Saturday, August 25, 2012

China Buzz

China Buzz


Host Sa Beining warned by CCTV for high-profile romance with Zhang Ziyi

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 10:46 PM PDT

Host Sa Beining warned by CCTV for high-profile romance with Zhang Ziyi

CCTV host Sa Beining (撒贝宁) was warned by his boss to stay low-key on his personal affair and concentrate on work, after his romance with actress Zhang Ziyi came to light sparking quite abuzz in Chinese showbiz circle.

The 36-year-old host with the State TV station was said to fall for the 33-year-old actress on his TV program in May 2011 when Zhang was there promoting her new movie. Since then, Sa had been courting her actively, and the two were then believed to have become an item in September last year.

The latest revelation of the pair’s romance is in this late July when a set of photographs captured them on a rafting trip after Sa visited Zhang on the filming set of The Grandmasters (一代宗师) in Kaiping, Guangdong. The couple were also spotted wearing the same style of shoes and sharing snacks on the trip.

Zhang Ziyi was in dirty trouble in May as she was embroiled in sex scandal allegations that she been pimped to disgraced politician Bo Xilai and other powerful and rich figures over the last decade.

The controversial actress also had a long but unsuccessful history of love. At the age of 19, when Zhang first stepped into the entertainment industry starring in Zhang Yimou’s 1999 moive “The Road Home (我的父亲母亲),” she was rumored to have become the new affection of the well-known director. In 2004, Zhang was spotted dating with wealthy heir Eric Fok (霍啟山), but they broke up soon for their busy schedules. Zhang then was engaged to Vivi Nevo, an Israeli-American venture capitalist, and a group of intimate photos showing the naked actress and her ex-fiance frolicking on a beach earned her a very bad reputation in China. The couple separated in late 2010, and shortly after, she was rumorred to have reunited with Eric Fok.

Host Sa Beining warned by CCTV for high-profile romance with Zhang Ziyi

Beijing resident pricks himself on possibly HIV-tainted syringe in taxi

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 06:50 PM PDT

Beijing resident pricks himself on possibly HIV-tainted syringe in taxi

“I am not afraid of death, but dying such a worthless death,” said an anxious Beijing man who accidentally pricked his knee on a needle of a syringe possibly contaminated with HIV in a Taxi.

At around 10 p.m., August 21, Xu Tian was riding the cab from Wudaokou to Qinghe. When he was about to cross his legs, he suddently felt a sting on his right knee.

“I was stung by something,” Xu cried out at the cab driver, and found from a magazine holder at back seats a syringe pointing out. The syringe was filled with liquid in light yellow color.

The scared man quickly rushed to a nearby hospital with the driver. Later, he was told by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Zhaoyang District the liquid was suspected to have been tainted by HIV.

Fortunately, Xu was not found to be infected by the virus yet from the blood test. But he needs three more checks in the following three months in order to completely exlcude the possibility of HV infection.

Xu has spent 2,500 yuan in medicines to prevent himself getting infected, but he has experienced the obvious side effects after taking the medicines such as vomitting. What’s worse, his 3-month girlfriend wanted to break up with him now after learning the news.

The cab driver expressed that he had no idea about the syringe. He said he picked up three women separately before Xu after 6 p.m., but did not find anyone placing anything in the back seat holder.

Over the past five years, there had been widespread rumors about HIV-tainted syringes hid in the seats in public buses and taxis in more than 10 Chinese cities. But no one had been found infected by such syringes.

Sex predator Justine Lee gives himself up after 23 days at large

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 01:08 PM PDT

Sex predator Justine Lee gives himself up after 23 days at large

Serial drug rapist Justine Lee (李宗瑞, or Li Zhongrui) finally turned himself in to the cops on August 23, after 23 days on the run.

Reportedly, Lee surrendered himself to the Taipei Prosecutors’ Office on August 23 with a woman who allegedly helped hide him, by the company of three lawyers.

The 27-year-old wealthy heir was accused of drugging and raping many women, and his computer seized by police shows that he had videotaped the sexual encounters with up to 60 models and actresses. 10 of them appeared unconscious in the vidoe clips, sparking speculations that Justine had drugged and raped them.

Justine Lee was put on a wanted list on August 1 as he failed to show up for questioning sessions set by prosecutors.

But responding to the fact that Justine Lee was spotted in Taipei Prosecutors’ Office, some other media also claimed that he was apprehanded by local police.

Sex predator Justine Lee gives himself up after 23 days at large

Pictures: Three killed and five injured after bridge collapsed in Northeast China

Posted: 23 Aug 2012 12:18 PM PDT

Harbin municipal government triggered huge public anger for shoddy construction again after a bridge collapsed at around 5:30 a.m. on August 24, killing 3 people and injuring five others.

The Yangmingtan Bridge, 15.4-km long and 41.5-m wide, opened to traffic on Nov. 6, 2011. But in less than a year, an approach ramp in 130-m long for the bridge broke apart, causing four trucks travelling on it to plung off.

The mishap occurred only a few days after Harbin city saw at least seven cases of road cave-in in nine days leaving two dead.

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