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The volunteer team－led by Wu Liangliang, a security guard who has gained online fame for his fluent self-taught En
glish－has also been part of the site’s efforts to provide a more personal management style, in addition to the city go
vernment’s introduction of various measures, including a mobile app, to help tourists.
Larry Goodrich, from Seattle, who has been traveling with his wife
in the Yangtze River Delta for three weeks, lauded the volunteers’ contributions.
Having worked in the computer industry since “the era of brick-si
zed cellphones”, the 65-year-old said that while technology has provided unimaginable con
venience, traveling is about being a part of the destination and interacting with local residents.
“The human connection is always better,” said Goodrich.
Concern over the recent escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israelis have been temporarily relieved after Palestin
ian leaders in Gaza agreed a cease-fire with Israel early on Monday. Right now, nothing is more important than u
pholding the cease-fire as the atmosphere between the two rivals has not been so combustible since 2014.
Since Friday, militant groups in Gaza have fired more than 600 rockets a
nd other projectiles at southern Israeli cities and villages, killing four Israeli civilians, wit
h Israel retaliating with air and artillery strikes, killing 27 people, including 14 civilians, in Gaza.
The latest border clashes, the most deadly since 2014, have occurred against the backdrop of the changing Middle East po
licy of the United States, which has seen the US drop any pretense of impartiality and make clear its support of Israel.
ties brought by the BRI, which by some estimates could be worth 1.8 billion pounds ($2.33 billion) annually to the British economy.
As a financial hub for international infrastructure investmen
t, British firms and international companies based in the UK stand ready to provide many of the ser
vices required along the Belt and Road, especially as it becomes more of a shared venture, she said.
They can also provide private financing required by the project and support thro
ugh green finance, consultancy, rule of law and foreign exchange, McGuinness added.
Seventy years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, ties between China and UK h
ave gone from strength to strength, with bilateral trade now worth nearly 70 billion pounds, McGuinness said.
“I look forward to celebrating this long, fruitful relationship with our Chinese counterp
arts, and to marking the next chapter of our partnership in the Belt and Road,” she added.
ntly domestic laws do not view embryos as independent persons, yet in judicial practices their personal rights are still under protection of law as part of the pers
onal rights of their parents. If the draft amendment passes, embryos will enjoy better protection of rights in the future.
ASTANA — A bus accident in Kazakhstan has killed 11 people and injured 29 others, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said Saturday.
The accident took place on the early morning of Saturday in the Kordai district in the southe
rn Zhambyl region when a car collided with a truck on a highway and a following passenger bus ma
de a rollover in order to avoid a collision with the vehicles, according to the ministry.
“As a result of the accident, eight people were killed instantly, 32 people were taken to me
dical facilities, where another three people died from injuries,” the ministry said in a statement.
About 50 people and the rescue services, disaster management office and regional police departme
nt were involved, and medical personnel have been dispatched to the scene, the ministry said.
A pre-trial investigation was launched under the criminal code, while investigat
ors from the Interior Ministry and the police office are working to establish the circumstances of the accident.
convicted of incitement to commit public nuisance.
Judge Johnny Chan Jong-herng handed down the verdicts. The court will h
ear defendants’ petition in the afternoon. The date for sentencing has not yet been revealed.
According to the Crimes Ordinance and the Criminal Procedure Ordinance, each charge carries up to seven years’ imprisonment.
The illegal Occupy protests saw massive sit-ins on Tim Mei Avenue and Fenwick Pier Street – major thoroughfares linking Wan Cha
i and Central – between Sept 28 and Dec 11 of 2014. It put the city in a standstill for 79 days.
China will lower the tax rates on a range of goods brought or mailed b
y individuals into the country, including food, medicines, textiles and information technol
ogy products, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced Monday.
Starting Tuesday, the tax rate on inbound articles included on the No 1 taxable
item list, which includes books, computers, food, furniture and medicines, will be reduc
ed to 13 percent from the previous 15 percent, the commission said in an online statement.
Some medicines that are currently subject to a 3-percent import value-added tax r
ate, including anti-cancer drugs and medicines for rare diseases, will enjoy favorable tax rate.