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higher than in previous years,” she said. “Also, the rainy season is supposed to
begin after the May Day holiday, but I haven’t seen a drop of rain so far.”
Data from the National Climate Center shows that the average rainfall from April 1 to May 17 is 35.3 millim
eters, down almost two-thirds from the same period last year, the least recorded rainfall over that period since 1961.
In addition to the drought, the average temperature is 1.9 C higher than average for the period, the highest since 1961.
Chen, the chief forecaster, said that according to the mid- to long-term forecast ra
infall will relieve drought in the eastern part of Yunnan province, though its western part will still be plagued by the drought.
Surveillance from the National Climate Center shows that
drought is also occurring in the Inner Mongolia and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous regions, as well
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.
ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.
In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.
“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor
ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand
car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.
As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s
afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.
A special 3D printer worked next to a display cabinet filled with a variety of imitations of bo
dy parts at a funeral parlour in Guangzhou, capital of southern China’s Guangdong province.
The city’s funeral service center is trying to introduce the new technology to help restore remains damaged in accidents.
“We want the deceased to leave with dignity,” said Yu Jiaqi (pseudonym), an embalming expert at the funeral parlor.
Previously, the restoration was carried out manually, using plasticine, plaster and clay. A facial repair usually took 15 to 30 days.
Yu said not only the long wait but the sometimes barely satisfactory restoration prolonged the pain for family and loved ones.
“The materials can easily deform. We have been looking for better ways to restore the original form of the deceased,” she said.
Li Zhijian, deputy head of the funeral service center, said 3D printing only takes 10 da
ys for a much more lifelike and accurate face, and the texture is stronger and feels more like real skin.
rn plateau in 2015 from Jiangsu, whose students regularly post some of the best exam result
s in China. Some members of the original teaching group have left and been replaced by new arrivals.
As experts in teaching methods and education theory, they we
re keen to bring their experience and knowledge to Tibet, where education was once exclusive to the ar
istocracy. Their efforts are paying off, as both students and local teachers are benefiting from their presence.
The school, a secondary boarding establishment, was establ
ished by the Jiangsu government in 2014 with an investment of 263 million yuan ($39 million).
It is home to 2,890 students, more than 90 percent of whom are Tibetan, and the 316 teachers provide 63 classes. Exc
uding the 47 educators from Jiangsu, the teachers are locals of both Han and Tibetan ethnicity.
The students, from juniors to seniors, said the Jiangsu teachers ar
e more patient and softer-tempered than those at their old schools and the classes are more interesting.