Football President
China's vice sports minister Cai Zhenhua is elected president of the Chinese Football Association
Injured Champion
Four-time Olympic short-track speed skating champion Wang Meng will probably miss the Sochi Winter Olympic Games since she sustained a serious ankle injury

"High-end restaurants and hotels are suffering. We have now put our bet on private consumption. We have offered more discounts to the public and strived to increase our visibility on the Internet."

Yang Xiaowei, a sales manager at Lijingwan International Hotel in Beijing, commenting on the impact of the Central Government's ban of consumption at upscale accommodations with public expenses

"In 2013, the number of employers who came to our university for graduate study of environmental protection and pollution treatment increased a lot compared to previous years."

Lan Yaming, a student employment officer at Nanjing University in east China's Jiangsu Province, identifying the rising popularity of environmental engineering in the labor market

"More senior foreign experts will be invited to Beijing this year, and the validity of their residence permits can be extended to last five years as opposed to the current one year."

Chen Bei, Deputy Director of Beijing's Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, at a news conference on January 17

"The Ministry of Civil Affairs and Ministry of Public Security have held discussions this year on policies concerning government intervention in child abuse cases. The current law has failed to specify who can sue when a child is abused by their legal guardians."

Huang Ermei, Vice President of the Supreme People's Court, at a legal symposium on child protection in Beijing on January 20

Salary Increase for Public Servants

Beijing Youth Daily
January 21

In the latest session of Guangdong Provincial People's Congress, some deputies from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, called for a salary raise for public servants. They claimed public servants are paid less than enterprise employees.

The comparison is too simple to be credible. In the business sector, employees' salaries are decided by the market. If the market goes into recession, the pay of enterprise employees will fall. But salaries for public servants are paid by governments, which are steadier than industries.

The Future of the North Pole

Life Weekly
January 6

Climate change has led to a rapid melting of permanent ice in the Arctic. According to the latest research, in September 2011, the total area covered by ice in the Arctic Ocean had decreased by 40 percent compared to 1979. Based on calculations by scientists, the ice in the Arctic Ocean is estimated to disappear completely by the middle of this century. This means the once ice-covered area will change into a sea where ships can come and go freely without icebreakers.

Sports Diplomacy Shown is the countdown clock for the 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (XINHUA)
On Trial Lu Yueting attends his trial at the Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province (XINHUA)
Bird Flu
Two patients, including a medical worker, being treated for the H7N9 strain of avian flu, died in Shanghai, local health authorities reveales
Universal Education
The Chinese Government has vowed to ensure at least 90 percent of children with visual, hearing and intellectual disabilities will receive primary and middle school education by the end of 2016
Workforce Decrease
China's working-age population dropped by 2.44 million to 919.54 million in 2013, the second year of decline, the National Bureau of Statistics announces
Lumber Hub Workers load lumber to be shipped to a dock in Caofeidian port in Tangshan, north China’s Hebei Province (HAO XIAOWEI)
Food Fair Potential buyers examine samples at a seaweed trade fair held in Lianyungang, a coastal city in east China’s Jiangsu Province (SI WEI)
New Silk Road
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will rebuild itself as the transport, financial and logistics center of the Silk Road Economic Belt in 2014
IPO Debut
China's first initial public offering since the year-long listing freeze receives a fervent response from traders whose cheers brings its trading to a temporary halt
Home Prices Up
Home prices in major Chinese cities continued to climb despite repeated government efforts to cool the sector
Stock Market: Waiting for a Rally
China's deepening reforms and U.S. exit from QE are almost certain to exert a significant influence on China's stock market in 2014
Polypropylene Futures
The China Securities Regulatory Commission has approved trade of polypropylene futures contracts at the Dalian Commodity Exchange in northeast China
Recovering from Red Ink
China COSCO Holdings Co. Ltd., the country's largest shipper, announces that it is recovering from heavy losses suffered in 2013
    Japanese macaque monkeys, known as "snow monkeys," take an open-air bath in a hotspring as snowflakes fall at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, on January 19 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo after the new Constitution was approved on January 18. Official statistics showed that the new Constitution had an approval rating of 98.1 percent (XINHUA/AFP)
    A plane belonging to the Irish airline Ryanair flies in front of a rainbow over Rome on January 19 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A woman holds her 8-month-old baby as they flee their flooded house in Jakarta on January 19 (XINHUA/AFP)
    A reveler wearing a demon costume takes part in the traditional festival of "Correfoc" in Palma de Mallorca on January 17. Participants dressed as demons and devils roamed about town entertaining people with fireworks and pyrotechnics (XINHUA/AFP)
    Clouds of smoke rise as protesters clash with riot police during an opposition rally on January 19 in Kiev. The political protests, which had been largely peaceful over the past two months, turned violent following the adoption of new laws limiting public assembly (XINHUA/AFP)
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