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The female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the
Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir
med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up.
The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f
emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures.
The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr
ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death.
The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan province in 2008 to meet
the only male specimen in China, which continues to live at the Suzhou Zoo.
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of the escalator causes uneven wear on the mechanism because of the u
neven load. Wear and tear on the right side is significantly more than on the left, resulti
ng in a slight tilt of the escalator, which cannot be fixed through regular maintenance.
Experts also warned that walking on escalators in itself is always dangerous.
The height of an escalator step – around 21 centimeters – is highe
r than that of a standard stair, which is around 16 cm. Passengers may miss a step.
Lesley Strawderman, a professor at Mississippi State University, said in an article last m
onth in Quartz, a news organization in the United States, that restricting people to one side of an es
calator limits the amount of space available to commuters and just slows everyone down.
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The number of Chinese studying abroad grew at a slower rate in 2018 compared with 2017, as more students have come to realize
that overseas study does not necessarily guarantee a well-paid job on foreign shores, or back home, education experts said.
In 2018, 662,100 Chinese went abroad to study, up 8.83 percent from a year earlier, w
hile the growth rate was 11.7 percent in 2017, according to the Ministry of Education.
Ran Wei, vice-president of New Channel International Education
Group, said that while one should not read too much into the lower growth rate last year because of the la
rge base in 2017, the major motivation for Chinese students going abroad seems to be evolving.
The main driver now for enrolling in offshore schools is to make re
sumes more attractive for job searches back in China rather than seeking a new life abroad.
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Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre
es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.
For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly
salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.
The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu
dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.
According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an
d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af
ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.
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home soon after graduation totaled 519,400 in 2018, up 8 percent from the previous year, the ministry said.
A total of 5.86 million Chinese studied abroad from 1978 to the end of 2018. More than 4.32 million co
mpleted their studies, and more than 3.65 million returned to China soon after completing their studies, it said.
The return rate soon after graduation was around 80 percent last
year. In 1987, the return rate was about 5 percent, and in 2007 it stood at 30.6 percent.
Ran said more people are returning to China because they are finding it difficult to land job
s overseas, while at the same time the domestic employment market is becoming more appealing.
Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said finding a job in Chi
na has not been easy in recent years because of the rising number of students graduating from domestic universities.
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A capacity building platform designed for community-level healthcar
e services was officially launched on Apr 15 by the National Health Commission (NHC).
The report delivered at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China points ou
t that community-level healthcare services should be improved and the work of general practitioners strengthened.
The NHC launched a capacity building and training program for community level talents i
n 2018, and prepared to establish capacity building platform combining online and offline efforts.
Talent team building is the key component to enhancing commu
nity level healthcare services, said Wang Hesheng, NHC deputy director.
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The Twin River Bridges in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, a famous scenic spot, has won Tien-yow Jem
e Civil Engineering Prize, the country’s top civil engineering award, Chongqing Daily reported.The twin bridg
e consists of the Dongshuimen Bridge over the Yangtze River and the Qiansimen Bridge over the Jialing River. Looki
ng from above, the twin bridges connecting Jiangbei district, Yuzhong peninsula and Nan’an district look like one
long bridge.Qiansimen Bridge. [Photo/IC]The Dongshuimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2014, crosses the Yang
tze River with a cable-stayed main span that is 445 meters long, connecting the Yuzhong and Nan’an Districts. It is the
world’s longest single plane partially cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with two towers.
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More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep
artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf
erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.
Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin
gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.
The employers received more than 180,000 res
umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.
As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange
ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.
Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch
ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.
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ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage
, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).
Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection
department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens
ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.
Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi
ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.
He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and
ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each
other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov
ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang
Comments Off on Second minor earthquake in a week detected in Beijing
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday
in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.
Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.
Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai
n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre
e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.
“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.
Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin
g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.