Archive April 2019

Barca has won 26 league titles in Spain, compared to

 33 for Real Madrid. But Barca have won

eight of the last 11 leagues and 10 of the last 15 (all 10 with Messi in the squad).

Earlier in the day, second-placed Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at home over struggling Valladolid to delay Barca’s celebrations.

The only goal of the match came in the 66th minute when Valladolid’s Joaquin Fernandez put the ball into his own net, but

the visitors were convinced they should have had a penalty after Santiago Arias clearly handed the ball in his own area.

Referee Melero Lopez checked with the VAR but decided the handball was accidental.

Athletic Club Bilbao remains seventh after a 1-1 draw at home with Alaves in the Basque derby.

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Benat opened the scoring for the home side with a

spectacular 41st minute free kick, but Borja Baston equalized four minutes later in a game in which both teams looked flat in their third game in seven days.

Leganes and Celta Vigo drew 0-0, which draws Celta a point closer to

survival and means they remain unbeaten since Iago Aspas returned to the side after injury.

In overseas ventures, insurance gives firms a sure footing

Overseas investment inevitably means risks and uncertainties for Chinese comp

anies, but many have started using insurance services to help control and reduce risks.

“Chinese companies face new situations while investing overseas, namely that global politi

cs and economics have become more complex,” said Wang Tingke, general manager of China Export and Cr

edit Insurance Corporation, or Sinosure, China’s State-funded policy-oriented insurance company.

“So while going abroad, Chinese companies need to i

ncrease their awareness of risks and set up comprehensive risk management systems.”

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A total of about $786 million was poured into the

project, 95 percent of it provided by China through preferential and b

uyers’ loans. China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation, a State-funded policy-oriented i

nsurance company, provided insurance services for the project, which helped the local government sacure $680 milli

on in business loans from Chinese banks, greatly reducing pressure on the project’s financing.

Mozambique’s President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, had long nursed ambitions of one day seeing a bridge lin

king Maputo city center and Katembe, and when it was finally opened in November he said it wou

ld greatly facilitate transport and connectivity between Mozambique and other parts of Africa.

Wang said the bridge will give great economic stimulus to Katembe, long underdeveloped because of its poor tran

sport access. It also eases demographic pressures on Maputo, a city with a population of 1.7 million.

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President Xi’s speech was an assurance to Africa an

 the rest of the world that the Belt and Road Initiative is a helping hand try to help Africa get out of the problems of poor infras

tructure. For me, I think it is very important. And African countries should clap hands for this assistance.

Improving the infrastructure, which is very key in reducing the cost of doing business

in Africa and at the same time creating job opportunities, will help Africa in a few years.

What really interests me is that President Xi talks about the fact that the

initiative boosts the developments of countries along the Belt and Road Initiative.

He talks about the fact that different railways have been built. Some other pipeli

nes have been also constructed. The Belt and Road Initiative has connected many different areas which are very importa

nt. We really need this kind of interconnection. So now countries will become closer due to the Belt and Road Initiative.

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President Xi’s speech emphasized on broadening China

 Belt and Road Initiative and creating a global image of this initiative, so that there will

be more connectivity and more trust in this international intercontinental project.

I am from Afghanistan and we have a lot of opportunities for China’s investments. China is trying to in

vest in our railway network, which is a very promising way to create a corridor to the Central Asia. Then

Afghanistan can provide a very safe connection from China, Central Asia to the rest of the world.President Xi’s speec

h was very impressive. He spoke on opening all the economy of the world and working against protectionism. He also said

to make more efforts to give a better quality of Belt and Road Initiative to connect all the other countries. I’m very op

timistic with the progress on the Belt and Road Initiative and I hope more countries will participate in the initiative.

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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The news came as a surprise and has led to a number of t

 of travel plan changes, as many choose new destinations a short or medi

um distance away instead of suburban trips, said Feng Rao, data research center mana

ger of Mafengwo, a major online travel service provider and tourist information-sharing platform in China.

Travel plans to Sanya, Luoyang and Enshi, three Chinese tourist cities, grew most rapidly — by 15.4

%, 13.6% and 11.6% respectively — due to the extended holiday, according to a report from Mafengwo.

With a new railway operating plan put into use from April 10 offeri

ng more high-speed train routes, high-speed train trips are easier and more convenient.

Take Luoyang in Henan province as an example. People living in Suzhou, Xuzhou an

d Jiaozuo, places where travel time to Luoyang by high-speed train is five hours or less, have turned their eyes to the city.

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In terms of transportation methods, high-speed train is

 preferred by travelers for the four-day vacation. In most cases, it takes travelers under five hours to get to their destinations.

In addition Shanghai’s Disney theme park, Guangzhou’s Chimelong Safari Park and Cho

ngqing’s Hongyadong were predicted to be the hottest three tourist attractions on the Chinese mainland.

Two thousand years ago, the ancient Silk Road opened the door for Chengdu to connect with th

e rest of the world. Now, fueled by the Belt and Road Initiative, the city again stands at the forefront of ope

ning-up, developing its industries, creating value and making innovations on the global stage.

The first freight train from Luxembourg to Chengdu departed on April 4. The train, branded under the “China Railway Express” bann

er, passed through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and then entered China through the Al

ashankou port in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The travel time, from start to finish, was 15 days.

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As the impact of higher deliveries and cost reduction

 take full effect, we expect to return to profitability in Q3 and significantly reduce our loss in Q2,” Musk said in a letter to investors.

The Silicon Valley company has weathered a challenging few months, marked by a sharp drop in the number of vehicl

es delivered to global customers during the quarter and a public spat between Musk and financial regulators.

Shares fell less than a percent to $258.00 in after-hours trade.

Satellite remote sensing has transformed environmental law enforcers into clairvoyants thanks to a

n app on drinking water sources developed by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, People’s Daily reported.

Law enforcement on drinking water source protection zones is difficu

lt due to its unique characteristics – some drinking water source protection zones are as larg

e as thousands of square kilometers while some are located in remote mountainous areas which are hard to ac

cess. Therefore, traditional ground investigation to locate violators is high in cost and workload and low in timeliness.

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New plan puts greater water efficiency on tap

An action plan has been introduced to tighten water consumption as part of high-quality development moves, which aims to improve

efficiency in the use of natural resources and better protect the environment while boosting economic growth.

By 2020, water consumption per 10,000 yuan ($1,487) of GDP is expect

ed to drop by 23 percent from that in 2015, with a 20-percen

t reduction in using water to produce 10,000 yuan in industrial added value, according to the plan promulgated by t

he National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Water Resources on April 15.

In addition, China’s overall water consumption will be constrained within 670 billion c

ubic meters by 2022, with improved conservation, the document said. Furthermore, the figure will be con

trolled within 700 cu m with water conservation and recycling at a world-leading level by 2035.

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