Chinese-Bridge Proficiency Competition takes place in Namibia

The Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Tuesday held the 18th Chin

ese-Bridge Proficiency Competition for college students in the capital Windhoek.

The annual Chinese language and culture proficiency competition this year saw 10 students take part in the Namibia leg.

The competition was split into three categories, namely free speeches, question and answer segment as well as the talent show.

At the event, 4th-year student Hileni Eelu at UNAM’s Hifekunye Pohamba Campus, situated in

northern Namibia, emerged as the winner and will represent the country in the finals in China.

Speaking at the event, UNAM’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Ellen Namhila, said the competition is o

f importance since the relationship between China and Namibia is growing in “leaps and bounds”.

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Designed to empower early-stage startups, WeWork

Labs has extended its footprint to 32 cities in 15 countries since 2011.

Building on WeWork’s global resources, the platform offers community education, connections and mentorship to help entrepreneurs.

“We have seen many incubators, but do not see ourselves as one o

f them,” says Roee Adler, senior vice-president and global head of WeWork Labs.

Roee says WeWork seeks no equity and sets no time limits for startups’ growth, aiming to buil

d an innovation platform that creates an enabling ecosystem with tailor-made programs and services for its members.

As entrepreneurs, it is important to stay curious and learn to understand the nuances of different cultures, Roee says.

“So, the more you understand people, the more you can empathize and the more you might end up with meaningful relationships.”

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East China remained the most developed region in 2017, wit

Designated traffic lanes will be set aside on Beijing-Chongli Expressway for smooth traffic flow during the upcoming 2019 Bei

jing International Horticultural Exhibition, the capital’s transport authorities said on Monday, Beijing News reported.

The expo, which will kick off on April 29 and run until Oct 7, is expected to attract 16 million visitors from home and abroad.

The special lanes will be put in use on weekends and national holidays

(Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day) during the ho

rticultural exhibition, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation.

While the special lanes are in use, only public transport vehicles, large pass

enger cars, certified Beijing Expo vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehi

cles, such as police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances, will be allowed to run on these lanes.

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The restriction applies to vehicles traveling out of Beiji

ng between 7 am and 11 am and to those entering the city from outside Beijing between 5 pm and 10 pm. Violators will be fined 100 yuan.

Also part of support measures for visitors to the event, construction of 11 temporary parking lots was completed earlier this mo

nth. The parking lots, with a total area of 106.04 hectares, can accommodate more than 20,000 vehicles.Tan Choon Ho

ng, a Malaysian man of Chinese descent, is deputy project manager of the Penang STP2 Project Management Office unde

r China Communication Construction (M) SDN BHD. His wife tells us how the company stimulates the develo

pment of the local economy, enriches the lives of local residents and makes overseas Chinese proud.

Every year, about 5,000 people with potentially deadly head and neck cancer come to S

un Yat-sen University Cancer Center, the world’s busiest medical facility treating the disease.

Ma Jun, a specialist in nasopharyngeal cancer who has worked at the

hospital in Guangdong province for 34 years, says every patient has a heart-wrenching story.

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Ma described the early radiation as carpet bombing, sayin

g it causes collateral damage in the area around the tumor. A “satellite map” is needed for a precision strike, he said.

Ma and his team put forward an individualized irradiation range and dose standard for radi

otherapy. The result is a clear picture showing high – and low-risk areas, which then allows dose stratification.

In 2014, an atlas of organs at risk in nasopharyngeal cancer patients was published in

Radiotherapy and Oncology. It suggested tailoring both radiation doses and targets, and setting a reco

mmended safety dose for protecting 33 normal organs around the nasopharynx.

Today, the five-year overall survival rate for patients exceeds 80 percent at Sun Yat-sen Uni

versity Cancer Center, while the rate of severe side effects from radiotherapy has dropped by 24 percent.

Ma, who has won China’s National Science and Technology Award twice with his team, is grateful to more than 10,000

patients who have participated in his research, saying their courage is behind the progress in the treatment.

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Meanwhile, more than 8,000 officials were punishe

 after inspectors’ revisits to ensure rectification of violations they had found earlier.

Liu Changgen, director of the central environmental inspection office, said the fourth round of in

spections is the first to have more punished officials from land resources departments than from the ecolo

gical and environmental departments, which topped the list in the earlier rounds.

“Many may think the ecological and environment departments should top the list, as they shoulder

more of the responsibilities in environmental protection. But officials at various levels of the ec

ological and environmental departments have had their awareness in environmental protection strengthened in the

past few years, which has helped them better assume their responsibilities,” Liu said.

He said he expects to see increasingly strengthened awareness of protection in other departments, too.

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Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, told a

 conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio

ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap

proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.

He said the new round will also cover central government bod

ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano

ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.

The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif

icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec

onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.

Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up

by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh

ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema

in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea

ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.

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When visiting Kazakhstan and Indonesia in Septem

er and October of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Eco

omic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road, or B&R). The Chine

se government then set up the Leading Group for Promoting the Belt and Road Initiative with an admini

strative office under the National Development and Reform Commission. In March 2015, the Chinese government publis

hed the “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. In May

2017, the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was convened in Beijing. China also hosted the Bo

ao Forum for Asia annual conferences, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Qingdao Summit, the 2018

Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and the China International Import Expo. Over

the past five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has won positive responses from numerous countries and intern

ational organizations and has attracted worldwide attention. Its influence is growing.

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The company also apologized to the public, adding tha

 it had withdrawn the improperly-posted images and woul

d strengthen review of its practices in line with the law.

On the evening on April 11, the Tianjin Cyberspace Administra

tion, where the company is based, summoned senior Visual China Group executives,.

It ordered the company to review all historical stock and remov

e improper listings, as well as sending a team to inspect the “rectification” work.

On April 12, the National Copyright Administration said on its website it would launch a special crackdown to furt

her regulate copyright image this year to safeguard owners’ legitimate rights and interests.

The copyright watchdog also said: “Companies must improve copyright management and handle image copyright in a

ccordance with laws, not abuse them.” The same day, the company closed its websites to carry out “self-examination”.

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Cabbies evacuate students free of chargeed many pe

Cabbies warmed many people’s hearts when they rushed to evacuate stu

dents and residents free of charge after a fire broke out on Qipan Mountain in She

nyang, Northeast China’s Liaoning province, last Tuesday, Beijing Evening News reported.

The fire started at about 1:50 pm and expanded quickly as the wind blew at a speed of 12.8 meters per second.

Students of He University, situated at Mt. Qipan Scenery Tourism Dev

elopment Zone, and residents living nearby needed to be evacuated for safety reasons.

Many cabbies rushed to Qipan Mountain and transported people away free of charge.

“We don’t know if the university has enough vehicles to send studen

ts away, so we came as soon as we heard the news,” said Zhang Shengjun, a member of Fu

shun Leifeng, a voluntary cab-driver team. “We’re waiting outside the school gate to see if we can offer some help.”

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