Online English education sector records 168% growth but ch

nline English-language courses for children saw an explosive growth in 20

18, according to a report released by data-monitoring firm Trustdata on Tuesday.

The report on China’s online English education market for children s

hows that the market had more than 15 million users last year, up 168.3 percent year-on-ye

ar. It’s expected that the market size would surpass 50 billion yuan ($7.3 billion) in 2019.

The market pattern of one-on-one teaching has been gradually for

med and the top brands have secured the lion’s share of the market, as per the report.

Market size doubles in one year

The market size of online English-language education for childre

n was 21.3 billion yuan in 2018, an increase of 104 percent year-on-year, with one-on-one teaching taking

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The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.

China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.

Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observatio

n. However, the weak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.

He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, his admini

stration has established a research institute to accelerate the development of new app

aratuses for underground detection that could reduce interference from human activity.

“We will also explore carrying out observational experiments in wel

ls from hundred of meters to 1,000 meters deep, and through scientific drilling that will penetr

ate active earthquake faults to gain more information about underground structures,” he said.

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Wu Zhongliang, director of the administration’s Institu

itute of Earthquake Forecasting, said the experimental site will help form a

“united front” at the national and international level to work on earthquake forecasting.

Referring to earthquake forecasting as a hard nut to crack, Wu said t

he work cannot see marked progress just in a few days, but forecasting capability will be imp

roved as technology develops. “If it’s a war between humans and earthquakes, it’s us that will finally win,” he said.

Paul Tapponnier, a distinguished research professor a

t the administration’s Institute of Crustal Dynamics, said he “wholeheartedly” wel

comes the project. China boasts unique conditions to carry out the experiment as most of its earthquakes oc

cur “inside the land under the feet of the people” rather than in the ocean, and there are many active faults in the country.

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Sales of Saky products in the lower-tier market only accou

unt for about 20 percent of the total, but they have quadrupled in the past two years.

“If you can prove to small-town youths that the products are useful, they are willing to pay,” Lan said. “Some inno

vative Saky products have also seen rapid growth in lower-tier markets, including one that removes stains from teeth.”

Chen, from Roland Berger, said that while small-town youths are narrowing the gap with their count

erparts in bigger cities in many ways, they still have many distinct demands. If companies want to win t

hem over, it is important for them to have a deep understanding of lower-tier markets and to draw up strategies acc

ordingly, whether in building brand awareness, or providing specialized products and distribution channels.

For example, while helping a jewelry company to access lower-tier markets, he found tha

t jade inlaid with gold is very popular, although it is considered unfashionable by consumers in large cities.

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her pet dog checks into the Temple House hotel in Che

Whatever an owner wants for a pet, Li has got. Apart from individual rooms of five to six square meters for each pet, the resor

t offers facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a party room, lots of chewable toys, a dessert area and a pet cinema.

To make sure every guest happy during their stay, the resort offers a spec

ial place for old pets and rooms with yards for animals to run around. The resort also plays

standup comedy and music in the background to create an environment with human voices in it.

“We offer a service like a kindergarten to prevent pets from getting bored,” she said. “They can soc

ialize with other pets, go to a cinema showing films for dogs, or participate in social and sports courses.”

“The resort is just the start,” said Li. “China will be the countr

y with the biggest pet ownership. And the hospitality service is a necessity for the ma

rket, and there is big potential. We aim to cultivate a local brand of premium service for pets.”

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The seized animals and products included ivory, rhinocer

ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.

A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.

He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.

Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou

rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.

The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther

n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ

ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.

A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect

ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba

ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.

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Intl professionals’ exchange conference wraps up in Shen

More than 3,000 cooperation intentions were reached between Chinese government dep

artments and professional organizations, training agencies and overseas talent at the 17th Conf

erence on International Exchange of Professionals, which wrapped up in Shenzhen on Monday.

Over 1,500 enterprises, including well-known companies like Tencent, Huawei, Pin

gan, Vanke and BYD, presented talent with nearly 40,000 job opportunities at the conference.

The employers received more than 180,000 res

umes from job-seekers. More than 30,000 people reached preliminary agreements on employment.

As a platform on which international professionals and talent gather to exchange

ideas and explore development opportunities, the conference also features international cooperation.

Several high-level entrepreneurial programs, including [email protected] China, and the Ch

ina (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition, were held during the event.

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This video was allegedly filmed at around 10 pm, when

 Niuniu had already worked for most of the day.

Another clip shows Niuniu shocked by her mother’s sudden strike to her hand.

Many netizens have said that the viral videos show the harmful conditions that child mode

ls experience, and have asked for more care for the girl’s psychical and mental health.

More than 110 children’s clothing shops on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping platform, have unit

ed together to call for better regulation of the child modeling industry and greater protection for child models.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known child

model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

The video has been viewed tens of millions of times, with many leaving comme

nts criticizing Niuniu’s mother for “abusing” her daughter and using her “as a tool to make money”.

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Liu made the remarks during his meeting with US Presi

dent Donald Trump at the White House Oval Office.

The vice premier, who is heading the Chinese trade negotiation te

am, conveyed greetings and a message from President Xi Jinping to President Trump.

In the message, Xi said that new substantial progress has been made on the text of the China-US economic and trade agreement in the past month or so.

Xi encouraged the two sides to maintain the spirit of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and resolve issues of mutual

concern so as to conclude the negotiations on the agreement text as soon as possible.

Xi also said that a healthy and stable development of China-US relations needs, in partic

ular, their strategic leadership, and that he is ready to keep close contact with Trump through various means.

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May also hoped severing the link between the two parts

of the deal would blunt opposition. That gamble failed to pay off, as opposition lawma

kers said if amounted to voting for a “blind Brexit” with no idea what would happen next.

Two years ago, Britain triggered a two-year countdown to Brexit, with the depart

ure date set for March 29, 2019. But with British politicians deadlocked over

whether to approve the divorce deal, the

EU last week granted an extension to May 22 had the divorce deal been

approved by Friday — or to April 12 if rejected.

With May’s deal as good as dead, lawmakers who favor a “soft Brexit” plan

to hold votes Monday in an attempt to find a plan with majority support.

Opposition Labour Party leader said Parliament had a “responsibility to find

a majority for a better deal for all the people of this country.”

And he urged May to step down — “not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now.”

If lawmakers back a new proposal, Britain would need to seek a new delay

to Brexit from the bloc to implement it.

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