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World-renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei, commonly known as I.M. Pei,
has died at the age of 102 at his home in Manhattan, according to multiple reports on Thursday.
Praised as “one of the most revered architects in the world” by The New York Times, Pei has le
ft the world many of its most well-known architectural designs, among many other intangible heritages.
Pei’s modern designs and high-profile projects led him to be considered one of the most high-prof
ile architects of the 20th century, with the renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum perhaps the most famo
us project he embarked on. He was also involved in the building of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
What Pei valued most in architecture, as he put it, was that it must “stand th
e test of time”. He also valued simplicity: “The simpler the solution, the more powerful it is,” he once said.
ions of a culture of sexism and bullying at Uber and US Department of Justice investigations. After a series of embarrassments, Kalanick was forced to res
ign in 2017 by a group of investors. Uber then hired Khosrowshahi to lead the company.
Uber has said it has the potential to grow not just in the cab hailing business, but also as a “sup
erapp” to provide logistic services, such as grocery and food delivery, organizing freight tra
nsportation, and even financial services, much like Grab, its Southeast Asian counterpart.
But market experts have struggled to find value in a company that has consistently posted los
ses, and warned that it may never be profitable. “The business is unprofitable, new entrants can enter the ma
rket, there is potential regulatory risk, and it is very price sensitive. What is there to like about this opportunity?” Ro
bert Johnson, professor of finance at Heider College of Business, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska said.
No need for dogs, cats to go through quarantine if they meet set conditions
Pets owners no longer need to be separated from their beloved dogs or cats when they ar
rive in China from overseas if they meet certain conditions, under a regulation that took effect on May 1.
Dogs or cats with valid electronic chips arriving from 19 designated c
ountries or regions no longer have to undergo weeklong quarantines if they pass on-site inspe
ctions at ports of entry, according to the regulation released by the General Administration of Customs earlier this year.
The designated countries and regions are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii and Guam of the Unite
d States, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, J
apan and Singapore, as well as China’s Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.
back to the US government’ s military occupation of the Philippines in the 1890s. Christ
opher J. Coyne, a professor at George Mason University in the United States sai
d in the book Tyranny Comes Home that under the leadership of Ralph Van Deman, the father of US military int
elligence, the American occupier established an advanced monitoring agency at the time to suppress rebels and dissidents.
In May 1917, Vanderman took charge of the Military Intelligence Section (
MIS), a similar surveillance facility in the United States, and which would eventually evo
lve into the US National Security Agency (NSA). In 1955, the United States further launched an intelligence gat
hering and analysis network consisting of five English-speaking countries: the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Thi
s is the so-called “five-eye alliance.” As a result, the five countries can globally intercept and monitor telephone exc
hanges, faxes, mails and other information transmitted by satellite communications.
Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say
Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the
greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s
mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.
The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra
ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster
could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co
nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.
Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate
matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel
ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin
g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.
headed by No 18 Wang Qiang, who this week reached the Miami Open quarterfinals to
become the first Chinese to go that far at the premier mandatory event since Li’s run to the final in 2014.
Li is delighted to see her compatriots mixing it with the world’s best, but said she expects more.
“It’s good to have a group of girls in the top 50, but the resources they enjoy today make me believe they could do better,” she said.
With more advanced coaching and training methods, WTA
CEO Steve Simon reckons China will unearth the next Li sooner rather than later.
“The chances of finding the next Li Na are very bright; it’s just a matter of time,” he said earlier this month in Shenzhen.
The return of The Road to Wimbledon, a tailor-made tournament for under-14 players, f
or its fourth year in China is part of the latest effort to deepen the domestic talent pool.
It began on Monday with a weeklong trial camp overseen by Dan Blox
ham, head coach of the All England Club. The best performers will be picked to compete at a nat
ional tournament in Nanjing in May, which will decide China’s representatives at the global final at Wimbledon from Aug 11-17.
ping via livestreaming services could completely and truly demonstrate the detailed infor
mation of overseas products to domestic consumers, and have gained wide popularity with the younger generation.
Zeng added that the consumers’ demands have become more p
ersonalized and diversified. “They have higher requirements for high-quality and cost-effe
ctive products, which brings out huge opportunities for cross-border e-commerce industry.”
It is noteworthy that the post-90s generation favor niche
and designer brands, and also are addicted to livestreaming videos, Zeng said.
Founded in 2010, Ymatou is a consumer-to-consumer or C2C marketplace engaged in cross-border e-commerce.
By the end of the second quarter in 2018, the site had about 50 million users and hired more than 60,000 overseas buyers in 83
countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and Australia.
You seem determined to prove my point. Good for you! #NarcissisticPersonalityDisorder.”
In another tweet, he simply wrote, “You. Are. Nuts.”
While politically opposed couples are far from an oddity in Washington
, it is unprecedented for a sitting president to publicly criticize an aide’s spouse. Likew
ise, it is unprecedented for an aide’s spouse to question the mental health of a sitting president.
Kellyanne Conway’s allies, including Trump and his 2020 campaign manager Bra
d Parscale, fired back earlier this week, with the President calling him a “total loser.”
Long a top Trump defender, she sided with her boss, telling reporters
she did not share her husband’s concerns that Trump’s mental health is deteriorating.
Kellyanne Conway: How she became the ultimate Trump White House survivor
“I have four kids and I was getting them out of the house this morning to talk to the Presid
ent about substance so I may not be up to speed on all of them (his tweets),” she said Monday.
In interviews with The New York Times and The Washington Post on Tuesday, George Conwa
y said he uses Twitter as an outlet for his frustrations with the administration so he doesn’t argue with his wife at home.
after he tweeted in August that he had secured funding to take the company private. It was eventually revealed that while
he’d spoken with investors, he hadn’t secured anything. The SEC said the tweet was “false and misleading.”
The settlement allowed Musk to stay on as CEO, but he had to give up his role as chair
man of Tesla. He and Tesla were fined a total of $40 million, which Musk paid himself.
The US District Court for Southern New York, which approved
the original settlement in October, will decide whether Musk’s February 19 tweet viol
ated the deal.While you were living your life on December 18th, 2018, a giant space rock exploded 16 miles above the Ea
rth’s surface, giving off 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb detonated over Hiroshima. No big deal.
The event is properly called a “fireball,” NASA’s term for “exceptionally bright meteors that are spectacular enough to to be seen over a very wide area.”
With an impact energy of 173 kilotons, December’s fireball was the second-most powerful to enter Earth’s atmosp
here in 30 years. You may recall the first — it was that huge, blinding fireball that rocked parts of Russia in 2013.