s a competitive soccer player. He paid former Yale women’s soccer coach Rudolph Mered
ith $400,000 to pass Guo off as a recruited player, despite Guo never having played soccer competitively.
Guo has since been expelled by Yale. Meredith resigned and pleaded guilty to federal fraud-related charges.
Neither the Guos nor the Zhaos have been charged in the investigation, which was
made public in March. Federal prosecutors have charged 50 people in six states, inc
luding 33 parents who allegedly paid a total of $25 million to Singer between 2011 and February this year.
The typical sum ranges from $15,000 to $75,000 per child for rigged college entrance exams, and $100,00
0 to $400,000 per child for what Singer called his “side door” to admission-guaranteed access to top institutions. M
ost international students gain admission through the “front door”-doing it on their own.
In court, Singer admitted using his charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to collect payments from parents and bribin
g coaches and others. He has pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges and is awaiting sentencing.
Parents who have pleaded guilty or agreed to do so include the preside
nt of a California real estate company and his wife, and the actress Felicity Huffman.
she buys cosmetics, handbags and clothing from top brands through cross-border e-commer
ce platforms every month. Sometimes, she drives for one to two hours to neighboring bigger cities, such a
s Wuxi in Jiangsu, and Shanghai for shopping. She also plans two or three overseas trips every year.
“I don’t have any housing or car loans, and don’t have to worry about daily costs, as I live with my parents. I usually spend all my sa
lary on daily consumption and entertainment, which is quite common for people such as myself,” she said.
Jason Yu, managing director of Kantar Worldpanel, said small-to
wn youths look to the internet for the latest information, products and lifest
yles. The gap between young people in lower-tier cities and those in metropolises has narrowed greatly.
“Small-town youths now have broader horizons, are well informed, and some have even started to lead ‘avant-garde’ lifestyles,” he said.
tinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.
Industry insiders said that the rapid development of internet technology in C
hina and people’s heavy use of online shopping, mobile payment and banking servic
es have allowed e-visa services to take root quickly in the country.
“Such services, which save the time and trouble of sending passpo
rts and paper documents back and forth, suit the young groups, who usually don’t plan for a trip far ahe
ad of time,” said Li Ailing, founder of lvyouquan.com, which provides tourism information to agencies.
Objectivity and impartiality were emphasized in the latest draft revisions to the Judge
s Law and the Procurators Law submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
According to the drafts, judges should adjudicate based on facts and t
he law, guided by objectivity and impartiality. Procurators should do the same.
Procurators must strictly ensure that crimes are punished only under the law, and protect hum
an rights. They must prosecute criminals while protecting the innocent from criminal prosecution, the draft revisions say.
of last year, all but nine of 6,251 violations that inspectors found had been corrected, at a total investment of 41 billion yuan ($6.1 billion) in 31 provincial regions.
According to the top environmental watchdog, 3,740 industrial enterprises wer
e relocated and 1,883 wastewater outlets were shut down during the campaign.
“In the long run, the campaign will help curb pollution at sites that supply drinking
water and prevent more of them from being abandoned due to pollution,” Ma from the institute said.
There are specific dos and don’ts at these sites, but some of the restrictions will be lifted if they cease to be sources of drinking water.
Researchers should strictly follow the standards and code of conduct of scientific researc
h and not embezzle or misuse scientific research funds, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.
They should not commit fraud to obtain a research project, research fund and other awards or honorary titles, the ministry said.