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Chinato ban small coal mines to improve pit safety

BEIJING- China is to ban the building of coal mines with high gas danger whose annual production capacity would be below 300,000 tonnes, according to a new guideline for coal mine safety, the State Administration of Work Safety told Xinhua on Thursday.

The country plans to cut the death toll from coal mine gas blasts by at least 20 percent by 2010, compared with the 2007 figures, according to the coal mine safety guideline issued by the work safety commission of the State Council, or the Cabinet.

Coal mine accidents killed 3,770 people last year, among whom 1,084 people died from gas blasts, statistics from the administration showed.

The guideline orders large-scale coal mines to set up their own rescue teams, while smaller mines must work with neighbouring rescue teams to guarantee prompt rescue in case of any accident.

It also urged newly-built coal mines to build underground emergency shelters for miners, providing food, water, oxygen, communication facilities and other necessities.

The government has vowed to close more than 4,000 small coal mines to reduce their total number to less than 10,000 by 2010 in a bid to improve industry safety.

Chinahas about 16,000 coal mines, 90 percent of which are classified as small ones, and their safety record is far worse than that of large mines.

Green axe hangs over local officials

About 60 percent provincial and regional government officials’ career success depends on their achievements in saving energy and protecting the environment, a top development official said Thursday.

The central government announced last year that local government officials’ promotions would depend not only on economic growth, but also on their environmental efforts. Which means they will not be promoted if they fail to achieve their green targets.

Xie Zhenhua, vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission, said the progress made since is a “great achievement” despite some local officials’ “slow response”.

Chinahas vowed to cut its energy consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent by 2010.

It also vowed to cut pollutant emission by 10 percent during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10).
The central government has told all provinces and autonomous regions to cut their share, taking the 2005 level as the benchmark. So “the local governments’ performance is vital to the nation’s goal”, Xie said.
But the energy saving story is still “grim”, Xie said, even though the officials’ performances are yet to be assessed. They will be judged on a five-yearly basis.
In 2006, China managed to reduce the use of energy by 1.23 percent, though the target was 4 percent. It reached closer to its target last year, but still fell short by 0.34 percentage points.
The first half of this year saw a reduction of 2.88 percent, only 0.1 percentage point better year-on-year.

77 applications, no protests at Beijing Games
Since Aug 1, Beijing authorities have received 77 applications from people wishing to stage demonstrations, a spokesperson for the municipal public security bureau said on Aug 18.
The applications involved 149 people, including three from overseas. Most of the applications concerned labor, medical and welfare issues, which is not applicable for protests according to Chinese law and should be dealt through available channels with government agencies, the spokesperson said.
For the three applications submitted by foreigners, “Two other applications have been suspended due to incomplete procedures. The other case concerned incomplete particulars.
Chinese law requires demonstrators to submit their requests at least five days in advance, detail the subject of protest, and provide basic information of the participants. Every participant have to appear in person when submitting the application.
Chinaannounced last month it would set up zones in three Beijing parks where demonstrators could legally stage protests during the Olympic Games. They are Zizhuyuan Park in the city’s northwest, Ritan Park in the east and World Park in the southwest. No protest has been allowed yet.

Lending to small firms encouraged
The government has introduced new incentives to encourage more lenders to provide microcredit loans to labor-intensive small firms and laid-off workers starting new businesses.
In a joint statement, the People’s Bank of China, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, said microcredit lenders are allowed to raise the lending rate by up to 3 percentage points more than the benchmark rate for loans granted since January 1 to laid-off workers starting new businesses.
The measures are part of the central government’s efforts to provide additional capital to encourage the growth of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and create more jobs.
The government will shoulder the financial burden of interest charges levied on businesses with thin profit margins.
“SMEs are major engines of job creation in China,” said Zhou Dewen, director of the Wenzhou Council for the Development and Promotion of SMEs. “The introduction of new incentives for microcredit loans is good news for SMEs.”
Economists and industry experts said domestic enterprises still rely too heavily on bank loans to finance their growth. This reliance has seriously hampered the growth of many SMEs because banks traditionally prefer to lend to large State-owned enterprises.

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you know, a Premier can not save many people in Wenchuan Earthquake. And the soldiers can rescue many people, but they need more expenriences. Meanwhile the rescue teams from abroad were more expenrienced, they can rescue more people, more lives.

So, as a wise choice, China Government should need International Recsue (and they were ready!), take politics away! When people dying, fuck damn politics. Life is first.

A soldier carries a wounded child as she is rescued after an earthquake in Beichuan, Sichuan Province, May 13, 2008. (Reuters Photo) via sina

And as common people, what we can do? The help link How you can help? See below(via sina):

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has authorized the Red Cross Society of China and China Charity Federation to receive donations for quake-hit areas.

Red Cross Society of China

Account number for renminbi donation: 0200001009014413252, at Beijing branch of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Account number for foreign currency donation: 7112111482600000209 at Jiuxianqiao branch of CITIC Bank.

Donation through post office should be sent to:

Red Cross Society of China

No 8, Beixinqiaosantiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100007

Its website: www.redcross.org.cn

Red Cross Society of China donation hotline: (8610) 65139999, 64027620

Chinese Red Cross Foundation also receives donations, which can be sent to:

No 53, Ganmian Hutong, Dongdanbeidajie Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100010

Account number of Beijing branch, Bank of China: 800100921908091001

Account number of Dongsinan branch, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China: 0200001019014483874

Account number of Beijing Chaoneidajie branch, China Construction Bank: 11001070300059000427

Account number for foreign currency at Bank of China: 800100086608091014

China Charity Federation hotline: (8610) 66083260, 66083264, 66083194

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A young doctor had moved out to a small community to replace a doctor who was retiring. The older doctor suggested the younger one accompany him on his rounds so the community could become used to a new doctor.

At the first house a woman complained, "I’ve been a little sick to my stomach."

The older doctor said, "Well, you’ve probably been overdoing the fresh fruit. Why don’t you cut back on the amount you’ve been eating and see if that does the trick?"

As they left the younger man said, "You didn’t even examine that woman. How’d you come to your diagnosis so quickly?"

"I didn’t have to. You noticed I dropped my stethoscope on the floor in there? When I bent over to pick it up, I noticed a half dozen banana peels in the trash. That was what was probably making her sick."

"Hmmm," the younger doctor said, "Pretty clever. I think I’ll try that at the next house."

Arriving at the next house, they spent several minutes talking with a younger woman. She complained that she just didn’t have the energy she once did. "I’m feeling terribly run down lately."

"You’ve probably been doing too much extra work for the church." the younger doctor told her. "Perhaps you should cut back a bit and see if that helps."

As they left, the elder doctor said, "Your diagnosis is almost certainly correct, but how did you arrive at it?"

"Well, just like you did at the last house, I dropped my stethoscope and when I bent down to retrieve it, I noticed the preacher under the bed."

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Chinese in UK, they want BBC tell the truth. They wore a white mask each other. And they standing in the Britain Capitol Building, it just means a protest which against BBC’s wrong report on the Tibet issue in China.(Link Translate by Google language tool. when I search it in Google, no results match).

The first photo was very interesting. I edited it by Photoshop, and Change BBC to CCAV( it is a trick of CCTV, anyway, it is another name of CCTV which given by Chinese netizen). I think it is also needed in China. But you will never see this scene in China. It is Forbidden.

Let Truth Speak!

In UK

CCTV-lettruthspeak

In China? Impossible!

The photo in Yupoo.com

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Also From My Friend:

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Dear Andy: How have you been? Your mother and I are fine. We miss you. Please sign off your computer and come downstairs for something to eat. Love, Dad.

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My name was David, but that shoulded old fashioned. So I shortened it to DVD!

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Your baby is developing very nicely. Would you like to send him an e-mail?

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Hello, Bob? It’s your father again. I have another quetion about my new computer. Can I tape a movie from cable TV then fax it from my VCR to my CD-ROM then e-mail it to my brother’s celluar phone so he can make a copy on his neighbor’s camcorder?

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I want my husband to pay more attention to me. Got any perfume that smells like a computer?

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Sorry about the order. I have all my passwords tattooed between my toes.

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You said I should spend more time with our children, so I turn their faces into icons.

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My husband passed away eight months ago, but we still keep in touch. His e-mail address is WalterZ@Heaven.com

life2008-9

The computer says I need to upgrade my brain to be compatible with its new software.

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