Rescue halted with 16 still trapped in colliery flooding

CHANGCHUN: Earth filling work in attempt to rescue 16 trapped miners in a flooded coal mine has been suspended in northeastern China's Jilin province, as the site was in danger with a possible new cave-in, rescuers said Sunday.

The flooding took place at about 1:55 pm Friday after a cave-in at Zhonghe Coal Mine in Meihekou city, trapping 16 miners underground.
New crevices have emerged, which pointed to probability of a new cave-in at the accident site. This halted rescue work and rescuers are considering new measures to reach the trapped.

On Saturday, rescuers used about 10 excavators to fill the cave-in nearly one kilometer away from the mine entrance, aiming to prevent more water coming out of drift sand.

"The rescue is extremely difficult this time,"said Jia Changjiang, a coal mine rescue expert at the scene.

Among the trapped, 15 were local residents of Meihekou city and one native of Dongfeng county of Jilin.

The coal mine was licensed and run by the Zhonghe township with an annual capacity of 60,000 tonnes.

Bird's Nest to woo winter sports fans

The Bird's Nest may have been built for last year's Summer Games but Beijing's stunning Olympic stadium will soon be targeting fans of winter sports.


As temperatures have begun to drop in recent weeks, so too has the number of visitors to the 80,000-seater venue, which cost 3.6 billion yuan ($527 million) to build.

And, fearing another harsh winter, National Stadium Co Ltd, which owns the Bird's Nest, on Sunday unveiled ambitious plans to spend 50 million yuan on a spectacular "snow festival".

From Dec 19, visitors will be able to pay 120 yuan to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, among other things, on its newly constructed slopes.
The Bird's Nest may have been built for last year's Summer Games but Beijing's stunning Olympic stadium will soon be targeting fans of winter sports.
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As temperatures have begun to drop in recent weeks, so too has the number of visitors to the 80,000-seater venue, which cost 3.6 billion yuan ($527 million) to build.

And, fearing another harsh winter, National Stadium Co Ltd, which owns the Bird's Nest, on Sunday unveiled ambitious plans to spend 50 million yuan on a spectacular "snow festival".

From Dec 19, visitors will be able to pay 120 yuan to enjoy skiing and snowboarding, among other things, on its newly constructed slopes.

Infected dogs 'no threat to humans'

Health experts in China have assured pet-lovers they need not panic following the discovery of two dogs infected with the deadly H1N1 flu at the weekend.

The animals were diagnosed in Beijing and, while it is possible for pets to transfer viruses to their owners, scientists said there is no evidence to suggest pets are already spreading the illness.

"If animals can get infected from humans, then the reverse is also true," said Feng Zijian, director of emergency response for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

"But there is no need to panic in this case."

He explained that so far, across the world, the virus has only been passed from humans to pets.
However, if the virus spreads among dogs, it could potentially be passed on when the animal sneezes or through its waste.

"Only when the virus mutates within dogs will it be a new threat to humans," Feng said.

The virus found in dogs in Beijing was a 99-percent match for the flu currently infecting humans, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, which announced the canine infection on Saturday but did not elaborate on the breed.

"The role of dogs in the virus' mutation is still unknown. However, pigs provide a better environment for virus mutation," Feng said.

"Pigs are regarded as the gene mixer."

The canines, which were probably infected by their owners, are contagious to other dogs, an expert at the Beijing Agricultural Bureau told Beijing Times on Saturday.

On Nov 19, four pork samples tested positive for H1N1 at a slaughterhouse in Shuangcheng, Heilongjiang province. The animals were also infected by humans, according to reports.

Meanwhile, as China rushes to vaccinate people against the flu, the H1N1 virus is picking up speed.

Eight infected children are in critical condition at a hospital in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. Two of them, aged 9 and 11, have been diagnosed as brain dead.

"I believe the H1N1 virus led to white matter lesions in the children," said Li Chengrong, president of Shenzhen Children's Hospital, who added that the illness attacks the nervous system and can cause dementia, coma and even death.

He said parents should pay close attention to a child's mental state if they become ill.

Symptoms include delays in responding, incoherence in speech, restlessness and insomnia.

"Once a child starts to convulse or goes into a coma, it's too late," Li said.

China, EU to promote trade and investment

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (C), European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, pose for a group photo during the 12th China-EU summit in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Nov. 30, 2009. The 12th China-EU summit began here Monday morning.[Xinhua] More photos on China-EU Summit

NANJING: China and the European Union, in a joint statement issued Monday, vowed to step up efforts to promote trade and investment and increase effective market access.

The statement was issued on the sidelines of the 12th China-EU Summit held in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province in east China.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the meeting with President of the European Council and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

The two sides shared the view that economic and trade ties between China and the EU were an important and integral part of the comprehensive strategic partnership, said the joint statement.

They agreed to step up efforts to promote trade and investment and increase effective market access in order to deal with the economic crisis. The European Union appreciated the efforts of China to undertake trade and investment promotion missions to Europe.

In the statement, leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED). China and the EU agreed on the importance of using all avenues to expand economic openness and reform in their relationship and in their respective economies to ensure an open, stable and predictable environment to create business opportunities.

The joint statement said China and the EU would seek to facilitate trade and investment among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and explore possibilities of cooperation in other areas, including trade finance and technology trade.

Both sides would work together to enhance trade and investment opportunities arising from the move towards a green economy. In this context, both sides welcomed the fifth China-EU Business Summit and its focus on the "Green Agenda: Sustaining Growth Beyond Recovery."

They agreed that efforts to stimulate demand should be based on transparency and non-discrimination. They recognized the importance of open and non-discriminatory government procurement policies and agreed to pursue efforts to increase exchanges in this field.


The EU expressed support for China's efforts to accede to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement and encouraged China in its preparation of a revised offer, the joint statement said.

The two sides commended the important role of the previous three G20 Summits in tackling the global financial crisis, and supported G20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation focusing on world economic, financial and development issues.

They agreed to work with other countries and regions to build a fair, just, inclusive, stable and resilient international financial system, and to support the sustainable growth of economies in their regions and the world at large, not least by fighting all forms of protectionism, keeping open and free trade and strengthening support for developing countries.

They agreed to further strengthen international financial regulation and intensify cooperation and coordination of their macroeconomic policies.

Leaders welcomed the discussions in Nanjing on Nov. 29 between the representatives of the euro-zone and the Chinese authorities on macroeconomic policy issues, the joint statement said.

The joint statement said leaders expressed their determination to work to conclude in 2010 the negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda and their commitment to an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced agreement.

Both sides believed that closure of the Doha Round should be consistent with its mandate and on the basis of progress already made, and called on all WTO members to work to close the Round in 2010.

McCartney made Xindie music next month to commemorate his late wife and teammates

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Former "Beatles" and lead singer Paul McCartney's new live recording album "Good Night, New York" and the DVD will be officially released next month on the 7th. Week 3, McCartney in London, attended the promotion ceremony for this album. Activities the scene, the legendary music star said with emotion that he has been very missed all these years his late wife Linda and "The Beatles" in the two deceased members John Lennon and George Harrison, while the music it is themselves and their "reunion," an important link.
Former "Beatles" and guitarist George Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001, John Lennon in New York in 1980, was shot dead, while Linda was in 1998, died of breast cancer. "I miss George ... ... along with John and Linda." McCartney said, "through music, 'to see' their own way very well, I like it. You know it is a kind of emotional communication . This is a bit sad, very emotional. "
McCartney also pointed out that his song "Today at this time" is specially written by Lennon, whenever their own interpretation of the song, when his heart is always with emotion, so often unable to control their emotions.
McCartney also admitted that he is not suited to the business for when the stage performances, when facing the crowd, and even "panic", but now, his mind will be willing to express some thoughts. He "Today at this time" as an example, said: "I want this song to express my appreciation of John Lennon. I will say this in front of all strangers. This is a good thing. Perhaps the time in my 18 years of age I would not do this, because then I will not let himself cry in public. And now, everything is OK, I've grown used to these. "
It is reported that McCartney's new album, "Good Night, New York" will be included in New York in July this year, he evening performances of three songs.
In addition, the former "Beatles" drummer Ringo Starr's first 15 studio album "Y Not" will be officially released in January 2010. McCartney and Starr will also take the opportunity again to his personal record in this Starr's playing the bass for two songs, and as lead singer.
According to reports, their co-operation of the two songs called "Peace Dream" and "with me." Stahl said in an interview that he invited the McCartney when McCartney is participating in the Grammy Awards ceremony, and when he heard the full song After he leaves, the lead singer of the song re-recorded some of a bit. Starr marveled: "Paul served as lead singer of the song is really fitting." In addition, "with me" is also known as "It's like a between the two friends reminisced."
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