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Mayor, Gu talk about urban regeneration
04/16/2018 Shanghai Daily
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Mayor, Gu talk about urban regeneration




Jose Isabel Blandon, mayor of Panama City, went to G·Art on Xingfu Road during his recent visit to learn from Changning’s successful experience in urban renewal.




Jose Isabel Blandon, mayor of Panama City (center right); Gu Honghui, director of Changning District (center left)




Changning District Director Gu Honghui, deputy director Weng Huajian, Francisco Carlo Escobar, ambassador of Panama in China, Nicolas Alexander Saval, consul general of Panama in Shanghai, were present.




Led by Blandon, a delegation of 20 visited shops and restaurants at G·Art where old factory buildings have formed a neighborhood for entertainment and leisure through renovation and upgrading.




During a conversation later between the two sides, Gu shared details of Changning’s urban planning, economic development, cultural and creative industries with the visiting guests and hoped to carry out friendly exchanges with Panama City and its metropolitan area under the instruction of Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office.




Gu shares details of Changning’s development with Blandon.




Blandon expressed his gratitude to Changning and highly praised G·Art project which is worth to learn from as Panama City is planning for the renovation of its old town.




Blandon also hoped that both sides send delegations to visit each other to exchange experience in cooperation between government and enterprise, urban renewal, and so on.




Panama City is the capital and largest city of Panama. It has an urban population of 880,000, with over 1.5 million in its metropolitan area. The city is at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama.





Changning firm offers solution to Premier Li’s concern





Premier Li Keqiang visits Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) last Tuesday during a two-day inspection tour of Shanghai.




Premier Li Keqiang pays a visit to the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.




Li encouraged China’s leading port machinery builder to combine high quality Chinese manufacturing with high quality Chinese services so as to stand at the forefront of international competition and create a better performance.




However, no matter the construction of smart harbor or the smart port builder ZPMC has an inextricable link with the Changning-based startup Westwell Lab.




The world-class enterprise at 102 Lixi Road consists of 80 employees. It was established in May 2015 as a commercial lab specialized in neuromorphic engineering.






Its partnership with ZPMC has led to the creation of the world’s first artificially intelligent (AI) unmanned straddle carrier.




Westwell Lab is focusing on providing the AI solution for unmanned operation and the dispatching system of multiple straddle carriers.




It was reported that the AI straddle carrier can automatically avoid obstacles, slow down, brake, bypass and make other smart decisions in case of emergency situations.




It also stated that the machine is able to autonomously plan an optimal route for horizontal transportation of containers.




The next stage of ZPMC’s development plan is to introduce the AI straddle carrier into port environments.




It wants to change the existing horizontal transport of container terminals by reducing the workforce and increasing the efficiency of the facilities by more than 50 percent.




The world’s first artificially intelligent (AI) unmanned straddle carrier.




Meanwhile, self-driving trucks to transport containers have come into being at Zhuhai Port in Guangdong Province.




The domestically-made truck looks like a normal one but does not need any driver. It is used to move containers between the stocking area and the container gantry crane at a standard speed of about 30 kilometers per hour.




Based on the AI technology developed by Westwell Lab, the 18-meter-long vehicle can automatically navigate, calculate the best route, avoid barriers and deal with an emergency by slowing down, braking or taking a detour.




A self-driving container truck comes into being at Zhuhai Port in Guangdong Province.

Tan Limin, CEO of Westwell Lab, said the self-driving truck is “nearly 100 percent safe. ” Guided by the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, sensors and radars, it can reach an accuracy level of within 2 centimeters.




Transport advances are necessary at ports as container throughput at China’s ports has risen in recent years, putting immense strain on existing transport resources and drivers, he said.




Many cities in China are competing to build smart ports. Traditional automatic ports need to modify many facilities, such as road resurfacing and inserting transponder for vehicle navigation, but Tan believes Westwell’s smart port solution is much easier and cheaper to apply.





Business aviation event to land Hongqiao airport




The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will be held at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport from tomorrow to Thursday.






In partnership with Shanghai Airport Authority and co-hosted by the National Business Aviation Association and the Asian Business Aviation Association, ABACE is Asia’s premier business aviation event.




ABACE has become a high-value event, attracting entrepreneurs, wealth creators, aircraft-purchase decision makers and other high-level attendees from China and across Asia.




Since its launch in 2012, ABACE has rapidly grown to over 8,000 attendees from 51 countries around the world, 165 exhibitors, 35 business aircraft on static display and more than 350 members of the media.




Next to the Hongqiao airport where this year’s ABACE to be held is Linkong Economic Demonstration Zone.






According to the latest development blueprint for Changning, district policy makers have tipped the economic zone for a key role in the development of aviation services, already a pillar of the local economy.




Changning has planned to develop Linkong into a base for aviation services to attract higher value-added links in the aviation industry chain. At the same time, the development of aviation services and related businesses is expected to enrich the stature and structure of the local shipping and aviation industries.



Sorting your garbage according to rules




Residents of an international neighborhood at Golden Street have been accustomed to throwing garbage at various bins since the neighborhood management launched garbage sorting at the end of last month.




As one fifth of the people who live at Deluxe Family Gubei Garden are expats, neighborhood cadres distributed garbage sorting guides and leaflets in four languages.




Neighborhood cadres distribute garbage sorting guides and leaflets at the entrance of Deluxe Family Gubei Garden.

Previously, every two households shared a public trash can installed in the apartment building. Hence, only 60 percent of residents at the neighborhood supported garbage sorting initially as the new policy would change their habits.




Through the neighborhood management’s effort, all the 230 trash cans were removed from the apartment buildings at the end of last month and since then local residents threw their garbage at newly installed recycling bins.




A resident throws garbage into a recycling bin.

More than 90 percent of them abide by the new rule and separate garbage in four categories - dry, wet, recyclable and hazardous - before throwing them in different bins.




As many families at the neighborhood hire housekeepers while tenants account for over 40 percent of residents, the neighborhood management also launched training courses among them to teach them the right way to segregate home waste.




Hongqiao Community where the neighborhood locates has planned to expand garbage sorting to 16 neighborhoods this year, particularly to the international neighborhoods and the high grade residences.



Sake shop offers free drink




A sake shop is hiding in an office building at Yuyuan Road. The Sankinzou at 1417 Yuyuan Road offers a wide range of Japanese sake, most of which were exclusively imported by its owner - a Shanghai woman who had lived in Japan for decades.






Also referred to as a Japanese rice wine, sake is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran.




Each guest will get a free drink at Sankinzou. Moreover, the sake shop has partnered with Creater Space, operator of a co-working space on Yuyuan Road, to launch Sake Sommelier Academy courses as well as a sushi DIY workshop.






All the activities are free of charge while attendees may have an opportunity to taste 21 brands of Japanese sake.




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