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A man in eastern China cut off his finger after being bitten by a poisonous snake – only to be told that there was no need to take such a dramatic measure to save himself.

The 60-year-old farmer named Zhang was cutting firewood near his mountain village in the Shangyu district of Zhejiang province when he was bitten on the finger by the snake, Hangzhou Daily reported.

He identified it as a particularly feared type of viper known locally as the “five-step snake” because of the belief that victims will not be able to walk more than five paces before dying, and chopped off the finger to prevent the venom from spreading.

He then wrapped up his hand in a cloth and made the 80km journey to Hangzhou, the nearest large city, where he was able to receive treatment.

However, he left the amputated finger on the mountainside, which meant doctors would have no chance of successfully reattaching it.

Doctors at the Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine told the newspaper there was no need to have taken such a drastic step because the snake is less lethal than commonly believed, but said his reaction to being bitten was a common one.

Ren Jinping, a doctor at the hospital, told Zhejiang television that when Zhang arrived at the hospital, he did not display any symptoms such as a headache, breathing difficulties or bleeding from the gums.

Nevertheless, doctors gave him an anti-venom serum and cleaned the wound on his finger.

Zhang told the TV station this week that in April this year one of his neighbours had died after being bitten by a snake, however he said he is now recovering at home and his hand is recovering well.

Yuan Chengda, another doctor from the hospital, said it was a pity that Zhang would not be able to have the finger reattached.

“It’s not necessary at all [to cut it off]. The five-step snake is not that toxic,” Yuan told Hangzhou Daily.

The “five-step snake” is a species called Deinagkistrodon. While its venom can cause bleeding, pain and swelling, the belief that victims of bites will die within five paces is largely exaggerated.

Yuan continued that he often told his patients not to take such dramatic measures to save themselves after being bitten.

Since this year, the hospital has received 1,200 such patients, more than any other medical facility in Hangzhou. Doctors said before going to hospital, about 30 per cent of these patients had dealt with their injury in the wrong way.

“Some used knives to cut their fingers or toes, some used ropes or iron wires to bind the bitten limb tightly, and some even tried to destroy the poison in their body by burning their skin,” said Yuan. “When they arrive at the hospital, some people’s limbs are already showing signs of gangrene.”

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China might have banned corporal punishment in schools but with little to no guidelines specifying just what exactly constitutes corporal punishment, students have found themselves subjected to multiple cases of abuse by teachers.

Several students from Shui Quan High in Henan, China, were rushed to the hospital after examinations revealed that they all had foreign matter lodged in their stomachs, causing severe aches. Turns out, their teacher had forced them to eat literal garbage as punishment.

Following The Beijing News’ reports, the teacher, while in the midst of a classroom spot check, realised the students had forgotten to empty the waste bin. When no one dared to answer who was responsible, the teacher allegedly forced them outside of the classroom and made them swallow the contents of the bin until it was empty before they were allowed back in.

“He stood aside and watched, I didn’t dare to not eat,” a warded student related to China Press.

He shared that there were at least 10 other students who were similarly punished, though none of them dared to tell their parents — they were threatened with expulsion should a third party find out.

According to the victim’s parents, it wasn’t until after the students had finally managed to expel waste did they realise there were paper, longan shells and even plastic bags in the mix.

While the school’s principal argued that the teacher had not meant his words and had only said out of anger, many netizens were quick to point out that the students wouldn’t have actually eaten rubbish unless subjected to duress.

“Students aren’t stupid. If no one forced them why would they eat it?”
“With the teacher standing there forcing them to eat, what can a 10+year old child do?”
“This is horrifying. Normally you’d retaliate if someone forces you to do such things. What kind of discipline have these students been receiving to be so terribly obedient.” PHOTOS: Screengrab/Weibo

The teacher responsible has since been detained while the principal has been dismissed from his duties.

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Would you buy a pair of chopsticks used by singer Kris Wu, a glass used by singer Will Pan or wet wipes used by actress Angelababy?

These items were offered for auction online last week after the trio dined last Wednesday (Oct 9) at a hotpot restaurant in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, HK01 news website reported.

The trio were in Japan last week to film an upcoming variety show with actress Angel Zhao and rapper Fox, in which they managed an actual lifestyle shop in Tokyo.

After the celebrities finished their dinner at the hotpot restaurant, someone took a photo of the private room after they left and posted it online to try to auction the used items. The asking prices were not listed in the photo circulated on China’s social media network Weibo.

While some netizens said this was a smart move to seize on a business opportunity, most netizens reacted negatively, with many calling the sale “gross” and the person “perverted”.

Others also questioned if there was proof that the chopsticks, glass and wet wipes had indeed been used by the celebrities. It was unclear if there were any takers for the items.

This is not the first case of used celebrity items being hawked online in China.

Chinese singer Wang Yuan, of boyband TFBoys, was photographed smoking in a Beijing restaurant in May and his cigarette butt was reportedly offered online for 310,000 yuan (S$60,000). There were no further reports of the sale after it went viral online.

In August, a hotel in China’s central Hubei province was slammed after it advertised that potential customers could bid to stay for one night in a suite used by Hong Kong singer-actress Karen Mok.

The winner of the bid would also be able to take home items like towels and bedsheets used by the 49-year-old that still had “her lingering warmth and smell”, it advertised.

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More often than not, if your kid suddenly shoots up by 10cm, that’s a cause for celebration. Though that’s provided if your child has already reached the age for puberty.

Unfortunately for this mother in Ningbo, China, her daughter was only seven years old when she towered over her peers, standing at an astounding 120cm.

Not only that, but she had begun growing breasts too.

The reason behind her early-onset puberty rested on her sleeping habits — for the past three years, Dandan (not her real name) had been sleeping with the lights on.

When the girl first underwent her growth spurt, her mother was delighted by her development, therefore paid little heed to her unnatural growth.

It wasn’t until she was giving her daughter a shower that she realised Dandan had developed breasts. She even felt a few small lumps too, the woman told Zhejiang News.

After bringing her for a check-up, doctors discovered not only did Dandan’s skeletal structure resemble one of a 10-year-old’s, but her ovaries had also grown bigger.

“Under such circumstances, it is unlikely Dandan would grow any taller than 150cm,” the doctor said to the horrified mother.

As they’ve already missed the crucial window period, even if they were to administer treatment for Dandan, the drugs would have little to no effect.

Dandan’s mother was confused about her daughter’s condition. If her daughter wasn’t allowed to eat fried food, supplements or soft drinks, what would have led to her precocious puberty?

Further questioning about the girl’s lifestyle revealed that she would always sleep with the lights on.

Her mother explained that in a bid to encourage Dandan to be more independent, she has been sleeping alone since she was four. However, as the child is afraid of the dark, she sleeps with the lights on.

The girl’s doctor said melatonin production in children is highest at night. By sleeping with the lights on, it disrupts the body’s natural production of the hormone and suppresses it.

A drop in melatonin production is linked with faster sexual maturation, according to recent research, and may be the reason why Dandan reached puberty at a much earlier age. 

Girls generally hit puberty around the age of nine to 11, while boys reach theirs slightly later around 11 to 13 years of age. 

“There are many reasons why a child would undergo precocious puberty, therefore it is important to find out the cause as soon as possible so we can stop it. Should osteophytes start forming, it would be too late already.” Dandan’s doctor explained.

Besides keeping a watchful eye over their children for signs of early puberty, parents are advised not to let their children consume too much protein and supplements, along with meat products that might have been injected with hormones.

In addition, children shouldn’t be staring at screens for long hours and most importantly, to keep lights off while sleeping.

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A girl in China died from severe burns on Sept 5 after her attempts at imitating a popcorn making trick went horribly wrong.

According to Chinese media, 14-year-old Zhou and her 12-year-old friend, Peng, had seen a viral clip teaching viewers how to make popcorn using a drink can.

The two then proceeded to do the same by placing corn kernels in an empty aluminium can and lighting alcohol in another aluminium can that was placed below it.

Due to its high alcohol content, the alcohol exploded when Zhou attempted to light it. Both girls suffered severe burns on the spot.

The two were immediately taken to hospital. Results showed that Zhou suffered burns on 96 per cent of her body and had to be kept under observation in the intensive care unit. Peng managed to scrape by and was not in critical condition.

The incident took place on Aug 22, but doctors’ efforts to treat Zhou’s injuries proved futile and she died two weeks later.

Many netizens believe the two girls had been imitating a video by a popular influencer known as Office Chef Ms Yeah.

In one of Ms Yeah’s early videos, she was seen cutting open an aluminium can in a similar fashion and making popcorn in her handmade contraption.

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After the teens’ accident, angry Chinese netizens took to sending Ms Yeah death threats and called her a murderer in the comment section of her videos.

Ms Yeah broke the silence in a long letter posted on Weibo on Sept 10.

The past few days had been the darkest days of her life, she wrote. In response to the current situation, she promised to take responsibility for Peng’s treatments and would do everything she could to ensure that Peng’s family received the help they needed.

She also clarified that the two girls had not been imitating what she had done in her video. In her video, Ms Yeah used a teapot warmer to slowly heat up the can of corn kernels, which had been carefully propped up on the tripod of the tea warmer.

Whereas, evidence from the scene of the accident showed that the two girls had used two cans, one of which had been cut in a peculiar way.

The 25-year-old suggested the girls could have been referencing a different video, as she herself had seen a video with similar instructions that was posted back in 2016, a year before she had shared her own.

The original video involved cutting the aluminium can the same way the girls had done, before precariously balancing another can on top of it. Ms Yeah explained that she had found the original method too dangerous, therefore she opted to use a tea warmer instead. 

She ended her letter pleading for netizens to not label others as murderers.

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PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – Two Immigration Department officers were allegedly assaulted by two male Chinese nationals at the KL International Airport (KLIA) during a scuffle.

The two men, along with another female Chinese national, had been issued the Not To Land (NTL) order and were being held at KLIA’s holding area for foreign visitors around 12.30am on Saturday (Aug 31).

The incident started because the two men were hanging around at the female designated section of the holding area instead of the male section.

Spotting this, the two Immigration officers asked the men to leave and go to the appropriate section.

However, the two men raised their voices and acted aggressively before they allegedly punched the two officers and got into a scuffle.

Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said other Immigration officers rushed in and broke up the scuffle.

“Both officers suffered scratches and bruises.

“All three of the Chinese nationals have been deported and blacklisted from entering Malaysia,” he said on Monday (Sept 2), adding that the two officers had also lodged a police report over the incident.

Khairul Dzaimee said the three foreigners were issued the NTL as they did not meet the necessary requirements and their reasons for entering the country was suspicious.

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An 11-year-old boy was killed and three others, including two young boys, were injured in an unexplained electricity leak at a water park in eastern China on Saturday.

The Dongfang Zhixiu water park at Jining, Shandong province, has been shut down while the incident is investigated and two executives, identified only by their family names Wang and Zhao, are in police custody, according to a statement by the Jining Hi-tech Industrial Zone’s management committee, which has responsibility for the facility.

According to the statement, a 30-year-old woman and three boys, aged five, six and 11, were injured when an electricity leakage occurred at about 1.30pm on Saturday. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed by water park staff at the scene before the injured were sent to the Jining No 1 People’s Hospital.

By 3pm Monday, according to the statement, the woman and six-year-old boy had recovered while the five-year-old boy was in a stable and non-life threatening condition. The 11-year-old boy had died of his injuries, although the statement did not specify when he died.

A video clip of the incident has been circulating on Chinese social media over the weekend, showing the children in their swimsuits and the woman, all lying on the ground while staff administer CPR. A voice can be heard in the video saying there had been an electricity leakage.

An unidentified member of the management committee told The Beijing News the situation was being treated as an emergency and it would take time to establish the cause of the incident. “We must find out the cause of the incident before giving a conclusion or punishment. There were no witnesses except these children. [The investigation team] is looking for evidence based on past experience.”

The incident happened only three months after two people died and 12 others were injured after falling from a 235 metre-long slide at an amusement park in Chengdu, Sichuan province.

Also in May, a sudden tornado flipped up a bouncing castle in Laiyuan county in Hebei province, killing two children and injuring seven.

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Doan Kim Chi works for a local bank in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, and has been a loyal iPhone user for years.

She recently received an iPhone XS Max from her husband as a gift. It is the most expensive smartphone model from Cupertino, California-based Apple and retails at around US$1,100 (S$1,500).

Although very satisfied with her new phone, Chi says she has noticed the rising popularity of new Chinese handsets in Vietnam in recent years, marking a change from the past dominance of brands such as Samsung and Apple.

“You can see adverts from the likes of Oppo everywhere [in Hanoi],” the 31-year-old Vietnamese banker said in an interview. “They have also hired local celebrities to help promote their phones here.”

The increased popularity of brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi in Vietnam comes after the deep-pocketed Chinese smartphone players launched a drive into emerging markets, leveraging the same kind of strategies they used to gain market share at home.

This includes aggressive marketing tactics and providing innovative handsets at an attractive price point.

“Oppo TV commercials are broadcast during the golden hour on TV just after the news and in between movies,” said Chi. “You always see an Oppo ad when something big is on the TV.”

After grabbing more than two-thirds of market share in terms of shipments in China and India, two of the world’s largest smartphone markets, these three Chinese smartphone brands have turned to Southeast Asia.

They garnered 62 per cent of the region’s 30.7 million total handset shipments in the second quarter, up from 50 per cent in the same quarter last year, according to a note this month from industry research agency Canalys.

“New brands are popular in Southeast Asia as the chance of success is higher than in other parts of the world,” said Canalys Analyst Matthew Xie in the note. “With 75 per cent of shipments consisting of sub-US$200 models, the market here is focused on mid-to-low-end smartphones, a segment where brand loyalty is low.”

While South Korean market leader Samsung Electronics remains top dog in the region after growth of 5 per cent in the second quarter, following declines in the past three quarters, Chinese brands Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi secured the second, third and fourth spots respectively. Oppo posted its biggest-ever growth of 49 per cent in the three months.

Realme, an India-focused brand that shares the same owner as Chinese mobile phone maker Oppo, entered the Southeast Asia top five for the first time with a shipment of 1.6 million smartphones, or a 5.2 per cent share, according to Canalys.

“They [Chinese smartphone brands] have continued their journey to not only provide cost-competitive products but also bring innovative features to market,” said Kiranjeet Kaur, Singapore-based senior research manager at IDC. “This includes new charging methods and camera capabilities, which consumers find very appealing.”

The rising popularity of Chinese brands in the region comes at a time when Huawei Technologies, the largest smartphone vendor in China and the world’s second-largest behind Samsung, has been blacklisted by the US amid an escalating trade war between the US and China.

This has threatened to cut off Huawei’s access to Google services such as Android OS [and apps such as Gmail and YouTube] and Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

According to a Reuters report in June, Facebook will not allow the pre-installation of apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram on Huawei’s phones while the Chinese company remains on the blacklist.

This has cast a cloud over Huawei’s overseas handset shipments, including in Southeast Asia.

In Southeast Asia, Oppo has Samsung in its sights, while Xiaomi has already displaced Huawei to take fourth place in the past quarter with the latter being edged out of the top five vendors in the region, according to Canalys, which did not specify Huawei’s shipments or rank in the past quarter.

Currently, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi dominate smartphone shipments in Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia – taking the top three spots across all five markets, according to Canalys.

“Any gap left by Huawei will be up for grabs for its competitors, especially in the slightly more premium segment,” said IDC’s Kaur.

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A nine-year-old Chinese girl has become the youngest person to swim across a strait linking the island province of Hainan with the mainland.

Zhou Yihan, who learned how to swim when she was just a year old, took 13 hours to make the 26km (16-mile) crossing of the Qiongzhou Strait last week, starting from Haikou, the capital of Hainan, and finished in Xuwen in Guangdong province, mainland media reported.

The girl, a third-grade pupil from Guangzhou, set out with nine adult swimmers at 5.40am last Wednesday, only three of whom were able to complete the full crossing.

Yihan had to overcome repeated jellyfish attacks and strong currents that delayed her arrival, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

The girl was inspired by her father, Zhou Zhenyu, who successfully completed the challenge – known as the “Everest of the Seas” – last year with his daughter travelling alongside him on a support vessel.

“I thought it was fun. I wanted to do it like him,” she said.

To prepare for the voyage, she spent six days a week training in a local swimming pool with her father and a professional coaching her.

Yihan, like the others taking part in the challenge, had a support boat alongside her, and her parents and coach travelled on board to offer support.

Individual swimmers were not allowed to climb on board these vessels and had to rest, eat and drink in the sea to complete the crossing successfully, although four of the adult swimmers took part in a relaying, each swimming for an hour at a time. Two others were unable to complete the crossing.

“I was bitten by a jellyfish when I was less than 1km away from the starting point. [I was bitten] more than 20 times, and I was a little worried. My coach and father took turns to swim in front of me to drive away the jellyfish,” she recalled.

“When the sea got rough halfway the waves kept me at the same point. I couldn’t move forward for quite a long time. My father was worried and asked me to get on board, but I didn’t want to quit. I wanted to keep going on,” she said.

She missed the planned landing point due to a strong current and arrived later than expected.

It took her father eight hours to finish the journey last year, and he had previously expected her to take about 11 hours to finish the crossing.

Her father had previously told Yangcheng Evening News that he had not encouraged his daughter to undertake the challenge, but once she had made up her mind to do it he and her mother had offered their full support.

Unlike many Chinese parents whose primary concern is their children’s academic performance, he said he did not want to put too much pressure on her at such a young age.

“We want to shape her via exercise, such as swimming, rock-climbing, trampolining and gymnastics,” he told the newspaper.

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Six medical staff, including a doctor, have been arrested in China on suspicion of illegally harvesting organs from a patient.

The patient, Li Ping, had been left brain-dead after her son attacked her with an axe in Anhui province in the country’s southeast in February last year, Thepaper.cn reported on Wednesday.

Li’s other son, Shi Xianglin, who was also wounded in the attack, said the family was told that they would be given 200,000 yuan (S$39,496) in “government subsidies” if they agreed to donate Li’s organs, and she was taken to a hospital in Nanjing where the procedure was carried out.

But he became suspicious after noticing that the form authorising the transplant had not been filled in correctly and contacted the China Organ Donation Administrative Centre.

He said the head of the intensive care unit in Huaiyan county, Yang Suxun, had told the family that he had applied for the “highest level” of government subsidies, but staff from the Red Cross, which helps run the organ donor centre, told him the government did not pay for donations.

“Organ donations are free. It is not possible to pay hundreds of thousands of yuan in compensation to the donor’s family,” Li Hu, the association’s Huaiyuan county branch head, said.

Shi reported his suspicion to the local health authority in June last year and an investigation was launched.

He also told investigators had also been sent a payment of 460,000 yuan through a middleman in an apparent attempt to buy his silence.

Yang and five unnamed employees from the Nanjing hospital have since been arrested and in May this year they were charged with insulting a body, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of three years. The case is yet to be tried.

The son who attacked Li was eventually sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison for the fatal attack, with the court ruling that his mental illness meant he had diminished responsibility.

China established a voluntary donation system in 2015 as part of a series of measures to address charges that it was permitting organ trafficking and harvesting them from executed prisoners. The process is now overseen by the China Organ Donation Administrative Centre, which is affiliated to the Red Cross Society.

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