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Farmer spends 16 years studying law by himself so he could sue a powerful chemical firm for 'polluting his land' - and...

A Chinese farmer has spent 16 years studying law by himself so he could sue a chemical company for allegedly polluting his land. Wang Enlin, who had just three years of education, has won the first instance in a high-profile case against state-owned Qihua Group, reported the People’s Daily Online. Although Qihua Group, whose assets exceed two billion yuan (£233 million), has appealed against the decision, the elderly man said he is determined to seek justice for himself and his neighbours who could no longer grow healthy crops on their contaminated land. Mr Wang, who is in his 60s, lives in the Yushutun village on the outskirts of Qiqihar in the Heilongjiang Province, according to People’s Daily Online, which cited China Youth Daily. The man said he would forever remember the year of 2001 when his land was flooded by the toxic waste discharged by Qihua Group. It was the eve of the Lunar New Year, and Mr Wang was playing cards and making dumplings with his neighbours. All of sudden, they realised that the house they were in was flooded by the wastewater from the nearby Qihua factory.

The wastewater also flooded part of the farmland in the village. According to the report, a government document from 2001 claimed that the affected farmland ‘can not be used for a long time’ due to the pollution. Between 2001 to 2016, it has been suggested that Qihua continued to dump hazardous waste into the village, whose residents rely upon agriculture for a living.

The company produced polyvinyl chloride and released 15,000 to 20,000 tons of chemical waste every year, the report said. Qihua has also reportedly created a 71-acre wasteland with calcium carbide residue and a 478-acre pond with its liquid waste. In 2001, Mr Wang wrote a letter to the Land Resources Bureau of Qiqihar to complain about the pollution Qihua had brought to his village. He said while dealing with the local officials, he was repeatedly asked to produce evidence to prove that the village’s land had been polluted. Mr Wang told a reporter: 'I knew I was in the right, but I did not know what law the other party had broken or whether or not there was evidence.’ He received the interview in his small home which he spent 50 yuan (£5.8) per month renting from the village’s authority. As a result, Mr Wang decided to study law by himself, an endeavor he would carry on pursuing for the next 16 years. The farmer, who had dropped out of primary school at the third grade, started reading through a dozen law books with the help of a dictionary.

At the time, he did not have money to buy the books, so he spent day after day reading the books at the local book store and copying the relevant information by hand, according to the man. In return, he would give bags of free corn to the shopkeeper for letting him stay there. Not only that, he also used the legal knowledge he had learnt to help his neighbours gather evidence. Their farms had also been polluted by Qihua Group, said Mr Wang. In 2007, a Chinese law firm specialised in handling pollution-related cases started providing free legal advice to Mr Wang and his neighbours. They also agreed to help the villagers file petition to the court. However due to unspecified complications, the court only began processing Mr Wang and his neighbours’ case in 2015 - eight years after the original petition had been made, People’s Daily Online reported. Thanks to the evidence Mr Wang had gathered in the 16 years, Mr Wang and his neighbours apparently won the first instance. The Angangxi District Court of Qiqihar ruled that the families in Yushutun village would receive financial compensation from Qihua Group amounting 820,000 yuan (£96,000). The date of the first instance was not revealed in the report. Qihua Group has appealed against the court’s decision. The case is being processed at the Angangxi District Court as of writing. A determined Mr Wang told the reporter: “We will certainly win. Even if we lose, we will continue to battle.”

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Since there’s been some interest in the print copy, I’d just like to make an announcement that they are on sale. Each copy comes with three bookmarks, which are available while stocks last. (The print copies are currently only available in Chinese and Japanese. Flowers not included.)
Comparison of thickness of the book with coins from left to right: One quarter USD, one pound GBP, 50 yen JPY, 1 yuan RMB, 10 sen MYR, 50 cents SGD. Final shot is a comparison of the different currencies with a 1 yuan coin (the approx thickness).

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Happy Headcanons About Lin
  1. Her officers adore and respect her to the point that, when Raiko got pissed at Lin and suggested replacing her, he was bombarded by officers informing him they would quit if he fired her. 
  2. Her closest friend in the city is a teacher at a Kyoshi dojo. Once a month, the pair of them get together, spar, and go out to dinner. Lin is godmother to one of her friend’s children and has attended all of the children’s weddings. 
  3. On Saturday afternoons, Lin throws on exercise clothes and heads down to the community center in the city’s poorest borough. There she teaches a hand-to-hand self-defense class, mainly to young women. The class is always full, Lin always stays late, and it always makes her feel like she’s doing something right when she sees the young women grow in self-confidence over the course of the class. She’s often helped her students in other ways - finding a decent job, encouraging them to stay in school and helping them study after practice, making sure they know they’re capable of anything. 
  4. She has a knack for matchmaking. No less than four of her Captains and numerous other officers met their significant others via Lin. It’s odd, but she intuitively knows when two people will be a good match. And she likes seeing her people happy. (Mako and Korra? Lin could have called that breakup on day 1. Korra and Asami…well, Bumi now owes Lin 50 yuans.)
  5. Lin doesn’t mind living alone, for the most part. From time to time, yes, she does get lonely. But honestly, it’s nice to have her house to herself without anyone to complain if she leaves her shoes in the middle of the room or plays music at 11 PM because she’s a bit of night owl. Everything is decorated to her taste, and she doesn’t have to worry about anyone else’s needs/wants when she comes home. 
  6. As for lovers/romance, Lin isn’t single from lack of choice. She’s single because she doesn't want to be married at this point in her life. She’s gotten used to being able to make personal decisions without consulting anyone else. However, that doesn’t mean she has kept either her bed or her heart empty. She’s simply discreet about her lovers because it’s no one’s business except hers and her partner’s, keep your nose out of it got it?
  7. About once a week, after work, Lin picks a direction at random and starts walking. She wanders through her city, no particular destination in mind, just appreciating her city and its people. She has dinner at some family-owned business or pub before wandering home along another path. It helps her stay acquainted with her city as well as immersing her in its day-to-day heartbeat. It’s not uncommon for her to be recognized and greeted warmly by people on the street. 
  8.  Her job is stressful, no doubt about that. Lin often meets people on the very worst days of their lives and, even more often, she is reminded of the depraved depths of humankind. But despite the negatives, it’s a job worth doing. She’s learned to value the small victories: one abuser removed from his family, one playground reclaimed for the kids from the Triads, one man’s life savings recovered from a conman. She would never consider herself a hero - nor does she desire to be - but she can make the city a little safer, help people sleep a little sounder, bring a little justice and security where it’s needed most. 

Trailer for “The Empress of China” Released Today

A trailer for the highly anticipated TV drama “The Empress of China” starring Fan Bing Bing, has been released in the mainland.

The 90 second clip shows the cast dressed in costumes of antiquity against the backdrop of ancient China.

Based on events from the 7th and 8th-century Tang Dynasty “The Empress of China” tells the story of Wu Mei Niang, who struggled in her life, but rose to become China’s only female emperor, ruling the whole country for almost half a century.

Producer Fan Bing Bing plays the role of the emperor. The drama also stars Aarif Lee, Zhang Feng Yi, and Li Chen.

It is said that production cost close to 300 million yuan – nearly 50 million US dollars - to recreate the Tang Dynasty.

A release date is yet to be confirmed.

Watch trailer here

While Korra’s in a wheelchair she makes it her first priority to strengthen her arms so she can at least wheel herself around which is perfect because it’s going to come in handy when she challenges Asami to a wheelchair race.

and immediately Korra already looks for some way to gain the upper hand because unfortunately she’s not in top condition which means Asami might actually win and can’t have that so “Mako, I need you to lend me your gloves right now. They’ll give me better grip on my chair.” and Mako’s like “You too? Asami just telephoned me said she’d pay me 50 yuans to borrow them for the afternoon.”

After laying out the course on the temple, Kai points out there’s a lot of stairs to which she could potentially fall down and get hurt all over again and Korra’s like “Yes, I know, why do you think I’ve enlisted all you airbenders at different stations to make sure we don’t fall? You saved my ass once, do it again.”

The race is the most stressful thing in Bumi’s life. He was in the military he was in the goddamn army and he’s never been so stressed out in his entire life. trying to make sure the avatar doesn’t fall out of her fucking wheelchair and die tumbling down a million stairs. Kya’s on standby looking just as nervous that she’s going to have to try and re-do a month’s worth of physical therapy. 

Korra wins. She’s pretty sure it was ‘cause Jinora was giving her an extra airboost, but shhh no one has to know.