s color-coded four-tier system for air pollution.The hazardous to health PM 2.5 particles are forecast to exceed 150 micrograms per cubic meter of air under the alert.In neighboring Tianjin Municipality, a higher yellow alert was issued yesterday, forecasting daily average AQI exceeding 200 for two consecutive days.According to the municipal environmental protection bureau, it initiated an emergency response yesterday, banning construction and fireworks. Emission of major pollutants must be reduced by 30 percent under the response.Air quality will improve in the region late today when a cold front is expected.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am

Death rap for 2 drug dealers in Mianyang

Two drug dealers have been given death sentences with a two-year reprieve, by a court in Mianyang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.The ruling was announced by the Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court yesterday.The drug dealing and manufacturing case, which involves 82 people, is the largest that the province has seen, according to Sichuan police.After a four-month investigation, police raided the drug gang based in Mianyang on July 5, 2016. Two kilograms of methamphetamine, 3.2kg of semi-finished methamphetamine, and 2,000 magu pills, a stimulant composed of methamphetamine and caffeine were seized. Five vehicles and more than 1.3 million yuan (US$195,000) were confiscated.Two people from the same gang were given life sentences, one given 15 years in prison and another one year in prison, the court said. The rest of the gang were punished by administrative detention or sent to compulsory treatment.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am

Focus on reform at meeting of Leading Group

CHINESE President Xi Jinping yesterday called for fully implementing the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and pressing ahead with reform. Xi was speaking at the first meeting of the Leading Group for Deepening Overall Reform of the 19th CPC Central Committee, which he heads. “In studying and implementing the spirit of the Party congress, we should focus on its essence, arrangements and requirements on reform,” said Xi. The leading group ordered early planning of reform for 2018 — the 40th anniversary of the beginning of reform and opening-up. Revisions to the leading group’s working rules and a report on supervising implementation of reform were also adopted at the meeting. A guideline stipulating that the State Council should report management of state-owned assets to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee was also adopted. It is aimed at ensuring that the management of state-owned assets is open and transparent, to enable resources to better serve development and benefit the people. A guideline on the selection and management of officials working in poverty-stricken regions was passed at the meeting, to help select officials able to promote poverty relief and deal with slack management and undesirable work practices. A three-year action plan on the rural environment was also approved, primarily focusing on garbage and sewage disposal while preserving the landscape. A guideline on establishing a “lake chief” system was approved and lake chiefs will be appointed with responsibilities including resource protection, pollution prevention and control, and ecological restoration. China began to appoint “river chiefs” nationwide in December last year. The leading group also agreed to fully implement educational policy and adhere to socialist educational orientation. Great importance will be attached in cultivating rural teaching staff. The leading group asked for the expansion of a pilot project to reform rural residential land, protecting public ownership of land, farmers’ interests and arable land. Farmers should not trade their residential land or abandon their rights to use the land in exchange for becoming urban residents, according to a statement issued after the meeting. The meeting also called for improving the recruitment of general medical practitioners, especially in impoverished areas. A reform plan for Central School of Communist Youth League of China was adopted. Participants agreed that the school should emphasize political training to provide talent for the Party’s work on youth and the Communist Youth League of China. The meeting passed a regulation on legislation, which requires consultation and third-party evaluation before making laws involving major adjustment of interests or those arousing wide controversies. Legislative organs should play a better role in expressing, balancing and adjusting social interests and ensure each legislation conforms to the spirit of the Constitution and the people’s will and win public support, the statement said. The leading group also passed a guideline on deepening reform in trials of intellectual property cases.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am

18 held for apartment blaze that killed 19

Beijing police have detained 18 people over a fire in an apartment that killed 19 people on Saturday night.The fire broke out at a three-story flat at Xinjian Village, in Daxing District, in Beijing’s southern suburb. Eight of the victims were younger than 18. Eight people were taken to hospital. Seven of them are out of danger, the other remained in a critical condition.Preliminary investigation showed there was a 5,000 square meter refrigeration facility that was under construction in the apartment’s basement. Firefighters suspected the fire might have started there.The 18 detainees include seven who managed the apartment building, seven electricity workers, and four construction workers at the refrigeration facility. None of the 11 workers has the relevant qualifications, police said.More than 400 people lived in the apartment building, and the residents have been relocated.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am

Death rap for 2 drug dealers in Mianyang

Two drug dealers have been given death sentences with a two-year reprieve, by a court in Mianyang, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.The ruling was announced by the Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court yesterday.The drug dealing and manufacturing case, which involves 82 people, is the largest that the province has seen, according to Sichuan police.After a four-month investigation, police raided the drug gang based in Mianyang on July 5, 2016. Two kilograms of methamphetamine, 3.2kg of semi-finished methamphetamine, and 2,000 magu pills, a stimulant composed of methamphetamine and caffeine were seized. Five vehicles and more than 1.3 million yuan (US$195,000) were confiscated.Two people from the same gang were given life sentences, one given 15 years in prison and another one year in prison, the court said. The rest of the gang were punished by administrative detention or sent to compulsory treatment.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am

Tibetans celebrate their new year despite strong dawn earthquake

NEW Year celebrations have been proceeding as usual in the eastern part of Tibet Autonomous Region, despite a strong earthquake striking Nyingchi City before dawn on Saturday. Sunday is the first day of the Kongpo New Year according to the Tibetan calendar. In observing New Year customs, locals would clean their homes, dress in festive clothes, set off fireworks and have fun. At 6:34am on Saturday, however, the 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck. The quake was felt strongly in all of the eight counties and districts in Nyingchi. It caused three injuries. The houses of 1,453 families were damaged, the city government said. Thanks to timely rescue efforts, the celebration among locals went smoothly as planned, the government said. By Sunday afternoon, more than 4,000 rescue workers, including armed police and fire fighters, had been sent to different townships in Nyingchi for relief efforts after the strong quake. Close to 400 vehicles were also dispatched to aid the rescue. More than 500 tents have been set up for those whose homes were damaged in the quake, the disaster relief headquarters said. “When the earthquake happened, many of the people were scared and they cried. When they saw the government responded quickly to help them, they felt assured and their mood is back to the new year again,” said Zhu Zhenghong, deputy head of Lunang township. “Within two hours, township officials, police officers and soldiers arrived here to check house conditions and brought relief materials,” said Liao Taiwen, a restaurant owner in Baiyi district. Trok Cering was milking a cow in the yard when the earthquake happened. “It was the largest earthquake in my life. The house was shaking and I couldn’t stand still. It’s terrifying,” he said. “I shouted to my wife in the house to wake her up and get out to the yard, but I dared not go inside the house at all.” There are several cracks on his two-story house. A tent has been set up in his yard for temporary accommodation. Local government officials are issuing guidance in the rescue work. Disrupted power supply and communications have been repaired and services have been resumed. More than 2,000 people have been relocated to temporary shelters. According to the city government of Nyingchi, 505 tents have been set up in 49 resettlement points, with enough moisture-proof pads, quilts, flashlights and emergency lamps for those affected by the quake. Rescuers also cleared 162 road blockages and restored 53 telecommunication lines. More than 300 aftershocks have been detected, affecting over 12,000 people in six counties and districts. About 3,000 buildings, including 24 offices, seven police stations, nine health centers, 25 schools and several temples suffered damage. At the Lunang township, where the epicenter of the earthquake was monitored, dozens of villagers had gathered to perform archery and make toast for the new year celebrations. For Nyima Wangyel, who lives in Puchu township, preparing a feast for his dogs is a must do for celebrating the New Year. “The dogs ate tsamba (roasted barley flour) first, and we see this as a good omen for harvest for the next year,” he said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Nov 2017 | 5:01 am

















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