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The China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services is designed to build a solid platform for China and other countries to put their economic growth on a firmer footing via diversified models in service businesses, senior officials said.
Beijing Party Chief Guo Jinlong said that as the Beijing Fair focuses closely on serving the national strategies of the Collaborative Development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province and combines the social demands on the "internet plus" policy, domestic and global companies can benefit from introducing recognized brands, products and technologies into China's fast-growing services market. During the fair, a section focused on mass entrepreneurship and another that concentrates on innovation and the transformation and upgrading of economic structures will represent implementations of the State Council's Opinions on Accelerating the Development of Trade in Services, which was issued last year. The fair this year will also focus on exhibiting new opportunities and new achievements in the service industry and service trade around the Belt and Road Initiative. The Belt and Road Trade in Service Development Conference aims to discuss promoting service and trade businesses along the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which will cover about 4.4 billion people in more than 60 countries and regions in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Yan Ligang, director of the Beijing Commission of Commerce, said Beijing has already decided to give priority to the development of leading industries and promote industrial upgrading. He said the UK is China's second-largest trade partner and investment source and destination in the European Union while China is the UK's third-largest trade partner.
Martyn Roper, minister and deputy head of mission at the British embassy to China, said in a keynote speech at the event that the UK wants to "support China on its journey of economic change" that is rebalancing toward the service sector. He said the UK welcomes the opening-up of the service sectors of science and technology, the internet, finance, culture and education, tourism and healthcare in Beijing, as the city has been a national pilot for opening the service industry in all six areas.
Roper said the UK has gone through a similar transition to China - from an economy that was heavily reliant on manufacturing to one that is now supported by services. At the CIFTIS, the UK booth highlights its advanced sectors such as finance, healthcare, design, education and technical services. The fair has attracted nearly 400 overseas exhibitors, an increase of more than 40 from the last session in 2014.
Fourteen countries and regions participated in the fair for the first time, including the Czech Republic, which highlighted sectors including tourism, finance, e-commerce and creative industries. Czechia Weddings and Meetings, a Czech company specializing in event planning, does not consider it important to attract large numbers of customers in China.
The company has just started business in China, primarily offering services online and cooperating with travel agencies, but may open offices in China in the future, Bezvodova said. Philip Kanyoonzi, first secretary at the embassy of Uganda in China, said Uganda has many opportunities in all sectors of the service industry, such as tourism, medical care and transportation, to partner with China.
He said there are already many Chinese projects in Uganda, and he expects to introduce his country and its resources to more Chinese investors at the CIFTIS.
The United Kingdom has become the first guest of honor country for a China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services. Zhao, who is from Shenzhen, Guangdong province, said the company would join in future fairs. He said the fair, which began on Saturday and will run through Wednesday, allowed other exhibitors and visitors to better understand Zhankoo's services. Mark O'Sullivan, CEO at the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in Australia, said he has connected with companies at the fair to discuss cooperation opportunities and invited them, as well as provincial governments in China, to participate in the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show. O'Sullivan said the event focused on the future development of the growing exhibitions industry. Chu Xiangyin, executive vice-chairman at the society, said the fair is a creative event to showcase services, promote the services sector and boost exports of Chinese services. The event, a comprehensive and high-level platform, allows people from the convention and exhibition industry to promote their concepts and ideas about the sector, Chu said. The convention and exhibition section at the third trade fair provided 24 trade negotiation areas and a 508-squaremeter exhibition area.
The CIFTIS, which was launched in 2012, is supported by the World Trade Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. We read about their sumptuous lifestyles, latest loves and multimillion-dollar contracts in the celebrity pages and on gossip websites. But Jiang Yilei, 29, has become a star virtually overnight in China - not from being snared by a big film studio, but thanks to the internet and social networking sites. Jiang, widely known as Papi Jiang, previously was an unknown graduate student at the Central Academy of Drama. She has attracted some 13.1 million followers on the Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo over the past few months. Trying to make a name for oneself on the internet, either in China or elsewhere, is not exactly new.
Online celebrities in China have far more opportunities than their overseas counterparts because of the sheer scale and diversity of Chinese sites in their many manifestations, whether it be e-commerce, social media or something else.
When Chinese people used to think about online celebrity, by and large they pictured porcelain-faced young women, but now the idea has been stretched to take in any number of people who have a huge following on the internet, according to Da Shan, founder of Today's Online Celebrity, a WeChat public account devoted to analyzing China's online celebrity economy. Today's Online Celebrity recently published a report about the potential commercial value of such celebrities, measured by number of followers, and the influence and business model of the platforms on which they are active. The most eye-catching group of online celebrities - who have a whole sales and production team for goods they hawk to online fans as part of their business model - are those closely connected with China's e-commerce companies, such as Alibaba's Taobao. In this case, you can forget the idea that a Little Miss Nobody working alone, crouched over an old computer in a shed in a village, is behind all this.
The woman that is the face of the operation usually also deals with an incubator or agencies that connect her with manufacturers, suppliers and advertising agencies and guide her in maintaining, or if need be changing, her image so as to keep followers loyal, says Yang Ping, general manager of an incubator of online celebrities in Hangzhou.
Fang Qihe, a blogger and Taobao shop owner in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, is one of those who puts on stylish garb, takes photos of herself and posts them online. In the apparel industry in China, online celebrities are responsible for sales worth 100 billion yuan a year, according to Guotai Junan Securities. Another large group of online celebrities consists of those who perform on live streaming sites.
The Ministry of Culture says about 200 million people in China use online live streaming, and that at the busiest times 3,000 to 4,000 rooms are streaming simultaneously, with a combined viewership of between 2 million and 3 million.
Others who are cashing in on online fame include many who do not show their face, but provide entertainment or information in the form of novels and other written content, astrological advice, cartoons or stock market analyses. The many ways online stars can cash in show that the online celebrity economy has begun to run in a more cohesive, organized and professional way, the emerging online celebrity incubators and agencies say.
Moreover, as online celebrity becomes more mainstream, those who have gained fame in more conventional ways are increasingly turning to social media to keep in contact with their fans, and they, too, are beginning to develop online personalities.
More than 10 million viewers watched a live-streamed online games contest featuring musician, record producer, director and actor Jay Chou, who is famous throughout Asia, and controversial figure Wang Sicong, known for buying his dog two gold Apple Watches. Given the size, reach and pace of change in the industry, authorities overseeing it are struggling to keep up.
The Ministry of Culture has ordered more than 12 live streaming sites to make changes to comply with regulations. The desire by online celebrities to milk their fame to the fullest may be because a cyberstar's shelf life seems to be relatively short. Yang Ping, general manager of a Hangzhou incubator, says that as competition between online celebrities heats up, the critical thing will continue to be the quality of content.
Da says: "Online celebrities are usually highly attractive physically, but that's not enough. Even for Papi Jiang - as commenters note that "aesthetic fatigue" for her videos is starting to creep in - finding a workable business model and sustainable popularity will still remain a question, he says.
Sitting at a computer, turning on the camera and clicking on the microphone, 22-year-old Xia Keke smiles, chats, sings and sometimes stands up and dances inside a pink room filled with dolls.
Born into a conventional, white-collar family in Jinan, Shandong province - her mother is a judge and her father an engineer - Xia says she has been learning singing and dancing since childhood. After high school, she became a flight attendant, but her hobby of playing online games made her want to do live broadcasts of such games.
Xia says that she likes to project her own personality on live broadcasts, and she also makes fun of herself and cracks jokes, to get closer to her audience.
She says although many people think the career of a live online broadcast host must be very short, she disagrees and has just signed a four-year contract.
Xia recently had to have surgery to treat a vocal cord tumor, and had to stop broadcasting for more than a month. A Tencent report of online celebrities says many incubators are now in operation, and the number is growing quickly.
Although no specific figures are available yet about how many incubators there are in China, Yang Ping, general manager of Hangzhou Online Celebrities E-Commerce Co, says growth of online celebrity incubators in the past few months has been explosive, and she can feel the competition getting fiercer. Yang set up the incubator in June and has signed six online celebrities, most of whom are young, attractive women.
Ruhan E-commerce Ltd, one of the biggest incubators, in July 2014 signed its first online celebrity - the model Zhang Dayi - and helped Zhang manage her first Taobao online shop.
A report by Guotai Junan Securities shows that, among Ruhan's online celebrities, about 50 have online shops, and by the end of 2016 the number of shops will reach more than 100.
Feng Min, founder of Ruhan, says three qualifications are needed for online celebrities: being a leader or specializing in one area, having the desire and passion to share with others, and knowing how to interact well with clients and followers.
He says there are three primary services that incubators provide to celebrities: first, discovering, researching and cultivating people who have expertise in a certain area, and to help them showcase the best of their expertise and talent to make them famous, and help them stay that way. Yang says before she started the incubator, she worked in the international clothing trade and in factories. She also is in contact with potential online celebrities overseas, and is trying to cultivate a crop from the US, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. The drought-tolerant crop could replace teff as an ingredient in injera, the traditional Ethiopian dish that is eaten daily in virtually every home.
Test plantings of the millet in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region - one of the nine ethnic regions of Ethiopia - have so far proved to be successful, the academy says. Peng Dajun, deputy general manager of CGCOC, which is a subsidiary of a large, state-owned Chinese enterprise, says foxtail millet has an annual output of more than 7 metric tons a hectare - about 5 tons more than teff. Several crops can be fermented to make injera, but he says dishes made using foxtail millet taste just like those including teff. Last year, Ethiopia was hit by its worst drought in decades, leaving 8.2 million people in need of emergency food aid, according to media reports. Peng says if foxtail millet had been planted widely in Ethiopia, the famine may have been avoided due to its strong drought tolerance. Zhao Zhihai, chief agronomist at the academy, says cooperation with CGCOC can be complementary. Peng adds that CGCOC can mobilize more funds than research institutes and have a better understanding of government policies in Africa. The two partners have established a millet research center in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where Peng aims to make a breakthrough in solving Africa's food security issues. Zhao adds that they are also working on new species and advising enterprises on how to build up a complete industry chain for the crops they develop. David Gann says developing smart cities in China is of great significance as rural to urban migration continues in the country. The professor of innovation and technology management at Imperial College London says the growth of new cities in China, coupled with the increasing density of population, requires Chinese cities to be "smart", such as making data more available, as in the Smart London plan. David Gann says the growth of new cities in China, coupled with the increasing density of population, requires Chinese cities to be "smart". Given that urban dwellers can be more vulnerable to risks such as contagious diseases and severe pollution, Gann says the livability of densely packed cities requires good physical and data infrastructure.
According to Gann, "the smart city is about using digital technology to harness data to improve the way in which the city is operating, but it could mean different things in different places".
He says some of the things that London does can be a bit different from what cities in China do. Gann, the chairman of the Smart London board, says the concept of Smart London originally stemmed from the successful management of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, where a swath of data was used to support the delivery of the Games.
London was able to provide support digitally for people's experience during the Games in 2012, and as a direct result the decision was taken to create a Smart London board and Gann was asked to be chairman by then-London mayor Boris Johnson. Gann thinks it was his expertise in digital technology, along with its application and use in business and government, plus Imperial College's top reputation in science and technology in Europe, that led to his selection for the job. To make the capital function better, Gann says London has put data utilization at its core to help the city manage its transport, social, economic and environmental systems. Thanks to contributions from a mix of academics, businesspeople and administrators, the Smart London plan was published in December 2013, to use the creative power of data and technology to improve the lives of Londoners, the experience of visitors, and the conditions for doing business.
Since the birth of the plan, there have been huge improvements in some areas, says Gann, adding that one of the key contributors is the London Datastore, a data-sharing portal. A report published in March, entitled The Future of Smart, documented the board's progress in advising, developing and promoting the use of digital infrastructure and data in London. Because the London Datastore has been such a powerful piece of infrastructure and is a web portal into information about how London operates, he believes it is liberating, and one of his strong recommendations for China is to make data open. Also, because the use of scientists and the links between academics, business and government have worked well in London, Gann says China could benefit by encouraging more collaborative efforts from various parties, including researchers, the government and industry. China could do more with startup entrepreneurs, says Gann, who has lots of experience mentoring startups, supporting rapidly growing tech businesses and developing long-term strategic partnerships with multinational technology corporations. Gann says companies like Huawei, which is also a member of the Smart London Board, can play an important role in helping develop smart cities in China. He says he thinks there are plenty of avenues for Huawei to continue to develop in those areas but also probably in developing new services and understanding how infrastructure is used to optimize its use.
One of the challenges for Huawei, Gann says, is determining what sort of platform would really deliver in the long term. COVERED IN DULL OLIVE GREEN SYNTHETIC RAFFIA, BOUND BY GRAY STRINGS, the almost square book seems modestly unadorned. The book, made by the bookshop owner, Lyu Chonghua, designed by Li Jin and published by Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House, won the Gold Medal in the Most Beautiful Book in the World competition in Leipzig, Germany, in February. The 200-square-meter shop, beside the gate of the academy, is jam packed with 20,000 books and other items related to the arts, gorgeous calligraphy model books, plaster statues and row upon row of neatly stored brushes. Li, 44, looks smart and elegant, wearing a dark cotton gown, her long black hair in a bun held together by a hairpin. She was a classmate of Lyu at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, where the pair studied graphic design, more than 20 years ago.
Publishers use it to protect books while they are being transported because such wrapping is cheap but durable.
Lyu dipped into his own savings to produce the book, spending more than 200,000 yuan ($30,600) on the first and second print runs of 7,500 copies, which quickly sold out after the book won the award in Leipzig, paving the way for a third printing, which is due out soon.
His mother, Ma Xiulian, who founded the family book business, rejected his plans for what eventually became an award winner as a waste of money. In January 2010 at the Beijing Book Fair Lyu met Zhang Dong, then vice editor-in-chief of Guangxi Fine Arts Publishing House. So he drew a caricature of himself as a signature in the bottom right corner of each order.
On average, he drew three to four orders a day and over the next 10 years, before fax was largely supplanted by e-mail, he built up a stack of more than 10,000 orders. After returning to Xi'an from the Beijing Book Fair in 2010, Lyu started preparing the book. However, beyond that cheery optimism for the family business, Lyu is well acquainted with the tough times the book industry is going through and appreciates that in fact the family business may be much closer to its end than its beginning. The family started the book business in 1982 soon after Ma Xiulian arrived in Xi'an with her two sons, Lyu and his older brother Lyu Qinbing, to be with her husband, Lyu Anwei, who was a lowly paid teacher of scenography at the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts.
At first they sold books about the arts, with their wares spread out on the ground, around universities, and business was brisk. In 1984 they sold 250 of the 5,000 sets of the first print of the Complete Collection of Shakespeare and 600 of the 4,900 copies of the first print of Sigmund Freud's A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. The following year the family rented a shop of less than 20 square meters next to the Xi'an Conservatory of Music and later moved to its current location in Jixiangcun, where the poet Li Bai of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) is said to have once lived, and it expanded to the current size.
After leaving high school in 1991, Lyu joined in running the business and in 1996, after he graduated from the Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Li, by then 25, decided to take over the business from his father.
With its intimate acquaintance with the arts the family has the kind of credentials that make it a natural for running the business they have, Lyu's father and his wife Liang Bing both having studied oil painting, and Lyu himself having studied graphic design.
The annual rent is 450,000 yuan, which means the shop needs takings of more than 1,200 yuan a day just to pay the rent. As with many other bookshops in China, Fangyuan started to feel the pinch when e-commerce began to take off in the country, but the most immediate cause for the Xi'an store's woes comes down to bricks and mortar rather than the ether of cyberspace. There is no doubt, either, that e-books have eaten into the profits of those who sell printed books. You can look at pictures of any place on Earth on your computer, he says, but that is totally different to seeing the world for yourself.
In late June 2010 Shaanxi Library hosted an exhibition called The Most Beautiful Books from Germany. Li, teaching book design at the university, took a ruler, a notebook and a pen to study the books.
Later in summer, after Ma left home to visit her mother, she needed to return home to look after her oldest son, who was ill.
The shop had had 10,000 orders, many of them similar, and including all would have made the book tedious, so they picked more than 2,000 and put the most representative ones in the main part of the book and the others were made into four flip books on the left side.
In order to include more material, those Li believes are minor stories, they printed more private information on the left-hand pages that are closed at the front by the fold. They used relatively thin paper so that the content on the left-hand pages appears on the front, like hazy memories. The Leipzig judges said the printed left-hand pages "serve up the additional content like an unopened fruit. The extraordinary exploits of adventurer William Mesny are recounted in a new biography that fizzes with lively characters and provides a valuable insight into life during the last decades of the Qing Dynasty. One morning in 1998, David Leffman awoke to find himself with a desert-dry throat, a thumping hangover and a notebook littered with jottings about an uprising in the 1860s that resulted in the deaths of 3 million people. Although the hangover eventually subsided, the scribbled notes Leffman had taken during a three-day "Sisters Meal", courtesy of the Miao ethnic group in the southwestern province of Guizhou, were so intriguing he couldn't get them out of his mind. That weekend signaled the start of a 15-year obsession with William Mesny, a British adventurer who arrived in China as a penniless sailor in 1860 and rose to the rank of general in the Imperial Army of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), before dying as he had arrived, almost broke, in Shanghai in 1919. The upshot of that decade and a half of travel and research is Leffman's recently published biography of Mesny, The Mercenary Mandarin: How a British Adventurer Became a General in Qing-Dynasty China, a story packed with stirring tales of derring-do and larger-than-life characters, deftly interwoven with the events that drove the times. Mesny, a native of Jersey in the Channel Islands, led a full and dangerous life in China, plying many trades - gunrunner, jailer, newspaper columnist, government official, soldier, artillery expert, bridge designer, author and historian, to name just a few - before donning his general's uniform. He spoke fluent Chinese, advocated the modernization of all areas of society and, unusually for a Westerner at the time, had several close Chinese friends and seems to have been genuinely untainted by notions of superiority. Indeed, both Mesny and his brother John, an officer in the Chinese customs, married Chinese women - William twice, at different times, of course - and raised families with them. His life and travels were so remarkable, and well-publicized at the time, that it's surprising to learn that The Mercenary Mandarin is the first full biography of Mesny, although Leffman expresses great admiration for Keith Stevens' 100-page A Jersey Adventurer in China, published by the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society in 1992. In Leffman's hands, Mesny emerges as a Zelig-like character; someone who was always - at least in his own accounts of events - in the thick of the action, whenever and wherever it occurred. On the positive side he was ingenious, industrious, generous, resourceful, courageous and honest.
Sadly for Mesny, those attributes were often overshadowed by less admirable qualities, such as impulsiveness, a desire to stand on his dignity and an almost childlike naivety. The first official reference to Mesny comes in 1860 in an Australian newspaper report relating how the 18-year-old sailor was fined for an unprovoked attack that left the bosun of his ship nursing several bruised ribs. That first visit, made as the country moved forward with the reform and opening-up policy, was hard work because Leffman spoke no Chinese and only had a vague plan of action. Following his brother's arrival in Beijing, the two set out to visit the capital's major tourist sites.
The brothers' constant presence obviously perplexed Michael, who paid Leffman "a huge compliment by complaining loudly to his entourage of photographers that I didn't look like a Wham fan". A few years later, as a fledgling author for the Rough Guides travel series, he used his photojournalism experience in China to successfully lobby the editors to send him to write about the southwest of the country. In addition to China, Leffman, who lived in Queensland for 20 years and holds dual British-Australian nationality, has written guidebooks about many countries and regions, including Iceland, Australia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Macao, and has even ghosted a cookbook for a Chinese author.
He estimates that he has visited China more than 15 times since that first trip, often in the company of his wife, and spending about three years in total, traveling, observing, learning and writing about a country that has fascinated him during the 30 years since he and I first met.
Usually, each visit lasted six months, occasionally broken into two blocks, but the longest was nine months. To ensure that they would be able to communicate with their interviewees, Leffman and his wife signed up for intensive Chinese courses; first at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and later at Sichuan University in Chengdu. Although it took many years to research and recount Mesny's life, including retracing his steps as far as possible to visit cities, battlefields and other places of interest, Leffman rarely felt overwhelmed or despaired that he might not finish writing The Mercenary Mandarin.
That affection for Guizhou, and indeed most things Chinese, is highlighted in The Mercenary Mandarin by the use of Mesny's own words, culled from thousands of items, including newspaper reports and articles, published collectively as Mesny's Chinese Miscellany.
At four volumes and running to a mammoth 2,000 pages and about 1 million words, the Miscellany contains Mesny's thoughts on just about anything and everything connected with life in China: politics, food, social mores, ailments and treatments, the standing of the army, the price of rice and, increasingly, his own perilous financial situation.
Everything, it seems, was grist to his mill, and although Mesny rewrote previously published articles to bring his own role to the fore, the collection remains a valuable and fascinating window into life in China during the last decades of the Qing Dynasty. His own odyssey allowed Leffman to retrace Mesny's seemingly endless treks, visiting the places he fought or lived, and interviewing direct descendents of many of his friends and colleagues. He also set great store in the Miscellany as a source of information about his subject's opinions of the people and events he encountered during nearly 60 years in the country. As Leffman points out in the introduction to The Mercenary Mandarin, the Miscellany, written in the flowery English of the time, is an extraordinary piece of work, given that Mesny left school at age 8 and his English was initially poor. The "Slash Generation" are leading double lives as they experience the thrill of different identities. At their normal workplace they are, say, a teacher from 9 to 5, from 6 to 7 they may be an online flower arranger and from 8 to 10 they could be a film reviewer. But it is important to note that money or monetary rewards, for the "Slash Generation" or the "Slashes", are not their driving force.
Alboher pointed out that "slashing has also taken hold overseas" and some living on the other side of the planet are discovering how punctuated careers can integrate and satisfy multiple passions, talents and interests that a single career may be unable to match. Six jobs don't bother him, Cheng told China Daily, as they are "interconnected" by facilitating people-to-people exchanges between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland.
In a maker-space in Beijing, Cheng worked as a project manager to help Taiwan entrepreneurs through consulting and financial investment. But there are only so many hours in a day and living a full professional life can have consequences in the private sphere. Upon graduating from the University of the Arts, London, in 2011, Kang became a user interface designer of a government website in 2013 and a tutor in an art education training center that year. Adding a slash to his career by necessity, not by choice, Kang said doing only what he likes does not pay the bills in a major city like Beijing. Art and design may seem as if they are from the same stable but actually they are incompatible with each other, Kang said. Kang is confident that he will make the breakthrough in the visual arts, but he is also aware that his company may demand that he becomes "slashless" to give them more of his energy.
Liu Xuezhi, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science said that the Slash Generation could set a trend as the Internet had made it possible for people to satisfy their creative yearnings. From the employment perspective, Liu said of course there are companies looking for full-time specialists to focus on only one area, but there are also a number of bosses who want to hire members of the Slash Generation both for their creativity and because it can help "slash" costs. Students at Shanghai's Jinshajiang Road Primary School hone their skills, especially dribbling, tackling and shooting, every day in intense workouts after school under the guidance of Spanish coach Jose Luis Iglesias. A rapidly developing tactical awareness is evident, as players get into position and run off the ball.
Ray Sports is rolling out a program in cooperation with Shanghai's municipal education authority to help improve the city's junior soccer training program with European expertise offered by 10 foreign coaches it hired, including the 24-year-old Iglesias. Having adapted to life in Shanghai, Iglesias now trains students from grade one to five for two and a half hours after school from Monday to Friday, while coaching the school team at regional tournaments on weekends. As China aims to develop into a soccer power, highlighted in a long-term plan announced earlier last month, an increasing number of youth promotion programs and junior camps, featuring foreign coaches, have been organized by governmental departments, social organizations and private companies.
Inspired by President Xi Jinping, an avid soccer fan, the government approved a national plan in March aimed at transforming the country into a dominant soccer power in Asia by 2030 and a leading world competitor two decades later. One of the keystones of the plan is to encourage more children to participate in the game in a joint effort of cooperation between the Chinese Football Association and the Ministry of Education.
Wang Dengfeng, director of the ministry's PE, health and art department, envisions a surge in student interest in the game as well as the training programs.
In accordance with the national outline, the ministry, in cooperation with the CFA, has set a goal to increase the number of schools specializing in soccer from more than 8,000 to 20,000, encouraging more than 30 million primary and secondary school students to practice regularly and training 5,000 school soccer instructors by 2020. A four-tier school league system is currently operated by the Ministry of Education with more than 100,000 inter-school matches played last year, involving 2.7 million students. Still, the lack of training expertise as well as facilities have been a pressing issue, and this needs more investment from both local governments and the private sector, said youth training expert Jin Zhiyang.
To raise soccer's profile in the country, 16 clubs from the Chinese Super League, the top-flight competition in the country, spent a staggering $373 million during the most recent transfer window to purchase high-profile overseas players for the 2016 season. In contrast, the average governmental funding for each school registered in the four-tier system is less than 10,000 yuan ($1,539) for all expenses, while more than 10,000 students currently have to share, on average, a playing area of half a soccer field, according to CFA. The lack of public funding has opened business opportunities for companies such as Ray Sports and Sport 8 International to introduce foreign resources. Sport 8, a Beijing-based company offering online-to-offline soccer education and training programs for local coaches, has been cooperating with Pan-China Sports, a sports infrastructure developer, to build and manage 300 soccer pitches in Beijing, according to Sport 8 co-founder Bai Qiang.
Featuring the advanced Dutch youth training know-how that has produced an abundant supply of stars, including Sneijder and his fellow countryman Arjen Robben, Sport 8's training program, which is conducted by a foreign training crew from the Netherlands, has reached out to more than 70 Chinese cities, instructing about 15,000 local PE teachers.
The after-school training provided by private companies and NGOs will serve as a supplement to the governmental effort, said Bai. Students undergo training at the No 2 Experimental Primary School in Wenxian county, Henan province, in April. The professor of marketing and innovation at Britain's Warwick Business School says brands of the power and reach of Apple give companies breathing space to do research and development. Wang, who was speaking at the Kerry Hotel in Beijing on one of her many annual visits to her native China, says the lack of global brands, not just in technology but in almost every sphere, was a real problem for the world's second-largest economy.
She cites that there were no Chinese brands in the Interbrand top 100 best global brands survey in 2015. She believes the lack of brands is undermining the country's technological efforts and achievements even though it overtook the United States and Japan as the world's largest filer of patents in 2012. The major question though is how far China - once light years behind at the time of reform and opening up in the late 1970s - has to go in catching up with the West in terms of technology. Her father was branded a "landlord" and lost his job at the height of the "cultural revolution (1966-76)", which meant the family was sent to the remote southwest Chinese province of Yunnan to a labor camp for intellectuals.
When the universities reopened in 1978 she was accepted by Xi'an University of Technology at just 16 to study engineering. She then went on to study management science at Tianjin University before being accepted on scholarship under a technology cooperation scheme between the British Council and the Chinese government to study in the UK.
So in 1988, she arrived at Warwick University to study for a doctorate in marketing and has lived in the UK ever since. She went on to teach at John Moores University in Liverpool and after a spell at Sussex university in Brighton went back to Warwick University, where her specialization is a combination of marketing and innovation.
Along with others such as Peter Williamson at Judge Business School at Cambridge University, she is pre-eminent in combining these two disciplines. Wang, who is engaging but with a steely determination, also specializes in Chinese marketing on the advice of Robin Wensley, the former dean of Warwick Business School. She says that it was a new subject in China because in the 1970s there wasn't even a word for it. Wang has been quite evangelical in trying to get across the message in China itself that brands and marketing are important.
She says when China first began to rapidly develop, many Chinese companies found their brands were killed almost at birth by Western companies. Wang, who has held a number of posts at Chinese universities, including Sun Yat-sen, Tongji and Tsinghua, says the problem many Chinese brands face today is the negative association attached with being from China. She, however, believes Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei have made huge strides. A Polish grandfather left New York on Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September. Aleksander Doba paddled off from the tip of Manhattan after doing interviews and posing for selfies with a crowd of some 100 onlookers.
A star at home, Doba gained global attention when he was named a National Geographic adventurer of the year in 2015. The first, between October 2010 and February 2011, took him across one of the narrowest points of the ocean from the Senegalese capital Dakar to the Brazilian city of Acarau.


The second saw him set off from Lisbon in October 2013 and arrive in Florida in April the following year, navigating ocean swells and tempestuous weather. On Sunday, he embarked on what he has called his "hardest" journey yet, a 6,000-kilometer crossing through storm zones in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic. Regardless of the obstacles, Doba - also an avid rock-climber, parachutist, glider pilot, sailor and yacht skipper - is determined to make it to the Portuguese capital in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on September 9.
Doba's more than 6-meter white and yellow kayak, which he calls Olo, was in large part designed by him.
He will be paddling between eight and 12 hours each day - not exactly anyone's notion of grandpa napping in a rocking chair. Doba's extreme hobbies haven't always made things easy for his family, acknowledges his supportive wife Gabriela through a translator. He has already logged 96,000 kilometers by kayak and Doba says he is eager to see "my counter pass the 100,000-kilometer threshold" this year. Polish kayaker Aleksander Doba sails during the start of his trans-Atlantic kayak adventure from New York to Portugal on Saturday. Tutors at South Korean test preparation schools denied criminal wrongdoing during a court hearing on Monday involving leaked information that led to the cancellation of the US SAT college entrance exam in South Korea in 2013. Nine of 22 defendants, including tutors and owners of private "test-prep" schools, appeared in a Seoul court for their first hearing, charged with illegally obtaining SAT college entrance exam test papers and offering them to pupils. The trial began after the test's administrator, the Educational Testing Service, provided documents to the court in March following Reuters inquiries to the company about what South Korean authorities said was a lack of cooperation. Defense lawyers said on Monday their clients had used publicly available tests for their prep courses and their actions did not constitute copyright infringement because they had no intention of making a profit or violating fair use rules. Another defendant, charged with obstruction of the test administrator's business by hiring people to take SAT tests to memorize questions, did not reconstruct and distribute what his part-timers learned, Oh said. That came after South Korean authorities alleged that Korean cram schools had illegally obtained SAT test papers. Japanese rescuers on Monday expanded the search for a 7-year-old boy missing for three days after his parents left him in a mountain forest inhabited by bears as punishment in a case that has infuriated public opinion. The parents originally told police the boy got lost on Saturday while they were hiking to gather wild vegetables but later admitted they had left him in the forest to punish him. The boy, Yamato Tanooka, went missing in mountains on the northern main island of Hokkaido inhabited by wild bears. Yamato, his older sister, mother and father came to a park near the forest on Saturday, but the parents became angry as the boy threw stones at cars and people, Japanese police and media reports said. On the way back home, they made Yamato get out of the car and left him alone in the forest, driving the car about 500 meters away, TV Asahi and other reports said.
Some 180 rescuers and police officers widened the search area on Monday, mobilizing sniffer dogs and horses to go deeper into the woodlands, NTV footage showed.
Many also worried about the fate of the child in the forest alone and reportedly with no food or water as heavy rain fell overnight. Mitsuru Wakayama, a spokesman for the local town of Nanae, said the mountainous area is a place that only local residents pass through occasionally as a shortcut. Another resident wistfully recalls missing out on a date with Marilyn Monroe, while a third has stories about "Walt" or "Frank" - that is Walt Disney or Frank Sinatra. Hollywood's golden age may be long gone but it's still very much alive and kicking at this retirement community north of Los Angeles, where a who's who of the industry reside. Here, you can meet a set director who worked on Doctor Zhivago or Mutiny on the Bounty, a film researcher who worked on Star Trek, Chinatown and Fiddler on the Roof, or a 103-year old actress who knew Sinatra and recently auditioned for a horror flick. The charitable organization began with coin boxes that were placed at the studios, where actors could drop spare change to help industry professionals who often worked as freelancers and had no job protection.
Nearly a century later, the home continues to take care of its own through donations, albeit on a much bigger scale, with the likes of George Clooney, Kirk Douglas and Steven Spielberg lending their support.
About half of the 165 residents at the retirement home pay for their room and board, which ranges from $3,400 to $6,100 a month, and the Fund pays for the other half unable to afford the cost. On the walls of the grand old houses of this Balearic port which attracts millions of foreigners every year, a new kind of graffiti has flourished: "Tourists go home". Although still a minority protest, it points to tensions in Palma de Mallorca and elsewhere in Spain over rising numbers of visitors who are propelling the economy but also disrupting the lives of locals and straining services from transport to water. With tourism accounting for 12 percent of economic output and 16 percent of jobs, Spain can ill afford a backlash. Long a popular beach destination, this year Spain is drawing record numbers of visitors who are shunning destinations where security is a concern, notably Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey. Here the city council has recently banned parking near the sandstone cathedral, where vehicles on its sea-facing esplanade were deemed an eyesore. But losing that parking space has forced many families living in the area's narrow alleys to park much further afield or spend hours circling, Clar said. In the Balearics off Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast, nearly a third of employment depends on the sector. Iraqi forces thrust into the city of Fallujah from three directions on Monday, marking a new and perilous urban phase in the week-old operation to retake the jihadist bastion.
Led by the elite counterterrorism service, Iraq's best trained and most seasoned fighting unit, the forces pushed in before dawn, commanders said.
The involvement of the elite CTS marks the start of a phase of urban combat in a city where in 2004 US forces fought some of their toughest battles since the Vietnam War. The operation had previously focused on retaking villages and rural areas around Fallujah, just 50 kilometers west of Baghdad. Only a few hundred families have managed to slip out of the Fallujah area ahead of the assault on the city, with an estimated 50,000 civilians still trapped inside, sparking fears the jihadists could try to use them as human shields. The only families who were able to flee so far lived in outlying areas, with the biggest wave of displaced reaching camps on Saturday night. In Amriyat al-Fallujah, a government-controlled town to the south of the jihadist bastion, civilians trickled in, starving and exhausted after walking through the countryside for hours at night, dodging IS surveillance. They also hold Mosul, the country's second city and de-facto jihadist capital in Iraq, east of which Kurdish-led forces launched a fresh offensive on Sunday. It is not clear yet what resources IS is prepared to invest in the defense of Fallujah, which has been almost completely isolated for months, but the city looms large in modern jihadist mythology. In November 2004, the US military suffered some of its worst losses in decades during an operation dubbed Phantom Fury which saw at least 95 members of the US forces killed in fierce combat against one of IS's previous incarnations.
Fallujah is expected to give Iraqi forces one of their toughest battles yet but IS has appeared weakened in recent months and has been losing territory consistently over the past year. According to the government, the organization that has sewn havoc across Iraq and Syria over the past two years now controls around 14 percent of the national territory, down from 40 percent in 2014. However, as the "caliphate" it declared two years ago unravels, IS has been reverting to its old tactics of bombings against civilians and commando raids. A member of the Iraqi security forces fires artillery during clashes with Islamic Statemilitants near Falluja on Sunday, during an operation to retake the jihadist bastion. The French government and CGT union dug in their heels on Sunday amid a wave of strikes and angry street protests against labor reforms, but there were fresh phone contacts between the two sides.
The CGT warned it would continue its campaign of stoppages and demonstrations to pressure the government to scrap plans to make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday that he was determined not to join a long list of politicians who have conceded defeat to protesters. In the mid-1990s prime minister Alain Juppe triggered France's worst unrest in decades because he would not budge on pension reform but he eventually backed down after weeks of industrial action and protests. The dispute has sent Valls' approval rating down to 24 percent, its lowest since he became prime minister, according to a poll conducted by BVA for Orange et iTELE. A source close to the prime minister's office said Valls and CGT leader Philippe Martinez had been unable to reach agreement so far. Meanwhile, a 27-year-old US man has been given preliminary charges of attempted murder in an exceptionally violent attack on police in their patrol car that drew national attention, the Paris prosecutor's office said on Sunday. The suspect is among five people given various preliminary charges in the incident, in which masked protesters were caught on video smashing and torching the car while two officers were inside. The May 18 attack came as police around the country were holding unusual protests of their own to decry violence during the labor demonstrations. The Japanese government said on Monday it was doing all it could to secure the release of a Japanese journalist being held hostage by an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, after an apparent photograph of the man was posted on the internet. The photograph, apparently uploaded to the internet late on Sunday, showed a bearded man dressed in orange holding a handwritten sign in Japanese. Yasuda's plight came to attention in March, when a video surfaced showing him reading a message to his country and his family. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said the government was analyzing the new photo and believed it was Yasuda, while Chief Cabinet Spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the government was doing what it could. Asked if this meant contacting the al-Nusra Front, Suga said "that sort of thing was included" but declined to give further details. Early in 2015, the Islamic State militant group beheaded two Japanese nationals - a self-styled security consultant and a veteran war reporter. Yasuda, a freelance journalist since 2003, was held in Baghdad in 2004 and drew criticism for drawing the Japanese government into negotiations for his release. In December, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders retracted and apologized for a report it had issued that said Yasuda had been threatened with execution in Syria. At least 24 people were killed in the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand due to thunderstorm and cloudbursts, officials said on Monday. At least five UN peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in central Mali by suspected militants on Sunday, the UN and police sources said.
A member of Australian parliament has blamed a fatal crocodile attack on human error, saying it was stupid for anyone to swim at night.
Thailand will lift a ban this week on overseas travel by some politicians, the defense minister said on Monday. A man came into a Houston auto detail shop and began shooting, killing a man known to be a customer and putting a neighborhood on lockdown on Sunday before being killed by a SWAT officer, police said. Three people have been killed in floods in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and a young girl was killed by a train as she took shelter from the rain under a railway bridge. When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel under the Alps in 1947, he predicted the visionary project could be finished by the start of the 21st century.
Gruner's sketch and technical paper called "Journey through the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in the year 2000" planted the seeds for a venture that will be launched this week and aims to transform travel through the heart of Europe.
Constructing the 57-kilometer rail tunnel took just over 12 billion Swiss francs ($12 billion) and some 2,400 workers, according to Swiss government statistics. More than 28 million metric tons of rock had to be excavated from the mountain near the Gotthard pass. The bumpy road from Gruner's initial idea to the official start of construction in 1999 included bureaucratic delays and concern over the project's financial viability.
Momentum in favor of the GBT built again ahead of a 1992 referendum, which supported the project, but public outcry about the expense put work on hold. Eventually, a November 1998 referendum closed the deal, when 64 percent of Swiss voters approved the final plans along with funding schemes, including a new road tax. The tunnel runs from Erstfeld in the central Swiss canton of Uri, to Bodio in southern Ticino canton, and will shave the train journey from Zurich to Milan in northern Italy down to two hours and 40 minutes, roughly an hour less than it currently takes. The new route also aims to make rail freight more efficient, including by supporting heavier cargo, which should reduce the number of diesel-guzzling lorries on the roads, in turn improving traffic and curbing pollution. The number of daily rail passengers is also expected to increase from the current rate of 9,000 people to 15,000 by 2020, according to the Swiss federal railway service. In a study of the GBT's possible economic benefits, Swiss bank Credit Suisse forecast a range of positive impacts driven by an easier movement of goods, growth in day-trip tourism and higher property values in the affected cantons linked to increased accessibility. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, along with Swiss officials, are due to attend Wednesday's grand opening, which will feature a ceremonial run. The world's longest rail tunnel, which runs under the Alps and took 17 years to build, will be inaugurated on Wednesday. 1882: That was the year the first rail route through the Gotthard pass opened, a landmark in Swiss history that helped boost trade through the Alpine nation, which had previously been arduous to cross.
43,800: According to the Swiss federal rail service, it took that number of hours of nonstop work by 125 laborers rotating in three shifts to lay the GBT's slab track.
2 hours and 40 minutes: That is the estimated length of time it will take to get from Zurich to Milan once the GBT opens full service in December, roughly an hour shorter than the journey currently takes.
Miners holding their national flags stand next to a giant drilling machine that completed the world's longest tunnel beneath the Swiss Alps. He's a fugitive on Interpol's Red List and a marine vigilante who's done jail time for extradition requests.
Love him or loathe him, Paul Watson, the 65-year-old, silver-haired founder of Sea Shepherd and co-founder of Greenpeace is now a celebrity because of his job: ramming whaling boats for a living. Watson has a hit US reality TV series, Whale Wars, that has aired on the Discovery Channel since 2008 about his organization's fight against Japanese whalers.
Both have attracted a new legion of global fans to Sea Shepherd's controversial approach of battering whaling and fishing ships. France has granted Watson political asylum, shielding him from extradition requests by Costa Rica and Japan on charges that he asserts are trumped up. Japan says Watson allegedly masterminded Sea Shepherd's disruption of Japanese whale hunts in the Antarctic Ocean and thus put whalers' lives at risk during the hunt. The same year he founded Sea Shepherd with the mantra using "aggressive nonviolence" to protect marine life. Nameless migrants laid to rest in unmarked scrubland, murder victims dumped in mass graves, desperate searches for the missing after natural disasters. His country, where some 8,000 people are still missing after years of civil war, has become one of the latest nations to sign a treaty pledging to support the work of the International Commission on Missing Persons. In the Philippines, also a signatory to the treaty, there are still 2,000 missing after Typhoon Haiyan struck in November 2013. And while finding and identifying the missing killed in conflicts or disasters is an age-old problem, no overall global figure has ever been determined.
The numbers are thought to be "staggering" - between 250,000 and a million in Iraq alone stretching back to the early days of the regime of former dictator Saddam Hussein, said Kathryne Bomberger, ICMP director general.
The organization, which finances its painstaking research through voluntary donations, held a recent seminar on its work as it moves its headquarters from Sarajevo to The Hague. Born out of the conflicts in former Yugoslavia and set up in 1996 by then US president Bill Clinton, the ICMP has used sophisticated DNA matching techniques to identify more than 70 percent of the 40,000 who went missing in the Balkans wars.
Now it is shedding its ad hoc status to become a recognized international organization - the only one dedicated exclusively to accounting for the missing.
It hopes to open a new lab in the Dutch city in the coming months, to complement its first one in Sarajevo which already has the capacity to handle up to 10,000 DNA cases a year. After five years of civil war and a huge exodus from the country, there are an estimated 60,000 missing Syrians. She's hoping to try to move into the refugee camps, build up trust with families there and start organizing a valuable database. Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning on Saturday in a Paris park after a sudden spring storm sent a bolt crashing down upon a children's birthday party, a spokesman for Paris' fire service said. He credited an off-duty firefighter with playing a critical role in getting immediate medical help to the victims, but one child remains in critical condition. Another group of people at a children's soccer match in western Germany were also hit by lightning on Saturday afternoon, leaving three adults seriously injured. The birthday group had sought shelter under a tree at Park Monceau, a northwest Paris park popular with well-to-do families, when a lightning bolt touched down, according to Paris fire service spokesman Eric Moulin.
Moulin said Commander Pascal Gremillet, an off-duty firefighter, was visiting a museum nearby when he noticed the commotion and discovered nine of the 11 victims lying unconscious.
He said that the condition of three of the more seriously injured children was improving, All seven of the children were placed under observation, Carli said. Footage shot by the fire service showed a dramatic scene at a nearby bank that was commandeered as a makeshift treatment center.
More than 30 people were taken to the hospital after lighting struck on Saturday at the end of a children's soccer match in western Germany, police said.
Three adults were seriously injured in the incident in the town of Hoppstaedten, police said - including the 45-year-old referee, who suffered a cardiac arrest after being hit directly by lightning and had to be revived by onlookers and a doctor.
All 29 of the children, ages 9 to 11, who had taken part in the match between local teams SG Perlbachtal and SG Meisenheim also were taken to nearby hospitals, police said in a statement.
Militants attacked a crude oil pipeline operated by Italy's ENI on Saturday, a Nigerian state government said, hours after the Niger Delta Avengers militants claimed another strike in the region. Nigeria's oil output has fallen to a 20-year low due to attacks on pipelines in the southern swamps, home to much of its hydrocarbon resources, which have compounded the impact of low oil prices on Africa's largest economy. The Avengers, who have been targeting oil and gas facilities for the past three months, earlier said on Twitter they had attacked the Nembe pipelines 1, 2 and 3, pumping Royal Dutch Shell's Bonny Light crude, and an Agip facility. The army raided the Oporoza community, home to Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, a former militant leader whom security officials have linked to the Avengers, residents said. A newsletter close to the group said soldiers had arrived at the community, located in the swamps of the Delta, on seven gunboats.
The army could not be immediately reached for comment but a military source said seven people had been arrested, adding that explosives had been found in their possession. In the first sign that the government might try a less heavy-handed approach, Oil Minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu has said an amnesty program for former militants, signed in 2009 to end a previous insurgency, needed to improve. Seventeen people died when a makeshift home for elderly people outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev caught fire in the early hours of Sunday. The fire tore through the two-story shelter for the elderly which is in the village of Litochky, located some 50 kilometers north of Kiev.
Citing preliminary information, the service said that 35 people were at the home when the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday. Eighteen people have been rescued and five of them have been hospitalized, said the service, adding that the fire had been extinguished by Sunday morning. It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze but according to one version it might have been sparked by an exploding TV set. National television channels, reporting from the scene, said that the street where the shelter was located was now cordoned off by police. Pictures released by the state emergencies service showed a fire-gutted white brick building, with rescue teams scouting its remains. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has been notified of the blaze, the government said in a statement, adding that Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman had tasked officials with creating a special commission to look into the fire.
Groysman expressed condolences to the families of those who had perished in the "terrible tragedy", the government said in a statement. First deputy head of national police, Vadym Troyan, said in televised remarks that a man who had organized the temporary shelter had already been detained.
In post-Soviet countries like Ukraine outdated infrastructure is still in widespread use and managers often take a lax approach to fire safety. Such fires often claim the lives of some of the most vulnerable people including the elderly and those with mental illness.
Rescuers inspect the debris of a residential house after a fire broke out, in the village of Litochky, northeast of Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to push back his debt-loaded country's next tax hike for two and a half years, when he will likely have left office, reports said on Sunday.
Abe on Saturday told his close aides, including Finance Minister Taro Aso, that he intends to push back a planned raise in taxes to October 2019, according to Japanese media.
Abe's premiership will end in September 2018 unless his ruling Liberal Democratic Party approves an exceptional measure to extend his leadership.
This means Abe will likely leave the tricky work of imposing heavier taxes - a key measure which would help pay down one of the biggest debt loads among rich nations but may also undermine Japan's frail economic recovery - to his successor.
Abe had previously said that his government would only push back the long-planned consumption tax hike in the event of "a grave situation" - on the scale of the collapse of Lehman Brothers or a major earthquake.
At the two-day Group of Seven leaders summit, which concluded in Japan on Friday, Abe argued that the global economy risked a "crisis", though Germany's Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said that prediction was too negative. Tokyo's last sales tax rise in April 2014 - the nation's first in 17 years - was blamed for stalling a nascent economic recovery and pushing Japan into a recession from which it has barely recovered. Japanese government coffers are deep in the red, with public debt standing at twice the size of the economy - the worst among industrialized nations. A flotilla of ships saved 668 migrants on Saturday from smugglers' boats in distress in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, Italian authorities said - bringing the week's total of migrants plucked from the sea to a staggering more than 13,000 people.
The rescues by the Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by Irish and German vessels and humanitarian groups, are the latest by a multinational patrol south of the Italian island of Sicily. The Irish military said the vessel Le Roisin saved 123 migrants from a 12-meter-long rubber dinghy and recovered a male body. On Sunday, the UN said more than 700 migrants were feared dead in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks south of Italy in the last few days as they tried desperately to reach Europe in unseaworthy smuggling boats. Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman for UNHCR, told The Associated Press by phone that an estimated 100 people are missing from a smugglers' boat that capsized on Wednesday off the coast of Libya.
Sami said about 550 other migrants and refugees are missing from a smuggling boat that capsized Thursday morning after leaving the western Libyan port of Sabratha a day earlier. Meanwhile, with migrant shelters filling up in Sicily, the Italian navy vessel Vega headed toward Reggio Calabria, a southern Italian mainland port, bringing 135 survivors and 45 bodies from a rescue a day earlier.
Other survivors who arrived on Saturday in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo told authorities they had witnessed a fishing boat filled with" hundreds" of migrants sink on Thursday, a Save The Children spokeswoman, Giovanna Di Benedetto, told The Associated Press by telephone from Sicily. According to survivors, two smugglers' fishing boats and a dinghy set sail on Wednesday night from Libya's coast.
Authorities say many migrant boats in the past few years apparently have sunk without a trace in the Mediterranean, with the dead never found. Often the only news about them comes when family members in Africa or Europe tell authorities that their loved ones never arrived after setting sail from Libya.
Under a European Union deal, tens of thousands of those rescued at sea and seeking asylum were supposed to be relocated to other EU nations from Italy and Greece, where most of the migrants have landed. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Russian Orthodox monastery on Saturday as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Greece, which is looking for more Russian investment and tourism as it copes with a prolonged financial crisis and a massive wave of migrants.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had said the Russian president's visit was a chance to "upgrade" relations. Putin visited a Russian Orthodox monastery on Saturday on the northern Greek peninsula of Mount Athos. During his trip, Putin expressed gratitude for Greece's friendship - and used his visit to blast US policy toward Moscow.
At the height of Greece's financial crisis last year, Athens had sought aid from Russia as a counterbalance to its difficult negotiations with its European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors. Panagiotis Lafazanis, a former energy minister who has left the ruling Syriza party, said the Greek government had played down the Putin visit in order to curry favor with US and NATO officials. Greek opposition figures were pleased with Putin's decision to meet opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis. During his visit to Mount Athos, where women are not allowed to visit any of the 20 monasteries there, Putin repeatedly praised the spirit of the monastic community.
Putin flew from Athens to Thessaloniki on Saturday morning, traveled by road to a port near Mount Athos and then took a boat - the only way to reach the isolated community.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lights a candle as he arrives at the church of the Protaton, dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin, in Karyes, the administrative center of the all-male Orthodox monastic community of Mount Athos, Greece, on Saturday.
Cincinnati Zoo has temporarily closed its gorilla exhibit after a special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into a moat.
Zoo officials said the boy fell after he climbed through a public barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit Saturday afternoon. Zoo Director Thane Maynard said the zoo's dangerous animal response team decided the boy was in "a life-threatening situation" and that they needed to put down the 400-pound-plus male gorilla named Harambe. But he mourned the loss of the gorilla, which came to Cincinnati in 2015 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.
Two female gorillas also were in the enclosure when the boy fell in but zoo officials said only the male remained with the child. Maynard said the gorilla didn't appear to be attacking the child, but he said it was "an extremely strong" animal in an agitated situation.
It was the first time that the team had killed a zoo animal in such an emergency situation, Maynard said.
The area around the gorilla exhibit was closed off Saturday afternoon as zoo visitors reported hearing screaming. The zoo will be open on Sunday but officials said the gorilla exhibit has been closed until further notice. France's nationwide fuel shortages - the consequence of a bare-knuckle dispute over labor reforms which have pit militant unions against the government - are easing amid signs that both sides may be seeking a compromise. Fuel shortages that have led to long lines at the pump are dissipating, the country's junior transport minister, Alain Vidalies, told journalists Saturday, although he warned that the crisis wasn't over and unions, including the leftist CGT, have promised even more dramatic action next week. Some union-watchers say both sides have dropped hints that they're looking for a way out of the confrontation. He noted that CGT boss Philippe Martinez said he wanted to meet President Francois Hollande and highlighted recent statements from French ministers which suggested aspects of their reforms were open for renegotiation. Panic at the pump has been among the most serious effects of weeks of French labor action, which has shuttered refineries, blocked fuel depots and disrupted travel across the country. There are increasing worries that the strikes will interfere with football's European Championship in mid-June. France's Socialist government says the labor reforms are needed to reduce the country's persistently high unemployment rate. The CGT and other left-wingers say the new measures will tear apart the country's social safety net without generating real work. Over 6,000 people have fled areas in northern Syria as a result of the attacks by the Islamic State militants, a monitoring group reported on Sunday. Zimbabwe's central bank will probably in August introduce its own "bond notes", valued at par with the US dollar, into the country's multi-currency system that has allowed nine world currencies to circulate legally in the market, the state media reported on Sunday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande together marked the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun on Sunday, laying a wreath at a cemetery in northeastern France for the 300,000 soldiers killed. Nine out of 10 of Britain's top economists working in London's City financial district, small business and academia believe the economy will be harmed if Britain leaves the European Union, a poll said on Sunday.
Police said on Sunday they arrested five Indians accused of assaulting Africans in New Delhi, after African diplomats urged the Indian government to ensure the safety of their nationals living in the country.
The agreements were signed on May 23 during a three-day visit to Sudan by a Chinese delegation led by Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration and deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission. Sun Qin, chairman of CNNC, says the company will work with Sudan's Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity.
Chai Guohan, chief engineer at the Ministry of Environmental Protection's Nuclear and Radiation Safety Center, says it is likely the Chinese-designed Hualong 1, a third-generation reactor, will be chosen for the Sudan plant. With the world's largest number of reactors under construction, China plans to develop this experience into nuclear exports.
CNNC has clinched deals with Argentina to build two nuclear reactors, while China General Nuclear Power Group has partnered with France's EDF to build three reactors in Britain.
Sudan has faced power shortages in recent years and is seeking to build two 600-mW pressurized water reactors to meet the growing demand for electricity, with construction on the first starting in 2021. Finance Minister Badr-Eddin Mahmoud says the agreements with China reviewed all energy issues facing the country and predicts they will provide solutions for these and for new projects. China National Nuclear corp will work with Sudan's Ministry of Water Resources and Electricity to develop nuclear power. Su Chengfen has spent all his life fishing in the reef-filled South China Sea, guided by a handwritten book more than 600 years old that depicts routes to various remote islands from Hainan province. The former fishing vessel captain, who lives in the town of Tanmen, cherishes the book, wrapping it in layers of paper even though at 81 it is impossible for him to return to the sea. A book belonging to Chinese fisherman Su Chengfen depicts sailing routes from Tanmen county in Hainan province to Huangyan Island in the South China Sea. He has always known it is precious, as it contains detailed information handed down over the generations, but at first he had not realized its true significance.
Specialists say the information the book contains is undeniable proof of China's sovereignty over Huangyan Island.
He wrote An Arcane Book About the South China Sea, the first book in China studying genglubu, a term used for various editions of ancient handwritten books recording sailing routes in the South China Sea.
The book is not easy to understand or decipher, as it uses archaic words and ancient expressions for directions. Fu Shibao, an officer at the border police station in Tanmen, says there used to be at least 1,000 such books in the seafaring town. He says the true value of the books was realized after friction between China and the Philippines over Huangyan Island escalated sharply in 2012. Zhou, who has studied genglubu for 26 years with his wife, says a book provided by former sea captain Peng Zhengkai records 17 routes to the Xisha Islands and more than 200 routes to the Nansha Islands.


Fishermen in ancient times named 136 islands and reefs in the books for China, much earlier than their naming by other countries, he says. He says the routes, along with China's historical documents, archaeological discoveries and accounts from old seafarers and fishermen, show "waters around the Dongsha, Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands had become fixed fishing grounds for Chinese fishermen in the Ming Dynasty". Accordingly, although China is the victim of the South China Sea issue, it has been firmly committed to resolving disputes peacefully through friendly consultations and negotiations with countries directly concerned. This sincerity and commitment by China has been a deciding factor for stability of the situation in the South China Sea. Especially since the late 1990s, China has been proactively engaged with some directly concerned parties of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to work out possible solutions of sovereignty disputes over islands and reefs in question through bilateral consultation, and with the ASEAN as a whole to build up confidence and to collectively maintain peace and stability in the region.
I am proud to say that as head of the Chinese delegation taking part in the first few rounds of working group meeting on the draft of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, I contributed in a small measure to such a significant endeavor. From my personal experience, working with the ASEAN and its member states, I should say that China and ASEAN members have the wisdom and every capability to resolve disputes peacefully and maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea on their own. Now, China is working with ASEAN members to implement the declaration, and we are speeding up the "code of conduct in the South China Sea" consultation. With a view to securing common interests and common objectives of maintaining long-lasting peace and stability in the South China Sea, China has made a few proposals. First, the disputing parties must peacefully resolve their disputes through negotiation in accordance with the declaration. Second, pending eventual solutions, countries in the region, claimants or otherwise, that border the South China Sea must work together to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea, and to uphold the freedom of navigation in accordance with international law. Third, it is hoped that countries outside the region support the resolution of the disputes through negotiation between the directly concerned parties, and support the efforts of China and the ASEAN to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.
So long as the above-mentioned points are put in place, peace and stability in the South China Sea will continue to be maintained. As pointed out by Fu Ying and Wu Shichun in their article contributed to the National Interest, South China Sea: How We Got to This Stage, "The future direction will very much depend on the perceptions and choices of the parties involved.
China and the European Union have shared strategic interests in maintaining the freedom and safety of navigation, and promoting stability and prosperity in the South China Sea. Given this, we sincerely hope the EU will strictly abide by its political commitment to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and China's position on the South China Sea issue, and refrain from taking any action that constitutes interference in the South China Sea issue.
French unions urged workers to step up a wave of industrial action on Friday against a controversial labor law, a day after clashes over the reform in Paris. With just two weeks to go before France hosts the Euro 2016 soccer championship, the country has been gripped by more than a week of strikes that have disrupted transport and sparked fuel shortages. The tug of war between unions and President Francois Hollande's deeply unpopular government showed little sign of ending, as union representatives urged workers to "multiply and support" the strikes. At the Tricastin nuclear plant in southern France, workers set fire to piles of tires on Thursday.
Unions are furious about the legislation forced through Parliament aimed at reforming France's rigid labor laws by making it easier for companies to hire and fire workers.
They said the government's response to the strikes was only "boosting the determination" of opponents to the legislation. The call came a day after police fired tear gas at a small group of masked youths who smashed shop windows and parked cars in central Paris, in the latest outburst of anger at the controversial legislation. Nationwide protests on Thursday saw 153,000 people take to the streets overall, officials said, though union leaders put the number at 300,000. French authorities said 62 demonstrators were taken into custody across the country, 32 of them in the capital, while 15 security officers were injured in clashes. Although some blockades on fuel depots and refineries in the north of the country were called off, many motorists were still stuck in long queues at petrol stations around France. A man in his 50s had to be airlifted to hospital after a motorist rammed a roadblock outside a petrol refinery at Fos-sur-Mer. Speaking in Japan after a summit with otherworld leaders, Hollande said France's economy was starting to pick up and should not be derailed by opponents of the reform.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year on Thursday night, with Jairam Hathwar and Nihar Janga declared co-champions after a roller-coaster finish. Scripps made the bee tougher after two consecutive ties, forcing the last two spellers to get through three times as many words as in years past. In another change, bee organizers didn't stick to a predetermined list of "championship words" for the last two or three spellers. Because the best spellers become fluent in Latin and Greek roots, the bee went to words derived from trickier or more obscure languages, including Afrikaans, Danish, Irish Gaelic, Maori and Mayan. Jairam's winning word was Feldenkrais, which is derived from a trademark and means a system of body movements intended to ease tension. Among the words they got right: Kjeldahl, Hohenzollern, juamave, groenedael, zindiq and euchologion. This was the 89th bee, and while Scripps' records from early years are incomplete, the youngest known champion was Wendy Guey, who won 20 years ago at age 12.
The producer behind an Australian television program's involvement in a mother's botched child-snatching operation in Lebanon has lost his job, as the show's founder on Friday dubbed the debacle "the gravest misadventure in the program's history".
The comment by Australia's 60 Minutes founder Gerald Stone came amid the release of a damning internal review into the incident, in which the program paid a so-called child recovery agency to snatch an Australian woman's two children back from her estranged Lebanese husband. Sally Faulkner said her children's father, Ali al-Amin, took them from their home in Australia to Beirut on a holiday last year and never returned. Stephen Rice, the producer of the story, will leave the company effective immediately, according to a statement by the program's network, Channel Nine.
The review, conducted by current and former Nine executives, cited a series of failures, including violating company policy by directly paying the child recovery agency to snatch the children. Jaycee's story has served as a reminder that things will get better and to always keep hope. The United Kingdom has become the first guest of honor country "to show the organizer's recognition that the UK is a strong power in the service industry and its expectation of Sino-UK cooperation in service trade", said Ma She, deputy director-general of the Department of European Affairs at China's Ministry of Commerce, at a theme day event on Saturday. It also has four international organizations as new partners - the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Trade Centre, the World Trade Point Federation and the World Trade Centers Association. Instead, it focuses on the quality of the services it provides to those who are interested, said Michaela Bezvodova, an account director of the company. Although it has much experience in the business, it has had to make adjustments to cater to Chinese customers. The embassy and Ugandan companies would organize promotional campaigns in China after the fair. He also visited other exhibitors, such as those in express delivery, to learn about their innovations and technologies. The convention and exhibition section, which consists of exhibitions, conferences as well as negotiations and promotional activities, is held by five organizations including the China Convention, Exhibition and Event Society. The section served as a communications platform and helped solve problems in the industry, the organizers said. It covers 12 service trade fields defined by the WTO, including services of tourism, finance, construction and education.
But behind many a film star there are long periods of joblessness and menial work before they make the big time. Eight months ago she began to produce, star in and distribute online dozens of short videos in which she plays a variety of characters and lampoons those in everyday situations such as dating. The public spotlight fell on her when she attracted venture capital of 12 million yuan ($1.85 million) in March. This year heralds the beginning of the online celebrity economy in China," says Zhang Xiaorong, a researcher with the Tencent Research Institute, in a recent report. Many online celebrities are going to emerge this year," says Xue Yongfeng, a researcher with Beijing internet consultancy Analysys International. But it is only in recent months in China - particularly through Papi Jiang - that the tremendous commercial value of these celebrities has begun to crystallize in the public mind, and more talent, investors and capital are beginning to pour into the market. It has produced many more ways in which they can make a name for themselves and then turn that into cash.
The online celebrity market, still in its infancy, could be worth hundreds of billions of yuan, Da says. Pictures or videos of these celebrities - and they are almost without exception attractive young women who dress to the nines - appear on social media, accompanied by advice for their followers on subjects such as choosing the right clothes and the right cosmetics.
Instead, most of these celebrities have a savvy back-up team that helps them in their business dealings and with the content they post. She now has 490,000 followers, and about 50 to 80 percent of what her Taobao shop sells is snapped up by that entourage.
Taobao says more than 1,000 shops connected to online celebrities who hawk women's clothing each have a sales revenue of more than 1 million yuan a year.
Against decorated backdrops in various styles, the central character may sing, dance, play games or tell jokes. There are more than 200 live streaming platforms, and the ministry says the industry was worth about 7.77 billion yuan last year.
They also give expert opinions or advice on talk shows or spread gossip about other celebrities. He is the son of Wang Jianlin, one of China's richest men and chairman of mainland property and entertainment conglomerate Wanda Group. Some live streaming platforms cross into controversy as a result of host behavior considered inappropriate or illegal, such as wearing overly skimpy attire, using lots of vulgar words or, in some cases, simulated or actual sexual behavior. Several weeks ago, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television gave Papi Jiang a dressing down for using "swear words and insulting language" and ordered her to clean up her act. The Tencent report says that the online celebrity of half of those now enjoying it is likely to dissipate after only six months to three years, even though those with more staying power may remain for five years or longer. The best are those with strong personalities who are innovative, hardworking and talented, and those who are excellent communicators.
Her beautiful V-shaped face, sexy figure and funny, bold and straightforward personality helped attract followers, who now number more than 6 million, and helped her amass earnings last year of more than 5 million yuan ($767,000).
Online streaming has a very low entry threshold - as long you have a computer, you can register with a website and start broadcasting - and the online streaming industry is growing fast. According to a report from Beijing-based iResearch Consulting Group, the public is likely to connect live broadcasting with eroticism, and online streaming scandals are frequent. So in her spare time, she trains in singing and dancing, and prepares new styles of cosplay - wearing costumes to represent characters - or checks out online games to play with her followers. While unable to talk to fans much, she would still record short videos to say hello to her fans on her mobile phone. The competition will be fierce, and I will need to make more effort to improve myself," she says. This year, the agency she signed with plans to produce an online television program, and she expects to have a role in it. Although the result of their work is not entirely clear yet, it does mean cyber celebrities can be made in batches, offering endless streams of content. The birth of incubators means that in the online celebrity area, star-making factories have appeared," says Zhang Xiaorong, a senior researcher at the Tencent Research Institute, in a recent report. The company has 50 employees and she plans to sign two dozen celebrities by the end of this year. Second is to find good supply chain partners to best showcase the online celebrities' products and content.
When she works with them, she tries to respect their unique style and find the way to help them showcase it. Compared with the funds needed for scientific research, he says the costs of popularizing the crop and promoting it in the market are far higher.
There are no plug and play technologies that fit into the same types of infrastructure in different cities, he says.
And the stories in it about a simple man and his family's bookshop in the city of Xi'an are unlikely to stir readers that much. And in the most important location are a stack of solid olive green books, copies of Order: The Story of Fangyuan Bookshop, which are barely discernible because they almost melt into the background. He squints and bares the teeth under his handlebar moustache in a broad smile, looking for all the world like a caricature of those images in the book. By then, the family had run the bookshop for 28 years, and the ambitious Lyu can see the family running it beyond when it is 100 years old. That expertise helped give the shop a great deal of credibility that contributed to its success, and when it was at its best it employed 11 people. Li Jin, Lyu Chonghua and another classmate of theirs at college, Wei Tao, went to take a look. She was surprised that the books she saw there, as attractive as they were, were not that fancy, and they did not strike her as being particularly collectable. In 2011 he started collecting materials for the book, trying to tell the stories of his family and the bookstore from many different angles. In three years, based on her understanding of beautiful books and the Lyu family, she tried more than 60 different formats.
Despite being well-grounded in Chinese history, the British author was astonished that he had never heard of the uprising, so he decided to learn more about it. Although technically a biography, the author's grasp of history and the pivotal events of the time provide an excellent guide to late 19th century China and the conditions under which people lived.
Weighing heavier on the scales are his tendency to take the credit for other people's ideas, and at a time when traveling in the interior inevitably meant handing out bribes and "gifts", his refusal to give face or money to local officials often hindered his progress in terms of both geography and his career. In 1985, the then 20-year-old photography student at the London College of Printing - now the London College of Communication - was left a small inheritance, so he asked his tutors for permission to travel to China during term time to undertake a photojournalism project.
One day, as they rested on the Great Wall, the brothers spotted a couple of Westerners being guided by a large group of Chinese officials and surrounded by a gaggle of photographers and journalists. Only later did the brothers realize that the men were George Michael and Andrew Ridgley, then better known as Wham, the first Western pop group to perform live in China. That trip sparked an ongoing love affair with the provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan.
And, having spent 25 years working to deadlines, it was an indulgence to set my own pace," he explained.
As Channel Islanders, and therefore geographically closer to France than the British mainland, the Mesny family spoke French at home. The "Slash" are not in it just for the cash, though financial rewards are always appreciated, as the age of the Internet and mass information provides them a chance to explore different roles in a way previous generations could only dream of. In an age of austerity it is not unusual for people to take on an extra job to pay the bills but for the Slash Generation their motivation is not primarily to improve their bank balance but to unleash their creativity. It made me feel really good when you made a difference in a new area which you used to know nothing about," he said.
Although Cheng loves his jobs, enjoys his life and has somehow managed to juggle various identities, he confessed that finding the time to have a girlfriend has been problematic.
Unlike Cheng, who was focusing on many fronts, Zhu is really concentrating on making his rock festival famous in China. Art is about expressing your own ideas in your works while design is a business to meet the demands of your clients. These include self-control, good communication skills and they are popular in their circle.
Kind-hearted, enthusiastic, and it seems that no matter what situation there are in, they can adapt quickly.
They have a variety of interests, are always willing to experience new things and have friends from wide-ranging backgrounds. The scene is reminiscent of youth practice sessions at La Liga (Spain's top professional league) giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, he said. The high levels of enthusiasm and the school's commitment to develop the soccer program has impressed Iglesias, who was hired by Beijing-based Ray Sports last October to train players at the school as a physical education teacher. China opened its first line in 2007 and now has 19,000 kilometers of track in service, more than the rest of the world's high-speed rail networks together. Her father taught philosophy at a military college and her mother taught Chinese literature. So researchers and scientists don't talk to marketers because they speak different languages. She addressed the Pujiang Innovation Forum, organized by the Ministry of Science & Technology, in Shanghai as far back as 2000.
They had brands that could have been quite promising but they allowed themselves to be acquired by Western brands who basically discarded them," she says. I don't want to think about being old," said the grandfather who sports a long white beard.
It is not considered as profit-making," Oh Seung-hyun, a lawyer representing five of the defendants, told the court. College Board, which owns the SAT, canceled the sitting of the exam in South Korea because of leaked questions. I was either going to save my children or die with my children," said Ahmad Sabih, 40, who reached the NRC-run camp early on Sunday. Valls had sought to reassure more supportive unions that he will stand firm on the text of the draft labor bill.
It symbolized tensions between police and protesters amid months of demonstrations against a bill weakening worker protections. Protesters said police have instigated the clashes by using tear gas, water cannon, batons and pepper spray. This is my last chance," said the sign, written in shaky characters and signed "Jumpei Yasuda". Japanese media said he was captured by a group called Nusra Front after entering Syria from Turkey last June. The gruesome executions captured the attention of Japan but the government said at the time it would not negotiate with the militants for their release.
The attack is the first time the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, has recorded fatalities in the center of a country long beset by violence in its vast and desolate north. Comments by Warren Entsch, a Liberal Party MP for the northern Queensland electorate of Leichardt, came after a crocodile attacked a 46-year-old woman at approximately 1030 pm on Sunday night while she was swimming in waist deep water.
Several people were shot and injured, including a man authorities initially described as another suspect because he was present and armed. Two streams have burst their banks in the town of Braunsbach, unleashing floodwaters that destroyed one house, damaged several others and left streets strewed with debris. Yet to many, he's also a heroic marine conservationist who risks his life and those of his crew to save countless endangered whales, turtles, dolphins and sharks from slaughter. And his influence reached new heights with the award-winning documentary Sharkwater, which conservationists say resulted in shark finning being banned worldwide. During an interview with The Associated Press in Paris, Watson - a dual US-Canadian citizen - was stopped four times in the street by fans of all nationalities who asked for autographs. Watson now lives as an international fugitive in a luxurious 18th-century chateau near Bordeaux.
And as the conflicts in Syria and Iraq feed a new wave of refugees, hundreds of whom have perished at sea lacking any kind of documents, a new challenge is emerging. He identified the injured adults as two men and a woman who is the mother of some of the children. Nengi James, a chairman of the Nembe Oil and Gas Committee that liaises with oil firms, said vandals had targeted the Agip pipeline, which had been attacked before.
Shell declared force majeure on Bonny Light loadings after a previous attack on the Nembe creek trunk pipeline, but some exports had been continuing with delays. British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond this month cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari that he needed to deal with poverty and anger over pollution from oil spills in the region.
A German ship patrolling to intercept smugglers' boats also was involved in four separate rescue operations, the Italian coast guard said on Saturday evening. The shipwrecks appear to account for the largest loss of life reported in the Mediterranean since April 2015, when a single ship sank with an estimated 800 people trapped inside. The Italian navy took horrific pictures of that capsizing even as it rushed to rescue as many people as possible from the sea. Di Benedetto said the survivors were among 500 or so aboard the one fishing boat that didn't sink and the dinghy. Several Russian ministers also expressed interest in the privatization of Greek railways and in the northern port of Thessaloniki, but no major deals were announced. The Russian leader praised the spiritual uplift and moral guidance provided by the austere monastic community in a sacred place. He described a newly expanded US missile defense system in Europe as a threat to Russia's national security and said his country would retaliate. Greek tourist officials said Putin's visit would help encourage more Russians to visit Greece.
Instead of the usual small ferry, the Russian president used a 33-meter yacht provided by the Greek navy. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he is expected to recover. He said tranquilizing the gorilla wouldn't have knocked it out immediately, leaving the boy in danger. The mass exodus was witnessed in the towns of Sheikh Issa, Mare' and other towns in the northern province of Aleppo, as a result of the IS attacks on these areas that are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. Governor of the Reserved Bank of Zimbabwe, or the central bank, John Mangudya was quoted as saying by the Sunday Mail newspaper that the launch date was around August or September. The Verdun battle was one of the longest in World War I, lasting more than 300 days from February to December 1916.
The poll, which the Observer newspaper said was the biggest of its kind drawing responses from more than 600 economists, is a boost for Prime Minister David Cameron, who is leading the campaign for Britain to stay in the 28-member bloc at a referendum on June 23 despite opposition from some in his party.
Delhi deputy police commissioner Ishwar Singh said altercations and scuffles took place on Thursday night after locals became offended by Africans playing loud music and drinking alcohol in the street. He did not disclose the contract value or the type of nuclear technology to be used for the reactor. Chinese nuclear companies are already making inroads in global nuclear markets, including Britain and Argentina. Compiled by reporters Li Xiaokun, Zhang Yunbi and Liu Xiaoli, the articles cover a range of topics and provide an insight into what life is like on South China Sea islands. It clearly proves that generations of Chinese fishermen have worked on the island," says Zhou Weimin, a retired professor with Hainan University. This book also contains many other details, including the weather conditions and ocean currents for every month.
The Paracel Islands, for example, are named from a Portuguese word meaning "stone reef", which originally comes from the Chinese. Zhou says the ancient Chinese did not name the others because many of them are submerged or partly submerged banks. That is to safeguard national territorial integrity and maintain regional peace and tranquility. Article 4 of the declaration makes it crystal clear that the dispute must be resolved by the directly concerned states.
Yet China and the EU are not disputing parties, and the South China Sea issue is not an issue between the two.
We also hope the EU will play a constructive role by supporting the resolution of the disputes through negotiation between the directly concerned parties, and support the efforts of China and the ASEAN to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. But unions are demanding the reforms be scrapped altogether, arguing they favor business at the expense of workers' rights and are unlikely to bring down high unemployment.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for a probe into the incident that led to the man's injuries.
No one will know whether the bee had harder words in reserve, but former spellers said Jairam and Nihar nailed the toughest words in recent memory. In April, Faulkner and a 60 Minutes crew covering her story went to Beirut in a bid to get back the children. There are cultural differences between the two countries but both cultures are open, said Bezvodova's colleague Denisa Morgensteinova. On April 21, after fierce bidding among those vying to place advertisements alongside her videos, the hammer fell with a bid of 22 million yuan for the first ad to go with one of her online video clips.
The potential worth of the most valuable online celebrity, the online writer called the Third Master of the Tang Family, is put at 1.47 billion yuan. The brands behind the pictures then parse and weigh fan feedback in the form of product orders as they start to roll in before deciding how much more to produce for their linked Taobao stores. These online celebrities' income is derived mainly from gifts and money sent through the website by fans.
This group of online celebrities is the largest but also the most difficult to pin down since their business models usually are not well developed yet and they are widely dispersed in cyberspace.
They're the sort of people who will pose numerous times just for one shot that is going to be placed online. The report says that about 77 percent of China's netizens think online live streaming platforms have vulgar content.
But she thinks it important to have a support team to help keep her career going for the long term.
Third is to sell their products and content through e-commerce sites like Taobao and other channels to fully realize their commercial value. So she has been able to help online celebrities navigate the clothing supply chain, she says.
But this does not mean cities cannot learn from each other or seek ideas, inspiration and lessons from one another. I think more of that can happen," he says, adding that it is a different sort of model for delivery than the government paying for something and doing the installation itself.
However, anyone carefully leafing through the pages of Order: The Story of Fangyuan Bookshop, is likely to be touched and amused by the ordinariness that is presented ingeniously through the airy and light interaction of text and image. It was a brave move, given that China was in turmoil - the Taiping Rebellion (1850-64) was in full swing - and with the Second Opium War (1856-60) about to reach its bloody conclusion, British adventurers were far from welcome in the country.
Whenever they spotted us, one of them would mutter, 'It's those guys again!'" recalled the 52-year-old author, with a laugh.
He then set up a youth association to promote communication between young people from Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. The progress over the past several months has been incredible," said the Spaniard, who used to be a youth trainer with La Liga club Celta Vigo. But they need to improve the organization of the school league system to provide more competitions for the children," he said.
China will be a likely bidder for construction contracts on the UK's HS2 high-speed rail link.
The UN did not immediately confirm the nationality of the dead soldiers but a police source indicated a group of Togolese peacekeepers came across a mine and a terrorist attack some 50 kilometers out of Mopti.
The victim of the attack was swimming with a friend at Thornton beach, a popular area for croc-spotting tours.
But it excludes politicians such as former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra who faces criminal charges over alleged corruption in her government's rice subsidy program.
Putin said the Orthodox tradition shared by Russia is particularly important at this moment in history. Strained ties with Turkey and lax airport security in Egypt have reduced the number of Russian tourists going to those sun-drenched countries. Sunday's commemorations at Verdun took place in the rain, and Hollande held an umbrella for Merkel and himself as they made their way to the German cemetery Consenvoy to lay a wreath.
Sriram also got a word wrong during his bee, but his eventual co-champion, Ansun Sujoe, flubbed his chance at the solo title. But after agents hired by 60 Minutes grabbed the children off a Beirut street, the four-member TV crew, Faulkner, two agents from the Britain-based Child Abduction Recovery International company and two Lebanese men were jailed on kidnapping charges. You can tell that she wrote this on her own, as her voice seemingly speaks through the pages. The deft creativity of the designer of the flip-book presentation of the caricature faces of the man to the left of the strings that bind the book are something to marvel at. Still, China and other ASEAN members are doing our best to implement Article 4 of the declaration.



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