On the men’s circuit, Marcel Hirscher is arguably the greatest ski
racer there has ever been, but he hinted in Andorra his stellar career could be nearly over.
The Austrian great has sealed an unprecedented eighth World Cup season
overall title as well as a sixth giant slalom season crown and fifth in a row.
But the 29-year-old was unimpressed with his lackluster sixth place in the final
World Cup giant slalom of the season Saturday.
”If I ski further I have a lot of work to do,” he told Eurosport in the finish area in Soldeu.
”Before I have to have a clear mind and maybe as well I have to make the
right decision for the future what are my plans for the upcoming season.”
Hirscher, whose wife Laura gave birth to the couple’s first child last year, has won 67 Wo
rld Cup races to sit third on the all-time list behind American Lindsey Vonn (82)
and Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark (86).
The Austrian star, who has also wrapped up a third straight slalom crown and sixth in to
tal, admitted at last month’s World Championships in Sweden that it could
be his last appearance at the biennial event.
of national political angst and with a heavy duty policy debate already under way. But Trump is an expert at trivializing and belittling opponents, to de
tract from the gravity of their arguments and to feed the conservative media machine.
His diagnosis of Jeb Bush’s “low energy” four years ago established a narrative about the former Florida gove
rnor’s campaign that hinted at a grain of truth. The one-time GOP front-runner could never recover.
Trump vs. Brexit — and Obama
At one point in the meeting Tump, said he wasn’t going to “comment on Bre
xit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.
At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and poin
ting out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to comp
lete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.
g to “negotiate with the Obama administration” about trade. In fact, the prev
ious administration sought to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investm
ent Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the line. Trump’s own talks on t
rade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.
Trump vs. his global counterparts
Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a Pre
sident who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.
He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.
”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Trump, who was forced into
a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.
has made tremendous economic achievements, and they have enjoyed affluent material conditions since childho
od. So they set higher standards for life and ask for better quality and unique experiences,” Tang said.
“Compared with the older generation, they are more willing to pay for conveni
ence, entertainment, mental stimulation, companionship and education that will benefit their future careers.”
George Ren, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said many companies have star
ted to respond to this demographic shift in recent years, as they have seen great potential in the singles’ economy.
“They have made products of smaller size, in smaller packages or with more divided functions. They have also deve
loped unique and personalized services to cater to the diversified demands from single people,” he said.
so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food
delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.
Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten
alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.
Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex
perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.
“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath
er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.
munity, China should more actively participate in the process to make rules for global academic research.
Li Xiaohua, a researcher at the Institute of Industrial Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Clear red lines must be drawn
Given that uncertainties and risks abound in the early st
ages of the development of cutting-edge technologies, the process is bound to involve some c
ontroversies. Still, there is a lack of strict regulations, especially those related to some emerging industries and technologies. Which me
ans the authorities need to expedite legislation for relevant laws and rules for research in science and technology.
But that should not prompt the authorities to forbid sch
olars from conducting research for the fear that they would violate the existing norms and invite
public ire. After all, progress made in science and technology in one country will propel the development of people acr
oss the world. The key is to set clear red lines to remove all confusions over scientific research.
resentment against a ruling civilian and military cabal, and an economy in crisis have sparked mass protests across Algeria in recent weeks.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika praised the peaceful nature of the ongoing demo
nstrations and “maturity of our citizens, notably youth” in a message to mark International Women’s Day on Friday.
Bouteflika also warned Algerians over “possible infiltration of misleading partie
s” who may seek to “provoke chaos” in a statement published by the Algeria Press Service.
Why is everyone sick of Bouteflika?
Protesters have been hitting the streets in the capital, Algiers, and other cities across the
North African country for weeks, demanding Bouteflika withdraw from contending forthcoming elections. The
announcement on Sunday that the octogenarian will seek a fifth term in office has sparked fury among Algerians.
before the man punches Williams in the face, knocking his hat off.
The suspect is then seen getting close to Williams’ face and shouting profanities at him. He punches Williams in the face once more before walking away.
Williams was at UC Berkeley to recruit students for a yet-to-be-formed chapter of Turning Point USA, a conser
vative advocacy group that bills itself as the right’s alternative to liberal activism on college campuses.
A spokesperson for Williams said that he was a field re
presentative for the Leadership Institute, a group that helps train conservative leaders.
Neither Williams nor the man suspected of punching him are students at UC Berkeley.
The University of California Police Department said they had identifi
ed the suspect as Zachary Greenberg, and that he had been arrested and booked. Police added that t
he case would be presented to the district attorney’s office for “consideration of the filing of criminal charges.”
BEIJING — One more of China’s most wanted graft fugitives has returned to China and turned h