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Alipay, the country’s top mobile payment platform, announced on Tuesday a major anti-fraud u
pgrade on its application by teaming up with 26 p
ublic security departments nationwide. The new function, dubbed “Security Guard”, allows users to set up related accounts among f
amily members or close friends. Should any abnor
malities on transactions occur, the system would send out alerts to all related accounts in order to prevent the fraud from materializing and minimize loss of funds.
“Security is t
he lifeline of Alipay, and we hope to fight fraud in a manner as harsh as dru nk driving,” said Rui Xiongwen, vice-president of Ant Financial, Alipay’s parent company.
s can choose to delay payment for two hours or 24 hours and raise an alert on the platform if they deem such transactions potentially misdirected or fraudulent.
The system has been linked to local public security authorities to help freeze any transaction
s in doubt. The money will be credited back to the user’s account if authorities determine fraud has been committed.
A number of local anti-fraud centers in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhe
n also pledged to cooperate with Alipay on financial security education and anti-fraud alarming systems.
Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.
The company was ordered to suspend production,
and senior executives were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi
llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the
heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years. Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super
tem to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review. Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi
na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.
“The government is intensifying its efforts in
cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.
Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.
Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph
Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free So
lo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th
siasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped. ”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as
well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si
was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied. In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr
esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a
going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong. Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive
n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la
ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.
A widely criticized Australian newspaper cartoon showing tennis legen
d Serena Williams jumping up and down next to a
broken racket and a pa cifier which she had spat out was not racist, according to the country’s media watchdog.
The Australian Press Council ruled that the dr
awing, published by Murdoch group newspaper the Hera ld Sun, did not breach Australia’s press standards and instead was capturing Williams’ “on-co
urt tantrum” at the 2018 US Open final “using sat
ire, caricature, exaggeration and humor.” The cartoon was published shortly after the bad-tempered final, in which Wi
lliams had a dispute with the umpire over his allegedly sexist treatment. The pr
ess watchdog received a number of complaint
s about the image, which drew international condemnation. The press council said the newspaper “was depicting the moment when, in a high
ly animated tantrum, Ms Williams smashed a racquet and loudly abused the ch
air umpire, calling him a thief, a liar and threatening that he would never umpire her matches again.
(2 a.m. ET) and close at 2 p.m. (8 a.m. ET) Saturday, but reports soon emerged of widespread delays.
In the megacity of Lagos, CNN visited multiple p
olling stations, all of which opened hours la ter than planned. Voters said they had lined up for hours before electoral officers arrived with voting materials.
To cast their ballots Saturday, voters were e
xpected to complete an accreditation process in which officials from Nigeria’s Independent National Elec toral Commission take their fingerprints and scan their permanent voting cards.
A nurse told CNN she turned up at a polling stati
on after working a night shift, only to face a long wait. ”I am supposed to be resting now, but I came to the polling station (at) 7:30 a.m. thinking they the electoral commissi
on officials) will be here, but it’s two hours now, and they have not come,” Juliet Emoedin said.
Festus Okoye, a national commi
ssioner for the electoral commission, sa id stations that opened late would close an hour later, according to the Nigerian Television Authority, the state
rning to two ladies with improper hijab, people in the area surrounded them and prevented them from driving the two ladies a
way,” the police source told IRNA. “After the two ladies got off the police van, the crowd di
spersed and that was the end of the incident.” Threatened with acid, rape, abuseotesting Iranmpulsory hijab law
Threatened with ‘acid, rape, abuse’: Protesting Iran’s compulsory hijab law
f the incident showed people honking their car horns in apparent protest. A man is heard shouting “Let her go!” as a group of people surround the van. The sound of gunshots is then heard.
carf, or the hijab, has been a mandatory part of women’s dress in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution led to clerical rule of the country. But in recent years, some women have mounted opposition to headscarf rules by stagi
ng sporadic s
treet demonstrations, some of which have gone viral on social media. Many women have also observed the dress rules more loosely in recent years. While signs instructing women to wear hijab ad
orn the walls of nearly every shop and restaurant, many wear short scarves which only slightly cover their heads.