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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.
PWC, KPMG, Ernst&Young, UPS, DHL, CMA CGM, HSBC, and VALE International.
The food showing area will be 60,000 square meters showing d
airy products, vegetables, fruits, meats, aquatic products, snacks, condiments, liquor and bever
ages, and the exhibitors will include Nestle, Danone, Fonterra, Theland, Dole, Louis Dreyfus and Cargill.
The 12th China Arts Festival will bring a slew of art activities to the Chinese economic and art hub Shanghai.
From May 20 to June 2, more than 50 shows selected nationwide will be perform
ed in 19 major theaters in Shanghai, over 600 artworks will go on display at the China Art Museum, and a fine
selection of creative cultural products will be shown at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. The festival will inclu
de various art forms, such as opera, chamber music, dancing, painting, sculpture and photography.
As 2019 also marks the 70th anniversary of the foun
ding of the People’s Republic of China, this year’s repertoire will be centered aro
und the lives of modern Chinese people as well as the diversified and prosperous art development in the new era.
ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.
A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.
He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.
Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou
rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.
The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther
n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ
ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.
A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect
ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba
ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.
ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.
After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio
n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua
rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.
As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi
na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.
The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ
ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran
and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).
hinese e-commerce giant JD is reducing salaries for its delivery staff across the country by a
dopting a commission-based payment scheme and reducing benefits, in a bid to reduce costs and boost margins
after three senior executives of the company announced their resignation.
JD will replace its couriers’ basic salaries with commission-based compens
ation starting from June, and lower contributions to employees’ housing funds fr
om 12 percent to 7 percent, a move that could result in wage reductions, according to media reports.
JD Logistics, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight, responded via it
s official Sina Weibo account, saying that as the number of orders from individual clients increases, th
e company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
It said that the company’s deliverymen in the second and third-tier cit
ies of southern China could earn more than 8,00
0 yuan ($1,191) under the current pilot scheme. “We expect to add more than 10,000
positions this year as JD Logistics is providing services to more industry customers,” JD said.