Police also evacuated properties close to a “location of interest”

Police also evacuated properties close to a “location of interest”

  ern city of Dunedin, some 225 miles from Christchurch late Friday night local time.

  Evacuations were made as a precaution, according to police, and alternative accommodation has been provided for residents.

  ”There is no further information available at this time,” police said on Twitter.

  In a press conference, Prime Minister Ardern described the attack as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

  ”What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said, adding that the attackers have “no place in New Zealand.”

  ”For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who are being affected and with the families,” she said.

  Police said they have mobilized every national police resource to respond to the incident.

  Gunman opened fire ‘for 10 to 15 minutes’

  Armed police were deployed after first receiving reports of the shootings at 1:40 p.m. Fri

day local time. It is the busiest day for many mosques around the world when Muslims convene for Friday prayers.

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To boost car sales after the global financial crisis br

To boost car sales after the global financial crisis br

roke out in 2008, the government introduced a stimulus policy in 2009. Thanks to the policy, car sales increased 46 p

ercent year-on-year and later helped China become the world’s largest auto market.

This success was achieved a decade ago due to a number of factors: economic recovery (albeit gradual), the halving of pu

rchase tax and car sales promotions in smaller cities, and the low base of car ownership in the country at that time.

However, the new action is relatively modest: it lays emphasis on structural improve

ment and sustainable development of the car market by, among other things, subsidizing new energy vehi

cles. In the short term therefore the new stimulus policy may increase car sales, but the increase won’t be big.

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The ministry has promised to track the illegal disposal of w

The ministry has promised to track the illegal disposal of w

  But what about the trash that has already been dumped in South Korea — such as the smoldering heap in Uiseong?

  The government has said it will relax regulations on incineration to allow for disposal, but that move has not thrilled environmental groups.

  Kim Mi-kyung, of Greenpeace Korea, says incineration “creates various environmental and health problems like greenhouse gases and toxic substances.”

  ”If we expand the (use of) incinerators, the plastic use will expand with it, because it w

ill be easy to just burn them,” she says, adding that the problem needs to be tackled at the production level.

  South Korea is one of the world’s biggest plastic consumers.

  In 2015, it consumed almost 300 pounds (132 kilograms) of plastic

per capita, surpassing both the US and China at 205 and 128 pounds (93 and 58 kg), resp

ectively, according to Euromap,an association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers.

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Madrazo said in the next 20 years, there will be more innovative

Madrazo said in the next 20 years, there will be more innovative

technologies to support farmers to practice sustainable agricultural production.

“The combining chance of advanced breeding technologies that makes the seeds smarter and

more productive, together with modern crop protection products that are friendlier to the envir

onment, coupled with biological technologies that really helps explore the power of microorganisms in the soil, w

ith digital tools as integrators, you bring all of these together.”

In June 2018, Bayer completed its acquisition of Monsanto, a US seeds and agrochemic

als company, and became the world’s largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals.

“We are a leader of agriculture,” Madrazo said, “when you look

at our new, integrated company there are three specific aspects that excite us: First one is our

top innovation ability; Second one is leading the digital transformation in agriculture; and the third one is we have a re

al opportunity to shape sustainability for the benefit of farmers, consumers and our planet.”

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In recent years, the world’s major economies have take

In recent years, the world’s major economies have take

China has been positioning itself as a key competitor in the global AI sector.

“The opportunity for AI in China is on a scale that demonstrates the transformative im

pact that the technology can have on society. It will also mean a ripple effect on the global economy in terms of accelerating inn

ovation, integration and efficiencies that pass through the supply chain globally,” said Anand Rao, global AI Leader at PwC.

Stanford University’s AI Index 2018 Annual Report found t

hat 83 percent of 2017 AI industry reports on Scopus’ citation database originated fr

om outside the US. Some 25 percent of these papers originated in China, behind only Europe with 28 percent.

The number of AI papers published in China grew 150 percent between 2007 and 2017, the report noted.

The China AI Development Report 2018, released by the China Institu

te for Science and Technology Policy at Tsinghua University, highlighted the vast pote

ntial of the AI sector in China, saying the country’s AI market surged by 67 percent year-on-year to hit 23.7 billion yu

an ($3.5 billion) in 2017. It found the top three segments were computer vision, and voice and natural language processing.

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Hunan art festival promotes rural culture vitalization

Hunan art festival promotes rural culture vitalization

The annual Huaihua Beautiful Country Culture and Arts Festival recently took place in Huna

n province, aiming to involve more villagers in art creation and vitalize local culture.

Hosted by the China Art Association, Hunan Photographers Association and the Huaihua Feder

ation of Literary and Art Circles, this year’s arts festival featured local people performing a vari

ety of disciplines on stage, including wind and percussion music, group dance and Chinese operas.

Unique to this year’s arts festival is a photography exhibition, showcasing 50 pictures taken by mi

grant workers. The photos are selected from the award winners of the 2018 Hunan Province W

orkers Photography Exhibition.
“These photos focus on the extraordinary achievements made by laborers from all wa

lks of life, freeze-framing the wonderful moments of their daily work, presenting their diligence, endeavor and co

mmitment to innovation,” says Liang Xiangfeng, secretary-general of Hunan Photographers Association.

The exhibition is a major measure taken by the association in 2019 in its bid to use the arts to alleviate poverty and promote rural vitalization.

Founder of the arts festival, artist Shu Yong, says: “To vitalize the countryside, we must first vitalize rur

al culture. Only when the local villagers feel proud of their home and culture, can rural vitalization truly be realized.”

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Payment by phone sees big growth overseas

Payment by phone sees big growth overseas

Swiping phones for payment is shaping up to be the new norm for Chinese people shopping oversea

s, as the adoption of mobile payment becomes more evenly distributed by age and geographical location.

Customers in their 50s saw a 1.3-fold increase in Alipay usage as they traveled overseas during the Spring Festival

holiday that concluded on Sunday, according to the country’s largest mobile wallet operator.

The age group has recorded the highest growth rate among all demographics tracked by Al

ipay, as more older people embrace digital payment at home and extend such habits overseas.

Meanwhile, those born in the 1990s, who grew up in relative material abundance and are more “digitally native”, formed the ba

kbone of outbound travel this year, data from Tencent’s popular messaging app WeChat showed.

They accounted for 31 percent of users who embarked on overseas trips, the biggest pr

oportion, and paid with WeChat’s embedded wallet, according to data released on Sunday.

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With more and more people gathering at the lake, it became over

With more and more people gathering at the lake, it became over

run with fences and nets used to trap fish. Pollutants discharged by residents liv

ing in the area went directly into the lake, and water quality went from bad to worse.

“We could drink directly from the lake at the beginning, but a few years lat

er, the water began to stink, and we had to buy bottled water onshore” Chen recalled.

Overfishing and other human activities put the lake in crisis.

Realizing the need to clean up the lake, the local government took a series of protec

tive measures including relocating all the fishermen and getting rid of all the fences and nets.

Under the government policy on relocation of fishermen, Chen got 170,000 yuan (around 25,368 U.S. dollars) of

subsidy after moving onshore. Using the subsidy, the 110,000 yuan he got from selling his boat to the g

overnment and his own savings, he bought a nice apartment not far from his workplace.

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Chinese academic players lead in AI patent filing: WIPO repor

Chinese academic players lead in AI patent filing: WIPO repor

Chinese academic institutions and companies are leading players in global artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to a recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Chinese institutions make up 17 of the world’s top 20 academic players in AI patenting a

nd 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications, showed the report, which was released on Thursday.

The report noted that AI patents filed by Chinese organizations grew 20 percent annually on average between 2013 and 2016.

“Chinese organizations are particularly strong in the emerging technique of deep learning,” the report said.

Among the Chinese institutions, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was a leading player, wit

h more than 2,500 patent families and more than 20,000 scientific papers published on AI, it sh

owed, adding that CAS has the largest deep learning portfolio with 235 patent families.

However, US and Japanese companies led in AI patent filings. Of the top 20 companie

s filing AI-related patents, 12 are based in Japan, three are from the US and two are from China.

US-based IBM has the largest portfolio of AI patent filings with 8,290 inventions, followed by Microsoft with 5,930 inventions, according to the report.

State Grid Corp of China rose into the top 20 after its patent filings increased by an average of 70 percent annually from 2013 to 2016.

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Rainie sorry party sister sun group photo The lens

Rainie sorry party sister sun group photo The lens

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hen, and a caption said: “sisters and so-called.My baby cyclone back to Taiwan

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orrow, still take time to come to my house to meet with me tonight.Although

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t good meet, all my pajamas with large plain yan, strong filter can only cover up

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n do as good sisters also said: “I like us”, in the picture two people on the lens show MOE and lovely girl.

  27, rainie in personal social account bask in a group photo with good sisters m

ichelle Chen, and a caption said: “sisters and so-called.My baby cyclone ba

ck to Taiwan for work, will fly out tomorrow, still take time to come to my hou

se to meet with me tonight.Although only a short span of more than one hour, but good meet, all my pajamas with large pla

in yan, strong filter can only cover up the yellow face shiva.Then michelle Chen sun

do as good sisters also said: “I like us”, in the picture two people on the lens show MOE and lovely girl.

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