Customs cooperation to take aim at IPR violationsnd inter

China will expand international cooperation in enforcing intellectu

al property rights to facilitate trade and create a favorable business environment for ente

rprises from China and overseas, a customs official said on Wednesday.

Cooperative customs mechanisms have been establ

ished in more than 130 countries and regions, with more than 190 agree

ments signed, including with major trade partners such as the United States, the European Union, Russia, Japan

and South Korea, said Jin Hai, deputy director for general affairs at the General Administration of Customs.

To more effectively fight crossborder violations of intellectual property rights, Chinese cust

oms will improve information sharing and exchanges of data with other countries and regions.

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Fertility rates, meanwhile, remain astonishingly high in

n some countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a few of the poorest-Niger, Mali and th

e Democratic Republic of Congo-the rate is 6-7 children per woman. The resulting flood of new ent

rants to the labor market is far outstripping the number of jobs available.

Empowering women key to meeting challenge

No known growth model can accommodate or keep up with this k

ind of demographic surge. Even sustained economic growth of around 7 percent per year

won’t be enough. And although fertility tends to decline as incomes rise, that does not happen immediately. Em

powering women, therefore, may be the most effective way of starting to address the challenge.

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Li Qiang, director of the Shenzhou Institute’s postgradua

raduate department, said China has trained hundreds of foreign space engineers since the mid-1990s.

However, those training sessions were mostly occasional, often accompanied a satellite export deal, and were mainly focu

sed on ground-based control and applications of satellites rather than their design and production, the director said.

“However, in recent years, along with the expansion in our cooperation in the space indu

stry with other countries, many of our foreign partners voiced their hopes that we could hold some sort of syst

ematic training programs to help them create their own spacecraft designers and technicians,” he said.

Therefore, he said, “We decided to open a two-year postgraduate prog

ram and then sent the message to countries having space cooperation with China.”

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Regulators seek source of illegal HPV vaccine

Drug regulators in Hainan province are investigating the suspected sources of HPV 9-valent vaccines that were illegally adm

inistered at Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International Hospital, whose business license was revoked as a result.

If a crime is found to have been committed, the case will be handed to public

security departments, according to a statement jointly issued on Sunday by Hainan’s Health Co

mmission, Market Supervision Administration, Drug Administration and Public Security Department.

It said the four departments will form a working group to supervise the investigations and legal enforcement.

The working group will contact people who received the vaccines at

Yinfeng hospital, listen to their opinions and take action to safeguard their rights.

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A report published by major Chinese travel agency Ctri

showed that 160 million Chinese people have travel plans during the upcoming four-day May

Day holiday. Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Indonesia are the top destinations outside the mainland.

Malaysia, which receives around 10 million Chinese tourists annua

lly, began to issue e-visas for Chinese in 2017. “The number of visa stickers on passports of Chinese

nationals dropped by 70 percent in the first year after the service was introduced, showing its high popularity,” said Han.

Since last year, countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand and Sr

i Lanka have started to accept visa application documents online and issue e-visas, either a bar code or QR code.

“When more countries that are mainstream travel destinations launch such services for Chinese, more will follow suit,” Dai said.

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The Qiansimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2015, cross

sses the Jialing River with a cable-stayed main span that is 312 meters, connecting the Jiangbei and the Yuzhon

g Districts. It’s the world’s longest single plane cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with one tower.

Both are double deck structures carrying four lanes of traffic on their upper decks and two rail lines on their lower decks.

Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize awards civil engineering projects that have made

great achievements on technological innovation and technological application.

The Twin River Bridges are sceneries by themselves while look

ing separately and complement each other nicely when looking together, according to its review on the o

fficial website of China Civil Engineering Society. “The bridges, blended with surrounding environment, are lan

dmark buildings combining transportation, landscape and technological innovation.”

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It stated that an expulsion will be given to more seve

re forms of academic dishonesty including dissertation plagiarism or fraudulent pap

ers, after a review by the school’s academic committee. This constitutes a much heavier punishment compa

red to the previous measure, which involved recording a demerit on the student’s record in such cases.

The latest revision also added that students with serious acad

emic dishonesty during their education shall be given a warning and put on probation. At the s

ame time, the academic honors and awards previously granted to them will be revoked. Their qualifications for schola

rships and exemptions from admission exams won’t be restored until any punishment has been removed.

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”.

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Myopia cannot be cured under current medical technol

ology, according to the notice jointly issued by six ministries including the National Health Comm

ission, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration for Market Regulation.

The notice also said that authorities would crack down on activities that deceive the p

ublic and damage their interests in the name of using Chinese medical technology to treat myopia.

Hu Ailian, vice-director of the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology at Beijing Tongren Hospital, said tha

t myopia can’t be cured at the current stage but children and teenagers could prevent, control or slow its progressio

n by using their eyes properly, increasing outdoor time, and avoiding looking at close objects for long time.

Once parents find their children have problems with eyesight, they should send them to ophthalmic medical institutions for e

xamination, listen to doctors’ suggestions and receive vision correction, Hu added.

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Autonomous driving needs to adapt to different roa

ad conditions. Test results under different road conditions are supposed to reflec

t the adaptability and technical mobility of the autonomous driving technology.

Expected to be one of the most important autonomous vehicle mark

ets by accounting group KPMG early this year, China has conducted road tests in a raft of its m

unicipalities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Guangdong.

As China’s center of scientific and technological innovation, Beijing has been a pioneer in developing self-driving technology.

The country’s first self-driving road test report notes that the capital is scheduled to scale up tests. It cites a plan that aims to have te

st areas of 500 square kilometers and 2,000 km of open roads for testing intelligent-connected vehicles by 2022.

Data show that since February 2018, Beijing has opened 44 roads, totaling 123 km for road tests.

As of the end of 2018, the capital had 54 registered autonom

ous-driving vehicles, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total nationwide.

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She said that now that people are living alone longer

 and learning how to care for themselves instead of depending on a partner, they are practicing healthier lifestyles.

“For example, unmarried men used to dramatically be less healthy th

an married men, but recently they have come close to closing the gap,” she said.

DePaulo said that in the US, there’s also a lot of research showin

g that single people are more social than married people.

“They participate more in the events in their cities and

towns, and do more to stay in touch with, and ex

change help with, their parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and neighbors,” she added.

The internet also allows single people to stay connected wi

th others even when they are home alone, DePaulo said.

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