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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.
ickly spread across the country as a way to express people’s gratitude toward the firefighters and wishes for their safety.
In Tongxiang, Zhejiang province, the fire and rescue bureau even received a car key, along with a letter.
“The car has been maintained, please feel free to use it. I hope the car will be of use in your work,” it said, accor
ding to a Sina Weibo post by the Fire and Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The letter was signed by “Sichuan citizen”. The officers found the donor, a secondhand
car seller from Sichuan, thanked him and eventually talked him into taking back his car, according to the ministry.
As the gifts and heartwarming notes have become a trending topic on social media, experts said the enhancement of people’s fire s
afety and prevention awareness will help ease firefighters’ burden and better protect their safety.
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.”
to reduce pollution from industrial production, coal used as fuel, and motor vehicles, which are the t
hree major sources of pollution. In addition, more will be done to reduce pollution by up
grading heating and switching from coal to clean energy in industrial northern China.
As for the still challenging problem of water pollution, according to the GWR, China pl
ans to achieve a 2 percent decrease in both chemical oxygen demand and ammonia nitrogen emi
ssions this year as the government strengthens its efforts to curb water and soil pollution.
America’s master of malapropisms, Yogi Berra, once said that “You can observe a lot by wat
ching”. We can see with our own eyes how much progress has begun to be made in Beijing and other cities reg
arding pollution but this is merely a good beginning of a very long struggle that will be measured in decades, not ye
ars. As I write this I can clearly see the mountains that ring Beijing from my window. Once a rare occurrence, I now see
them often. It’s not scientific but it’s my personal way of knowing that the government’s war on pollution is having the
desired effect and it’s heartening to know that much more is being done in what is, in essence, a war on pollution.
mit in Singapore, the US President appeared to tout reports that North Korea had begun dismantling the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, another name for Tongchang-ri.
Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies specializing in satell
ite imagery analysis, said that the more notable development is the work being done to the engine test stand, whe
re Pyongyang could theoretically improve the engines on its nuclear-capable missiles.
North Korea has already successfully tested two types of ICBMs on
mobile launchers, so it doesn’t necessarily need the launch pad to test-fire long-range missiles.
It’s also possible that the activity at the facility is a chess move in North Korea’s
negotiating strategy, Schmerler said, to ratchet up pressure on Washington.
Trump and Pompeo have touted as progress the fact that North Korea has not conducted any missile or nuclear tests in more than a year.
”The site itself, in the macro-sense, is very transparent. And the North Koreans know we are always watching,” he said.
”When they do something at Sohae, they know that this could very easily be in the public conversation for domestic American politics.”
It’s unclear if the recent developments will affect how the White House moves forward with North Korea.
Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.
At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijing Capital Internation
al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run
way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration’s North China Regional Bu
reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.
The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo
sed last until March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services.
Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro
cedures and aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release.
Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.
not the few — redistributing wealth and power, taking vital resources into public ownership, inv
esting in every region and nation, and tackling climate change,” Corbyn added.In the most
recent election, Ryan saw her vote share increase substantially, along with a countrywide swing towards Labo
ur, though in her own election material Ryan urged voters not to associate her with the Labour leader.
le the Independent Group — as the collection of largely centrist ex-Labour MPs is currently called — has so far dama
ged the opposition party, attention will now turn to the ruling Conservatives.
Several Tory MPs are reportedly consi
dering joining the group, over disagreements with Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Brexit, as the vote
to leave the European Union continues to cause chaos in British politics, with only 37 days until it is due to take effect.