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More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.
What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern
ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.
The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio
nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade
sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.
“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin
g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h
olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.
nergy of all parties, Belt and Road cooperation will definitely become deep and concrete, steady and extensive,” the report said.
“The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovatio
n, connected civilizations, and clean government. It wi
ll make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.”
China will improve its oversight of human related scientific research and medic
al tests under draft laws and amendments submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.
Medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos mi
ght present risks to health or violate ethics, and they must be strictly regulated therefore, said She
n Chunyao, senior legislator of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress.
A new item has been added to the country’s draft civil law, requiring that all
medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos must f
ollow strict rules, laws and regulations, and should not pose a threat to people’s health or violate moral or ethical codes.
China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.
Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.
The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo
sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a
nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was
in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.
“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme
nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo
pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.
In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou
s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.
A delivery man left several cartons of milk and rice cereal at Huaibei Road Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The gi
fts came with a note that said, “Toughest firefighters, promise me to come back safe and sound after every mission.”
An anonymous customer had placed the order for the Thursday afternoon delivery.
On the same day, Fuqiang Street Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang also re
ceived 14 boxes of milk tea and yogurt from an anonymous person, along with a note that s
aid, “Protect yourselves and return safely. You have safeguarded people, and people will safeguard you, too!”
The public outpouring of compassion came after 31 people died in a forest fire in remo
te mountains in Sichuan province on March 31. The dead included 27 firefighters and four locals.
“When we saw the gifts and notes, everyone was deeply to
uched,” said Wei Zishuai, 32, commander of the Huaibei Road Fire Brigade.
“All our hard training and sacrifices are not in vain,” Wei added.
Hainan is offering housing incentives to attract talent to the tropical isla
nd province, where the country’s 12th free trade zone－its largest－is being created.
A notice from the provincial government on Friday said the employ
ees of companies that move their headquarters to the island will enjoy the same housing polici
es and credit support as locals when buying a house, even though they don’t have household registration in Hainan.
The supplementary measure, which is intended to address problems of new em
ployees settling in the Hainan FTZ, will improve the business environment, attract investo
rs, promote opening-up and development of headquarters, and optimize the living environment, local officials said.
In April last year, after the central government said Hainan would become a pilot free trade zone, the island announ
ced it would attract 1 million skilled workers. To accomplish that, it has adopted measures to support free hou
sing for topnotch personnel, child education, spousal employment, medical insurance and car purchases.
’s fireball are actually quite poetic in scale. This atomic, otherworldly force appears as a simple red blip above the clouds.
Some colour views of the #meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December 2018, taken by Japan’s #Himawari satellite.
The meteor is really clear here – bright orange fireball against the blue + white background!
But you likely didn’t know about it until now, because scientists only just noticed it.
That’s because the area where the fireball exploded, over the Bering Sea, is extremely remote.
NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson told the BBC s
uch a powerful meteor event only happens a few times every 100 years. (As a side no
te, “Planetary Defense Officer” is probably as close to a real-life “Avengers” title as you’re gonna get.)
CNN has reached out to NASA for additional comment.
In case you’re not uneasy enough about the reality that flaming extraterr
estrial objects are continuously pelting our fragile planet, they do so with alarming regularity.
NASA keeps track of most of the notable fireballs and bolides (a similar astronomical term) that reach Earth. So far in
2019, there have already been five notable fireball events. Don’t worry, though! Most are super tiny.
And if the big one ever comes along to make dinosaurs of us all, NASA’s Planetary Defense Office has our backs.
attention, because it can seriously affect their health and growth,” she said. Such a group should sleep at least eight hours a day, she added.
Zhao Zhongxin, a professor specialized in treating sleep disorders
at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, said getting adequate sleep is very important.
“Sleep promotes growth, protects the brain and improves the immune system,” he said. “Long-term deprivation of sleep will
bring risks of diseases and conditions such as dementia and cause lasting health damage.”
Wang Guanghai, a member of the Chinese Sleep Research Society and a psychological consultant, said the exces
sive use of electronics products in China is depriving children and teens of sleeping time.
“Some of them use tablets for more than four hours a day,” he said. “It has become a serious problem that affects minors’ health.”