Food festivals offer visitors taste of Asiaonal Beijin

Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.

The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere

nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.

The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b

etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.

Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh

ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at

tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers

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Uber’s shares ended the day down 7.6% at $41.57, even as t

 the S&P 500 reversed losses to end in positive territory. Only about a fifth of IPOs have

ended their first day of trading in the red in the last two years, according to Dealogic data.

Uber priced its IPO on Thursday at the low end of its targeted ra

nge, hoping that approach would spare it the trading plunge suffered by Lyft.

Lyft ended down 6.9% on Friday, and is 28 percent below its IPO price.

Still, the world’s largest ride-hailing company appeared to generate m

ore interest from mom-and-pop investors than Lyft. Retail investors at TD Am

eritrade executed more trades in the first ten minutes of Uber’s debut than in Lyft’s first 2-1/2 hours.

Uber had already lowered its valuation expectations twice in the last two months to address investor concerns over its mounting losses.

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If you come in to the shore to deliver, it takes at least

an hour – an hour we lose on the water. The thing about the fish

is that once you find them, you’ve got to stay on top of them,” Berry said.

Irwin said that every day the fish seem to prefer different temperatures and water depths. He is us

ing all the skills he has learned throughout the world to find better ways to fish for carp in Kentucky.

The half-brothers are not the only ones lured to the state by Asian car

p. About a year ago, Lin Jiantong and his wife Jiang Huiying moved there from Atlanta to fish the species.

In Atlanta, they were employed as kitchen workers by Chinese restaurants. After le

arning they could make a living from fishing, Lin had no hesitation in trying a new lifestyle.

Growing up along the coast in Fujian province, he knows a thing or two about fishing.

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The development of winter sports will help meet th

diversified needs of sports fans, which is conducive to soci

al and economic development. Notably, the General Admi

nistration of Sport has issued a document emphasizing the importance of planning in the development of the winter

sports industry. For instance, some departments have made efforts to optimize their resources by building m

ore winter sports venues so they can encourage more people to take up winter sports.

The Beijing municipal government and Hebei provincial gov

ernment have worked out policies to encourage more scho

ol students to play winter sports, and take part in winter sports events on campuses.

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n April 2017, for example, the company took technol

ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us

ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs

ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina

lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.

Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai

d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima

ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.

“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie

d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.

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The 40-year-old Wang Xing, chairman and CEO of M

eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.

Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker

based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.

Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro

up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.

The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi

ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.

The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina

ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.

The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite

ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.

When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.

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Broken and missing cast iron sculptures have also be

repaired and replaced. Some 202 of them, including images of sunflowers, landscapes

, workers and soldiers, have been placed on the two sets of railings on the bridge to maintain its original appearance.

Guo Jian, deputy director of the Nanjing Center of Public Project Construction, said

the bridge could be used safely for another 100 years if properly maintained.

“The comprehensive examination before the bridge was closed showed that it was in its prime,” he

said. “The bridge has been reliable for years, even after several ships collided with the piers. The flow of traf

fic and the speed of vehicles have far exceeded the original design but have not affected its solidity.”

Yang, from the Nanjing Institute for Urban and Transportation Planning and Des

ign, said the bridge will continue to serve as a major road, rail and marine structure.

“It has been a witness to and participant in the country’s 40 years of fast development. It will g

reatly help the economic and traffic development of Nanjing, the province and the country,” Yang added.

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In the meantime, Cainiao Network, the logistics arm

 of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, announced it will employ more than 100,000 delivery

men in the next three years, with an aim to help their average wages increase by more than 20 percent.

According to Cainiao, its parcel pick-up services within two hours has cov

ered 284 cities across the country, which means the company’s logistics network has not

only covered first-tier cities, but also third and fourth-tier cities and even rural areas.

Industry insiders said JD is facing rising labor costs, and Cainiao’s intention of hiring more

couriers will intensify competition in the country’s logistics and delivery sector.

“Although JD Logistics is beefing up its presence in third-party delivery business and takin

g steps to motivate staff’s enthusiasm, it still lags behind courier companies such as SF Holding, YTO Expre

ss, STO Express and Yunda Express,” said Lu Zhenwang, CEO of Shanghai-based Wanqing Consultancy.

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Currently there is a technology race to build the first

green floating city for people to live sustainably on the ocean. Singapore is cooper

ating with Norway on ambitious floating projects. In Europe, Norway is putting the weight of its state-owned enterprise Equinor (formerly Statoil) int

o exploring this new space and building strategic alliances. Norway is conducting workshops on floating cities.

The Netherlands, in cooperation with the United Nations, recently announced the creation of the Global Center on Ada

ptation to be housed in floating offices in Rotterdam. This center will be led by several luminaries, including former UN Secreta

ry-General Ban Ki-Moon, business leader Bill Gates and CEO of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva.

Collins Chen, one of the pioneers and leading experts in sustainable

green floating cities, established his own company OCEANIX Ltd, based in Hong Ko

ng. He hopes to leverage the technology edge offered by being in the Greater Bay area and expecting to build the

first prototype for a floating city in China. He said his decision to establish OCEANIX in Hong Kong was very much insp

ired by policies from China for comprehensive “smart, green and blue” infrastructure integration.

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By becoming the first G7 member to join the Belt

Road Initiative, Italy has set an example for other European countries on how to strengthen cooperation with China in the future.As for C

hina and France, the two countries inked agreements on deepening joint development, part

icularly through industrial cooperation. The two sides also signed billions of dollars worth of contracts.Now tha

t French President Emmanuel Macron, a firm supporter of European integration, has taken measures to im

prove China-France cooperation, the healthy and fruitful progress of Sino-French ties can in turn promote better C

hina-EU relations. Macron has always emphasized France’s position in the European integration project and China sup

ports his efforts.By reaching agreements on cooperation, Xi and Macron have paved the way for not only deep

er Sino-French cooperation but also overall Sino-EU cooperation, which was highlighted during Xi’s meeting with Germ

an Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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