Month: February 2019

hina is by far Austria’s greatest trading partner in Asia, said

Bilateral trade between China and Austria reached $6.4 billion in the first eight months of la

st year, up 20 percent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of August 2018, China has app

roved 1,288 investment projects from Austria, with an actual investment of $2.08 billion, signed 2,263 technology im

port contracts with Austria, with a cumulative contract value of $6.23 billion and directly invested $880 million in Austria.

“I’m pleased that a group number of Austrian companies got the chance to take part in the construction of winter sports

facilities and to provide the expertise for organizing great sports events like the Olympics,” Stift said.

“We are trying hard to get more Austrian ski instructors and traine

rs to China and the greater number of Chinese winter sports tourists to Austria”.

Besides winter sports, Austria is one of the most favorite travel destinations for Chinese tourists for is beautiful landsc

ape, food and shopping. “The growth rate, especially in winter tourism has been phenomenal the last few years,” said Glatz.

“Winter is a season when Chinese tourists should go to Austria to experi

ence a very different landscape from what they would see during the dry months in the summer months,” added Glatz.

The number of Chinese tourists in Australia might reach one million this year, said Stift.

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Today, these young women are drawing on their wisdom

and ingenuity to gain the power to build their own embroidery brands, thus improving their lives and helping to lift their county out of poverty.

Zhang Qin, 43, a respected embroiderer in the Daliu village of the county who founded the local embroidery associ

ation, Qiqiao Workshop, says: “Women around here are good at needlework, and I’m particularly int

erested in it. When I was a kid, I liked watching and learning as the women were sewing.”

She made her first “bucket of gold” when she was 8, she says.

“I sewed 10 pillowslips and sold them for 4 yuan ($0.6). At the time my family was too poo

r even to buy me new clothes, so I bought a large piece of red cloth and made myself a new undercoat with the money.”

Zhang gradually gained a reputation for her exquisite work, and women in the village often went to her for guidance.

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With the federation’s support, these women have also lear

learned to sell their work online.

Meanwhile, Lyu registered an online store on Taobao in 2016 and says she has since earned 50,000 yuan.

Speaking about the efforts, Luo Shumei, the president of the Wo

men’s Federation of Changdao village, Xihe county, says: “It’s a good thing to see embroidery pro

duction in Xihe county is shifting from being scattered to being more organized.

“But one drawback is that we are yet to find a good market.”

Separately, in 2016, the Xihe Culture, Radio and

Broadcasting Administration designated Luo, now 32, as a Xihe Qiqiao culture “inheritor”.

As for the future prospects, Luo says: “To be honest, o

ur production is at a bit of a standstill now because we don’t know when the next order will come in.

“And we are reluctant to produce en masse beca

use of the risk of overstocking. But when an order does come in, we’ll work very hard.

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Education proves value of cooperationversity collaborations l

As the United States and China continued trade talks this week, companies and industries in both countries, including the education sector, will be hoping for a sign

ificant breakthrough that can lift Sino-US relations from the current morass and end the tit-for-tat trade war that

has seriously affected exchanges of goods, technology and people between our nations.

For Sino-US joint-venture universities, such as Duke Kunshan University, in China’s eastern p

rovince of Jiangsu, the ramifications of a further ramp-up in tensions would be felt acutely.

Fortunately, the impact of the trade dispute on these educational joint ve

ntures has been minimal. But naturally there has been uncertainty surrounding the

issuance of work and student visas (although the Chinese government has been quick to make assurances), and p

arents have raised questions about the sustainability of such projects should relations sour further.

More than ever before, it is important to remember that joint-venture educational p

rojects highlight the importance and value of true mutually beneficial co

operation. Today, there is hardly a single major global problem for which the long-term solution does not depend on

close collaboration between the US and China, respectively the largest and second-largest economies in the world.

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One key attraction for many academics is the chance to

fulfill their ambition in scientific research. And with China becoming a key driving force in so ma

ny key technology sectors, such as big data and AI, life sciences, clean energy and quantum co

mputing, faculty members can quickly find themselves operating in a cutting-edge research environment, supported by

a larger budget and more-skilled support team than might be possible elsewhere.

This trend reflects steps by the Chinese government to make working in the country more attr

active to overseas academics, including the Thousand Talent Plan, which was initiated in 2008 an

d has already attracted more than 7,000 overseas Chinese and 300 to 500 foreign experts. While the FBI has raised so

me questions about the intentions of this program, it is clear that the vast majority of the participants are largely in

terested in nothing more than open, mutually beneficial, cross-border research collaboration.

At joint-venture universities, all full-time faculty members, irrespective of t

heir nationality, are eligible to apply for domestic Chinese funding to support thei

r research activities. With overall research and development expenditures in China growing at 15 to 20 percent a

nnually over the past few years, this represents a major point of attraction for foreign scholars and faculty members.

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NYPD hate crimes task force investigating Nazi drawings

  The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.

  Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.

  Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t

he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.

  I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz

i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce

ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk

  ”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”

  Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the

last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.

  ”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”

  There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared

with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.

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Meanwhile in California, a state senator introduced a bil

  would force priests to report suspected child abuse, even if that meant violating the seal of the Sacrament of Penance, wid

ely known as Confession. Under current church law, priests who violate the secrecy of the sacrament can face excommunication.

  ”Individuals who harm children or are suspected of harming children must be reported

so a timely investigation by law enforcement can occur,” said State Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo.

  ”The law should apply equally to all professionals who have been designated as mandated reporters of these crimes — with

no exceptions, period. The exemption for clergy only protects the abuser and places children at further risk.”

  Pope’s bid to tackle abuse scandal

  The actions by US prosecutors and legislators came as nearly 200 Catholic leaders f

rom around the world descended upon the Vatican to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

  The four-day summit, convened by Pope Francis last September, has included a spee

ch by the Pope, talks outlining best practices and small-group discussions among bishops.

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Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our pl

  More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and da

maging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.

  Proteins found in squid can be used to create sustainable alternative

s to plastics, according to a report published in Frontiers in Chemistry on Thursday.

  Squid grasp their prey using suction cups on their tentacles and arm

s. The cups are equipped with sharp “ring teeth” that hold the food in place. The teeth are made

from proteins that are similar to silk, and these have become the subject of scientific interest in the last few years.

  Melik Demirel, of Pennsylvania State University, is lead author of the new report, which revie

ws existing research on materials made from these proteins. He says his team has produced pro

totypes of fibers, coatings and 3D objects made from the squid ring teeth (SRT) proteins.

  Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics.

  The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered ba

cteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen.

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Swiss banking giant UBS fined more than $5 billion in fraud case

  UBS faces a massive financial penalty in France after a court there ruled that the Swiss bank helped its wealthy clients avoid taxes.

  The court delivered its verdict in Paris on Wednesday, ordering the bank to pay €4.5

billion ($5.1 billion) and finding it guilty of money laundering and illegal client solicitations.

  The fines include €800 million ($907 million) in civil damages payable to the French state.

  Shares in UBS (UBS) dropped sharply after the verdict was announced, trading

down 4.2% in Switzerland. The fines are roughly equal to the bank’s net profits for 2018.

  Switzerland’s largest bank said that it would issue a statement “as soon as possible following appli

cable disclosure requirements.” The bank previously said the “lack of a case for the prosecution” had been “very evident.”

  ”UBS believes that the amounts requested were not supported by the evidence presen

ted or the law, and that there are strong legal defenses to the relevant charges,” it said in its most recent annual report.

  The bank said Wednesday that it would appeal the court’s ruling.

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Haydar Sattar, a member of the local council in Eastern

Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”

“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub

a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.

Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y

ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”

“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.

Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo

meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.

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