Monthly Archive February 2019

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Austrian companies embrace China’s winter sports sector

According to the ambitious plan released by the General Admi

nistration of Sport of China in 2016 to construct winter sports infrastructure and popularize winter spor

ts, at least 650 skating rinks and 800 ski resorts are expected to be build nationwide by 2022.

By 2025, about 300 million people in the country are expected to participate in winter

sports, increasing the market value of the winter sports sector to 1 trillion yuan.

Driven by multiple momentums, China has witnessed rapid growth in the winter sports ind

ustry in recent years, such as venue facilities, training, tourism and equipment sectors, said Peng Weiyong, dep

uty director general of Finance Department at the General Administration of Sports.

Winter sports has become a booster for China’s sports industry and even economic development, Peng added.

By the end of June 2018, the total number of ski resorts in China rose to 738, an increase of 70 or 10.5 percent over

the same period in 2017. The number of indoor ice rinks totaled 334, an increase of 75 or 29 percent year-on-yea

r increase. In 2018, 19.7 million people participated in skiing, up 12.6 percent year-on-year.

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China aims to build world-class metropolitan areas by 2035

China aims to build several metropolitan areas with global influence by 2035, according to the country’s top economic planner.

Notable progress should be made by 2022 with improvement in infrastructure in

tegration, freer markets, more coordinated industries and more livable envi

ronments, according to the guidelines released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Metropolitan areas are regions in city clusters which circle around a big

city and are within an hour commute. China plans to build 19 city clusters by 2020.

Support will be given to develop sectors like industrial design, cultural and creativ

e products, and financial services to establish an industrial mix with modern services as the main pillar.

Developing metropolitan areas will help optimize demographics and economic structures and stimu

late effective investment and potential consumption demands, lending steam to economic expansion, the NDRC said.

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While the US has long been an established powerhouse

in multiple sectors, China is steadily transforming itself from a traditional manufacturing center into a technology-driven economy capable of delivering hig

her-value products and services to serve its increasingly affluent, middle-income consumer base.

Recognizing the pivotal role of colleges and universities in this process, China is making huge invest

ments to strengthen its higher-education institutions, and is at the same time developing greater cap

bilities in science, technology and innovation. In the critical field of artificial intelligence, for example, Chin

ese President Xi Jinping has laid out an ambitious plan to make China a world leader over the next two decades.

Today, with rapidly improving academic systems, a clear focus on research, and a vast pool of high-caliber talent, Chinese unive

rsities are almost certainly at the forefront of defining the new and most innovative jobs of the 21st century.

This exciting trend, which will likely be unimpeded whatever the outcome of this week’s trade ta

lks, means there are tremendous opportunities for academics to work in China-and the appeal is much bro

ader than just the likely increment in salary and research budget. Many individuals are attracted by the int

riguing possibility of using the next stage of their academic career to take on a new adventure and explore a new culture.

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The United States has so far delivered batches of relief su

  lies to a border town in Colombia, including food and hygiene kits, ready-to-use supplementary foods and high-energy biscuits

. It’s pledged $20 million to help Venezuela, and other countries including Canada, the UK and Germany have chipped in, too.

  Earlier this week, Guaido named Saturday as the deadline for the aid to cross the border.

  But the United States announced Friday preparations to bring aid in through another route.

  ”The US and its partners began pre-positioning additional hu

manitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil,” the US State Department tweeted.

  The aid consists of food kits “containing rice, beans, sugar, and salt to feed nearly 3,500 people f

or 10 days and additional rice to feed an estimated 6,100 people for one month,” a fact sheet from the State Department says.

  British billionaire Richard Branson sponsored a Live Aid-inspired show Friday in Cucuta, Colombia, featuring Latin

American stars such as Colombian musical legends Carlos Vives and Juanes, and reggaeton singer Maluma. Co

lombian President Ivan Duque, Chile’s Sebastian Pi?era and Mario Abdo of Paraguay also joined the crowds.

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Haley on Friday tweeted congratulations to Craft, writing

  Congratulations to Kelly Craft. She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCa

nada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations. #USstrong.”

  CNN reported earlier this week that Craft was being considered, along with US Ambassador to Germany Richard Gr

enell, US Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt and former National Security Council official Dina Powell.

  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on Friday applauding Trump’s announcement, say

ing he is “very pleased” and that Craft “has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and eco

nomic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations.”

  ”I look forward to her confirmation and continuing to work with her at the United Nations,” Pompeo said in the statement.

  The Kentucky native and her husband, billionaire coal mining executive Joe Craft, have been hea

vyweight Republican funders. In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. M

arco Rubio to be the Republican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

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On Thursday, the pontiff opened the summit by urging he b

  nd other church leaders to commit to taking concrete actions.

  ”The holy people of God are looking at us and expect from us not simple condemnat

ions,” Francis said, “but concrete and effective measures to put in place. We need to be concrete.”

  The Pope then said he had made a list of 21 “reflection points” that were handed out to the assembly of church leaders, wh

ich included preparing a “practical handbook” of guidelines for handling abuse cases when accusations emerge.

  Also included are instructions to inform civil authorities and church officials whenever an accusation is made, esta

blishing provisions to include non-clergy experts in investigations, as well as formulating “mandatory codes of c

onduct” for all church clergy, personnel and volunteers “to outline appropriate boundaries in personal relationships.”

  More controversially, the Pope proposed that dioceses and Catholic organizations around the world not publish

lists of clergy accused of abuse before a preliminary investigation and “definitive” condemnation have occurred.

  ”The principle of natural and canon law of presumption of innocence must be also be saf

eguarded until the guilt of the accused is proven,” the Pope said in the “reflection points.”

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The three higher-end models reverse Samsung’s unpopul

  decision to put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. Now built into the disp

lay itself, the “ultrasonic fingerprint reader” compliments its Face Unlock feature but prom

ises more security. It doesn’t just take pictures of your fingerprint; the company says it uses machine-learning-bas

ed algorithm to read 3D fingerprints through ultrasonic sound waves.(Fingerprint data is stored only on the dev

ice itself, according to Samsung). The S10e features a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone instead.

  Not surprisingly, Samsung is upping its camera game. The winner for the most cameras goes to the Gala

xy S10 5G, which offers a total of six, including a dual-front camera with a 3D-depth lens to handle th

ings like augmented reality. It has a quadruple rear camera with a wide, telephoto and (another) 3D depth lens.

  The S10 and S10+ feature nearly the same without the 3D depth len

s on the back. However, the S10e has single front- and dual rear-cameras in wide and ultra-wide lens.

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Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our pl

  More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and da

maging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.

  Proteins found in squid can be used to create sustainable alternative

s to plastics, according to a report published in Frontiers in Chemistry on Thursday.

  Squid grasp their prey using suction cups on their tentacles and arm

s. The cups are equipped with sharp “ring teeth” that hold the food in place. The teeth are made

from proteins that are similar to silk, and these have become the subject of scientific interest in the last few years.

  Melik Demirel, of Pennsylvania State University, is lead author of the new report, which revie

ws existing research on materials made from these proteins. He says his team has produced pro

totypes of fibers, coatings and 3D objects made from the squid ring teeth (SRT) proteins.

  Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics.

  The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered ba

cteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen.

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Under the guideline, released by the Central Committee of

the Communist Party of China and the State Council, China’s cabinet, Chinese authorities will consolidate the produc

tion capacity of such products as edible-oil crops and cotton through improving quality and efficiency.

The nation will also improve the subsidy policy for soybean and corn producers this year, while also

scaling up imports of agricultural products in shortage and diversifying import channels, the g

uideline read. China will also cultivate a group of multinational agricultural enterprises.

Jiao Shanwei, editor-in-chief of grain portal cngrain.com in Central China’s Henan Province, told the Global Times that the guide

line, which is issued at the beginning of each year and widely interpreted as laying a policy framework for

China’s agricultural industry, sends a clear signal to the market that China will take measures such as importing from alte

rnative sources like Russia and Brazil as well as encouraging domestic cultivation, to be less reliant on US soybean imports this year.

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Authorities guarded Boeung Kroam Lake for more

than a month before the event – to prevent illegal fishing and ensure there would be enough to catch at the annual event.

It kicked off in the early morning with hundreds of villagers racing to the lake, spo

rting straw hats and traditional scarves to shield themselves from the blazing sun.

The mood was light-hearted and many opted to grill the morning’s catch by the lake over a smoldering fire.

But for villagers who had attended the event for several years, the day’s haul proved disappointing.

“Before, there were bigger fish,” said Chin Khoung, 50.

“Now the fish are small and there’s less [of them].”

The Southeast Asian country, which boasts the mighty Mekong River and its man

y tributaries, is heavily reliant on fish as a major source of protein for its population.

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