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Cyclone Idai: Fears for 500,000 people as 90% of Mozambiqu

  Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after a

id agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been “destroyed” by Cyclone Idai.

  The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midn

ight Thursday, causing widespread devastation, before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.

  In an address on national radio Monday, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi warned that while the official death toll

stood at 84, “everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead.”

  Nyusi described seeing “bodies floating” in the water after two rivers broke their banks “wiping out entire vil

lages ” and isolating others. “It’s a real humanitarian disaster of large proportions,” said Nyusi.

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The situation in Beira, a low-lying port city on the Indian

  Ocean, was described by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cre

scent Societies (IFRC) as “terrible” following an aerial assessment conducted by the agency Monday.

  IFRC spokesman Jamie LeSueur said that up to 90% of the ar

ea had been destroyed. “The scale of devastation is enormous,” said LeSueur.

  On Sunday, a dam burst cutting off the last road to the city, which aid workers are now struggling to reach.

  A former Portuguese colony, Mozambiq

ue gained independence in 1975 and suffered a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992. Today, despite recent eco

nomic growth, about half the population remains below the poverty line.

  Cylone Idai has caused destruction on such a large scale because of that poverty and lack of infrastructure.

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Erdou” and “Guazi” are two such cat celebrities on Douyin

one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. They are owned by the same person who posts their videos on an account called “Liu Erdou who can speak”.

The account became very popular quickly, attracting over 46 million followers and 390 million “thumbups” (or “likes”).

The account manager began to receive advertising opportunities from recogni

zed brands. The latter requested her to endorse certain products in her short videos.

That’s just one form of making money in the cat economy.

Many people are making products, or offering services, that make cats’ lives fancier, and their owners happier.

An electric scalp massager retails for about 120 yuan, and a FURminat

or (cat grooming comb) for over 100 yuan, with a freebie thrown in, in the form of a comb for t

he cat owner! Then, there is an indoor slide for 300 yuan, all kinds of beds, what have you.

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About 100 million units of handsets are sold in Europe ever

year. We must build a presence there.”In the fourth quarter of 2018, Oppo outcompeted Samsung to

become the largest smartphone vendor in Thailand with a market share of 22.2 percent, gro

wing about 70 percent year-on-year, according to the market research company Canalys.

Its products and services are also well received in other South Asian and Sout

heast Asian countries, including India, and African countries such as Kenya.

In 2018, Oppo shipped 113 million units of smartphones wor

ldwide, garnering a global market share of more than 8 percent, according to IDC data.

Other Chinese smartphone makers, including Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo, are also looking beyon

d their home turf for growth. In this context, Oppo believes it has an edge over others as it first started its i

nternational journey as early as in 2009 in Thailand, much before others jumped on the going-global bandwagon.

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But Wu admitted that it is not easy to crack open the har

 nut of European smartphone market where most handsets are sold in large retail chains and by local telecom operators.

Also, European consumers are different from their Chinese counterpart

s in terms of product preferences. For instance, European consumers are not big fans of bea

utifying photos. As a result, the company has to work hard to localize its products.

Although Oppo is a well-known brand among European tel

ecom industry professionals, awareness about it among the consumers is not high.

“It takes time to build a brand, with careful consideration nee

ded to decide what forms of marketing and product com

munications are appropriate. We are working hard to know the specific characteristics of each market,” Wu said.

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Lack of sleep among children and teenagers deserves high

attention, because it can seriously affect their health and growth,” she said. Such a group should sleep at least eight hours a day, she added.

Zhao Zhongxin, a professor specialized in treating sleep disorders

at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, said getting adequate sleep is very important.

“Sleep promotes growth, protects the brain and improves the immune system,” he said. “Long-term deprivation of sleep will

bring risks of diseases and conditions such as dementia and cause lasting health damage.”

Wang Guanghai, a member of the Chinese Sleep Research Society and a psychological consultant, said the exces

sive use of electronics products in China is depriving children and teens of sleeping time.

“Some of them use tablets for more than four hours a day,” he said. “It has become a serious problem that affects minors’ health.”

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FUZHOU – In the Chinese city of Quanzhou, East China’s

Fujian province, workers at a garment factory of Kelme are busy stitching and ironing the white and blue jerseys of the Spanish football club Espanyol.

Their goal is to meet the soaring domestic demand boosted by Wu

Lei, a Chinese striker who joined the club a month ago. Wu made history by becoming the first Ch

inese player to score in a La Liga match on March 2, sending his fans into a frenzy.

“Over the last month, we have sold over 10,000 Wu Lei jerseys,” said Ke Yongyuan, presid

ent of Kelme (China), who owns the Yuanxiang garment company in the sportswear manufacturing hub.

Prior to Wu’s debut in Europe, Yuanxiang acquired 80 per

cent of Kelme’s shares and became the controlling shareholder of the renowned inter

national brand. Yuanxiang’s expansion offers a glimpse into Chinese manufacturers’ endeavor of going global.

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Death toll of New Zealand mosque shooting rises to 50adaily.co

  Several gunmen opened fire at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday afternoon, leaving 50 people dead.

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as one of her country’s “darkest days”

  • An Australian citizen in his late 20s appeared in court Saturday, charged with murder

  • Two others were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shootings

  • Suspect reportedly uses modified semi-automatic weapons

  • Arden said the nation’s gun laws will change

  • Major social media remove shooting video of terror attacks

  The death toll in the New Zealand mosque shootings rose to 50 on Sunday after police found another victim at one of the m

osques, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said bodies of those killed would begin to be released to families for burial.

  Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday. Tarrant w

as remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.

  Friday’s attack, which Ardern labeled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime m

ass killing in New Zealand and the country had raised its security threat level to the highest.

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hina posts rising power generationis installed at the Fuqing nu

China’s power generation rose 2.9 percent year on year to hit 1.09 trillion kwh in the

first two months of the year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

The expansion was 3.4 percentage points lower than that for December.

NBS attributed the slowing growth to a high comparative base from the same period last year and the warm weather this year.

In February alone, the power generation climbed 6.8 percent from the previous year, much faster than the growth in January.

In breakdown, generation of hydroelectricity posted faster growth in Jan.-Feb. period, rising 6.6 percent year on

year, compared with a 0.9-percent decrease last December, while solar power production saw a 3.8-percent increase.

Electricity generated by thermal, nuclear and wind power facilities expanded at a slower pace, the NBS data showed.

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I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support

  of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until

they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad,” Trump told the conservative website.

  Trump’s incessant appeals for his base are undeniably effective.

  One Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, made an 11th

hour switch of his vote on the declaration of national emergency, falling into line behind the President.

  A top GOP official in North Carolina told CNN’s Jim Acosta that

Tillis was under fierce pressure ahead of a potential primary challenge next year.

  The official said, Tillis is “getting hit hard in the state.”

It wasn’t quite a George Clooney or Brad Pitt heist, but police say a brazen robbery attempt ended with gunfire and the suspect hospitalized in Las Vegas.

About 9:45 p.m. local time Friday, an armed man entered a packed Bell

agio Hotel and Casino and demanded money from a caged poker area, Las Vegas Met

ropolitan Police Capt. Nichole Splinter said.
He then fled and tried to steal a vehicle that ha

d just pulled into the valet lot, but he was immediately confronted by four police officers, Splinter said.

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