Some of those countries selected and submitted their

candidates to the space technology academy, which then reviewed their qualifications and selected who would be admitted.

“Whether the candidates can get this opportunity depends on two fac

tors. First, their English proficiency is supposed to be good enough to handle our c

ourses-all of them are taught in English,” Li said. “And second, an ideal candidate should have at least a bac

helor’s degree as well as background in or some knowledge of the space industry.”

Candidates who pass the qualification screening are also required to write a research pr

oposal and provide an endorsement document signed by the space authority of their nation, he said.

Li said the program does not charge the students or their countries any fees. Ins

tead, the Shenzhou Institute gives each student 3,000 yuan ($445) per month as a stipend.

Cui Yufu, a senior designer of small satellites at the academy and a professor at the insti

tute, said the program has some advantages that other domestic and foreign space organizations don’t offer.

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President Xi invited the world to take part in the Belt

and Road initiative, calling on free and inclusive trade, global cooperation in the spirit of peace and pr

ogress, and the exchange and enhancement of the cultural foundations of human mankind. His rem

arks were very well received by the attending heads of states and other distinguished delegates. He called on the world

to give up on protectionism, nationalism and isolationism. Xi added that the B&R is building bridges to make the world a better place.

We heard from the Chinese president about the me

aning and the importance of the initiative, which is cooperation and benefits for all.

A new law in China about foreign investment opens the do

or for businessmen from outside to come in. It shows that China not only announced the inves

tment but at the same time it shows us how the procedures to continue to develop this initiative.

The initiative is important not only for China but for the world.

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Film and TV show can facilitate people-to-people bonds

BUDAPEST, April 23 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Film and TV International Show inaugurated in the

Hungarian capital will enhance people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China, an Chinese official said here on Tuesday.

“Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more Chinese film and TV producti

on have become accessible for Hungarians,” said Wang Wei, director of the department of plan

ning and development, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, at the opening of the show.

“This kind of cultural exchange can facilitate people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China

and will create a solid base for further cooperation between the two countries,” he stressed.

Maria Pap, an official from Hungarian National Tourist Office, said: “Budapest is a very important tourist att

raction and destination here in Central Europe. I am delighted to see more and more Chinese tourists coming to Hungary.”

She added that Budapest is a very important and beloved spot for film produc

ers, and more and more international film producers have chosen Budapest as their shooting place.

The Show kicked off with performances from Hungarian dancers and pop sing

ers, before showing trailers of the most exciting Chinese productions to Hungarian spectators.

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Guangzhou continues crackdown on animal smuggling

uangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong province, pledged to further cooperate with overseas

counterparts in the fight against endangered animal smuggling in the coming months, said a senior local customs officer.

“Top priorities will be given to big cases: major smuggling gangs, channels and networks,” said Zheng

Jun, deputy director of the Guangzhou customs anti-smuggling bureau, at a news conference in Guangzhou on Thursday.

According to Zheng, Guangzhou customs provided valuable and accurate information to its Malaysian count

erparts in January, resulting in the seizure by Malaysian customs officers of more than 60 kilograms of rhinoceros horns.

Zheng reiterated that customs officers from his bure

au have zero tolerance for smuggling and will introduce more high-tech means and big data

analysis to crack down on smugglers trafficking endangered animals and their products.

Zheng made the remarks after his bureau seized a total of 178.66 kilograms of smugg

led endangered animals and their products, the result of 111 cases since the beginning of the ye

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The video has been viewed tens of millions of times, with

many leaving comments criticizing Niuniu’s mother for “abusing” h

er daughter and using her “as a tool to make money”.The mother on Monday aftern

oon issued an apology on Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo and defended herself in several media interviews.Her post

on Sina Weibo said that Niuniu is her beloved daughter and that she had absolutely no intention of hurting or abusing her.She also told Beijing News: “My

husband has a job; our family does not rely on Niuniu to make a living.”Niuniu’s mother posted an apology on

Twtter-like platform Sina Weibo on April 10. [Photo/Sina Weibo]”It was getting dark at that time and Niuniu was about to run out to the street

, so my actions were out of worry for her,” she said.Most netizens however were not convinced, with one saying, “Ther

e is no street in front of Niuniu but just a wall.”Two more clips later circulated online and exacerbated the situ

ation.One shot in March shows Niuniu’s mum beating her with a hanger and shouting, “Concentrate your energy”.

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As recently as 1940, 61 percent of single-person house

eholds consisted of renters, but today owners are in the majority, with the 2013 American Hou

sing Survey reporting that 54 percent of single-person households were owner-occupied.

According to the survey, between 2003 and 2013, owners accounted for 55 percent of the growth in single-person househo

ds. And among single-person households led by someone under the age of 45, two thirds are renters, but among single-

person households with someone over the age of 65, owners are a 70 percent majority.

Single-person households tend to spend more on housing than ot

hers, and these households may prefer to rent rather tha

n buy houses. And even if they do buy a house, the preference is for multifamily homes

rather than single-family ones, according to Deloitte senior US economist Daniel Bachman.

That may influence the structure of the housing market, which is still recovering from the im

pact of the recession of 2008 and recent changes in housing finance, Bachman wrote in an article.

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Ofo denies bankruptcy, claims all is well Ofo has denied

Chinese startup Ofo has denied it is bankrupt, and claimed all is w

ell at the bike-sharing company in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Beijing Baikeluoke Technology Co, one of Ofo’s operat

ors, was involved in a bankruptcy case on March 25, listed on the national bankruptcy disclosure platform.

Ofo, however, insists it is not bankrupt, saying that its debt-related litigation and negotiations are still underway.

The company has been suffering financial problems for the past few m

onths, with tens of millions of users waiting for refunds since the second half of last year.

To compound matters for the company, unpaid bills resulted in several lawsuits in the same period.

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A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading

below reflects contraction.

The service sector recorded stable performance, with the sub-index measu

ring business activity in the industry standing at 53.6, up from 53.5 in February.

Indices for sectors including railway, telecom, banking and insurance all stood above 57, indicating robust business growth.

The sub-index for new orders in the service sector came in at 51.5, up from 50.5 in February, according to the NBS.

The construction sector recorded faster expansion, with the sub-index m

easuring business activity in the industry rising 2.5 percentage points to 61.7 in March.

The sub-index for new orders in the construction sector surged to 15-month high at 57.9, up from 52 in February.

China is trying to shift its economy toward a growth model that draws strengt

from consumption, services and innovation. The service sector accounted for 52.2 percent of the country’s economy last year.

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A Syrian refugee and his son are first victims to be buried in Chri

Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)Zaid Mustafa should have been at school on Wednesday.

Instead, he was being pushed in a wheelchair to the graves of his father and brother,

surrounded by mourning strangers in a country he had only recently made home.

The 13-year-old was shot in the leg last Friday when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques in the New Zeala

nd city of Christchurch, killing 50 people and shocking a nation that thought it could never happen there.

The Mustafas didn’t think it could happen there, either.Zaid Mustafa, 13, whose father and brother were killed in the Chri

stchurch terrorist attack, attends a funeral at Memorial Park Cemetery on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Khaled, 44, and Hamza, 15, were at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave

nue when they were gunned down, leaving behind Zaid, his mother, Salwa, and younger sister, Zaina.

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The day after the attack in Christchurch, Ardern wore a h

  ijab as she stood in the center of a room, surrounded by families desperate to hear words of reassurance. They were tired, worried and m

any were grieving loved ones presumed killed in the hail of bullets fired by a man who singled them out for their beliefs.

  Even before she said a word, Ardern’s simple decision to cover

her hair served to show families she respected them and wanted to ease their pain.

  ”People were quite surprised. I saw people’s faces when she was wearing the hijab — th

ere were smiles on their faces,” said Ahmed Khan, a survivor of the attack who lost his uncle at the Al Noor mosque.

  Ali Akil, a member of Syrian Solidarity New Zealand who came to Christc

hurch to support the community, said wearing the hjiab was “a symbolic thing.”

  ”It’s saying I respect you, what you believe, and I’m here to help,” he said. “I’m very impressed.”

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