He said he believes that with the efforts of the French people and supp
ort from the international community, Notre Dame will be repaired and regain its glory.
The fire broke out around 6:30 pm on the roof of the cathedral, which was covered in scaffoldi
ng. The blaze spread quickly and destroyed the wooden interior before causing the spire to collapse.
It took more than 400 firefighters over 12 ho
urs to put out the fire, and the main structure and two bell towers remained standing.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, though officials said it could be linked to renovation work. Investigators were eag
er to question the workmen in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, according to media reports.
Visiting the scene of the fire in Paris, Macron vowed an immediat
e fundraising effort to rebuild the landmark, calling for international contributions.
ling and wildlife protection knowledge among the public, and it welcomes public supervision or reports of smuggling.
As social networks and online stores have become increasingly important tools for wildlife s
mugglers, the administration has beefed up its anti-smuggling work online this year.
Customs officials are working on cases involving another 100 tons
of endangered wildlife and wildlife products, of which about 300 kilograms are tusks and ivory products.
Last year, the administration purchased advanced screening and detection equipment to improve th
e efficiency of its anti-smuggling work, according to Wang Wei, director of the administration’s ports supervision department.
People caught entering China with endangered wildlife or wildlife
products worth less than 200,000 yuan ($29,800) face up to five years in prison. If such contr
band goods are worth more than 1 million yuan, the penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 10 years in prison.
sing funds for the sake of cost-cutting, Liu said, adding some staff made 80,000 yuan a
month in pilot areas for the new salary regime in southern China’s second and third-tier cities.
Earlier this year, rumors spread that China’s e-commerce giant would can
cel couriers’ basic salary and reduce welfare. The company confirmed the salary adjus
tment plan via its official Sina Weibo account on April 7, saying as the number of orders from individual clients incre
ases, the company is looking to adopt an incentive plan to reward outstanding employees.
JD will reduce its delivery staff members’ salaries by adopting a commis
sion-based payment scheme starting in June and low
er contributions to employees’ housing funds from 12 to 7 percent, Sina Finance reported.
An anonymous courier with JD Logistics said the task of getting more external delivery
orders under the new salary system would be hard to accomplish, and the new policy will reduce their salary, th
e report alleged, though the courier did not indicate an exact amount for the reduction.
More than 70 British legislators have urged the government to make sure WikiLeaks found
er Julian Assange faces Swedish justice if prosecutors there reopen a rape allegation against him.
The lawmakers signed a letter late Friday urging Home Secretary Sa
jid Javid to “do everything you can to champion action that will ens
ure Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden in the event Sweden makes an extradition request.”
Sweden suspended its investigation of serious sexual misconduct two years ago because Assange wa
s beyond their reach while he was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London with political asylum status.
He was arrested Thursday after Ecuador withdrew his asylum a
nd is now in British custody facing an extradition request
from the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer.
He is in Belmarsh Prison in southeast London wait
ing to be sentenced for jumping bail in Britain, and plans to fight extradition to the US.
up a fifth of the total number in China. Up to 51 companies in the district realized annual revenue of more than 10 billion yuan. Baidu Inc, Cambricon Techno
logies Corp and Beijing Dream Ink Technologies Co have become global leaders in various cutting edge technologies.
“The fruitful results in Haidian’s scientific innovation sector are due to the increasing investment i
n research and development,” said Dai Binbin, head of the district. “In 2018, Haidian’s R&D intensit
y was 4.6 times the national level, and higher than levels in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
Beijing’s Xicheng district, where many domestic and oversea
s financial companies and organizations are located, has carried out a series of policies to boost the
financial sector’s development, and is another example of the capital’s high-quality growth.
For instance, the district government provides subsidies of up to
50 million yuan to newly set up financial organizations. For financial companies that m
ove into the district, the government gives subsidies to help them offset rent and capital purchases.
For high-end talent, both local and foreign, the district offer
s better resources in medical care, education and living arrangements.
cooperation in areas including education, culture, science and technology as well as ensuring the success of the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism events, he said.
Ardern expressed her appreciation for Xi’s condolences and support foll
owing the terrorist attack in Christchurch, adding that her choice to proceed with the vi
sit despite the event “does reflect the value New Zealand places on its relationship with China”.
She called the bilateral relationship “one of our most important a
nd far-reaching relationships”, a point she said she has made in speeches over the past year.
She said she hopes that through the visit, the two nations can strengthen their bilateral co
mprehensive strategic partnership and deepen cooperation in trade and people-to-people exchanges.
She also reiterated New Zealand’s adherence to the one-China p
olicy and its independent foreign policy, as well as its firm support for multilateralism and free trade.
udents’ trust. Upon arrival, they were not only faced with the high altitude and thin
ner atmosphere, but also naughty students with a low level of basic knowledge.
Wang Qiming, a history teacher from Huai’an city, Jiangsu, said he experienced some friction when he taught his first class in 2015.
“The students knew less than those in Jiangsu. They didn’t behave well in class or listen to me, so if the situation had not been
handled carefully－if I had become impatient or irritated－the tension could have been harmful,” he said.
Wang decided to proceed slowly and adjust his schedule to match t
he students’ poor skills. He quickly realized that even the seniors sometimes acted like young chi
ldren and needed coaxing and incentives, which many local teachers overlooked.
“Many local teachers have problems. For example, when they teach a class, they may think th
at they have taught a lot at a slow pace with enough detail, and they get annoyed if students don’t remember. In
fact, you should give the children time to digest, sparing five minutes in each class to help them review the work,” he said.
Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation
The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted
by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c
ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.
More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc
h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri
d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea
ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.
Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For
um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.
hina and the United States will hold their eighth round of high-level economic and trade cons
ultations in Beijing on Friday, with “much work” remaining to be done, the Ministry of Commerce said.
Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said on Thursday that the two nations have made some progre
ss through recent phone discussions between Vice-Premier Liu He and US Trade Representative Robert Ligh
thizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “But there remains much work to be done,” he said.
To iron out differences over certain economic and trade issues, China and the US have b
een intensifying their consultations. Next week, Liu will visit Washington for the ninth round of talks.
Negotiators from both sides are striving to implement consensuses reached betw
een the countries’ leaders in December, Gao said at a regular news conference.
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