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Teen driver accused over fatal Waihola crash declined bail

A teenage driver accused of killing two people in a crash that critically injured two others has been declined bail.The 17-year-old appeared by audio-visual link in the Dunedin Youth Court this afternoon after the crash at Waihola...

Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 8:40 pm

Māngere shooting: Second man charged with murder of Misiona Talafu Petelo

A second person has been charged with murdering a 19-year-old man, who died after arriving at an Auckland hospital with gunshot wounds. Misiona Talafu Petelo, aged 19, from Papatoetoe, died after a shooting on Massey Rd in Māngere...

Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 7:42 pm

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Collins backs new vaccine mandates

National leader Judith Collins has further clarified her party's position on vaccine mandates, saying she backs the Government's decision to mandate that employees of certain businesses be vaccinated. National has faced criticism...

Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 6:48 pm

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: The 90% Project: Māori vaccination events attracting the hesitant

Bespoke Māori vaccination events are succeeding in drawing out vaccine-hesitant whānau as New Zealand strives for 90 per cent coverage. The attraction of such events for those still on the fence was evident throughout...

Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:15 pm

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Police 'frustrated' and 'disappointed' with Hīkoi protesters

Police say they are "frustrated" with the amount of time and resources being used to resolve the hīkoi camped at Auckland's southern border.A strong police contingent continues to monitor members of the Sovereign Hīkoi...

Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:11 pm

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Iwi leader warns unvaccinated workers 'isolated and distraught'

A Whanganui iwi leader says reaction to unvaccinated workers is splitting local workplaces and leaving people distraught, frightened and fearful for their jobs.Ken Mair, an employment relations mediator for nearly 40 years, said...

Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 4:09 pm

Herald Afternoon quiz: October 27

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Source: - National | 27 Oct 2021 | 4:00 pm

China, US hold talks on trade, bilateral relations

CHINA’S Vice Premier Liu He spoke with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen yesterday via video call and talked about the macroeconomic situation and bilateral relations, according to a statement from China’s commerce ministry. The two sides conducted practical, candid, and constructive exchanges on macroeconomic situation and bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Both agreed that as the world’s economic recovery is at a critical juncture, it is important for China and the United States to strengthen macro policy communication and coordination. The Chinese side expressed concern over issues including the lifting of additional tariffs and sanctions by the US side and fair treatment of Chinese enterprises. Yellen “frankly raised issues of concern,” the US Treasury later said in a short separate statement, which did not elaborate on the concerns but added that Yellen looked forward to future discussions with Liu. Both sides said it was important for the two countries to strengthen communication and coordination on macroeconomic policies, according to the Chinese side’s readout. Liu, who has led China’s negotiations in Sino-US trade talks since former US President Donald Trump embarked on a trade war with China, has held talks with both Yellen and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai earlier this year. Engagement between the trade and economic chiefs of the world’s largest economies has increased since Joe Biden became US president in January. Last week, the ministry said that the country would welcome a move by the US to lift tariffs on some Chinese goods, adding that the two sides should work together to create conditions for the implementation of the phase-one trade deal.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

National status for key range

A plan to transform the core area of the Qinling Mountains, a natural boundary between China’s north and south, into a national park has been approved by the country’s national park authorities.The planned national park, slated to be completed by 2025, will cover the core ecological area of the mountain ecosystem, according to the forestry authority in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.The Qinling Mountains are known as China’s gene bank of wild biology as they house a huge variety of plants and wild animals.Dang Shuangren, director of the Shaanxi forestry and grassland bureau, said that the establishment of the national park is of great significance for biodiversity protection.China’s national park administration is expected to establish a coordination and promotion mechanism with the Shaanxi government in the preparatory work to build the Qinling national park.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

High-tech help for Winter Games team

In a laboratory at the Beijing Institute of Technology, two researchers put electrodes on the skin of a volunteer’s upper limbs and ask him to wave his arms, while the electrical signals are displayed in real time on a large monitor.“This device is used in the physical training of Winter Olympic athletes,” said Huo Bo, a professor at the School of Astronautics at BIT.”“The electrodes are attached to certain parts of the skin to measure the condition of muscle activation during exercise. We can evaluate their muscle strength based on the device. Real coaches can help athletes do a more precise, refined and targeted workout using our report as a reference.”In 2018, Huo and his research team undertook a project led by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology to develop technologies catering to Chinese athletes gearing up for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.The electrodes are part of their self-developed smart training management system that provides personalized and intelligent training assistance for ski jumping, bobsledding and several other Winter Olympic events.The system includes multiple sets of high-speed cameras that can be installed in training fields to collect real-time three-dimensional posture parameters of athletes and ultra-thin pressure insoles with sensors to measure ground reaction force.Huo said the technology enables athletes and coaches to better gauge how each player is performing, maximizing the effectiveness of their training and furthering their progress.Jiang Liang, a member of Huo’s team and a doctoral student at the BIT’s School of Astronautics, said: “The application of quantitative testing and analysis in training did not come as a ‘big star’ at the very beginning for the athletes.“Our team had to translate technical terms and mechanical vocabularies into sports-related language so they could get familiar with the intelligent system gradually.”

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

Ancient Zhonglou Street returned to its glory days

After a year and a half of renovations and upgrades, Zhonglou Street, which brings back childhood memories for many in Taiyuan, capital of north China’s Shanxi Province, announced its comeback around mid-September.Holding on to her cane tightly, a 76-year-old senior surnamed Su plodded along the old street through the rain. Passing by every old type of architecture gave Su flashbacks to her younger years.“In 1979, I held a banquet for my parents at this restaurant on the street after I got married. It just stayed the way it was back then,” Su said. She pointed at a hotel, which has had some interior decor updates. Yet, the exterior facade remained the same.“We will come to the restaurant to have a reunion dinner when it is your father and I’s 50th wedding anniversary,” Su told her daughter.Zhonglou (Bell Tower) Street has a centuries-long history dating back to as early as the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, and since then has transformed into one of the city’s busiest commercial strips.Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the ancient street had more than 20 million annual visitors, according to Zhang Lufang from the culture and tourism bureau of the city’s Yingze District.More than just a crib for the local business boom, Zhonglou is home to more than 20 cultural relics protection units and many time-honored Chinese brands. Many of the shops on the street may be unknown, but they have been there for nearly a century.However, timeworn facilities and the frequent traffic jam put a drag on the street during Taiyuan’s rapid development over the decades.Yang Dong, deputy director of the commerce bureau of Yingze District, a native of Taiyuan, recalls the former Zhonglou being a place with “thick wires in the sky, rife with pits and-pots on the ground, which burdened all the store staff with worries.” The thick overhead wires crisscrossed the street almost arbitrarily, making it more difficult to renovate and upgrade the aging roads.In April 2020, the city launched an upgrade. Li Hui, Party secretary of Yingze District, where the street is located, said that 25 alleys and 32 historical buildings along the street had been renovated.The overall planning and operation was conducted by local professionals.Ancient Zhonglou has now turned into a 700-meter pedestrian street, spacious and clean, full of buildings with original and historical features.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

Titanium alloy to get a 3D boost

Researchers have proposed a 3D printing strategy to develop titanium alloy with high strength and plasticity, according to a recent report in the journal Science.The inhomogeneity of composition in metallic materials is often regarded as a major defect. But, researchers have found the inhomogeneity of composition to a certain extent contributes to the fabrication of unique heterogeneous microstructure, which can improve materials’ mechanical properties.They used the 3D printing approach by combining two common alloy powders and achieved micrometer-scale concentration modulations of the elements, China Science Daily reported.This is a metastable titanium alloy with a lava-like microstructure, it quoted Chain-Tsuan Liu, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying.The unique microstructure helps the alloy achieve high uniform deformation ability, high strength and low density.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

China in quantum leap with computer

Chinese scientists have established a quantum computer prototype named “Jiuzhang 2.0” with 113 detected photons, achieving major breakthroughs in quantum computational speedup.In the study, Gaussian boson sampling, a classical simulation algorithm, was used to provide a highly efficient way of demonstrating quantum computational speedup in solving some well-defined tasks.With 113 detected photons, “Jiuzhang 2.0” can implement large-scale GBS septillion times faster than the world’s fastest existing supercomputer and 10 billion times faster than its earlier version, “Jiuzhang.” In short, it would take the fastest supercomputer about 30 trillion years to solve a problem that “Jiuzhang 2.0” can solve in just 1 millisecond.The study, led by renowned quantum physicist Pan Jianwei, was published online in the journal Physical Review Letters on Monday.Inspired by the concept of light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, or LASER, the team developed a stimulated squeezed light source with high brightness and simultaneously near-unity purity and efficiency for scalable GBS.In December 2020, the researchers established the quantum computer prototype “Jiuzhang” through which up to 76 photons were detected, achieving quantum computational advantage.Its quantum computing system can implement large-scale GBS 100 trillion times faster than the world’s fastest existing supercomputer.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

Lanzhou reports 6 new cases, under lockdown

CHINA placed a city of four million under lockdown yesterday in a bid to stamp out a domestic coronavirus spike, with residents told not to leave home except in emergencies. Yesterday’s fresh restrictions came as China reported 29 new domestic infections, including six cases in Lanzhou, the provincial capital of northwestern province Gansu. Residents of Lanzhou will be required to stay at home, authorities said in a statement. Officials added the “entry and exit of residents” would be strictly controlled and limited to essential supplies or medical treatment. Bus and taxi services had already been suspended in the city, and state media said yesterday that Lanzhou station had suspended more than 70 trains, including key routes to major cities like Beijing and Xi’an. Flights to Lanzhou were also being canceled, with a Southern Airlines representative telling AFP that all their flights from Beijing’s Daxing airport to Lanzhou were canceled due to public safety, without any date given to resume. China’s latest outbreak has been linked to the contagious Delta variant, with the tally from the latest outbreak hitting 198 cases since October 17. Health officials have warned that more infections may emerge as testing is ramped up in the coming days to fight the outbreak. Strict stay-at-home orders have already been imposed on tens of thousands of people in northern China. Mass testing is underway in 11 provinces and authorities have suspended inter-provincial tour groups. While the country’s case numbers are extremely low compared with elsewhere in the world, authorities are determined to stamp out the latest outbreak with the Winter Olympics just over 100 days away. Those deemed to have failed in controlling COVID-19 are often dismissed from their posts or punished. Xinhua news agency reported yesterday that the party secretary of Ejin Banner in the northern Inner Mongolia region had been sacked “due to poor performance and implementation in epidemic prevention and control.” The city has also been hit by the latest wave which has mostly spread in northern areas in China. Six other officials were punished for their “slack response” to the latest flare-up, and a local police bureau deputy director was removed from the position. Beijing police have launched three criminal investigations into alleged COVID-19 safety breaches, deputy director of the city’s public security bureau said on Sunday.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 27 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am

Scott Morrison's 'bullets' for protesters comment stuns Australian UN representative

An Australian member of a UN committee about discrimination against women describes the Prime Minister's reference to a threat of violence against female protesters as "saddening".

Source: ABC News | 16 Mar 2021 | 1:30 pm

News Corp and Sky News strike pay deal with Facebook

News Corp says it has reached a multi-year agreement with Facebook that covers its major Australian mastheads, including The Australian, Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, as well as regional publications.

Source: ABC News | 16 Mar 2021 | 12:49 pm

'If you're offered it, take it': Government backs AstraZeneca despite blood clot concerns

Australian health advisors and the government remain committed to the rollout of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, despite safety concerns overseas and on the backbench.

Source: ABC News | 16 Mar 2021 | 11:46 am

News Analysis: The Choice in India: ‘Our Trump’ or a Messier Democracy

The results of India’s Parliamentary election will reveal not just a decision on Narendra Modi, but a deeper decision on what kind of government Indians want.

Source: NYT > World | 21 May 2019 | 12:51 am

French Patient in Right-to-Die Dispute Is Taken Off Life Support

Vincent Lambert was left in a vegetative state after a 2008 car accident. His family has been split over whether to let doctors stop artificially feeding and hydrating him.

Source: NYT > World | 20 May 2019 | 11:32 pm

Australia’s China Challenge

With Beijing pushing as far as it can wherever it can in the era of President Xi Jinping, Australia has become a global case study in Chinese government influence.

Source: NYT > World | 20 May 2019 | 11:26 pm

Donald Trump, India, ‘Game of Thrones’: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know.

Source: NYT > World | 20 May 2019 | 9:38 pm

Violence Involving ISIS Prisoners Leaves Dozens Dead at Tajikistan Prison

The Justice Ministry said the violence broke out at a prison near the capital when militants armed with knives killed three guards and several prisoners.

Source: NYT > World | 20 May 2019 | 9:20 pm

Sprinter Dutee Chand Becomes India’s First Openly Gay Athlete

Ms. Chand, a runner on India’s national track and field team with hyperandrogenism, had previously made headlines for fighting to compete against women.

Source: NYT > World | 20 May 2019 | 8:42 pm

Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib

The regime has gradually cornered rebels, extremist fighters and civilians alike in Idlib Province.

Source: NYT > World | 20 May 2019 | 6:45 pm

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