Torrential rains trouble traffic in Guangdongu Baiyun Airport

orrential rains have hit many cities in South China’s Guangdong on Friday, bringing traffic chaos.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport had seen 104 flights canceled, 66 flights delayed for more than an hour,

and 19 flights diverted to other airports by 11:30 am. Huadu district, where Guangzhou’s airport i

s located, announced a red signal, the top-level warning for heavy rain, at 11:04 am.

The airports in Shenzhen and Zhuhai have also been affected by the downpour.

Many trains between Guangzhou and Shenzhen w

ere delayed, with stranded passengers waiting at the train stations.

Intercity coach stations in Guangzhou were asked by the ci

ty’s transport authorities to stop selling tickets and dispatc

hing vehicles from 11:40 am until the first-level heavy rain emergency response has ended.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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From the nine photos uploaded by Han, people could

 see three panda cubs frolicking behind a green fence and climbing the fence, along with two h

uman hands touching the nose and head of a cub. The one touching the head had red nail polish.

The post angered netizens who criticized Han for endangering the cub, fearing diseases from humans might pass to the animals.

A week later, Han deleted her posts, saying she loved pandas and would behav

e herself in the future. She also said she loved other animals and kept two dogs at home.

One netizen condemned Han for not considering the spread of the canine distemper virus to the panda cub from her two dogs.

The virus was reported to have caused the deaths of captive giant pandas in 1997, wh

en three of the bears died at the Chongqing Zoo in Sichuan’s neighboring Chongqing municipality.

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Li said the sturgeons sent back to the wild include

 both junior and adult fishes with relatively larger sizes to enrich the species’ population of different age groups.

Scientists will also study the data collected on the Chi

nese surgeon’s migration and reproduction activities in means of sonar and other advanced methods.

Chinese experts have started reintroduction events to increase

the population of sturgeons, a rare fish that dates back to the dinosaurs, since 1984.

Six employees of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. and its controlli

ng shareholder Nijiaxiang Group have been put under criminal coercive measures for their roles

in a chemical plant blast in East China’s Jiangsu province, local authorities said Saturday.

So far a total of nine people have been put under criminal coercive m

easures, which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 pm on March 21 followin

g a fire that broke out in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui c

ounty. Seventy-eight people were killed in the blast, and 187 are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

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Autonomous driving needs to adapt to different roa

ad conditions. Test results under different road conditions are supposed to reflec

t the adaptability and technical mobility of the autonomous driving technology.

Expected to be one of the most important autonomous vehicle mark

ets by accounting group KPMG early this year, China has conducted road tests in a raft of its m

unicipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong.

As China’s center of scientific and technological innovation, Beijing has been a pioneer in developing self-driving technology.

The country’s first self-driving road test report notes that the capital is scheduled to scale up tests. It cites a plan that aims to have te

st areas of 500 square kilometers and 2,000 km of open roads for testing intelligent-connected vehicles by 2022.

Data show that since February 2018, Beijing has opened 44 roads, totaling 123 km for road tests.

As of the end of 2018, the capital had 54 registered autonom

ous-driving vehicles, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total nationwide.

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Shen was followed by Gan Jianping, managing partn

tner of Qiming Venture Partners, Xu Xin, founding partner of Capital Today, and Tong Sh

ihao, managing partner of GGV Capital. They ranked fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The list was ranked by investors’ portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for at least $200 million over

the past five years, or that have raised additional funding at a valuation of $400 million or more.

“A record number of international investors, pa

rticularly from China, and women investors are gradually changing the image of the Sil

icon Valley venture capitalist,” said Alex Konrad, associate editor at Forbes, in an editor’s pick.

He noted that after years of Midas dominance, the reign of Facebook and Twitt

er is over, as those deals and their well-known investors make way for a new generation.

“The increasing presence of Chinese investors in the Midas List is a solid reflection of the scal

e and vigor of the Chinese economy,” said Zhou Xuan, director of and a professor with the priva

te investment funds institute of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

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A comprehensive deployment of the network, which transmit

at least 10 times faster than 4G at peak rates, will help develop industrial man

ufacturing, internet-connected cars, healthcare and smart city management, Zhang said.

Zhang further said that these are all strategically critical industries for both Shanghai and China.

“Shanghai also targets to nurture over 100 innovative companies specialized in exploring 5G-related application scena

rios, whose industrial output is expected to reach 100 billion yuan ($14.9 billion) by 2021,” Zhang said.

“China Mobile has invested the most in Shanghai to date to help th

e city expand its 5G trial network and related applications, because it is the most deve

loped city in China with rather solid infrastructure in many aspects,” said Jian Qin, China Mobile vice-president.

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Former vice-minister of public security expelled from Party

Taking a step requires just one second for a typical person. But not for Gao Ziren, whose paral

yzed left leg requires him to first move a crutch forward before his leg, and then balance himself.

For 42 years, Gao, a teacher at Lixin village primary school in a mountainous area of East China’s Jiangxi province, has walked th

is way between his home, the school and his students’ homes. Over the course of his career, he has worn out more than 60 crutches.

Gao, 60, was born in a mountainous area of Meiling township, Wanli district of Nancha

ng. After coming down with polio at the age of 1, his left leg suffered muscular atrophy, which left him unable to walk normally.

He did not give up, relying instead on his mental strength to finish his studies from primary school through high school.

He started his career in 1977 when a village official visited him about being a teacher in the village, as one of the two teachers the

re had left. Gao agreed to take the position, as he knew the importance of a teacher to students, especially those like him.

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hool in Xiangshui county in Yancheng, Jiangsu province,

Cao, the mayor of Yancheng, said on Sunday afternoon that repair work on schools damaged in the explosion was almost completed. Classes will resume on Monday.

Parents of nearby primary schools and kindergartens received text messages that the schools wou

ld reopen on Monday morning. Teachers and government workers had cleaned the classrooms and arranged the desks in order.

Gu Wei, who works about 350 kilometers away from his home near

the chemical plant, rushed home on hearing the news of the blast on Thursday. Concerned about safety, he se

nt his 16-year-old son to a relative’s home in a nearby township soon after he arrived at home that night.

Gu said he would send his son back home, where window glass w

as shattered by the explosion, on Sunday evening after the school announced it would open Monday.

But the 35-year-old still has some concerns about the environment, as his home in Sig

ang village is only about 4 km from the chemical industry park, where the explosion occurred.

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As dawn broke, those sobs began to make sense as a “ter

  rible sight” emerged, Taylor said.

  ”Dead bodies had floated up (and the) current of the flood water had washed the bodies up against the road,” said Tay

lor. “The road had subsided about 10 inches (25.5 centimeters). So these bodies had been washed up against the main highway.”

  Taylor said the smell of bodies and livestock was palpable.Hundreds of others were also attempting to make the congested seven-ho

ur walk from the village of Lamego — about 90 kilometers (56 miles) inland from Beira — to Nhamatanda, on higher ground. In places whe

re the current of the flood waters was strong, about 50 people joined hands to make a human chain, said Taylor.

  ”I’m 6 foot 2 inches (187 centimeters), but the force of water at knee level w

as powerful,” Taylor said. “You had to pay attention and concentrate where you put your feet.”

  Taylor said he saw an elderly woman carry her husband on her back.

  On the road out of Beira, he said “the entire area, as far as I could see, was one lake of flood

water,” adding that groups of up to 10 people had climbed eucalyptus, cashew and mango trees waiting to be rescued.

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