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2014-11-11 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-11-12 15:57:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 


 

 

This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing. Here is the news.
China has contributed over 120 million US dollars to fight the spread of Ebola, but its billionaire tycoons have donated little to the cause; and that is underscoring an immature culture of philanthropy in the world's second-biggest economy, which has more billionaire tycoons than anywhere outside the United States.
As the ranks of China's wealthy and the success of its corporations grow, donating to good causes has yet to take off in a significant way. China sits towards the bottom of the list of countries where people give money to charity, volunteer or help a stranger.
Donations to charities totaled almost 99 billion yuan, roughly 16 billion dollars, in China last year, recovering from two straight years of declines. For comparison, Americans gave around 340 billion dollars.
The World Food Program has called on Chinese firms and tycoons to donate more to fighting Ebola. The program's China representative says that no one has been willing to do anything big yet.
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China will need to train around half a million civilian pilots in the next 20 years, giving hope to wannabe fliers chasing dreams of landing lucrative jobs at new air service operators.
The aviation boom comes as China begins to allow private planes to fly below 1,000 meters without military approval. Commercial airlines won't be affected, but more than 200 new companies have applied for general-aviation operating licenses, while China's high-rollers are also eager for permits to fly in their own planes. 
The Civil Aviation Administration of China's training unit can only handle up to 100 students a year. With the rest of China's 12 or so existing pilot schools bursting at the seams, foreign players are joining local firms in laying the groundwork for new courses that can run to hundreds of thousands of dollars per trainee.
The civil aviation authority's pilot school says that the first batch of students it enrolled in 2010 were mostly business owners interested in getting a private license; but now more and more young people also want to learn flying so that they can get a job at general-aviation companies.
Zong Rui is a 28-year-old former soldier in the People's Liberation Army who is attending a pilot school in Tianjin, an hour's drive from Beijing. Zong is optimistic, and he says that the salary is good for a general-aviation pilot; and even without a job lined up, he is certain the money he borrowed to learn how to fly will pay off. He says he can easily pay back the 500,000 yuan tuition, roughly 82,000 dollars, in two years, once he gets a job.
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Lei Chu-nian, who became an unlikely hero at age 15 following the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, stood trial at a court in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province in southwest China.
The former national hero is suspected of a fraud of more than 460,000 yuan, or around 75,000 US dollars, from 21 people, including his ex-girlfriend.
It was reported that when the magnitude-8.0 quake struck in May 2008, Lei was playing in the building in his school; and after he fled to the playground, he found several classmates had not come out of the building. He rushed back in and saw them shivering in a corner. After leading them to safety on the first floor, however, the staircase collapsed and he had to return to the second floor, leap to a tree near the building. After he slid down the tree, the building collapsed.
His teachers say that Lei was an ordinary student in class. After his story was publicized, Lei was granted the title of "heroic teenager" by several departments of the central government. He was invited to talk about his heroic act across China and participated in the torch relay for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
The court has found that early last year, Lei told Hao, who was then his girlfriend, that he would find her a very decent job but needed to give 100,000 yuan as gift for people who could help. However, Lei simply squandered the money he got from his girlfriend and then left for Guangdong in southern China.
In another case, two people he knew gave him 175,000 yuan after he said he could help their children get into good high schools. Lei did nothing for them and never returned the money.
In late June, Lei went to a police station in Shenzhen in Guangdong Province for his lost wallet and was detained by police who found out that Lei was a suspect wanted for connection of fraud.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing.
A special court for intellectual property right cases will open in Beijing this month.
Two similar courts in Shanghai and Guangzhou will also open by the end of this year.
In August, China's top legislature approved the plan by the Supreme People's Court to set up three special courts for intellectual property right cases in the country, in an effort to improve efficiency and quality of trials in IPR cases.
The courts will focus largely on civil and administrative lawsuits regarding patents, new plant varieties, integrated circuit layout design and technological knowledge.
The Supreme People's Court added "computer software" to the list, as courts at lower levels often do not have the technical support for computer software cases.
The IPR courts will also be pilots for judicial reforms in areas such as the appointment and promotion of judges, judicial investigation and court procedures.
Chinese courts hear about 110,000 IPR cases each year and the number will continue to rise. Officials say that IPR courts in China are very likely to become the busiest in the world.
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More than 200,000 people in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have gained access to electricity generated by new energy.
Since last year, eight Chinese energy enterprises have built independent photovoltaic, or PV power stations, and distributed free household PV power generation systems to farmers and herdsmen in remote parts of Xinjiang. That gives electricity to 200,000 people who had previously lived without.
Seventy-year-old Iramidin Tursun from Aksu Prefecture has experienced the change.
His village, which has only six households, previously had no access to electricity since it is difficult to build power grids in such remote regions.
But now, Tursun has been able to use mobile phones and the children can watch animated cartoons.
Unlike other provinces or regions in China, some remote areas of Xinjiang rely on electricity generated by new energy. The cost of extending grid power lines can be prohibitively expensive in the region and may not suit migrant herdsmen.
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The Chinese box office is expected to hit 30 billion yuan, almost 5 billion US dollars, this year.
China's film box office reached 22 billion yuan by the end of September, exceeding the total of 22 billion yuan last year.
Home-made films accounted for 51 percent of the market, and a total of 230 films were showed in mainstream cinemas in cities in the first nine months.
With the approach of such events as the popular Singles' Day on November 11 and Christmas, the box office is expected to hit 30 billion yuan for the full year.
Officials attributed box office growth to the increasingly mature operation of the film industry and producers' increasing ability to make films that draw interest from audiences.
They predict that Chinese film market will overtake the United States to become the largest in the world within three years as the numbers of screens and revenues are growing by 30 percent annually.
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Two years after Chinese writer Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize for literature, his novel "Red Sorghum" has been adapted into a popular TV series. His hometown, Gaomi in Shandong province, is building a tourist destination for the public to better understand the writer and his works.
Gaomi County plans to build a 1.7 billion yuan, around 270 million US dollars, "Mo Yan Culture Experience Tourism Project". Built around the writer's old home, the project is aimed at bringing famous scenes from Mo's novels to life.
In fact, tourists from around the country started to visit the small town, soon after Mo won his prize, and especially after the shooting of the TV series "Red Sorghum" took place in the county. The TV series stars actress Zhou Xun as the heroine.
The story tells of a young couple's love story amid a war to fight Japanese soldiers who invaded the county in the 1930s. The novel was previously adapted in film director Zhang Yimou's award-winning film.
The Nobel laureate, Mo Yan, is not involved in the project.
You are listening to NEWS Plus special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing.
A new phone app is allowing children the chance to experience life as an ancient emperor. The app is part of a trend to make history more inviting to the younger generation.
The Palace Museum, or the Forbidden City in Beijing, seems to have geared up all its creativity recently to shake off its image as being an old fuddy-duddy. After it drew much public attention with its numerous fashionable souvenirs, the museum released its first iPad app designed for children.
The game, "The Emperor's One Day", mixes interactive games with general knowledge of the museum in an eye-catching way. It uses the first-person perspective of a child emperor in the Qing Dynasty, the last dynasty which ended in 1911. The game follows a day in his life, wondering around the biggest palace construction in the world. More than 200 tasks are designed on the app.
The app is created by a team of around 10 people from the museum's information department. Chief designer Yu Zhuang says that they don't charge any money for this app because it's only an early starter.
34-year-old Yu believes that modern museums have to develop more entertaining options to attract people's attention to history and the abundant cultural relics.
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