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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-10-31 14:07

Tourists walk on the newly opened glass bridge, which offers visitos the amazing view of the "heaven-linking Avenue", the twisting mountain road from the foot of the Tianmen mountains to the Tianmen Cave, in Zhangjiajie scenic area in Hunan province on Aug 1, 2016. [Photo/IC]

>Many glass walkways closed
Many tourist attractions in China have closed glass walkways built in a rush to woo adventurous visitors but without sufficient care for safety and management.
Amid a lack of national standards and supervision over such facilities, Hebei province was the first to introduce regional requirements on construction materials, design and visitor numbers.
The province has closed 32 glass bridges and walkways in 24 scenic areas over the past 18 months.
In Guangdong province, authorities demanded changes in similar glass amenities at six 4A-level scenic spots.
China now has about 2,300 glass bridges and an undetermined number of glass walkways or slides.
In 2016, a tourist was injured by falling rocks when walking on the glass walkway in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.
In 2017, one died in an accident on the glass slide at Mulan Shengtian scenic area in Hubei province.
Another incident, at Foziling scenic area in Pingnan county of Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, left one tourist dead and six injured.


The Getty fire burns near the Getty Center along the Interstate 405 freeway north of Los Angeles on Monday. [Photo/Agencies]

>Wildfire prompts evacuations
More than 1,000 firefighters battled a wind-driven blaze on Monday that broke out near the renowned Getty Center museum in Los Angeles, prompting widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes and forced the shutdown of schools and roads.
It was the latest outbreak in a wildfire season that has caused mass evacuations and power outages across California.
The so-called Getty Fire ignited overnight near a major freeway and quickly spread south and west toward neighborhoods, scorching nearly 240 hectares and sending people fleeing in the dark.
Celebrities including the state's former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, and actress Kristin Davis, are among the hundreds of thousands evacuating their homes.


FILE PHOTO: An anti-Brexit protester waves an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 25, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>UK set for general election
The UK is set to go to the polls on Dec 12 after MPs backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for an election following months of Brexit deadlock.
By a margin of 438 votes to 20, the House of Commons approved legislation paving the way for the first December election since 1923.
The bill is still to be approved by the Lords but could become law by the end of the week.
If the bill is passed unchanged, Parliament will be dissolved on Nov 6 ahead of what is set to be a five-week election campaign.
Johnson hopes the election will give him a fresh mandate for his Brexit deal and break the current Parliamentary deadlock, which has led to the UK's exit being further delayed to Jan 31.



>Genetic tests can be wrong
Consumer genetic tests could be giving false reassurance to those at heightened risk of cancers, according to findings presented at an international conference.
The study, by clinical genetic testing company Invitae, revealed that tests for breast and bowel cancer risk by direct-to-consumer companies such as 23andMe give negative results to the vast majority of those carrying DNA mutations in the genes under investigation.
"These tests should not be taken at face value at all, whether they are positive or negative," said Edward Esplin from Invitae ahead of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Houston, Texas. "The data really underscores that there needs to be increased awareness that results from this type of screening may not be wrong but they're woefully incomplete."
23andMe explains the limitations of these tests to consumers and on its website.
Esplin said that despite this, consumers could be wrongly reassured by a negative result.

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