Paris fire sends alarm on relics protectionhedral in Pa

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.

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The meetings on Thursday and Friday are all part of

f the 8th Summit of Central and Eastern European Countries & China.

At the China-CEEC economy and trade forum before the leaders meeting, Li called for strengthening trade facilitation and exp

anding two-way opening-up of markets. China is willing to expand imports of goods from CEE nations, particu

larly agricultural products that cater to the demand of Chinese consumers, he said. Trade of farm goods, machine

ry and electric devices should be further boosted and logistics sped up between the trading partners, he said.

Li said trade between China and the 16 CEE nations rose by 21 percent to a record high, de

spite a global trade slowdown. China is willing to strengthen cooperation with CEE nations in infrast

ructure based on market rules and following European Union rules and standards, he said.

Li advocated the great potential for trade and economic cooperation between China a

nd the 16 countries. China-CEEC cooperation is a helpful addition to China-EU ties, he said.

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But it doesn’t mean marriage is dead. It just means

 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.”

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Besides, most of the steel firms in the region still

use blast furnaces that are more polluting than electric furnaces, which res

ults in huge energy consumption and pollution discharge burdens, according to Lyu.

To better protect the environment, it is not enough to relocate the production capacity f

rom one place to another within a province as some local governments have done, he added.

Lyu made the remarks at the 2019 China Iron and Steel Develo

pment Forum, which was jointly held by the China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Res

earch Institute and the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing over the weekend.

Since 2016, China has made remarkable progress in reducing overcapacity in the sector, fulfilling th

e upper overcapacity reduction goals for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) two years in advance. The util

ization rate of crude steel capacity has risen from 70 percent in 2015 to more than 80 percent now, according to Lyu.

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Qian is one of 47 teachers who arrived on the southweste

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.

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The European leaders said they are glad to see a greater

 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.

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spoke of the things that remain unchanged in the face

found changes in the international situation and bilateral relations.

He said the importance China attaches to its relations with France has not changed. China has always regar

ded France as a priority partner of cooperation, and the two peoples keep a special friendship, he added.

“This is a valuable asset that we must inherit and carry forward to keep China-France relations at the forefront of the times,” Xi said.

 went on to say that the common pursuit for peace, development, fairness and justice has not changed.

He said both China and France uphold the basic norms governing international relations underpinned by the purposes and

principles of the UN Charter while practicing multilateralism and opposing protectionism and unilateralism in international affairs.

Both countries are committed to building an open world economy and working together to meet th

e common challenges facing humanity, Xi said, adding that China and France have cooperated su

ccessfully on many occasions in the field of climate change, playing a positive leading role in the world.

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China offers tax relief to overseas talent working in Greater

  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.

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More than half of children do not get enough sleep: Report

  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.

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The suspect fired his gun and struck one of the officers

  in the vest. A second officer fired back and hit the suspect, Splinter said.

  Both the officer and the suspect were transported to a local hospital, and the officer was treated and released. The suspect is listed in critical condition.

  Police said that per their policy, the identities of the officers involved will be released after 48 hours.

  The incident brings to mind the movie “Ocean’s Eleven.” In the film, Danny Ocea

n (Clooney), Pitt and other accomplices plan a heist on several casinos, including the Bellagio.

  Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are grappling with the aftermath of a powerful “bomb

cyclone” that turned some areas into swamps as rivers spilled over highways and residential areas.

  The “bomb cyclone” slammed the central US with hurricane-like w

inds and blizzard conditions this week, leaving in its tracks heavy rains and flooding.

  In a news conference Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state has experienced historic flooding in nearly every region.

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