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higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to
begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”
Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim
eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.
In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.
Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra
infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.
Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that
drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well
Praising Tianjin’s efforts and achievements in intelligent sc
ience and technology, Liu Chuanzhi, board chairman of Legend Holdings Co Ltd, pred
icted the city will make a qualitative leap in two to three years by combining intelligent technologies with manufacturing.
Liu, also founder of Chinese computer giant Lenovo, said his company, like Tianjin, considers intelligent technology a new imp
etus. Lenovo is working on many intelligent applications and has invested in many high-tech ma
nufacturing enterprises. It uses various artificial intelligence-driven algorithms and machine learning to ana
lyze the data of its supply chain system, using it to optimize Lenovo’s new intelligent spare parts supply chain.
Liu Qingfeng, chairman and CEO of iFlytek, said the company has developed a series o
f products driven by AI applications, based on small samples over the past year.
The company’s latest technological breakthrough is for the first tim
e its machine has surpassed humans in English reading comprehension, Liu said.
He said that he believes AI in 2019 has entered the year of large-scale application.
China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area
s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.
The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr
ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.
The central government has made arrangements to offer support to
the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi
nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.
He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and
evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
its urbanization process. Lastly, it plans to have development of urban and rural areas fully integrated by the middle of the century.
Under the plan, China will relax restrictions on new migrants to urban areas, excluding some mega cities.
hen Liuqin, founder and director-general of Beijing-based Qin Dian Think Tank, said the stimulus policy d
emonstrates the government’s commitment to pursue a balanced and integrated development of rural and urban areas.
“The integration of rural and urban areas is not meant to eliminate differences between them, but r
ather to optimize allocation of resources and boost common development,” Chen added. “We sho
uld abandon the fixed mindset and consider both rural and urban areas as a unified ecosystem.”
According to Chen, with the high-quality development strategy and more integration, there is huge market potential in many cities.
Specifically, the government will increase spending on rural infrastructure, including roads, ferries and public tran
sport. And it will encourage public-private partnerships in rural infrastructure such as water supply, waste
management and sewage treatment, farmers markets, power supply, telecommunications and logistics.
Irwin and his family were living in Costa Rica, and Berry was running a heavy equipment busin
ess in Tennessee, but the opportunity presented by Asian carp drew them both to Kentucky.
They ran into some difficulties at first, stan place, they then steered the boat in a circle, banging the hull wi
th a wooden stick. Immediately, carp started to jump out of the water before splashing back in.
A few lucky ones managed to jump outside the net, while others dived deep to escape.
When the flurry subsided, Brting out with the wrong-sized net and faili
ng to catch a single fish. “We traded a car for a new net, and the rest is history,” Berry said.
Their average daily catch weighs from 1,360 to 3,175 kilograms. Last month, they delivered almost 45,360 kg.
“We usually work 10 to 12 hours a day, seven days a week. If we can fish, we fish,” Berry said
in fact a type of aluminum alloy that can be used to imitate the shape
of traditional Chinese architecture at a low cost. It is an example of how modern technology is app
lied at the exhibition,” Li Liang, a designer of the pavilion, was quoted by Beijing Daily as saying.
By installing rainwater collection devices on the roofs and tanks beneath the pavilio
n, a mini ecological circulation has been created by gathering rainwater to irrigate the terraced fields.
Shen Yanyan, who came with her family from Jiangxi province for a visit, said that
although she didn’t know much about design, she felt the building was “very cool”.
“We saw its shiny roof upon entry to the park and we were immediately attracted,” said the 33-year-old. “The Ch
ina Pavilion is not only beautiful outside, but also inside. My mother is very happy to see flowers from so many pro
vinces and regions of the country, and all are well-trimmed and placed in the pavilion’s exhibition halls.”
ures are consistent with the top-line measured GDP growth number. For example, production and
supply of electricity, thermal power, gas and water increased by 7.1 percent in the quarter. Pl
us, value-added index of transport, storage and post increased by 7.3 percent.
A closer look at the highest growth sectors shows that the economy is moving toward the long-term goal of shif
ting away from a development strategy based on heavy investment in industry and
infrastructure to one based on services and domestic consumption. Also, more productive industries that tur
n out higher-value added goods are growing at a much faster rate than traditional heavy industry.
Among large companies, State-owned enterprises grew 4.5 percent yea
r-on-year while shareholding enterprises grew almost twice as fast, at 7.8 percent. So, stro
ng progress is being made toward the goal of promoting private enterprise, which was re
inforced by many policies announced at last month’s meeting of the National People’s Congress.