» 10/02/2007, 00.00
A “disgusting” Beijing repels Olympic athletes
High levels of air pollution and August heat convince two Olympic champions to stick to one competition. Athletes are trying to figure how to cope with the “air” that Beijiners breathe every day. President Hu visits facility for the disabled.
“Special” Olympics, disabled detained and thrown out of Shanghai
A group of over 100 people, disabled and support teachers, linked to a private NGO has been sequestered by the police who refuse to allow them participate in the closing ceremony of the special Olympics. The members of the group are “traumatised” by the show of force: over one hundred state agents as well as police trucks.
Funds meant for NGOs helping disabled people stolen before Paralympics, Olympic leaders told
In an open letter the founder of a Chinese NGO slams the state-controlled China Disabled Persons' Federation for misappropriating donations and property and for causing the closure of three centres and about ten family shelters for the disabled as well as the demise of a programme built up over 12 years that has allowed more than 150 disabled people to become socially integrated. She also slams the police for holding many disabled people during the Special Games.
Official gets death penalty for graft and embezzlement in pension fund scandal
Wang Chengming, former chairman of a state-run company, might see his sentence commuted to life in prison. The case brought down Chen Liangyu, a top leader in the Shanghai clique. More than 20 people have been arrested for embezzling pension funds for private use.
Shanghai Expo closes amid lights and shadows
A record-breaking number of visitors cross the turnstile. It is not yet clear whether the balance sheet is the black or not; however, the city has gained first-class infrastructures. After the original residents were thrown out, the expo lands are now up for sale.
Beijing admits worker’s deaths during building of Olympic Village
For the first time since construction began over 5 years ago, Chinese authorities have admitted deadly accidents during building of Olympic projects. Steps to bury news reports that bring “bad press” to the Games continue.
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