ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers
onal rights of their parents. If the draft amendment passes, embryos will enjoy better protection of rights in the future.
ASTANA — A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The accident took place on the early morning of Saturday in the Kordai district in the southe
rn Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus ma
de a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles, according to the ministry.
“As a result of the accident, eight people were killed instantly, 32 people were taken to me
dical facilities, where another three people died from injuries,” the ministry said in a statement.
About 50 people and the rescue services, disaster management office and regional police departme
nt were involved, and medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene, the ministry said.
A pre-trial investigation was launched under the criminal code, while investigat
ors from the Interior Ministry and the police office are working to establish the circumstances of the accident.
An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
JD Logistic, the logistics arm of the Beijing-based tech heavyweight JD
.com, will cancel the basic salary for delivery staff , CEO and Chairman Liu Qiangdong said i
n response to arguments on the company’s salary adjustments in an internal email sent on Monday.
JD Logistics lost over 2.3 billion yuan ($342.9 million) in 2018, its 12th consecut
ive year to lose money. If the situation continues, Liu said, the company would only last for two more years.
If internal settlements are deducted, JD Logistics lost more than 2.8 billion yuan last year.
The main reasons for the loss are few external delivery orders and high internal costs, Liu said.
The company has only two choices, according to Liu: one, increase external delivery orders to promote external inco
me growth; the other, reduce staff members’ well-being to the level of other express companies.
Reducing fund ratios to average levels and canceling the basic salary a
ims to encourage couriers to get more external delivery orders and increase revenue.
sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.