Since the massacre, Ardern, at 37 the world’s younge

Since the massacre, Ardern, at 37 the world’s younge

  st female head of government, has spoken with emotion and empathy, reassuring families and updating the public with the latest on the investigation.

  It has been her face — and not that of the suspected shooter — that has come to dominate media coverage.

  As the suspect– thanks in part to a ban on publishing certain details about him — has be

en forced into the background, facing punishment but denied the fame he desired, Ard

ern has earned international praise for her handling of the event, which has thrust her into

the unwelcome role of, as she put it, voicing the grief of a nation.While Ardern has provided

a point of stability for all New Zealanders as the country continues to reel from a terror attack

that weeks ago would have seemed implausible, her actions have personally touched the relatives of t

hose who died in the massacre, which tore apart a close Muslim community in this small city of around 400,000 people.

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hina craving World Cup breakthroughyant and Yao Mi

hina craving World Cup breakthroughyant and Yao Mi

China has urged its young guns to play their part in making this year’s FIBA World Cup

a tournament to remember after the host nation discovered its group-stage opponents over the weekend.

Saturday’s star-studded draw ceremony at Shenzhen Bay Arena, where the 32 teams were assigned to eight groups, heig

htened anticipation levels for the event, which will be staged from Aug 31-Sept 15 in eight Chinese cities.

Rising forces such as Spain and Argentina are expected to pose a stiff challenge to t

wo-time defending champion the United States, but after being drawn in a relatively easy Group A with

Cote d’Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela, Team China is also planning to make its mark.

“After the dust settles, I would love to hear from our players that they’ve done their utmost and they’ve made their coun

try proud,” said Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, at the ceremony.

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Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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Small wonder, Starbucks thought it fit to launch a special

Small wonder, Starbucks thought it fit to launch a special

product aimed at this market. But even it may not have anticipated the tremendous response.

The moment Starbucks launched its limited-edition “cat-paw cup”, it sparked a frenzy among Chinese consumers who own pet cats.

In scenes reminiscent of the pre-launch serpentine queues for snob-value smartphones, cat-owners stayed up all nig

ht in queues in front of Starbucks stores across Chinese cities a day before the cup’s formal sales launch on Feb 26.

Some female pet-owners, exasperated by the seemingly never-ending wait, got into cat-figh

ts, while others indulged in slanging matches on learning the cups were in short supply.

The craze and high demand were attributable to slick videos and images pos

ted on social media by key opinion leaders or KOLs, or influencers, market insiders said.

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We can later, accordingly, provide useful information o

We can later, accordingly, provide useful information o

our exhibitions,” he said.

The CCTV cameras also are used to safeguard the museum’s precious relics. More than 1.86 milli

on of them are housed at the museum, which logged 17.5 million visits from the public in 2018, topping all museums worldwide.

“How can we make sure no single visitor who might have evil ideas threatens these treasures?” Shan sa

id. “After adopting the internet of things, we can instantly detect any motion involving the artifacts to prevent such threats.”

Such a networked system also will be used to facilitate management of inventory and closely supervise transportation and exhibition of cultural relics.

New technologies can assist the museum staff in other ways, too, said Wang Tao, a member of Huawei’s board of directors.

The company will use algorithms to more efficiently draft tailored plans for restorin

g cultural relics after information on similar pieces and files on each collection are included in a database.

“We can thus combine old craftsmen’s experience and artificial intelligence,” Wang said.

The 5G network also will be used to improve remote consultation through webcams, which will facilitate conver

sations with overseas scholars to jointly find the best answers for restoration and preservation issues, he said.

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hina to establish first Great Wall restoration center surrounded

hina to establish first Great Wall restoration center surrounded

BEIJING – China’s first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.

The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons w

orking together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Gr

eat Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing, according to Beijing Daily.

“The new method will effectively tackle unpredictability in excavation and protection

of the Great Wall,” Zhang Tong, an official at the cultural relics administration of Huairou, was quoted as saying.

The center will also regularly check the conditions of the Great Wall for preventive c

onservation. It will keep records of the restoration for future use, the newspaper said.

With a total length of 7,952 meters, the Jiankou Great Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was once neglected and became damaged over time.

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The country has also launched various measures to enha

The country has also launched various measures to enha

ce the efficiency of financing services, shortening the approval time from two to three months to five to seven working days, according to Zhu.

To increase financial support for small and micro firms, the country also vows to strengthen control and su

pervision of counter-cyclical adjustment, urge banks to provide better loan services, and improve the financial service enviro

nment, Zhu added.China should step up the construction of underground gas storage facilities to meet increasing dema

nd during the peak consumption period in winter, according to Zhang Mingsen, former deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Research Institute of Che

ical Industry under the State-owned oil giant China Petroleum and Chemical Corp.

The government should provide fiscal and tax subsidies for the construction of underground gas stor

age facilities and improve the pricing mechanism for natural gas to achieve a more open gas market system, said Zhang in his sug

gestions to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

China consumed 280.30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2018, u

p 18.1 percent year-on-year, according to the National Development and Reform Commissi

on, the nation’s top economic regulator. The increase is in line with the country’s aim to encourage the use of gas instead of coal to combat air pollution.

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ppetite for high-end products rising, says Mengniu

ppetite for high-end products rising, says Mengniu

Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd, China’s major dairy maker based in Inner Mo

ngolia, said high-end dairy products tailored to local preferences will be a leading future tren

d in China’s dairy industry, to meet the increasingly diversified demand from quality-conscious consumers.

The dairy maker said it has witnessed remarkable growth in sales of its yogurt, low-temperature milk and cheese produ

cts in the past few years. Products with high added value in terms of flavor, nutrition, packaging and convenience are fav

ored by Chinese consumers, spurred by growing incomes and purchasing power, the company found.

For example, the popularity of Tetra Pak’s eight-sided packaging, which is easy to hold, and boxed dairy products that c

an be consumed directly from the pack, show the demand for more convenient products from consumers.

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The places that Chinese consumers can purchase milk

The places that Chinese consumers can purchase milk

have expanded. Now, bakeries, cinemas, convenience stores, gyms are all channels that dairy makers are try

ing to access,” said Yu Xubo, chairman of the board of directors of Mengniu, and president of COFCO Group, China’s largest food trader.

“We have also found that the purchase of fresh dairy products is increasing in major

cities among middle to higher-income earners,” said Yu, who is also a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.

This year, Mengniu said it plans to establish specific cold chain logistics cha

nnels and strengthen its ability to produce and transfer fresh dairy products.

Meanwhile, the dairy maker has developed some niche products. It has introduced sports milk with a high protein

content tailored to those who work out often, and milk that acts as a meal substitute, both of which have seen high

er-than-expected sales, driven by new and more diversified demand from consumers, the company said.

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Roper emphasized to reporters that while the issue of the

Roper emphasized to reporters that while the issue of the

  material and objects — known as Foreign Object Debris, or FOD — being left inside an

aircraft as it comes off the production line is not a design or safety risk, it is a

matter of great concern to the military.

  ”FOD is really about every person, everyone in the workforce, f

ollowing those procedures and bringing a culture of discipline for safety,” Roper said.

  Top US general says Google ‘is indirectly benefiting the Chinese Culture

is something that I’m not going to believe becaus

e we have a good month, or a good two months, that the culture is back. I’m

going to believe it when I see month after mo

nth for a long time that yes, those practices are now things that aren’t just

being done because they have to be done, th

ey are being done because the workforce says, ‘This is a product we deliver to the Air Force,'” he added.

  Boeing will now have to conduct spot inspections on the aircraft during product

ion, including specific areas of the planes that may be sealed as part of the production processes.

  ”I certainly think they are going to have to have a good team,” to carry out

the new inspection program, Roper said.

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