Over 80 percent believed internship experience on the

e mainland will improve their competitiveness, and most expected to learn more of the vocational culture and work environment.

The HKUYA Student Exchange Network, an organization unde

r the Hong Kong United Youth Association, launched this year’s summer internship program on Wednesday.

More than 200 Hong Kong college students will go to Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin and Dalian to take part in a six-week

program. They will work in government organs, State-owned enterprises, cultural and business institutions.

Stanley Choi Tak Shing, honorary chairman of the student exchange network, said he hoped students would learn

more about the country’s development through the internship, especially those who want to work on the mainland.

A student who will work in the Mei Lanfang Theater in Beijing this summer vacation said she wanted to work in the art indu

stry after graduation, and expected to learn more about the industry through the internship.

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Despite headwinds from the trade tensions, global investors

s are still optimistic about China’s economic prospects, said Z

hang Zhiwei, Deutsche Bank’s chief China economist and head of China equity strategy.

Foreign investors believe that China has enough policy tools to offset short-term downside pressure, while th

e financial risks are under control as the country’s debt level has shown signs of stabilizing, Zhang said.

China’s overall debt-to-GDP ratio had dropped to 249.4 percent by the

end of 2018, 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier, according to the PBOC.

If trade tensions escalate further, more opening-up policies in the sectors of medical care

and education will help boost global investors’ confidence in the Chinese economy, Zhang added.

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launched early last year, has contributed 257 milli

n yuan ($38 million) in sales of more than 780 types of products with the Winter Games logo as of the first quarter this year.

The Organizing Committee on Friday also unveiled its plans for volunteer recruitment and training. International recruit

ment, which will be launched in December through an online system, aims to select 27,000 volunteers to di

rectly serve the Games’ operation, while another 80,000 or so will work as city volunteers.

The Games’ official mascot will be unveiled in the second half of this year.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) of China has issued a statement

warning the country’s middle and primary schools against unauthorized selections and rankings.

The statement, made public on Thursday, was based on several lists of so-called “top

100 middle and primary schools in China” recently released by some institutions.

The MOE has never authorized any organizations or institutions to carry out such selections or rankings, according to the statement.

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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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Craftsmen carve out niche with Nixing pottery

Photos have been released of China’s first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier on its recent fifth sea trial.

The trial tested the carrier’s command and control system and battle performa

nce, with the vessel completing tests of its mooring, power, battle and security system.

Unmanned convenience stores, vending machines, mobile payment…thanks to the latest technology, shopping has become even more effortless.

But shopping experience will go further than that: an eye-catching robot in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, has hit the streets selling drinks and ice creams.

Powered by 4G networking and artificial intelligence, the human-shaped robot, Mr Doer, offe

rs ice creams and drinks on its own. The robot can also recite adapted poems or even dance to attract customers.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong National Nature Res

erve in Sichuan province said on Wednesday it had started rebuilding a fence where a visitor had touched a panda cub.

It was making the fence higher so that visitors cannot reach the pandas

and it asked visitors to keep away from the animals. It asked them to refrain from climb

ing over the fence and from feeding or touching the pandas, said Wang Jisi, an information officer at the center.

On April 7, a woman surnamed Han said in social media that she and som

ebody else had managed to touch a panda cub without the consent of the center.

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The program will help them explore new education

ncepts, modes and methods and form new teaching characteristics

and styles, encouraging them to be leading talents in basic education.

They will play an exemplary and leading role in driving local rural teachers to improve their level of education and teach

ing, and consequently improve the quality of rural education in the central and western regions.

Institutions and individuals are prohibited from using overs

tatements and misleading words implying their my

opia treatments could cure the eye disease, according to a notice released Wednesday.

The words such as “full recovery”, “a cure for shortsightedness” and “to c

onquer myopia” could not be used in the advertisements, according to the notice ca

lling for greater oversight of the industry of myopia prevention and treatment.

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Before the start of the China Cup, Cannavaro said that fans

and media need to focus on long term development of Chinese soccer instead of what happens at the tournament.

Cannavaro said he sought out the opinion of Lippi, who now serves as an adviser, including player selection.

“The China Cup players are all those who had good performances in the previous rounds of the CSL, along with young players,” said Cannavaro.

“What we need is a sustainable system that will allow the best

coaches all around the world to work here in the future. It’s not a short-term play. It will take time.”

“It’s like building a house-the first job is to build a solid foundation,” he said

“Based on that, we can have success. Compared to Japan and South Korea, their plans started decades ago.

“They are 20 to 25 years ahead of China in terms of their soccer development.”

Another factor was that Cannavaro did not recall China’s best striker, Wu Lei, who is now playing for Espanyol in La Liga.

Other experienced veterans, such as captain Zheng Zhi, were passed over in order to make way for younger players.

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After rejecting May’s Brexit deal last week, MPs voted in favor

  tension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before Mar

ch 29. May is expected to ask the remaining 27 EU member states for a delay at this week’s summit.

  It’s possible the EU may propose a long extension to the Brexit process and require the UK to take part in the upcoming European elections in May.

  Downing Street has used the prospect of a lengthy delay — which could be used to force a second

referendum — to try to persuade Brexiteer lawmakers that they risk losing Brexit altogether if they don’t vo

te for May’s deal.The man who opened fire on two New Zealand mosques last week may have succeeded in killing 50 pe

ople, but the country’s leader has promised to deny him the one thing he truly wanted: Notoriety.

  ”You will never hear me mention his name,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the New Zealand Parliament Tuesday.

  ”He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless, and

to others I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took t

hem. He may have sought notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing — not even his name.”

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Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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Manafort sentencing marks rare reprieve for Trump world in Mu

  Donald Trump has rarely caught a break since special counsel Robert Mueller clamped a vise around his White House two years ago.

  Yet the President likely got to savor a few, rare crumbs of comfort on Thursday as he faces down an expansive set of crimi

nal, civil and congressional investigations into his presidency, campaign, business empire and personal life.

  The Virginia judge who handed Trump’s former campa

ign chairman Paul Manafort a 47-month sentence — far below the federal guidelines for his cr

imes — also gave Trump a propaganda tool for his fervent effort to discredit Mueller’s investigation.

  Trump had already seized on new doubts about the credibility of his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who branded the President a con man and a liar in a sen

sational Capitol Hill hearing last week, but who is facing new accusations of perjury.

  Nothing that happened Thursday lessened Trump’s potential legal or political expo

sure, or repudiated Mueller’s investigation, which has uncovered a pattern of lying by Trump aco

lytes about unexplained ties to Russia. It’s a measure of how grim the last few years have been for the President that the ja

iling of his former campaign chairman could interpreted in any way as good news for his White House.

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