Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, one of the country’s largest SUV and pickup manufacturers, is making hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles a new focus for its bu

siness, expecting it to become a vital sector in the long term, according to a senior company executive.

The company’s first fuel cell model based on a dedicated electric ve

hicle platform is scheduled to debut in 2020, and the first fuel cell fleet will be launched during the 20

22 Winter Olympics, said Hu Shujie, senior vice-president of the Baoding, Hebei province-based automaker.

“Fuel cells are a mainstream (new energy) technology interna

tionally, and the commercial application of fuel cells has already begun in China,” said Hu.

He said Great Wall Motor has invested more than 1 billion yuan ($149 million) in research and development in hydrogen ene

rgy and fuel cell vehicles, and the company already owns a myriad of internationally prominent technologies.

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According to the ambitious plan released by the General Admi

nistration of Sport of China in 2016 to construct winter sports infrastructure and popularize winter spor

ts, at least 650 skating rinks and 800 ski resorts are expected to be build nationwide by 2022.

By 2025, about 300 million people in the country are expected to participate in winter

sports, increasing the market value of the winter sports sector to 1 trillion yuan.

Driven by multiple momentums, China has witnessed rapid growth in the winter sports ind

ustry in recent years, such as venue facilities, training, tourism and equipment sectors, said Peng Weiyong, dep

uty director general of Finance Department at the General Administration of Sports.

Winter sports has become a booster for China’s sports industry and even economic development, Peng added.

By the end of June 2018, the total number of ski resorts in China rose to 738, an increase of 70 or 10.5 percent over

the same period in 2017. The number of indoor ice rinks totaled 334, an increase of 75 or 29 percent year-on-yea

r increase. In 2018, 19.7 million people participated in skiing, up 12.6 percent year-on-year.

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Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”

In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des

ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.

Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo

untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.

For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor

k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w

eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.

Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o

nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.

So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent

h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray

ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

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  The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.

  Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.

  Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t

he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.

  I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz

i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce

ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk

  ”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”

  Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the

last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.

  ”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”

  There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared

with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.

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  rejected the humanitarian aid it would bring in. Accepting foreign supplies during the curren

t political crisis would be tantamount to accepting foreign political intervention, from Maduro’s point of view.

  When the US sent a shipment of medical and food supplies to the Venezuelan border last we

ek, Maduro’s regime installed a blockade on one of the bridges that connect Venezuela and Colombia.

  Just a week ago on state television, Maduro dismissed Guaido’s init

iative, saying “Venezuelans are not beggars.” But patriotism did not prevent Maduro fro

m accepting $9 million from the UN in November 2018.It’s hard to see how the opposition, which controls little real p

ower on the ground in Venezuela, can guarantee that aid will enter the country by Sunday.

  While Guaido has described a “human wave” of volunteers heading to the b

order to carry supplies, very few aid professionals have lifted their hands to join in the effort.

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  green and blue, supports three apps at one time: You can watch Netflix, Google something and answer text messages at the same time.

  Consumers who flock to big screens, whether for gaming or the a

bility to see more of their data in one place, may be attracted to the unique concept. Samsung has a

lready proven that there’s interest around larger-screen smartphones with the success of its Galaxy Note line.

  But Samsung will need to convince developers to design apps for the unique form factor, and cons

umer demand out of the gate might not be enough to encourage this considering the price point.

  The Galaxy S10 lineup

  Samsung is back with updated versions of its best selling Galaxy S smartphone, too. Its

next-generation flagship device comes in four options: the 5.8-inch S10e ($749); the 6.1-inch Galaxy S1

0 ($899); the 6.4-inch S10+ ($999); and the 6.4-inch S10 5G (pricing has yet to be announced).

  The Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G devices feature a new curved, qua

d HD+ AMOLED display, which the company says whips up crisper and more vibrant col

ors and reduces blue light exposure to help reduce eye strain. (The lower-end S10e touts a full HD+ flat screen).

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  a very low tolerance for risk, according to Takeshita.

  ”The current situation in Britain is just that — uncertainty,” he said. “Many are backing off.”

  He predicted more Japanese firms will retreat as Brexit unfolds.

  Toyota (TM) warned in December that a British exit from the Euro

pean Union without a deal in place would put at risk vehicle production worth millions of d

ollars a day, but it stopped short of saying it would cut its investment.A senior executive at Nomura (NMR) in N

ovember described Brexit as “a great concern” that will increase costs and risks for financial firms. Nomura has alr

eady started moving dozens of jobs from London to Frankfurt and hiring new staff on the European mainland.

  It’s not just about Brexit

  There are others reasons why Japanese companies are dialing back their commitments to the United Kingdom.

  Advances in technology mean carmakers can now automate more of their supply ch

ains. That has made it cheaper to operate factories in Japan, where labor costs are typically high.

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leave the European Union, and Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said in Tokyo that the decision was not rel

ated to Brexit.
But uncertainty concerning Britain’s future trading relationship with its bigg

est export market is one of the big clouds hanging over the car industry.
Brexit backdrop

Christian Stadler, an autos expert and professor of strategic management at Warw

ick Business School, said that Brexit “must have been a factor” in Honda’s decision.

“Companies from Japan and other countries were attracted to Britain because it gave them easier entry to the luc

rative European market, through an English speaking country. At the moment, there is no deal in place to co

ntinue that after Brexit,” he said.
“The United Kingdom will not be able to strike better trade deals than it currently has

before it leaves the European Union, so it starts to look like a less attractive place to build cars,” said Stadler.

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  the country, sourcing the best of the best for everything from game meats to that addictive Irish b

utter. “The idea there was to get the best produce that we can within Ireland,” says Heery.Spread acr

oss the sprawling property are four different restaurants, each catering to a specific mood or type of guest.

  The Oak Room is Adare’s fine-dining option, housed inside a stunningly renovated oak-pa

neled dining room. Local artists were even commissioned to design bespoke wood and ceramic plates a

nd serving pieces, with some of the material coming from the hotel’s own woodlands.

  A six-course, prix-fixe menu with wine pairing will set guests back €250 (ab

out $283) per person. The meal includes elevated takes on traditional Irish fare like

Tipperary quail with salsify and bacon, or 24-hour-cooked Dexter beef with truffles and morel mushrooms. A

nd, of course, service is top notch.For those looking for a more traditional experience, the hotel’s Gallery serves a p

roper Irish afternoon tea that will upend all expectations (and probably ruin you for any version thereafter).

  Guests are treated to a selection of four petite sandwiches, including local salmon and ham; freshly baked scones with

clotted cream; and five different desserts like a tiramisu “shot” filled with coffee jelly and mascarpone mousse.

  The room itself is also mighty impressive: based on the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

it’s 132 feet long with gargantuan marble fireplaces and walls decorated with hand-carved Bible scenes.

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Since October 2018, emerging markets have once again gained favor from international capital.

In this context, the MSCI expansion of A shares and the inclusion of A shares into the FTSE Em

erging Markets Index will likely happen in 2019, with foreign investment attracted by such major international o

pportunities. Latest data showed that in the fourth quarter of 2018, net inflow of direct investment by overseas financial ins

titutions soared to $2.14 billion, marking the highest level since the third quarter of 2015. Thanks to the overseas investment inflow, China’s capital ou

tflow pressure is expected to continue to be eased in 2019, thus reducing the restraint on its monetary policy.

Third, the yuan’s exchange rate continued to return to its normal valuation. In the long

run, the yuan’s rate reflects changes in China’s economic fundamentals, with two-way fluctuations surrounding its eq

uilibrium exchange rate. In the third quarter of 2018, the effective exchange rate of the yuan was greatly lower than the equilibrium rate. I

n the fourth quarter, the yuan’s rate rebounded slightly, indicating the effective exchange rate had started to r

eturn to its equilibrium level. Due to the still existing gap between the effective rate and equilibrium rate, there is room

for the yuan’s rate to return to its valuation, conducive to further buffering of the external exchange rate risk.

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