Japanese Farmer Grows Heart-shaped Watermelon
"China to improve elder-care service industry"
A government plan unveiled on Friday shows China will complete a network for the care of its elderly people by 2020.
By then, the country will have an improved service system covering daily tendance, medical care, psychological counseling and emergency aid.
The industry will provide more than 10 million jobs and be governed by a sound legal system, industry standards and a supervision mechanism.
China's population of people above the age of 60 had reached 194 million by the end of last year. The figure is expected to exceed 300 million by 2025.
The plan vowed that the government will improve facilities for the elderly in urban areas and service in rural areas.
It will also develop the network of home-based services and promote the construction of related agencies.
"Traffic about-face seeks to ease congestion in Beijing"
Beijing's first reversible lane went into trial operation on Chaoyang Road on Thursday night, greatly reducing traffic jams for drivers leaving the downtown area.
A reversible lane allows vehicles to travel in either direction to improve traffic flow during rush hours. The lane has overhead traffic lights and signs to tell drivers whether it is open or closed for driving or turning.
The introduction of the reversible lane is part of the capital's efforts to ease congestion during peak hours.
Authorities have urged drivers to pay attention to the new traffic signs to ensure they are traveling in the right direction.
The traffic bureau said police will not punish drivers who breach the rules during the first few days of the trial period.
Many other cities in the country, such as Urumqi in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Shijiazhuang in Hebei province, have opened reversible lanes, which have eased traffic flow.
Japan Daily Press
"Japanese farmer grows first heart-shaped watermelon in the world"
A Japanese farmer Hiroichi Kimura from Kumamoto Prefecture has grown the world's first watermelon in the shape of a heart.
Kimura says his research causing him many late nights reading books on growing techniques and developing his heart-shaped watermelon mold.
He looked at cultivation methods, soil conditions, atmospheric temperature, and moisture levels as well.
Kimura's heart watermelons are a product of years and years of research.
They do not only have that unique shape, Kimura's heart watermelons also taste good. His customers say the heart watermelons have a crunchy consistency that gives way to pleasantly sweet juices. Upon eating of the melon's red flesh, one is left with a mellow sweet aftertaste that lingers on the palate.
When asked what his motivation was for his dedicated work, Kimura's answer is as simple as it is heartwarming. "I want my customers to eat something delicious."
"Australian completes round-the-world run"
An Australian man completed a run that looped the world on Friday.
He has done the equivalent of a marathon a day for more than 20 months.
Tom Denniss, 52, began his endurance test on December 31, 2011 at the Sydney Opera House.
Since then has travelled more than 26,000 kilometres (16,200 miles) on foot, crossing deserts and mountains over five continents.
The runner said he put himself up for the arduous journey for the adventure and "just to see the world in a very different way to most people".
Denniss was sponsored by a digital commerce group. His run, has raised some Aus$53,000 (US$49,000) for the charity Oxfam.
He said he always believed he could finish, but admitted there were some tough times, including the sapping heat of the Australian Outback and perilous roads in the Andes in South America.