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Inactivity 'Kills More than Obesity'
   2015-01-15 20:18:37    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo



Shanghai tops country in year-end bonus

Employees in Shanghai lead the country in earning the highest amount of year-end bonus with 8,515 yuan or over 13-hundred US dollars on average, followed by their peers in Shenzhen and Beijing, according to a recent survey.

Internet finance was the sector that paid its workers the highest average year-end bonus of 40-thosuand yuan.

The research involved more than 6-thosuand companies across China.

Although a year-end bonus is not legally required, over 84 percent of companies chose to reward their workers. In contrast, 15 percent of them did not plan to do so.

46 percent of the employees' year-end reward was between 5-thosuand to 10-thosuand yuan.

Some 78 percent of the companies provided bonuses in cash, 8 percent gave shopping cards and about 4 percent offered free trips as rewards.


Baby havens close, renewing concerns

A report says several baby hatches, or safe havens, in China continue to either cease operations or are forced to close down after the country's first baby hatch stopped receiving additional abandoned babies 10 months ago.

This triggers renewed public concerns over abandoned children.

Employees at the baby hatch in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province have been persuading parents not to abandon their children, after the number of babies it received in 2014 tripled that of 2013.

Experts say that the lack of professional skills and manpower is a grave problem.

The baby hatch, also called a "safe island" for babies, is where abandoned children are sent to.

Before such facilities were established, many abandoned children were left to die on roadsides or in the wilderness.

The baby hatch scheme was first introduced in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province in 2011, and 32 hatches have since been established so far, receiving over 1-thousand abandoned babies since July 2013.


Inactivity 'kills more than obesity'

University of Cambridge researchers said about 676-thousand deaths each year were down to inactivity, compared with 337-thousand from carrying too much weight.

They concluded that getting everyone to do at least 20 minutes of brisk walking a day would have substantial benefits.

Experts said exercise was beneficial for people of any weight.

Obesity and inactivity often go hand in hand.

However, it is known that thin people have a higher risk of health problems if they are inactive. And obese people who exercise are in better health than those that do not.

It is also found that the diseases caused by inactivity and obesity were largely the same, such as cardiovascular disease. However, type 2 diabetes was more common with obesity.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, attempted to tease out the relative dangers of inactivity and obesity.


US auctioneer fined 1.5 million dollars for selling rhino horns

A Florida auction house owner pleaded guilty to selling illegal rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory and will pay a 1.5 million dollar fine as well as face possible jail time.

Christopher Hayes, the president and owner of the auction house Elite Estate Buyers, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a US District Court in Miami.

Hayes was caught in a sting that came as part of an ongoing special investigation called Operation Crash that has netted numerous criminals in the rhino horn trade in recent years.

Court records show Hayes and his company sold six endangered black rhino horns. Two were sold for 80,500 dollars to a Texas resident involved in smuggling the horns to China.

Hayes has not yet been sentenced but could face up to five years in prison.



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