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It’s a Sunday afternoon and Yang Haisong seems to be in a chipper mood. Under a blazing sun on a warm day in Beijing he sit
s on the side of a road smoking a cigarette. Yang, a founding member of the Chinese rock band P. K. 14 and its l
ead vocalist, is taking a break from activities in Free Sound, a record store in which he has been talking to fans about th
e band’s seventh studio album, What We Talk About When We Talk About His Name.
Yang hails from Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and it was there that P.K. 14 was formed nearly 22 y
ears ago before going on to become one of the most influential rock bands in China’s indie rock scene.
“I love record stores,” Yang, 46, says. “Of course listening to music
online through streaming services is incredibly conven
ient, but when I hold cassette tapes or vinyls in my hands I feel this connection with the music.”
The band’s latest album, released on Oct 14, 2018, was recorded in Be
rlin, and in addition to being streamed online, it was distributed on record and cassette.
two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra
dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w
as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.
In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va
rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.
Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha
rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.
At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol
id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini
stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid
waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.
Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h
alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.
ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.
Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it
is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll
aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.
Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.
As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag
e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.
Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi
nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.
Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.
ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.
In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl
y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab
out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.
But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and
May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t
he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol
iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet
ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.
But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be
cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or
have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put
president of R.W. Mann & Co, an aviation consulting firm. “I think it will be a good thi
ng for Max aircraft, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing overall if it creates an international bureaucratic proce
ss for future certification that will take longer than any individual oversight agency would now require.”
James Hall, managing partner of Hall & Associates, an aviation consulting firm in Washin
gton and former chairman of the NTSB, said it’s unclear how the FAA’s new panel will m
esh with investigations of Boeing launched by the US inspector general, US Justice Department and Congress.
“Will the technical review team look at the certification pro
cess, or is it an attempt to get the plane back in the air?” Hall said. “We’ll see.”
Boeing said it would work closely with the new task force.
“We welcome the Joint Authorities Technical Review and look forward to working wi
th the panel,” Paul Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing in Seattle, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority.”
t although he donated organs, many of his friends would not register as donors, sin
ce the traditional belief still exists that the body should be kept intact after death.
“I think more education and publicity should be made at colleges
to promote the awareness of students, who accept the idea more easily,” he said.
Chen, the transplant center director, said more efforts should be made to ensure the quality o
f harvested organs, especially those harvested at smaller hospitals or clinics.
“No doctor would dare to use substandard organs, since th
at may cost lives,” he said. “We hope all organs distributed are equally up to standard.”
Huang, chairman of the donation and transplantation commit
tee, said there are 182 hospitals certified in organ transplant surgeries around the country.
Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine
se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.
The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i
t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.
Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit
h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau
tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.
Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan
province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num
erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe
ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.
will be significant demand for top-quality goods and services,” he told China Daily.
Noting that many European companies are renowned for their innovation and reliability, Bagnasco said that “there shou
ld be plenty of business to be done” in Xiongan. In June, Mats Harborn, chamber president, paid a visit to Xiongan and wa
s received by Chen Gang, vice-governor of Hebei province and director of Xiongan’s management committee.
Chen said he hopes the chamber will take an active role in such areas as green developm
ent, intelligent technologies and innovation in Xiongan, an official news release from the new area said.
“The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has been building relationships in Xiongan for some time now, and the me
eting in June was just one part of that,” Bagnasco said, adding that the meeting was a good opportunity to furt
her develop relationships and deal with more concrete matters, such as specific investment mechanisms.