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 signed exhibitors at trade in service area are Deloitt

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.

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The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

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.

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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Speaking of the Chinese economy, Liu said, China is

 accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo

pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.

China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa

ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.

The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma

rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg

er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.

On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.

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New Zealand’s new gun law takes effect Jacinda Ardern sp

New Zealand’s new gun law officially took effect on Friday less than a month after the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques which killed 50 people.

Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the law on Thursday night, which was the final step before it becomes law.

The New Zealand parliament passed the bill after its third or the final reading on Wednesday night. In acorda

nce with the new gun law, possessing military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) and assault rifles and associated parts will be illegal.

The new gun bill, namely the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and parts) Amendment

Bill, won overwhelming support in the parliament as it was passed by a vote of 119 to 1.

Possession of prohibited firearms could face a jail term up to five years, according to the bill.

The New Zealand government had vowed to ban MSSAs soon afte

r the Christchurch terrorist attacks on March 15, which also injured 50 others.

The New Zealand government has also announced that a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established.

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This video was allegedly filmed at around 10 pm, when

 Niuniu had already worked for most of the day.

Another clip shows Niuniu shocked by her mother’s sudden strike to her hand.

Many netizens have said that the viral videos show the harmful conditions that child mode

ls experience, and have asked for more care for the girl’s psychical and mental health.

More than 110 children’s clothing shops on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping platform, have unit

ed together to call for better regulation of the child modeling industry and greater protection for child models.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known child

model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

The video has been viewed tens of millions of times, with many leaving comme

nts criticizing Niuniu’s mother for “abusing” her daughter and using her “as a tool to make money”.

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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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Always referring to himself as the “gatekeeper” of the Pa

Palace Museum, Shan joked about applying for a volunteer position after retirement.

His successor Wang Xudong was formerly the director of the Dunhuang Academy. He has b

een dedicated to the preservation of Dunhuang murals since 1991 and became the director of the institution in 2014.

China saw 112 million domestic tourist trips during the three-day tomb-sweeping holiday, up 10.

9 percent from last year’s holiday, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism revenue reached 47.9 billion yuan (about $7.1 billion) during the holiday which lasts from Fri

day to Sunday, up 13.7 percent, according to the ministry.

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor started a t

hree-day trip to Japan on Sunday to attend a symposium for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The symposium, jointly held by Guangdong, Hong Kong and

Macao, will be on Tuesday in Tokyo, site of one of the world’s best-known and largest bay areas.

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Supply chain finance gets tech edge, to boost private

Chinese commercial banks are strengthening supply chain finance with the help of tech

nology to solve difficulties at private enterprises, especially small and micro-sized businesses.

Supply chain finance allows a supplier to sell its invoices to a bank at a discount as soon as they ar

e approved by the buyer. This allows the buyer to pay later and the supplier to secure its money earlier.

China Minsheng Banking Corp, a national joint-stock commercial lender – a business entity in which shares

of the company’s stock can be bought and sold by shareholders – is providing comprehensive financial and nonfin

ancial services to private enterprises in the upstream and downstream supply chains.

Downstream supply chain management refers to coordinating the flow of information and goods with clients. It cont

rasts with upstream SCM, which involves coordinating buying activities with suppliers.

The Beijing-based bank has offered solutions adapted to the features and needs of private companies in six industr

ies, including home appliances and pharmaceuticals, since setting up a supply chain finance department last year.

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