Zhao added that the new consumption trend of this

year’s holiday is also an epitome of the overall consumption trend in the country this year.

“The growth has been driven by the surge in disposable incomes and the middle-income population,” she added.

Guideline calls for 80 percent of related shipping to use cleaner means by 2025

China plans to achieve ultralow emissions at most steel plants by 2025, with 80 percent of raw m

aterials and final products shipped by cleaner methods including railways, ships and pipelines, rather than trucks.

Experts believe the ambitious goal, if reached, will contribute signi

ficantly to reducing bad air in the country, as the steel industry currently pollutes more than any other.

The holiday period also triggered demand for travel-related pro

ducts. Suning reported that sales of sunblock products and sunscreen clothes grew 74 perc

ent and 107 percent year-on-year. Travel packages rose by 128 percent during the period.

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Ultralow emissions will be realized at all steel manufa

cturers in key regions, and in 80 percent of the sector nationwide by the end of 2025, under a guideline pub

lished by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Sunday. The guideline was drafted by the ministry and four other central gove

rnment bodies, including the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s economic planner.

The guideline sets different limits for various procedures in steel produ

ction. The hourly density of particulate matter in emissions should be below 10 mill

igrams per cubic meter in all procedures. As for sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide discharges, the limit can dif

fer. The hourly concentration of sulfur dioxide, for example, should be below 35 mg/cu m in emissions generated by core pr

ocesses, such as pellet roasting, but the standard is relaxed to 50 mg/cu m for other processes.

At least 80 percent of raw materials and products should be transported v

ia railway, ship and pipeline rather than road transportation, the guideline said.

China is the largest steel-maker in the world. The country produced 928 million metri

c tons of crude steel in 2018, representing 51.3 percent of the world’s output, the ministry said.

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In addition, high-quality home appliances have becom

one of the most popular items bought on e-commerce websites during the holiday period.

Leading e-commerce platform JD claimed that high-quality household items such

as home appliances, home building materials and cooking utensils, saw a sales uptick during the past few days.

Data from another online e-commerce firm Suning showed that sales of home appliances jumped 49 percent from the same

period in 2018, with air-conditioners, electric fans and televisions being the top sellers.

“This year’s May Day Holiday showed that people have stronger high-quality consump

tion demands, reflected not only in high-quality products but also in services,” said Zhao Ping, head of int

ernational commerce of the Academy of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

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A purported doctor who goes by the alias Dahanc

chengxiang recently wrote a WeChat article saying he often encountered patients who fell for the fake adverti

sements, wasted money and treatment time and thus missed the opportunity to be cured.

The netizen also strongly opposed Li’s nomination shortly after the announce

ment, saying in an article that Li was morally unqualified because of Baidu’s insufficient regulation of adver

tising. The article went viral on social media but was removed over complains of libel by Baidu.

Li would not be the first controversial engineer to become an acade

mician, which carries perks such as stipends and medical se

rvices. In 2011, the public was outraged when Xie Jianping, a chemical engineer who created less harmful to

bacco products, became an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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What’s wrong with train stoppage in blizzard weather? 21 trains on

Spring Festival is approaching. Some people pack their bags early and are ready to embark on the journey home. However, if you want to take a train to Anhui, Jiangsu and other directions these days, you should pay attention to the travel reminders of the railway department.

According to Hangzhou Railway Station, due to heavy snow in central Anhui and southwestern Jiangsu, Hangzhou East-Jinzhai G7564 and Jinzhai-Jiangshan G7371 on January 9,

Luan-Wenzhou South G7575, Wenzhou South-Nanjing South G7630, Hefei South-Jiangshan South G7691, Jiangshan-Hefei

South G7692, Hefei South-Wenzhou South G7681 and Wenzhou South-Hefei South G7682 were suspended.

Railway Shanghai Bureau Group announced that some trains, including four trains at Beijin

g South Railway Station, will be suspended due to the snowstorm. They are Luan, Hongqiao to Beijing South and Hongqiao to Shanghai and Hefei South.

According to the circular, in view of the possible impact of the blizzard, China Railway Shanghai Bureau Group Co., Ltd. suspended some trains on Jan. 9. At the same time, it paid cl

ose attention to the changes of heavy snowfall, and timely adopted measures such as shutdown, suspension, speed limit, circuitous, r

eturn, opening and resuming operations to dynamically adjust the train operation plan to ensure passenger travel safety.

Railway said that passengers who have purchased the above-mentioned parked train tickets can go to the refund window of the station with their tickets within 30 days after the par dat

e (including the same day); passengers who purchase tickets on 12306 website (12306 mobile client) and have not yet collected tickets can directly refund tickets online, which brings inconvenience, please understand.

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What happened to the emergency in southern Ger

Recently, heavy snowfall in southern Germany, snow thickness in some areas is more than 50 centimeters, seriously affecting people’s

In recent days, heavy snow has fallen in southern Germany. As of Jan. 7, local time, snow cover in some parts of Bavaria had exceeded 50 centimeters, which had a serious impact on traffic.

At present, the traffic in Misbach is basically paralyzed, many roads are blocked because

of the impassability, and train flights in the region have been all delayed or cancelled.

As snow continues to fall, authorities say they can’t cl the roads in time and residents’travel is seriously hindered, so they announced that all schools will be closed from Monday to ensure the safety of students’ travel.

In the northern part of the most heavily snow-covered Alps, some areas are even more than 1 metre thick, and authorities warn of the danger of avalanches at any time.

In the next few days, snow will continue to fall in southern Germany, and the lives of local residents will face greater challenges.

On Jan. 7, local government declared a state of emergency in many parts of southern Germany.

The so-called state of emergency refers to a temporary and serious state of emergency that occurs or is about to occur and requires state

organs to exercise emergency power to control and eliminate social hazards and threats. The state organs concerned decide and declare a temporary and serious state of emergency in

accordance with the limits of authority provided by the Constitution and the law.

mpel the citizens concerned to provide certain services or property on a paid basis. The members o

f society also have the obligation to cooperate with the measures taken by the government in the state of emergency to cope with and eliminate emergencies.

Among them, the threat of serious harm to the country is one of the emergency situations.

Human society has been facing the threat of various emergencies from nature or human itself. Any country and society may be in crisis b

For the crisis situation caused by general emergencies, the state can

control it according to general laws, and individuals and units can also help themselves.

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“How could I possibly know?” answered Yü-ts’un. “And yet,”

“How could I possibly know?” answered Yü-ts’un.

?

“And yet,” remarked the Retainer, as he laughed coldly, “this is a person to whom you are indebted for great obligations; for she is no one else than the daughter of Mr. Chen, who lived next door to the Hu Lu temple. Her infant name is ‘Ying Lien.’”

“What! is it really she?” exclaimed Yü-ts’un full of surprise. “I heard that she had been kidnapped, ever since she was five years old; but has she only been sold recently?”

“Kidnappers of this kind,” continued the Retainer, “only abduct infant girls, whom they bring up till they reach the age of twelve or thirteen, when they take them into strange districts and dispose of them through their agents. In days gone by,

we used daily to coax this girl, Ying Lien, to romp with us, so that we got to be exceedingly friendly. Hence it is that though, with the lapse of seven or eight years, her mien has assumed a more surpassingly lovely appearance,

her general features have, on the other hand, undergone no change; and this is why I can recognise her. Besides, in the centre of her two eyebrows, she had a spot, of the size of a grain of rice, of carnation colour,

which she has had ever since she was born into the world. This kidnapper, it also happened, rented my house to live in; and on a certain day, on which the kidnapper was not at home, I even set her a few questions. She said,

‘that the kidnapper had so beaten her, that she felt intimidated, and couldn’t on any account, venture to speak out; simply averring that the kidnapper was her own father, and that, as he had no funds to repay his debts, he had consequently disposed of her by sale!’ I tried time after time to induce her to answer me,

but she again gave way to tears and added no more than: ‘I don’t really remember anything of my youth.’ Of this, anyhow, there can be no doubt;

on a certain day the young man Feng and the kidnapper met, said the money was paid down; but as the kidnapper happened to be intoxicated, Ying Lien exclaimed, as she sighed: ‘My punishment has this day been consummated!’ Later on again, when she heard that young Feng would, after three days, have her taken

over to his house, she once more underwent a change and put on such a sorrowful look that, unable to brook the sight of it, I waited till the kidnapper went out, when I again told my wife to go and cheer her by representing to

her that this Mr. Feng’s fixed purpose to wait for a propitious day, on which to come and take her over, was ample proof that he would not look upon her as a servant-girl. ‘Furthermore,’ (explained my wife to her), ‘he is a sort of

person exceedingly given to fast habits, and has at home ample means to live upon, so that if, besides, with his extreme aversion to women, he actually purchases you now, at a fancy price, you should be able to guess the issue,

without any explanation. You have to bear suspense only for two or three days,

and what need is there to be sorrowful and dejected?’

After these assurances,

she became somewhat composed,

flattering herself that she would from henceforth have a home of her own.

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