December 27, 1993 |
Taxes Raised on Property Profits: In a move that may throw cold water on China's fiery property investment sector, Beijing unveiled a tax law that could take a huge bite out of developers' profits. Starting Jan. 1, China will take as much as 67.34% of capital gains on land deals. Beijing says the law will reduce speculation.
June 25, 1987 |
Swimming pools in Beijing have been forced to stay closed this summer because of the soaring cost of scarce water, the China Daily said Wednesday. The city has increased charges for water use but forbids the public pools to raise their admission fees, making it unprofitable to open, it quoted pool managers as saying. It said one pool has reopened as a dry roller-skating rink, while sales of swimming suits have slumped in the capital.
July 7, 2002 |
After five hours of driving, night had finally caught up with us. Through the forest we caught glimpses of the lake and the flames of campfires, and by the time our high beams fell on our turnoff, we were ready to collapse. We unpacked the car and walked down to the dock. Huntington Lake, this unexpected gem in the middle of the High Sierra, lay before us, dark and still beneath the stars. It had been a spur-of-the-moment getaway, and we had been running late all day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1991 |
The environmental health division of Orange County's Health Care Agency performs routine unannounced inspections of the county's more than 6,000 restaurants, markets and other food establishments. When conditions violate state law or applicable county and municipal codes, inspectors can issue notices of violation. If inspectors find during an announced recheck that conditions cited in the notice have not been rectified, they can effectively close the business by suspending its health permit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2000
The environmental health division of Orange County's Health Care Agency performs routine, unannounced inspections of the county's more than 11,000 restaurants, markets and other food establishments. When conditions violate state law or applicable county and municipal codes, inspectors can issue notices of violation. If inspectors find during an announced recheck that conditions have not been corrected, they can effectively close the business by suspending its health permit.
September 29, 2010 |
It might be the most ambitious construction project in China since the Great Wall. The Chinese government is planning to reroute the nation's water supply, bringing water from the flood plains of the south and the snowcapped mountains of the west to the parched capital of Beijing. First envisioned by Mao Tse-tung in the 1950s and now coming to fruition, the South-North Water Diversion ? as it is inelegantly known in English ? has a price tag of more than $62 billion, twice as expensive as the famous Three Gorges Dam. It is expected to take decades to complete.