Eight-story building standing in middle of road demolished

eijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China Railway, has kicked off its plan to go public in the A-share market.

China Securities Regulatory Commission listed the guidance form for public listing of Beijin

g-Shanghai High-Speed Railway on Tuesday on its website, signaling the company has formally entered the listing process.

According to an interview with CCTV, the spokesperson from China Railway said going p

ublic was a significant step in the State-owned enterprise’s shareholding reform.

“It was also an action to push forward the mixed ownership econo

my and optimize the railway enterprises’ capital structure,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the company is expected to complete pre-listing tutoring by the end of 2019.

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The Chinese government has set a goal to have 5,000 such

 vehicles on its roads by 2020, 50,000 by 2025 and 1 million by 2030.

Great Wall Motor’s hydrogen energy technology center in Baoding started operation in the first half of 2018. It is cap

able of manufacturing fuel cell vehicles’ core components, as well as vehicle integration and testing.

The center has the country‘s first 104 MPa high-pressure hydrogen

cycle test laboratory, first liquid-based hydrogen storage and hydrogen refueling station wi

th 70 MPa refueling capability, and first fuel cell vehicle power system testing laboratory.

The first-phase investment of the project involved an investment of about 470 million yuan.

LONDON – Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Monday it would back calls for a sec

ond referendum on Brexit if parliament rejects its alternative plan for leaving the European Union.

With just over a month until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, Prime Minis

ter Theresa May is seeking changes to her exit deal in order to break an impasse in parliament.

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hina is by far Austria’s greatest trading partner in Asia, said

Bilateral trade between China and Austria reached $6.4 billion in the first eight months of la

st year, up 20 percent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of August 2018, China has app

roved 1,288 investment projects from Austria, with an actual investment of $2.08 billion, signed 2,263 technology im

port contracts with Austria, with a cumulative contract value of $6.23 billion and directly invested $880 million in Austria.

“I’m pleased that a group number of Austrian companies got the chance to take part in the construction of winter sports

facilities and to provide the expertise for organizing great sports events like the Olympics,” Stift said.

“We are trying hard to get more Austrian ski instructors and traine

rs to China and the greater number of Chinese winter sports tourists to Austria”.

Besides winter sports, Austria is one of the most favorite travel destinations for Chinese tourists for is beautiful landsc

ape, food and shopping. “The growth rate, especially in winter tourism has been phenomenal the last few years,” said Glatz.

“Winter is a season when Chinese tourists should go to Austria to experi

ence a very different landscape from what they would see during the dry months in the summer months,” added Glatz.

The number of Chinese tourists in Australia might reach one million this year, said Stift.

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With the federation’s support, these women have also lear

learned to sell their work online.

Meanwhile, Lyu registered an online store on Taobao in 2016 and says she has since earned 50,000 yuan.

Speaking about the efforts, Luo Shumei, the president of the Wo

men’s Federation of Changdao village, Xihe county, says: “It’s a good thing to see embroidery pro

duction in Xihe county is shifting from being scattered to being more organized.

“But one drawback is that we are yet to find a good market.”

Separately, in 2016, the Xihe Culture, Radio and

Broadcasting Administration designated Luo, now 32, as a Xihe Qiqiao culture “inheritor”.

As for the future prospects, Luo says: “To be honest, o

ur production is at a bit of a standstill now because we don’t know when the next order will come in.

“And we are reluctant to produce en masse beca

use of the risk of overstocking. But when an order does come in, we’ll work very hard.

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rump picks US ambassador to Canada for UN ambassador

  President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame

rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.

  Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.

  ”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be

ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

  He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst

anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou

ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”

  Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.

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That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that

  back to whoever sent you here,” she says, citing that the deal doesn’t have a

single Republican in favor of the proposal and “the k

ey to good legislation is to tailor something that you write so that it can pass, and you can get a step ahead.”

  When a girl urges her to vote yes anyway, Feinstein replies, “I may do that … but it’s not a good resolution.”

  In a statement Friday night about the confrontation, Feinstein said she “always welcomes the oppo

rtunity to hear from Californians who feel passionately about this issue and it remains a top priority of mine.”

  ”Unfortunately, it was a brief meeting but I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear. I have been and rem

ain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation,” Feinstein said.

  ”We had a spirited discussion and I presented the group with my draft resolution

that provides specific responses to the climate change crisis, which I plan to introduce soon.”

  The conversation at times grew heated, especially when Feinstein dismissed the group’s request due to their tone and their youth.

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Pence channeled a forceful, direct Trump. Biden’s ove

  rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better

prepared, had his spe

ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.

  A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker

of the House of Representatives, was introd

uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.

  Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a

silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.

  Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending

and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to

follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

  He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.

  Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.

  ”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”

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Trump admin pushes for tougher action on Iran, swipes

  US and Israeli leaders continued to push for confrontation with Iran at the Warsaw ministe

rial meeting on Middle East security Thursday, strongly criticizing Europe as they did so.

  Vice President Mike Pence cast Iran as the central driver of all regional instabil

ity as he addressed the 62 countries gathered in Warsaw and ripped in

to Europe for its refusal to leave the Iran nuclear deal and join Washington on increasing sanctions on Tehran.

  ”Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as coope

rative” on Iran as countries in the Gulf have been, Pence said in an address to the ministerial.

  Referring to Iranian protests in 2009, the vice president said, “The world missed an opportunity last time to confront the regime, but not this time.”

  ’I don’t rule anything out’

  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after a public appea

rance with Pence Thursday, told NBC that Iran “has to be countered and it has to be co

untered now.” Asked if that means regime change, Netanyahu said, “I don’t rule anything out.”

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the ma

  behind that report, said Thursday on Twitter that “the Pope promised real change to protec

t children. Based on our investigation, it’s clear that the church can not be trusted to police itself.”

  The Pope promised real change to protect children. Based on our investigation, it’s clear that the church can not be trusted to police itself. To fully addr

ess the crisis and ensure that the abuse and cover up of this scale never happens again, I believe they must do 5 things:

  — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) February 21, 2019

  Shapiro’s comments come just two days after Catholic leaders in Denver reached an agreem

ent with the Colorado attorney general to allow a former federal prosecutor to review its files re

lated to allegations of sexual abuse. Attorney General Phil Weiser stressed, however, that it is not a criminal investigation.

  ”I am confident in the steps we have taken to address this issue and that there are no priests in

active ministry currently under investigation,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

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Meanwhile in California, a state senator introduced a bil

  would force priests to report suspected child abuse, even if that meant violating the seal of the Sacrament of Penance, wid

ely known as Confession. Under current church law, priests who violate the secrecy of the sacrament can face excommunication.

  ”Individuals who harm children or are suspected of harming children must be reported

so a timely investigation by law enforcement can occur,” said State Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo.

  ”The law should apply equally to all professionals who have been designated as mandated reporters of these crimes — with

no exceptions, period. The exemption for clergy only protects the abuser and places children at further risk.”

  Pope’s bid to tackle abuse scandal

  The actions by US prosecutors and legislators came as nearly 200 Catholic leaders f

rom around the world descended upon the Vatican to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

  The four-day summit, convened by Pope Francis last September, has included a spee

ch by the Pope, talks outlining best practices and small-group discussions among bishops.

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