Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Mobile payments continue meteoric risepayment deals has jump

Use of China’s mobile payment services has skyrocketed over the past five years, with total transactions covered reaching 277.39 trillion yua

n ($41.51 trillion) in 2018 — a more than 27-fold increase from five years ago, according to the central bank.

A total of 60.53 billion mobile payment transactions were conducted last year, as a repor

t released by the People’s Bank of China Monday shows, while the figure was only 1.67 billion back in 2013.

From around 2013, with online payments dominant and mobile payments only nas

cent, to 2018, which saw mobile payments outpacing the domestic market, it is easy to observe a mo

bilization trend in payment structures, Xue Hongyan with the Suning Institute of Finance told Securities Daily.

The number of China’s online payment deals has jumped from 23.67 billion in 2013 to 2018’s 57.01 billion, and trans

action value more than doubled to 2,126.3 trillion yuan in 2018 from 1,060.78 trillion yuan five years earlier.

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In the latest case, which was discovered on March 12 in

In the latest case, which was discovered on March 12 in

Linshui county of Guang’an, Sichuan province, a transport truck carrying 150

 pigs, nine of them dead, was seized at a toll station.

It was the second case in March after an outbreak that killed 20 pigs on a

breeding farm in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region was confirmed on March 7.

The next step, Yu said, is to maintain the momentum of the ongoing disease preven

tion and control measures and strengthen oversight over the slaughtering sector.

On Friday, the ministry launched checks on slaughterhouses nationwide and

ordered them to carry out self-inspections.

Yu stressed the need to secure supplies of live pigs and pork products.

The domestic output of live pigs in China has been declining since the second half of last year beca

use of the disease, according to Yang Hanchun, a professor at the College of

Veterinary Medicine of China Agricultural University.

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an hopes more smart shelters will be set up in the neighborho

an hopes more smart shelters will be set up in the neighborho

The development of artificial intelligence is helping Beijing’s dogs, too. At the suggestion of the local government, AI sta

rtup Megvii developed a dog facial recognition system to help reunite owners with lost pets.

Just as humans can be identified by their unique fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their distinctive noses.

Xie Yinan, vice-president of Megvii, said the company has built a dog nose-print database with 1 million images to train the

machine-learning model, and the system is expected to help improve the stray dog problem in the city.

It is estimated that the population of stray animals in Beijing surpassed 1 million back in 2005. Homeless animals lead

to public health problems, but poisoning and shooting them has sparked debate about humane animal control methods.

Everyone has their own way to communicate with the wor

ld, said Wan. “I believe that technology can make the world a warmer and better place.”

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Six people arrested in Kenya after seizure of fake $20 millio

Six people arrested in Kenya after seizure of fake $20 millio

Police in Kenya have arrested six people in connection with the seizure of counterfeit notes worth more than $20 million.

The fake banknotes were found in a personal safety deposit box of a Barclays Bank bran

ch in the capital Nairobi, Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations said on Tuesday.

“Six people were arrested… by DCI detectives in connection with fake currency a

mounting to slightly over $20 million at Barclays Kenya Queensway Branch,” the statement read.

6 People were arrested today evening by @DCI_Kenya Detectives in conn

ection with Fake currency amounting to slightly over 20Million US Dollars @Ba

rclays_Kenya~Queensway Branch. The fake notes in 100 Dollar denominations were recovered from the Bank’s

“The fake notes in $100 denominations were recovered from the bank’s safe room.”

Those arrested include two bank officials, DCI said, adding that a person who woul

d have been defrauded by the suspects was cooperating with the police in the investigation.

Barclays Kenya confirmed on Tuesday that the police arrested a customer who had kept counterfeit dollar notes in a safety deposit box at the branch.

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he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v

isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.

Their new life lasted eight months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a

news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.

In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”

First burials

Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.

Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length

of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.

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At smaller services, shovels are used to move the dirt. So

At smaller services, shovels are used to move the dirt. So

many people attended Wednesday’s service that Akil said guests were invited to throw a small handful each.

Zaid was too weak to hold a shovel, Akil said, so one was taken to him, piled with dirt.

‘It’s their names we need to keep telling’

Zaid stayed to accept condolences before being taken back to Christchurch Hospital, A

kil said. It’s likely to be some time before he’s well enough to return to Cashmere High School, which his brother also attended.

Ardern visited Cashmere High on Wednesday to address the students who’ve been payi

ng tribute to Hamza and another classmate who was killed, Sayyad Milne, 14. Former student Tariq Omar, 24, also died.

New Zealand terror suspect planned third attack, police chief says

“You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday,” Ardern told the students. “It’s their names and their stories we need to keep telling.”

The prime minister invited questions from the assembly. The first was: “How are you?”

“Thank you for asking,” Ardern said. “I’m very sad.”

New Zealand will fall silent for two minutes this Friday to remember the victims of the massacre.

The call to prayer will be also broadcast over national television and radio uniting a country wracked by grief one week on.

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Less likelybut not impossible — is that the EU refuses a delay

Less likelybut not impossible — is that the EU refuses a delay

European diplomatic sources have been clear over the past few months that any kind of extension would be far easier to swallow if the UK made clear its long-term

intentions, rather than putting things off for no reason. To put it mildly, clarity has hitherto not been Britain’s strong point.

Any Brexit delay requires the unanimous approval of the European Council, the EU’s supreme decision-making body that includes the leaders of each member sta

te, meeting in Brussels this week. This is where difficulties begin. Since the start of the whole process, Brexiteers have bold

ly asserted that the unity of the EU27 would eventually crack and the UK could finally get its way.

It didn’t. To date, the EU has stood firmly by the dea

l it reached with the UK — the so-called Withdrawal Agreement — insisting it was locked down and ready for Britain to approve.

But given the UK Parliament’s reluctance to do so, and the consequent prospect of a dela

y to Brexit, something interesting has happened. For the first time in the Brexit process, we are

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approaching a European Council summit where thebehavior of

approaching a European Council summit where thebehavior of

the EU can’t easily be predicted.

The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.

If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli

amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a

member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect

ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr

iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To

mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.

So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi

rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou

ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.

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Guenveur believes the new 10.5-inch iPad Air could stru

Guenveur believes the new 10.5-inch iPad Air could stru

  uggle to find a place in the market considering the 11-inch iPad Pro is still a more powe

rful option that also supports the pencil. The iPad Mini, however, could push a decent amount of people to upgrade.

  ”There is certainly a market for the iPad Mini, especially among

students and teens, but I don’t know for how long the upgrade cycle for it will be,’ Guenveur said. “I

suspect it will do very well for one large upgrade cycle for the rest of the year and then slowly drop off.”

  Correction: An earlier version of this story detailed incorrectly what ships with the new iPads.The

Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons has thrown a constitutional curve ball into the Brexit process.

  Citing a convention that dates back to 1604, John Bercow thwarted an attempt by Prime

Minister Theresa May to hold another vote on her beleaguered Brexit bill this week.

  Parliament has already rejected it twice by substantial margins. But with a deadline of March 29 approaching — at which t

he UK crashes out of the EU unless an agreement is reached — May’s government hoped to bring the deal back a th

ird time. There were even reports that if it failed again, she might return for a fourth attempt.

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I think Chinese basketball needs to get to a place where they

I think Chinese basketball needs to get to a place where they

say playing well at one tournament isn’t enough, we want more,” said the Los Angeles Lakers legend, a frequent visitor to China since 1997.

“Now you have to take it to another level … can’t just be comfortable

being here. It’s time to push the next generation to try to get on the medal podium.”

Rescheduled from 2018 to avoid a clash with FIFA’s soccer World

Cup, this year’s tournament has expanded from 24 to 32 teams, who emerged from a revamped quali

fication system that lasted 18 months and aimed to involve as many countries as possible.

“This allows us to go into more markets and to create long-lasting excitement around th

e event,” said FIBA secretary-general Andreas Zagklis, who was appointed in December.

Zagklis is also confident that the joint efforts between FIBA and the CBA will leave a lasting legacy for Chinese basketball after the World Cup.

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