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.
hinese sales of passenger vehicles, MPVs, SUVs and minivans in March dropped 12 percent on a yearly basis to 1.78 million units.
This is the 10th consecutive monthly decrease, according to the C
hina Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Changjiang Times reported.
The MPV sector saw the largest sales decline, 20.2 percent to 130,000 units in the pas
t month, while SUVs and sedans dropped 10.7 and 12 percent, respectively.
The decreases in 2019’s first quarter are mild compared with those at the end of the last year, CPCA said.
As the State-VI emission standards will be implemented from July 1 this
year, some Japanese brands have launched corresponding products ahead of their co
unterparts, and performed well in sales and consumer confidence, CPCA said.
“Automobile sales in North China, and those in the county and township level, are still weak,” the association added.
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.
US senators sharply questioned regulatory officials on Wedne
sday about the Federal Aviation Administration’s reliance on Boeing Co’s engineers to cert
ify the safety of the company’s new 737 Max 8 aircraft, which was involved in two fatal crashes in the past five months.
A self-certification procedure called Organization Designation Authorization came under scr
utiny at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s aviation subcommittee in Washington. Testifying wer
e Daniel Elwell, acting FAA administrator; Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Saf
ety Board; and Calvin Scovel III, Transportation Department inspector general.
For decades, the FAA has delegated some authority for certifying new aircraft to the manufacturers, reducing government costs.
After the crashes of Lion Air in Indonesia in October and Ethiop
ian Airlines this month, which killed a total of 346 passengers and crew members, critics have ci
ted the self-certification process as evidence of an overly cozy relationship between the FAA and the industry.
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.
and greatly improve our work efficiency”, according to a released statement at a news conference held by the administration on Tuesday.
In the past, the residents in Chinese mainland could only apply for permits in their house
hold registration places with relevant documents, including identification card, hukou and application form.
National Immigration Administration holds a press conference on March 26, 2019.
Under the new measure, the residents will provide the same documents to apply for th
e passports and travel permits in their nearby exit and entry management departments, it said.
With the rapid development of China’s economy and society, a growing
number of people have been living, stuadying and working away from their hometown, and th
ere has been a strong demand for them to apply for the passports or travel permits in different places.
Data provided by the National Immigration Administra
tion show, this year, an estimated 21 million people will apply for passports and travel permits in di
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.
LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote
s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de
parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.
Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia
ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.
Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need
ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.
“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v
ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.
out out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.
”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”
While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own
success, his management of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”
Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — appeared like a nerv
ous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.
First, he claimed that the former President had predicted in 2016 that British vote
rs would reject leaving the European Union in a referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.
Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.
People in charge of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in China should eat with students at school can