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Archive for July 21st, 2010

Rat Race in China- Photos from my Commute to Work

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

These are photos from my commute to work yesterday. This is typical for China.

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Germans Needed-Working in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

I am on a job posting kick, but I have no idea who these people are, I am just telling you folks about opportunities.  The reason is that some guy asked how he could be a ‘face model

so I figured, as I am here, it is easier for me to send you guys cool ads that I see. I find them thebeijinger.com so you can search for yourself as well.

The following is one of the ads there.

The one of Chinese biggest online trade marketing website, are looking for native German speakers with experience in marketing to explore and develop the market in Germeny.

1. Native speaker of German.
2. Have the long-term plan and interest to work and live in Beijing.
3. Working experience in marketing or e-business
4. Basic level of Mandarin or English for communication with Chinese colleagues

If you have interest, please send me your CV asap. Please tell me your age in the email. Should you have any other question, please feel free to contact with me.

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Living and Working in China- Russian Speaker needed- Job Post

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

Here is a job post for a native Russian speaker:

Transcription Proofreader. You will be required to listen to an audio file (MP3 format) while reading the script to check if it is an exact transcription of the audio/video file.

• If there are any imperfections in the script (spelling mistakes or if the script does not exactly correspond to the audio or any other mistakes), you must highlight these mistakes and make the necessary corrections.


• Native Russian Speaker
• Mastery of Russian spelling
• Mastery of Russian grammar.
• Mastery of reading, writing, and listening to Russian
• Quick and efficient.

 Job Duration

• Contract basis for around 2 ~ 3 months.
• Monday to Friday
• 9 am ~ 6 pm (8 working hours / day)

 On-Site Test / Qualification

• We will require you to come to our office for a test to assess your ability and overall competence to do this job. The test may take anywhere from 2 ~ 4 hours.
• If you pass the test, we will make you a salary offer.
• If you do not pass the test, we will inform you about it.

 Permanent Employee Status

• After the contract job is over, if we determine that you did a good job, we may offer you a full-time position as an in-house Russian proofreader and/or translator.If you are interested, please send to this number 186-0115-0402 the following details:

1. Full Name
2. Email Address
3. “Russian native speaker”

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Fat-Faced in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

Chinese people think little babies with big bulbous heads and round faces are cute. In their culture this means that the baby is healthy and smart.

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Photo on My Way to Work in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

This was from yesterday. This is a typical commute in China.

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Chongqing China’s Hilton Loses 5 Star Ranking

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

China’s Chongqing Hilton has been stripped of its 5 star rating, presumably due to its recent illegal activities, prostitution and such- allegedly. But in reality, its China, this stuff is normal here, so this is a little hypocritical.

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Chinese Striking in Japanese Plant- Bye Bye China, Hello India

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

Lately the Chinese have been striking for higher wages. It is amazing that a country with 1.3 billion people has now increased its wages to be equal to that of places like Vietnam. The sad thing is that in China life is cheap, super cheap, but the rich keep getting richer, and the poor want to realize part of that dream as well, so they ask for more. This is logical, the issue will be how much foreign companies want to pay these low skill laborers. Looks to me like India is a very compelling option.

“GUANGZHOU – Workers went on strike Wednesday at a south China factory owned by Japanese firm Omron which supplies Honda, Toyota vehicles with electronic components, demanding for higher pays, local sources said. An undetermined number of workers of Omron (Guangzhou) Automobile Electronics Co. ltd, walked off from work in their factory located in southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to press the company to raise their monthly salary from 1,300 yuan (about US$191) to 1,800 yuan.

The company management is negotiating with the workers, according to the sources.

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China’s Oil Spill Disaster

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

China has this horrendous oil spill off the northeast coast. The governemnt, as usual is being relatively tight lipped, but they have closed the Dalian beach. You can look at this man who almost drowned in the slick to see how bad it is.

Worker drowns during oil spill clean-up in Dalian

A worker rescues his co-worker from drowning in the oil slick while attempting to fix an underwater pump during the oil spill clean-up operations at Dalian’s Port in Liaoning province July 20, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]

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China’s Grain Crop GM Contaminated- Says Greenpeace

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010


Lorena Luo, a food and agriculture specialist with non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace, said its monitors found three distinct GM-positive rice samples produced in 2007 by two grain processing companies in the Hubei capital of Wuhan.

“In April, we bought three rice samples weighing 1,200 grams in Wuhan – all of which has been tested as GM at a qualified lab in Hong Kong,” Luo told reporters on Tuesday.

The test results indicated the rice was developed from one of the two strains of pest-resistant GM rice, which was cultivated by the Wuhan-based Huazhong Agricultural University and was issued with bio-safety certificates by the Ministry of Agriculture last August.

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India Reports on the Chinese Oil Disaster

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

from the indiatimes.com
” BEIJING: The environmental damage caused by massive oil spill at China’s Dalian port following explosions of pipelines last week could last more than a decade adding to the ecological implications of the Gulf of Mexico oil rig maritime disaster in US.

Chinese officials said the clean up of the Yellow sea and beech in and around the explosion site may take more than ten days but its implications could last beyond a decade. The amount of crude oil that had spilled into the sea was still unknown but state-run China Central Television reported that the leak was estimated at 1,500 tons.
Officials claim that more than one-third of the crude oil that was spilled had been collected by Monday, three days after the incident which took place on July 16.

Marine safety departments had collected 260 tons of leaked oil from a 10 sq km area of the most seriously polluted seawaters off Xingang Harbor, while fishery departments claimed to have collected another 280 tons from less-polluted areas, media reports said.

A climate and energy project officer for Greenpeace, Yang Ailun, told the state run Global Times that it is impossible to totally clean up oil that has leaked and its long-term impact on environment may last more than a decade.

The accident took place after a 300,000 tonne oil ship uploaded oil in the harbour after which it left safely. The explosions reportedly occurred when a pipe carrying oil from a tanker to a storage tank blew up, causing another nearby pipeline to explode.

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