McGill gave the Chinese super star no chance in t

 ninth with a break of 76 to make it 6-3 after the first session.

Ding, the 2016 runner-up, will resume the competition with the Scot o

n Sunday morning and look to reach the second round at Crucible for the 10th time.

Ding’s compatriot Tian Pengfei, ranked 81st in the w

orld, took a surprise 5-4 lead over 15th-ranked Stephen Maguire of Scotland.

Tian, one of six Chinese players in the field this year, took the opening frame with a brea

k of 52. Maguire levelled with a run of 80 then took

a scrappy third frame, before Tian made it 2-2 with a 59.

In frame five, Maguire came from 58-0 down to ta

ke it with a clinical 62 clearance, then he added the sixth for 4-2. But Tian rose to the occasion as the sessi

on progressed, winning the last three frames with runs of 45, 100 and 70. They resume on Sunday at 7pm.

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The National Copyright Administration issued a state

tement Friday morning saying a campaign will be launched to regulate the image copyright market.

The administration said it attaches importance to copyrigh

t protection and protects owners’ legal rights, and companies sh

ould establish a mechanism to safeguard rights appropriately according to laws, not abusing them.

The image company was founded in June 2000 and in 2014 it was listed on China’s A-share

market. In the first three quarters of 2018, the company achieved revenue of 700 million yuan ($104.18 million).

Some have questioned the company’s use of copyright lawsuits. One company faced more t

han 4,200 lawsuits from Visual China Group, and more than 3,900 cases were decided.

According to a plan, the company would release 388 million restricted

shares on Friday, equal to 10.33 billion yuan. The share price has plunged sharply on Friday.

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Ofo denies bankruptcy, claims all is well Ofo has denied

Chinese startup Ofo has denied it is bankrupt, and claimed all is w

ell at the bike-sharing company in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Beijing Baikeluoke Technology Co, one of Ofo’s operat

ors, was involved in a bankruptcy case on March 25, listed on the national bankruptcy disclosure platform.

Ofo, however, insists it is not bankrupt, saying that its debt-related litigation and negotiations are still underway.

The company has been suffering financial problems for the past few m

onths, with tens of millions of users waiting for refunds since the second half of last year.

To compound matters for the company, unpaid bills resulted in several lawsuits in the same period.

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The roads were sandy and muddy in the past, causing him t

m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s

chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.

Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”

Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro

nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.

In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br

ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.

Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child

ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.

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Strong measures have been taken to avoid subsequent disasters

 particularly to prevent polluted water in the chemical park from flowing out.

Cao said that thorough inspections have been conducted in chemical plants on the site to prevent further pollution.

He said that these plants stored a large amount of chemical substances, and some sulfuric acid and nitric acid was leaked from the storage tanks due to the explosion.

“Environmental experts and managers of the chemical park have been summoned to research the water treatment and environmental protection issues,” said Cao.

“Details of the categories, amounts and storage methods of chemicals are being careful

ly examined and they’ll be handled with great caution to prevent secondary disasters,” he said.

Li Ganjie, minister of Ecology and Environment, also held a m

eeting on pollution control after the blast. He demanded a comprehensive monitoring of th

e local environment, and all-out efforts to clean solid waste in the park and prevent polluted waters in the park from enterin

g the Guanhe River, which runs into the Yellow Sea. The river’s estuary is only a little more than 10 km away from the park.

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A Syrian refugee and his son are first victims to be buried in Chri

Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)Zaid Mustafa should have been at school on Wednesday.

Instead, he was being pushed in a wheelchair to the graves of his father and brother,

surrounded by mourning strangers in a country he had only recently made home.

The 13-year-old was shot in the leg last Friday when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques in the New Zeala

nd city of Christchurch, killing 50 people and shocking a nation that thought it could never happen there.

The Mustafas didn’t think it could happen there, either.Zaid Mustafa, 13, whose father and brother were killed in the Chri

stchurch terrorist attack, attends a funeral at Memorial Park Cemetery on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Khaled, 44, and Hamza, 15, were at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave

nue when they were gunned down, leaving behind Zaid, his mother, Salwa, and younger sister, Zaina.

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Russian authorities may have wide latitude to restrict sp

  ech online, but it’s also worth remembering that the Yarovaya Law had a major impact on religious freedom in Russia.

  A 2018 State Department report noted that Russian authorities

“prosecuted individuals of many denomination

s for unauthorized missionary activity under the

amendments to antiterrorism laws passed in 2016, known as the Yarovaya Package. Polic

e conducted raids on the private homes and places of worship of religious minorities.

  Religious minorities said local authorities used the country’s anti-extremism l

aws to add to the list of banned religious texts. Local officials continued to prevent minority religi

ous organizations from obtaining land and denied them construction permits for houses of worship.”

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In an interview with China Daily Website on Tuesday

 Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai

rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op

portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.

“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog

ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro

w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”

He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co

me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.

Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee

n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo

r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.

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Samsung said the cameras’ software on all the newphones is abl

  to faster identify what’s in the shot and make suggestions for better framing.

  The four models, which are available for pre-order on Thursday and hit starts on March 8, start at 128GB and go up in cost depending on s

torage size. The devices come in four colors in the US: black, white, blue and a pink inspired by t

he Pantone color of the year (Living Coral). More colors will be available globally.The S10 5G mod

el is the first mainstream device to run on lightning-fast 5G wireless networks later this year. The move could give Samsung a sig

nificant head start in early 5G markets, such as part of the US, South Korea and China, and pit itself as an inn

ovation leader. Apple isn’t expected to have a 5G iPhone until the final quarter of 2020.

  Of course, the 5G network is still in its infancy, which could limit the new device’s true potential.

  ”Some carriers have aggressive launch dates, but full-scale co

verage, like we currently have with 4G, is years away,” Ben Stan

ton at Canalys told CNN Business. “Cellular waves needed for 5G do not travel as far as with 4G and 3G, an

d it will take time for carriers to build a sufficiently dense network of infrastructure.”

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hile Beijing promises to buy more American goods and to ex

pand market access to US firms, Washington should move forward on some issues, such as tightened export controls to China,” Mei added.

Besides the purchase of more US soybeans, there is more room to buy additional ‘

’US goods such as energy products, aircraft and automobiles as part of efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with China.

More containment

Notwithstanding the good momentum of trade talks, the US seems to be hastening its offensive against China in various sectors.

In a Saturday article, CNN said US intelligence warned that China was using “student spies” to steal secrets from the US.

Unnamed lawmakers and intelligence officials were quoted as saying that the Chinese are

“notorious” for their patriotism and nationalism that could allegedly “coerce them into carrying out acts of espionage.”

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Energy Department said it woul

d ban its scientists and employees from participating in talent-recruitment programs sponsored by China and other countries.

The department oversees 17 national laboratories conducting advanced resear

ch in such areas as nuclear physics and supercomputing.

This is not the first time US officials have accused Chinese students of espionage, while Chine

se students, based on official US data, accounted for over 30 percent of the country’s international students in 2018.

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