Thursday, October 14, 2004

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Copyright 2004 PR Newswire Association, Inc. PR Newswire October 8, 2004, Friday 3:38 AM Eastern Time FINANCIAL NEWSTO HEALTH AND MEDICAL EDITORS795 words

In China, Road Accidents Claim More Than 600 Lives Every DayWithout Urgent Intervention This Could Be 1300 Lives Each Day, By 2020BEIJING, Oct. 8 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The World Health Organization estimates that more than 600 lives are lost and more than 45,000 people are injured on China's roads every day. The huge road toll in China is just a part of a global epidemic of road traffic accidents that accounts for the deaths of some 1.2 million men, women, and children each year.The burden of traffic injuries and death falls most heavily on low- and middle-income countries -- they have about 90% of all road traffic deaths and disabilities. That could soon rise to 95% if the problem is not confronted. Road traffic fatalities in China are predicted to increase to almost half a million deaths each year by 2020 unless urgent action is taken.Beyond the loss of human life, poor road safety has an enormous economic impact. Annual direct and indirect costs have been estimated at between $US 12 to 21 billion, approximately 1.5% of China's GNP.

Living china>Shanghai>Shanghai News Digest

Grand Prix brings more than race to Shanghai
By Li Jian (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-09-27 08:31

A total of 200,000 spectators crowded into the newly-built Shanghai International Circuit to watch the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix.

The enthusiasm of the spectators peaked when Rubens Barrichello's red Ferrari roared to the grid for the last lap, followed by BAR's Jenson Button and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen.

"I am going through a good phase and here in China. Everything has gone well all weekend," said Barrichello after his victory. "The reception we have had from the Chinese people has been fantastic."

"I think the circuit and the game is amazing," said Zhang Zhongfang, a spectator from Shanghai.

Although the price of admission to the race averaged 2,500 yuan (US$300), tickets were sold out several months ago.

Shanghai Circuit reportedly earned more than 300 million (US$36 million.)

The race also brought income for Shanghai's hotels, land investors and tourism agencies.

A total of 150,000 visitors arrived in Shanghai to see the F1 competition. Most of the hotels in Shanghai have been fully booked from early this month and prices have risen.

The land price in Anting, where the circuit was build, has tripled and is likely to rise even more.

Shanghai is looking for additional motor racing events to promote its image and its automobile industry.


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