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Archive for May 21st, 2010

Another Foxconn “Suicide” That makes Ten This year

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2010

This is really bizarre, now Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that has plants in China, has had its tenth Chinese ‘kill’ himself this year.

“Another employee of the Foxconn Technology Group died after falling from a building in Shenzhen Friday morning, two days after a special investigative team was dispached to find out the cause of recent suicides among the company’s employees.

The latest incident was the tenth fall by employees of Foxconn in six months, Xinhua News Agency reported.Relevant government departments of the city launched a joint investigation into the nine suicidal incidents, which have drawn great public attention, People’s Daily reported Thursday on its website. Shenzhen vice mayor Li Ming went to Foxconn Wednesday to discuss measures to prevent such incidents from happening again, the report says.

The Shenzhen Gengeral Labor Union has been carrying a survey among the migrant workers’ community in order to better understand the situation, and to oversee the needs of this new migrant group.

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China’s Corruption Problem

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2010

“BEIJING – The country’s construction sector has been hit with rampant corruption as the economic recovery fuels an overheating property market, the vice-minister of supervision has said
From October last year to the end of April this year, 5,241 people, including officials and others with administrative ranks, have been punished by the Communist Party of China (CPC) or the government, Hao Mingjin, vice-minister of supervision, said on Thursday at a press conference. The punishments were part of a crackdown, headed by Hao, that targeted offenses related to construction projects.

A total of 3,058 people have been charged or are awaiting indictment. Of these, dozens of city-level officials have been given punishments of up to suspended death sentences for taking huge bribes.

“The corruption cases in the construction sector usually involve relatively large amounts of money,” Hao said.”

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Newest Chinese Porn Star?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2010

BEIJING – A college professor in East China was sentenced to be jailed for three and a half years on Thursday for organizing group sex parties, renewing nationwide debate on sexual freedom in the country.

Professor jailed for organizing group sex parties
Ma Yaohai, a college professor in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province who was jailed on Thursday for organizing sex parties, holds a press conference at his home on April 6. [China Daily]

Ma Yaohai and 21 other people were the first group in 20 years to be convicted of group licentiousness, which some sociologists believe to be a moral and private issue.

The Qinhuai District People’s Court in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, handed down jail terms of up to two and a half years to 18 others, while the rest of the three people convicted were exempted from criminal penalties as they turned themselves in.

“Ma, 53, received a relatively more severe punishment because he didn’t admit the malicious and illegal nature of his conduct,” the court said.

Under the country’s Criminal Law, the maximum sentence for the crime is five years in prison.

Ma was the only one of the accused to plead not guilty and will appeal his sentence, his lawyer Xue Huogen told China Daily after the verdict was announced.

The other 21 co-defendants have reportedly accepted their verdicts.

On April 7 and 8, the court heard how 14 men and eight women met through an online chat room and engaged in group sex activities from 2007 to 2009.

The twice-divorced Ma became interested in the activities, also known as swinging, in 2003 after his marriages failed. He initially joined chat rooms on the Internet and set up his own online group “fraternity games” in 2007.

The procurators found that Ma had organized and participated in 18 orgies, 14 of which took place at his home, where his mother was also living. Media reports said Ma once entertained up to eight people in his 15-square-meter bedroom.

The 21 others each participated in or organized three to 16 parties.

The group, comprised of white-collar workers, taxi drivers and salesclerks, also held some of the parties in hotels, the court heard.

Ma, a computer science professor at Nanjing University of Technology, admitted the facts, but argued that as all the defendants were voluntary adult participants, they were not guilty of any crime.

“Marriage is like water. You have to drink it. Swinging is like a cup of wine. You can drink it if you like. If you don’t like it, don’t drink it,” he said.

However, the chief judge said group licentiousness infringed upon public order.

Some of the defendants were caught during a police raid at a hotel in Qinhuai district in August 2009. Their confessions led to others’ arrest

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Catastrophe Awaits China- New Buildings

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 21, 2010

Due to many influences, ie. lack of options in which to invest money, communist intervention, and others, the house prices in China are crazy. They are becoming so hig that the average worker cannot afford one. So, the government has decided to be magnanimous and build some new ones. The problem is that they are building “lower cost” houses.

It sounds like a good idea, at least in any country but China, for in China, even the normal supposedly durable houses last 15 to 30 years, as compared to buildings in the west which last around 80. So, with China’s proclivity for cheap products, cheap buildings and lack of oversight, these buildings may be quite dangerous.

BEIJING – China’s central government has allocated 16.7 billion yuan ($2.45 billion) to help fiscally stretched local governments solve the housing problems of low-income urban families, the Ministry of Finance said Thursday.

The move came after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised at the annual legislative session in March the nation would build 3 million low-cost apartments for low-income families and renovate 2.8 million shanty houses.

Governments at all levels are forbidden to hold back or misappropriate the funds, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website. Local governments are not allowed to divert the funds to balance their budgets either, the statement said.

China has adopted a series of measures to cool the runaway property market and ease residents’ frustration with skyrocketing home prices.

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