For a while the man and woman busied themselves only with keeping out of the way of the two creatures, but finally I saw them separate and each creep stealthily toward one of the combatants. The tiger was now upon the bull’s broad back, clinging to the huge neck with powerful fangs while its long, strong talons ripped the heavy hide into shreds and ribbons.

For a moment the bull stood bellowing and quivering with pain and rage, its cloven hoofs widespread, its tail lashing viciously from side to side, and then, in a mad orgy of bucking it went careening about the arena in frenzied attempt to unseat its rending rider. It was with difficulty that the girl avoided the first mad rush of the wounded animal.

All its efforts to rid itself of the tiger seemed futile, until in desperation it threw itself upon the ground, rolling over and over. A little of this so disconcerted the tiger, knocking its breath from it I imagine, that it lost its hold and then, quick as a cat, the great thag was up again and had buried those mighty horns deep in the tarag’s abdomen, pinning him to the floor of the arena.

The great cat clawed at the shaggy head until eyes and ears were gone, and naught but a few strips of ragged, bloody flesh remained upon the skull. Yet through all the agony of that fearful punishment the thag still stood motionless pinning down his adversary, and then the man leaped in, seeing that the blind bull would be the least formidable enemy, and ran his spear through the tarag’s heart.

As the animal’s fierce clawing ceased, the bull raised his gory, sightless head, and with a horrid roar ran headlong across the arena. With great leaps and bounds he came, straight toward the arena wall directly beneath where we sat, and then accident carried him, in one of his mighty springs, completely over the barrier into the midst of the slaves and Sagoths just in front of us. Swinging his bloody horns from side to side the beast cut a wide swath before him straight upward toward our seats. Before him slaves and gorilla-men fought in mad stampede to escape the menace of the creature’s death agonies, for such only could that frightful charge have been.

SHANGHAI — China is developing an online toilet map, aiming to help traveling tourists from home and abroad find the nearest toilets, tourism authorities said.

The online toilet map was being developed by China’s search engine giant Baidu at the request of the ministry, said Zhang Xu, vice-minister of China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, on March 19.

By the end of June, public toilets built before 2019 in tourist attractions, transport centers, restaurants, entertainment venues, leisure areas and parks can be located through Baidu map app, Zhang said.

So far, around 20,000 toilets in the aforementioned areas have been recorded in the system.

The app can also help travelers find barrier-free toilets.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has required relevant departments and personnel to help collect and verify toilet information.

A deadly forest fire in Southwest China that claimed the lives of 30 people has been contained and authorities are seeking to honor the victims as martyrs.

Five helicopters and nearly 700 people were deployed to tackle the wildfire, which was completely contained as of midday Tuesday, an official surnamed Hou at China’s Ministry of Emergency Management’s press office, told the Global Times.

The fire broke out at around 6 pm on Saturday in a remote high-altitude forested area in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. An investigation has been launched to look into the cause, officials from Liangshan said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Due to the complex terrain, there are still areas that are burning, so it will be some time before it is fully extinguished,” Hou said.

The fire claimed the lives of 27 firefighters, with an average age of 23 and the youngest being just 18. Three local officials were also killed when the winds suddenly changed direction, fanning the flames and trapping the firefighters.

The bodies of 29 of the victims were transferred to a funeral parlor in Xichang, Liangshan, and one person was buried in his hometown according to the family’s wishes.

More than 10,000 people in Xichang lined the streets and some placed chrysanthemums, heart-shaped candles and white scarves on the road in tribute to the heroes.

David Malpass, undersecretary for international affairs at the US Treasury Department, was selected as president of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on April 9, 2019, the World Bank Group said in a statement Friday.

Malpass, 63, was chosen by US President Donald Trump in early February as the US candidate for the post, and has secured approval from the World Bank’s board after a campaign without competition.

The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership in recent months, the World Bank Group said in the statement. Former World Bank chief, Jim Yong Kim, abruptly announced his resignation in early January.

Candidates picked by the United States, the World Bank’s largest shareholder with 16 percent of its voting power, have all ended up assuming the leadership post since the institution’s inception in 1944.

This long-held tradition has put the credibility of the organization into question, given that emerging markets’ and developing economies’ total contributions to global economic growth have far outweighed those of the advanced economies in recent years.

Malpass, who once criticized the World Bank, has raised concerns within the international development community over his skepticism about the role of the bank and multilateralism.

In February, Malpass thanked the US president for selecting him to lead “the world’s premier development institution.”

Highlighting the 13-billion-US dollar capital increase and other reforms that the World Bank shareholders endorsed in April 2018, Malpass said, “With shareholders and dedicated staff, there is a great opportunity now to implement these constructive reforms that will lead to faster growth and greater prosperity.”

Hunan Jinhao Camellia Oil Co., Ltd. is a modern private company integrating scientific research, farming, production, and sale of camellia seeds high-class edible oil. The company has registered capital of 56 million RMB, total asset of 500 million RMB and nearly 1200 employees with annual output of 1.5 billion RMB. Ever since its foundation in 1993, the abundant camellia resources are its development support. Now it is awarded national key leading enterprise for economic forest industrialization and national key leading enterprise for agricultural industrialization. The company has six production and processing plants with totally 460,000 square meters of land, including 60,000 square meters for plants and 41,000 square meters for warehouse. It has more than 10 advanced automatic production lines and complete precise inspection and test equipments for pre-press, extracting, refining and filling. Relying on cooperation with high schools and scientific research institutes and taking advantage of innovative technology, the company further explores the value of camellia and continues to develop Jinhao camellia exquisite oil, cooking oil and pure camellia oil (3 categories and 14 varieties) to the market. The main product – “Jinhao Camellia Oil” series high-class cooking plant oil has been awarded “ Well-known Brand in Hunan”, “National Inspection-free Product”, “Green Food”, “Organic Food”, “Care-free Grain and Oil”, “National Well-known Brand for Camellia Oil” and other honorable titles. It is popular by customers from large and medium cities and coastal areas, with sales ranking the first in the country.

China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning appears to have left the maintenance bay of the Dalian Shipyard on Sunday, as the country’s second carrier, the Type 001A, is also expected to soon begin a new sea trial, reports said.

Accompanied by a fireworks display, the Liaoning left the shipyard in Northeast China’s Liaoning Province with the help of tug boats Sunday morning, according to a report from Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po and photos and video posted on Sina Weibo on Sunday.

The Liaoning reportedly conducted a sea trial in January after more than half a year’s maintenance and modification in the shipyard.

If the maintenance work is done, the ship could be on its way back to its home base in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong Province and return to normal service in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Otherwise, the voyage might be yet another sea trial to check the results of the maintenance, military observers said.

“Farewell to the Liaoning and wish it all the best on its new journey,” read a banner in the shipyard, indicating that the Liaoning could be resuming PLA service and will not return to the Dalian Shipyard anytime soon, according to the Wen Wei Po report.

No official information has been given as of press time on the Sunday voyage of the Liaoning.

Meanwhile, the Type 001A, China’s second aircraft carrier being tested at the same facility, might follow the Liaoning.

The domestically made warship started its engine and cleaned its deck on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, indicating it will soon set out for its fifth sea trial, Wen Wei Po reported in two separate reports on Saturday and Sunday.

Coincidentally, a military exercise is scheduled from Sunday to March 5 in the northern Huanghai Sea near Dalian, and other ships are prohibited from entering a designated area, according to a notice the Maritime Safety Administration of China released on Friday.

This usually happens when an aircraft carrier conducts a sea trial.

The notice did not mention which ships might be involved in the exercise. It is currently unknown if the exercise area is designated for the Liaoning, the Type 001A, or both.

Many Chinese military observers hope to see both carriers at a naval parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the PLA Navy.

Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times that it is possible for the two aircraft carriers to conduct easy formation and communication training if they conduct an exercise together in the same area.

If the parade will be held, the Liaoning will surely participate, Wei predicted, noting that the Type 001A’s participation still depends on the vessel’s test results and whether it can join the PLA Navy before the parade.

I had covered some hundred yards from shore when it became evident that my pursuer must grasp the stern of the skiff within the next half-dozen strokes. In a frenzy of despair, I bent to the grandfather of all paddles in a hopeless effort to escape, and still the copper giant behind me gained and gained.

His hand was reaching upward for the stern when I saw a sleek, sinuous body shoot from the depths below. The man saw it too, and the look of terror that overspread his face assured me that I need have no further concern as to him, for the fear of certain death was in his look.

And then about him coiled the great, slimy folds of a hideous monster of that prehistoric deep—a mighty serpent of the sea, with fanged jaws, and darting forked tongue, with bulging eyes, and bony protuberances upon head and snout that formed short, stout horns.

As I looked at that hopeless struggle my eyes met those of the doomed man, and I could have sworn that in his I saw an expression of hopeless appeal. But whether I did or not there swept through me a sudden compassion for the fellow. He was indeed a brother-man, and that he might have killed me with pleasure had he caught me was forgotten in the extremity of his danger.

Unconsciously I had ceased paddling as the serpent rose to engage my pursuer, so now the skiff still drifted close beside the two. The monster seemed to be but playing with his victim before he closed his awful jaws upon him and dragged him down to his dark den beneath the surface to devour him. The huge, snakelike body coiled and uncoiled about its prey. The hideous, gaping jaws snapped in the victim’s face. The forked tongue, lightning-like, ran in and out upon the copper skin.

US President Donald Trump on Monday denied discussing the issue of US-South Korea joint military exercises with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), during the Hanoi summit.

Trump tweeted that he never talked about this issue with Kim during their recent summit, adding that he had decided to downgrade those exercises long ago because of the tremendous cost that cannot be reimbursed.

“The reason I do not want military drills with South Korea is to save hundreds of millions of dollars for the US for which we are not reimbursed,” Trump said in a previous tweet on Sunday. “Also, reducing tensions with North Korea at this time is a good thing!”

The Pentagon on Saturday announced in a statement that Washington and Seoul had decided to “conclude” the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle series of military exercises, which Pyongyang has denounced as a dress rehearsal for northward invasion.

The United States and South Korea will maintain military readiness through newly designed Command Post exercises and revised field training programs, according to the statement.

The adaption of the joint training program, the statement said, reflected “our desire to reduce tension and support our diplomatic efforts to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a final, fully verified manner.”

The move came right after Trump’s second meeting with Kim, held in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Feb. 27-28, without reaching an agreement.

Nevertheless, the White House said the two leaders had “very good and constructive meetings” and discussed various ways to “advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts.”

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, vestigial of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended with an armistice.

Chinese food, lantern show, traditional musical instruments, dragon dance … all the typical elements of Chinese New Year will be showcased in Britain by the Ministry of Cultural and Tourism of China during the festival month.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, which is the first day of a year on lunar calendar and falls on Feb 5 this year, is a good opportunity to show Chinese cultures to the local people, the ministry said.

“Chinese embassy to the UK has been making efforts to promote Chinese New Year as a most popular festival in Britain. We can see a sign of ‘Spring Festival Fervor’ and ‘Chinese Culure Fervor’ in the UK nowadays,” said Xiang Xiaowei, Chinese minister counselor of culture and tourism in the United Kingdom.

From December last year, activities including gala show, Spring Festival family day, Chinese New Year in the Science Museum, and a taste of New Year Eve dinner are being staged in UK cities including London and Birmingham.

In February, people interested in Chinese New Year culture can find related cultures on display and traditional food to try at the Trafalgar Square in London, as well as expect the movie Flying Life directed by Chinese author Han Han to be on screen in cinemas.

At the Museum of London, the Ministry of Cultural and Tourism of China will host the Weekend of China for the third year, which attracted more than 5,000 people to have fun last year and expect more in the first weekend this year.

On the following Saturday, families are welcome to enjoy dragon dance and Chinese Kong-fu shows at the National Marine Museum in London. More than 7,000 people joined the Spring Festival family day last year.

WASHINGTON – Chinese and US negotiators on Sunday wrapped up the latest round of trade talks between the world’s top two economies with substantial progress on specific issues.

During the Feb 21-24 talks in Washington, the seventh round since February last year, the two sides further implemented the important consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, during their December meeting in Argentina, said the Chinese delegation.

They focused their talks on the text of an agreement and achieved substantial progress on such specific issues as technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights, non-tariff barriers, service industry, agriculture and exchange rates, added the Chinese team.

On the basis of the latest progress, said the Chinese delegation, the two sides will continue their work for the next stage in accordance with the instructions of the two countries’ heads of state.

The Chinese team is headed by Vice Premier Liu He, who also came as Xi’s special envoy, and the US team is led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

After months of escalating trade frictions with the United States slapping extra tariffs on Chinese imports and China responding with retaliatory measures, Xi and Trump agreed in Argentina that the two countries should strive to reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement within 90 days to break the impasse.

In order to realize that goal, Chinese and US trade negotiators have since accelerated their talks. Working-level consultations for the latest round started in Washington on Feb 19, just days after the sixth round took place in Beijing on Feb 14-15.

With the just-concluded round counted in, there have been three rounds of talks in less than a month since the end of January, despite the week-long Lunar New Year holidays in China and the Washington’s Birthday long weekend in the United States.