China’s customs officers have seized 2,748 ivory tusks weighing a combined 7.48 metric tons after cracking a major smuggling case.
It was the biggest haul of tusks ever recorded in an anti-smuggling bust conducted in
dependently by customs officers, the General Administration of Customs said on Monday.
The case was solved in March after a combined operation of differ
ent customs offices lasting three months. A total of 238 custo
ms officers took part from cities around the country, including Hefei, Nanjing, Beijing, Fuzhou and Qingdao.
Twenty suspects were detained for further investigation, accor
ding to Sun Zhijie, director of the administration’s anti-smuggling bureau.
Sun said the tusks, illegally shipped from African countries, were imported into China labeled as wood.
sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.
The ongoing China-led international collaboration project Tianq
in, a space-based gravitational wave detection syste
m scheduled to be completed by 2035, is expected to significantly improve unders
tanding of major cosmic phenomena, including black holes, scientists said.
Tianqin uses the Chinese words tian, meaning sk
y or heavens, and qin, meaning stringed musical instrument.
It will consist of three satellites forming an equilater
al triangle around Earth at an orbit of 100,000 kilometers.
Tianqin will work to detect gravitational waves, whic
h scientists theorize are ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by violen
t cosmic events, such as colliding black holes, supernovas and even the birth of the universe.
Tan Zhihua, former vice-president of the No 2 Intermediate Peopl
e’s Court in Chongqing, was killed during an alleged burglary, ThePaper.cn reported on Sunday.
The Shanghai-based website said the news was from an authorized source, but it did not disclose it.
Tan, 55, a Chongqing native, was removed from his court post in December 2016.
CHENGDU — A forest fire that killed 27 firefighters and three locals in southwest China’s Sich
uan province a week ago started to burn again Saturday afternoon, local authorities said Sunday.
Around 5 pm on Saturday, the fire was found to have started in the northeastern part of the fo
rest, according to the sources with Muli County, Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture.
So far, 350 firefighters are battling the fire and other 440 locals from neighboring towns have rushed to the site.
on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her best time is in the e
vening, after a long and tiring day at work — and when she is alone.
“I will cook my own dinner – I can eat whatever I want, and I will go to the gym, then get beer
s and watch my favorite shows on Netflix,” said Gray, who has been single for about five years after brea
king up with her college boyfriend. “Or I can choose to hang out with my friends.”
She said she likes to be free to go with the flow and be respons
ible only for herself, and not having to compromise.
“I just feel like I’m happier and more myself [when I’m alone]
,” Gray said, adding she’s also busy trying to advance her career, so she doesn’t want to spend extr
a time on taking care of a partner or children if she gets into a relationship or gets married.