The image, which showed a ringlike structure with a da

ark central region-the black hole’s shadow-depicted the black hole at the heart of Messier 87, a massive, distant gala

xy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. It is 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the sun.

It was one example of the role that Tianma has played in international coordinated

observations. Its super sensitivity has made its observations useful as a reference by which other parti

cipants in the network can adjust their data, according to the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory.

“Tianma elevated the image quality of the EAVN, by about 50 percent, making a great co

ntribution to the research on extreme objects in the universe, such as black holes,” Shen said.

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Austrian pianist set to showcase Beethoveno showcase Bee

Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform

all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch

estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.

He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18

and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.

“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch

binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com

plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.

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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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The company will not cancel social insurance and housi

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.

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On the importance of record covers, Yang sees eye to

o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang

tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”

In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.

“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou

ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter

Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh

y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”

For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.

Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex

clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra

ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p

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May said on arrival that she did not want a long delay

 “I want us to be able to leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way as soon as possible,” she told reporters.

Her EU peers, however, are sceptical about her ability to break the dead

lock soon. They are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and costly divorce that is a di

straction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own against global economic challenges.

Across from the summit venue, the EU executive celebrated its part in funding a global project that produced the first p

icture of a black hole, prompting no shortage of ironic comments on social media about the juxtaposition.

Blogger Eliot Higgins tweeted: “We’re now more certain about what black holes look like than what Brexit looks like.”

One of the country’s major movie events, the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, will o

pen with a Sino-Kazakh production about late composer Xian Xinghai, Xu Fan reports.

The Composer, the first Sino-Kazakh production depicting the final years of Chinese

musician Xian Xinghai, is set to open the 9th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday.

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The area burnt by the fire is estimated to be 5 to 10

 hectares, spreading due to windy weather.

The forest fire first broke out at around 6 pm on March 30 at a remote spot in the mountains at

an altitude of over 3,700 meters in Muli County. Local authorities dispatched more than 600 people to put out the

blaze. After engulfing about 15 hectares of forest, the blaze was initially extinguished Tuesday.

A lightning strike has been confirmed as the cause of the fire, local authorities said earlier.

The restarting of the fire was caused by strong wind in the area, sources said.

China’s health and education authorities pledged to work together to control child myopia on April 3.

Health departments will help schools and parents to conduct targeted intervention, said Ma Xiaow

ei, head of the National Health Commission, at a meeting between the commission and Ministry of Education.

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The author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereot

yped, Stigmatized, and Ignored said at the same time, people start to see the positive aspe

cts of living single, such as being free to pursue their passions, enjoying solitude an

d putting the people they care most about at the center of their lives, instead of a romantic partner.

Other factors contributing to the rise of one-person househol

ds include high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and be

tter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.

As of 2017, the average age of a first marriage for women was about 27.5, while it was

29.5 for men. Demographers estimate that about 80 percent of Americans will marry at some point in their lives.

That’s a lot lower than the 95 percent who married in the 1950s and 1960s, and it may drop somewhat more, according to Steph

anie Coontz, a marriage historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

  Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

  The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c

ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

  More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc

h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri

d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea

ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

  Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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On Sunday, the US sent the Navy’s guided-missile destroy

Curtis Wilbur and Coast Guard’s cutter Bertholf through the Taiwan Straits. On March 13, t

wo US B-52H bombers flew near Chinese islands in the South China Sea for the second time this month.

Wu said China resolutely opposes the “provocative actions” by the

US warplanes, and will continue to take necessary actions to safeguard national sec

urity. “The facts have shown that the US is the one militarizing the South China Sea,” he said.

Regarding the US military’s recent interactions with its Taiwan counterpart, Wu said China resolutely opposes any milit

ary interaction between the two sides, whether it involves arms sales to Taiwan or official military exchanges.

“The Taiwan question is a domestic matter for China, and it is related to China’s core interests and the feelings of the Chi

nese people. It cannot be interfered with by outside forces,” Wu said, adding that the one-China policy is a reco

gnized consensus in international relations, and the political basis for Sino-US relations.

“Any attempt to undermine this principle is no different than trying to shake the foundatio

n of Sino-US ties. This does not fit with the basic interests of either nation, and it is very dangerous,” he said.

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