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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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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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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Stricter regulation in store for online commerce: Zhang Mao

Stricter regulation in store for online commerce: Zhang Mao

hina’s market regulator said on Monday that the government will promote stricter regulation and supervision over online comm

erce, amid public concerns about false advertising, fake imported goods and monopolistic practices.

E-commerce platforms also have to take key responsibilities for promoting credibility and in

tegrity, Zhang Mao, minister of State Administration of Market Regulation, said at a news conf

erence on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions, urging them to strengthen internal controls.

Zhang stressed that the administration will set the same standard for online and offline sh

opping and increase the penalties of selling fake goods for a better development of e-commerce.

same standard for online and offline shopping and in

crease the penalties of selling fake goods for a better development

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He said China’s capital controls will continue to be a f

He said China’s capital controls will continue to be a f

factor in Chinese outbound investments in 2018. “If you are a company where real estate and property development is your ma

in line of business I think you will have a better chance of getting your foreign investment approved,” he said.

Despite the decline in Chinese investment, the US commercial real estate markets weathered the loss of capi

tal well. Because New York and San Francisco receive two-thirds of every Chinese investment dollar according to the

report, the effect of the falloff was limited, according to Barry Hersh, a real estate professor at New York University.

Overall, China fell to third in total foreign investment in American real estate behind Cana

da and Singapore, according to the report. Bitner said other sources of capital stepped in to fill the void. “Capital fro

m Canada, Singapore, Japan and South Korea is coming into the US market,” he said.

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Authorities broadened the investigation after two other case

Authorities broadened the investigation after two other case

  of illness at the company in recent years were discovered.Klaus O was brought before a judge on May 17, who issued an arrest warrant for attempted murder.

  Fire brigade specialists found mercury, lead and cadmium in the suspect’s apart

ment in Bielefeld. Police said the man “has long tried to produce toxic substances, including heavy metal comp

ounds,” based on substances found in his home.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on Inte

rnational Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment.

  ”We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift

others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8.

  ”We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”

  On social media, the comments sparked instant derision of Morrison, who

has been criticized for the lack of female representation among his party’s leadership.

  ”Men who are threatened or worried of women achieving equality is the bloody problem,” tweeted Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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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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Talent, research capabilities needed in scientific fields

Talent, research capabilities needed in scientific fields

About a century ago, Chen Duxiu, one of the founders of the Comm

unist Party of China, called for the people to use science to save the country from the dark ages. Scie

nce was also widely encouraged during the May Fourth Movement in 1919, a campaign that opposed im

perialism and feudalism, thus changing the trajectory of contemporary Chinese history.

Despite its relatively late introduction, modern science has taken root, flourished and intertwined with the fate of th

is ancient nation. Scientific knowledge, along with the attitude, methods, ideas and spirit, are not only aff

ecting people’s day-to-day decisions, but are also driving the socioeconomic development of China and the world.

These facts will be more apparent this year as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of

China. The Chinese Academy of Sciences will also celebrate its 70th birthday in November.

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South Korea’s plastic problem is a literal trash Uiseong, a pictu

South Korea’s plastic problem is a literal trash Uiseong, a pictu

  ue South Korean farming county, was a backwater until homegrown heroes the Garlic Girl

s became breakout stars and curling silver medalists at last year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

  In recent months the spotlight has again fallen on Uiseong for a far less glorious rea

son: a smoldering mountain of garbage which highlights the trash crisis in the densely populated nation.

  Among the rice paddies and beside the Nakdong River in the

country’s east, a horseshoe-shaped, 170,000-ton heap of trash is spontaneously combusting, spe

wing out plumes of smoke and the nose-scorching, chemical stench of burning plastic.

  On a cold February morning, six workers wearing grimy overalls a

nd gas masks clamber over the 50 feet-tall (15 meters) man-made hill, dousing the smo

ke with fire hoses. But as soon as one smoldering spot is extinguished, another flares up.

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Earlier this month, a container ship docked in Pyeongtae

Earlier this month, a container ship docked in Pyeongtae

  harbor, on the southwest coast of Seoul. On board were 51 containers of mixed waste that South Korean company Green SoKo had exported to the Philippines last year.

  The company had claimed the waste was recyclable plastic, but most of it was not in fact recyclable an

d had been strewn over a 45,000 square meter patch (almost 500,000 square feet) of Mindanao island.

  Locals discovered that the trash included household garbage, used diapers, empty ca

ns of ham, and washing machine parts. Protests by environmental group EcoWaste Coalition put pressure on the South Korean govern

ment to take back the trash.What that container ship brought back to Seoul, however, was only a fraction of the 290

,000 tons of waste which South Korean Customs estimates was illegally exported in 2018.

  A report released last month by the Ministry of Environment

blamed the problem on the lack of affordable alternatives for disposing of solid waste.

  ”The cost of incineration used to be $53 per ton and now it’s over $230. The waste comp

anies cannot recycle or incinerate (affordably), so the waste is left abandoned,” ministry officials said at a briefing.

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