This facial recognition app tells one panda from another

Having trouble discerning one furry panda from another? A facial recognition app will make it easy for you.

The app is developed by the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas

along with researchers in Singapore Nanyang Technological university and Sichuan Normal University.

The image analysis research kicked off in 2017. A database now contains about 120,000 images and 10,000 video clips of giant pandas.

Close to 10,000 panda pictures have been analyzed, marked and annotated.

Using the database, researchers are able to carry out automa

tic facial recognition on panda faces to tell one animal from another, the center said.

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The industrial internet, education and medical care are ou

r priorities in upgrading internet services in order to boost industrial development, improve acc

ess to quality medical resources and promote fairness in education,” Premier Li said.

Basic telecommunication service providers will be encouraged to further lower prices. The g

oal this year is to cut the average broadband service rate for small and midsized enterprises by 15 perc

ent, the average rate for mobile internet services by more than 20 percent, and roaming charges for inter

net traffic between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao by 30 percent. A “floor-price” rate will be set for low-income and elderly populations.

Basic telecommunication service providers will be urged to ensure that cellphone users n

ationwide can switch service carriers without changing phone numbers by the end of November, and any e

xtra term required for this service will be looked into. These companies will also be urged to straighten out their service pa

ckages to trim the packages available by more than 15 percent within this year, bringing more benefits to consumers.

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He said it is key for scientists to communicate with gov

ernment officials to create better planning and new solutions, and more inte

rdisciplinary research into natural disasters and risk management is also helpful.

China is in the midst of implementing a host of reforms, which are focu

sed on opening up its economy to foreign competition and strengthening its private sec

tor. They are needed to upgrade its industries and avoid the dreaded middle-income trap.

Many of these reforms are exactly what the United States is asking for in the trade negotiations, but China

is actually pursuing these reforms primarily to achieve its own long-term internal economic goals.

One standard goal is to create a “level playin

g field” so that foreign companies can compete against domestic companies in each country.

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Many travel products that cost just a few hundred yuan

can be very educational and well within the reach of ordinary families, she adds.

One of Ctrip’s most popular museum tours in Shanghai costs just 168 yuan for a child,

and is led by a scholar from Shanghai-based Fudan University’s School of Life Science.

The tour is open to children older than the age of 5 during weekends and exposes them to fossils and specimens.

Ctrip has developed 12 themed study tours, such as scientific ex

ploration, outdoor survival and sports, to meet the growing needs of the market.

Each product has been divided to suit different age groups and learning goals, so c

ustomers can more easily choose the one that best suits their needs, Zhang explains.

For the fast-approaching summer, a series of tours coverin

g both Eastern and Western civilizations in such destinations as Henan province’s Luo

yang and Shaanxi province’s capital, Xi’an, have been developed for children to better understand the Silk Road.

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There are more than 40 commercial fishermen dedi

cated to catching Asian carp in western Kentucky. The long-term prospects offered by ex

cessive numbers of the species are what Berry and Irwin are relying on to ensure work until they retire.

Berry said: “We want a bigger boat. From what we see out there, we confidently think we can catch

anywhere from 13,000 to 23,000 kg a day with a purse seine type of net. The schools of fish are massive.”

Once a school is located, a skiff encircles it with a purse seine

net. The lead line is then pulled in to close the net, preventing fish from escaping.

“The way we are fishing now, we start the net off at the bow of the boa

t,” Berry said. “But we are missing fish because we are not going fast enough.”

He said he and Irwin are saving and plan to reinvest all their money o

n equipment. A bigger boat would also help. They have to del

iver two to three times a day because the one they use can only hold up to 1,360 kg of fish.

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The e-card, which applies across the country as a n

tionally unified social security card, can be used as a recognized form of ID and

contains functions such as information reco

rds, self-service enquiries, medical insurance settlements and payments, and financial payments.

Each electronic social security card corresponds with an actual social security card. Therefore, card holders can get t

hings done by scanning the QR code of the e-card even if they forget to bring the actual social security card.

The first electronic social security card was issued in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong pro

vince, in April 2018, and the e-card has been rapidly growing in popularity because it is easy to obtain and use.

An official from the ministry said that more than 25 percent of the social security card holders will have e-cards nex

t year, and a nationwide unified social security card system will cover the payment and settlement.

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PetroChina posts steady revenue growth inonal Petr

PetroChina, China’s largest oil and gas producer, reported steady revenue growth in the first quarter.

The oil giant generated a business revenue of 591 billion yuan ($87.8 billion) in Q1, up 8.9 p

ercent year-on-year, according to its financial report filed with the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited Monday.

The net profit attributable to shareholders edged up 1 percent year-on-year to 10.3 billion yuan, according to the document.

PetroChina described its oil and gas production and operation activities in Q1 as a good sta

rt to the year, giving credit to the upward trend of the international oil price and booming demand for natural gas.

PetroChina and its subsidiaries’ output of crude oil saw a 4.6-percent rise year-on-year to 223.4 millio

n barrels in Q1, while its output of marketable natural gas grew 8.9 percent to almost 1 trillion cubic feet.

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Sinosure, established in 2001, said that it has suppor

rted Chinese companies export or invest in countries and regions involved

in the Belt and Road Initiative to a total of value $724 billion by the end of March, since 2013.

It has set up more than 2,300 insurance policies for projects that Chinese companies are carrying out in countries involve

d in the Belt and Road Initiative, and has paid a total of $2.8 billion in insurance claims to Chinese companies.

The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build stronger links among countries across the globe.

Guan Wenfeng, assistant general manager of Sinosure Fujian bra

nch in Fujian province, said that about 10 years ago he needed to keep telling companies tha

t have international business or want to invest overseas what policy-oriented insurance products are. But gradually m

ore companies started contacting Sinosure to find out about insurance services for investing overseas.

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Image company under fire after black hole ‘copyright’

The first-ever image of a black hole has sucked a Chinese image provider Visual China Group into a “black hole” of its own, after

some “we media” players complained that the company put its copyright logo on the image.

Just after the black hole image was released on Wednesday, some found the Visual China Gr

oup website carried the image with its logo, which means payment is required to use the image.

The company released a statement Thursday afternoon that the company gained the ima

ge copyright from the Event Horizon Telescope teams for use in media, not for commercial use such as advertisements.

Materials from the official websites of scientific authorities such as the European Sou

thern Observatory and NASA are available free, so long as users clearly credit the source.

The ESO has said Visual China has not made contact about the black hole image and it is illegal for it to claim copyright.

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Nation plays vital role in safeguarding and showcasing

Mechtild Rossler, director of the UNESCO World Heritag

e Centre, said, “The World Heritage Centre and the Chinese authorities have been working clos

ely on monitoring the conservation of properties inscribed on the World Heritage List.”

To be inscribed on the list, sites must be recognized as being of outstanding universal value, or OUV.

But getting on the list is just the beginning. Herita

ge protection at national level is often affected by insufficient financial or material resour

ces, or shortages in knowledge or capacity. Help from the international community can be important.

“In view of the many threats facing heritage, states party to the (World Heritage) Convention consider that it is incumb

ent on the international community as a whole to participate in the protection of cultural and natural herit

age of OUV and to provide assistance to that effect on an international scale,” Rossler said.

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