Month: February 2019
Bilateral trade between China and Austria reached $6.4 billion in the first eight months of la
st year, up 20 percent year-on-year, according to the Foreign Ministry. As of August 2018, China has app
roved 1,288 investment projects from Austria, with an actual investment of $2.08 billion, signed 2,263 technology im
port contracts with Austria, with a cumulative contract value of $6.23 billion and directly invested $880 million in Austria.
“I’m pleased that a group number of Austrian companies got the chance to take part in the construction of winter sports
facilities and to provide the expertise for organizing great sports events like the Olympics,” Stift said.
“We are trying hard to get more Austrian ski instructors and traine
rs to China and the greater number of Chinese winter sports tourists to Austria”.
Besides winter sports, Austria is one of the most favorite travel destinations for Chinese tourists for is beautiful landsc
ape, food and shopping. “The growth rate, especially in winter tourism has been phenomenal the last few years,” said Glatz.
“Winter is a season when Chinese tourists should go to Austria to experi
ence a very different landscape from what they would see during the dry months in the summer months,” added Glatz.
The number of Chinese tourists in Australia might reach one million this year, said Stift.
and ingenuity to gain the power to build their own embroidery brands, thus improving their lives and helping to lift their county out of poverty.
Zhang Qin, 43, a respected embroiderer in the Daliu village of the county who founded the local embroidery associ
ation, Qiqiao Workshop, says: “Women around here are good at needlework, and I’m particularly int
erested in it. When I was a kid, I liked watching and learning as the women were sewing.”
She made her first “bucket of gold” when she was 8, she says.
“I sewed 10 pillowslips and sold them for 4 yuan ($0.6). At the time my family was too poo
r even to buy me new clothes, so I bought a large piece of red cloth and made myself a new undercoat with the money.”
Zhang gradually gained a reputation for her exquisite work, and women in the village often went to her for guidance.
In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be the Rep
ublican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.
The next year, Trump nominated Craft to be ambassador to Canada, a position she officially assumed in October 2017.
Shortly after arriving in Ottawa, Craft earned some ridicule for telling the CBC she
understood “both sides” of the debate on climate change. Both, she said, “have the
ir own results, from their studies, and I appreciate and I respect both sides of the science.”
Craft is likely to encounter some wariness. Trump and his senior staff have made their
dislike for the United Nations clear, earning the distrust of many at the institution and at times, their mo
ckery. The President has referred to the world body as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good ti
me” and repeatedly attacked the institution’s core principle of multilateralism.
US and Israeli leaders continued to push for confrontation with Iran at the Warsaw ministe
rial meeting on Middle East security Thursday, strongly criticizing Europe as they did so.
Vice President Mike Pence cast Iran as the central driver of all regional instabil
ity as he addressed the 62 countries gathered in Warsaw and ripped in
to Europe for its refusal to leave the Iran nuclear deal and join Washington on increasing sanctions on Tehran.
”Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as coope
rative” on Iran as countries in the Gulf have been, Pence said in an address to the ministerial.
Referring to Iranian protests in 2009, the vice president said, “The world missed an opportunity last time to confront the regime, but not this time.”
’I don’t rule anything out’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after a public appea
rance with Pence Thursday, told NBC that Iran “has to be countered and it has to be co
untered now.” Asked if that means regime change, Netanyahu said, “I don’t rule anything out.”
artists, according to the concert’s website. These include huge names in Latin America, like Colombian musical legends Carl
os Vives, Juanes and reggaetón singer Maluma — all three of whom have collaborated with pop-star Shakira in the past.
Swedish DJ Alesso is also on the lineup, alongside Mexican rock band Mana, who
have won seven Latin Grammys and four Grammys, and Spanish singer and songwriter Alejandro Sanz.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who invoked a constitutional provision last month to declare himself acting pres
ident, has been working with a raft of global partners, including the United States, to bring aid into the co
untry. Maduro has repeatedly refused assistance, leaving aid languishing on the border despite growing shortages.
The Venezuelan government has used containers to barricade the Tienditas Bridge and prevent aid from entering.
Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, told CNN en Espanol Thursday that he was asked to do the concert by Guaido.
More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and da
maging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.
Proteins found in squid can be used to create sustainable alternative
s to plastics, according to a report published in Frontiers in Chemistry on Thursday.
Squid grasp their prey using suction cups on their tentacles and arm
s. The cups are equipped with sharp “ring teeth” that hold the food in place. The teeth are made
from proteins that are similar to silk, and these have become the subject of scientific interest in the last few years.
Melik Demirel, of Pennsylvania State University, is lead author of the new report, which revie
ws existing research on materials made from these proteins. He says his team has produced pro
totypes of fibers, coatings and 3D objects made from the squid ring teeth (SRT) proteins.
Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics.
The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered ba
cteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen.