The remote sensing can also be used in making elec

ctric and visual files for water source protection zones after matching the satellite remote sensing images and the ground si

tuation. Such work has been trialed in four cities. In the future, satellite remote sensing will become a nor

mal method in everyday law enforcement of water sources and long-term supervise.

“The innovation of using satellite remote sensing in water protection has

made water source protection precise and intelligent. The management of water sour

ce no longer totally depends on manpower,” said Yao Yanjuan, expert of satellite center with the Ministry of Ecol

ogy and Environment.Baishatuo Yangtze River railway bridge, a decades-old structure in Southwest China’s Cho

ngqing municipality, was officially retired from service on Tuesday. Completed in 1959, the 820-meter-long tru

ss bridge which carries two tracks of the Chongqing-Guiyang Railway was the first bridge over the Yangtze River in Chon

gqing and only the second along the main stretch of the river between Yibin city and the river mouth in Shangha

ng tourism in Shanghai with arts. The local govern

ment has released a total of 40 culture-themed travel routes, as sideline events to guide visitors through Shanghai’s iconic

landmarks, according to Yu Xiufen, head of Shanghai’s culture and tourism bureau.

The state-level arts carnival will also announce the winners of tw

o important prizes – the Wenhua Award and the Qunxing Award. The Wenhua Award is a trienn

ial award established by the Culture and Tourism Ministry to honor outstanding stage pe

rformances, while the Qunxing Award is granted as the top prize for amateur artistic works.

Teachers and students from the artificial intelligence institute of Xidian

University in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province have developed a smart wheelchair for Zha

ng Wei, a post-1990 generation member who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or

ALS. The new device was created specifically for those with ALS, to better improve their daily lives.

According to Sun Long, who participated in the research and develop

ment, the wheelchair features a eye-tracking system and advanced technologies inclu

In 1908, the rail line from Shanghai reached Nanjing

The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district-the Tientsin-Pukow Railw

ay-was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.

According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers

ity, at least two structures-the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze

River Bridge-were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.

In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan

jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave

rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.

Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe

ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.

According to experts, standing only on the right side

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.

As recently as 1940, 61 percent of single-person house

eholds consisted of renters, but today owners are in the majority, with the 2013 American Hou

sing Survey reporting that 54 percent of single-person households were owner-occupied.

According to the survey, between 2003 and 2013, owners accounted for 55 percent of the growth in single-person househo

ds. And among single-person households led by someone under the age of 45, two thirds are renters, but among single-

person households with someone over the age of 65, owners are a 70 percent majority.

Single-person households tend to spend more on housing than ot

hers, and these households may prefer to rent rather tha

n buy houses. And even if they do buy a house, the preference is for multifamily homes

rather than single-family ones, according to Deloitte senior US economist Daniel Bachman.

That may influence the structure of the housing market, which is still recovering from the im

pact of the recession of 2008 and recent changes in housing finance, Bachman wrote in an article.

Geely, SAIC see rise in profits, JMC and FAW Car record decline

Nine China’s listed auto companies — Geely, Great Wall, JMC, FAW Car, TianJin FAW Xiali, BYD, BAIC, GAC, S

AIC — announced their 2018 financial results, news portal National Business Daily reported on Thursday.

The portal said the vehicle sales and net profits of Geely and SAIC increased in 2018, while the figures of JMC and FAW Car decreased.

Geely reported its revenue rose 15 percent year-on-year to 106.6 billion yuan last year, the net profits attributable to s

hareholders increased 18.05 percent to 12.55 billion yuan, and the vehicle cumulative

sales (including the company’s subsidiary brand LYNK&CO) reached 1.5 million units, surging 20 percent.

Great Wall’s revenue and vehicle sales in 2018 were 99.23 billion yuan

and 1.04 million units, respectively, a 1.92 percent and 1.63 percent decline from a year ear

lier, while its net profits attributable to shareholders saw a rise of 3.58 percent to 5.2 billion yuan.

After years of reform and opening-up, the number o

of high-quality enterprises with good investment prospects is risi

ng, giving China an increasingly larger influence on the global VC market, Zhou said.

Forbes has given Chinese investors more recognition also because the domestic VC industry has bec

ome more professional after 20-odd years of development, said Zhou. “But compared with top players, Chines

e venture capitalists still have a long way to go to sharpen their investment ability.”

As China further opens up the VC industry and competitio

n intensifies, domestic players will become more capable, Zhou said.

Premier Li Keqiang announced during the recent Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan that the coun

try will make it easier for foreign-invested companies to make VC investment and set up investment companies.

First, they have to ensure the orderly shifting of Beijing’s

remaining non-capital functions, and take measures to reduce the negative impact that will have on the local residents.

Second, Xiongan New Area should be developed into an eco-friendly and habitable place, a leading innovation-driven de

velopment zone, a coordinated development demonstration area and a pilot area for further opening-up.

Third, the authorities need to expedite the construction in Beijing’s su

bcenter, including for the second stage of sub-center administrative office area and sub-

center comprehensive transport junction, and expand the transport network, public services and industries to the

three nearby counties of Sanhe, Dachang and Xianghe in Hebei to foster more coordinated development.

Fourth, there is a need to strengthen environmental protection

in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to keep the air clean and prevent water pollution.

And fifth, the authorities should optimize the education and medical resources in the region, in

order to promote and share basic public services, in order to facilitate the orderly progress of the region’s economy.

Wan said the facial recognition system was developed

on Baidu’s EasyDL platform, a no-code tool that helps users build customized mac

hine learning models. The system was “trained” with thousands of images of cat faces.

The temperature inside the smart cattery is maintained at 27 degrees, at which cats feel most comfortable and relaxed.

It also has a ventilation system that monitors the air inside in real time.

Wan said stray cats in the neighborhood are more nervous at first and just wander aro

und curiously. After one brave mongrel made the first visit, others followed.

Stray cats are often emotionally sensitive, so the door will not close the minute a cat enters. The anima

l will have time to get used to the cattery without being jittery. Seven or eight cats come to rest in the shelter every day.

The President’s emergency Proclamation reasonably descr

  ribed the current situation as an ongoing ‘border security and humanitarian crisis,'” Boyd adds. “The cris

is at the border … may qualify as an emergency even though it, too, is not entirely new.”

  Twelve Republican senators banded together Thursday to deliver the f

orceful rebuke after expressing concerns that Trump’s use of the national emergency decla

ration as an end-run around Congress violates the separation of powers and sets a bad precedent that a woul

d-be future Democratic president could follow to unilaterally drive their agenda.

  The White House sought to pare back Republican defections leading up to the vote, with the President and White House aides

making clear to Republican senators that a vote against Trump on this issue would have ramifications come re-election time.

  Trump rejected entreaties from several Senate Republicans t

o agree to a compromise that would curtail his national emergency powers and instead fra

med the vote not as a matter of constitutional concerns, but rather as a litmus test on border security.