nd the winter sports industry in China? And what

Winter sports are relatively new to China and not played by

many Chinese people. In recent years, the Chinese winter sports team particip

ated in some individual events in the 2016 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Seoul and

the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, and won some medals, including gold medals.

The development of winter sports in China suffers from reg

ional imbalance, with people in the northeastern region being

the most avid fans and practitioners of winter sports.

But after winning the bid to host the 2022 Winter Games, especially s

ince the issuing of a guideline that aims to prompt 300 million people to play winter sports by 20

22, the development of winter sports and the winter sports industry has gathered pace in China.

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kely to attract millions of people across Chin

to skiing, skating and other winter sports, which in turn will promote more national and int

ernational winter sports events. With the aim to better develop winter sports, governments at all levels shou

ld issue policies to encourage more people, in particular, teenagers, to follow and play winter sports.

Besides, the government should learn from the experiences of Nordic countries how to increase the popularity of winter sports.

Li Hai, director of the School of Economics and Management, Shanghai University of Sport

Concerted efforts to develop winter sports

Winter sports have become increasingly popular in recent years, especially after China won the bid to host the 2022 Winte

r Olympics, creating a huge opportunity for the development of the winter sports industry.

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fornia synagogue shooting suspect identified as

 The suspect of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in San Diego, C

alifornia, has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest, authorities said.

The suspect has no prior contact with law enforcement, said San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore.

Authorities are aware of an online manifesto that Earnest wrote, and are looking

into digital evidence and checking the authenticity of the document, according to Gore.

“We are serving search warrants for the suspect’s home, car and the Ch

abad of Poway,” he said, adding that officials are checking Earnest’s possible involvement in the

arson and vandalism of mosque in Escondido, a city northeast of downtown San Diego.

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Barca has won 26 league titles in Spain, compared to

 33 for Real Madrid. But Barca have won

eight of the last 11 leagues and 10 of the last 15 (all 10 with Messi in the squad).

Earlier in the day, second-placed Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at home over struggling Valladolid to delay Barca’s celebrations.

The only goal of the match came in the 66th minute when Valladolid’s Joaquin Fernandez put the ball into his own net, but

the visitors were convinced they should have had a penalty after Santiago Arias clearly handed the ball in his own area.

Referee Melero Lopez checked with the VAR but decided the handball was accidental.

Athletic Club Bilbao remains seventh after a 1-1 draw at home with Alaves in the Basque derby.

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President Xi’s speech was an assurance to Africa an

 the rest of the world that the Belt and Road Initiative is a helping hand try to help Africa get out of the problems of poor infras

tructure. For me, I think it is very important. And African countries should clap hands for this assistance.

Improving the infrastructure, which is very key in reducing the cost of doing business

in Africa and at the same time creating job opportunities, will help Africa in a few years.

What really interests me is that President Xi talks about the fact that the

initiative boosts the developments of countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.

He talks about the fact that different railways have been built. Some other pipeli

nes have been also constructed. The Belt and Road Initiative has connected many different areas which are very importa

nt. We really need this kind of interconnection. So now countries will become closer due to the Belt and Road Initiative.

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In terms of transportation methods, high-speed train is

 preferred by travelers for the four-day vacation. In most cases, it takes travelers under five hours to get to their destinations.

In addition Shanghai’s Disney theme park, Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park and Cho

ngqing’s Hongyadong were predicted to be the hottest three tourist attractions on the Chinese mainland.

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Silk Road opened the door for Chengdu to connect with th

e rest of the world. Now, fueled by the Belt and Road Initiative, the city again stands at the forefront of ope

ning-up, developing its industries, creating value and making innovations on the global stage.

The first freight train from Luxembourg to Chengdu departed on April 4. The train, branded under the “China Railway Express” bann

er, passed through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and then entered China through the Al

ashankou port in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The travel time, from start to finish, was 15 days.

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The Belt and Road Initiative aims to build the Silk R

oad Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and deliver policies, infrastructu

re, trade, financial and people-to-people connectivity via a new platform for a brighter future.

Tesla Inc lost $700 million in the first quarter but predicted it wou

ld return to profit in the third quarter as it cuts costs an

d improves delivery after facing issues ramping up shipments outside the United States.

Shares of Tesla were about flat after the results, which came more than an hour afte

r they were expected and after a sales contraction in the quarter raised investor concerns.

The company, which many analysts predict will need to raise

funds for its expansion, said it ended its first quarter wi

th $2.2 billion in cash after paying off a $920 million convertible bond obligation in March.

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Universities will join efforts to save water under a ne

new evaluation system, which will be released by the ministries of

water resources and education, the minister said. A number of universities will be desig

nated along with the participation of private capital, which is expected to get the public involved, he added.

Ma Jun, director of the Institute of Public& Environment

al Affairs, said that the plan is expected to accelerate water conservation.

“The disparity in water resources among different provincial regions means we have to

save more water for a sustainable development for the years to come, even centuries,” Ma said.

“In industrial and agricultural production, more technolo

gies can help save such resource. It also applies to Chi

na’s urbanization process, as now only 11 percent of towns can process waste water.”

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Guangdong to open up islands for private development

Guangdong will roll out a pilot policy taking effect May 10 to open up uninhabited islands for private development, according to local authorities.

Guangdong has nearly 2,000 islands, more than 90 percent of which are uninhab

ited, with a total area of 1,513.17 square kilometers and coastlines for 2,378.13 kilometers.

According to the policy announced by the provincial Department of Natural Resources, mark

et-oriented means for transferring the rights to uninhabited islands, including tendering and auct

ioning, should be adopted for tourism and entertainment, transport, industrial warehousing and fishing.

The department will be responsible for approving the transfers, wi

th city-level and county-level natural resources authorities to handle the preliminary work.

The department together with the provincial culture and tourism department l

ast year issued the island tourism development plan for Guangdong from 2017-2030.

A total of 195 islands are included in the plan, 167 of which are uninhabited.

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New films features scenes featuring iconic French cathedral

Chinese romance which opened across the country on April 19, has some scenes shot in Paris, including the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The film, directed by Huo Jianqi, a renowned figure among China’s “Fifth Gene

ration” directors, features supermodel-turned actress Du Juan and actor Chen Xiao.

During a recently promotional screening, director Huo says the film examines the meaning of love and marriage.

In the movie, there are several scenes featuring the lovebirds shown against the backg

round of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged in a fire on April 15.

The film, based on a short story penned by journalist An Dun, the features a violinis

t and an interior designer, who encounter each other in a museum in Paris and soon fall in love.

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