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Ma Long announces birth of son

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:14

Chinese table tennis world champion Ma Long announced Sunday his son has been born.

The 29-year-old posted a picture of two adult hands holding a smaller one via Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging site, with a simple caption: "Hello, brother!"

Ma tied the knot with his girlfriend of eight years earlier this year. His wife gave birth on Friday.

Ma defended his title at the World Table Tennis Championships in June and won the men's table tennis singles at the 13th Chinese National Games in September.

After a clean sweep victory in the men's singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ma became the fifth player to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cup. He joined Sweden's Jan-Ove Waldner and China's Liu Guoliang, Kong Linghui and Zhang Jike in this achievement. Additionally, he became the first male player — and second overall —to have won every singles title in table tennis.

8 killed in South China fire

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:00

GUANGZHOU - Eight people have been killed in a fire in Haifeng county of South China's Guangdong province, local authorities said Sunday.

The fire broke out in a community in Gongping Township at 3:30 am Saturday. It was put out around 5:30 am, according to the county publicity department.

One person died at the scene, and one died on the way to the hospital. Another six died after being taken to the hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Students stage traditional Han-style show on bullet train

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 03:23
A student from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation poses for a picture in traditional Han costume on the D4252 train from Chengdu to Xi'an on Dec 9, 2017. [Photo/chinanews.com]

More than 20 students from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation staged a fashion show in traditional Han costumes and train attendant uniforms Saturday onboard a train along the newly opened high-speed railway linking Xi'an and Chengdu.

The students, majoring as train attendants, were volunteers for the train carriage, themed on the style of the Qin and Han dynasties.

A student from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation poses for a picture in traditional Han costume on the D4252 train from Chengdu to Xi'an. [Photo/chinanews.com] Students from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation pose for a picture in traditional Han costumes on the D4252 train from Chengdu to Xi'an on Dec 9, 2017. [Photo/chinanews.com] Students from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation pose for a picture in train attendant uniforms on the D4252 train from Chengdu to Xi'an. [Photo/chinanews.com] Students from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation pose for a picture in traditional Han costumes on the D4252 train. [Photo/chinanews.com] Students from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation pose for a picture in traditional Han costumes on the train. [Photo/chinanews.com] Students from Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation pose for a picture in train attendant uniforms. [Photo/chinanews.com]

China's civil service exam: Can you answer these questions?

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 01:58

 

Chinese examinees walk towards an exam site to attend the 2015 China national civil service examination in Nanjing city, East China's Jiangsu province, Nov 30, 2014. [Photo/IC]

Guokao, or China's national civil service exam, takes place on Sunday. It is China's national level exam to enroll government employees. It attracts a large number of candidates each year because government jobs, dubbed "iron rice bowls", mean guaranteed job security, steady income and benefits.

If you think your college exam was tough, then brace yourself for this. If you think your high school exam was nerve-wracking, then this would make you sweat from every part of your body.

It's China's national civil service exam, or guokao.

There are 135 multiple-choice questions that candidates have to answer in two hours, which means there's less than a minute to answer each question. But that's not all. The questions cover wide range of topics, including math, world affairs, language, and logic.

Now, before you start thinking that it doesn't sound that difficult, there's more. This is just one part. Apart from the multiple-choice test, there are three hours of essay writing.

All the tests are designed to comprehensively assess the candidates' abilities, including psychological potentials, ability to read, analyze and solve the problems.

So now that we have provided a taste of the test, how about dipping your toe into the actual thing? Here are some of the questions that civil servants slog through to get the coveted government job.

How about giving them a shot?

1.Observe the images below and pick out the right one that belongs to the blank or the group.

 

 

 

Hint: Each row has shared shapes. First row is round; second is triangle; third is quadrangle

Answer: B

2.Observe the images below and pick out the right one that belongs to the blank or the group.

 

 

 

Hint: From left to right, there're increasing numbers of small shapes in each image. 1. One round 2. Two quadrangles 3. Three candle-shaped images 4. Four trapezoids 5. Five triangles. The image with six small shapes will be the right answer.

Answer: A

3.Observe the images below and pick out the right one that belongs to the given group.

 

 

 

Hint: In the left, four images, it's the mirror image of number 1, 2, 3, 4. Hence we need to find the mirror image of 5.

Answer: C

4.Observe the images below and pick out the right one that belongs to the blank or the group.

 

 

 

Hint: Look at the image row by row from left to the right. The faces are turning 90 degrees one by one. Eyes are opposite from the first one to the second one on each row. The mouths are opposite from the second to the third on each row.

Answer: C

 

Candidates in Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, review before last year's national civil service exam held on Nov 29, 2015.[Photo/IC]

 

What about an analogy question?

5. Which one is the wrong match between the idioms and economic terms?

A. Spilt water cannot be gathered up again – Opportunity cost

B. One nation can't have two queens – Complete monopoly

C. Entering a room full of fragrant orchids and getting used to the sweet smell -- Diminishing marginal utility

D. When the city gate catches fire, the fish in the moat suffer -- Negative external effects

Hint: Match the meaning of the idioms and the economic terms.

Answer: A

Now let's see how well you know about history.

6. What is the possible situation that can happen?

A. Greeks watch World Cup in the stadium when the Revolution of 1911 happened

B. Chinese college students listen to radio by semiconductor receivers during the May 4th Movement

C. During the Cold War, a Soviet cinema shows a color movie

D. During the Vietnam War, Americans can surf the internet on computers

Hint: You need to know about that period to make the call.

Answer: C

Are you already tired of all this? One last question to test if your instinct of language is good.

7. The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami showed humans the power of the nature. Although we have islands and submerged reefs as natural barriers to tsunamis, we need to be prepared for potential dangers. Sometimes the earthquake in the deep ocean does not cause any loss as the epicenter is far from the land, but the tsunami generated by the displacement of the water can cause huge damage. Tsunami waves can move at 800 km per hour in the ocean and can be several meters high. The main argument in the paragraph above is

A. Earthquakes and tsunamis warn people to pay attention to the ocean

B. Earthquakes and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean warn us to focus more on oceanography

C. Tsunamis generated by earthquakes can cause huge damages

D. Natural disaster is cruel

Answer: B

So, what was your final score? Were you able to crack some of the answers? If you got most of them right then you certainly deserve the 'iron rice bowl'. If you got few correct ones then start brushing up your knowledge by reading China Daily every day. If you found all the questions hard then just blame the education system.

China uncovers $967m of irregular local govt debts in Q3

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:48

BEIJING - China has uncovered irregular local government debts worth of over 6.4 billion yuan (about $967 million), authorities said.

Five local governments in Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Gansu, Hunan and Hainan provinces had raised the sum of debts through irregularly offering commitment letters, according to an audit report in the third quarter by the National Audit Office (NAO).

The audit findings also showed that ten cities and counties in Yunnan, Hunan and Jilin provinces as well as Chongqing Municipality had inflated their fiscal revenues by a total of 1.5 billion yuan.

At the same time, around 800 million yuan had been recouped after auditors found that the Anji county in east China's Zhejiang Province had exaggerated the investment volume and borrowed the money from banks against relevant rules. Four people held accountable had been punished, the NAO said.

Man tricked into buying ghost money for 220,000 yuan

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:33

TAIYUAN - Police in North China's Shanxi province have seized three people who swindled a man out of over 220,000 yuan and tricked him into buying "illicit cash" which turns out to be ghost money.

Police in the city of Jinzhong said Saturday they also seized 16 phones and around 1 million yuan ($151,000) of fake notes.

The suspects, all from Anhui Province, confessed they have lured targets and sold fake notes or ghost money to them, fabricating the fake money to be cash involved in corruption cases, since the beginning of this year.

Police started investigating the case in late November when a man surnamed Zhang said he paid more than 220,000 yuan for "1-million-yuan illicit cash," which later he found to be ghost money, or joss paper which is burned as an offering to help the dead in their afterlife.

Further investigation into the case is under way.

Mongolian ethnic clothing weaves together tradition, innovation

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:28
Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com]

HOHHOT - Uyun poses and takes selfies with her friends backstage at a traditional ethnic clothing competition in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

"We made all these clothes by hand. It's a family thing and a tradition on the prairie," said Uyun, 55, who teamed up with her friends for the competition at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival held in the regional capital of Hohhot last week.

"As herders, we learned to make traditional Mongolian clothing as little girls," said Uyun, who is ethnic Mongolian from Hulun Buir City.

Temperatures in Hulun Buir can plummet to minus 40 degrees Celsius in winter.

"Only these, with lambswool lining, can help us keep warm," she said.

Uyun's friend, Ulangolwa, 53, said she taught her daughter the craft when she was young, and now the younger woman makes a living from it.

Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com]

First held in 2003, the annual event aims to promote and protect Mongolian clothing. During this year's event, a seminar was held to discuss the status, trends, and protection of ethnic clothing.

Designer Ma Yonghua, owner of a Mongolian clothing company in Xingan League, was among the attendees.

The 27-year-old used to be a nurse and switched to costume design due to her passion for Mongolian clothing and tradition.

"I persuaded my parents and sold my apartment to fund the company," said Ma.

Ma said she respects tradition in making clothing. For example, cloud patterns should only be embroidered on the collar, rather than on trousers, to represent clouds' position in the sky and show awe of nature.

"In making Mongolian clothing, one should follow standards and know both how and why," Ma said.

While preserving the old, she is also creating new things.

Ma is working on Mongolian-style school uniforms featuring ethnic elements, but in soft and stretchy modern materials, rather than traditional leather and silk.

"Only when children love our traditional ethnic clothing will we be able to protect and develop it," said Zhang Yanru with the region's tourism development commission.

Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com]

A competition for Mongolian-style primary and middle school uniforms was held for the first time during this year's festival, Zhang said.

In Xilingol League, the local government has established a "Mongolian Clothing Day" in Mongolian-language primary schools and kindergartens. On the day, students are encouraged to wear Mongolian clothing to school.

Courses on Mongolian clothing design and production are now offered in middle schools and vocational schools, said Uzhitunasun, director of the league's tourism development commission.

According to him, over 137,000 herders, or about a third of the population on the prairie in Xilingol League, still wear Mongolian clothing in their daily lives. More than 50,000 people in the league are engaged in Mongolian clothing production.

With a history of more than 800 years, Mongolian clothing was added to China's list of intangible cultural heritage in 2008. In 2012, the region issued a set of standards for making the clothing.

"Mongolian clothing is a symbol of Mongolians' nomadic life through history," said Zhang Yanru.

There are 28 Mongolian tribes in Inner Mongolia. Influenced by different climates, history and traditions, every tribe has unique clothing designs.

There is still a lack of designers of traditional Mongolian clothing, said Zhang Minghua, deputy director with Hohhot's tourism development commission.

Not many students majoring in costume design choose Mongolian clothing as their career, she said, "So we must encourage and train more students to do it."

Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com] Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com] Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com] Models present traditional ethnic clothing at the 14th Mongolian Costume Festival in the regional capital of Hohhot, Nov 27, 2017.  [Photo/chinanews.com]

Large Danxia landform discovered in NW China

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 00:00
Photo taken on Sept 27, 2017 shows the Danxia landform in Fugu county, Northwest China's Shaanxi province. Geologists in Shaanxi province have found a new Danxia landform, characterized by reddish sandstone features, thought to be the largest such site in the country. [Photo/Xinhua]

XI'AN - Geologists in Northwest China's Shaanxi province have found a new Danxia landform, characterized by reddish sandstone features, thought to be the largest such site in the country.

The S-shaped site, which features a rugged red landscape that emerged from river silt deposits dating back more than 99 million years, runs from Yulin city in the north of Shaanxi to the center of the province, the provincial land and resources department announced Saturday.

With an outcrop area of over 4,000 square kilometers, the landscape extends 750 kilometers from north to south and 10 to 70 kilometers from east to west.

The landform was found in September and October. Its bulk lies in several counties administered by Yan'an city.

Geologists said the newly discovered Danxia landform appears as groups of valleys and is different from those found in south China, which were inscribed collectively as a World Heritage Site in 2010.

Photo taken on Sept 27, 2017 shows the Danxia landform in Zhongji township of Shenmu city, Northwest China's Shaanxi province.  [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Photo taken on Sept 27, 2017 shows the Danxia landform in Ansai district of Yan'an City, Northwest China's Shaanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Photo taken on Sept 27, 2017 shows the Danxia landform in Zhidan county, Northwest China's Shaanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Photo taken on Sept 27, 2017 shows the Danxia landform in Zhongji township of Shenmu city, Northwest China's Shaanxi province.  [Photo/Xinhua]

Su Hui elected chairperson of Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 15:08

BEIJING -- Su Hui was elected chairperson of the central committee of the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League at its 10th national congress, which concluded Saturday.

Su, 61, also serves as member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, and vice president of the All-China Federation of Taiwan Compatriots.

She used to work at the Bureau of Finance and the Bureau of Statistics of Beijing.

Founded in 1947, the league is one of the eight non-Communist political parties in the Chinese mainland. It consists of Taiwanese living in the mainland.

The league will, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, firmly advocate the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics, Su said.

It will advance exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait and promote contact in fields such as business and commerce, medical care and culture in Taiwan to promote cross-Strait affinity, she said.

As a participating political party, the league will also contribute to completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects as well as national reunification and rejuvenation, she said.

Two injured snow leopard cubs rescued in Tibet

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:59

LHASA -- Two injured snow leopard cubs are recovering after being rescued in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

The felines, which are on China's top protection list, will be released when they can survive in the wild, according to their caretaker, Tangzhub Cering, with the forestry bureau of Biru County.

On Oct. 22, a herder in Biru found the injured animals when his sheep and cattle were grazing. He brought the pair to the bureau.

The veteran wild animal rescuer cleaned the wounds of the cubs, which were three months old at the time, and fed them fresh beef and skim milk.

"In the first two days, they neither drank nor ate. I was very worried," he said.

Now the cubs also eat eggs and fodder, and their feeding costs have been covered by the local government.

The pair was named Princess Snow Mountain and Prince Snow Mountain.

China is home to between 2,000 and 2,500 snow leopards, which are scattered in Xinjiang, Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan and Inner Mongolia. Both the number of snow leopards and their habitat area in China account for more than half of the global total.

Photovoltaic project in Zhejiang starts power supply

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 12:54
Photo taken on Dec. 8, 2017 shows photovoltaic panels in Gulong Village of Hongqiao Township in Changxing County, east China's Zhejiang Province. The photovoltaic project, which covers an area of 485 mu (32 hectares) with an estimated power output of 19 million kwh every year, has started supplying power to local grid. [Photo/Xinhua] Photo taken on Dec. 8, 2017 shows photovoltaic panels in Gulong Village of Hongqiao Township in Changxing County, east China's Zhejiang Province. The photovoltaic project, which covers an area of 485 mu (32 hectares) with an estimated power output of 19 million kwh every year, has started supplying power to local grid. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Photo taken on Dec. 8, 2017 shows photovoltaic panels in Gulong Village of Hongqiao Township in Changxing County, east China's Zhejiang Province. The photovoltaic project, which covers an area of 485 mu (32 hectares) with an estimated power output of 19 million kwh every year, has started supplying power to local grid. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Photo taken on Dec. 8, 2017 shows photovoltaic panels in Gulong Village of Hongqiao Township in Changxing County, east China's Zhejiang Province. The photovoltaic project, which covers an area of 485 mu (32 hectares) with an estimated power output of 19 million kwh every year, has started supplying power to local grid. [Photo/Xinhua]

Intensive CPC training program to improve governance in new era

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:50

BEIJING -- The Communist Party of China (CPC) earlier this month launched its first training session for provincial and ministerial officials, also known as the "key few," since the 19th CPC National Congress concluded in October.

The program at the CPC Central Committee Party School is expected to train provincial CPC chiefs, governors and ministers in seven education sessions from December until April of next year.

The program aims to help these leading officials better study and implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as well as the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress.

Addressing the opening of the session Wednesday, Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, required officials to apply what they learn in implementing decisions and policies of the CPC Central Committee and urged a spirit of "driving nails."

"'Driving nails' refers to perseverance, precision, the ability and willingness to act right away," said an official taking the courses who was not willing to be identified.

The 89-million-member CPC is leading China toward a final victory in finishing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and building a great modern socialist country by the middle of the century, as detailed in a blueprint unveiled during its 19th National Congress.

"It (the blueprint) entails new responsibilities and achievements in a new era," said Professor Wang Yukai, with the Chinese Academy of Governance.

Such intensive training sessions are important for senior officials to gain a systematic understanding of the congress spirit, adapt to a way of thinking for the new era, apply new development concepts and better advance reform, he noted.

Under China's political system, provincial and ministerial officials play a key role in the country's governance. And policies can only achieve their designed effects once they are instilled into each level of governance.

For more than a decade, the CPC has arranged special education programs for provincial and ministerial officials, which are usually devoted to a significant strategy of the CPC Central Committee.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress in November 2012, the CPC Central Committee Organization Department has directly sponsored more than 1,100 sessions at the Party School, with total attendance of more than 65,000 officials, including 7,180 at the provincial and ministerial level.

According to the agenda of the ongoing session, participants will study Xi's speeches and attend lectures and discussions.

Many heavyweights have been invited to give lectures, such as Chen Xi, head of the CPC Central Committee Organization Department, and Huang Kunming, head of the CPC Central Committee Publicity Department.

"The 'key few' are just like locomotives," said netizen "caogendaren" on microblog Weibo. "Only when the locomotives are heading in the correct direction can we ensure the train marches forward without deviation or derailment."

China-EU launch work on industry park plan in Shenzhen

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 02:00

China and the European Union have begun joint work on an industry park in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, to boost their cooperation in the marine economy.

Land reclamation for the China-EU Blue Industry Park is underway in Baoan district and is to be done around 2020. By 2025, it will be fully operational, according to the Shenzhen Urban Planning and Design Institute, which designed the 1-square-kilometer park.

The plan was announced at the 2017 China-EU Blue Industry Cooperation Forum that opened in Shenzhen on Friday and will conclude on Saturday. Hosted by China’s State Oceanic Administration, the event is the first of its kind between China and EU, attracting nearly 300 Chinese officials, experts and company executives as well as more than 60 EU representatives.

The park is intended to facilitate international cooperation in marine industries and improve scientific and technological research on marine resources, said Zhang Zhanhai, head of the administration’s Strategic Planning and Marine Economy Department. The program was initiated by the Shenzhen government and has been endorsed by his administration and the EU’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

“The European side will spread information on the park among European enterprises and research entities involved in marine industries and will also recommend suitable partners to the park,” he said on the sidelines of the forum. “We hope it will attract companies with high-value products or advanced technologies.”

Plans call for the demonstration program to take advantage of Europe’s expertise in high-end intelligent marine equipment and Shen¬zhen’s high-tech manufacturing capacity to develop deep-sea submersibles, seabed robots and marine mineral exploitation devices for the international market. It will also combine their know-how in new marine energy, marine ecological protection and databases to strengthen their capability and competitiveness in the global market.

Wang Hong, director of the State Oceanic Administration, said China and the EU have been making joint efforts in governance, science and technology, environmental protection and disaster prevention and relief in marine sectors. They have made a lot of progress in these fields, he added.
It was decided at the 19th China-EU Summit held in Brussels in June that the two sides would strive to build a China-EU Blue Partnership.

 

Economic priorities set for next year

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 00:00

Resolving risks, targeting poverty and controlling pollution top agenda

China will make efforts to forestall and resolve major risks as well as push targeted poverty alleviation and pollution control next year, China’s top leadership agreed at a major meeting on Friday.

An overall plan should be made to prevent major risks, carry out targeted poverty reduction and control pollution, said a Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee meeting, presided over by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

The meeting said the country should continue to implement its supply-side structural reform, stabilize economic growth, promote reforms and push forward opening-up next year, according to a China Central Television report.

China should contain the overall leverage ratio and raise the financial sector’s capability of serving the real economy to prevent and defuse major risks, the meeting urged.

“The meeting set a tone for China’s economic work and defined its major priorities for next year,” said Dong Yu¬ping, an economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “The most crucial task is to control financial risks.

The overall leverage levels cannot be allowed to rise further, and the real economy must have access to adequate financing to ensure its health,” he said.

The meeting stressed stabilization of growth, which means China may face tough challenges next year if the global economy sours, said Liang Haiming, chief economist of the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute, a Beijing-based think tank. “Only by achieving stable growth can China become a leading engine of global growth next year.”

He said he expected that China’s GDP growth target for 2018, expected to come out in March, could be unchanged from that for this year, which is around 6.5 percent.

The meeting also urged acceleration of housing system reform and continued establishment of a long-term mechanism for managing the sector.

“The putting forward and implementation of the long-term real estate management mechanism has helped offset homebuyers’ anxiety caused by rapid housing price rises, and the mechanism will continue to have a major impact on the real estate market next year,” said Jenny Wu, senior director and head of residential with Cushman & Wakefield, East China, a real estate information and services provider.

On Wednesday, President Xi met with representatives of non-Communist parties and those without party affiliations to seek their advice on the country’s economic work.

“The essential feature of the economy at the present stage is that it is in a transitional period from a phase of rapid growth to a stage of high-quality development,” Xi said.

Wu Yiyao contributed to this story.

Border soldiers defy chilliness in training

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:59

Recently, a military training under combat conditions was held among dozens of soldiers from North East China’s Heilongjiang provincial border defense troops. Even the temperature had dropped to -20 C, the soldiers shuttled in the forest freely and finished a series of training subjects excellently, which greatly improved their combat capabilities. 

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A glimpse of airline's kitchen

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:42

On Wednesday, the Jilin branch of China Southern Airlines invited local citizens to visit their large kitchen where various airline meals are produced. Visitors experienced the entire productive process of the food they have on the plane. The kitchen is divided into different parts for dessert, fruit, meat and hot food with extremely strict standards to guarantee the quality.

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China turns space debris into in-orbit Internet of Things

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:19

SHANGHAI - Chinese scientists have turned the final stage of a launch rocket, which is discarded in space after sending a satellite into orbit, into a smart application platform by fitting it with intelligent chips.

A program carried out by Shanghai-based Fudan University installed several intelligent chips on the final stage of the Long March 4C rocket, which sent the Fengyun-3D satellite into orbit in November.

Fudan University's Zheng Lirong, the chief scientist of the program, said discarded rocket sections during space launches constitute the largest percentage of space debris. By installing multiple chip systems on the rocket, the team has established the initial stage of a space-based Internet of Things.

He explained that the launch rocket will jettison a section when it runs out of propellant in order to decrease the mass, and the final stage of the rocket is delivered to the orbit along with the payload.

"With these intelligent chips attached, space debris can be transformed into a low-cost science experiment and communication platform," he said.

Zheng's team has taken two years to develop the functional modules and hardware to make the "nanosatellites," with each set of the functional modules weighing less than 30 grams.

The team has named the intelligent chip system "Xinyun," meaning the cloud of chips.

Internet of Things solutions are already widely employed in daily life, ranging from wearable smart gadgets, driverless vehicles to GPS-tracked grazing. [ Zheng said current applications experience common problems such as data congestion and slow transmission speeds, especially in remote and underserved regions. With the development of the space-based network, these areas could be better served.

"The system can connect space, air, ground and oceans at a low cost. It can also be seen as a useful trial in tackling the unresolved problem of dealing with space debris," said Jin Yaqiu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and supervisor of the program.

Zheng said they are still testing the system's functions and analyzing the track of orbiting debris.

Hospital staff held on assault charges

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:55

Police in Zhouzhi county of Shaanxi province held 12 suspects for illegal detention of a reporter, who was assaulted by staff of a local hospital during an interview on pricey mortuary fees.

Meanwhile, Li Xinfang, president of the Zhouzhi county people's hospital and among the detained suspects, was dismissed from his post on Thursday, the county government said on its website Friday.

The Shaanxi Provincial Price Bureau said the alleged mortuary fee of 150 yuan each day is suspected to be against regulations.

The injured reporter from Shaanxi Broadcasting Corporation, Lan Zhitao, is now in treatment at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiao Tong University. He was preliminarily diagnosed with lumbar fractures and multiple traumas.

The issue was related to a woman who had been preserved in the mortuary for over two years. She died after giving birth to a boy at the hospital in 2015, and her family sued the hospital. This July, a court ordered the hospital to compensate her family with nearly 500,000 yuan ($75,552).

After the family received compensation through forced execution and asked for the woman's body from the hospital, they were told they should pay 102,000 yuan in mortuary fees.

After Lan reported on the case, the hospital claimed Lan failed to follow news ethics and his report was not balanced.

When he went to the hospital on Monday for follow-up reports, he was attacked by more than 10 hospital staff members, and was later shut in the mortuary for around 20 minutes.

Zheng Yumeng contributed to this story

Beijing pledges timely replacement of removed signs and billboards

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:46

 

A sign attached to a building roof is being removed in Beijing, Nov 22, 2017.[Photo/IC]

In response to complaints that a city-wide campaign of removing signs on buildings made it difficult for people to find their way, Beijing city management authority said on Friday that it would make sure resetting the signs will keep pace with removal.

An unnamed official with the Beijing Commission of City Management was quoted by Beijing News as saying that the capital has removed nearly 14,000 signs and billboards by Friday.

The city is limiting the number and placement of signs on buildings in recent days in order to "create an urban skyline that is visually clear and bright", and strengthen urban management. The campaign was launched as part of the capital's urban planning for the 2016-35 period.

However, some people complained that they cannot find their way to destinations after obvious signs on building were removed. Some shops and companies had to put up banners with their names or logos on, to replace removed signs and billboards.

The commission also said that it is making overall designs on community neighborhood, aiming to highlight their different features.

According to a notice from the commission, all signs and billboards attached to roofs must be removed. In addition, there can be only one sign with a building's name on the third or higher stories, and the name should be the same as the one registered with planning authorities.

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