their lawyers, saying they were not aware of Singer’s aims.
The Guos’ attorney, James Spertus, said Singer preyed on Chinese families who were not familiar with
the US education system, and he charged them sums far higher than those he received from his domestic clients.
In China, college admission is based largely on scores attained in the gaokao, the nati
onal college entrance examination, rather than a process involving essays, extracurricular activities and other factors.
Chinese students planning to apply for US colleges usually struggle with the persona
l essay, a critical part of the application process, because the US essay style is hugely different from the Chinese style.
Elizabeth Venturini, owner of Los Angeles admissions consultancy
College Career Results, said: “Unscrupulous college consultants know international stu
dents pay the full tuition price. If they can afford full tuition, they can afford their services.
“To command their high prices, they might promise a wealthy family that their child will
get into a top school by writing their essays, filling out their application, or through other unethical activities.”
tier city, we will expand to neighboring lower-tier cities. For example, we have developed ve
ry well in Xiamen (Fujian province), and based on this we will expand to smaller cities nearby,” he said.
About 70 percent of small-town youths live from paycheck to paycheck, and most of their money goe
s on household items, luxuries, entertainment and travel, according to a report on this age group rec
ently released by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China.
“They also like quality products, good brands and are interested in being trendset
ters,” said Sun Hongyan, a researcher at the China Youth and Children Research Center.
Sun, the main author of the report, said 35.5 percent of small-town youths use mob
ile phones or electronic devices that feature the latest designs from well-known brands.
rding to her, the average age of various professionals in gardens and sce
nic spots is 45 and positions like groundskeepers and display workers are often left open.
Also, the demand for horticulture professionals is growing as the market has boomed in the past 10 years.
So, as plant growers reach retirement age, there are too few gardeners ar
riving to replace them, says Zhao Shiwei, the chief engineer of the Beijing Institute of La
ndscape Architecture, the only municipal public welfare landscape research institute in Beijing.
“There’s an obvious gap in plant cultivation and maintenance talent in recent years, especially those who have an ove
rall understanding of horticulture landscape designs and garden flower cultivation,” he says.
Zhao also says that horticulture involves a wide range of fields, and a long period is needed to train professionals.
“More importantly, the work is relatively tedious for young professionals. Nowadays fewer young people are keen on th
e horticulture industry, and we are concerned that the industry is facing difficulty to attract and retain talent,” he adds.
As for front-line gardeners, many of them are known as “city farmers” as they need to weed and mulch for the plants.
in an abundance of caution, we will conduct high visibility patrols around synagog
uesa and other houses of worship,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted.
The Chabad of Poway website said the congregation i
s a center for Jewish people of all backgrounds. It was established in 1986.
Chabad offers a wide variety of educational and spiritual opportunities, including Torah
classes and lectures, Shabbaton dinners, and an array of family and social activities, according to the website.
Poway, about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, is the sa
fest city in the San Diego County and among the safest in the state of California based on FBI c
rime data and population statistics, according to report of The San Diego Union-Tribune, a local daily newspaper.