More Austrian companies are getting involved in China’s rapidly growing winter spo

rts market, said Martin Glatz, commercial counselor at the Austrian embassy in Beijing.

“Austria has been trying to be very present in China in the lead up to the Winter Olympics in 2022,” said Glatz at the

Austrian Winter Sports Days 2019 Conference in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province on Friday.

“Ten years ago when we organized for the first time the Advantage Aus

tria Ski Race, not many people took alpine skiing very seriously. But now skiing has entered the ma

instream in China,” said Glatz, who is also the head of Advantage Austria Beijing.

China rolled out a national program to boost the development of wi

nter sports after Beijing won the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“That’s an opportunity not only for our Chinese friends to get some fresh air outside the b

ig cities, but also is an opportunity for Austrian companies to get involved with Chinese partners to de

velop the market and to offer the best of equipment both in terms of consumer goods and in devices,” Glatz added.

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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.

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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.

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  The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong with the 126 members of China’s 35th research mi

ssion to Antarctica on board ended on Friday a nine-day odyssey through the infamous “roaring forties.”

  Xuelong is taking the Chinese researchers back to home. The voyage beginning Feb 14 has turned o

ut to be the longest and hardest of its altogether four travels through the westerlies during the research mission.

  After leaving Prydz Bay by which the Chinese research base Zhongshan Station is loca

ted, the Chinese icebreaker almost immediately entered the westerlies.

  ”The westerlies usually are between 40 and 60 degrees south latitude, but this time the winds reached further to near 69

degrees south latitude, and that is where Prydz Bay and Zhongshan are,” said Xuelong’s Captain Shen Quan.

  ”We are currently north to the westerlies, but I’m afraid there is still a rocky, shaky journey ahead because of a tropical low pressure,” he added.

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  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.

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  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.”

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  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.

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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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  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.

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  which will be introduced Friday, Pelosi wrote. The House will “move swiftly” under the Nat

ional Emergencies Act to pass it before sending it to the Senate, she added.

  Trump declared a national emergency last Friday after he signed a spending bill that would keep the gover

nment open and provide $1.375 billion for a border wall, billions less than he had sought.

  Castro had promised to curtail such a declaration prior to Trump’s announcement as a possible second partial government shutdown loomed.

  ”Historically, Presidents have declared national emergencies for urgent matters of national security. President Trump would u

nconstitutionally usurp congressional authority by declaring an emergency based upon unfounded hype rat

her than any substantive emergency,” the Texas Democrat said last Thursday in a statement.

  Castro added that “such a baseless declaration by President Trump would set a dange

rous precedent regarding the constitutional balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches.”

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