Gas leak in cargo ship kills 8 in East Chinavided no

Eight people died after carbon dioxide leaked in a cargo ship at Longyan Port in East China’s Shandong province Saturday afternoon.

Local authorities of the city of Rongcheng said the accident hap

pened around 4 pm in a Fujian-registered ship. The cause is under investigation.

talian soccer wizard Marcello Lippi has returned as head coach of China’s national soccer team. But wi

ll the magic come with him? Will he bring what’s needed to take Team China into the 2022 World Cup? The challenge is daunting.

The Chinese Football Association’s announcement on Friday provided no details of Li

ppi’s contract. But according to Beijing Youth Daily, his new deal will be similar to his first contract, when he w

as reportedly paid an annual salary of 20 million euros ($22 million). It said he will start in June.

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Lippi, who led his native Italy to World Cup glory in 2006

was first hired in November 2016, but his original two-year stint in China delivered littl

e to cheer about. He was unable to take China to the World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.

The 71-year-old Lippi had stepped down in January, after the country’s quarterfinal

exit from the Asian Cup, when he reportedly became furious in the dressing room after China’s crushing 3-0 loss to Iran.

Lippi’s first game in his second tenure will be a friendly match with the Philippines in Guangzhou o

n June 7, as Team China prepares for the second round of Asian zone qualifying for Qatar 2022, which kicks off in September.

“I think I’d vote for Lippi to come back,” 38-year-old Team China capt

ain Zheng Zhi said on China Central Television in March. “The old man would for sure brin

g more values to the team. We never lost faith in him, and our players all recognize his importa

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New vaccines could combat swine fevermay have fou

Chinese scientists have developed two possible vaccines for the African swine fever virus, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences announced on Friday.

The research was led by Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, which is affiliated to the academy.

Researchers have determined the minimum amount required to produce adequate immunization, and hav

e proved they are safe when used in large quantity and repetitively, the academy said, adding more research and tests are nee

ded before the vaccines can be submitted to authorities for inspection and approval.

Currently there is no effective vaccine for African swine fever, although

research and development of potential vaccines is underway in some countries.

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The release of the report was part of the Pujiang Innova

tion Forum, a major annual event in Shanghai for exchanges on science and technology innovation between China and the rest of the world. Nearly 150 gues

t speakers from 23 countries and regions will make speeches at 16 different forums through Sunday at this year’s event.

All China’s administrative villages are expected to enjoy delivery services by 2022, according to the country’s postal service regulator.

Besides, there will be delivery service outlets in every township across China, one o

f the goals outlined in a guideline to leverage postal services to vitalize the rural areas.

About 74.9 percent of the country villages still don’t have rural e-commerce delivery stations.

The central government’s infrastructure investment, as well as local specific funds for rural

vitalization, should offer support for rural delivery infrastructure development, the guideline said.

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stained outbreaks of African swine fever will caus

e devastating consequences to the pig industry and endanger China’s food security, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences said.

Before the development of the possible vaccines, researchers in the academy managed to isol

ate an African swine fever virus at a farm hit by an African swine fever outbreak last year in Jiamusi, H

eilongjiang province. Subsequent research was conducted, including on the infectiousness and transmission of the virus.

The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences will also focus efforts over the next f

ew years on other areas to help fight African swine fever, including technologies that can quickly test for the vi

rus and kill it with high efficiency, according to a plan released by the academy.

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Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the so-called “death

h zone” known for low levels of oxygen on descent from the summit, Mira Acharya, a tourism department official, said.

He is the eighth fatality on Qomolangma in the current climbing season that ends this month.

“He died because of weakness after a long ascent and difficult descent,” Mu

rari Sharma of the Everest Parivar Treks company that arranged his logistics told Re

uters. “He was descending with his sherpa guides from the summit when he suddenly fainted.”

Fellow guides changed Fisher’s oxygen bottle and offered him water, but could not save him, Sharma said.

Garrett Madison of the US based Madison Mountainee

ring company that sponsors climbers to Mount Qomolangma said many were not “well qualif

ied or prepared climbers” and were without the support necessary to ascend and descend safely.

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Fifty percent of the enterprises affected by those addition

nal tariffs are foreign funded. Many of them are US companies whose primary market is in the United States, Wang said.

The recent US moves “abruptly interfere with” the normal order of th

e global integrated circuit industry and undermine its stable development, he said.

China’s chip industry has grown on average 20 percent annually since

2012, with sales revenue reaching 653.2 billion yuan ($94.7 billion) in 2018, Wang said.

He conceded that there is a significant gap between China and global leaders in the overall design, manu

facturing, testing of the relevant equipment and raw material processing for integrated circuits.

The tariff hikes will bring troubles in China’s overseas manufacturing market, but they

will not lead to a decline in China’s manufacturing sector, Mei Xinyu, a researcher at the Chines

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ombat Hero. When he retired from the PLA, Zhang chose to

ork in the poverty-stricken mountainous areas in Laifeng, a remote county in Hubei province. He dedicated his life to the p

eople, holding posts ranging from community-level government official to deputy manager of a local bank.

His political beliefs as a Party member supported him during the war period and in serving th

e people in peacetime, with indifference to fame and wealth, Zhang told Xinhua News Agency. He said he has been

fulfilling the oath that he had sworn when joining the Party, and that he doesn’t deserve special recognition for his a

chievements, since what he did was negligible compared with those who sacrificed their lives in the war. His left leg

was amputated seven years ago because of an illness, but Zhang stood up again on his prosthesis.

He said he doesn’t want to be a burden for others, and wants his children to work wholeheartedly for the Party and the people.

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iners developing a taste for table-for-one tren

A growing number of people are eating alone, whether at home or in restaurants, and overturning traditional etiquette. Zhang Yangfei reports.

In China, food has always played a major role in promoting social cohesion. Communal eating is not on

ly familybased and deeply rooted in the nation’s cultural heritage, but is also regarded as an indicator of society’s health and stability.

Given that background, it is little wonder that eating alone, publicly or privately, has long been considered taboo.

However, in recent years things have started to change as a r

esult of demographic shifts and the growing influence of modern lifestyles.

According to a report released last year by the global market researcher

Kantar, 46 percent of people interviewed said they had eaten alone in the previous 24 ho

urs, a rise of 9 percent from 2017, and about 16 percent expressed a preference for eating solo.

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In Shanghai, Mi Jia Kao Cai Fan, a restaurant that serves a tra

 traditional local cuisine-rice with salted pork and greens, the Cai Fan in the name-has ga

ined a good reputation for its traditional flavors and its striking interior design.

Instead of rows of tables that can seat four or more people, the restaurant has just one long table

divided into individual booths by boards. When seated, diners face a small curtain-covered window, wh

ere the food is served anonymously. Each booth contains coat hangers and charging sockets.

“I wanted to let our customers know that a single person also needs to eat well, so I designed things this wa

y to make them feel less ashamed about eating alone. One person can eat out and enjoy it,” said Li Le, the owner.

Many diners have left supportive comments about the eatery on Dazhong Dianping, an online restaurant review platf

orm. “With one person, one booth, eating alone is no longer embarrassing. A bowl of fragrant rice with a bowl of re

freshing mung bean soup provides a very comfortable dinner here,” commented a customer called Kobayashi1214.

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