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  • IT sector is top priority(5/31)
    China will invest heavily to develop its information technology infrastructure and improve education programs in the country's undeveloped western regions, a senior official with the Ministry of Education said during a forum in the city yesterday.
    "We will invest 14 billion yuan (US$1.69 billion) until 2008 and a big portion of that money will be poured into IT infrastructure," Wu Qidi, vice minister of education said during the Fifth Annual Forum on City Informatization in the Asia Pacific Region, which was held in Shanghai yesterday.
    "The IT infrastructure will help promote education in western China, the most undeveloped region for education in the country."
    Professors at top universities throughout the country will videotape 1,500 lectures by 2007, which can then be broadcast to campuses in poor western parts of the country, which have a shortage of high-level professors, according to Wu.
    The lectures will cover a variety of topics, from computers and IT to science, math and languages. They will be broadcast in the western regions over the Internet and television.
    "We will make sure that every Chinese county will have enough computers to receive the education programs," Wu said.
    Currently, more than 450 lectures have been recorded and are ready for broadcasting.
    The ministry will also encourage more universities to establish software and integrated circuit colleges in the future, in order to meet expected demand for trained professionals in the sectors.
    Chinese universities graduate more than 10,000 IT related majors, but the industry needs more than 150,000 professionals a year, according to Wu.
    Speaking at yesterday's forum, Mayor Han Zheng re-emphasized Shanghai's commitment to develop its IT industry in the future, which will help the city become China's economic, financial, trade and transport hub.
    Shanghai's IT industry accounted for 11.3 percent of the city's total GDP last year, making it the largest industry in the city.
    Meanwhile, Yang Xiong, the city's deputy mayor, was granted the United Nation's "Outstanding Contribution Award" and Chan Yeng Kit, chief executive officer of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, was honored with the United Nation's "Public Service Award" at yesterday's meeting.--(5/31)

  • Children's Day celebration held(5/30)
    Students play the trumpet at a gathering in the Shanghai Children's Palace on Saturday to celebrate the upcoming International Children's Day, which falls on Wednesday.--(5/30)

  • Students eye better catre, more privacy
    Children are calling for more care and understanding from teachers and parents, especially their fathers, according to a survey on children's wishes.
    The survey, conducted by the Shanghai Children Research Center, asked about 6,000 elementary school students aged 10 to 15 across the city to voice their opinions on life and school.
    More than 83 percent of those surveyed said their biggest wish is to have a patient and understanding teacher who will provide constant encouragement without laughing at students.
    "Teachers are quite dictatorial and we rarely have a say in real life, especially in making decisions on school activities," said Wang Wenjia, a third-grader.
    Only 2.6 percent of respondents in this age group were willing to open their heart to teachers, while the percentage in children above 10 was zero, the survey found.
    For parents, nearly 63 percent of children surveyed will talk to their mothers about their feelings. In contrast, only 7 percent said they were willing to communicate with their fathers.
    "Fathers are always busy with work and have little time to spend with their children," said Yang Jiangding, director of the Children Research Center. He added it leads to emotional distance between a father and child.
    The survey also indicated that children wanted more privacy.
    Of those surveyed, nearly 73 percent said their parents would frequently search drawers, school bags or pockets without their children's permission. About 18 percent of parents would read their children's letters and 6 percent would read their diaries, the survey said.
    Besides respecting privacy, children said good parents should allow them more freedom to make friends, provide more encouragement than blame and never take their anger out on children.
    Yang said children's strong call for privacy reflected their increasing awareness of individual rights.
    Less surprisingly, respondents also wished for less homework so they could have more free time and sleep.--(5/29)

  • Agencies say Taiwan trips in demand
    Hundreds of people have booked Taiwan tours since travel agencies began accepting reservations on May 20.
    But offering tours to mainland residents will take time and may be difficult, the Shanghai Tourism Administrative Commission cautioned yesterday.
    The shanghai Office of China Travel International, Spring International and Shanghai CYTS Tours each said they recorded the names and phone numbers of more than 200 people wishing to visit Taiwan. They said potential customers will be informed once tours are given final approval.
    "It's unrealistic to have tours up and running in a day or two," said Su Guangjian, director of the tourism market management department of the commission. "A common view must be achieved on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Only we have said 'yes' with great enthusiasm, but Taiwan has not replied clearly yet."
    The chinese mainland and Taiwan first allowed traveling across the strait in 1987. Traffic was mostly one way.
    Since then, about 33.87 million Taiwan people visited the mainland while only 30,000 mainlanders went to the island, according to the China National Tourism Administration.
    About 3.68 million Taiwan people came to the mainland last year, an increase of 35 percent from 2003, the administration said.
    Although taiwan allows mainlanders living, working, studying or traveling temporarily in other countries or regions to visit, it still closes the door on most mainland permanent residents.
    "Cross strait communication is remarkably unbalanced," Su said. "Compared to the openness and freedom we offer, Taiwan has set too many restrictions on us. It's unreasonable."--(5/28)

  • Taxi firms ready for examination
    The city's five largest taxi companies have started allowing students to book cabs for the upcoming college entrance exam.
    "We opened the booking service a week earlier than we did in the last several years, as the three exam days will be work days this year," said Liu Jianmin, an official with Shanghai Qiangsheng Holding Co's call center.
    "Students will leave home for their examination venues during morning rush hour, so the demand for cabs should be strong," she added.
    The three-day examination will run from June 7 to 9.
    Liu said her company expects students to reserve about 1,300 cabs from 7am to 8:15am during the three days.
    However, she advised that it's impossible to meet every request so examinees had better prepare some other transport means beforehand if they fail to book a cab.
    About 110,000 students are expected to sit the exam in Shanghai this year. Taxi officials said fewer than 20,000 of the city's 42,000 cabs are connected to call centers.
    Furthermore, disabled examinees and the children of model workers can ride cabs to the examination for free.--(5/27)

  • Mekong River summit ended in Shanghai
    Environmental ministers from six countries sharing the Mekong River yesterday affirmed their commitment to intensify cooperation on preserving their individual and shared natural resources,
    according to a joint statement from the Ministers Summit of the Greater Mekong Subregion, which ended in Shanghai yesterday. An environmental operations center will be established to coordinate the program, which began in 1992. The Greater Mekong Subregion is home to more than 300 million people in southwestern China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam--(5/26)

  • Bridge floor completed(5/25)
    The 32.5-kilometer-long Donghai Bridge, one of the world's longest cross-sea spans, will be connected after the last piece of the bridge floor is installed today. The bridge is a key part of the Shanghai Yangshan Deepwater Port project.--(5/25)

  • Cultural week to mark Shanghai-Milan sister cities
    A series of Chinese Cultural Week--Shanghai Day activities opened this week in the Italian city of Milan to feature Chinese and Shanghainese cultures.
    A photo exhibition featuring Shanghai's development over the past century was unveiled, and models from Shanghai and Milan cooperated to stage a fashion show. A Chinese folk music concert attracted throngs of Milan people.
    Jiang Yiren, chairman of the Shanghai Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, and Gabriele Albertini, mayor of Milan, as well as other senior officials from China and Italy, attended yesterday's opening ceremony.
    These cultural activities are to mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between China and Italy as well as the 25th anniversary of establishing a sister city relationship between Shanghai and Milan, Jiang said at the opening ceremony. He hoped cultural and trade cooperation and exchange would improve the relationship between the two peoples.
    Albertini applauded the cultural week as an impetus to Shanghai-Milan friendship and he expressed the wish that the two cities would share the good opportunities from development.
    In their meeting, Jiang reviewed the relationship between Shanghai and Milan and invited Milan business people to invest in Shanghai to share in the fruits of the city's development.
    Jiang also invited Albertini to come to Shanghai this autumn for the city's celebration of the 25th anniversary with Milan.--(5/24)

  • Historic sites open free
    Visitors take pictures of the obby of the Pacific Hotel on Nanjing Road W. as the city opened 40 key historic sites for free over the weekend. More than 170,000 people visited the sites, and city officials say more will be opened next year.--(5/23)

  • Envirnomental association tests local air quality
    An environmental association is testing the air quality in downtown commercial buildings due to health concerns.
    Up to 40 buildings that have been renovated or completed within the past two years will be checked. The work is scheduled to finish next month, according to the Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association.
    The check is in response to a report by the Oriental Morning Post earlier this week, which said many plants in offices died from poor air quality.
    About 55 plants got diseases with yellow leaves or rotten roots under poor air quality in three office buildings each month, the report quoted a gardening company, which supplies 200 plants each month to several office buildings.
    The poor air quality has also threatened the health of office workers, causing them to suffer from headaches, nausea and bad moods, said the report.
    "The main problem is caused by insufficient ventilation, resulting in a lack of oxygen inside the buildings," said Wang Fang, secretary general of the association's indoor environment branch.
    "But many office buildings try to save costs by reducing the operation of their ventilation system," he added.
    The problem is especially serious in newly decorated buildings. Some of the construction materials discharge toxic gas, according to the Shanghai Indoor Decoration Quality Supervision Station.
    The result is high levels of carbon dioxide and formaldehyde, a poisonous gas that could damage the respiratory system.
    Association officials suggest regular cleanup of central air conditioning and ventilation systems--(5/22)

  • Parking meters set up
    Peter Guest, vice president of the British Parking Association, tries a new parking meter on Shimen No.2 Road yesterday. The city plans to set up more meters citywide if trial operations prove successful.--(5/21)

  • Roads renovated in Luwan
    The Luwan District government will renovate 40 major roads within its old residential areas as part of efforts to improve the image of historic sites this year, the Shanghai Engineering Administrative Bureau announced yesterday. The measure aims to improve traffic for residents living in the city's old alleys.--(5/20)

  • Website launched for film, TV fests
    The organizing committee of the 8th Shanghai International Film Festival and the 11th Shanghai TV Festival yesterday launched a Website ( promoting two film and TV galas. The Website, in Chinese, English and Japanese versions, is planning to host interactive events. The festivals will open on June 11.--(5/19)

  • Passenger trains to Ningbo on track
    Train service from Shanghai to Ningbo in Zhejiang Province returned to normal yesterday, said the Shanghai Railway Administration.
    A stretch of railway in Zhejiang subsided after a roadbed collapsed on May 9. Usually 14 to 16 trains travel between the two cities each day. Passenger train service was suspended on the route for one week.--(5/18)

  • Historic sites open for free
    Forty important historic sites in the city will be opened to the public for free this weekend as part of weeklong activities to commemorate International Museum Day, which falls on Thursday.
    In order to prevent the sites from becoming overcrowded, as happened last year, the government will require managers of heritage buildings to strictly control the number of visitors allowed into any site at one time.
    Tour guides, some of whom can speak English, will escort visitors around the 40 free sites this weekend.
    "Following last year, the opening of heritage buildings aims to increase the public awareness of understanding and conserving historic buildings," said Tan Yufeng of the Shanghai Cultural Relics Management Commission.
    Last year, the city opened 23 heritage buildings to the public for free, drawing 46,000 visitors - far more than most of the sites could handle.
    The city has more than 4,000 cultural sites, mostly historic buildings. The government will also put on a series of lectures at some of its 92 museums from tomorrow through May 25--(5/17)

  • Mediation solves disputes
    Local mediation organizations have handled 273,074 disputes over the past three years and have completed 96 percent of them, officials announced yesterday at a government conference on mediation. Altogether 3,251 group disputes involving 80,232 people that might cause social disorder were solved and 629 cases that could possibly turn into criminal cases were resolved, officials said.--(5/16)

  • English test creators to tour schools
    Creators of the International English Language Testing System, an English ability test recognized worldwide, will tour universities in the city for the first time to tackle blind exam-oriented exercise training programs prevalent in the market.
    The owners of the IELTS - the British Council and the International Development Program, Australia Education - will hold lectures at East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University and the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics from May 19-26.
    Organizing officials will be invited to introduce the latest IELTS policies to students, as well as holding a lecture on how to prepare for the test.
    "The current IELTS training market in China tends to be preoccupied with blind and improper exam strategies, which have deviated from IELTS' original principle of testing students' real language ability," said Darwin Juan, regional director of IDP, Australia Education's Shanghai office.
    Introduced to China in 1987, IELTS saw Chinese students taking the test rise from less than 50 in the first year to about 100,000 last year.
    It is recognized as a key admission requirement by universities worldwide.
    Huge growth gave rise to a booming training market.
    Ewan Davies, education consul of the British Consulate General in Shanghai, said: "We do not support any programs that are not based on improving students' language skills."--(5/15)

  • Ningbo railway back in service
    A stretch of damaged railway connecting Ningbo to Hangzhou was repaired yesterday, meaning trains can again run between Shanghai and Ningbo after service was suspended for five days.
    However, the railway line in the reverse direction from Hangzhou to Ningbo is still under repair, and the Shanghai Railway Administration, which operates the line, didn't say when it will go back into normal service. On Monday morning, a stretch of more than 100 meters of railway in Zhejiang Province subsided after the roadbed collapsed, which cut off the rail link.--(5/14)

  • Yangtze River Delta to develop urban railway network(5/13)
    Five rail lines with a total length of 815 km will link cities in the Yangtze River Delta by 2020, forming a fast traffic ring with Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou as main conjunctions, head of the Yangtze River Delta railway construction group, Li Qinghong said yesterday.
    Two of the five lines, Nanjing-Zhenjiang-Wuxi-Suzhou-Shanghai and Shanghai-Jiaxing-Hangzhou, will be finished by 2010, while three others, Hangzhou-Shaoxing-Ningbo, Changzhou-Jiangyin-Changshu-Suzhou and Suzhou-Jiaxing, will be finished by 2020, Li said.
    Construction work began yesterday on the rail lines, which are different both from the common railways and city-wide underground or light rails. These cross-city rail lines are faster than both. They are rather like the commuting buses and they carry passengers only. On completion in 2020, they will be able to transport 44,580 people in all.
    With the speed of 250 km to 300 km per hour, tains on the lines will shorten the ride between Shanghai and Nanjing to 80 minutes to 96 minutes (for direct ones and common ones), and shorten the ride between Shanghai and Hangzhou to 45 minutes to 60 minutes--.(5/13)

  • Work on Huangpu's new pier expedited
    The city is stepping up the construction of Dada Wharf, which is expected to be completed in the second half of this year, as part of efforts to improve Shanghai's marine infrastructure.
    The Dada Wharf, located next to the Shiliupu Passenger Service Dock, will be a major terminal for pleasure boats on the Huangpu River, according to Yang Jiangyong, director of the Shanghai Port Administration Bureau's shipping supervision division.
    "There are quite a number of small such wharfs along the Huangpu, but they are located at different places, which poses problems for travelers," he said.
    The new 500-meter wharf will have seven berths and function as an integrated terminal with leisure, business and tourism facilities.
    Yang noted, however, that Dada was just a transitional wharf, which will serve the city for about three to four years. "The Shiliupu Dock will be the final site of the tourism terminal for the Huangpu River."
    Shiliupu, which used to be the city's passenger shipping center, is still being rebuilt in a bid to renovate the old terminal into a modern sight-seeing pier.
    the project will be completed prior to the World Expo in 2010, Yang said.
    Once the Shiliupu terminal is put into service, the Dada Wharf will be developed into something else with other functions.
    Besides, construction for the Shanghai Harbor International Passenger Terminal located in the northern Bund was launched this year. It is expected to be operational by the end of next year.--(5/12)

  • City may increase residential water rates
    The local authority will use water pricing as an economic lever to spur local residents to save water resources, according to officials with the Shanghai Water Conservation Bureau.
    Although the effective date of the new pricing policy has not yet been set, the government will probably adopt a graduated fee system for water consumption, which means those consuming more water than average will pay more, and those using water within their quota can pay at a lower price.
    The potential price hike will also stimulate the growth of the water supply. Local residential water fees presently charged by suppliers is 0.988 yuan (US$0.12) per cubic meter after taxes have been deducted, which is less than the production cost (1.072 yuan per cubic meter). While there is no shortage at present, suppliers will be encouraged to increase capacity. An expanded water system is essential for the city's development.
    since high-income families will be easily able to afford the increase, however, the pricing policy may not achieve the goal of saving water resources. On the other hand, low income families are afraid that the increase will be a burden on them.--(5/11)

  • City conducts payment check
    The city will launch a two-month inspection on delayed payment and social security payments, the Shanghai Labor Inspection Team announced yesterday. Running from today through July 30, the citywide inspection will check if employers have paid staff their due salaries and overtime payments and hand in enough social security for their employees.--(5/10)

  • Bridge leads port project to final stages
    Two years of hard work by construction workers is finally paying off, as the 1.66-kilometer cable-supported bridge connecting Kezhushan Island and the Xiaoyangshan area has recently been joined, signifying that the Yangshan Deep Water Port project has entered its final stages.
    The bridge, which was started May 2003, is part of the East Sea Bridge that links Shanghai and the port area.
    The East Sea Bridge, which will span 32.5 kilometers, is nearly finished, with construction of 31 kilometers already completed, and with more than 4 kilometers paved. Pipes supplying water and electricity as well as telecom services to the port area are being installed.--(5/9)

  • Shanghai Party secretary meets PFP chief
    Secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chen Liangyu, met with the visiting Taiwan delegation led by Chairman James CY Soong of the People First Party (PFP) in Shanghai yesterday.
    During their meeting, Chen said Soong's mainland tour was a major event that would help the dialogue and exchange of the CPC and PFP. He said the visit would contribute to the improvement and development of cross-Straits relations, peace and stability along the Taiwan Straits and further exchange and cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
    Many Taiwan compatriots have invested, run businesses, studied or bought houses in Shanghai. The city has become a hotspot for cooperation and exchanges between Taiwanese and mainlanders, he said. He said he hoped the PFP's mainland visit will further push exchange and cooperation between Shanghai and Taiwan.
    "Shanghai's achievements incorporate Taiwan compatriots' wisdom and hard work," he said.
    "As long as it is beneficial to the Taiwan compatriots, the improvement of cross-Straits exchange, the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and the promotion of China's peaceful reunification, we will do our best," he said.
    In his speech, Soong said Shanghai's progress is a point of pride for all of China. The offspring of Huangdi and Yandi, who are regarded as the common ancestors of all Chinese, are proud of it.
    Shanghai's development shows that sound policy and decision-making are very important, he said.
    "The reason why we choose Shanghai this time is that we will fail to understand the mainland's achievements through reform and opening-up if we don't come to Shanghai. And we'll not understand Taiwan businessmen's eager hope for 'three direct links' and the mainland's development potential and prospects," said Soong.
    Soong empathized that while Taiwan businessmen have contributed to Shanghai's prosperity, Shanghai has offered assistance to Taiwan businessmen.
    "The mainland and Taiwan people are of the same family, who, if loving and caring for each other, will together create desirable vision for the Chinese nation in the 21st century," said Soong.
    Soong and his delegation made the trip at the invitation of the CPC Central Committee and its General Secretary Hu Jintao. Shanghai is their third leg after Xi'an and Nanjing. They will also travel to Changsha and Beijing during the May 5-13 trip.--(5/8)

  • PFP chief arrives in Shanghai
    Chairman James CY Soong of the People First Party (PFP) in Taiwan arrived in Shanghai yesterday for the third leg of his nine-day mainland visit.
    After the arrival, Soong said in a brief speech at the airport that the PFP delegation aims to learn in Shanghai about China's reform and opening up, the earnest expectations for cross-Straits "three direct links" from Taiwan businessmen and the potential andhope of China's future development.
    "In the flight from Nanjing to Shanghai, I noticed so many plants and modern construction projects on the ground. They are a major indication of China's development and exciting developments that need to be learned and valued," said Soong,
    "All of us hope the two sides of the Taiwan Straits will becomea factory and market of the world, not a battlefield," said Soong."This is an important issue that needs to be tackled seriously by compatriots on both sides."
    Also in Shanghai dialect, Soong's wife Viola Chen said "people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits belong to one family now and forever".
    During his stay in Shanghai, Soong is expected to meet with senior officials of the Shanghai municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Wang Daohan, president of the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.He will also meet with Taiwan businessmen in the metropolis.
    Before leaving Nanjing for Shanghai, Soong said in a send-off banquet given by secretary of the Jiangsu provincial committee of the CPC Li Yuanchao on Saturday noon that "the Chinese people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits are descendants of the 'dragon.' They should keep in mind their common ancestors and work together for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation."
    Soong and his delegation arrived at Xi'an on the afternoon of May 5 to begin their mainland trip at the invitation of the CPC Central Committee and its General Secretary Hu Jintao. After Xi'anand Nanjing, they are also scheduled to visit Changsha and Beijing before returning to Taiwan on May 13.--(5/7)

  • China makes big win in doubles
    China snared two more golds at the 48th World Table Tennis Championships yesterday, moving closer to a sweep of the five crowns.
    China has pocketed three trophies during the tournament at Shanghai Grand Stage.
    A sweep of the titles will also bring China's World Championships gold tally to a symbolic 100.
    Kong linghui/Wang Hao, the world No. 3 men's doubles pair, foiled German duo Timo Boll and Christian Suss's attempt to claim Europe's first championship since 1993 for the event, conquering them 4-1 (11-9, 11-3, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7).
    Top-seed Zhang Yining defeated her teammate Guo Yan 4-2 (5-11, 11-7, 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 13-11), completing a women singles "grand slam" success of winning the Olympics, the World Championship and the World Cup. Despite China's long dominance in the world of table tennis, a sweep seemed dodgy on Wednesday when the German pair kept the title race a cliff-hanger.
    They downed China's Olympic champions and current world No. 1 Ma Lin/Chen Qi 4-1 in a semifinal.
    The explosive Boll/Suss combination fully displayed their topspin with venom in the semifinal while Ma/Chen lost their rhythm and composure.
    The defeat also weighed on Chinese fans before yesterday's final.
    Fortunately, Kong/Wang found a magic-bullet cure by keeping the service return short.
    For kong, a 30-year-old veteran and former world No. 1, and young star Wang, 22, the victory was a much-needed one.
    Kong was believed set to retire soon after he and Wang flunked in the first round of men's doubles at the Athens Olympics.
    China's strong reserve of up-and-coming stars also seemed to point to his departure.
    But the Heilongjiang Province native didn't give up and said he hoped to play until the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
    "The cheering fans gave us a huge support," Kong, one of the favorites among Chinese fans, told reporters after the match. "I will see whether I can participate in the Beijing Olympics."
    Wang hao shrugged off his humiliating thrashing 0-4 by Michael Maze of Denmark on Wednesday in men's singles.
    The women's singles title proved too easy for Zhang, 23, who lost only three sets in the seven rounds.
    Today is the last day of the tournament when finals of men's singles and women's doubles take place.--(5/6)

  • China International Bicycle and Motor Fair held in city
    A visitor to the 15th China International Bicycle and Motor Fair in Shanghai yesterday checks out a cross-country mountain bike ridden by Olympic champion Gunn-Rita Dahle, of Norway. The fair ends on Saturday.--(5/5)

  • China Youth International Animation Exhibition held in city
    Comic enthusiasts do cosplay on the 1st China Youth International Animation Exhibition at the Shanghai International News Center yesterday. The show, which has attracted more than 40 domestic comic clubs and about 80 cosplay teams, runs until Saturday.--(5/4)

  • Interactive cinema to debut
    To go to Mars or Jupiter? In a science fiction film a space ship is running out of fuel and its captain faces two choices. At this time, the audience press buttons on their seat and the film's plot will follow the choice of the majority of the viewers. On the 28th of April, the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum was doing a dry run of China's first interactive movie with an estimated release date to the public of May 14th.
    The newly built "Space Cinema City" threw away the thick celluloid film required by traditional cinemas and instead uses six projectors to throw off a seamless 13-meter diameter spherical image. The image processing technology and image stitching technology in use represent state-of-the-art digital cinematography. What is of particular significance is that films being screened here give the audience the ultimate "deciding vote" during critical plot points. The film's plot will follow the will of the majority of viewers.
    At the end of the movie, the completely translucent screening room will make everyone gasp in amazement. There are no heavy-set film projectors. Instead, a computer-controlled channel will broadcast the film, directly downloaded from the producer via internet network.--(5/3)

  • Rossi shines on a rainy race day
    Italy's Valentino Rossi leads a pack of riders through a bend during the MotoGP Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai yesterday.--(5/2)

  • Safe cycling lane
    A 1.8-kilometer-long bicycle lane linking the campuses of Fudan and Tongji universities will be painted dark green this summer to improve safety for cycling students, an official with the Yangpu District Government said yesterday.
    The project, which is expected to cost 3 million yuan (US$360,000), should be completed by August.
    The cycling lane will make use of a special road painting technology provided by China Specialist Surfacing Ltd.
    "The major purpose of this project is to make the lane more obvious to cycling students and to prevent vehicles using it," Sun Sihua, head of Yangpu's urban engineering department, said yesterday.
    The cycling lane, which will range in width between 22 and 25 meters, will include sections of six roads between the two universities.
    Large white cycling symbols will be painted on the lane to ensure drivers to keep their vehicles off it.
    Late last year, the technology was tested in a pilot program on two sections of Yan'an Road W. and Xinhua Road.--(5/1)



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