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of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, the same school Zhang was attending, would be the first person to be sentenced to death in a federal cou
rthouse in Illinois since 2006, if the jury reaches a unanimous verdict that he should be executed by lethal injection.上海后花园品茶微信
US District Court Judge James Shadid read instructions to the jury on Wednesd
上海后花园ay morning after the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments.
“The law leaves this decision exclusively to you, the jury,” Shadid said. “Whichever sentence you choose, death or life im上海后花园
prisonment without the possibility of release, the court is required to impose that sentence.”
上海后花园品茶微信Zhang’s mother, father, boyfriend and brother were in the main courtroom Wednesday m
orning, but after some deliberation in the judge’s chambers, her mother didn’t return.
The same 12 jurors took under 90 minutes on June 24 to unanimo上海后花园
usly find Christensen guilty of all three counts against him, namely kidnapping resulting in th
上海后花园e death of the 26-year-old Zhang, and two counts of making false statements to the FBI.
Christensen’s defense lawyers admitted to the court that in June 2017, he
raped Zhang and beat her to death with a bat. Christensen hasn’t said what he did with the bod上海后花园品茶微信
y. Investigators have not been able to find Zhang’s body, despite an intensive search.
In his closing argument, federal prosecutor James Nels上海后花园
on argued that “justice must be done” and asked, “Is this a minimum-sentence case?”
He acknowledged the grief of Christensen’s family would have if he were sen上海后花园品茶微信
tenced to death, but said the “source of that pain sits in that chair”, referring to Christensen.
He described the impact on Zhang’s family, as they placed great hope in her.
上海后花园”That’s why Yingying fought so hard. She had so much to live for,” Nelson said.
“Everyone in this room felt the weight of Yingying Zhang’s murder,” US Attorney Eug上海后花园品茶微信
ene Miller said. “There will be only one sentence in this case — the death penalty.”
hina will shorten the time required for reviewing applications of high-value patents and for trademark registrations as pa
上海乌托邦品茶微信rt of its effort to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights and improve the business climate, the State
Council’s executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, decided on Wednesday.上海乌托邦
“Further enhancing the protection of intellect
ual property rights is crucial to improving our property rights protection system. It is re
上海乌托邦quired by scientific and technological innovation and essential for China’s greater opening-up,” Li said.
Those attending the meeting on Wednesday decided to intensify law enforcement action in intellectual property上海乌托邦品茶微信
rights protection and stressed that all types of market actors must be treated as equals.
Efforts to formulate and improve the criteria for determining, checking and verifying infrin上海乌托邦
gements and counterfeiting of patents, trademarks and copyrights will be accelerated.
上海乌托邦品茶微信It was decided that special campaigns against violations of IPR-related law will be carried o
ut and severe punishment involving hefty fines will be meted out to combat all IPR infringement.
International cooperation in IPR protection will be enhanced to make it easier for上海乌托邦
companies to obtain intellectual property rights and their protection overseas.
The government will advance revision of the Patent Law and the Copyright Law, the new上海乌托邦品茶微信
round of comprehensive revision of the Trademark Law and revision of the implement
上海乌托邦ing regulations of the Patent Law. The cost for breaking the law will be significantly raised.
IPR-related services will be improved, the meeting decided. Smart s
ystems of patent examination and trademark registration will be developed at a faster pace.上海乌托邦品茶微信
The goal is to shorten, by year’s end, the time needed for reviewing appl
ications of high-value patents to within 17.5 months, and the average review period for trad上海乌托邦
emark registration to within five months. The quality of IPR registrations will also be improved.
aggressive recruitment efforts have been made by UK universities to attract non-European students.
Meanwhile, favorable policies were announced by the UK’s Department for Education上海龙凤1314
, such as allowing international students to stay up to one year after their study visas expire.
上海龙凤1314女神会所According to the 2019 survey conducted by higher education marketing company QS, which covered more
than 75,000 students and 71 universities from around the world, 77 percent of prospective inte上海龙凤1314
rnational students claim that extending the post-study leave period for the UK’s visa offer to one year would incr
上海龙凤1314女神会所ease the likelihood of them studying in the UK. And 54 percent of students stated that feeling welcome as an inte
rnational student is one of the five important factors they consider when choosing a university.
However, Zerzan says the major reason for the UK being one of the fav上海龙凤1314
orite destinations for Chinese overseas students is that British education has a trad
ition of innovation by linking academic foundations with the needs of industry. This helps to instill in its grad上海龙凤1314女神会所
uates a need for continuous learning, an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to life as well as
strong practical and relevant skills that are appreciated by employers globally.
Zerzan adds that many foreign universities aim to recruit Ch上海龙凤1314
inese students for short-term financial gains, which might result in a mismatc
h in partners, poorer research output and possible frustrations on both sides.上海龙凤1314女神会所
And he also points out that international student mobility is not just about economic funding.
“The environment now is one where there is a mass flow of students上海龙凤1314
and lecturers – a mass flow of knowledge – and the UK has to engage in that so Chinese stud
ents are among the top academic performers and contribute greatly to scholarly ex上海龙凤1314女神会所
change and academic research and development within the UK education sectors,” he says.
oga Lin gave a show in Beijing recently as part of his Idol World Tour, w
hich he launched in 2018 at the Taipei Arena, to mark a decade in the music business.上海夜生活女神会所
For the Idol World Tour, Lin, 31, is music director. And he has
上海夜生活rearranged his hits and worked with multimedia artists to design the visual images.
After Beijing, Lin will tour other Chinese cities, including Qingdao, in Sh
andong province; Nanjing, in Jiangsu province and Changsha, in Hunan province, till the end上海夜生活女神会所
of August. And besides China, he will go to Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney in September.
上海夜生活Lin, who was born in Pingtung, Taiwan, joined a rock band while in h
igh school and performed in local pubs before launching his career as a singer.
He took his first steps to stardom by winning the first season of the One Milli
on Starcompetition in 2007, a popular reality TV singing contest in Taiwan.上海夜生活女神会所
So far, he has released five full-length studio albums, incl
uding Fiction and Perfect Life, both nominated for awards at the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards.上海夜生活女神会所
The 2019 Chinese Science Education Summit was held in Beij
ing recently and its theme was “Make science education more scientific”.
Speaking at the event, Zou Caineng, an academician from the Chinese Academy of
上海夜生活Sciences, emphasized the importance of cultivating a sense of innovation sense in kids.
David G. Evans, a professor at Beijing University of Chemical Technology presented some scien上海夜生活女神会所
tific experiments at the event and explained the necessity of letting kids do the experiments themselves.
ed to find that her role was intensely criticized online. Her charac
ter was accused of being stupid. Some people even equated her with the role. In reality, of c上海会所品茶微信
ourse, it showed her ability to win over audiences with the integrity of her performance.
上海会所”As an actress, I cannot shape a perfect role. The script is there, and I have to show the role’s stupidity according to the script,” says Yang.
Another highlight of her career was the fantasy drama, Ashes of上海会所品茶微信
Love, which aired in 2018. It topped TV ratings for 34 consecutive days.
上海会所But success can take a toll. Yang lost 9 kilograms while shooting, but the end result made the sacrifice worthwhile, she says.
Yang cares deeply about audiences and welcomes critical suggestions. “I don’t like hearing praise all the time, since that makes it hard to pro
gress. I like to listen to different people and improve my acting based on their suggestions.”上海会所品茶微信
With 20 years of acting under her belt, Yang allows herself a modicum of confidence. “I used to feel tense and was afraid the director might be dissatisfied with
上海会所my acting. But now, I can discuss the character and my acting with the director if I have a different understanding of the role.”
Yang also says she used to care a little too much about what others thought
. Now, she focuses more on her inner feelings and is clearer on what road she should take.上海会所品茶微信
“Sometimes, it seems two people are fighting inside my heart, but I always tell myself to discover my true feelings.”
Gu Ying, formerly a professional paraglider, is now a wild
life photographer. Gu has spent much time shooting wild animals in Hoh Xil Nat上海会所
onal Nature Reserve, in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, since 2016. “My responsibility and obli
gations are to record wild animals in a real, comprehensive way, and to reveal the actual living conditions of the an
上海会所品茶微信imals to the public. I hope the public will learn about the wild animals, and then help protect them,” says Gu.
Becoming a Photographer
Both of Gu Ying’s parents served in China’s air force. Under their infl
uence, Gu developed a yearning to fly when she was young. One day, in 2003, paragliding c上海会所
aught her attention, while she was hiking. The sport evoked her childhood dream of flying.
Gu took some paragliding courses, and she later became a profe
ssional paraglider. She practiced paragliding for half a year before she won the gold medal in a n上海会所品茶微信
ational paragliding competition. She became a member of China’s national paragliding team in 2004. She wo
n gold medals in national paragliding competitions three times over the next five years. Unfortunately, she had an accid
ent while she was practicing in 2009; she fractured the second lumbar vertebra, and she was confined to bed for the ne
xt three months. She had to suspend her paragliding career for at least one year.
Chen Xinyu contributed to the story.
ions, institutions, supermarkets and companies since 2017. Since then, the authority has filed
13,400 cases and issued 15.15 million yuan ($2.2 million) in fines for improper garbage disposal. 上海夜生活
The number of cases and scale of fines have been increasing in past years.
上海夜生活品茶微信Fu Yong, deputy head of the urban management office in the Babaoshan area in Shijingshan district, said they have b
een checking companies and public institutes in their administrative region to follow the rules.
“Every year, companies in the region have to sign trash disposal contracts, and they should follow 上海夜生活
the classification rules accordingly. Otherwise, the sanitation departments will not collect their trash,” he said.
上海夜生活In addition, the city government has asked each district to build at least one waste s
orting demonstration residential community to conduct trash sorting within its area since 2017. 上海夜生活品茶微信
Now Beijing has 224 residential communities that are doing garbage sorting.
上海夜生活Wang Jian, a waste sorting supervisor at a residential community in Shij
ingshan district, said individuals can get points every time they dump garbage in ac
cordance with categories including recyclables, kitchen waste, hazardous waste and other waste. 上海夜生活品茶微信
“They can use their points to redeem rewards like waste bins or bags,” she said. “On
ce people get used to throwing waste by category, they will continue to do so even without a reward.” 上海夜生活
Li Weigang, an official with the waste classification and treatment depart
ment at Shijingshan district, said several State-owned enterprises－including Shougang Gr
上海夜生活品茶微信oup, which used to be a major steel producer in the capital－have entered the waste treatment industry.
Companies’ participation has helped authorities become familiar with garbage classification and treatment after sorting, whi
ch can assist with the plan’s implementation in residential communities, he said.
ectors have been a “wild west” where Chinese firms did not hesitate to
copy each other or foreigners. But, as China has developed its own technology and moved u上海千花网品茶微信
p the value chain, protecting intellectual property rights has become a high priority for the government.
上海千花网At the China Development Forum in March, Vice-Premier Han Zheng emphasized: “We w
ill step up our efforts for IPR protection as well as law enforcement in various aspects, and establish a sy上海千花网
stem of punitive punishment for IPR infringement to significantly raise the cost of violating the law.”
上海千花网品茶微信And, President Xi announced that China will strengthen intellectual property rights protectio
n in his April speech to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.上海千花网
Also, the removal of the requirement that foreign companies enter in
上海千花网to joint ventures should alleviate any fears about mandatory technology transfers.
Financial market reforms
Reform of the financial sector is moving especially rapidly. China will allow full foreign ownershi上海千花网
p of securities firms, futures businesses and life insurance companies by 2020, a year earlier than was s
上海千花网品茶微信cheduled, Premier Li Keqiang told the Summer Davos Forum. Foreign institutions will be offered treatment e
qual to that of domestic companies in credit references, credit ratings and payments, he said.
Li emphasized that this reform is part of a broader push to force domestic上海千花网
firms to upgrade as they face foreign competition. “Further opening to foreign investors, we are no
上海千花网品茶微信t just providing them with opportunities to enter the Chinese market. We are also providing opportu
nities for the financial sector to upgrade and to improve its quality on a level playing field,” Li said.
Measures to boost private sectorThe Chinese government has also recently announced mea上海千花网品茶微信
sures to improve the availability of credit for the private sector and reduce taxes on it.
In a discussion with foreign CEOs at the Summer Davos meeting, Li noted that small and medium-sized companies and private e上海千花网
nterprises provide over 80 percent of employment in urban areas and 60 percent of GDP.
grams of scientific payloads back to Earth. The new model will be able to carry up to 600 kg,” the designer said.
Officials from the academy previously said the new satellite series will weigh 3.5 metric tons and will be launched by China 上海乌托邦品茶微信
‘s Long March 2D carrier rocket at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China.
上海乌托邦The first of them will be tasked with assessing overall design and reliability in space, they said.
China launched its first recoverable satellite in 1975, becoming the third nation to do so after the United States and the for
mer Soviet Union. China has sent 25 such satellites comprising seven types into space since then. These satellites 上海乌托邦品茶微信
enabled Chinese scientists to carry out hundreds of space-based tests and experiments.
The most recent mission by a Chinese recoverable satellite took place in April 2016 when the
上海乌托邦Shijian 10 carried out scientific experiments during a 12-day space journey before returning to Earth.
In another development, i-Space, a private rocket maker in Beijing, announced on F 上海乌托邦
riday that it had recently conducted a successful ignition test of its JD-1, a reusable liquid-propelled rocket engine.
The company called the 200-second test a milestone in the development of JD-1, which is set to lift i-Space’s SQX-2 carrier rocket. 上海乌托邦品茶微信
SQX-2 is at the research and design stage and is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2021, i-Space said.
While teaching children－girls in most cases－to better protect themselves against sexual assault, more efforts should be m
ade by society to tell boys to respect and care for the opposite sex, according to experts. 上海乌托邦品茶微信
Lin Zi, a psychologist, suggested that “readable” teaching materi
al be introduced for boys to tell them to better respect and protect girls and to unders
上海乌托邦tand that there is a “sense of personal space” regarding contact between the two genders.
She said some boys are confused about this situation, as their family members rarely discuss this with them.
Lin, vice-chairwoman of the Shanghai Psychological Counseling Association and founder 上海乌托邦品茶微信
of a psychological consultancy, is helping with the review of a sex educat
ion manual for children ages 10 to 14 launched by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund.
ers on one charge would earn 5 credits for its maker according to previous equations, and in the draft proposal the credits will be redu
ced to 2.5, according to Cui Dongshu, secretary-general of the China Passenger Car Association.上海千花网
He added that the proposed policy encourages better technology as more efficient power consumption will earn more credits.
上海千花网女神会所Analysts said the plan’s release will help carmakers to coordinate their production plans, es
pecially international ones, which have been slower than Chinese ones to respond to policy changes.
Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, called for a stable policy envi上海千花网
ronment at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress held in early July in Hainan province.
The German carmaker said almost half of its new energy vehicles produced in 2028 will
上海千花网女神会所be made in China. China has been the largest market for new energy vehicles since it overtook the United States in 2015.
So far there are around 3.5 million such vehicles on its roads.
The country’s new energy vehicle sales surged 65.9 percent year-on-year to 577,000 units上海千花网
during the January-June period, data from the China Passenger Car Association showed.
上海千花网女神会所The draft proposal is expected to help boost hybrids as well, to which Japanese carmakers have devoted much time and money.
They would still be considered fossil-fueled but re-classified as “low fuel consu
mption passenger vehicles” and thus will incur less negative points than traditional vehicles.
Under the current system, automakers in China are obliged to make up for a portion of the negative points they incur whe上海千花网女神会所
n they produce internal combustion engine vehicles with points won for producing new energy vehicles.
Analysts said the revision could see more traditional vehicles replaced with hybrids, because when automakers prod
uce hybrids. The proposed change came as a surprise, some experts and industry officials said, because the gove上海千花网女神会所
rnment has never before given any preferential treatment for hybrid technology.
“The new proposed policy is a roundabout way to promote hybrid cars,” said Cui in a social media post.
ority will continue to come up with measures to grow the construction of facilities t
hat protect intangible cultural heritage and offer better conditions for cultural inheritors.上海乌托邦品茶微信
So far, several masters of intangible culture have moved in, and the park is talking
上海乌托邦with more than 30 inheritors nationwide about some form of cooperation.
The park offers more than 30 spaces for traditional artists to meet guests and show their work.
For example, many artists will make bracelets because they are currently popular,” Zhang says.上海乌托邦品茶微信
“But jade, after all, is non-renewable. If we all cut good material to make quick consumables, it would be pointless,” he adds.
上海乌托邦Zhang believes joining Yongyuan will allow for more thorough, long-term learning am
ong artisans in his field and collaboration with designers who are more familiar with the market.
The ultimate goal is to better combine the art of jade sculpture with tasteful design and then h上海乌托邦
elp the public to gain a better appreciation for the beauty of this traditional art, Zhang says.
上海乌托邦The China National Textile and Apparel Council has also settled in the park.
Handbags and clothes bearing elements of intangible culture are neatly placed at the co上海乌托邦品茶微信
uncil’s workshop for visitors to appreciate and, if it tickles their fancy, purchase.
上海乌托邦”We will mainly showcase products deriving from intangible cultural heritage i
nnovation in the field of textiles,” says Xia Jingjing, an employee with the textile council.
These products are selected from art masters working in the industry nationwide.上海乌托邦品茶微信
The council will also invite textile art masters to mee
t with designers and develop new products for the future, according to Xia.
“The Yongyuan office will also be a good platform to test the wate上海乌托邦
r and see what kinds of textile products appeal to consumer tastes,” Xia says.
上海乌托邦品茶微信Zhang Tiecheng, a Chinese arts and crafts master, is one of the first to move into Yongyuan.
His workshop at the park now presents a range of delicate jade items on sale to the public.
Zhang has engaged in the art of jade sculp
ting-an art form once practiced by ancient royal houses-for more than three decades.
He says that people are increasingly interested in the field because of its growi
ng returns, but that has unfortunately led many inheritors of art to make items purely for money.