e before Britons would have to vote in a May 23-26 election to the European Parliament — a condit
ion for the country to remain a member of the bloc beyond June 1 under the EU’s accord.
Many leaders had wanted a much longer extension, to the end of the year or even next March, but French President Emma
nuel Macron mounted stiff resistance throughout the evening, eventually forcing the compromise.
Macron questioned May’s ability to persuade parliament to her treaty, EU officials sa
id, and said that a tighter deadline would focus British minds. Others argued that an even longer exten
sion could spook May’s pro-Brexit critics into backing her deal for fear Brexit might stall.
Leaving at midnight on Oct 31 — Halloween, as social media commentators wer
e quick to note — would correspond with the end of the mandate of the present EU executive Commission.
before the explosion. The facility is adjacent to a
natural gas station, the explosion of which caused the tragedy, the report said.
An assessment report on the factory’s environmental protection
facilities drafted in July 2018 by the Jiangsu Provin
cial Academy of Environmental Science showed that Tianjiayi has a warehouse wit
h a floor area of more than 1,000 square meters to store industrial waste, which includes tar and methyl alcohol.
The assessment report said the plant generated on average about 11 metric tons of solid waste and w
astewater per day, and there has been an accumulation of 4,500 tons of hazardous waste in the factory every
year. While some of the waste materials are transported out for disposal, others are processed within the factory.
A special license is required to dispose of hazardous waste in China. Accor
ding to the Jiangsu’s Department of Ecology and Environment, 460 enterprises in the prov
ince had the necessary licenses as of the end of 2018, but Tianjiayi was not among them.
Official records also show that Tianjiayi had been punished at least twice for violations in waste management.
ultilateralism, and with the United States increasingly opting for unilateralism in international affairs, China and the EU can str
engthen their coordination within the framework of the United Nations and buttress the role of multilateral mecha
nisms including the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.
Beijing and Brussels are also two important voices advocating internati
onal efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.
It is hoped that the leaders attending the China-EU Summit in Brussels will send positive signals that the two sides are commi
tted to deepening their strategic and reciprocal cooperation. By strengthening their consensus and solida
rity, they can boost confidence that they will work together to address shared and global challenges.
British lawmakers on Monday voted to turn down all the four proposed Brexit options on the ta
ble, the second time since Friday that none of MPs’ proposed Brexit options wins clear backing in the House of Commons.
MPs voted down all the four Brexit proposals chosen by House Speaker John Bercow in a bid to break
the current Brexit deadlock. The British government has until April 12 to decide how Britain will leave the European Union (EU).
None of the four alternatives to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Br
exit deal receives support from a majority of MPs in the second round of “indicative vote,” whi
ch kicked off at around 20:00 BST on Monday and whose results were announced at around 22:00 BST.
MPs voted 261 to 282 to reject the proposal that the United Kingdom stays in the single market and negotiates the customs union with the EU.
The customs union proposal means Britain’s close trading relations with the European Union after Brexit.
China will start the trial run of football-focused kindergartens this year, with 50 to 200 such kin
dergartens in each provincial-level region, according to a directive by the Ministry of Education.
It is among the country’s efforts to popularize campus football, encourage kindergartens
to extensively carry out child football activities and foster children’s all-around development.
The pilot program aims to cultivate interest in football in children through popular
football games and create an atmosphere favorable for football culture to grow, the directive says.
Various physical activities tailored for kids will be held, during which children are enco
uraged to run, jump, climb, pitch and bounce balls to promote the development of their basic sports abilities.
Kindergartens must give top priority to children’s safety and health, the ministry stresses.
at one time, and can also help calculate the age of more than a million stars.
According to Zhao Yongheng, a researcher from the National Astronomical Ob
servatories of China, LAMOST’s latest spectra data is the world’s most complete astronomical data set,
providing a reference for the formation and evolution of the Milky Way as well as other galaxies.
More than 100 institutes and universities from the US, Germ
any, Belgium, Denmark and other countries and regions around the world are using this dat
a to carry out research on the evolution of the Milky Way, stellar physics and special celestial bodies.
With LAMOST, Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium
-rich giant star ever known, as well as more than 10,000 metal-poor star candidates, wh
ich may help shed light on the early universe and the emergence of the first stars and galaxies.
ister in a row to have fallen foul of divisions over Europe within her centuries-old party, following David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
Most voters think the Brexit negotiation has been handled badly and there may now be a slight majority for staying in the EU, rec
ent polls suggest. Many Conservative MPs say May herself has caused the chaos by not negotiating harder with the EU.
“It was inevitable and I just feel she’s made the right decision. She has actually read the m
ood of the party, which was a surprise,” said Conservative lawmaker Pauline Latham.
Over two decades since her debut appearance at Wimbledon, Chinese legend Li
Na still remembers her awkward introduction to the iconic London tournament.
Li first competed there in the girls’ singles in 1998, and was tripped up by the switch f
rom hard courts to grass, not to mention the All England Club’s famous sartorial etiquette.
“I had no clue at all on how to play on grass,” Li recalled at Tuesday’s The Road to Wimbledon junior training camp in Beijing.
ddress climate change, the loss of biodiversity and environmental
protection in a joint statement issued on Tues
day, after visiting President Xi Jinping met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
The two countries stressed that public and private funds should be directed to invest more to fight climate change and for biodiv
ersity protection, and there should be sustained financial support for the climate change actions of developing countries.
What is frustrating is the fact that solar and wind generation grew at double-digit pace in 2018, with solar alone increasing by 31 p
ercent, but that was still not fast enough to meet the higher electricity demand around the world that has driven up coal use.
China remains the leader in both solar- and wind-generated energy followed by Europe and the Uni
ted States. But despite being on course to meet its Paris climate pledge to peak its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, sourcing 20 percent of it
s energy needs from renewables and nuclear power by that date is a tougher challenge for China. However, the addit
ional benefits of energy security and reduced pollution provide extra incentives for resolute efforts to achieve this goal.
outlines of soft tissue have been found at the Burgess Shale in Canada, as well as some by the Chengjiang River in Yunnan province. The
newly discovered fossils provide a completely different ecosystem of organisms that lived around the same time, the study said.
Unlike other Cambrian fossil troves, the Qingjiang biota appears to conta
in a high proportion of jellyfish and comb jellies, which are extremely rare at other sites.
Zhang Xingliang, a professor at Northwest University and co-author of the p
aper, said that compared with the Chengjiang biota in the shallow water along the coast, Qi
ngjiang biota lived in deep ocean, making the two biota complementary in their scientific significance.
“The treasure trove of the Qingjiang biota provides an exciting opportunity to explore how paleoenvironmental conditi
ons influenced ecological structuring and evolutionary drivers during the Cambrian explosion,” said Allis
on Daley, a paleontologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, who was not involved in the study.
28-year-old man should now be on a watch list or face prejudice. It’s a nonsensical, prim