With the movie adaptation packing theaters and the trade paperback climbing the lists, Life of Pi is once again showing its charming smile.
Jardi meets many other creatures along the way and makes both friends and enemies—pretty deep for a butterfly, and butterflies only live for an average of two weeks!
Based on the idea that there are two sides to every story comes a charming look through another set of eyes: froggy ones!
We usually get the idea of how the princess feels when looking at the once upon a time stories and this is a refreshing change indeed. Parts North by Kevin Cohen takes place in a rural setting where the focus is on a father and son who have barely known each other as dad Quinton has been in jail and son Newland debates picking up and starting anew before he gets attached. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is the book your friend tells you about after hearing about it from her friend and so on.
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And those with two children are particularly concerned about how to deal with the siblings' relationship, according to the survey results released on Friday at the Annual Conference of the Chinese Society for the Study of Marriage and Family. Mao Zuoyan, Director of the Department for Population & Health Studies National Research Institute for Family Planning. The study, led by Mao in late 2015, collected 500 responses from 16 districts and counties in Beijing, surveying women ages 20 to 49. In 76 percent of those cases, "unprepared pregnancy" was the major reason for having an abortion.
The survey found that the average age of women in Beijing during their second delivery is 33. The top concern of the mothers of two children is how to deal with the siblings' relationship, according to the survey.
Most families in China had only one child before the country eased its family planning policy on Jan 1. The hospital has opened a counseling clinic for people who want to have a second child, according to China News Service. Wang suggested that parents pay enough attention to psychological changes in the first child to avoid tensions in the siblings' relationship. Chinese investors are making unprecedented inroads into professional soccer in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. They are being spurred on by the twin goals of investing overseas and President Xi Jinping's stated aim of making China a soccer powerhouse.
In the latest example, Reuters reported Chinese brokerage Everbright Securities and Beijing Baofeng Technology, an internet entertainment company, as saying they are behind a deal to buy a 65 percent stake in MP & Silva, a sports media rights firm. A Chinese group has also agreed to buy an initial 70 percent of Italian Serie A club AC Milan from former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, a person familiar with the negotiations told China Daily. Behind the sudden surge of interest is Xi's determination to create a sports economy worth nearly $850 billion by 2025, according to Simon Chadwick, professor of sports enterprise at Salford University in the UK.
He has seen a change of emphasis in Chinese investment since the start of this year, from the straightforward acquisition of clubs, or stakes in clubs, to investing in soccer service organizations, such as sports agents and organizing bodies such as FIFA. A relatively unknown Chinese businessman, Xia Jiantong, paid a reported 70 million pounds ($102 million) for English club Aston Villa, according to the club's website. Xia's takeover must be approved by English soccer authorities, who will decide if he is "a fit and proper person" to exercise control over a club.
The Villa case is significant in that it is the first time a club has been acquired virtually at the same time it has been relegated from the top tier of English soccer, and the first time a Chinese investor has acquired a 100 percent stake in a club. Meanwhile, the AC Milan deal has a deadline of June 16, and the Chinese group is negotiating a price with Berlusconi's Fininvest Group.
Italian media reports said the price is about 700 million euros ($778 million), but Berlusconi has told reporters he wants to stay on as club president for another three years and that was originally the main sticking point.
He has owned the club for more than 30 years, but was forced into discussions to sell it by shareholders in Fininvest and family members, according to the Football Italia website. He later said he wanted to sell the club to Chinese investors, because he did not want to put more money into it.
The person familiar with the talks said both sides agreed that Berlusconi would remain as president for the next two or three years, until the Chinese investors acquire the remaining 30 percent.
Fininvest has also requested a list from the Chinese side of the investors involved and the percentage each would take, the source said.
Wang Jianlin's Dalian Wanda paid 45 million euros just over a year ago for a 20 percent stake in Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid, and Chinese Media Capital acquired a 13 percent stake in the company that controls English Premier League club Manchester City for 265 million pounds. Control of UK-based Stellar would give its owner serious influence in player transfers, according to analysts. Although no formal price has been announced, figures in the region of 900 million yuan ($137 million) are being discussed, and Stellar founder Jonathan Barnett is planning to travel to China to meet potential buyers, Reuters reported.
Stella Group brokered the 86 million pound move by Welsh international Gareth Bale from English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013. Last year, so-called super agent Jorge Mendes, whose clients include new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, said his Gestifute management firm was forming an alliance with Fosun, the Chinese conglomerate part-owned by billionaire Guo Guangchang.
Manchester United has an estimated 100 million-plus fans in the country, with vast marketing opportunities for replica shirt sales and other memorabilia. The power of the pen is rewriting Asia's future with greater-than-ever dynamism in an age where the script of the world's story is increasingly composed of ones and zeros, according to the executive director of the Asia News Network. Consequently, new-media collaboration has become one of the driving forces of the ANN, he said. Janviroj was in Beijing with representatives of the ANN's 21 members, including China Daily, for the organization's annual meeting that ends on Tuesday. Technological advances are not only transforming how end products are consumed but how the inspiration for them is produced, beginning at the brainstorming stage.
This is through a platform for discourse that ultimately deffuses political tensions, he said. Legal experts have called for more education and stricter law enforcement to increase awareness of racial sensitivity after the release of an advertisement that caused outrage on social media. The advertisement, for the Chinese detergent brand Qiaobi, went viral on the internet in China and overseas. It featured a black man being transformed into a fair-skinned Chinese after being washed by the detergent in a washing machine.
Shanghai-based Leishang Cosmetics, which owns the brand, has halted distribution of the ad, which was shown on social media and in some movie theaters in China. It posted a statement on its micro-blog account on Saturday to apologize to those who may have felt offended by the commercial. On Chinese micro-blogging platform Sino Weibo, the news hashtag #controversy caused by laundry detergent# attracted nearly 3 million views, with many netizens leaving critical comments. A user surnamed Chujianbaoji said: "The racial discrimination here couldn't be more obvious.
Li Jun, vice-president in charge of the Qiaobi brand, said on Sunday: "The creative idea for the commercial was to add some comic drama by using artistic exaggeration.
Liu Junhai, a professor of civil and commercial law at Renmin University of China, said the commercial reflects the lack of public awareness about racial issues in China. According to China's Advertisement Law, which was updated last year, any content containing or implying national, racial, religious and gender discrimination is prohibited in adverts, and incurs penalties. Nearly 300 people have died on Mount Qomolangma, also known as Everest, in the century or so since climbers have been trying to reach the summit. The most famous corpses get nicknames - "Green Boots", "Sleeping Beauty", "The German" - becoming warnings of what can go wrong on the 8,848-meter peak. In one of the most unforgiving places on Earth, where low oxygen, frigid temperatures and strong winds mean any effort can seem impossible, taking down the dead is no simple thing. So when four people died on the upper reaches in recent days, and with a fifth missing and presumed dead, climbing teams and climbers' families scattered around the world had to face the question of whether the bodies would be brought down.
It can take 10 Sherpas more than three days to move a body from Qomolangma's South Col, at 8,000 meters, to Camp 2, a rocky expanse where helicopters can take over.
It is a painful, exhausting process, with the bodies, which are normally carried in sleeping bags or wrapped in tents, often much heavier because they are covered in ice.
Given the risks involved, many climbing teams decide not to bring down their dead, sometimes lowering them into crevasses or covering them with rocks so they are not gawked at. A recent trip to lower Manhattan for a dentist's appointment reminded me of the ubiquitous Chinese presence in the city. As I walked down Broadway after getting out of the subway, I saw a China Daily USA vending box outside Trinity Church.
Arturo Di Modica of Italy spent $360,000 to build the 3,200-kilogram, 3.4-meter-tall bronze sculpture.
On Dec 15, 1989, in an act of "guerrilla art", Di Modica and helpers placed it beneath an 18-meter Christmas tree on Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange, as a Christmas gift to the city. Chinese tourists regularly flock to the downtown area to visit the various landmarks, such as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, but I wonder how many of them are aware of the area's ancient American history.
That part of New York is where the city started as the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Amsterdam; it was renamed New York after the English took it by force in 1664. As I entered the lobby on Broadway for my appointment, sitting on the reception desk of the building was that day's edition of China Daily.
Item from May 30, 1985, in China Daily: Workers at the Beijing Five-Star Brewery oversee a beer bottling line. China will boost its beer production in the next three years by investing more than 2.8 billion yuan to meet the increasing demand for the drink from its 1 billion people.
The State will provide a special loan of 830 million yuan and local governments plan to raise 2 billion yuan to develop the beer industry, an official at the Ministry of Light Industry said yesterday. The money will be used to launch 71 projects with a total production capacity of 2.47 million tons of beer a year.
The Chinese have emerged as the biggest consumers of beer in the world, according to a report by Euromonitor International, a market research firm. Although 2015 witnessed the largest decline in beer consumption in five years, the Chinese still drank about 25 billion liters of beer last year, 7 billion liters more than consumers in the United States. Budweiser is the most established Western brand in China and comes in fourth in popularity, according to a report released in December by Mintel Group Ltd. In 2014, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev acquired two Asian breweries, Jilin Ginsber Draft Beer and Jiangsu Regal Beer. Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli is leaving today on a nine-day official tour of Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will release today its annual report on urban competitiveness. On the orders of the State Council, China's Cabinet, local authorities in Hunan province have started a survey on left-behind children to guarantee their safety. As the summer break approaches, many Chinese parents are making plans to send their children overseas - but no longer just as tourists or language students. The latest trend is to introduce young people to novel experiences at camps run by professional organizations, according to a report on overseas study tours by Ctrip, a major Chinese travel agency.
Zhang Jie, head of overseas study tours for Ctrip, said parents today want their children to learn new things.
Sun Kai, director of international admissions at Sappo School, a private school in New York's Long Island, agreed and added that parents are choosing activities abroad that their children would not have access to in China.
These include "wildness survival programs, which challenge children's hardworking spirit by training them to save themselves and to react fast in the wild", he said. Sappo School has been receiving international exchange students for more than six years, and Sun said it is true that more Chinese have started to participate in US summer camps, with most being from junior high schools. He added that participants in his school's program come mainly from relatively rich "and open-minded" areas of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in Guangdong province. In addition to those in the United States and Canada, summer camps in western and northern Europe are also popular with Chinese parents. The Ctrip report said bookings for summer camps account for more than 30 percent of its total overseas study tours this year and that inquiries from parents have risen threefold compared with last year. A staff member at a study camp in Krasnodar, Russia, helps a Chinese student with his uniform.
Police have detained a teacher in East China's Shandong province on suspicion of beating a student to death with a stick and injuring three others, Beijing News reported on Sunday. The 50-year-old woman, identified only as Li, had been leading an after-school tutorial class at her home in Wulian county when the incident happened on Saturday.
He Zhaolong, the father of the student who died, told Beijing News that the teacher lived in their neighborhood and that his son, 12, had been taking her classes for several years.
He said he did not know what may have prompted the attack, adding that his family had no previous conflicts with Li. The local authorities said the suspect used to be a substitute teacher in her village but was dismissed in 2002. In a statement released online, Wulian police said a thorough investigation is underway, while many netizens expressed their outrage at the incident and their sympathy for the victims' families. On May 23, a teacher at a junior middle school in Dezhou was sacked and ordered to apologize after slapping a student in the face.
On the same day, a kindergarten teacher in Yantai was dismissed after being accused of beating a 5-year-old child. According to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education in 2014, teachers who use physical punishments on students should receive penalties ranging from a warning to instant dismissal. China's largest train manufacturer has developed the country's first monorail train powered by permanent magnet synchronous motors, marking a breakthrough in efforts to boost rail transit innovation.
CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co, a subsidiary of train maker China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, said on Sunday that its monorail had successfully completed a test run. Zhong Yuanmu, the chief designer, explained that the motors used on the monorail will also enable the transit system to adapt to more difficult terrain and carry a large number of passengers.
The motors also enable the transit system to save 10 percent in energy as well as drastically cut noise levels during operation. He added that the train meets the highest fire prevention standards and is equipped with water sprinklers that will automatically activate in the event of a fire.
The company said the monorail has taken three years of research and development and that more than 95 percent of the parts are made in China.
CRRC Qingdao Sifang's announcement comes after the central government's call for companies to intensify their drive for new rail technology over the next five years. Yang Chuantang, the minister of transport, said during the annual session of the state legislature in March that the total length of China's light rail transit system will be increased from the current 3,300 kilometers to about 6,000 km by 2020.
Several Chinese cities have unveiled plans, or even begun construction, to install monorail systems.
Chongqing in the southwest has the country's longest monorail network in operation, with Line 3 recording close to 1 million journeys during peak hours, according to local media. The Beijing city government announced in 2014 a plan to build a straddle beam monorail in the capital's eastern areas. According to CRRC Qingdao Sifang, more than 50 monorail transit lines are in operation globally. China's first monorail train powered by permanent magnet synchronous motors has completed a test run, its developers said. China has developed a multilayered financial system with more diversity and sophistication, but new business models bring about rising risks, a senior central bank official warned on Sunday.

In addition to the multilayered market, China's product portfolio has become more sophisticated, deputy governor of the People's Bank of China Chen Yulu told a financial forum.
However, financial institutions are exposed to higher risks as private lending and internet finance have become more intertwined and as stock, bond and foreign exchange markets have become mutually contagious, he warned. He reaffirmed the need for financial institutions to improve support for the real economy and use their funds in a more efficient way.
The central government has vowed strict measures against illegal fundraising this year to fend off systemic risks, prompted by the discovery of Ponzi schemes in online peer-to-peer lending platforms. Chen also warned that while the growth in money supply and leverage ratio have outpaced that of gross domestic output, there are mounting calls for monetary policy easing. Meanwhile, sectors such as agriculture and small and high-tech companies are still short of funds, he added. Short study tours overseas, which have long been popular among teenagers in China, are attracting more professionals who want to gain additional skills, according to an industry insider. Frances Lin, China expansion director for International Language Centers, part of Swedish education company EF Education First, said the number of Chinese professionals signing up for overseas study tours had increased by 40 to 50 percent a year since such programs were first made available five years ago. For example, professionals who are running a business or trading with companies overseas will use tours to survey markets and search for new opportunities. Non-English-speaking countries with beautiful scenery such as France, Germany and Italy are also becoming increasingly popular, she added. The weekly cost, including tuition, accommodation and meals, is typically about 6,000 yuan ($910) a person, she said, with additional expenses depending on the destination and choice of extracurricular activities. China and the European Union have both fallen victim to the global problem of excess steel capacity, which has resulted from years of rapid expansion of global economies.
Now, they must use a toolbox of policies to restructure the sector, to improve efficiency and reduce capacity while increasing demand. The EU, which is facing challenges from terrorism, economic stagnation and immigration, concedes that steel overcapacity is a global issue, yet it largely blames the Chinese government, which it claims has subsidized the nation's state-owned steel companies.
This month, the European Commission launched an anti-subsidy investigation into imports of Chinese hot-rolled flat steel, the subject of an anti-dumping probe since February. There are now 10 active trade investigations into steel products, as well as 37 anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures already in place, according to a statement from the commission. The latest probe also comes shortly after the European Parliament passed a non-legislative resolution to block China gaining market economy status this year, the 15th anniversary of the nation joining the World Trade Organization. Cecilia Malmstrom, commissioner for trade, says the steel industry accounts for 1.3 percent of the EU's economic output and employs 330,000 highly skilled workers.
Shen Danyang, a spokesman for China's Ministry of Commerce, has countered this accusation, however. Regardless, China's leadership has insisted it is determined to deal with the global problem of overcapacity.
After enjoying boom times in its exports and real estate market over the past two decades, Shen says China will continue to readjust the industrial production structure to help domestic and foreign steelmakers. The price of steel has risen in recent months, which Shen says has been driven by a surge in the global price of iron ore. The sector has already received a boost from increased activity in infrastructure construction. China aims to reduce crude steel production by between 100 million and 150 million tons over the next five years, and is attempting to encourage steel companies to work with downstream consumers to promote high-quality products in sectors ranging from autos and machinery to power and offshore engineering equipment.
The facility, constructed in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, is part of a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co and German multinational ThyssenKrupp. He says the company has invested in a program to train sales specialists at the University of Science and Technology Liaoning for the past three years. According to the China Iron and Steel Industry Association, almost half of its 96 manufacturing members reported losses last year, with the average selling profit standing at just 0.45 percent. Sun Jin, director of communications for Wuhan Iron and Steel, one of China's largest iron producers by capacity, says even though the company announced two months ago that it would cut up to 50,000 jobs, there have so far been no layoffs or pay cuts. During a visit to its headquarters in Wuhan, Hubei province, on May 23, Premier Li Keqiang designated the company as a pilot state-owned company to reduce excess capacity and transfer redundant workers to other posts using financial aid and policy support.
The central government estimates that 500,000 steelworkers will lose their jobs as part of efforts to cut overcapacity. Figures from the China Iron and Steel Industry Association show 77.8 million tons of crude steel capacity has been cut nationally since 2011. Like other steelmakers, Wuhan Iron and Steel also sees diversification as a way to stay afloat. Shandong Hualian Mining Holdings Co recently invested in the dairy industry as it attempts to move away from iron ore mining and producing fine iron powder. The company, which recorded a 275 million yuan loss in sales revenue last year, is now a major shareholder in Ground Dairy Industry Co, which makes milk, yogurt and cheese in two plants in northeastern Changchun city and runs three dairy farms. However, professor Lu Feng at Peking University's National School of Development says the efforts won't be fully implemented unless local authorities are willing to stop providing assistance to so-called zombie companies, including steelmakers and coal mines. Chen Xingguang, military officer of the ship Nanhaijiu 118, part of a fleet controlled by the Ministry of Transport's South China Sea Rescue Bureau, told China Daily of the plans.
Wang Wensong, captain of the Nanhaijiu 118, says the ship proposed for the mission might be bigger than his 3,700-metric-ton vessel and will be equipped with advanced rescue facilities.
The bureau was involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared more than two years ago on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. He says the bureau has 31 ships and four helicopters to cover rescue work in the South China Sea. The South China Sea boasts one of the world's busiest shipping routes, with about 40 percent of global cargoes shipped annually passing through these waters. Zhang Zengxiang, deputy director of shipping at the maritime affairs bureau in Sansha, Hainan province, says the proposed base station will help with rescue work in the southern South China Sea. He adds that he distance is too great for helicopters, the most efficient way to save lives at sea.
Boat captain Wang says: "We will try our best to save any vessel sending distress signals in waters under our jurisdiction, no matter what country a vessel is from - even it is from a country that has territorial disputes with China, or a country without diplomatic relations with us. Beijing has promised to develop its search and rescue capabilities in the South China Sea to "provide necessary assistance" to both Chinese and foreign vessels. In 2006, Wang, then first officer of the Nanhaijiu 111, worked with other Chinese rescuers to search a vast area after a typhoon.
Wang says the growing number of rescue forces in the South China Sea will help with China's Belt and Road Initiative and business worldwide.
United States Trade Representative Michael Froman says China is the source of half of all the world's steel, and the main source of the world's excess capacity. Sigmar Gabriel, the German minister of economics and energy, also said during a strike by more than 15,000 steelworkers at Krupp that China has not implemented a market-oriented economy. Compared with steel companies like Germany's Krupp, India's Tata and those in Britain, China's steel industry remains at a lower technology level.
The European Union's imports of Chinese steel products are just a small part of the total, and those that they do import are products EU countries don't make anymore.
However, China imported about 1.2 million metric tons of steel from the EU last year to meet its needs in the auto and home appliance sectors. China has been the subject of most anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations for 19 consecutive years.
China will host the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in September, when one topic of discussion will be global governance.
China cannot bear fault for the excess capacity created by problems in other countries, such as old-fashioned management, backward technologies and manufacturing systems, and shrinking markets. The author is deputy director of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and a former vice-minister of commerce.
A disused complex in Beijing that once housed a major steelmaker has been transformed into a hub for organizers of the 2022 Winter Olympics. With its abandoned furnaces and smokestacks, the former Shougang Group site, about 20 kilometers west of downtown, still evokes memories of the capital's long industrial history. Former silos of Beijing Shougang Group have been refurbished as offices of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Yet after extensive renovations to turn silos and warehouses into offices, the complex's western section is again buzzing with activity, with 160 employees of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games already busy at work preparing for the sporting extravaganza. The relocation to the old factory, which started in April, comes after President Xi Jinping called for a frugal and sustainable approach to hosting the Games, which is in line with the International Olympic Committee's proposal to cut bidding and organizing costs for hosts. Beijing and Zhangjiakou, in neighboring Hebei province, were named as hosts of the 2022 Winter Olympics in July. While the exteriors of the steel plant's structures remain relatively unchanged, inside they have undergone a series of low-carbon refurbishments, including being fitted with solar-charged lighting and rainwater recycling, as well as functional interior decoration. Guo says the whole process should be completed in February, when up to 1,000 employees from about 30 committee departments are expected to move into the complex. Shougang Group began relocating from the site in 2005, as part of measures to reduce air pollution in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
After shuttering its plant in the capital in 2010, the state-owned enterprise rolled out a blueprint to revitalize the site, such as by opening an industrial park to incubate the cultural and creative sectors and urban services sector. Liang Zongping, the board director of Shougang Group, says resettling the 2022 Olympics organizing committee was an ideal opportunity for the company to implement its ambitions for a business upgrade. The steel company, which owns the property, has also begun planning for after the 2022 Games, when it hopes the site will be used for winter sports activities and related service sectors.
Despite the grand plans, however, concerns over the environmental safety of former industrial sites and the lack of transportation links with downtown and residential areas remain challenges. Zhang Xudong with the Olympics organizing committee's sports department says his daily commute has doubled since his team moved to the former steel plant from its original office in north-central Beijing.
According to the Beijing city government's urban development plan, at least two new subways will be built to connect the site with other areas.
On the matter of health and safety, Liang adds that all former industrial sites that are refurbished and repurposed must pass third-party environmental assessments to ensure they are safe to use.
Yang Baojun, director of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, says he feels that resettling the committee in the old Shougang plant provides the city and the company with an opportunity to diversify the postindustry development of the region. On top of the large infrastructure investment needed to prepare for the Games, prudent planning can also help host cities to leverage support resources to boost less-developed regions, as shown by the 2012 London Olympics. Since staging the Games at the economically built Olympic Park, living standards in London's East End, once its poorest community, have improved thanks to a new transport hub, abundant public sports facilities and shopping malls, which were all developed as part of the park. Liu Yumin, executive deputy director of planning, construction and sustainability for the Beijing organizing committee, envisions that the Chinese capital's west end will enjoy a similar boost.
For the past two years, the 36-year-old has worked at the state-owned company for only two days a week. Jinan Steel, in eastern Shandong province, has lost nearly 4 billion yuan ($610 million; 544 million euros) since 2012.
Workers within five years of retirement age can opt to leave and receive their pensions immediately. Du grew up in the Jinan Steel workers' community, home to 40,000 employees and 60,000 immediate family members. His father, 64, retired as a security guard at the mill five years ago and is now recovering from a stroke. Du's hesitation over quitting stems from the difficulties he encountered 10 years ago when he tried to get a job for life - the so-called iron rice bowl - at Jinan Steel. After graduating from a vocational school run by the company, he discovered that his childhood friends had become his rivals in the search for work.
In March, the central government announced it had set aside 100 billion yuan to help workers laid off in the coal and steel industries. Jinan Steel mainly produces steel plates, deformed steel bars for the construction industry and screw-thread bars, which are used to reinforce small ships. Rizhao Steel has a geographical advantage, too, because it is located near a port on the Yellow Sea.
Previously, the school and hospital were only for workers, but they began accepting students and patients from outside about five years ago. Zhang Zhongfa, deputy director of Jinan Steel Hospital, says outsourcing its services saved the medical facility. Six years ago, the company gave the hospital a subsidy of 40 million yuan, but last year the flow of funds dried up.
In 2012, the operating revenue generated by these activities accounted for about 29 percent of the total, but now they account for more than 50 percent.
Three years ago, the Shandong government announced controversial plans to relocate Jinan Steel - the area's biggest polluter - to a town further southeast.
On the one hand, you have European and United States steel producers, hit by a slumping world market for steel products; and on the other, you have China, with its vast industrial resources able to churn out steel products at highly competitive prices. If there was a high demand for steel, China's output and that of the European steel industry could exist side by side, as it has in the past. The US, known for its ability to jump behind the shield of protectionism at the earliest opportunity, has reacted by imposing a 552 percent increase in tax on some categories of imported Chinese steel products, although the items affected constitute a very low percentage of US steel imports; thus the move is more political than real.
The European Union, which has major steel industries in France, Germany, Belgium and Britain, was quick to blame Chinese overproduction, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warning of fresh trade duties on Chinese steel imports.
Tata Steel, the Indian conglomerate that has put much of its British operations up for sale, blames Chinese dumping for the industry's problems, as do the unions. Britain, which is actively helping Tata find a buyer for its plants, is not keen to follow the EU hard line, warning that tougher tariffs will only push prices higher and harm other industries that rely on steel. Britain can point to success, saying a 99 percent drop in imports of rebar steel products used in the construction industry in January showed that only a mild increase in import tariffs can work.
Here's an idea of what the Chinese government is having to wrestle with - domestic demand has slumped, so the government is having to try and help producers find overseas markets.
In Europe, when a worker loses his job or gets laid off, the countries all have social support networks that offer unemployment pay and a range of other benefits.
Steel plant closures in China would have a massive social and financial impact in the regions housing the industry, especially given the sheer numbers involved. It may be as well for European and US trade negotiators to remember the pressures that China faces, too. China, together with other countries and regions, is facing severe challenges from overcapacity in steel production, which requires the joint efforts of international players to solve. During the 12th Five-Year-Plan (2011-15), China cut around 90 million metric tons of crude steel capacity.
The utilization rate is below a reasonable level, which led to an industrial operating margin of negative 2.23 percent, and many small-sized companies have gone bankrupt due to losses.
Even so, the country plans to cut crude steel capacity by another 100 million to 150 million tons in the next five years, according to the 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016-20). It shows that the country has done, and is still doing, lots to help solve the global oversupply problem in the steel industry. Hesteel, formerly Hebei Iron and Steel Group, for example, plans to cut 5 million tons of crude steel capacity by the end of next year.
The United States' steel industry should stop its narrow-minded understanding of China's steel business and take responsibility, together with China and the steel industries of other countries, to reduce overcapacity, which is a historical task for all of us. Reducing overcapacity is a challenging process; it involves huge numbers of employees, large amounts of debt, and risks social stability. First, up to 500,000 employees in the steel sector will need to find a new job to achieve the country's capacity reduction goal. Although some companies have transferred employees smoothly through detailed preparation and high costs, others are unable to do that because of a shortage of capital or local policy support.
Zombie companies are economically unviable businesses, often in industries that have severe overcapacity, and have been kept alive long after they should have died thanks to money poured in by governments and banks. Zombie companies often have complicated debts concerning upstream and downstream companies.
China's steel companies' debt ratios average around 70 percent, and in some cases it is higher.
Last but not least, steel companies usually play an important role in a local economy, more so in areas where steel is the pillar industry. The US, Japan and European countries have spent more than 10 or 20 years solving the overcapacity issue in their steel sectors. At present, the utilization rate of the world's steel capacity is around 66 percent, and that of China is 71 percent. Steel, a material widely used in construction and other applications because of its high tensile strength and low cost, has made an unprecedented contribution to global economic development and human civilization. In the future, it will continue to play an important role in the world's economy because of its high quality, low cost and greenness, even though it will face competition from other advanced materials. Everyone in the steel industry should focus on working harder to meet the growing requirement of clients and spend more passion on technology innovation and new applications.

China expressed strong dissatisfaction on Friday over a declaration issued by the Group of Seven industrialized nations that criticizes China, though not mentioning it by name, for its sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. She urged the G7 member states to honor their commitment to not take sides on the disputes.
In the declaration, the G7 leaders expressed concerns over the situation in the region and called for "peaceful management and settlement of disputes". The declaration called for maintaining "a rules-based maritime order in accordance with the principles of international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea". In the name of respect for freedom of navigation and overflight, the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States said they are committed to "peaceful dispute settlement".
The statement said that countries should make and clarify their claims based on international law, refraining from "unilateral actions" that could increase tensions and not using force or coercion in trying to drive their claims. Hua said China resolutely safeguards freedom of navigation and overflight, but the navigational freedom of commercial vessels is not the same as the willful trespassing by warships. She said China opposes the smear campaign by some countries in the name of "navigational freedom".
Lyu Yaodong, a researcher at the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said Japan has been willfully internationalizing the South China Sea issue. It has pushed to include the issue in declarations of the G7 foreign ministers' meeting and the G7 leaders' summit. Motofumi Asai, former director of the China and Mongolia division of Japan's Foreign Ministry, said Japan has never played a positive, meaningful role in the G7. Asai criticized Japan for including the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula issues in the summit's declaration. The former Japanese diplomat said the G7, with its declining influence, will be overshadowed by the G20. The G20 is a major forum for global economic and financial cooperation that brings together the world's major advanced and emerging economies, representing about 85 percent of global gross domestic product, 80 percent of world trade and two-thirds of the world's population. The G7 declaration stated that global economic recovery continues, but growth remains moderate and uneven. The leaders said they will use "all policy tools" - monetary, fiscal and structural - to strengthen global demand and address supply constraints, while continuing efforts to put debt on a sustainable path. He, a PhD graduate in biochemistry, spoke at the centuries-old event on Thursday morning, representing graduate students. To win the opportunity to speak, He went through three rounds of fierce competition, including drafts and auditions. And since indies don’t have what many consider an “official” stamp of approval from a trusted source like The New York Times, People magazine or your best friend Ginger—it makes it hard to decide which one to choose. A boy and a Bengal tiger trapped in a rowboat for 227 days, on the shark infested seas makes for an adventure for readers of all ages. This is a lighthearted tale of bugs and birds that will whisk you away just like a boy and a tiger on the open seas.
Read the frog’s side of things with your kids or enjoy it amongst yourselves—either way, it’s a treat. Just like Pi Patel in his boat wishes for a book and has a tiger to contend with, Quinton and Newland face some peril of their own: specifically in the worlds of safe cracking, harness racing and paper making. It begins in Ghana and then smashes into the streets of New York, where Aaron stumbles broke and on the verge of dying and we are thrown into the last minutes of it all. Whether for happiness, soul searching, growing wings or diving deep into the darkness within, there is something for everyone here. Now a writer, editor and professor, Keri has also explored a bevy of mini career paths that have provided a wealth of literary ammo for the short story collection she is working on.
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Wanda's 20 billion-yuan ($3 billion) site has an outdoor theme park, 10 hotels and tea-cup-shaped buildings that will house a shopping mall, cinemas, restaurants, a film park and the world's largest ocean park. And in a bid to emulate Disney's movie-making capabilities, Wanda reached a $3.5-billion deal earlier this year to acquire US-based Legendary Entertainment, a film production company behind The Dark Knight, and Jurassic World movies. Villa won only three matches last season and was relegated from the Premier League to the second-tier Championship. Reuters reported this month that four Chinese investor groups, including one led by model carmaker Rastar Group, were competing to buy Stellar Group, one of the world's most powerful soccer agencies. It speaks to all of us in a way no other communicative form has, Pana Janviroj told China Daily on Saturday. We also come to support one another - whether it's a typhoon in the Philippines or an earthquake in Nepal.
There was no intention of racial discrimination, and we didn't realize initially that it might lead to viewers getting the wrong impression. Most of the bodies are hidden in deep crevasses or covered by snow and ice, but some are visible to every climber who passes by - landmarks in heavy plastic climbing boots and colorful parkas that fade a little more every year.
Heading south toward the famous Charging Bull, which symbolizes New York's standing as a financial capital, I saw scores of Chinese tourists, mostly middle-aged or older, streaming to the structure. Di Modica created the bull after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the "strength and power of the American people".
A public outcry followed, which led the city parks department to install it two blocks south in the plaza at Bowling Green on Dec 21, 1989. Of the city's four largest international markets - the UK, Canada, Brazil and China - China, which sent 852,000 visitors to the city in 2015, had the largest rate of growth (14 percent). They occupied the city until the late 1770s, when the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War followed. In Russia, he will attend the 13th meeting of the China-Russia Energy Cooperation Committee and the second China-Russia Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum. The report will include information on competitiveness, urban livability, business potential and sustainable development. In the days ahead, China Daily will interview some of the children, their parents and officials to explore the challenges they are facing. It is aimed at encouraging a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The age range of the children enrolled this year is 8 to 15, three years younger than in 2014, the report said.
He added that there were about a dozen students at Li's home at the time of the alleged attack. Since then, she has made a living by running tutorial classes at her home, teaching Chinese language and math to students in third to sixth grade. However, the plan was scrapped last year due to residents' concerns about the potential effect of light pollution on communities. It added that the cost of constructing a monorail is one-third that of building an underground system. Regulators should keep a close eye on systematic risks and introduce macro-prudent oversight when necessary, he said. The destination depends on individual needs and preferences, but the top destinations for EF's customers are Britain and the United States.
She claims thousands of jobs in the EU are at risk from a rapid increase of imports, partly caused by Chinese government subsidies. He says the country has never used subsidies to boost its steel exports, and instead suggests the export rise has resulted from greater competitiveness. According to media reports, the price of steel rose from $305 to $365 per metric ton in April on the back of China cutting 150 million to 200 million tons of steel and iron production capacity.
It opened a new plant in April to make high-end steel products for auto and home appliance manufacturing to offset the weak demand for low-end steel. To ease the blow, 100 billion yuan has been allocated to providing retraining and other support measures.
According to company data, its nonsteel businesses - new materials, energy resources, engineering and information technologies, logistics and modern services - now make a vital contribution to its total revenue. He adds that efforts to cut overcapacity will be implemented as soon as local governments finalize and submit their action plans to the central government. This will possibly be carried out in the second half of the year," Chen says, without specifying which island the ship will be based at. The main way to handle accidents in the area at present is to arrange for vessels passing by to help. They located 22 Vietnamese fishing ships at Hanoi's request and rescued 330 Vietnamese fishermen. Its excess steel products are all low-end construction materials, including deformed steel bars, hot-rolled coils, cold-rolled sheets and wire rods. Some in the West use unfair financial regulations and rules to try and prevent emerging countries from developing. China and Western counties with large steel production power can work together to open and operate steel plants in Africa.
I forecast that Western nations will also blame China in other sectors, such as the clothing, leather, textiles and home appliances. The event will be staged in three venue clusters: in the capital's downtown and northwestern Yanqing county and in Zhangjiakou's Chongli county. Over the next five years, the steel company gradually moved its entire operations to Caofeidian in Hebei province. In truth, he has nothing to do at work but sit and chat, as since 2013 the major steel producer has intermittently suspended production. His 62-year-old mother spent her entire working life as an assistant in a shop owned by the mill.
If he had been born earlier, he could have taken a job in the steel mill once his mother or father retired, but at that time the company only wanted college graduates, meaning there was no work for him. But before he could start work, Jinan Steel reversed its policy and began hiring non-graduates. According to Yin Weimin, the minister of human resources and social security, about 1.3 million coal workers and 500,000 steel workers will lose their jobs this year.
Its annual output of crude steel rose from about 7 million metric tons in 2000 to more than 12 million tons in 2007, when the government paid special attention to expanding the production capacities of a number of industries. The company, based in Shandong's Rizhao city, is much smaller than Jinan Steel but far more profitable. Jinan Steel is 300 kilometers from the nearest port, and 90 percent of its iron ore is imported by ship. All of them worked for Jinan Steel in some capacity, with the exception of one uncle, who was assigned to work as a doctor in another part of the province in the 1970s. His daughter is now a lawyer in the company's legal office, while his son-in-law is a civil engineer there. It has partnered with 15 clinics in nearby townships, and in 2012 began offering first-aid services in more than 30 towns.
Despite that, the hospital's operating revenue rose to more than 200 million yuan from 80 million yuan in 2011. They include energy resources, natural resources, new materials, engineering technology, information technology, logistics, real estate, modern service sectors and agriculture. But a slump in demand has triggered an immediate knee-jerk reaction, mainly from European and US trade unions and manufacturers, that Chinese overproduction and dumping of steel at cutthroat prices on world markets is to blame.
China, where 3 million workers are employed in the steel industry, exported 9.98 million metric tons of steel in March, a 23 percent rise on the previous month. And when you consider that millions of other jobs in the supply chain in China depend on the steel industry, things don't look so black and white. China's large and medium-sized steel companies are leading these efforts and are determined to cut overcapacity. Due to the falling steel prices in the past several years and weak demand, some steel companies have become "zombies".
If those problems cannot be solved, a new debt crisis will be created for individuals and companies in the industrial chain. If a steel company goes bankrupt and the local government is not ready for economic development transformation, it may trigger a dramatic slump in the local economy and lead to further social instability. The scale of China's reduction plan is much bigger than that of those countries, which means China is facing much more difficulties. So, we have to be clear that steel overcapacity is not China's problem, but the world's problem, and it should be solved by all parties. He was bitten by a poisonous spider, and his mother treated his hand with an old folk cure - setting his hand on fire because there were no doctors. Because using the science we already have, we could probably bring my village and thousands like it into the world you and I take for granted every day. Winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Pi Patel’s journey returns to its best-seller status ten years later.
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If you enjoyed Pi Patel’s escapades with Richard Parker, you can happily lose yourself in all of the above.
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And on Wall Street, not far from where the bull was first placed, sits Federal Hall, where Washington took the oath of office as the first president of the United States and which served as the first US capitol building. Zhuhai, Guangdong province, was the most livable city in China, according to last year's report. This year, the World Health Organization has called on all countries to get ready for standardized packaging of tobacco products, which can reduce their attractiveness.
Germany's steel industry developed over more than 100 years, and Krupp was always satisfied with its sales and good brand reputation. This behavior will, in the end, curb their own development because it leads to low consumption in developing countries. It has imported advanced equipment from Italy to produce special steel that can be used in the aerospace and aviation industries and in the construction of expressways. China is strongly dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news conference. As a graduate from Harvard, he wins honors for our country!" wrote weibo user Danuannanpanpaner.
Unfortunate timing, since Theresa is about to discover that she’s finally pregnant and Alessandro is about to discover that he isn’t willing to lose Theresa.” If you enjoyed the way Pi makes due with his tiger, check out the de Lucci saga. His body is shock-frozen but his mind races on through the fuzzy jungle of thinly stored memories. However, the manufacturing technologies and management rules that the company has followed need development. The Krupp strike was a warning for both the German government and the company that it needs technological innovation and development. The highs, the lows, the heart breaks, the bitter spells and the many capricious twists and turns of his short existence.” If that’s not enough to get you reading, gift it to another adventurous reader in your life.
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