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UN court: Russia must free 3 detained Ukraine ships, sailors

A U.N. maritime tribunal has ruled that Russia must release three Ukrainian naval vessels captured by Russia in November and release 24 detained sailors

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 1:27 am(NZT)

Pope: Abortion is never OK, equates it to “hiring a hitman”

Pope Francis says abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed, and is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 1:21 am(NZT)

Sudanese protesters call for strike amid divisions with army

Sudan’s protest leaders on Saturday issued a call for a two-day general strike next week, in a bid to press the ruling military council to transfer power to a civilian-led authority

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 1:18 am(NZT)

Afghan forces kill 6 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan officials say at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, have been mistakenly killed in an Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 1:13 am(NZT)

Trump opens state visit, needles Japan over trade issues

President Donald Trump has opened a state visit to Japan by needling the country over its trade imbalance with the U.S., teasing “Maybe that’s why you like me so much.”

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 1:00 am(NZT)

‘Huge’ challenges as Ramaphosa takes oath in South Africa

Challenges ‘huge and real’ as South Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn in; corruption fight looms

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 1:00 am(NZT)

This video-game titan wants to ride into history — with a lance and bespoke armor

Nobody geeks out on medieval weaponry like Jason Kingsley.

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 12:48 am(NZT)

Mount Everest has gotten so crowded that climbers are perishing in the traffic jams

Ten climbers have died in a little over a week.

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 12:36 am(NZT)

Bolton says North Korea is violating UN resolutions and refusing talks

As President Trump comes to Japan, the deadlock over North Korea looms large.

Source: World | 26 May 2019 | 12:22 am(NZT)

Trump arrives for ceremonial visit to Japan, but Iran and North Korea also loom 

Tensions over Iran and a deadlock over North Korea are among the issues President Trump will discuss with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 11:02 pm(NZT)

What will Taiwan’s same-sex marriages will mean in the rest of Asia?

It’s likely to inspire activists -- but other countries have a long way to go.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 11:00 pm(NZT)

Woman climber in 20s rescued after 15 metre fall into Mt Ruapehu crevasse

A woman in her 20s has been rescued tonight after falling 15 metres down a crevasse while climbing Mt Ruapehu and being stranded there for over four hours.Police received a distress call from a mountaineering group around 2.40pm...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 10:50 pm(NZT)

A student in Boston wrote ‘I am from Hong Kong.’ An onslaught of Chinese anger followed.  

As China tightens its hold on Hong Kong, battles flare over identity and the special status of the former British colony.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 10:00 pm(NZT)

Child and woman in critical condition airlifted to hospital after boat overturned off Port Waikato coast

A child and woman in her 30s have been airlifted to Auckland hospital in a critical condition after a boat overturned off Port Waikato tonight.About 5.30pm police were notified of three people in trouble after a boat overturned...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 8:08 pm(NZT)

'Is it unusual? Hell yes.' Violence in south Auckland shocks long-serving politician and former cop

A spate of shootings which have left three dead in south Auckland this year has residents living in fear, says a local politician.Manukau councillor Alf Filipaina, a former police officer, said the level of violence was among the...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 7:15 pm(NZT)

Ferry fury: Waiheke passengers accused of violence as tensions rise

A lack of space on the Waiheke ferry has seen commuters and staff go head-to-head as winter sets in. Staff say they are facing a barrage of abuse from frustrated passengers unable to get home or to appointments, while commuters argue...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 7:00 pm(NZT)

Auckland mother slams 11-day delay in notification of son's measles exposure

An Auckland mother has hit out at health officials after an 11-day delay in being notified her baby boy might have been exposed to the measles virus in a hospital waiting room. The woman - a trained nurse who did not want to be...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 5:50 pm(NZT)

Tigers beat Bombers in Dreamtime at the 'G, Cats survive Suns scare

The Tigers beat an injury-hit Bombers in their Dreamtime at the 'G fixture and the Cats get past the Suns, after Brad Scott guides the Kangaroos to a win in his final match as coach, and the Eagles and Hawks enjoy victories.

Source: ABC News | 25 May 2019 | 3:14 pm(NZT)

Herald afternoon quiz: May 25

Test your brains with the Herald's revamped afternoon quiz. Be sure to check on nzherald.co.nz tomorrow for another trivia fix. Android users please click here ‌ To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 3:00 pm(NZT)

Brunch review: Ozone, Grey Lynn

Address : 18 Westmoreland St W, Grey Lynn Website : https://ozonecoffee.co.nz/?v=8e3eb2c69a18 Ph : (09) 360 8125 Hours : 7am-9.30pm Mon-Tues, 7am-10pm Weds-Fri, 8am-10pm Sat, 8am-9.30pm Sunday Score : 3.5 We paid : $66 for two...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 2:30 pm(NZT)

Federal judge temporarily blocks part of Trump’s plan to build border wall

The plaintiffs argued that repurposing of funds appropriated by Congress was illegal.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 2:16 pm(NZT)

Kiwis' Bali holidays going ahead despite Mount Agung eruption

Kiwis destined for Bali can expect their travel plans to continue uninterrupted. Mount Agung erupted on Friday night, causing delays and cancelling flights out of Bali's airport with ash spreading over the south of the Indonesian...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 1:55 pm(NZT)

20yo man shot dead by police officer in Adelaide's west

The fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by police at Seaton in Adelaide's west will be formally investigated, after the man allegedly got out of a car armed with a knife.

Source: ABC News | 25 May 2019 | 1:40 pm(NZT)

National MP Alfred Ngaro says Christian parties would have to join forces to get elected

National MP Alfred Ngaro says any faith-based party he forms would likely have to join forces with Destiny Church's Hannah Tamaki to have any chance of getting elected. Ngaro, a list MP and conservative Christian, is considering...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 1:07 pm(NZT)

Suspected shooting: Park homicide latest in a string of firearm related deaths

A fatal shooting on the side of a residential street in Auckland brings the number of serious firearms incidents in south Auckland this year to six - with three people dead.Police were called to the park on Brady Rd in south Auckland...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 12:58 pm(NZT)

Clash of abortion rallies: Pro-choice protesters' rally meets pro-life rally in Auckland's Aotea square

Crowds of pro-choice and pro-life protesters faced off in Auckland's Aotea Square today during rallies on New Zealand's abortion regulations, after stringent laws were passed in several states in America. The two rallies kicked...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 12:19 pm(NZT)

Whoa, dude: From child actor to cult teen movie star: Alex Winter on his latest New Zealand-bound project

Alex Winter is a director, writer and actor. He entered show business as a child actor with co-starring roles on Broadway in The King & I and Peter Pan, and came to prominence in movies such as Warner Bros' hit The Lost Boys and the...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 12:08 pm(NZT)

Bassinet fell off plane wall with baby inside, injuring mother on Korean Air flight

A baby was terrified and his mother injured on a Korean Air flight after the bassinet the little boy was in fell a metre onto the woman's foot.Leena Son suffered a fractured right ankle when the bassinet holding her 10-month-old,...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 11:12 am(NZT)

Barr could expose secrets, politicize intelligence with review of Russia probe, current and former officials fear

An executive order gave the attorney general broad authority to disclose classified intelligence.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 10:53 am(NZT)

Public transport could become cheaper for Community Services Card holders

Public transport could soon be cheaper for 900,000 low-income families, the Government has announced.Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter this morning said that next week's Wellbeing Budget would include new funding to...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 10:53 am(NZT)

'It's a fine line': The LOLs are only part of the strategy for the AFP on social media

If you've been following the AFP's Facebook page for a while, you might have participated in their Game of Thrones poll or laughed at their Justin Timberlake post — but the LOLs form part of a much bigger strategy.

Source: ABC News | 25 May 2019 | 10:52 am(NZT)

Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act

The prosecutors feared such charges posed serious risks for First Amendment protections and had other concerns, according to people familiar with the matter.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 9:48 am(NZT)

Eight part-time duty coroners appointed in $7.5m boost to reduce inquest backlog

Eight relief coroners have been appointed to reduce the long backlog of cases causing emotional distress to the families of people whose deaths are sudden, unexplained or violent.A coroner determines the cause of death in such cases...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 9:36 am(NZT)

Trump approves sending more forces to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran

The military plans to dispatch an additional 1,500 troops to the region, including missile-defense and surveillance units.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 9:29 am(NZT)

Two dead in spate of serious crashes

Two people died in a spate of serious crashes around the country last night taking this year's already high road toll to 158.One person died after two vehicles collided shortly after 8pm on Culverden Rd (SH7), about 2km north of...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 9:25 am(NZT)

Trump to sidestep Congress to clear arms deals benefiting Saudi Arabia, UAE

The president is invoking seldom-used emergency authority to circumvent congressional roadblocks to 22 arms deals.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 9:09 am(NZT)

Missing boy found safe and well in Rotorua

A 9-year-old boy missing overnight has been found safe and well.Rotorua police were this morning searching for the boy.A Facebook post from the Bay of Plenty & Taupo Police page said the 9-year-old went missing from the Hamurana/Ngongotahā...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 9:07 am(NZT)

Man seriously injured after explosion at industrial site in Rangiora

A man is seriously injured after an explosion at an industrial site in Rangiora, Canterbury. A police spokeswoman said the man was injured shortly before 8am when a drum exploded at a site on Flaxton Rd.St John Ambulance treated...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 8:42 am(NZT)

What happens next with Brexit, now that Theresa May is resigning?

Chances of a no-deal Brexit go up, while a second referendum seems more unlikely.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 8:16 am(NZT)

After Modi’s stunning win, a grim future for India’s opposition

For the storied Indian National Congress, which governed the country for much of its post-independence history, there were no silver linings to Thursday’s defeat.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 7:01 am(NZT)

Homicide investigation underway after man killed in Seaside Park, Otahuhu

Police have launched a homicide investigation following a death in Otahuhu this morning.Emergency services were called to Seaside Park on Brady Road about 4.40am and found a critically injured man. Attempts to save the man were...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 6:11 am(NZT)

Taiwan recognized same-sex marriage for the first time. Here are the scenes of joy.

The legislature of the island near the Chinese mainland voted last week, 66 to 27, to recognize same-sex unions, becoming the first in Asia to do so.

Source: World | 25 May 2019 | 5:33 am(NZT)

US authorities catch Waiheke Island man exploiting missing children online

WARNING: This story contains descriptions and language associated with child sex offending.Authorities in the United States searching the dark corners of the internet for missing children were led to New Zealand. They found a young...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 May 2019 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Smart solution to urbanization is data-based social governance

A GIANT screen at Huawei’s Smart City Intelligent Operation Center displaying real-time traffic, the flow of people as well as weather information caught many eyes at the recently concluded World Intelligence Congress.The 5G-based IOC solution serves as a “brain” to select and analyze big data, provide solutions for decision-makers, and offer technical support for emergency command, said Yuan Bin, a marketing expert with Huawei.Urban traffic, health care and access to city services are all expected to become easier with the latest technology, such as artificial intelligence and 5G.China has 167 cities with more than 1 million people and more than 500 cities committed last year to becoming smart cities.In Xiongan New Area, which is still under construction some 100km southwest of downtown Beijing, the citizen service center has online applications, cloud computing and big data.In north China’s Tianjin, where the WIC was held, a phone app that covers essential city services is being developed for citizens.Analysts say the push to make cities smarter is in line with the country’s advocacy of high-quality development.China is experiencing a large-scale and fast urbanization process, which requires more modern, data-based and intelligent social governance, according to Peng Sen, president of the China Society of Economic Reform.Emerging technologies are fueling the trend.Yu Shaohua, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said 5G could allow access to the Internet at any time in any place by anyone, achieving the Internet of everything and integration of various industries to construct a smart city.One application is autonomous driving. In February, China’s telecommunication and expressway operators agreed to launch the country’s first 5G-based smart highway project in central Hubei Province.Customized servicesThe highway, combined with autonomous driving vehicles, would make it possible to gather real-time traffic information and make relevant predictions.Smart stores, which offer customized AI-powered recommendations to customers, are also being built in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Jinan.Chinese technology companies such as JD.com, Suning.com and Alibaba have all been expanding their offline stores in recent years, rolling out more customized services with data gathered on consumers’ preferences.Experts say the integration of traditional businesses and technology may further stimulate consumption.“The smart business will reconstruct China’s consumption model, such as the integration of online and offline business and unmanned stores,” said Shi Guangshun, an associate professor with the College of Artificial Intelligence in Nankai University. “Such models are expected to generate more consumption.”Shen Jin, global vice president of Qualcomm, said that smart interconnection has people connected to a huge number of equipment terminals and other objects.Society can be more efficient, humanistic, innovative and safer, he said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

People living much longer, healthier lives

The average life expectancy of Chinese people has risen from 35 years in 1949 to 77 years in 2018, according to a statistics communique released by the National Health Commission.Life expectancy of Chinese people has been continuously increasing in recent years: from 76.34 years in 2015 to 76.5 years in 2016, to 76.7 years in 2017 and 77 years in 2018.From 2017 to 2018, the infant mortality rate dropped from 6.8 to 6.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, while the maternal mortality rate decreased from 19.6 to 18.3 per 100,000 births, according to government statistics.The communique also reported improvements in medical reform as more people seek treatment at primary-level clinics, and the number of medical workers in China increases.People’s right to social security, especially in health care, has been extended, said a white paper titled “Progress in Human Rights over the 40 Years of Reform and Opening-Up in China.”The coverage of the basic medical insurance has been expanding and the per capita basic medical insurance subsidy for urban and rural residents has been rising, it said.China has been promoting the “Healthy China” initiative, which aims to improve the national health policy and ensure the delivery of comprehensive lifetime health services.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

Leading world with aquatic product export

China has remained the world’s largest exporter of aquatic products for 17 consecutive years, the country’s agriculture minister announced yesterday.Aquatic product exports have exceeded US$20 billion, with more than 97 percent of products meeting standards according to market monitoring, said Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs.The country’s fishing industry has maintained rapid growth, with the output of aquatic products remaining the world’s largest for 30 straight years and accounting for more than 40 percent of the world’s total, according to Han.Meanwhile, various measures have been launched by fishing regulators at all levels to accelerate the industry’s transformation and upgrade and promote aquatic ecological protection.Han urged more efforts to regulate the conservation of fishery resources, crack down on illegal fishing and strengthen aquaculture monitoring to ensure aquatic product safety.The country will optimize its fishing ban system covering all types of water bodies and continue the tough battle against pollution in the Bohai Sea, Han added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

Support for subsidy-free solar industry

BUSINESS insiders believe China’s solar industry will become subsidy-free in a few years as the country tries to revitalize its photovoltaic sector after the government announced a plan to scale back its central subsidy system last year.China’s solar industry is expected to transition toward a subsidy-free market as early as 2021, according to an analysis of China’s solar industry published by Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory.The Chinese government has outlined a series of policies this year, looking to remove the hurdles that have been preventing the escalation of subsidy-free photovoltaic projects in the world’s biggest solar power market.China’s National Energy Administration announced plans in April to drive the development of new subsidy-free solar projects through policy support.It hopes new projects will be developed without the need for governmental subsidies, which it believed will steer the market in a new direction toward zero-subsidy renewables.According to the NEA, subsidy-free pilot projects commissioned by 2020 can enjoy 20-year power purchase agreements with fixed prices and top dispatch priority, guaranteed by grid companies.The generation of solar power posted faster year-on-year growth, at 12.9 percent, in the first quarter of 2019, against the backdrop that China’s power generation climbs 4.2 percent year-on-year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.Chinese photovoltaic companies have been motivated to seek more overseas opportunities in recent years, especially in countries and regions participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, said Lin Boqiang, director of the China Center for Energy Economics Research at Xiamen University.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

Prototype unveiled to test homemade maglev train

CHINA yesterday rolled off the production line a prototype magnetic-levitation train with a designed top speed of 600km per hour in the eastern city of Qingdao, Shandong Province. The debut of China’s first high-speed maglev train testing prototype marks a major breakthrough for the country in the high-speed maglev transit system. The testing prototype, which has one car only, can check and optimize the key technologies and core system components of the high-speed maglev system and lay a technological basis for the forthcoming engineering prototype, said Ding Sansan, head of the train’s research and development team and deputy chief engineer of CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co, the train’s builder. “Now the prototype has achieved static levitation and is in good condition,” Ding said. CRRC is currently building an experimental center and a trial production center for the high-speed maglev trains and expects to put them into operation in the second half of the year, he said. The research of a five-car engineering prototype are going smoothly. The engineering prototype is scheduled to roll off the production line in 2020 and finish integrated verification in 2021 after going through comprehensive tests. The high-speed maglev train can fill the service gap between the current high-speed rail and aviation services and is of great technological and economic significance in improving the country’s high-speed passenger transport network. High-speed trains in China now run at a speed of up to 350km per hour. CRRC Qingdao Sifang launched a key state-level research and development program with the participation of more than 30 companies, universities and research institutes in July 2016 to develop high-speed maglev trains with homegrown intellectual property. After nearly three years’ efforts, the team has made breakthroughs in major core technologies of the maglev trains and achieved important initial results in the sub-systems, including the locomotive vehicle, traction and operational control communication, said Ding. Maglev train features high speed, safety, reliability, low noise and vibration, large passenger capacity, on-time performance and low maintenance. It can be used to connect major cities or city clusters to boost regional integration. Shanghai is the only Chinese city operating a commercial high-speed maglev line. The Shanghai Maglev Train using German technology was put in use in 2003 on a 30km stretch between downtown Shanghai and the Pudong airport.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

Airship sets record

CHINA’S domestically produced floating airship, used in the second comprehensive scientific expedition in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, reached a record altitude of 7,003 meters in Tibet yesterday, according to its developer. Developed by the Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the floating airship named “Jimu No. 1” has a volume of 2,300 cubic meters. It can carry scientific instruments to conduct upper air observation and collect weather data.  

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

China to work with Singapore on multilateral trade

CHINA is willing to work with Singapore to safeguard the rule-based multilateral trade system, Premier Li Keqiang said during his meeting with Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Beijing yesterday. Noting China’s opening-up has not only enhanced the well-being of its own people but also created tremendous opportunities for the world’s development, Li said China will open its door wider and welcome enterprises from all over the world, including Singapore, to expand their investment in China. It will continue to treat domestic and foreign-funded enterprises equally and constantly optimize the business environment.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

Formally arrested

YUAN Renguo, former chairman of Kweichow Moutai Group, has been formally arrested for taking bribes, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate yesterday. The Guizhou Provincial Supervisory Commission has completed the investigation into Yuan’s case.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 24 May 2019 | 4:18 am(NZT)

Satellites boost BeiDou navigation

China will send six to eight new satellites equipped with the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space this year, according to the ongoing 10th China Satellite Navigation Conference.Two to four BDS-3 satellites will be launched in 2020 when the BDS-3 system will be fully completed, said Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office. BDS will have the functions of short message communication and international rescue, as well as a satellite-based augmentation service covering China and surrounding areas, said Ren.BDS system, independently constructed and operated by China, currently has 38 in-orbit satellites including 18 BDS-2 and 20 BDS-3.China started to build the BDS-3 system in 2009. The BDS-3 primary system has started to provide global service since the end of 2018.China is also planning to finish building a high-precision, national comprehensive positioning, navigation, and timing system on the basis of the BDS by 2035.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

Detective game apps prove popular

Detective game apps are increasingly popular in China, bringing out the Sherlock Holmes in users and providing social outlets for aspiring sleuths.In February 2018, an app named Wo Shi Mi (literally “I’m a secret”) was launched on WeChat, as well as both the app stores of Android and Apple in June, becoming the first detective social game app in China.Similar apps followed, such as Juben Sha (“scripts of murder”) and Xijing Da Zhentan (“playing famous detectives”).These apps provide users with online platforms to act as detectives in different crime stories and find the truth through interaction with other players, known or unknown to each other.Unlike location-based games, users need to read the scripts and discuss the cases on the app. Clues are directly given to them and a click of the button will provide all the information needed. With the help of technology and the Internet, it’s also easier to gather enough people for a game.Zhao Lin, initiator of the Juben Sha app, said users of the game mainly come from first- and second-tier cities, and that every day about 50,000 people use the app. Zhao thought that the main reason behind the boom in detective game apps is their social aspect.Zhang Wenping, a postgraduate student at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, is a devoted Juben Sha player. He regards socializing as the most appealing part of the app.“To me, it’s not only a game, but a way of meeting more people as well as maintaining my current social network,” Zhang said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

High-speed rail showcases the nation’s growth

THE transformation of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway from one on which trains could first travel at only 35kph to today where they are set to speed by at 350kph showcases the development of the country’s railways and economy.Linking Beijing and the city of Zhangjiakou in north China’s Hebei Province, the upgraded 100-year-old railway will play an important role in transportation for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which is co-hosted by the two cities.The Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway was designed by Zhan Tianyou, known as the “father of China’s railroad,” and was opened in 1909 after four years work.The construction of the railway was considered impossible at the time without foreign assistance. Zhan, with his colleagues, strived to complete its construction two years ahead of schedule, overcoming a series of problems in terrain and shortage of train power by building a zigzag railway that climbed upward, using two locomotives instead of one.With a speed limit of 35kph more than a hundred years ago, the railway will be upgraded into a high-speed line that is nine times faster by the end of 2019.There are 10 stations on the 174km-long high-speed railway connecting the two cities, which will also be linked with the subway lines in Beijing, serving as a crucial traffic line for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.The station of Qinghe, the departure station of the high-speed railway, will be another comprehensive transport hub in Beijing.“We are using a lot of advanced equipment and technology in the construction of the new high-speed railway, which I believe represents the rapid development of our country,” said Li Ran, a member of the construction team.Yang Cunxin, head of Qinglongqiao station, added: “The railway not only reflects the economic development and the progress in modern science and technology of China, but also witnesses the unyielding and striving spirit of the Chinese people.“A lot of people including university students visit here every spring in memory of Zhan.”China’s high-speed railways exceed 25,000 kilometers and are expected to reach 30,000 by 2020, covering more than 80 percent of cities with a population of more than 1 million.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

Care needed in Grand Canal development

Chinese experts have called for prudence and coordination in protecting and developing the heritage of the Grand Canal of China, the world’s longest man-made waterway.According to a plan issued in February by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, a cultural belt will be built along the canal’s existing main course and those used in recent history.Wu Xiaohua, deputy head of the team that compiled the plan, said implementation should be firmly based on the concept of respecting, complying with and protecting nature.“Efforts should be made to gradually improve water conditions in the river course after a long-term pre-phase deliberation,” said Wu, who is also deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research.“We must make coordinated efforts to avoid drastically changing the current water and navigation capabilities.”He also called for strict control on industries that have negative environmental impacts along the Grand Canal.“We should also promote the integrated development of culture and tourism based on the canal’s unique resources and its well-developed water and land transportation,” Wu said.Fan Zhou, director of the Culture Development Institute of the Communication University of China, said promoting culture and tourism should focus on the uniqueness of the canal while offering more diversified and tailored tourist services and improved infrastructure.A smooth mechanism for coordination is also key to the work, said Wu, urging greater coordination at the national level and the establishment of a multi-regional and multi-sectoral coordinating mechanism.The eight provinces and cities along the canal are among the most economically developed and urbanized areas in China.Accounting for less than 10 percent of the national total land area, they have more than one-third of the country’s overall population and contributed nearly 45 percent to China’s economy in 2017.The Grand Canal is almost 3,200km long in total, stretching from Beijing to Hangzhou.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

More carriers seek Boeing damages

THREE more Chinese airlines, besides China Eastern, have filed claims for compensation against Boeing for the grounding since March and delayed delivery of the 737 MAX fleet following two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. Air China, China Southern and Xiamen airlines announced yesterday that they had filed claims. The aircraft was grounded worldwide in March after two crashes killed 346 people. Air China said that grounding and delays to delivery of the aircraft had resulted in great losses. Guangzhou-based China Southern, Asia’s largest carrier by fleet size, said a letter had been sent to Boeing requesting negotiations on compensation as soon as possible. China Eastern that operates the country’s second-largest fleet said grounding the 737 MAX had resulted in great losses that were still expanding. The delayed delivery has also caused losses. Air China has 15 737 MAX aircraft and China Southern owns 24, while Xiamen Airlines’ 10 737 MAX are being berthed at Xiamen and Fuzhou airports in southeast Fujian Province. Shanghai’s China Eastern has 14, operated by affiliates. All have been grounded on the orders of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. China Eastern had planned to take delivery of another 11 aircraft this year. According to analysts, the cost of renting a comparable aircraft is about US$1 million over three months. Grounding means higher maintenance and management costs, while some passengers may be reluctant to fly. Shanghai Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern, has its 737 MAX in storage at Lanzhou and Taiyuan airports in north China. Both are cooler and less humid than Shanghai. “The Boeing 737 MAX model has been grounded around the world. As we all know, the reason is that there are security risks and the technical problems are not solved,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Tuesday. China has ordered the largest number of 737 MAX aircraft. Thirteen carriers operate 96 such aircraft. By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 MAX worldwide, with more than 4,500 still on order. Domestic operators also include Hainan, Shandong and Shenzhen airlines. China was the first to ground the 737 MAX after the Ethiopian Airlines crash appeared to have similarities to the Lion Air crash. Boeing has acknowledged that it had to correct flaws in its simulator software used to train pilots. “Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions,” it said in a statement. According to media reports, Boeing may face compensation claims of more than US$2 billion. This is the second time that global airlines have asked for compensation from Boeing after the grounding of its aircraft. Carriers received compensation after the US Federal Aviation Administration grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in early 2013.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

Moutai’s chairman faces graft charges

CHINA will prosecute the former deputy Party secretary and chairman of luxury liquor maker Kweichow Moutai, the Communist Party of China Guizhou Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection said yesterday. Yuan Renguo, a former official of the world’s largest listed alcohol firm, with market capitalization of 1.12 trillion yuan (US$162.3 billion), has been expelled from the Party and removed from all posts. Yuan “severely violated political discipline and used dealership qualification of the Moutai liquor as tools of strings pulling and exchange of interests,” the commission for discipline inspection said in a statement. He took exceptionally large bribes and ran illegal for-profit business, it added, among other accusations. Moutai, which sells its fiery Feitian 53 baijiu for close to US$250 per bottle, is often served at official banquets and business dinners. The brand has close ties with Chinese culture, drawing on its long history as the national liquor of choice. In March, the firm posted its second consecutive double-digit annual profit growth, racking up 35.2 billion yuan in full-year net profit for 2018, up from 27.08 billion a year earlier.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

China must prepare for difficult times with ‘a new Long March’

CHINA must prepare for difficult times as the international situation is increasingly complex, President Xi Jinping has said, as the US-China trade war continues to escalate. During a three-day inspection this week of the eastern province of Jiangxi, a cradle of China’s Communist revolution, Xi urged people to learn the lessons of the hardships of the past. Arriving in Yudu County on Monday afternoon, Xi paid tribute to a monument marking the departure of the Long March by the Central Red Army and met families of the Red Army veterans and revolutionary martyrs. Noting that China is on “a new Long March,” he said that the country will depend on firm faith and strong will of the whole Party and all people to overcome major challenges at home and abroad and secure new victories in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The Long March was a military maneuver across 12,500 kilometers from 1934 to 1936. It was carried out by the Red Army and led by the Communist Party of China to combat the Kuomintang regime. The expedition, beginning in Yudu, laid the foundation for the Party’s victory. “Our country is still in a period of important strategic opportunities for development, but the international situation is increasingly complicated,” he said. US have escalated a trade friction with China as it increased tariff on Chinese imports since early this month, and the tension has intensified since Washington last week blacklisted Chinese telecom equipment company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The listing, which curbs Huawei’s access to US-made components, has rattled technology supply chains and investors. China must be clear-headed about the long-term and complex nature of both domestic and international unfavorable factors and well-prepared for any difficult circumstances, Xi emphasized, adding that the most important thing for China is to do its job well. Xi’s first stop in Jiangxi was JL MAG Rare-Earth Co Ltd in Ganzhou. Visiting the company on Monday, he underlined scientific and technological innovation to raise the technological level of exploitation of rare earth, which is strategically important but nonrenewable. He also requires efforts to enhance the comprehensive strength and competitiveness of the country’s central region and to make new advances in the rise of the central region. He made an eight-point instruction on the development of central China, which consisted of facilitating high-quality growth of the manufacturing industry, enhancing innovation capability in key fields, improving business environment, undertaking the layout and transfer of emerging industries, expanding high-level opening-up, sticking to green development, improving people’s livelihood, and optimizing policies and institutions. At a symposium in Nanchang on promoting the rise of China’s central region on Tuesday, Xi said that the rise of central China is a crucial step toward completing the process of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and realizing socialist modernization. Describing Jiangxi as a land full of revolutionary history and memories, Xi called for a deep understanding of the hard-earned establishment of the political power of the CPC, the People’s Republic of China and socialism with Chinese characteristics, and demanded greater efforts to carry forward the revolutionary spirit and traditions.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

SCO members urged to work together

FACING unstability and uncertainty in the world, the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should boost all-round cooperation to promote regional stability and prosperity, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Since the SCO Qingdao Summit last year, the member states have made steady progress in cooperation across the board, said Wang at an SCO foreign ministers’ meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital. While the world is grappling with the resurrection of protectionism and a cold war mentality, the SCO remains a vital and constructive force for world peace and development, said Wang. To deepen cooperation within the SCO, efforts should be made to strengthen solidarity and mutual trust, said Wang, adding that member states should firmly support each other’s efforts to safeguard core interests and jointly resist interference by external forces. Wang also urged member states to deepen security cooperation by jointly combating the “three forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism, adding that China is willing to share its useful experiences of taking preventive counter-terrorism and deradicalization measures in China’s Xinjiang.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 May 2019 | 4:12 am(NZT)

Roof fall death toll

At least six people are now listed as dead and 87 injured after the roof of a night bar collapsed on Monday in the city of Baise, southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The injured are in stable condition, according to the regional emergency management department. A total of 23 people have been summoned by local police for investigation, and seven have been detained on suspicion of causing a major safety accident. An investigation has been launched and cleanup efforts are still going on. An overhaul of the safety of public areas and the building industry has been put in place to avoid similar accidents.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 May 2019 | 4:14 am(NZT)

Map for baby care

A MAP that lists a total of 3,970 baby-care rooms in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province has been published to help breastfeeding mothers. Most of the rooms are located in companies, public institutions, economic areas, parks, shopping malls and transit stations. The map can be accessed on the website of the provincial federation of trade unions. Facilities for breastfeeding and diaper-changing have long been in short supply in public areas in China. Equipped with a table, two chairs, a fridge and other facilities catered toward mothers, each room is around 10 square meters.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 May 2019 | 4:14 am(NZT)

Pearl River can expect floods and drought

Authorities in the Pearl River valley are bracing for a tough year fighting flood, drought and typhoons.Precipitation along drainage areas of the Pearl River, the second-largest river in China in terms of run-off volume, is higher than the previous yearly average, said Shu Qingpeng, director of the Pearl River Water Conservancy Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources.The El Nino effect is likely to continue, he said.The Xijiang River and Beijiang River, two major river systems in the Pearl River valley, are likely to see floods, while strong typhoons are expected to make landfall during the summer season, he said.Parts of the areas are likely to see a concurrence of drought and floods.Chen Wu, commander-in-chief of the flood control authorities along the Pearl River, ordered local authorities to carry out their duties, step up supervision and monitoring as well as enhance coordination between different areas along the river.He also required local authorities to prepare for the drought period.This included ensuring the security of water supply in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 May 2019 | 4:14 am(NZT)

Sturgeon are released

Officials and conservationists yesterday released more than 100,000 adult Dabry’s sturgeon and fry into the Yangtze River in southwest China’s Sichuan Province to help restore the wild population of the endangered species. The release in the city of Yibin also marked the start of an awareness campaign that will see volunteers and experts sail along the country’s longest river on a 23-day tour to promote marine species protection with visits, exhibitions and seminars in riverside cities and towns.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 May 2019 | 4:14 am(NZT)


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