Your Daily Dose
A few items of interest from the Shanghai Daily.
Let's start with a new rule that bans kids' booze buys:
FIFTY Shanghai supermarkets and convenience stores are getting the jump on a new rule that, for the first time, prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.
The regulation, which provides fines up to 2,000 yuan for sellers, goes into effect on January 1.
The new rules, issued on Thursday by the State Ministry of Commerce, will prevent anyone under age 18 from buying beer, wine or liquor and are meant to protect the health of China's young people.
No word on whether these new rules would also include underage Chinese hockey players.
How about some tips for university life?:
MORE than 100,000 freshmen in 100 Chinese universities and colleges have received a handbook on psychological health to help them adapt to life in university and society.
The handbook gives entrants health instructions on daily life, study, communication, mood and mentality. It is expected to help entrants adjust to a new environment, learn more about psychological and mental health.
University students have come under mounting pressure from fierce academic and employment competition. Some analysts say the young generation as a whole is vulnerable to frequent moodiness and "has gotten lost in a lust for material and physical pleasure."
Moody kids who just care about buying stuff and hooking up? Sound familiar?
Next we have an editorial on abandoned babies whose author is not afraid to speak truth to power no matter how controversial his views may be:
Society needs to do more about preventing unwanted pregnancies and to set up a strong foundation to look after the welfare of abandoned infants.
Every baby brings bliss to the world, whether it is wanted or unwanted.
Abandoning a baby, like killing, is a big crime.
It's all right to be human and to make a mistake by accident; but it's stupid to intentionally give up a baby.
Edgy stuff there. Edgy stuff. This is a guy who is not afraid to go out on a limb. He conclusion holds nothing back either:
I am not saying all mothers who abandon their newborn babies are stupid.
But if they didn't want to deal with the consequences of raising a baby, maybe they shouldn't have gotten pregnant.
I know that sounds harsh, but I'm tough because I care.
Tough love man. Tough love.
You know the nice thing about living in a Communist dictatorship? You can order economic forces around at whim.
Vice Premier orders job creation:
Vice-Premier Huang Ju yesterday ordered various localities and departments to give priority to expanding employment in economic and social development.
"Employment is the basis of people's livelihood and also a major part of the building of a socialist harmonious society," Huang said at a conference of the State Council on employment in Beijing.
Huang called for continuous implementation of pro-employment policies, raising the quality of workers and exploring a pro-employment mechanism of lasting effects.
Bold step that. Calling for "pro-employment policies" and all. Let me guess, the Vice-Premier also supports puppies, sunshine, and long walks on the beach.
Finally, I close with the observation that the comics section in the Shanghai Daily features four strips:
Frank & Ernest