The corn kernels burst out even in the cornstalk, just like

 popcorn,” said Liu Yueming, a technician in the promotion of scientific cultivation i

n the province. “It felt like the surface temperature was as high as 60 C. It’s a catastrophe.”

He said that some springs in a village called Haikou had drie

d up and the villagers didn’t have enough drinking water. “The village has 29 small water res

ervoirs, however, 14 of them have been used up so far. The drought is beyond imagination.”

“The villagers are doing everything they can to have enough drinki

ng water and then to also save as much as possible for their crops,” he added.

The region is also at greater risk of forest fires because of the high temperatures and low humidity.

The Yunnan Meteorological Bureau warned the public on May 13 about more dry

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It indicated that nearly 70 percent of tourists traveled over

d overseas to see wildlife at least twice a year. Asia, Africa and Europe are the top three destinations.

About 60 percent of interviewees said they would refuse to take part in tours that migh

t interrupt the normal life of animals in the wild or be harmful to them, even if such a tour might be exclusive.

More than 70 percent of tourists said they are glad to choose tours wit

h higher prices and which take more time in order to be more in touch with the wildlife.

“Wildlife watching has attracted millions of tourists annually and many travelers are driven by the affection of animals. Ho

wever, some activities on such tours have had an adverse impact on the wildlife,” Zhao said.

He said hundreds of thousands of wild animals across the world are taken away from natural habitats, forced into cap

tivity and subjected to abuse, both mentally and physically, in the name of entertainment and profit.

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The downward trend will linger in the first half of th

f the year until July or August, when the market may see a recovery, Xu Haidong, assistant to

the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers’ secretary-general, told the newspaper.

The reason for the slowdown in China’s automotive market lies in the lack of consumer confidence, according to CA

AM. In addition, the upcoming stricter Nation VI emission standards, market expectation for the country’s stimulating spe

nding policy and a strong wait-and-see mood, are all contributing to the bleak picture, the association said.

With the actual policy effects from tax cuts and fees reduction

s, a promising consumer market boosted by infrastructure investment, the country’s a

utomobile market will have a stable development throughout the year, said the association.

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China is at a stage of rapid industrialization and urbani

ization, and the issue of occupational diseases, which has been accumu

lating over the decades of extensive growth, is gradually starting to show,” Li said.

A key task of the campaign is to complete a survey of the threat of dust pois

oning, covering industries including mining, metallurgy and building materials by the end

of 2020, and to hold companies accountable for preventing the hazard, a commission document said.

The campaign also aims to have employers who generate large amounts of dust suspend their businesses and over

haul working conditions, and will ask local authorities to shut down those that cannot improve.

The campaign aims for more rigorous inspections of high-dust employers and to punish those who violate laws and regula

tions. It will also urge employers to sign contracts with their employees and join occupational injury insurance.

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The province has given 1.69 million registered poo

 students stipends worth a total of 5.3 billion yuan ($777 million) since 2015, according to Guizhou’s Education Department.

While working out its strategy to impart knowledge to rural children, Guizh

ou has also taken into consideration that many kids come to school hungry.

According to Bao Benqi of the provincial Education Department, the Guizhou government has set the goal that

“each of the primary and secondary schools in the rural areas should have a canteen so that lunch can be served to every student”.

The meal is believed to help students improve their performance at school. Many studen

ts in the poverty-stricken areas had been coming to class with an empty stomach, since they did not have food at home.

“More than 3.8 million primary and secondary school students and

860,000 preschool kids are covered in the nutrition project every year,” Bao said.

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Often these pictures do not represent how these indivi

duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.

Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi

ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.

“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi

tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.

Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never

weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.

Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th

em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons

ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”

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The disabled, whether fully or partial, will be the priori

ity in nursing services,” Jiao said. “We will release a detailed standard for evaluating nursing services for the disab

led elderly population, including psychological needs, so the services will aim precisely at those most in need,” she said.

Xi Huan, vice-president of Beijing Hospital, said major medical institutions need to m

ake more efforts to improve services for the elderly, including the promotion of disease prevention edu

cation and increased follow-up visits for elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital.

“Big hospitals should provide more help for elderly patients, and more follow-up nursing services after they leave the ho

spital, so they can get timely help if problems occur at home or at community health centers,” he said.

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a simple inspection at ports of entry. The administration

was disestablished in the latest government reshuffle and quara

ntine management functions were merged into the General Administration of Customs.

With a rising number of inbound foreign travelers and Chinese students returning home wit

h pets in tow, the administration issued the new rule in January to facilitate entry.

Shanghai Customs inspected 25 cats and 15 other pets at its ports of entry between May 1 and May 5. Twenty-seven of them were all

owed in after on-site inspections. Eleven were put under quarantine, and two were sent back to their original co

untry or region due to the lack of quarantine reports and rabies antibody test results.

Last year alone, 1,577 pets-822 dogs and 755 cats-entered Shanghai from overseas, customs data show.

Shanghai Customs has been publicizing information on the new regulations throu

gh various channels to passengers, including cooperating with more than 60 air carriers, it said.

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Foreign volunteers help out at Hangzhou scenic spot

More than 2.5 million tourists visited West Lake in Zhejiang province over the May Day holiday.

What caught the attention of many of them was the presence of a team of eight intern

ational students, all wearing yellow vests and Bluetooth headsets, and riding electric scooters.

The eight were studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital. They are the first internatio

nal volunteer team serving at the famous spot, which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

The foreign volunteers are from India, Mongolia, Banglade

sh, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen.

“As Hangzhou is seeing an increasing number of individual travelers from abroad followin

g the 2016 G20 Summit … we have been considering how to diversify our volunteer forces during h

olidays and peak seasons for years,” said Liu Jian, director of the volunteer program.

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Xi, citing the old Chinese saying “honoring a promise

carries the weight of gold”, pledged to install a binding mechanism for international agre

ements, to make sure governments at all levels operate in well-regulated ways, and to update laws and reg

ulations to abolish unjustified practices, keeping in line with the needs of opening-up.

“It is welcome news to hear that the National People’s Congress has

already taken steps to lay the groundwork” for implementing the new Foreign Inve

stment Law, said Gupta, who brought up the possibility of China establishing “an ombudsperson’s desk” in r

elated government agencies to address foreign businesses’ legal concerns.

Gupta said China’s Foreign Investment Law could be a model for others looking to liberalize their foreign investment re

gimes, as China’s BRI is already delivering capital and know-how to other developing countries.

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