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2008-09-03 09:00:22

NEW YORK and BEIJING, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Advanced Construction Materials Group, Inc. ("China ACM") (BULLETIN BOARD: CADC) today announced that it has completed the construction of a portable plant to support the Company's involvement in the building of the Beijing to Shanghai Express Railway. The portable plant has capacity to support the production of 400,000 cubic meters of ready-mix concrete per year. At completion, the Beijing to Shanghai Express Railway will be...

2008-08-12 12:00:00

Text of report by Chinese news agency Zhongguo Xinwen She [Report by Xu Xiaoqing, Wu Kai, and De Yongjian: "American Female Tourist Injured in Beijing Drum Tower Attack is Getting Well"] Beijing, 12 Aug (ZXS) - An American female tourist who was injured in the 9 August attack at Beijing's Drum Tower was reported today as getting better, while another injured person, the Chinese female tourist guide, has been confirmed as currently receiving treatment at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital...

2008-07-26 09:00:30

By Andrew Eaton OFFICIALLY, THE FRINGE ONLY starts next Sunday, 3 August, but you can catch previews in the next few days, with the Traverse theatre opening its doors particularly early as usual. Just how eclectic and eccentric is the whole shebang this year? Decide for yourself. Eight of the following are actual shows at this year's Fringe, two we made up. Can you spot the ringers? Answers upside down at the end. 1. Enclosure 44: Humans. A unique piece of improvisational theatre in...

2008-07-07 15:00:45

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Tajik Avesta website on 7 July Dushanbe, 7 July: Over 1,000 families will be moved from the area which might be flooded by a reservoir of the Roghun hydroelectric power station, a source in the OJSC [open joint-stock company] Barq- i Tojik [Tajik electricity] has told Avesta. The source said that currently the leadership of the open joint- stock company the Roghun hydroelectric power station, and local administrations of Darband and Nurobod districts...

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2008-06-23 12:45:00

Developers in Shanghai hope to create the world's first carbon-neutral city, even as recent estimates put China at the top of the list as the world's larges emitter of carbon dioxide. The Dongtan project is moving slowly, and has been hampered by rising doubts over whether it will be a model for China's rapid urbanization, or just a posh community for wealthy commuters eager to flee the smog and traffic of Shanghai. "'Zero-emission' city is pure commercial hype," said Dai Xingyi, a professor...

2006-08-27 12:55:36

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's largest street party got under way on Sunday as festivities began in the narrow streets of London's Notting Hill with an estimated 300,000 visitors coming to enjoy the first day of the annual carnival. Children and adults in elaborate costumes, many decked out with multi-colored feathers and large wings, paraded along the carnival's three and a half mile route in west London to the sound of whistles, steel drums, and Caribbean music. "The weather is...

2006-08-21 01:00:00

BEIJING -- Eating raw or half-raw snails has led to almost 40 people in Beijing coming down with a parasite causing a form of meningitis, a state newspaper reported on Monday. Around half of the victims had eaten a dish made with the Amazonian snails at a chain of Sichuan restaurants, the China Daily said. Beijing's health bureau has warned people to stay away from the popular snack, it added. China has been struggling to control a rise in the number of food-related health incidents. In 2004,...

2006-07-18 22:45:59

BEIJING (Reuters) - As if China didn't have its hands full keeping tabs on its 1.3 billion people, the country will now begin tracking its vegetables. In an attempt to ensure food safety during the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is to give every cabbage, carrot and pea pod its own identity number and file, the Beijing News reported on Wednesday. If there is a "safety incident" the vegetable's file can be immediately checked and its origins traced, the newspaper said, in a report accompanied...

2006-06-15 18:39:55

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - The world's growing number of poor slum dwellers is a ticking time bomb that governments dare not ignore, the United Nations said on Friday. The world will pass a critical point in 2007 when the majority of its 6 billion people will be urbanized, the world body said. One-third of them will be slum dwellers, many trapped in poverty but overlooked by governments and with no prospects of improvement. "When a critical mass of people are in one place,...

2006-04-20 09:40:00

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK -- Dave Givens drives 370 miles to work and back every day and considers his seven-hour commute the best answer to balancing his work with his personal life. The winner of a nationwide contest to find the commuter with the longest trek, Givens is one of millions of people who are commuting longer and farther than ever before. Studies show Americans spend more time than ever commuting and for a growing number, getting to work takes more than an hour. In the most...