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Zhang before beating her to death with a bat and decapitating her. Christensen has never revealed what he did with Zhang’s remains.
FBI investigators testified they found her blood and DNA inside Christens
en’s Champaign apartment, where the former PhD candidate said he raped, beat and deca上海后花园
pitated her, according to a statement he made to his then-girlfriend as they attended a memorial vigil for Zhang. C
上海后花园品茶微信hristensen was unaware his girlfriend was cooperating with the FBI and wearing a wire.
The defense tried to cast doubt on the recording, noting that he also
claimed he had 12 other victims, a claim the FBI hasn’t been able to corroborate.
That tape was played for jurors multiple times during trial and extensively during the government’s closing statements Wednesday.上海后花园品茶微信
Prosecutors, in seeking the death penalty, presented aggravating
上海后花园factors such as Zhang’s killing was pre-meditated, that she died during the co
mmission of another crime – kidnapping, and she was particularly vulnerable because of her small size and lim
ited English-speaking ability.A double rainbow, which some see as symbolizing a friendly bridge connecting China and Ru上海后花园品茶微信
ssia, stretches across the Heilongjiang River, known as the Amur River in Heihe, Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, on Se
上海后花园Workers on Thursday broke ground on a cableway spanning Heilongjiang Ri
ver, which forms the China-Russia border, in hopes of advancing tourism in the region.
It is the first cross-border cableway between the two countri上海后花园品茶微信
es. On completion, the cableway will link up Heihe, a city in Northeast China’s Heilon
gjiang province, and the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk across the Heilongjiang River, also known as Amur River.
上海后花园品茶微信As China’s opening-up gains further steam, exchanges between the two
cities have been increasing. Border crossing, however, has remained stubbornly slow.
The cableway, with a budget of 570 million yuan ($83 million), w上海后花园
ill be 972 meters in length and will follow two-way traffic, with cable coaches capable of ca
rrying 80 people each. The cableway is designed to have a transporting capacity of 6 million people annually.
上海后花园品茶微信”A cableway will be a safe and convenient shortcut for tourists to cro
ss the Heilongjiang River,” said Qin Enting, secretary of the Heihe Municipal Co
mmittee of the Communist Party of China. “Riders will also get a glimpse of the unique views of both cities.”
It is expected that the cableway will be finished and become operational in the first quarter of上海后花园品茶微信
2021. Completion of the project will boost tourism in the region and there will be 10 percent increase in the nu
mber of tourists to Heihe, according to estimates by the relevant departments of Heihe city.
Also, the time for a single-way border crossing will be shortened to less than 10 minutes.
nghai-Tibet Plateau. The public knows little about most of the species. I am a Chinese wildli
fe photographer. I think I have a responsibility to shoot the species in Hoh Xil,” says Gu.上海千花坊女神会所
She arrived in Hoh Xil to shoot Tibetan antelopes for the first time in Ju
上海千花坊ne 2016. “I once went to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau three times in two months to shoot the an
telopes. I once stayed in the depopulated zone in Hoh Xil for 40-plus days. I put up a tent where the antelopes li
ved, and I installed the photographic equipment in the tent. Every day, I entered the tent at 5:30 am, and I left the te上海千花坊女神会所
nt at 9 pm. I could only eat some canned congee, as fragrant food would attract nearby bears,” says Gu.
She is planning to make a documentary that reflects the natural ecology of Hoh Xil and Sanjiangyuan. “Th
上海千花坊ere are few images about the animals and plants in the depopulated zone. I need to spend mu
ch time shooting the species. I hope more people will gain a more comprehensive understanding of Hoh Xil a
nd Sanjiangyuan through my photos and videos,” says Gu. She provides her photos and videos to experts, to he上海千花坊女神会所
lp them conduct their research. Experts at the Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, under the Chinese Ac
ademy of Sciences, spoke highly of Gu’s images of the migration of the
Tibetan antelopes. Experts cannot say for certain why the antelopes migrate every ye上海千花坊
ar, but they can study the reasons why the antelopes migrate through Gu’s photos and videos.
上海千花坊女神会所Gu serves as deputy secretary-general of the Hoh Xil Wildlife Conservation Association. She
has given lectures, in China and abroad, on photography and ecological protection. She also gives lect
ures attended by biology teachers from primary and middle schools, and she shares her experiences in Hoh Xil wi上海千花坊
th those teachers. The teachers share Gu’s concept of ecological protection with their students, and they help the students cul
tivate an interest in nature and the awareness of protecting the biological diversity on earth.上海千花坊女神会所
“Wildlife photography does not merely mean shooting beautiful photos, but also promoti
ng the species on earth to more people, so the public will pay attention to the species, and help protect the envi上海千花坊女神会所
ronment and the biological diversity on earth. We should respect all life on earth,” says Gu.
ed to find that her role was intensely criticized online. Her charac
ter was accused of being stupid. Some people even equated her with the role. In reality, of c上海会所品茶微信
ourse, it showed her ability to win over audiences with the integrity of her performance.
上海会所”As an actress, I cannot shape a perfect role. The script is there, and I have to show the role’s stupidity according to the script,” says Yang.
Another highlight of her career was the fantasy drama, Ashes of上海会所品茶微信
Love, which aired in 2018. It topped TV ratings for 34 consecutive days.
上海会所But success can take a toll. Yang lost 9 kilograms while shooting, but the end result made the sacrifice worthwhile, she says.
Yang cares deeply about audiences and welcomes critical suggestions. “I don’t like hearing praise all the time, since that makes it hard to pro
gress. I like to listen to different people and improve my acting based on their suggestions.”上海会所品茶微信
With 20 years of acting under her belt, Yang allows herself a modicum of confidence. “I used to feel tense and was afraid the director might be dissatisfied with
上海会所my acting. But now, I can discuss the character and my acting with the director if I have a different understanding of the role.”
Yang also says she used to care a little too much about what others thought
. Now, she focuses more on her inner feelings and is clearer on what road she should take.上海会所品茶微信
“Sometimes, it seems two people are fighting inside my heart, but I always tell myself to discover my true feelings.”
Gu Ying, formerly a professional paraglider, is now a wild
life photographer. Gu has spent much time shooting wild animals in Hoh Xil Nat上海会所
onal Nature Reserve, in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, since 2016. “My responsibility and obli
gations are to record wild animals in a real, comprehensive way, and to reveal the actual living conditions of the an
上海会所品茶微信imals to the public. I hope the public will learn about the wild animals, and then help protect them,” says Gu.
Becoming a Photographer
Both of Gu Ying’s parents served in China’s air force. Under their infl
uence, Gu developed a yearning to fly when she was young. One day, in 2003, paragliding c上海会所
aught her attention, while she was hiking. The sport evoked her childhood dream of flying.
Gu took some paragliding courses, and she later became a profe
ssional paraglider. She practiced paragliding for half a year before she won the gold medal in a n上海会所品茶微信
ational paragliding competition. She became a member of China’s national paragliding team in 2004. She wo
n gold medals in national paragliding competitions three times over the next five years. Unfortunately, she had an accid
ent while she was practicing in 2009; she fractured the second lumbar vertebra, and she was confined to bed for the ne
xt three months. She had to suspend her paragliding career for at least one year.
Chen Xinyu contributed to the story.
is not just about economic funding.The environment now is one where there is a mass flow of students and lecturers – a mass flow of kn
owledge – and the UK has to engage in that so Chinese students are among the top academic performers and contribute gre上海乌托邦品茶微信
atly to scholarly exchange and academic research and development within the UK education sectors,” he says.
上海乌托邦Looking ahead to the future of China-UK partnership in higher education, he hopes that both sides c
an bring together a cross-section of education, science and industry experts together to share insi
ghts, provide thoughtful leadership and organize discussions with the purpose of researching and co上海乌托邦
mmunicating the impact and implications of the future on education, and to debate and take action.
“The key to success is about ensuring mutual benefit, shared objectives and working together to resolve global challenges,” he says.
上海乌托邦品茶微信tudents enrolled in the global engagement program launched
by Shanghai Jiao Tong University on June 26 will be engaged in tackling typical issues
faced by countries involved in China and the Belt and Road Initiative. According to the statement of the univer上海乌托邦
sity organizers, over 10 countries and regions will be involved in the program that includes 13 projects.
上海乌托邦The projects cover research and surveys on specific themes before com
ing up with solutions to problems related to the environment, medicine and civil engineering.
Ten of the projects will be carried out during the summer, while the remaining thre上海乌托邦品茶微信
e will be held in winter, from December to January next year. Each project will last between two and four weeks.
上海乌托邦More than 200 students are expected to join the program, according to the university.
“Every project is challenging as most of the students have never set foot in these areas,” says Cao Yongk
ang, director of the International Research Center for Architectural Heritage Conservation at the university.上海乌托邦品茶微信
“The program will definitely motivate them to realize their social responsi
bility in the new era and inspire them to solve the common problems of humankind.”上海乌托邦
Cao will lead one of the teams in investigations of villages in Zhejiang province’s Lishui city.
This project will involve setting up furniture and facilities that are
urgently needed by residents. The team will later visit villages in the Italian Alps to explore ne上海乌托邦品茶微信
w development models for locals, and compare the practices for these two countries.
“The project is designed for those majoring in architecture, city planning, sociology, and other上海乌托邦品茶微信
related subjects, and will equip them with a comprehensive understanding of rural revitalization,” says Cao.
nounced plans to raise their basic old-age pensions, cnr.cn reported.
上海后花园Fifteen regions, including Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi,
Shaanxi and Jiangsu上海后花园品茶微信, have promised to pay the raised pension to retirees before the end of July.
In Central China’s Henan province, the minimal basic pension sta
ndard for rural and urban residents will be increased to 103 yuan ($14.98) from 98, said Li Ha
ilong, deputy head of the provincial human resources and social security department.上海后花园
It is estimated the local government would provide additional funding of over 900 million yuan
to the pension scheme, which will benefit more than 15 million elderly rural and urban residents, Li said.上海后花园品茶微信
Regional plans to reduce enterprises’ social insurance premium rate are also being gradually implemented across the country.
上海后花园Statistics show in the first half of 2019 enterprise expenses for basic endowment insurance,品茶微信
unemployment insurance and employment injury insurance have been cut by over 128 billion yuan.
After companies’ social insurance premium rates were reduce
d to 16 percent from 20 percent, the savings can be invested into production, expansion and o上海后花园品茶微信
peration, said Gao Ying, personnel administration manager from an electronics company in Jiangxi.
A recent State Council executive meeting decided to fully implement trans
上海后花园ferring State assets to social security funds this year. More beneficial policies are ex
pected to be launched in the second half of 2019, as the country continues to advance social security reform.
A new natural gas network in the Xinjiang Uygur auton上海后花园品茶微信
omous region is making life for residents like Hazret Mamut much more convenient.
“I used to go to the gas station to change the fuel tank when it was empty, which used to take 10 minutes of riding an electric sco上海后花园品茶微信
oter,” Hazret recalled. But now, he only needs to turn the knob of the stove and the flame is lit.
“Using natural gas costs less than 20 yuan ($2.90) every month for cooking,” Hazret added.上海后花园
Such convenience in Hazret’s life is due to a natural gas p
roject conducted by PetroChina, one of China’s major oil companies.
Since the natural gas pipeline was put into operation in May in Wushi county in Aksu prefecture, Hazret’s home, a natural ga
s network covering all prefectures in southern Xinjiang has been established.
ers on one charge would earn 5 credits for its maker according to previous equations, and in the draft proposal the credits will be redu
ced to 2.5, according to Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of the China Passenger Car Association.上海千花网
He added that the proposed policy encourages better technology as more efficient power consumption will earn more credits.
上海千花网女神会所Analysts said the plan’s release will help carmakers to coordinate their production plans, es
pecially international ones, which have been slower than Chinese ones to respond to policy changes.
Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, called for a stable policy envi上海千花网
ronment at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress held in early July in Hainan province.
The German carmaker said almost half of its new energy vehicles produced in 2028 will
上海千花网女神会所be made in China. China has been the largest market for new energy vehicles since it overtook the United States in 2015.
So far there are around 3.5 million such vehicles on its roads.
The country’s new energy vehicle sales surged 65.9 percent year-on-year to 577,000 units上海千花网
during the January-June period, data from the China Passenger Car Association showed.
上海千花网女神会所The draft proposal is expected to help boost hybrids as well, to which Japanese carmakers have devoted much time and money.
They would still be considered fossil-fueled but re-classified as “low fuel consu
mption passenger vehicles” and thus will incur less negative points than traditional vehicles.
Under the current system, automakers in China are obliged to make up for a portion of the negative points they incur whe上海千花网女神会所
n they produce internal combustion engine vehicles with points won for producing new energy vehicles.
Analysts said the revision could see more traditional vehicles replaced with hybrids, because when automakers prod
uce hybrids. The proposed change came as a surprise, some experts and industry officials said, because the gove上海千花网女神会所
rnment has never before given any preferential treatment for hybrid technology.
“The new proposed policy is a roundabout way to promote hybrid cars,” said Cui in a social media post.
For those who are concerned about China’s economic well-being, the first half-year fig
ures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday may not be enough to relieve them of their worr上海419
ies, especially given the ongoing trade conflict with the United States and weakening global demand.
上海419After all, a 6.2 percent growth in the second quarter — although still within the gove
rnment’s target range of 6-6.5 percent for the year — was the weakest in nearly three decades.上海419
This, together with lukewarm trade readings released on Friday — exports fell 1.3 percent in June from a year earlier and imports dropped 7.3 percent — sugge
sts economic conditions are still severe and, with external uncertainties on the rise, the economy “is under new dow
上海419女神会所nward pressure”, as NBS spokesman Mao Shengyong said at a news conference.
But again, this is really a question of do you see the glass half empty or half full, given that
China remains one of the world’s fastest-growing major economies. While pessimists focus on the diffi
culties, optimists see the silver lining of the Chinese economy’s remarkable resilience given the headwinds it faces.上海419
For example, retail sales, a major gauge of consumption, surged 9.8 percent, much higher than the expected 8.5 percen
t and also the highest since March 2018. Many analysts attribute the progress to the central government’s ef
forts to boost domestic consumption — these range from massive tax cuts of nearly 2 trillion yuan ($291 billion) to the iss上海419女神会所
uance of 2.15 trillion yuan of special bonds by local governments for infrastructure construction.
上海419Other strong data, such as a 6.3-percent increase in industrial output an
d a 5.8-percent rise in January-June fixed asset investment, all indicate that the fund
amentals for steady growth remain unchanged and the government still has ample room for policy maneuvers.
Actually, once last month’s much-better-than-expected gains in retail上海419女神会所
sales, factory output and fixed-asset investment were announced, the market quickly cast its vot
上海419女神会所e of confidence in the Chinese economy. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index ended 0.4 percent up on Monday a
fter casting off losses that had pushed it down as much as 1.5 percent in the morning ahead of the data release.
“Over the past 5,000 years, history has recorded the rise and fall of kingd
oms and dynasties. One hundred and fifty years ago, the West conquered the world but 娱乐地图女神会所
failed to conquer the hearts of Chinese. Now, Uncle Sam is seeking unilateralism by abandoning world ord
娱乐地图女神会所ers since World War II, but they encountered resistance all over the world, especially from China,” said Wang Yao
heng, one of 12 contestants in the annual English Speech Contest held by the College of Liberal Arts & Law of Da
lian Minzu University on June 28. He made no secret of his admiration of Chinese culture. 娱乐地图女神会所
“After being informed of the speech contest, I was very excited about it. As a Chinese youth, I long for
an opportunity to express my love for the culture of our motherland. In addition, this is also a figh 娱乐地图
t back to those who turn a deaf ear to both affairs at home and abroad. I want to tell them that we college students are no
t a “spoiled generation, we are not the kind of know-nothing-but-pleasure” generation, Wang said. 娱乐地图女神会所
The contestants were ethnically diverse, and expressed their reverence to traditional Chinese culture and great pride
娱乐地图for the social and economic achievements made by Chinese people in the past several decades. The recognition o
f Chinese cultural identity among young students from different ethnic groups reache
d a record high against the background of the global trade war and unilateralism triggered by the US. 娱乐地图
However, as to the role of Chinese traditional culture in the modern era, students’ views varied.
Some believe that Chinese culture is still as vibrant as it used t 娱乐地图女神会所
o be, while others see that Chinese culture needs to remember its traditions.
Tong Fei, a contestant, said that the absence of filial piety among members of the younger generation has become a crue 娱乐地图
l reality. For instance, the notion of “raising children for old age” is no longer accepted. Increasingly, more people no lo
nger believe that it is practical to wait for their children to take care of them in their old age. 娱乐地图女神会所
Contestant Shi Jia expressed her worries over Chinese cultural identity in the new era an
d appealed for revitalization of tradition. “Abandoning Chinese cultural identity is very dangerous. Only if we ke
ep our cultural identity, then we know who we are, and our nation will survive,” she said.
Contestant Lin Wanlu was adamant in her criticism of a pro-western attitude in C
hina. She advocated that Chinese should first try their best to dig out and digest
their own culture, and then extend the wisdom of Chinese traditional culture as a treasure to the world.
Conductor Yu Long chose Chinese composer Chen Qigang’s violin concerto, La Joie de la Sou
ffrance (The Joy of Suffering) to appear on his new album with the Shanghai Symphony Orc上海千花坊
hestra, Gateways. But Yu’s first encounter with Chen was not exactly harmonious.
上海千花坊Yu wanted to perform one of Chen’s compositional works during the
Beijing Music Festival, an annual classical music festival held in the capital, which Yu fou
nded in 1998 and of which he was artistic director from 1998 to 2018. However, Chen said no. Instead, the co
上海千花坊女神会所mposer floated the idea of having a concert where the repertoires were all written by him.
“Usually a concert featuring work written by one composer is held to commemorate them after death. It did not seem like a good i
dea to me back then,” recalls Yu. “However, after listening to Chen’s work, I changed my mind. The concert was s上海千花坊
uccessful and I told Chen immediately after the concert how touched I was by his music.”
上海千花坊女神会所On the latest album, entitled Gateways, the first recording of the Shanghai Sy
mphony Orchestra signed it signed to Deutsche Grammophon label in June 2018, Yu, the co
nductor and artistic director of the 140-year-old orchestra, selected two of Chen’s works to feature the album: the v
iolin concerto, La joie de la sufferance and Wu Xing (The Five Elements).上海千花坊女神会所
“When we discussed the programs for the orchestra’s first album with DG, we all agreed to tell Chinese stories through mu
上海千花坊sic. An important mission of the album is to bridge the gap between traditional Chinese culture and an in
ternational audience,” says Yu. “Chen’s work is frequently played worldwide and enjoyed by people from different c
ultures. He has a unique way of combining traditional Chinese philosophy with Western music. You can fee
l his incredible imagination in his music, therefore, it was among the first we chose.上海千花坊女神会所
Under the baton of Yu, the China Philharmonic performed Chen’
s music during the concert in 2002, including Wu Xing (The Five Elements) and Iris De
上海千花坊女神会所voilee, as well as a world premiere of Chen’s Reflet d’un Temps Disparu for erhu (a bowed two-string instrument) and
orchestra, which was adapted from the composer’s piece with the same title originally written for cello and orchestra.
Since then, Yu has led China’s symphony orchestras in performing Chen’s work worldwide.
To explore further the challenges and huge opportunities in this area, the Novartis Fou
ndation and Microsoft are co-chairing a new Broadband Commission working group that will m上海千花坊
ake recommendations regarding how AI can safely improve health and strengthen healthcare systems. In a sim
上海千花坊品茶微信ilar vein, health-advocacy organization PATH is working with the Tanzanian government to test machine-lea
rning applications that promise to predict demand for vaccines more accurately and optimize their delivery.上海千花坊
Digital health tools that inform and empower patients can also play a crucial role in p
reventing disease. Simple, existing, cost-effective technology, such as mobile phones and broadband, can ma上海千花坊品茶微信
ke a huge difference in raising awareness of the causes and early symptoms of diseases. PATH and the No
上海千花坊vartis Foundation, for example, are collaborating on the Communities for Healthy Hearts program in Vietnam, w
hich uses digital technology to improve and accelerate control of hypertension－the leading cause of heart disease.
Finally, digital technology can help to deliver healthcare to people in remote or und上海千花坊品茶微信
erserved areas, thereby tackling one of the greatest obstacles to reducing disease. Using
mobile phones, WhatsApp, and text messages can improve the quality and accessibility of care for millions of people. In this re上海千花坊品茶微信
gard, the Novartis Foundation and PATH have introduced telemedicine in Ghana, which connects rural inhabitants wi
th trained healthcare professionals, and digital dashboards that enable better, faster malaria care.上海千花坊品茶微信
Digital data must be made part of health systems
Digital data and technology must be fully integrated into national health systems, and should become as essential as hos
pital beds. Too many digital health pilot programs over the past decade have been uncoordinated and focused on sing上海千花坊
le issues. Leadership from national governments is therefore critical to ensuring a coherent approach.
Fortunately, global and country-led efforts are starting to move in this direction. Earlier this year, for example, the D上海千花坊品茶微信
emocratic Republic of the Congo established its first digital health agency, with the aspiration of improving ma
nagement of the healthcare system, providing better care, and making services more accessible.
We can solve the global health crisis and achieve universal coverage, but only by making
digital tools central to all countries’ health systems. No single organization can achieve this on its own: we
need the public, private and social sectors to work together. In fact, the goal must be to make these new technologies s
o widespread that we no longer need to refer to “digital” health, because that is what all health systems will be.
Ann Aerts is head of the Novartis Foundation, and Steve Davis is president and CEO of the Seattle-based intern
ational nonprofit organization PATH. Project Syndicate
The views don’t necessarily reflect those of China Daily.