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hina will take a solid step toward becoming a high-income country this year, creatin
g more space to deepen reform and expand opening-up, economists said on Friday.
A more balanced growth pattern will help the world’s s
econd-largest economy pass the “middle-income t
rap”, with consumption and high-tech manufacturing leading growth, they said at a B
eijing seminar leading up to the 2019 China Development Forum, which starts on Saturday.
After decades of rapid GDP growth, China’s economy has entered
a new era of moderately slowing expansion and a transition to a high-quality growth model. T
hat has pushed economists to reconsider some long-term issues, such as whether the economy would cool down sh
arply before a considerable rise in wealth, especially after a period of fast growth.
“The key method to ensure China’s role as a high-income country is to
adjust industrial structures and promote productivity,” said Zhu Min, an influ
ential Chinese economist and former deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund.
think, both of our country should be very proud to have a friend, a representative like him,” he said.
At present, there are more than 800 13-18-year-old students at the
School, including nearly 60 Chinese students, most of whom are from Hong Kong.
Uppingham school was founded in 1584. The famous British educator Edward Thri
ng (1821-87) used to be its headmaster and took the lead in proposing the concept of “all-around education”.
Thring opened the first school gymnasium in England, introduced wood and metal workshops, and provided a sw
imming pool. In academic matters he stressed sound training in mathematics, the classics, and music. In 1869 he fou
nded the Headmasters’ Conference, an organization that had a great influence in English school education.
Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on midnight local time on
Thursday, March 14, with 175 kph (109 mph) winds,
It wasn’t the strongest storm to have hit Mozambique, but the region had
recently been deluged by heavy rains. After lingering off the coast for days, gatherin
g strength, Idai finally dumped a huge amount of water on Beira — a city of
500,000 people — destroying “90%” of the area, according to aid agencies.
One week later, thousands of people remain missing across Mozambique,
Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Millions of others acr
oss have been left destitute without food or basic services, according to reports.
he high commissioner for Mozambique in the UK, Filipe Chidumo, said
Wednesday that the country needs “a sustained effort on part of the
Mozambican government as well as the inter
national community” to help rescue stranded people, and provide, food,
sanitation and water for those at risk.
”This is a big tragedy of biblical proportions,” he said, adding that major
ation of electricity, water and sanitation to prevent the emergence of waterborne
diseases, as well as repairs to public infrastructure.
d to the lowest level in almost a decade.
”The reason for this underperformance relative to the rest of the world is, I believe, the uncertainty surrounding the prospect of Brexit,” Ge
rtjan Vlieghe, a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, said in a speech last month.
The pain has also been felt by households. The pou
nd plunged 15% against the dollar after the 2016 vote, pushing the price of imported goods hig
her. That spurred inflation and contributed to a decline in the value of people’s paychecks.
Executives have reacted to the uncertainty by attempting to Brexit-proof their businesses.
”It is clear that political inaction has already had economic consequences, with many firm
s hitting the brakes on investment and recruitment decisions as a result of ongoing uncertainty,” said Ad
am Marshall, director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, a business lobby.
A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.
Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh
unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp
ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.
Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain－the open AI platform of Baidu－had the idea of build
ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.
Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc
ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.
Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin
g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye
ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.