Austrian companies embrace China’s winter sports sector

According to the ambitious plan released by the General Admi

nistration of Sport of China in 2016 to construct winter sports infrastructure and popularize winter spor

ts, at least 650 skating rinks and 800 ski resorts are expected to be build nationwide by 2022.

By 2025, about 300 million people in the country are expected to participate in winter

sports, increasing the market value of the winter sports sector to 1 trillion yuan.

Driven by multiple momentums, China has witnessed rapid growth in the winter sports ind

ustry in recent years, such as venue facilities, training, tourism and equipment sectors, said Peng Weiyong, dep

uty director general of Finance Department at the General Administration of Sports.

Winter sports has become a booster for China’s sports industry and even economic development, Peng added.

By the end of June 2018, the total number of ski resorts in China rose to 738, an increase of 70 or 10.5 percent over

the same period in 2017. The number of indoor ice rinks totaled 334, an increase of 75 or 29 percent year-on-yea

r increase. In 2018, 19.7 million people participated in skiing, up 12.6 percent year-on-year.

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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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Embroidery offers a way to tackle povertye of Xihe county,

Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”

In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des

ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.

Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo

untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.

For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor

k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w

eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.

Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o

nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.

So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent

h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray

ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

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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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Wong Kong-tin, vice-chairman of the greater China legal

affairs committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong, said the appointment of Hong Kong and M

acao-based arbitrators to Nansha would be important in allowing Hong Kong and Macao residents to

directly participate in the social and economic development of the Chinese mainland.

“The introduction of Hong Kong-and Macao-based legal workers will help build a more open market and business system

based on international practices,” Wong was quoted as saying by Guangzhou Daily.

According to Wong, the court of arbitration for labor and personnel disputes of Nansha, which was set up in May 2

017, had already conducted exchanges with its Hong Kong counterparts.

“Through exchanges with its Hong Kong counterparts in the arbitration process, Nan

sha is expected to build a sound and efficient environment in labor ar

bitration, which will be very helpful to the development of the Nansha Free Trade Zone,” Wong said.

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A young woman tells Feinstein she’s “looking at the faces of th

  people who will be living with these consequences” of climate change.

  ”I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I know what I’m doing,” Feinstein says. “You come in here and you say, ‘It has to be my way or the highway.’ I don’t respond to that.”

  ”I’ve gotten elected. I just ran,” she continues. “I was elected by almost a million-vote plurality, and I know what I’m doing. So, you know, maybe people should listen a little bit.”

  In the video, Feinstein also asks a girl how old she is as the girl says politicians should listen to the people they represent. The girl replies that she is 16.

  ”Well, you didn’t vote for me,” the senator says.

  Later, a young woman stresses the need for a climate plan with “bold, transformative action,” and Feinstein replies, “Well, you know better than I do.”

  ”So I think one day you should run for the Senate, and then you do it your way. But in the meantime, I just won a big election,” the senator adds.

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If an investigator comes to your door and asks to speak

  to you, please ask to see their badge and not their rosary,” she said.

  The Archdiocese of Detroit took issue with Nessel’s “broad generalizations” during Thursday’s press conference.

  Since 2002, the archdiocese has reported all accusations of clergy sexual abuse to law

enforcement and has not entered into any non-disclosure agreements with victims, said spokesman Ned McGrath.

  ”The Archdiocese of Detroit does not self-police,” McGrath said.

  Related: Vatican faces growing list of scandals

  US momentum against church builds amid summit

  The Michigan investigation of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is joined by a fe

deral investigation and similar probes in at least 12 other states and the District of Columbia.

  The investigations follow a damning report released by a grand jury in Pennsylvania last Augu

st that accused more than 300 “predator priests” of sexually abusing more than 1,000 children in six dioceses since 1947. The vas

t majority of cases occurred before Catholic bishops in the US instituted new child-safety protocols.

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But as carriers start to deploy 5G at scale, smartphone manu

  facturers will start to have 5G as a base specification, rather than an additional special variant of their 4G phones, Stanton added.

  The 5G model, which is quite large at 6.4 inches due to what Samsung calls a combination of desi

gn reasons, will launch on the major carriers in the second quarter and first be exclusive to Verizon.

  ”Although volume expectations will be relatively limited initially, having a foothold at the begi

nning of 5G deployment will be important to Samsung’s brand and being part of the 5G j

ourney with the carriers, so it can learn as much as possible about this new technology and make continuous imp

rovements with iterative devices,” Ben Wood, director of research at market data firm CCS Insight.

  The new S10 phones learn your habits. For example, it’ll know you often open a

weather app and access Spotify in the morning, and pre-load those apps in the

background to save you on load time. (It’ll close them when you’re done so it doesn’t drain battery power, too).

  Samsung says this small touch will extend the battery life to about 24 hours on one charge — and you’ll have so much power remaining, you can share it with friends.

  Perhaps that’s the neatest new feature of the entire lineup: the abili

ty to charge another smartphone by placing it on top of any S10 device. It will make wish

you knew someone — anyone! — with one of these smartphones when you’re at 2% battery life and looking for a boost.

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So what happened in between? Moros is helping researc

  hers fill that 70 million-year gap, as well as provide a portrait of tyrannosaur lineage in North America. Moros links the earliest, smaller tyrannosaurs to Tyrannosaurus rex.

  ”With a lethal combination of bone-crunching bite forces, stereoscopic vision, rapid growth rates, and colossal size, tyrant dinosa

urs reigned uncontested for 15 million years leading up to the end-Cretaceous extinction — but it wasn’

t always that way,” said Lindsay Zanno, lead study author and paleontologist at North Carolina State Un

iversity, in a statement. “When and how quickly tyrannosaurs went from wallflower to prom king has been vexing pal

eontologists for a long time. The only way to attack this problem was to get out there and find more data on these rare animals.”

  Zanno and her team spent a decade searching for fossils from the Late Cretaceous period. Th

ey recovered teeth and a hind limb consisting of a femur, a tibia and parts of a foot belonging to Mo

ros in the same area where Zanno found the fossil of a giant carnivorous carcharodontosaur.

  But Moros stood between 3 and 4 feet tall. The dinosaur they found was 7 years old when it died, a nearly full-grown adult

that would have weighed around 172 pounds. The elongated leg and foot bones indicated that it would be a great runner.

  Giant dinosaur footprints found and saved from floods in Queensland

  ”Moros was lightweight and exceptionally fast,” Zanno said. “

These adaptations, together with advanced sensory capabilities, are the mark of a formida

ble predator. It could easily have run down prey, while avoiding confrontation with the top predators of the day.”

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According to the researchers, SRT proteins have “remarkable

  properties” and materials made from them are elastic, flexible and strong. They also have therm

al, self-healing and electrical conducting capabilities, which gives the potential for some new applications.

  The massive floating device created to clean up plastic in the ocean has broken

  One could be to create a self-healing, recyclable fabric by making a coati

ng that is resistant to damage caused by washing machines. That could reduce the number of

clothing microfibers that end up being washed into the oceans, which contributes to microplastic pollution.

  SRT proteins could also be used to make protective clothing for chemical and biological warfare agents, say the researchers.

  As well as polluting our oceans, plastics have been found to emit greenhouse gases when they degrade.

  Cigarette filters are the No.1 plastic pollutant … and don’t prevent cancer

  ”I am a polymer scientist and want to minimize plastic pollution and create environmental sustainability,” explains Demirel.

  Demirel acknowledges that more work is needed to scale up production of the materials. Synthetic SRT p

roteins currently cost at least $100 a kg to produce, but he hopes to bring the price down to a tenth of that.

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