【150722】第51期: Thousands flock to donate sperm on Taobao's new service

绝望罗勒 (布丁小葵) 资深达人
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发表于:2015-07-22 16:10 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

因为想考翻译证,最近很喜欢看China Daily,也很喜欢把China Daily中颇有意思的新闻抄录下来练笔。 之前用茄子说的方法,把新闻中不懂的单词抄下来,以首字母排好,然后按字母顺序一个一个地背。这样在背完A字母的单词后,看新闻就不会再出现一个以A开头而我又不懂的单词了。这个方法听起来好像很玄乎,但真照着做了大半年,发现现在看新闻真的几乎没有一个不懂的以A开头的单词了。好神奇~

当然,我不是说茄子说这个方法真有多好,只是觉得把背单词和看新闻结合在一起,还挺有意思的,而且从某个奇怪的方面而言,可是相当有成就感的哦!因为新闻的用语比较固定,同一类话题中,单词出现的重复率可是相当高的哦!

熊孩子,趁着立夏的热量,开始学习吧!

 

Please write down your wild guess on words below, and check it out after reading news.

paternity

subsidy

saliva

 

Thousands flock to donate sperm on Taobao's new service

There seems no limit to what can be bought via Taobao, China's largest online retailer. The e-commerce player has pushed the boundaries further by offering services including paternity tests and sperm donation.

More than 20,000 men made appointments to donate sperm within three days after Taobao launched the offer. The website also attracted 137 customers for paternity tests and 4,060 for sperm fertility testing.

The deal, available from last Wednesday to Friday, was jointly offered by Taobao and KingMed Diagnostics, China's biggest third-party medical laboratory group.

Within 72 hours, 22,017 men had signed up for sperm donations at one of seven sperm banks nationwide. Some 69 percent of donors were from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Volunteers only need provide their name, last six digits of their ID card and email address to complete registration, avoiding an embarrassing first visit. Each volunteer will receive a subsidy of between 3,000 and 5,000 yuan ($483- 805) following their donation.

Paternity testing services, costing 699 yuan, were bought by 137 customers at much lower than the average cost of about 4,000 yuan.

After an order is lodged, a testing kit is sent to the customer who only needs to collect and send a saliva sample to a test center. The result will be ready in 10 working days.

Demand for the test is on the rise due to strict household registration policies and traditional values focusing on family ties. They are a prerequisite for getting a hukou, or household registration, for those without birth certificates.

The project is the first attempt at O2O (Online to Offline) business by Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited, formerly known as CITIC 21CN Company Limited.

The Hong Kong-listed drug information business was acquired by China's e-commerce giant Alibaba in April 2014.

Alibaba, also owner of Taobao, has set its sights on the online health market as more Chinese seek professional care, buy wellness products and use mobile gadgets to monitor their fitness.

The company rolled out a three-hour delivery service for healthcare goods in five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai in May. The service is expected to expand to 19 cities by the end of 2015, Alibaba said.

 

I'm quite startled when reading this news. No offense taken, and true I think sperm donation is a kind of civilization development especially when connecting to issues like human reproduction and establishment of family links, but, em...I can't believe that it happened in China, at least not now. I got this conclusion not considering on the only child policy strictly implemented in 1980s, it just seems weired for a country which is striving to develop fast, but still pay too much attention to something - maybe important somehow, but definitely not urgent before getting all her people to lead a relatively prosperious life.

 

 

答题区

1、What is the meaning of "paternity" in the news?
2、What is the meaning of "subsidy"?
3、Which part of our body has linkage with "saliva"?
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