Shopping Mall Sets up 'Husband Play Area' during National Day Sales
   2013-10-08 20:54:01    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: ZhangPeng

 

China Daily

China's discipline agency receives over 800 online tip-offs daily

An official website opened by the Communist Party of China discipline agency receives a daily average of 830-tip-offs about corruption since its launch a few days ago.

More than 4-thousand Internet users have registered on the website posting over 35-hundred messages.

The website was launched to improve communication and interaction with the public.

The website consists of ten sections, including an online forum where the public can leave their opinions and proposals as well as ask questions about anti-corruption work.

In addition to receiving tip-offs, it also publishes latest information of important meetings, campaigns and investigations of graft.

The public can access a database of Party regulations and laws related to corruption through the website.

Global Times

Shopping mall sets up 'husband play area' during National Day sales

A shopping mall in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province set up a 'men's play area' to console the hundreds of disinterested husbands and boyfriends dragged along shopping during China's National Day holiday sales.

The area contained chairs, magazines, tea, TV and even free Wi-Fi to serve as a rest stop for the throngs of purse-carrying men accompanying their significant others during holiday.

Mall employees claim the area didn't attract as many weary male shoppers as expected, and will close down after the holiday.

However, women and men looking for respite from holding bags during "Golden Week" were split in their opinions on the area. Some applauded the idea and some said they would not leave their partners in the area.

AFP

Get richer, die younger

A new study says elderly folks living in developed countries have a higher mortality rate when the economy goes into higher gear.

It says in the long term, economic prosperity is credited with lower mortality rates across all age groups -- largely due to a drop in old-age mortality.

But the picture changes when you look at short-term economic fluctuations.

For every rise of one percentage point in a country's gross domestic product, the study found mortality among middle aged people (40-45-year-olds) and old people (70-74-year-old) rose by nearly 0.4 percent for men and close to 0.2 percent for women.

The study analysed mortality and economic growth figures from 1950 to 2008 in 19 developed countries.

The cause may lie in a change in social structure, with younger relatives and friends working longer and having less time to care for the elderly.

Another idea pins the blame on air pollution, which increases during economic expansion and is likelier to have more of an effect on frail people.

Bangkok Post

Fee hike looms for old vehicles

Owners of vehicles more than 10 years old could face a hefty increase in registration fees under a proposal to relieve traffic congestion.

Under the proposal, older vehicles registered in Bangkok would be subject to the same fees as new models.

Currently, the annual fees come down as the vehicle gets older.

The plan is aimed at easing traffic congestion in the city, as older vehicles are more likely to break down.

It's believed many older vehicles will often break down on roads due to their poor condition. This causes traffic congestion.

According to the Department of Land Transport, 8.4 million vehicles were registered in Bangkok from 1999 to September this year. Of this figure, nearly 6 million were more than 10 years old when they were registered.

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