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rvices will be provided based on the results of a sur

China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention throug

h its Fengyun meteorological satellites for more countries along the Belt and Road, said a

senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center.

The services will be provided based on the results of a survey of 81 countries. By the end

of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey.

All of the respondents said they wanted to install the application software platforms

of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring.

They also requested a range of services, especially in monitoring rainf

all, droughts, dust storms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on F

engyun meteorological satellite data analysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.

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Disaster-proofing the world’s largest infrastructure ini

nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti

al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.

Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis

aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.

Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea

u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio

us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.

Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm

ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.

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Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust lev

, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

China is in the midst of implementing a host of reforms, which are focused on opening up its economy to foreign compet

ition and strengthening its private sector. They are needed to upgrade its industries and avoid the dreaded middle-income trap.

Many of these reforms are exactly what the United States is asking for in the trade negotiation

s, but China is actually pursuing these reforms primarily to achieve its own long-term internal economic goals.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environm

ent and the discipline to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders purs

uing a more eco-friendly development path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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Balancing growth with structural reformting perform

After a disappointing performance in 2018, China’s economy appears to be stabiliz

ing. In the first quarter of 2019, GDP growth, at 6.4 percent year-on-year, matched that of the previous quarter. But grow

th in industrial production exceeded expectations, expanding by 6.5 percent year-on-year (and by 8.5 percent in Mar

ch). Even exports growth was positive, albeit weak, despite the ongoing trade frictions with the United States.

Moreover, fixed-asset investment (FAI) grew by 6.3 percent-0.2 percentage points higher than in the previous quar

ter. Investment in real estate grew the fastest (11.8 percent), followed by manufacturing (4.6 percent) and in

frastructure (4.4 percent). The growth of investment both in real estate and infrastru

cture was stronger not only sequentially, but also year-on-year. As usual, consumption growth was stable.

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hina, International Pavilion big expo drawsing distr

As landmarks of the International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing China, the China Pavilion and the Inter

national Pavilion are attracting large numbers of visitors thanks to their unique designs and functions.

Covering an area of 5 square kilometers, the expo is being held in the capital’s Yanqing district.

Following the ancient wisdom of the Chinese people, the China Pavilion takes the shape of a green b

uilding that can “breathe” and has “life”, as described on the exhibition’s official website.

Core portions of the pavilion are composed of terraced fields. Fun

ctions of both irrigation and insulation are at play, and th

e fields help reduce energy consumption of the building while also offering heating or cooling functions.

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Chinese firms ideal partners on Belt and Road Initiative

Firms from China and the UK are ideal partners in many countries along t

he Belt and Road Initiative, a China-Britain Business Council official said in Beijing.

“The UK has taken a very positive view on seizing these opportunit

ies for UK businesses, particularly our banks, our large consultancy firms and our infr

astructure companies,” said Jeff Astle, managing director of China operations at the council.

British expertise in areas of financial services, banking, legal services, consulting services around engineering pro

vides a broad range of opportunities for UK firms to collaborate with Chinese firms in other countries, Astle said.

“We benefit from many English legal jurisdictions in many

of these countries, the English language and our businesses have long history and experiences in these coun

tries. That means we are a great ideal partner for Chinese firms in many of these Belt and Road counties,” said Astle.

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talian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he may sig

  a series of memorandums of understanding on Belt and Road infrastructure investments during Xi’s upcoming visit to Italy, Reuters reported. If the

y are signed, Italy would be the first one of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to participate in the BRI.

  Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday, Vice-Foreign Mi

nister Wang Chao said the country appreciates Italy’s active involvement in the BRI.

  ”We believe the signing of relevant cooperation documents conforms to the common interests of both countries,” Wa

ng said, adding that Belt and Road cooperation aims to generate mutually beneficial and win-win results.

  Regarding skepticism about the BRI, Wang said practice will prove that the initia

tive will have positive effects on countries’ economic development and bilateral cooperation.

  He added that the infrastructure investment of Chinese companies in Europe is purely business practice and will ab

ide by market rules and business principles on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and transparency.

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They of course are the same model of 737 MAX 8 planes,” but G

  It added that a passenger information center and hotline “will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight.”

  The Ethiopian government expressed its “deepest condolences to the families,” the office of

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who first broke the news of the crash, said on Twitter.

  The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of E

thiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that hav

e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.

  — Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019

  Ethiopian Airlines has gained the reputation of being one of the best airlines in

Africa. It has a good safety record and the newest fleet of planes on the African continent, according to its website.

  ”Ethiopian Airlines is a very, very well-run airline,” said CNN anchor Richard Quest, who specializes in aviation. “There i

s no safety issue on Ethiopian. They’ve made it their business to be the African airline that operates like a western airline.”

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According to the report, job choice is the biggest contributo

 the gender pay gap. Men generally are more inclined to take jobs with high work intensity and high sala

ries, such as technician or salesman, for example. Women, on the other hand, prefer jobs with average work intensity and

moderate salaries, such as administrative, operational and marketing positions. In the past two ye

ars, more and more women have taken up senior technical, senior management and other senior posts. How

ever, in most well-paid positions, the ratio of men to women is still seriously unbalanced.

In terms of industries, the engineering and manufacturing industries, including mining, smelting and chemistry, have a bigg

er gender pay gap. In the science and tech industries, such as the internet, medical care and electronic co

mmunications, large differences in earnings between women and men also exist, the report said.

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cientists develop structural brain atlases for Chinese

Scientists have developed structural brain atlases for the Chinese pediatric population, o

ffering a basic tool for future studies on Chinese children’s brain development.

In magnetic resonance (MR) imaging studies of child’s brain development, structural brain atlases usually serve as imp

ortant references. However, the popular existing pediatric brain atlases are mostly based on MR images obtained from C

aucasian populations and thus are not an accurate characterization of Chinese children’s brains due to differences in genetic and environmental factors.

Scientists from the Beijing Normal University have created a set of age-specific Ch

inese pediatric atlases based on high-quality MR images from 328 cognitively normal Chinese children aged between 6 and 12.

The brain atlases include sex-specific templates and multiple age-specific templates. They show dramatic anatomica

l differences in the bilateral frontal and parietal regions compared with the brain atlases based on Caucasian populations.

The brain atlases have been released online and researchers can download it for free. They may help reveal the Chinese c

hildren’s brain structure and functional development, providing a reference for neuroimaging studies on Chine

se children with abnormal brain development such as autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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