BEIJING Air Jordan For Sale Mens , May 21 (Xinhua) -- The 27th National Day for Helping the Disabled on Sunday draws attention to the well-being of those living with disabilities.
A reading party was held at the Capital Library of China in Beijing on Saturday afternoon. Some 30 volunteers took turns reading excerpts out loud from "How The Steel Was Tempered," sharing the classic with listeners who are visually impaired.
It was part of a program launched by the library in 2013 to share the beauty of reading with visually disabled people. A series of activities have been hosted, including reading, role playing games and dramatic performance.
The eastern province of Zhejiang has vowed that from 2016 to 2020, the government will help each of the 100,000 rural disabled who are living in poverty or have severe disabilities read one book and one newspaper, visit a park and an exhibition and participate in a cultural activity each year.
The social safety net for the disabled is also being strengthened across the country.
Liu Damao in Shangrao City, Jiangxi Province receives a minimum monthly government subsidy of 610 yuan (88.6 U.S. dollars) and also receives an additional 50 yuan in subsidies for disabled people living in poverty and another 50 yuan for people with severe disabilities each month.
"I cannot move freely, and all the procedures were handled by the government staff who came to my house," he said.
From 2011 to 2015, Jiangxi provided 186,000 disabled people who are living in poverty or have severe disabilities with the 50-yuan monthly subsidy.
The government of Beijing has been purchasing assistance services for the disabled from social organizations since 2014. In 2016, it bought services covering rehabilitation, care and legal services to benefit some 384,000 people.
According to a Chinese saying, it is more important to teach men to fish than serve them fish. Education and employment are also cornerstones in the effort to help the disabled.
In Beijing's Chaoyang District, a job fair exclusively catering to the disabled was held ahead of the National Day for Helping the Disabled.
More than 100 disabled job seekers came to learn about over 100 job vacancies at 21 organizations, and dozens of initial employment agreements were reached. They included jobs in graphic design, telephone operation, and finance and accounting.
At the Zhejiang Tianshun communication device company, 43 disabled workers were assembling optical fibre splice protection equipment. In addition to a monthly wage of 1,660 yuan per person, the company offers them free lunch and helps them pay social insurance.
According to Zheng Yao, an official with the Zhejiang Disabled Person's Federation, the province has established 940 support organizations for disabled employment, which have helped 18,400 people.
Local governments are also taking advantage of the booming e-commerce sector to help the disabled with employment.
Zhan Caixia in Pingxiang City, Jiangxi, took part in an e-commerce customer service training course organized by the local government. Although Zhan can only type with her feet and is not as efficient as others, she now makes about 500 yuan every month.
Jia Yaming, with the Jiangxi disabled person's federation, said Internet technology has opened a new door for the disabled, and e-commerce is an ideal employment choice for many.
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Golf's return to the Olympic Games after 112 years may not be as triumphant as many in the sport hoped.
The top four players in the men's game - Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy - have controversially opted to skip the competition.
Three of them cited fears of Zika, the mosquito-borne virus spreading rapidly in the Americas, while Spieth blamed more general health concerns.
Some critics, including the great Gary Player who is South Africa's Olympic captain, have suggested the absence of the top four and several others may have more to do with the lack of prize money in the Games event.
Blow to business
The no-shows represent another blow to the business of golf that has suffered since the global economic downturn and from the nosedive in form and injury struggles of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.
The sport is struggling to grow as youngsters gravitate toward other pastimes such as soccer, with sales of golf apparel and equipment having fallen for several years.
The US "golf economy" declined 9.4 percent from $75.6 billion to $68.8 billion from 2005 to 2011, according to a report prepared by research institute SRI International.
Flagging sales have led companies such as -Adidas AG to scale back golf investments.
Adidas said in May it would jettison its golf equipment brands including TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth. The company toiled in its bid to sell these brands, Reuters has previously reported.
A global event like the Olympic Games might have been expected to give the industry a much-needed boost.
Many in the sport have fought tooth and nail for decades to mobilize a worldwide effort to get golf back into the Games, Player said in April.
"Players today make so much [money] and should be giving back," he said.
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