每日新闻播报(May 14)


>Permanent shift to remote work

Some Twitter employees will never return to their office.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed employees on Tuesday telling them that they'd be allowed to work from home permanently, even after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown passes.

Some jobs that require physical presence, such as maintaining servers, will still require employees to come in.

Silicon Valley companies were among the first adopters of work-from-home policies when the coronavirus spread, and they're in no rush to bring workers back to the office.

Facebook and Google told employees last week that they will have the option to work from home until the end of 2020 - with most workers expected to not return to the office until 2021.


Adult male panda Da Mao, one of two being returned to China by Canada's Calgary Zoo due to the difficulty of obtaining their food of fresh bamboo due to the coronavirus disease-related logistical problems, is seen in an undated photograph provided May 13, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Canada to ship back giant pandas

The Calgary Zoo is shipping two giant pandas back to China years ahead of schedule due to difficulty obtaining bamboo amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zoo staff have struggled to import enough bamboo to feed giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao - who are on loan to Canada from China until 2023 - due to flights being disrupted by the pandemic.

The zoo said it expects the supply of the panda's main food could be further disrupted by transportation struggles on very short notice.

The Calgary Zoo is asking the Canadian and Chinese governments to expedite the necessary permits to ship the pandas as soon as possible.

In China, the pandas will have access to fresh and local bamboo, eliminating the supply concern.


Staff members rehearse for students' returning at a classroom of the junior high school department in the Beijing Chenjinglun High School in Beijing, May 8, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>40% of students back in school

Education authorities are continuing to reopen schools, with nearly 40% of students nationwide having returned to campuses so far.

According to data given by the Ministry of Education, about 108 million students have resumed studies nationwide, 2.9 million of whom are college students.

Moreover, universities in 26 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions are reopening to students.

Only those in Beijing, Hebei, Shandong, Hubei and Heilongjiang remain closed.

All senior high schools have reopened, welcoming back about 21.6 million students.

About 31.5 million junior high students have resumed their studies, along with 43.84 million students in elementary schools.

The ministry says it will continue to enhance control and prevention efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure student safety.


Cars on sale at a commercial plaza in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Vehicle sales rebound

China's monthly vehicle sales rose for the first time in nearly two years in April with production returning to 2019 levels, an indication that the industry has returned to normalcy since the novel coronavirus outbreak, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said on Monday.

A total of 2.07 million vehicles were sold in April, up 4.4% on a yearly basis, while vehicle output rose by 2.3% on a yearly basis to 2.1 million units during the same period, according to the CAAM.

The first monthly sales growth since July 2018 came after a 43% fall in March and a 79% slump in February, as the novel coronavirus outbreak distanced people from showrooms in the world's largest auto market.

Chen Shihua, deputy secretary-general of the CAAM, said the rebound was primarily a result of the country's effective efforts in controlling the pandemic and a slew of government policies.

The association said the rebound in April fell short of expectations and it estimated that the growth trend will likely continue to improve in the next two months due to the anticipated release of pent-up demand.


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