HK govt to hold meeting with Occupy students on Friday

The government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is to hold the first formal meeting with representatives of the Occupy Central students on Friday afternoon, a government official said on Tuesday evening.

The date for the formal meeting was agreed at the third preliminary talk between the Hong Kong government and representatives of the students held on Tuesday.

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Watchdog bans broadcasts of works by tainted stars

The country’s top press and media watchdog has ordered TV stations and other outlets to stop broadcasting material featuring stars who use drugs or visit prostitutes.

The ban, which covers online media, film producers and publishers, is intended to keep the industry healthy. It applies to films, advertisements and TV and radio shows

Celebrities who break the law should not be invited to appear in programs, and transmission of their works should be suspended, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television said in a statement.

Recent cases involving stars using drugs or visiting prostitutes have harmed the image of the entertainment industry and set a bad example for young people, the statement added.

On Aug 14, Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu superstar Jackie Chan, was detained after he allegedly allowed others to take drugs at his home in Beijing. A month later, prosecutors ordered the arrest of the singer and actor.

Taiwan actor Kai Ko was caught using drugs in the apartment, and was given 14 days’ detention.

In July, Zhang Mo, son of actor and director Zhang Guoli, was arrested for a second time for using drugs, following his detention for smoking marijuana in 2012.

A month earlier, screenwriter and novelist Chen Wanning, known by his online name Ning Caishen, was detained for possessing and using methamphetamine.

In other cases, Wang Quan’an, the Golden Bear-winning film director, and actor Huang Haibo were detained in Beijing on suspicion of hiring prostitutes. Continue reading “Watchdog bans broadcasts of works by tainted stars” »

Beijing issues smog alert

Beijing issued a yellow alert for air pollution on Wednesday with smog forecast to continue for the next three days.

Due to the weather, pollution was predicted to remain heavy in Beijing until Saturday, said the Beijing heavy air pollution response office. Earlier on Wednesday, the Beijing Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow alert for smog.

It is the first yellow smog alert in Beijing since the beginning of July. Tianjin and Hebei also issued a yellow alert.

Citizens, especially elders and children, were advised to take protective measures. Schools were asked to avoid outdoor activities and reduce physical exercise classes.

Air quality index (AQI) in downtown Beijing exceeded 200 for the past 24 hours, according to data updated at 8 p.m. by the Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center. An AQI of over 300 is defined as “serious pollution” and an AQI between 201 and 300 is considered “heavy”, according to China’s standard.

Downtown density of PM2.5, particles under 2.5 microns in diameter and major air pollutant, at 8 p.m. was more than 300 micrograms per cubic meter., in Beijing.

“Serious smog has appeared in the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei region,” Li Jing, a forecaster at the Beijing Meteorological Bureau. Heavy pollution was reported in Hebei and Henan provinces on Wednesday. Cold air is forecast to blow away the smog on Saturday night, said Li.

Tianjin and Hebei will continue to have heavy pollution until Thursday evening, according to forecasts. The smog also prevented citizens from watching a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday.

Beijing has improved pollution law enforcement and in the first eight months, there were more than 1,000 breaches of the law with fines totalling 23 million yuan issued, up 99 percent and 375 percent respectively year-on-year.

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