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China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area
s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.
The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr
ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.
The central government has made arrangements to offer support to
the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi
nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.
He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and
evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.
The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
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 Some members of the original teaching group have left and been replaced by new arrivals.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.