Shaorong, vice-general manager of Qinzhou Nixing Po

He told China Daily his company’s priority is to attract more peo

ple, especially non-locals, to visit and boost sales, as local consumption has limited potent

ial. The company is eyeing more business opportunities based on word-of-mouth among visitors, Long said.

This “one-stop industrial tourism”, as Long calls it, has contrib

uted more than 60 percent in total sales since his company started to feel out the market in 2005.

Long witnessed the company transform from a State-owned enterprise to a market-orient

ed limited company at the turn of century. By streamlining internal bodies and lifting the proportion of em

ployees involved in production while promoting its products via culture and tourism, costs can be cut, according to Long.

Now, he added, the annual production value of the company has reached 10 million yuan ($1.5 million).

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The male turtle, thought to be more than 100 years

old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr

egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.

“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog

ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best

surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi

ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”

More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw

ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.

“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures

such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with

International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.

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Image company under fire after black hole ‘copyright’

The first-ever image of a black hole has sucked a Chinese image provider Visual China Group into a “black hole” of its own, after

some “we media” players complained that the company put its copyright logo on the image.

Just after the black hole image was released on Wednesday, some found the Visual China Gr

oup website carried the image with its logo, which means payment is required to use the image.

The company released a statement Thursday afternoon that the company gained the ima

ge copyright from the Event Horizon Telescope teams for use in media, not for commercial use such as advertisements.

Materials from the official websites of scientific authorities such as the European Sou

thern Observatory and NASA are available free, so long as users clearly credit the source.

The ESO has said Visual China has not made contact about the black hole image and it is illegal for it to claim copyright.

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Chief teacher’ pilot program announcedprimary school

China will choose chief teachers at primary and midd

le schools in rural areas in its central and western regions in a pilot pr

ogram to promote local education, according to a notice from the Ministry of Education on Tuesday.

Anhui, Henan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces were included in the pilot program, a

nd each province will have five underdeveloped cities or prefectures to set chief teachers, according to the notice.

Chief teachers will be chosen from a pool of educators with impeccable credentials, excellent p

rofessional qualities, high educational levels and strong organizational coordination abilities.

According to the notice, chief teachers will be chosen through competitions openly, and

should focus on Chinese, math and English as their subjects. Their tenure will be three years in the pilot program.

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Mandatory payments by air carriers to the Civil Avia

tion Development Fund will be halved. Charges for national cultural programs supported by cen

trally administrated enterprises and institutions will be cut in half, effective until the end of 2024.

It was also decided at the meeting to reduce mobile internet service rates and lower broa

dband service rates for small and medium-sized enterprises by about 180 billion yuan in 2019.

The State Council also decided to trim average electricity prices for gene

ral industrial and commercial businesses, lower prices for rail freight transport, cut or

merge port charges, and cancel charges for the certification of citizens’ personal ID information.

The measures identified at the meeting on Wednesday are the most recent moves for fee reductio

ns following the lowering of the social insurance contribution rate. Full delivery of these measures is expec

ted to lighten the fee burden on companies and individuals by more than 300 billion yuan in 2019.

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Liu Junhai, a business law professor at Renmin Uni

versity of China, said short-term rental websites can help promote optimal utilization of existing resources like rental housing.

“The market is not mature yet. The quality of management shou

d be improved. Online platforms need to strengthen their self-discipline,” said Liu.

Chinese investors earned a record high place in Forbes’ latest list of the top 100 venture capitalists as the nation’s invest

ors are gradually changing the global venture capital market dominated by Silicon Valley.

According to the annual Midas List of Forbes Magazine, 21 Chinese investors made it into the to

p 100 venture capitalists globally, which broke the previous record of 17 domestic investors last year.

Four Chinese investors rank among the top 10 this year with Shen Nanpeng, founding and managing partner of Seq

uoia Capital China, remaining at the top of the ranking for the second consecutive year.

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On the other hand, policies to stabilize growth also contr

tribute to deleveraging, Hu said.

“The large-scale reduction of taxes and fees could efficiently reduce burdens on enterpris

es and strengthen their ability to repay debts and absorb equity financing,” she said.

Zhu Min, chair of the National Institute of Financial Research at Tsinghua University, sai

d it is clear that China will “move more on fiscal policy than monetary policy” to offset short-term economic challenges.

This year’s tax and fee cut on enterprises-worth nearly 2 trillion yuan ($297.8 billion)-is “really encouraging”, which will

improve their productivity and efficiency, said Zhu, a former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

The debt level, especially for State-owned enterprises, is still high, Zhu said, making i

t necessary to continue deleveraging to contain risks and achieve sustainable growth.

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Fans have now seen the home side lose its opening game

of the China Cup in three consecutive years-2-0 to Iceland at the inaugural

edition in 2017, and 6-0 to Wales last year.

Thursday’s defeat-the first test of newly appointed coach Fabio Canna

varo who is also helming CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande-was harder to swallow bec

ause Team China had defeated Thailand in the round of 16 at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in January.

The 45-year-old Caannavaro, who took over from compatriot Marcello Lippi last week, has made headlines and triggered controversy because of the dual club-and-country role.

“China now has the financial power to bring the best coach to manage its team, but that cannot bring any improvement overnight,” Cannavaro said after the loss.

“You need to set up a sustainable system in order to develop soccer over the long term.

“China cannot improve with only good tactics. I found that problem during this year’s Asian Cup. And what I saw tonight confirmed my judgment.”

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raujo said IFRC is sending staff to Malawi, Mozambique and

  Zimbabwe to help families who don’t have access to phone or internet find their missing relatives.

  About 1.7 million people are affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, according to UNICEF.

  ”The situation on the ground remains critical,” said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF sp

okesperson in Geneva, describing the scene in Beira.”There is no electricity or running water.”

  Thousands of people are congregating in informal camps in desperate c

onditions, according to UNICEF representative Marco Luigi Corsi, who has traveled to affected areas.

  Eyewitness account

  Taylor, 62, who has lived in Mozambique for 10 years, became stranded on Satur

day on the highway to Zimbabwe from Beira, where Cyclone Idai made landfall, after flood waters one-meter high blocked the road.

  At 3 a.m. on Monday, he abandoned his car and joined the stre

ams of people wading in the pitch black through the waters along the raised highway.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”

Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.

“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im

prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man

y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”

Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.

hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye

ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.

In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe

ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti

tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.

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