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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.
that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their
major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.
“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud
ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s
tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.
“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r
ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu
ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”
rn plateau in 2015 from Jiangsu, whose students regularly post some of the best exam result
s in China. Some members of the original teaching group have left and been replaced by new arrivals.
As experts in teaching methods and education theory, they we
re keen to bring their experience and knowledge to Tibet, where education was once exclusive to the ar
istocracy. Their efforts are paying off, as both students and local teachers are benefiting from their presence.
The school, a secondary boarding establishment, was establ
ished by the Jiangsu government in 2014 with an investment of 263 million yuan ($39 million).
It is home to 2,890 students, more than 90 percent of whom are Tibetan, and the 316 teachers provide 63 classes. Exc
uding the 47 educators from Jiangsu, the teachers are locals of both Han and Tibetan ethnicity.
The students, from juniors to seniors, said the Jiangsu teachers ar
e more patient and softer-tempered than those at their old schools and the classes are more interesting.
development in China, and the EU welcomes China’s willingness to share its development opportunities.
Chinese enterprises are welcome to invest in European countries, said the European leaders, adding that they will not adopt restrictive measures against specific com
panies, and are willing to provide a fair, open and transparent business environment for all foreign enterprises.
During the visit, Peng Liyuan, Xi’s wife, also attended a number of events aimed at deepeni
ng cultural and educational exchanges between China and the European nations.
As a special envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advanceme
nt of girls’ and women’s education, Peng was invited to visit the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris.
Wang said Peng’s visit highlighted China’s image of a hardworking, responsible maj
or country that actively participates in international education, gender equality and other affairs.
Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and
Hong Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will g
et subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.
The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.
The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdo
ng — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.
It said the move aimed to encourage the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Consisting of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and the nine cities in
Guangdong, the area covers 56,000 square km. It had a combined population of about 70 million at the end of 2017.
More than 60 percent of children and teenagers in China do not get enough sleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society on Sunday.
The survey showed 63 percent of children and teenagers in China sleep for less than eight ho
urs a day, the minimum sleeping time to ensure health for such a group, the report said.
The survey, conducted at the end of last year and January this year, covered nearly 70,000 ch
ildren and teenagers aged from 6 and 17 across China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Heavy school work loads and popularization in the use of electronics products are th
e top two major causes for lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China, the report said, addi
ng that 8.4 percent of the group are still busy with homework after 11 pm from Monday to Thursday.