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Linking Hangzhou: Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism Launches Live-Streamed International Roadshow

HANGZHOU, China, Aug. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On the afternoon of August 7, Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism launches the "Linking Hangzhou" international roadshow online, in a bid to enhance the global influence of Hangzhou as a "new economy conference destination." While presenting a new chapter of the cosmopolitan metropolis, it also envisions the revival of Hangzhou's cultural and tourism industries in the post-COVID-19 era. The event leverages live-streaming platforms and online video conferencing technology at home and abroad, and simultaneously promotes Hangzhou's MICE resources to customers worldwide for the first time. It not only demonstrates the vitality of Hangzhou as a "new economic conference destination," but also showcases the infinite potential of Hangzhou, a historically and culturally famed city with ever-lasting charm, as it embraces the future. At the same time, the event also invites 37 Singaporean MICE customers to join Hangzhou-based enterprises in online business negotiations in an endeavor to promote the city's new image and attract more international conferences. Highlight 1: Hangzhou's First Online International Promotion in the Post-COVID-19 Era The "Linking Hangzhou" international roadshow is an exploratory measure of Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism, which for the first time live-streams its MICE promotion worldwide. Having adapted to the post-COVID-19 era, the bureau advertises Hangzhou's strengths and resources as a new economy conference destination to the world through Dingtalk, BizConf Video and social network platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. With the help of digital technology, the bureau is dedicated to launching local cultural and tourism industries onto a new journey of quality and efficiency improvement. By breaking through the physical limitations of face-to-face communication and building a scenario-rich conference ecosystem, the bureau is leveraging the treasure trove of with intelligent digital technology to expand the boundary of meetings. To top off last year's "Hello Hangzhou", China's first large-scale immersive conference visualized with the most cutting-edge technology, this "Linking Hangzhou" promotion transcends the barrier of space and time and visualizes simultaneous connection through intelligent conferencing system, convening MICE practitioners worldwide for closed-door business negotiations online. The innovative event not only achieves customized matchmaking between MICE suppliers and customers in a more efficient way, but also gives a shot in the arm for the recovery of the cultural and tourism industries and the development of MICE industry. In addition, the promotion video Time to Meet Hangzhou, which premieres globally, showcases the diversity of Hangzhou from four dimensions: comfortable lifestyle, cultural experience, booming industries, and creativity. Following the video three MICE products, including the exploration of new economy industry, traditional cultural experience, vibrant teambuilding and Hangzhou locals' lifestyle, are presented to feature Hangzhou's new image as a thriving city with traditional Chinese charm and vitality in the post-COVID-19 era. Highlight 2: Exploring Hangzhou with Singaporean Experience Officer Frankson Lee, General Manager of InterContinental Hangzhou and a Singaporean, is featured in a short clip as the experience officer who joins four local MICE suppliers to explore exciting MICE venues in Hangzhou and brings a "Singaporean perspective of Hangzhou." By diving into the infinite charm of MICE industry, Frankson takes the audience on a thrilling trip to discover Hangzhou's latest MICE products. His trip includes the introduction to Zhe school of qin, an intangible cultural heritage that amasses thousands of years of traditional Chinese culture; canoeing, a delightful, recreational teambuilding activity; a visit to Alibaba, a corporate champion that embodies Hangzhou' achievements in digital economy; and a visit to Chenghuang Pavilion which abounds with Hangzhou's beauty and cultural heritage. At the half-century-old West Lake Guqin Society, Frankson learns the essence of Chinese music from Xu Junyue, an inheritor of the Zhe school of qin, and talks about poetic lifestyle in the melody of the instrument. Guided by Alibaba Group PR expert Zhang Yuan, Frankson pays a visit to Alibaba's headquarters to discover its innovative corporate culture and management philosophy, and the unique charm of an international enterprise and representative of China's new economic industry. On the beautiful Xianghu Lake, he ventures on a low-carbon aquatic trip and is given a glimpse to the passion and vitality that Hangzhou will offer in the 2022 Asian Games. In Chenghuang Pavilion at the peak of Mountain Wu, he gives a go at diancha under the guidance of Xu Zhigao, an inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage from Song Dynasty, and peeks into the integration of the past and the present. Hangzhou, as a MICE destination, captures the imagination of its visitors with ever-growing charm. Highlight 3: Bridging Supply and Demand for Recovery The roadshow also features the online matchmaking of 37 Singapore-based quality MICE customers with 31 MICE service providers in Hangzhou for potential cooperation in the future.  While enhancing the connection of both sides, their dialog on supply and demand has paved the way for the development of cross-border MICE cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era. Singapore-based customers such as Experia Events Pte. Ltd., a former organizer of the Singapore Airshow, M.I.C.E. Matters, a professional MICE company with projects in over 30 countries, and TLC Events Pte. Ltd., a front-running digital MICE company, along with the representatives of high-caliber enterprises and associations, such as Autodesk Asia, SiS Asia and Hemispheres Foundation, attend the event. During the one-hour business negotiation, they join Hangzhou-based MICE service providers in 3 rounds of interviews, which expands the international market of Hangzhou's MICE industry and fuels the city's new takeoff as an international conference destination with new business opportunities presented in real-time interaction.  

Sands China Kicks Off Sands Shopping Carnival with Grand Opening Event

Family-friendly carnival at Cotai Expo Aug. 7-9 supports MSAR government's Consume for the Economy initiative Provides a free business platform for local SMEs and Sands retailers MACAO, Aug. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Sands China Ltd. kicked off its three-day Sands Shopping Carnival with a grand opening celebration Friday at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Expo, officiated by guests of honour from government, finance, and business. Guests of honour officiate the opening ceremony of the Sands Shopping Carnival Friday at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo.   The three-day Sands Shopping Carnival is taking place Aug. 7-9 at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo. The free-admission carnival is the largest shopping event of its kind in Macao, and provides a free business platform for local SMEs and Sands retailers amid the pandemic period, while creating a new weekend destination for local residents and tourists.   Guests of honour receive a guided tour of the Sands Shopping Carnival Friday at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo, after officiating the opening ceremony. Featuring over 500 booths and offering the best deals to Macao residents and tourists, the carnival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 7-9, and is the largest shopping event of its kind in Macao. It provides a free business platform for local SMEs and Sands retailers amid the pandemic period, while creating a new weekend destination for local residents and tourists. "Sands China is very pleased to present the Sands Shopping Carnival this weekend to help stimulate domestic consumption and boost the economy in support of the Macao SAR government's Consume for the Economy initiative," said Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd. "Despite the current unfavourable business environment, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support the development of local enterprises. With this three-day shopping carnival, we aim to provide a free business platform for local SMEs and Sands retailers to gain more business opportunities. By hosting this event, we also wanted to be able to give back to the local community, and we hope residents and visitors will take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy this safe and family-friendly shopping and leisure destination." Chui Yuk Lum, vice president of the Macao Chamber of Commerce, said: "The Sands Shopping Carnival not only provides a free and direct platform for local SMEs to do business, but also offers an additional leisure option for Macao residents. We are convinced that this event will help stimulate domestic consumption, maintain employment and boost the local economy. With these activities, we hope large enterprises – including integrated resort operators – will continue to support the development of local SMEs and help them navigate these challenging times." Amid the pandemic period, the Sands Shopping Carnival reinforces the company's long-term commitment to promote the growth of local SMEs through Sands China's Local Small, Medium and Micro Suppliers Support Programme and its F.I.T. initiative (Financial Support, Invitational Matching, and Training and Development). The local SMEs participating in the event include both Sands China suppliers and other suppliers. After a two-week online registration period for interested exhibitors, Sands China drew lots to determine the final selection of exhibitors. Nearly 260 SMEs are participating, including some that have never joined a trade fair, micro-suppliers, Macao young entrepreneurs, and Made-in-Macao companies, and spanning diverse industries such as floral, services, cultural and creative, old Macao stores, and food and beverage. The carnival's opening ceremony was officiated by Yao Jian, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR; Ku Mei Leng, representative of the Secretary for Economy and Finance; Tai Kin Ip, director of the Macao Economic Bureau; Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of the Macao Government Tourism Office; Lau Wai Meng, president of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM); Anthony Leong, deputy director of the Macao Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau; Zhang Jianhua, assistant director general of the economic affairs department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Macao SAR; Chui Yuk Lum, vice president of the Macao Chamber of Commerce; Ip Sio Kai, deputy general manager of Bank of China Macau Branch; Felix Chan, deputy CEO of ICBC (Macau); Wu Si Liang, deputy general manager of Luso International Banking Limited; Carlos Cid Alvares, CEO of BNU Macau; Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd.; Dave Sun, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sands China Ltd.; and Sean McCreery, senior vice president of resort operations for Sands China Ltd. After the opening ceremony, all officiating guests enjoyed a guided tour of the carnival, which is consumption e-voucher friendly and features six zones: BOC Macau Presents: Household and Lifestyle Products BNU Presents: Sands Retailers Family Workshops Gourmet Cultural & Creative Play and Fun While admission to the carnival is free, attendees are highly encouraged to register their attendance ahead of time in order to help the organisers monitor crowd size and safeguard public health. Registration is available online at https://1ticks.com/event/sands-shopping-carnival?lang=en. Free parking is available on-site, and as an added convenience, Sands China is also providing public transportation with free shuttle bus service on three routes to and from the event. In addition to shopping, the Sands Shopping Carnival features several diverse activities and attractions. Carnival attendees can cheer on contestants in the ICBC ePay Presents: Karaoke King Singing Competition, with both preliminary and final rounds free for the public to enjoy. The Luso International (LIB) Presents: Little Master Chef Workshop features free on-site registration, with a limited number of spots open daily. Participating children can spend some quality time cooking with their parents, making doughnuts, mini pizzas, traditional northern handmade dumplings, and cookies, and decorating cupcakes. Other attractions include an international-cuisine food area; performances; lucky draws; MOP 1 products; deals up to 80 per cent off; and family-friendly activities and games. And carnival-goers can rest assured that Sands China is implementing a series of strict sanitisation and safety measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and safeguard public health. Besides the online registration platform, other safety measures include temperature checks upon entry; mandatory wearing of face masks; and disinfectants and hand sanitisers at all booths and at all carnival entry and exit points. The Sands Shopping Carnival is organised by Sands China Ltd., co-organised by the Macao Chamber of Commerce, supported by the Macao Economic Bureau, the Macao Government Tourism Office and the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), and is sponsored by Bank of China Macau Branch, ICBC (Macau), Luso International Banking Ltd., and BNU Macau. More information about the Sands Shopping Carnival is available at the event's official website at https://en.sandsresortsmacao.com/shopping/sands-shopping-carnival-2020.html. About Sands China Ltd. Sands China Ltd. (Sands China or the Company) is incorporated in the Cayman Islands with limited liability and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx: 1928). Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company's integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip comprise The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao – with Sands Cotai Central to be reintroduced as The Londoner Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company's portfolio features a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre, the Sands Cotai Theatre and the Sands Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company's Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao's transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).  For more information, please visit www.sandschinaltd.com. Media contacts: Corporate Communications, Venetian Macau LimitedMabel WuTel: +853 8118 2268Email: mabel.wu@sands.com.mo Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200807/2879660-1-a?lang=0 Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200807/2879660-1-b?lang=0 Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200807/2879660-1-c?lang=0 Related Links :http://www.sandschinaltd.com

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World's First Anti-COVID Vaccine to be Registered in Russia Next Week

Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko earlier said that mass vaccination in Russia is expected to kick off in October. According to the minister, all expenses will be covered from the state budget.Russia will register its first vaccine against the coronavirus on 12 August, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Gridnev said Friday."At the moment, the last, third, stage is underway. The trials are extremely important. We have to understand that the vaccine must be safe. Medical professionals and senior citizens will be the first to get vaccinated," Gridnev told reporters at the opening of a cancer centre building in the city of Ufa.According to the minister, the effectiveness of the vaccine will be judged when the population has developed an immunity.The vaccine has been developed jointly by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry.Clinical Trials of the VaccineThe Russian coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, is undergoing clinical trials at two institutions: the Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital and the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a Vaccine COVID-19 sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.The vaccine, jointly developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian Defence Ministry, has two separately-injected components that together are expected to build a long-term immunity against the virus.Clinical trials of the vaccine began on 18 June and included 38 volunteers. All of the participants developed an immunity. The first group was discharged on 15 July, the second group on 20 July.On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus infection a pandemic. According to the latest WHO data, more than 18 million cases of the infection have already been identified in the world and over 700 thousand people have succumbed to the disease.(SPUTNIK)

2020-08-08

UK Border Force Intercepts Record Number of Migrants Crossing English Channel in One Day

The new figure breaks the previous record set a week ago when some 202 people crossing the Channel were apprehended by border officials over 24 hours.As many as 235 migrants were detained crossing the English Channel on Thursday, the Home Office confirmed to the BBC.The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Border Force units apprehended 17 boats in total, the UK authorities added.The latest figure constitute a single-day record and brings the total number of arrivals this year so far to more than double the total in the whole of last year.A significant uptick in migrant crossings from France to the United Kingdom has been seen in recent weeks. One week ago, a single-day record of 202 migrants were intercepted in a 24-hour period by UK border officials.Minister for Immigration Compliance Chris Philp has urged the French authorities to do more to stop migrants leaving French waters and making the journey across the English Channel. (SPUTNIK)

2020-08-08

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Washington should demonstrate rationality, vision to stabilize China ties

The relationship between China and the United States has arrived at a highly critical juncture after over four decades of generally stable development. The future of what many consider the world's most important bilateral relationship now hinges upon whether Washington has the much needed rationality and vision to make the right choice. Over the past few months, a handful of hardliners in Washington have launched a China-smearing campaign over the coronavirus pandemic and human rights in Xinjiang, meddled in China's internal affairs concerning Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea, cracked down on Chinese tech firms, and deliberately stirred up an ideological confrontation with Beijing. Most recently, Washington abruptly ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, an unjustified and reckless political provocation. As a result, the relationship between the world's top two economies now faces what Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently described as the most serious challenge since the two sides forged diplomatic ties 40 years ago. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his recent fact-twisting speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, claimed that America's policy of engagement with China is wrong and has failed, in a bid to deny the tremendous benefits the two sides have jointly delivered to their peoples and the rest of the world, and legitimize his call to form an anti-China alliance. In order to navigate the China-U.S. relationship through such uncharted and turbulent waters, it is important for the two sides to set straight misinterpretations from Washington's China hawks about the history of the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. In the past 40 years, bilateral trade between China and the United States has increased dramatically, from a negligible 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in the late 1970s to the incredible amount of over 630 billion dollars in 2018. The robust economic and trade relationship has supported around 2.6 million jobs in the United States across a range of industries, and over 72,500 U.S. companies have investments or business in China. Moreover, cooperation between the two countries in major global issues, like fighting terrorism, tackling the 2008 financial crisis and coping with the climate change challenge, has made significant contributions to sustaining peace and stability, and promoting development around the world. To turn the current dangerous tide in the bilateral relationship around and put it back on the right track, the United States needs to immediately stop pushing in the wrong direction and start taking de-escalatory and remedial actions. Firstly, it should respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and stop interfering in China's domestic affairs, just as China respects those of the United States. And though in the face of Washington's provocation Beijing has always kept maximum restraint, that does not mean that the country will bow to bullying. Indeed, China has every right to make a legitimate and firm response to defend its national interests. Secondly, China will firmly follow its own path of development and pursue its rightful goal of great national rejuvenation for the Chinese people. Washington should rid itself of the delusion that Beijing will somehow change course and adopt U.S.-style political and social systems. Thirdly, Washington should join Beijing in reactivating communication at all levels and in all-important sectors such as economy and trade and security, as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges, so as to avoid any high-risk strategic misjudgement. The United States should also work with China and the rest of the international community to step up international cooperation, particularly in the ongoing fight against the pandemic, and to support the multilateral system with the United Nations at the center and make it better and more effective, instead of turning against it. Now, the ball is in the U.S.' court. For the interests of both China and the United States, as well as those of the wider world, China is always ready to work with the U.S. side to boost bilateral ties on the basis of coordination, cooperation and stability, and to maintain global peace and prosperity. The development of China and of the United States is not a zero-sum game, and the two countries should not reject each other but draw on each other's strength to achieve common development, Wang noted in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Wednesday. It is wise for U.S. policymakers to ditch their Cold-War mentality and political shortsightedness, demonstrate wisdom and vision, and meet Beijing halfway for a better, shared future of the two peoples and those worldwide. (CGTN)

2020-08-06

Trump says U.S. COVID-19 pandemic under control even as death toll rises

U.S. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus pandemic is as well-controlled in the United States as it can be, despite the fact that over 155,000 American people have died amid rising infections, according to media reports. In a recent interview with U.S. news website AXIOS, the president said his administration has done an "incredible" job handling the pandemic, and he continued urging schools in the country to reopen on his Twitter account. "They are dying, that's true. And you have - it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague," Trump said in the interview. The president also insisted that growing diagnostic testing in his country accounted for the rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases. According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, as of Tuesday afternoon, more than 4.75 million confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States, with over 156,000 deaths.(CGTN)

2020-08-05

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India hits 2 million cases as health volunteers strike

As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas.Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease trajectory varies widely across the country with the burden shifting from cities with relatively robust health systems to rural areas, where resources are scarce or nonexistent.India has been the third nation to pass that unwanted milestone, lagging behind only the United States and Brazil.With infections spreading further to smaller towns and rural areas, experts say the epidemic in India is likely to be months away from hitting its peak, putting more strain on an already overburdened healthcare system."A country of India’s size and diversity has multiple epidemics in different phases," said Rajib Dasgupta, head of the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.The health ministry said on Friday there were 62,538 new infections, taking the country's total to 2.03 million.Still, the government has taken some solace from the relatively low death rate, at about 2 percent, but experts say its testing rate at 16,035 per million people is far too low.Life cautiously returned to the streets of the capital of New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai, which appear to have passed their peaks.But state and local governments elsewhere in India were reimposing lockdowns after sharp spikes in cases.Around 900,000 members of an all-female community health force began a two-day strike on Friday, protesting that they were being roped in to help with contact tracing, personal hygiene drives and in quarantine centers, but weren’t given personal protective equipment or additional pay, according to organizer A.R. Sindhu.The health workers, known as Accredited Social Health Activists, or ASHA, which means 'hope' in several Indian languages, have been deployed in each village on behalf of the Health Ministry. Their work ranges from escorting children to immunization clinics to counseling women on childbirth.But while their regular work hasn't reduced, they are increasingly being involved by state governments in the fight against the pandemic, said Sindhu."But ASHA workers don’t have masks or PPEs or even sanitizers," she said.She added that although the work has increased and become more dangerous, their salaries remain static at roughly 2,000 rupees (about 27 U.S. dollars) per month. And the families of at least a dozen women who she said died from the virus didn’t receive compensation from India's federal insurance for front-line health care workers because their deaths were not recorded as COVID-19 deaths.Manisha Verma, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In Mumbai, the capital of central Maharashtra state, cases had plateaued after months of steady growth. But rural parts were seeing an opposite trend.Dr. S.P. Kalantri, the director of a hospital in the village of Sevagram in Maharashtra, about 74 kilometers from the city of Nagpur, said that younger people were cavalier about social distancing and masks. Fatigue and increased familiarity with the disease, which has been most fatal to Indians above the age of 60 with comorbidities, had resulted in people not being as vigilant, he said."Everyone thinks it won't be them," he said.Like in much of the rest of the world, many Indians appeared to be counting on a therapeutic treatment or a vaccine to contain the spread of the disease.India has launched two of the world’s dozen and a half prospective vaccines into human trials, with vaccine-maker Zydus Cadila announcing it had completed phase 1 trials of its DNA-based vaccine on Thursday.The country will be vital to global vaccination efforts, regardless of whether its own attempts work. The world’s largest vaccine maker, the Serum Institute in the central city of Pune, has ramped up capacity to manufacture as many as a billion doses in development by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, which is in phase 2 trials in India and England, and phase 3 trials in Brazil and South Africa.Researchers are hoping to launch the Oxford vaccine for emergency use by October.(CGTN)

2020-08-07

U.S. record gun sales continue in historic uncertain times

Americans are arming themselves to the teeth like never before. The number of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks -- the barometer of Americans buying guns -- hit another record in July when 3.6 million Americans were loaded up. Since 1998, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has processed 300 million checks. Only one in 200 checks is denied, according to the FBI data. In NICS' 22-year history, March, June and July of this year are the three biggest gun sale months. "We were up 89 percent in July over last year," a manager at Westminster Arms, a gun dealer north of downtown Denver, said on condition of anonymity on Thursday. "We are selling 60 handguns a day, and last year, it was only 30 -- that's the comparison." Not only have handguns become popular at one of metro Denver's bigger dealers, but rapid-fire, semi-automatic rifles are hotter than ever, the manager told Xinhua. The military-grade AR-17 and M-15 series have been Winchester Arm's top rifle sellers, but the newest buyer trend is AR pistols, which can fire 30 rounds of ammunition with one pull of the trigger. They are sold faster than the Austrian-made Glock, which remains only a few hours in the glass showcases at Westminster Arms. A few miles southwest of Westminster, a manager at Green Mountain Guns in Lakewood told Xinhua they were having "shortages on all types of guns, especially 9-millimeter handguns and semi-automatic weapons." Green Mountain Guns told customers to order online because of heavy traffic at the store. According to a study released last month by the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, over the past decade, the three biggest spikes in gun sales were triggered by national tragedies. The first major spike occurred in January 2013, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in which 20 first-grade children were shot to death in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The second occurred after the massive San Bernardino shooting in 2016 in California, and the most recent was in 2018 after the Parkland High School mass murders in Florida. "When Americans are concerned about their personal security, they buy firearms," said the Brookings study. "Such concerns have been rampant since March, initially due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and then the social unrest in June that followed George Floyd's killing," it noted. Indeed, June set the all-time record for NCSI checks with 3.9 million after riots exploded across America, and in many cities across the globe, as millions protested against police brutality. "It is a documented fact that racism has been on the rise since (U.S. President Donald) Trump took office," noted David B. Richardson, a policy analyst. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported in June that there were surging reports of xenophobic and racist incidents targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the U.S. Not only Asian-Americans, but attacks against all minority groups, especially members of the LGBT community, have been on the rise, the ADL reported. "Trump is the darling of far-right extremist groups and has intentionally incited his gun-toting base to exacerbate the fear," Richardson told Xinhua on Thursday. Right after COVID-19 hit in March, America set the all-time record with 3.74 million background checks, but Brookings scholars saw even more fear generated by racial conflict -- hence the all-time gun sales record of 3.92 million checks in June. "Additional data suggests that inherent racial tensions in our society also contributed to the June spike in firearm sales," the study noted. "Pandemic and Protests Spark Record Gun Sales," the headline on National Public Radio (NPR) confirmed last month. The protests "are driving millions of Americans to buy guns at a record pace. New customers are people of all different races and income levels," NPR said. Media analysts agreed that the double shot of COVID-19 and the grizzly murder of Floyd sparked the gun frenzy. "Creating fear, anger, and unrest are the first tactics on Trump's political strategy. In this way he can distract Americans from the real issues at hand and it will all help his chances to be elected," Richardson said. Last week, Trump finally withdrew federal troops from the liberal city of Portland, Oregon, after weeks of violence and riots that many said were simply exacerbated by the president's move. In Denver, vandalism and violence diminished quickly when police reversed heavy-handed tactics to deal with protesters. Media images of cities burning and protesting after Floyd's death and calls to disband local police caused many conservatives and first-time buyers to muzzle up. "Instead of showing leadership and calming the waters, Trump has done the opposite -- sowed division and inspired people to arm themselves," Richardson said. "Some people are looking to take care of business...if things get worse," he said, adding concerns over the current acrimonious U.S. political climate, and the far-right's calls for a "revolution." "Trump and the right-wing media's constant villainizing of democrats, liberals and the left has furthered the polarization of the country, and the fact-free environment he and his followers occupy leave them looking like lost, ignorant people in the eyes of the world," Richardson added.(CGTN) 

2020-08-07

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14 killed in jihadist attack on Nigeria military base

Jihadists killed 14 security personnel and civilians in an attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria's Borno state on Wednesday, security sources told AFP.Suspected Boko Haram fighters in trucks fitted with machine guns launched a dawn raid on the army base in the town of Damboa, sparking intense fighting.Sources said six soldiers, four police officers and two members of a government-backed militia were killed along with two civilians."We lost six soldiers in the attack while six others were injured," a military officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.The officer claimed 13 insurgents were killed by a fighter jet as they fled the area.The leader of an anti-jihadist militia said the civilians who died were among more than 50 local residents hit by shrapnel after rocket-propelled grenades fired by the jihadists hit nearby homes.Nigeria's decade-long jihadist insurgency has killed 36 000 people and displaced two million others inside the country, and spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.The United Nations has complained of a surge in violence in the conflict zone in recent weeks.Anger has been growing among local residents about the army's failure to stem the attacks despite repeated claims from officials that the insurgency has been defeated.(CGTN)

2020-03-06

One dead, multiple injured shot near skate park in California

A 23-year-old male was shot dead and five others were injured following a shooting at a party near a skate park in Tulare County, California, late Wednesday night, ABC News reported citing local police.The conditions of the other shooting victims are unclear, including a 7-year-old girl who is suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said at a press conference.Police said a "solo suspect shooter" walked up to the party and fired multiple rounds.(CGTN)

2020-03-05

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Disney's long-awaited "Mulan" to debut online rather than in theaters

Disney's long-awaited China-set live-action film "Mulan" will be released via streaming in the United States next month, the Hollywood entertainment giant said Tuesday. On a call with investors, Disney executives said that the upcoming epic fantasy war drama film directed by Niki Caro will premiere on Sept. 4 on Disney+, the company's streaming service, for 29.99 U.S. dollars. "Mulan" will also be available to Disney+ subscribers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and some European countries. The film will be released in theaters in markets without Disney+. Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek said the company was forced to "consider different approaches and look for new opportunities" amid the ongoing pandemic. "We're looking at 'Mulan' as a one-off as opposed to saying there's some new business windowing model that we're looking at," Chapek noted. "Mulan" has been delayed multiple times in response to the pandemic. Disney announced last month that it would postpone indefinitely the release of "Mulan." The film was first scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on March 27 but was later rescheduled to July 24, before being delayed to Aug. 21.A still photo of the "Mulan". (VCG)Based on the legend of an ancient Chinese heroine, the film is an adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name. Mulan, according to folk legend, lived during a tumultuous era in Chinese history more than 1,400 years ago. She disguised herself as a man to serve in the army in place of her aged father and fight for her country. The film, which cost 200 million U.S. dollars to make, stars Liu Yifei in the title role, with Gong Li as a powerful and dangerous witch, Donnie Yen as an army commander, and Jet Li as the emperor. Disney on Tuesday reported significant quarterly loss in its fiscal third quarter due to the pandemic, noting that theatrical distribution in the quarter was negatively impacted by COVID-19 as theaters were generally closed domestically and internationally. The company's overall revenues in the three-month period fell 42 percent year-over-year to 11.78 billion U.S. dollars. "Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we've continued to build on the incredible success of Disney+ as we grow our global direct-to-consumer businesses," said Chapek in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the company now has an astounding 100 million paid subscriptions across its direct-to-consumer services, including Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN. "Mulan" and Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" underpin the hopes of both Hollywood and U.S. cinema owners of salvaging the usually profitable summer season. Warner Bros. announced last week that "Tenet" will hit the big screen in over 70 countries worldwide starting on Aug. 26 ahead of U.S. release in select cities on Sept. 3. Variety magazine noted Disney's move is "yet another stark indication of studios' dwindling faith that movie theaters will be able to safely reopen in the near future, especially at the scale necessary to support mega-budgeted tentpole filmmaking." The magazine pointed out that the lack of a theatrical release for "Mulan" is a huge loss for exhibitors. "The decision to now bypass cinemas and debut the family adventure on Disney+ is a major blow for theater owners who were counting on playing both that film and Warner Bros.' Tenet upon reopening later this month," commented another entertainment industry magazine, the Hollywood Reporter. "With a potential Disney+ windfall, will studio still need movie theaters?" asked the online news website, Deadline Hollywood, noting that many exhibitors were blindsided by Disney's decision. (CGTN)

2020-08-05

How filmmakers document COVID-10 frontline in Wuhan

A group of Chinese and foreign filmmakers shared their stories and what they had witnessed during time on the frontline when China was first fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. This took place at a forum held during the 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).As Wuhan was locked down on Jan. 23, it was the most extraordinary Spring Festival for those involved to confront a sudden outbreak of COVID-19. On the evening of Chinese New Year's Eve, a group of documentary filmmakers were carrying cameras with the medical teams to aid Hubei province in tackling COVID-19.Takeuchi Ryo, a Japanese documentary director, was one of these. He made two documentaries Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic in Nanjing and Long Time No See, Wuhan.Different from other documentary makers focusing on the theme of the virus, he predefined his audience including not only Chinese and Japanese people, but also viewers all over the world. The director himself also took the leading role as narrator and interviewer, speaking either Chinese or Japanese.My Japanese friends have a lot of prejudice against Wuhan. As a foreigner living in China, and as a documentary director, I especially wanted to film Wuhan and introduce the real Wuhan to the world, he said at the forum entitled Documentary Filmmakers at the Pandemic Frontline.Takeuchi Ryo selected 10 out of 100 netizens recruited through Weibo for shooting the Long Time No See, Wuhan. He made friends with them while telling stories as a Japanese man in China, and presented the most objective record in telling the world what truly happened in the city.Long Time No See, Wuhan later was well received online with more than 30 million views, helping to change the impression of many foreigners about Wuhan. He generously expressed his love for Wuhan and China as a whole.I hope that through our works, we can get rid of foreigners' prejudice against Wuhan, and our recording will go on and on, because this is the most important moment, he said.For filmmakers who went to the frontline wearing the protective clothing and experiencing a grim struggle in the first line of treatment together with medical workers, they sometimes found themselves knocking on the doors of ordinary citizens in Wuhan and recording their daily life in the midst of the unusual time.Alternatively, they hung about on the streets of Wuhan with mobile phones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), recording while walking; even some foreigners with a special affection towards Chinese culture decided to tell the world a real Wuhan behind the lens.Fan Jian, a veteran documentary director and winner at the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, has had abundant experience in making documentaries on major events, including The Next Life and Ten Years: Forget Me Not which placed stories about the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake under the camera.In March this year, Fan and a group of journalists headed for Wuhan, and chose the residential community of Baibuting, epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic as their base. They shot stories reflecting neighborhood relationships to create a montage of images that made up a complete product, The Lost Spring.Fan intentionally stepped back a little in Wuhan this time. It never occurred to me that I should shoot the video in hospitals, and I insisted I had to incorporate daily life into my work, because little attention had been paid to the life of ordinary Wuhan citizens at the onset of the virus, or the impact on interpersonal relations.It is not what a documentary would normally look like, nor does it constitute the perspective of news reporting. However, I made up my mind to go into the community, which in return gave me wider space of production.However, his idea confronted incredible barriers. Many people refused to be filmed, because our shooting was going to take place in their home, and the long time involved would invade their privacy. The character appearing in the documentary needs to be a confirmed patient, or a family member of one. Of course, when he appears in front of the camera, it means he has to expose himself to the public. He must be courageous enough to permit filming. After receiving countless rejections, we finally got a nod.Fan Shiguang, another filmmaker who used to be a reporter at the beginning of his career, established an attitude that, I must go to the frontline of news reporting, where I'm going to tell you what happened. Before that, the documentary Life Matters in which he was chief director had attracted extensive social attention.This time, he decided to focus again on the medical staff fighting against the virus on the frontline, except that he intentionally abandoned the broader ups and downs, but paid more attention to the individual feelings.I believe, in the face of particularly serious disasters, personalized narratives and experience must be the backbone of the stories, which bring the audience to understand the days through which these individuals passed. When we look back some years later, they become more valuable as proof of history. Therefore, we made a plan of interviewing 100 people, and we did the work till the last day of our stay in Wuhan.In his opinion, documentaries are powerful, since they present the complexity of the world and human beings while naturally showing the reality and our era, he said at the forum.There are also amateur filmmakers to document the unprecedented pandemic. Lin Chen, a Wuhan native, is a typical example as a Vlogger, and he is also famous on the Bilibili video site. In regard to the physical lockdown of the city, he produced a series of short videos for Wuhan Diary with his mobile phone and UAV, which offered footage of Wuhan during the earliest days of the outbreak. These videos were extensively shared on the internet, igniting hot discussions.Lin did not define himself as a documentary director in view of his non-professional background. However, Lin Chen's use of UAV presents a very interesting narrative perspective, separate from traditional documentaries.The objective perspective of UAV in traditional documentaries has turned into a personal subjective perspective in Wuhan Diary. Lin explained, I wanted to explore this matter from my perspective, so I first produced my narration, recorded the take-off of the UAV, and established a connection turning what the UAV recorded into what I see.Also, the initiative One More Day by Qin Xiaoyu, a director, poet, literary critic and founder of MeDoc, is casting the light on all aspects of life and trying to gather different perspectives altogether.At the forum, he said his attempt had been of enlightening significance, adding the recorders will suddenly come to realize that the life they have recorded is so meaningful, the recorded film is history itself, and they are the compiler of history.(CGTN)

2020-08-05

Sportsmore >>

Five years on: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics preparations full speed ahead

On this day in 2015 IOC President Thomas Bach, at the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, opened an envelope with the results of a secret ballot held to determine whether it would be Beijing or Almaty (Kazakhstan) who would have the honor of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The Chinese delegation, with a towering Yao Ming among them, erupted as the German held up the card emblazoned with Beijing's name; and history was made. In 2022, Beijing will become the first city ever to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. And now, five years to the day since that joyous moment, we can unequivocally see the fruits of the intense labor that has gone into the preparations for the games. But these fruits aren't the usual variety we'd expect to see from a city preparing to host one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. These Games are expected to be the most environmentally friendly and sustainable Games in Olympic history. Earlier this year the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee released the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Sustainability Plan which sought to "create a new example for staging events and regional sustainability." The Plan is based around the three core principles of "positive environmental impact, new development for the region and a better life for the people." The fingerprints of these principles can be seen all over the preparations for the Games, from the construction of the venues all the way down to the impact they have had on people local to the areas around the venues. A perfect example of these principles in action is the conversion of the Shougang Steel Industrial Park into both the Beijing 2022 headquarters and the venue that will host the Big Air jumping event. This incredible transformation drew high praise from Bach in an interview with Xinhua when he said: "You will see, for instance, the transformation of Shougang, from a steel mill to a neighborhood from which many Chinese people can benefit, for leisure, for information, for sport, for housing - you name it." As the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing has used this unique situation to their advantage and a further push towards sustainability. This is best illustrated by the repurposing of the famous Water Cube, the venue for swimming events in 2008, into the Ice Cube which will host the curling competition in 2022. The commitment to delivering a sustainable Games can be seen even on a micro-level. Beijing has introduced carbon dioxide refrigerants, the least toxic and most environmentally friendly natural refrigerant, in an effort to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the government has established a cross-regional electricity trading mechanism in order to run the Games' venues on 100 percent renewable energy. On a social level, the Games have brought about localized development around the competition zones with communities engaging in new employment structures that have immensely improved their standards of living. Participation in national fitness and winter sports activities continues on an upward trend, in line with Beijing 2022's vision of engaging 300 million people in winter sports in China. Prior to the awarding for the Olympics to Beijing, the Chongli District of Zhangjiakou city was heavily affected by poverty and unemployment. As of May 2019, the district had officially been lifted out of poverty with more than 30,000 jobs created by the development of the area for both the Games and far beyond. The development of Zhangjiakou into a world-class city for winter sports has led to projections that the industry in the city could grow to 30 billion yuan (about 4.29 billion U.S. dollars) by 2022. Besides the intense focus on delivering the 'greenest' Olympics in history, China is also committed to once again delivering a Games that will represent their values and culture in a positive manner to the world. The venues, mascot and logos of Beijing 2022 all convey this message and are the ultimate advertisement for the nation that used the same platform so brilliantly in 2008. The masterfully designed logo has several multi-layered meanings. It is modeled after the Chinese character for winter and features a blue ribbon that represents the mountains of China as well as flowing forms that mimic the motion of skiers and the beauty of skaters. At the logo unveiling ceremony, Bach lauded the logo in saying, "it stands for the vision of Beijing 2022, showcasing the best of China to the world, a unique blend of modern and ancient traditions." The mascots for the Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games respectively, are the adorable Bing Dwen Dwen, and helmet-wearing panda, and Shuey Rhon Rhon, a personified traditional Chinese lantern. Both perfectly capture the spirit of the Olympics while showcasing Chinese culture on the biggest stage. Now, with just 552 days until the opening ceremony on February 4, 2022, Beijing 2022 is well on its way to delivering a Winter Olympic that is sure to leave an enormous mark on the world of sports while changing the way future Games are hosted.(CGTN)

2020-07-31

Guangdong star center Yi jianlian claims record fifth CBA MVP award

Guangdong Southern Tigers center Yi Jianlian has been named the 2019-2020 regular season Most Valuable Player, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league announced on Thursday. It's the fifth CBA MVP award for the 32-year-old CBA legend, who averaged 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds in 39 games. Yi also extended his personal record of CBA MVP awards. Yi led Guangdong to finish the regular season with a 44-2 win-loss record, marking the best winning percentage in the team's history. Guangdong's 29-game winning streak set a new CBA record. Representatives from media outlets nationwide were invited to vote. Players were awarded 5 points for each first-place vote, 3 points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. Yi received a total of 259 points, edging Xinjiang Flying Tigers center Zhou Qi, who had 258 points, to bring home the honor. Wang Zhelin from Fujian Sturgeons was third with 147 points. Zhou, who finished the regular season with 22.2 points and 13.3 rebounds, was named the best defender. Guangdong coach Du Feng was voted the best coach.(CGTN)

2020-07-30

Science&Militarymore >>

Spotlight: SpaceX Crew Dragon returns NASA astronauts to Earth after historic mission

The SpaceX Crew Dragon "Endeavour" spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts parachuted to a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida on Sunday, completing a two-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft splashed down off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 2:48 p.m. EDT (1848 GMT) Sunday. The weather conditions appeared "great" for the parachute splashdown, tweeted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The SpaceX recovery vessel GO Navigator was waiting at the landing zone. The recovery teams reached the SpaceX Dragon capsule and gathered the parachutes in the water. SpaceX engineers did a purge of vapor fumes around the Dragon Endeavour to ensure the safety of the crew when they opened the hatch. The spacecraft hatch was later opened. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were safely brought out of the capsule. The return began at 7:35 p.m. EDT Saturday, when the Crew Dragon spacecraft autonomously undocked from the ISS Harmony module. After an approximately 19-hour return journey, the spacecraft began deorbit burn at 1:56 p.m. EDT Sunday, and deployed four main parachutes. The return of the test flight with the two astronauts from the ISS marked the first splashdown of an American crew spacecraft in 45 years, said NASA. It also wrapped up the test flight for the first commercially owned and operated crewed spacecraft under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. "It was an honor to witness history as @NASA and @SpaceX launched American astronauts on an American rocket from American soil to the @Space_Station in May. Today, we welcome home @AstroBehnken @Astro_Doug! On behalf of a grateful Nation, thank you!" U.S. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted. "We are entering a new era of human spaceflight, where NASA is no longer the purchaser, owner and operator of all the hardware. We are going to be a customer," Bridenstine said at a post-splashdown teleconference. He said the mission is the beginning of commercial transportation to and from the ISS. "We also want to have numerous providers that are competing against each other on cost, innovation and safety, driving down cost and increasing access to space in a way that's never been seen before," Bridenstine said. Astronauts Behnken and Hurley took off from U.S. soil on May 30, riding aboard Crew Dragon spacecraft in a historic test flight to the ISS. They arrived at the ISS in the Crew Dragon on May 31, where they performed tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew. The mission, dubbed Demo-2, is the first crewed launch to orbit from U.S. soil since NASA's shuttle program ended in 2011, and also the first-ever manned space launch by a private company, ushering in a new era of U.S. space exploration. This is SpaceX's final test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program and will provide critical data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft, and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations, according to NASA. Once the Demo-2 mission is complete, and the SpaceX and NASA teams have reviewed all the data for certification, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will fly astronauts to the ISS on the first operational mission targeted for late September, SpaceX said earlier.(CGTN)

2020-08-03

Scientists knock out squid gene for 1st time: study

A research team at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) affiliated to the University of Chicago (UChicago) has achieved the first gene knockout in a cephalopod using the squid Doryteuthis pealeii. The team used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing to knock out a pigmentation gene in squid embryos, which eliminated pigmentation in the eye and in skin cells, or chromatophores, with high efficiency. "CRISPR-Cas9 worked really well in Doryteuthis; it was surprisingly efficient," said Joshua Rosenthal, a senior scientist at MBL. Much more challenging was delivering the CRISPR-Cas system into the one-celled squid embryo, which is surrounded by an exceedingly tough outer layer, and then raising the embryo through hatching. The team developed micro-scissors to clip the egg's surface and a beveled quartz needle to deliver the CRISPR-Cas9 reagents through the clip. The ability to knock out a gene to test its function is an important step in developing cephalopods as genetically tractable organisms for biological research, augmenting the handful of species that currently dominate genetic studies, such as fruit flies, zebrafish and mice. It is also a necessary step toward having the capacity to knock in genes that facilitate research, such as genes that encode fluorescent proteins that can be imaged to track neural activity or other dynamic processes. Cephalopods, including squid, octopus and cuttlefish, have the largest brain of all invertebrates, a distributed nervous system capable of instantaneous camouflage and sophisticated behaviors, a unique body plan, and the ability to extensively recode their own genetic information within messenger RNA, along with other distinctive features. However, D. pealeii is not an ideal species to develop as a genetic research organism. It's big and takes up a lot of tank space plus, more importantly, no one has been able to culture it through multiple generations in the lab. For these reasons, the MBL team's next goal is to transfer the new knockout technology to a smaller cephalopod species, Euprymna berryi, or the hummingbird bobtail squid, which is relatively easy to culture to make genetic strains. The study was published Thursday in Current Biology.(CGTN)

2020-08-03

Businessmore >>

Philippine economy dives into recession in worst slump on record

The Philippine economy plunged by much more than expected in the second quarter, falling into a recession for the first time in 29 years, as economic activity was hammered by one of the world's longest and strictest coronavirus lockdowns.The Southeast Asian nation's economy shrank by 16.5 percent in April-June from the same period last year the biggest slump in the government's quarterly GDP data dating back to 1981, the Philippine Statistics Authority said on Thursday.Gross domestic product fell by much more than the 9 percent contraction forecast in a Reuters poll and was worse than a revised slump of 0.7 percent in the first quarter. Seasonally adjusted GDP fell 15.2 percent in the second quarter from the first three months of the year.The economic hit from the pandemic could worsen with the government reimposing tighter quarantine controls in the capital Manila and nearby provinces for two weeks from Tuesday amid resurging coronavirus cases."The Philippine economy crash-landed into recession with the 2Q GDP meltdown showcasing the destructive impact of lockdowns on the consumption-dependent economy," said ING senior economist Nicholas Antonio Mapa."With record-high unemployment expected to climb in the coming months, we do not expect a quick turnaround in consumption behavior, all the more with COVID-19 cases still on the rise."The Philippines' main share index showed little reaction to the data.Some businesses have been ordered shut and movement restricted again in Manila and nearby provinces, which accounts for a quarter of the country's population and most of its economic activity.The Philippines recorded 115,980 confirmed infections as of Wednesday, just behind Indonesia's 116,871 cases, which is the highest in East Asia.With inflation expected to remain subdued throughout the year, the central bank has room for further policy easing if needed, analysts say.It has slashed the benchmark interest rate by a total of 175 basis points this year to a record low of 2.25 percent.(REUTERS)

2020-08-06

Microsoft aims to achieve "zero waste" goals by 2030

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the goal to achieve "zero waste" for the company's direct operations, products and packaging by 2030. To address waste creation, Microsoft will reduce nearly as much waste as it generates while reusing, repurposing or recycling solid, compost, electronics, construction and demolition, and hazardous wastes, the announcement said. By 2030, the company will divert at least 90 percent of the solid waste headed to landfills and incineration from campuses and data centers, manufacture 100 percent recyclable Surface devices, use 100 percent recyclable packaging (in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, countries), and achieve at minimum 75 percent diversion of construction and demolition waste for all projects. The company will build a "first-of-their-kind" Microsoft Circular Centers with the expectation to increase the reuse of servers and components by up to 90 percent by 2025. "Our zero waste goal is the third sprint in Microsoft's broad environmental sustainability initiative launched earlier this year focusing on carbon, water, ecosystems and waste," said Microsoft President Brad Smith in the announcement. "We will make new investments in Closed Loop Partners' funds. And finally, we'll enlist our own employees to reduce their own waste footprints," he added.(CGTN)

2020-08-05

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China denounces U.S. suppression of Chinese high-tech firms as "typical act of bullying"

China on Thursday denounced the U.S. suppression and containment of Chinese high-tech firms by abusing state power, calling the relevant moves "a typical act of bullying" aimed at maintaining its high-tech monopoly. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily press briefing when commenting on U.S. recent announcement to ban Chinese apps from the United States.(CGTN)

2020-08-06

China expresses indignation over leak of UN draft report on DPRK

China on Tuesday expressed indignation and concern over the leak of a confidential UN draft report on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). "China notes that the 2020 Midterm Report drafted by the Panel of Experts of the Security Council 1718 Committee has been leaked to the media and caused unfounded media hypes. China expresses indignation and concern on this issue," the spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations said. "The previous reports of the panel were also leaked, and some member states including China expressed concerns. China requests the Secretariat to take this issue seriously and avoid leakage in the future," the spokesperson said. "China has been completely and strictly implementing DPRK-related resolutions of the Security Council, and faithfully fulfilling its international obligations. To that end, China has sustained huge losses and made tremendous sacrifice," the spokesperson said. "China will continue to work towards dialogue and detente, advance political settlement process, and play a positive and constructive role on working towards denuclearization of the peninsula and lasting peace and stability in the region," the spokesperson stressed. The Security Council's sanctions committee on the DPRK, called the 1718 Sanctions Committee, was established in 2006 by Resolution 1718 in response to the DPRK's first nuclear test and other nuclear proliferation activities.(CGTN)

2020-08-05

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Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

2018-06-12

Work conference held in Yiwu for China, Czech to coordinate their efforts in promoting Belt and Road Initiative cooperation

By APD Writer He Wei The conference, which jointly organized by the western development department of the National Development and Reform Commission and the second foreign policy department of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade kicked off on June 6, 2018. It is of great significance in implementing the plan for China-Czech cooperation and promoting bilateral communication and cooperation. Both sides took a review on the development of the plan and held a talk over the cooperation prospects on trade, finance, think tank and projects. The priority work of the China and Czech cooperation in the next phase was discussed during the conference.Both sides reached an agreement on enhancing the cooperation on the field of policy coordination, facility connectivity, economic and trade, investment, finance and culture aiming at boosting the economy of both countries and benefiting the people. Almost 100 people from government officials, financial institutions, think tanks  and enterprises of both countries attended the conference.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

2018-06-06