Mar 10

China Watch Blog reports that a recent episode of 60 Minutes revealed how Dr. Anil Potti, a cancer researcher at Duke University, was found to have manipulated research data to support his hypothesis, which led to over 100 terminally ill cancer patients participating in a fraudulent cancer trial

The real fraud, however, is revealed in Duke University’s statement that none of the trial participants were harmed—even though they died—because all of them still received “the standard of care” in chemotherapy

The cancer paradigm is based on an archaic cut, poison, and burn approach. This is a cash cow for the drug companies, and they are working hard to protect this paradigm at all cost—even when it means sacrificing millions of lives to prevent non-patentable or otherwise inexpensive treatments from reaching the market

In the last few years, we’ve seen several cases of shocking medical science fraud, according to mercola.com

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Mar 10

China Watch Blog reports that the Hong Kong government has put out alerts that there are several fraudulent websites which look similar to government websites.

The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer issued warnings on these sites, which look similar to the Inland Revenue Department website:
* www.company-registry.com/hkird/index.html
* www.unthk.com/hktax.html
* www.51zc.hk/hktax.html

These sites look similar to the Companies Registry Cyber Search Centre webpage:
* www.company-registry.com/hkcr/index.html
* www.company-registry.com/HKGSCX/index.html

These sites resemble the Intellectual Property Department’s Trade Mark Search System webpage:
* www.company-registry.com/hktm/index.html
* www.company-registry.com/hkpatent/index.html

Meanwhile, the Monetary Authority issued an alert on fraudulent website www.company-registry.com/hkma, which looks similar to the authority’s official site.

The public are reminded to exercise extra caution in releasing their personal information online.

Anyone who has provided personal information to the websites or conducted financial transactions through them should contact Police on 2860 5012.

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Mar 10

China Watch Blog reports that last week, it was widely reported that China’s economy is slowing, and the country’s inflation eased to a 20-month low last month, creating more room for the world’s second-largest economy to roll out more growth-supportive policies when all other key economic indicators exhibited a slowdown.

The Consumer Price Index, the main gauge of inflation, rose 3.2 percent from a year earlier in February, compared to January’s 4.5 percent, the slowest since June 2010, and ended negative de facto interest rates in the past two years, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

Lower food prices contributed the most to the growth moderation.

Food costs, which account for almost a third of the CPI basket, rose 6.2 percent year on year in February, compared to January’s 10.5 percent.

Although data in the last two months may have been distorted by the timing of the Spring Festival holiday, which was in January this year but February the year before, analysts believe inflation is back on the downward track that was unexpectedly disrupted in January.

“China’s February price data makes it clear that inflation pressures are easing,” said Alaistair Chan, an economist at Moody’s Analytics. “A number of factors, including diminishing producer prices, suggest that overall inflation will continue declining in year-on-year terms until the mid-year.”

The Producer Price Index, the factory gate measure of inflation, edged up 0.7 percent on an annual basis in February, the same as in January.

Jing Ulrich, chairman of global markets, China, at JP Morgan, said lower inflationary pressure suggested the government would have wider scope to implement selective easing measures to counter the downside risks to growth.

“We expect inflation to continue moderating to about 2.8 percent by the third quarter of this year, and further reserve requirement ratio cuts will be needed to maintain stable economic growth,” Ulrich said.

China’s economy is slowing, according to the statistics.

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Mar 10

China Watch Blog wishes to inform readers that tomorrow Sunday, March 11, 2012 is the first anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan.

Readers of our blog can visit this link

http://cryptome.org/eyeball/daiichi-npp/daiichi-photos.htm

to see photographs of the disaster zone.

Hope lessons learnt from the disaster will be implemented in other countries which continue to develop nuclear power for energy.

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Mar 10

China Watch Blog reports that PBS NEWSHOUR returns to Fukushima for one-year anniversary of nuclear disaster

In a multi-part series beginning Friday, March 9, the PBS NEWSHOUR will re-examine the Fukushima Reactor disaster one year after it occurred. In tonight’s kick-off to the series, NEWSHOUR Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien will examine what it’s now like inside the Fukushima evacuation zone, the irradiated area surrounding the plant.

O’Brien visits schools inside the area and interviews citizens about how their lives have changed in the last year.

Last night’s show will also feature an interview with Carl Pilliteri, a nuclear technician, who was one of 38 Americans at the Fukushima Daiichi plant when the earthquake hit. He spoke with Alex Chadwick, host of the new public radio series, Burn: An Energy Journal. It’s the first time an American who was at the site during the disaster has spoken at length to the media.

The pieces will air on PBS NEWSHOUR (check local listings).

In part two of the series, airing Monday, O’Brien will examine the impact of radiation on the surrounding land and whether is possible to remediate it. A third piece will address food exposure to radiation.

Also check out NEWSHOUR’s Science page for updates on the events after the disaster and our previous coverage of efforts to crowd-source radiation detection in Japan.

For more info or links, contact Kat Saunders at newshourpr@newshour.org.

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Mar 10

China Watch Blog has learnt that Xiamen in Fujian Province has the largest number of single women of marriageable age, followed by Shenzhen in second place and Guangzhou in Guangdong province ranked third in the country.

According to a Shenzhen Daily report, an online study of single women of marriageable age in China shows that a total of 39.3 percent of the 41,616 women surveyed, most born in the 1970s and 1980s, thought they were “overaged” singles and would struggle to find a husband, according to the study, conducted by online matchmaking service provider Shijijiayuan, one of the country’s leading matchmaking Web sites.

Among the single women in Shenzhen, more than 36 percent thought the word “shengnu” in pinyin, which literally translates as “leftover women,” was a humiliating word. Many of the single women in Shenzhen are highly educated and career-driven.

The main reason they are unmarried is the lack of social interactions and ways of meeting single men.

Some said they were “too passive to chase men they like.” Some chose to stay single because they preferred a single life to the prospect of an “unhappy marriage.”

On the other hand, more than 62 percent of male interviewees thought the women’s problem was that their requirements were too high.

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Mar 10

China Watch Blog has learnt that IceWarp helps regional Internet and Satellite Services provider eliminate messaging security issues, and what is most interesting is that the solution was discovered accidentally.

The Company in question was TXOL Internet, a subsidiary of Eastland Internet Inc, which offers internet access in many communities in Texas and is also expanding other parts of the country.

The company offers web hosting, web design, e-mail services, Dialup, DSL, Wireless and 3rd party satellite connectivity through Eastland Office Supply. The company has recently added web hosting services that provide database services, shopping cart, and Adobe services compatibility.

TXOL is an authorized reseller of over 400 software programs. Currently TXOL is working on Wi-Max Wireless Technology to expand their wireless service.

The problem was that TXOL was using Sendmail open source solution to provide its clients with messaging capabilities and was constantly running into security issues.

“We had a lot of problems with it,” explains Benny Williams, a Network Administrator at TXOL. “There was no control over outgoing emails, in addition to other glitches.” TXOL team tried to solve the problem by adding the Barracuda Networks solution to filter the outgoing traffic.

This, however, did not work. “We have discovered that the system was still sending spam emails through the network,” says Williams. At that point, adopting yet another security solution on top of the existing one seemed to be a dubious exercise. “There was no guarantee that replacing the application would fix the problem,” notes Williams.

TXOL ran across the effective solution by sheer chance. “We purchased a company that, as luck may have it, already had IceWarp installed,” recalls Williams. His team reviewed the solution, liked it and decided to purchase additional licenses.

As a result, TXOL discovered that IceWarp’s powerful features have significantly improved security for its customers and the company’s image. “Prior to IceWarp, our reputation score fluctuated between 67 and 85 points – we were frequently blacklisted because of spamming activities,” says Williams. “Now our reputation score is between 99 and 100. It means we are not getting blacklisted.”

Additionally, the solution helped TXOL reign in systems administration costs. “IceWarp is so easy to manage, that we can use administrators who are not too tech-savvy,” says Williams. “The product already paid for itself.”

In future, TXOL is currently upgrading its network to provide high-speed wireless connectivity and sell additional services that can be powered by IceWarp. “For example, we will consider IceWarp for VoIP offerings, groupware and instant messaging offerings local businesses could be interested in,” concludes Williams.

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