birth in office, and then by taking her three-month old daughter Neve to the United Nations, where Ardern was pho
tographed playing with the baby alongside partner Clarke Gayford. Neve looked on as her mother addressed the assem
bly while Gayford, whom the couple say is the main caregiver for their daughter, held the baby.
Speaking to CNN after her address, Ardern said she wanted to “normalize” the ide
a of being a working mother, and described New Zealand as “incredibly progressive.”
Since coming to power, Ardern has presented an image in stark contrast to leaders of many large Western nations. As co
untries, including the United States, have attempted to keep migrants out, Ardern has actively sought to bring them in.
She’s made multiple offers to take in refugees languishing on Manus Island and Nauru,
the products of a Australia’s strict immigration policy. The offer has been repeatedly refused.、
players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la
ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”
Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi
ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock
et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.
After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2
014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.
Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two
teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.
Aug 31, followed by a match against Poland on Sept 2 before facing Venezuela two days later. All three games will be played at the 18,
000-seat Wukesong Arena in Beijing, where China finished eighth at the 2008 Summer Olympics to tie its best record at the Games.
At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, China beat Cote d’Ivoire 83-73, but its last m
atch against Venezuela, at the 2016 Olympics, ended in a 68-72 defeat. China and Poland have never met before in official competition.
Despite the favorable draw, Team China’s head coach Li Nan warned against undere
stimating the opposition.Spearheaded by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, fellow center Wang Zhel
in-a second-round draft pick for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-and young playmaker Guo Ailun, China’s primary aim
is to finish the tournament as the top Asian team in order to qualify directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, Bryant, the tournament’s global ambassador, has urged China to aim even higher.
ing in China. For one, pet cats are good stress-busters. And in these hectic, stressful times in urban areas, they could prove very useful, experts said.
Agreed Huang Xinyi, 28, a Beijing-based film producer. “Every time my cat purrs at me
, head-butts my face, and rubs against my leg, I want to hug him and kiss him all over.”
Many of her generation, aged 25 to 35, are busy pursuing busy careers in cities, far from their
hometowns. “I get lonely sometimes, but my cat has always been good company,” Huang said.
“Moreover, cats are more independent. I don’t have to walk my cat every day, but I play with him whenever I find some spare time.”
That is important for most young people struggling to find work-life balance in urban areas due to hectic lifestyles.
According to a report from Frost & Sullivan China, keeping cats for pets costs a little less than maintaining dogs.
BEIJING — China has made solid progress in alleviating the financing
problems of small and micro firms, a senior official said Friday.
Outstanding loans to such businesses amounted to 33.49 trillion yuan ($5 trillion) by the end of 2018, accounting for 23.
81 percent of the total outstanding loans, Zhu Shumin, vice chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said in a statement.
In particular, outstanding inclusive loans to small and micro firms reached 9.36 trillion yuan
, growing 21.79 percent from the beginning of the year, 9.2 percentage points faster than the total loans.
The number of borrowers increased 4.55 million from the beginning of 2018 to 17.23 million, Zhu said.
Meanwhile, efforts have been made to cut financing costs, with the average interest rate of newly
issued inclusive loans to small and micro firms in the fourth quarter of 2018 down 0.8 percentage points from the first quarter.
China’s Ministry of Finance Saturday announced a favorable tax policy for overseas talent working in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Based on the individual income tax differentials between the Chinese mainland and Ho
ng Kong, overseas high-end talent and professionals in short supply that work in the Greater Bay Area will
get subsidies from Guangdong province and Shenzhen municipality to offset the differentials, according to the MOF.
The subsidies will be exempt from paying individual income tax.
The policy, effective from January 2019 to the end of 2023, applies to nine cities in Guangdon
g — Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing, the ministry said.