Tencent apologizes for error
Internet giant Tencent has been forced to apologize after its video team reported that a typhoon had wiped out the entire population of Shandong Province, which is home to nearly 100 million people. Typhoon Lekima hit the provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Anhui over the weekend, forcing more than 2 million residents to flee. Xinhua news agency said late on Tuesday that at least 49 people were killed with dozens still missing, but Tencent Video sent a news alert to its subscribers on Monday saying the typhoon had “killed nearly everyone” in Shandong. Screenshots of the erroneous message were widely shared on microblogging sites, with many users criticizing the slip. “You have an army of reviewers to erase even the slightest social protest, but you can’t check your own content at a time of a major disaster?” one netizen wrote.
Fishy quake theory debunked
People hoping to predict the next big earthquake should ignore mysterious deep-sea fish after experts said rare sightings of the creatures on the country’s beaches did not, as some had believed, foretell a seismic calamity. University researchers said they had debunked the theory of oarfish as a harbinger of doom by comparing sightings of deep-sea fish, including those caught in fishermen’s nets, with earthquake records going back more than 90 years. “We thought that if we could understand the connection, it would be useful for disaster prevention,” said Yoshiaki Orihara of Tokai University’s Institute of Oceanic Research and Development. However, the experts found no correlation between the sightings and major earthquakes. Their findings were published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.
‘No foul play’ in teen’s death
A Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a rainforest resort likely starved and died of internal bleeding, with no immediate sign of foul play, police said yesterday. Nora Quoirin, 15, is thought to have died two to three days after going missing and there was no indication she was abducted or raped, they said. Her naked body was discovered on Tuesday in a ravine in dense jungle following a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of people, helicopters and sniffer dogs. She went missing from the Dusun Resort on Aug. 4, a day after checking in for a holiday with her London-based family. Speaking after a post-mortem examination, Negeri Sembilan state Police Chief Mohamad Mat Yusop told reporters the teen suffered “bleeding in her intestines due to not eating” as well as “extreme stress.” “For the time being, there is no suspicion of foul play,” he said.
Arron Banks tweet slammed
Businessman Arron Banks has been criticized after he appeared to wish harm upon Greta Thunberg as the 16-year-old set sail across the Atlantic in a solar-powered yacht on a zero-carbon two-week voyage. The controversial Brexit backer warned the teenager that “freak yachting accidents do happen in August” as he responded to a tweet by Green Party lawmaker Caroline Lucas who said Thunberg was carrying “the vital message to the UN that time is running out to address the climate emergency.” His comments sparked outrage among lawmakers, celebrities and academics, but he defended the remark in a series of late-night tweets on Wednesday in which he accused “lefties” of having no sense of humor.
‘OBVIOUS DIFFERENCE’: The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been researching bat coronaviruses to trace the SARS pathogen, which is 80 percent similar to SARS-CoV-2 The Chinese virology institute in the city where COVID-19 first emerged has three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site, but none match the new contagion wreaking havoc around the world, its director has said. Scientists think COVID-19 — which first emerged in Wuhan and has killed more than 340,000 people worldwide — originated in bats and could have been transmitted to people via another mammal. However, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology told state broadcaster China Global Television Network that claims made by US President Donald Trump and others that the novel coronavirus could have escaped from the facility were
SPACE RACE: The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp mission aims to land a robotic rover and put a probe into orbit around the planet China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious Mars mission, which includes landing a remote-controlled robot on the surface of the Red Planet, the company in charge of the project has said. Beijing has invested billions of dollars in its space program in an effort to catch up with its rival, the US, and affirm its status as a major world power. The Mars mission is among a number of new space projects China is pursuing, including putting Chinese astronauts on the moon and having a space station by 2022. Beijing had been planning the Mars mission for some time this year,
China is poised to enshrine individuals’ rights to privacy and personal data for the first time, a symbolic first step as more of the country of 1.4 billion people becomes digitized — and more vulnerable to leaks and hacks. The legislation is part of China’s first civil code, a sweeping package of laws that is being deliberated during the annual meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, which began on Friday after a delay of more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent draft, an individual has a right to privacy and to have their personal information protected. Data
India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, an Indian government official said, asking not to be identified, citing rules. India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by the Chinese army, the official said. The standoff began on May 5, when troops clashed