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.
mitable spirit of the Chinese people and their attachment to the homeland. The audienc
e will also feel the profound historical friendship between the Chinese and Kazakh people,” s
ays Wang Zhi, deputy secretary-general of the festival’s organizing committee.
Jonathan Shen, the producer of The Composer, reveals that the crew spent five months shooting scenes in China, Russ
ia and Kazakhstan, and how the team used many special effects to re-create the wartime sequences.
Saturday, the festival’s opening day, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut performance of Yellow River
Cantata in Yan’an, the headquarters of the Red Army after the Long March which lasted from 1934 to 1936.
“We hope the film will comfort the soul of Xian,” says Shen, who is also the founder and CEO of Beijing-based Shinework Pictures.
Shen says he hopes The Composer, which was jointly financed by Kazakhst
an, will become a commercial success and encourage more foreign studios to produ
ce films with China. The film is scheduled to go on general release in China and Kazakhstan in May.
ker. A number of cooperative agreements were signed after that.
Li flew to Croatia late on Tuesday to begin his first visit to the Central and Eastern Europe
an country, which also is the first by a Chinese premie
r in the 27 years since the two countries established diplo
matic ties. He will also attend the eighth China-CEEC leaders’ meeting in Dubrovnik.
In a signed article published on Tuesday by several Croatian newspap
ers, Li said China will open up further to unlock the potential for trade in goods and promote two-way t
rade and investment liberalization and facilitation. More competitive goo
ds from CEE countries are welcome in China, which is committed to working for more balanced trade.
Li also called for more opportunities in the new economy and new growt
h drivers in the digital economy, e-commerce, financial technology and smart cities.
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.
that marriage is no longer the only place where people make all their
major financial and personal decisions, or incur obligations to others,” Coontz said.
“First of all, I haven’t met my Mr. Right. Also, I’m extremely responsible with my own finances – I have to pay my rent and my stud
ent loans every month,” said Michelle Yu, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, who just s
tarted her first job at a publishing company in Los Angeles. Yu has been single for more than four years.
“So, if my partner also has a ton of student loans or is in a bad financial situation, I’d r
ather be alone,” said Yu. “Now, I can well manage my own money and I’m saving the down payment for bu
ying an apartment in my neighborhood. I like to do that on my own pace.”
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.
bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea
d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.
This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye
r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.
In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.
hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine
ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.
Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa
ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi
ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.
and greatly improve our work efficiency”, according to a released statement at a news conference held by the administration on Tuesday.