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ding AI and internet of things. The system can read t

the ALS patients’ thoughts through identifying the patien

ts’ eyeballs movements to collect information, and then move the wheelchair automatically.

It can also move safely at night. Further improvements will be made to the system to correct for

minor deviations when operating under bright light.Zhang Wei operates the wheelchair at a residential commu

nity in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, April 17, 2019. Zhang has climbed two of China’s Five Great Mountains on his han

Beijing plans to add more kindergarten slots and strengthen security measures to make sur

e children can receive an affordable and safe preschool education, officials said on Thursday.

Feng Hongrong, deputy inspector of the Beijing Education Co

mmission, said the city plans to enroll another 30,000 kinder

gartners through renovating and expanding existing operations, and to support

State-owned and private enterprises, institutions, communities and individuals in building of new ones.

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ent has offered 1,000 yuan($149) per month of subsi

dies for each student and the district government has offered another 500 yuan per m

onth for each student. The students are only required to pay tuition of 900 yuan per month.

Apart from ensuring students get a high-quality education, the sub

sidies are also used to increase the salaries of teachers and give them better training, she said.

To ensure that more students receive inexpensive yet hig

h-quality preschool education, the school added 270 new kinde

rgarten slots in 2016, she said. It now has 18 classes and more than 540 students.

Children attending public kindergartens or affordable private on

es will account for 80 percent of all preschoolers by 2020, according to a d

irective issued recently by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

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Affordable, quality preschools will be the priority, the m

inistry said. Governments at all levels are encouraged to establish public kindergartens,

aiming to get about 50 percent of all preschool children into public education by 2020, it said.

Communities, State-owned enterprises and public institutions

such as universities are also encouraged to establish their own kindergartens, it said.

Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry’s basic education department, said the cent

ral government will allocate 16.8 billion yuan to support preschool education.

Construction work has begun on the athletes’ village for the 2

021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu, located at Chengdu University.

Covering an area of around 37 hectares, the Universiade Village consists of eight specific buil

dings, including apartments for athletes, service center, health center, administrative affairs center, inter

national communication center, gymnasiums, aquatic center and the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts.

In addition, construction is continuing on the tournament stadium, main gymnasium

and ball game gymnasiums. Major transportation projects, such as a new expressway, are also underway.

The 2021 Summer Universiade was officially awarded to

Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, this March. The proposed dates for the tournament are August

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Guangzhou continues crackdown on animal smuggling

uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas

counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer.

“Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng

Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday.

According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count

erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns.

Zheng reiterated that customs officers from his bure

au have zero tolerance for smuggling and will introduce more high-tech means and big data

analysis to crack down on smugglers trafficking endangered animals and their products.

Zheng made the remarks after his bureau seized a total of 178.66 kilograms of smugg

led endangered animals and their products, the result of 111 cases since the beginning of the ye

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Yancheng, which is further north of the Yangtze, turned

d to the river for water in late June after experiencing at least four drinking water contamination incidents.

“As many areas abandon local sources and turn to the Yangtze, some sections of the river have become overcrowded” with diversion facilities, the report said.

Even the Yangtze is not a perfectly safe supply. In April 2014, for example, drinking wa

ter in Taizhou was interrupted because of pollutants discharged from local chemical plants.

In 2016, inspectors from the central government visited 12 of the 30 sites for collecting drink

ing water along the Yangtze in Jiangsu province and found eight with environmental violations, includin

g the existence of ports for the transportation of chemicals and fish farms in protected areas.

In March 2018, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Min

istry of Water Resources initiated a special campaign to root out environment

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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It was such a huge temptation that I studied like cra

 to get such scores. I got extremely high marks in the end, but my father failed to keep his pro

mise because the family could not afford the tickets to go to Nanjing,” Zhou said.

“Visiting the bridge had been my dream for many years. Now, my two sisters and I have all m

oved to Nanjing, the provincial capital. It’s a happy coincidence that my family lives near the bridge.”

Lu Andong, a professor with Nanjing University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, said the bridge repres

ents the collective memory of several generations and has special meaning for Chinese.

“It employed the country’s most advanced technologies and talented workers when

it was built. It was unique in stimulating cohesion and pride in the whole country,” Lu said.

In 1960, the bridge featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest with dual road and rail functions.

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The tanks lined up, were kept 50 meters apart and stre

ched for 10 km, making it a memorable scene for a generation.

In October 2016, the bridge was closed for repairs after being open for almost 50 years. The 100,000 vehicles it carried each day far

exceeded its designed capacity of 8,000, causing many cracks to appear in the structure. It has been repaired 12 times since 2002.

Other problems it faced included falling mortar and metal fatigue.

The government decided to spend more than 1.1 billion yuan ($164 million) on the repairs.

The structure’s original concrete deck was replaced by a steel one, which is lighter and h

as greater durability. The replacement work was carried out above the 27,000-volt railway line. Any falling mater

ial, even a screw, would have caused a power failure and disrupted services on the busy Beijing-Shanghai Rail

way. Workers had to erect scaffolding and protective nets when no trains were passing.

The diameter of the lamp bases on the bridge were reduced by 5 ce

ntimeters, making the sidewalk wider and more convenient for pedestrians.

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Lion King’ director talks Chinese animation

I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir

ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.

Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num

ber of animated films including Stuart LittleThe Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart

of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo

sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.

In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix

and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.

Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla

ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.

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The turtles’ circadian rhythm is slower than a mamm

mal’s, which means that the signs of trouble during the procedure will not be as obvious as

with mammals. It is easier to cause irreversible damage if an unexpected situation is encountered.”

“It’s obvious that their near-extinction was caused by huma

ns,” he said. “We haven’t done the basic work of researching the turtles’ biological inf

ormation, behaviors and genetics. The knowledge we have is too limited to save the species.”

Save your look of judgment for anyone blocking your path as you try to walk past them on an

escalator in Shanghai. The new safety notices posted in every metro station in the city tell you to stand still.

The notice also warns people against playing, leaning and faci

ng the wrong way, as well as carrying heavy goods or trolleys on escalators.

While standing on the right and walking on the left has been the norm, the city has changed t

his etiquette to “no walking” for the safety of commuters and the proper functioning of escalators.

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