Month: March 2019
king with industry to meet shared safety goals,” he said. “FAA now delegates more of its aircr
aft certification to approved manufacturers through its congressionally authorized Organization Desig
nation Authorization program or ODA. However, my office has identified weaknesses with FAA oversight of ODA.”
Senators questioned the safety of Boeing’s anti-stall system, called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.
The system was installed because Max jets have bigger engines mounted closer to the nose of the plane than older Boeing 737s, changing the plane’s aerodynamics.
If the nose rises, threatening a stall, the MACS system automatically points the nose of the plane down to gain speed. The sys
tem can be shut off by flipping a switch on the throttle console between the pilot and co-pilot.
The “angle of attack” sensor built into the Max aircraft measures the amount of lift generat
ed by the wings. The device warns pilots when there is too little lift, potentially stalling the plane
Chinese local government bonds worth 1.4 billion yuan ($208.5 million) were snapped up by retail investors within a single day, after counter sales in banks we
re made available for the first time. The fundraising will help supplement a broader fiscal deficit this year, analysts said.
On Monday, individuals in China were able to purchase bonds issued by t
he Zhejiang provincial government (five-year term, 3.32 percent coupon rate) and the N
ingbo city government (three-year term, 3.04 percent coupon rate). Proceeds from the sales will be used for land purchases (300 million yuan) and shantytown renovations (1.1 billion yuan), acc
ording to a notice on the website of China Central Depository and Clearing, a clearinghouse under the central bank.
The minimum investment amount for retail investors is 100 yuan, lower than most wealth management products issu
ed by commercial banks. Previously, individual investors could only purchase bonds issued by the central government, kno
wn as treasury bonds. And before Monday, local government bonds were traded mainly in the interbank market.
Zeng Niaoniao, a qipao designer in the post-95s generation, started her business when she was a sophomore in 2015, and now runs stores both online and off.
Last year, the turnover from her online store reached 12 million yuan ($1.78 million)
The 24-year-old designer has a track record on improving qipao, displaying her work at the 2018 Shan
g Fashion Week and attracting Chinese pop idol Yang Chaoyue to wear her design for an advertising photoshoot.
Zeng said her wish was to see people wearing her designs to stroll around town, and sh
e wanted to bring more improved qipao with new designs to young Chinese girls.
May’s offer to quit fails to break Britain’s Brexit stalemate
LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to sway hardline opponents of her European Union divorce de
al on Wednesday with an offer to quit, but parliament’s bid to agree an alternative fell short, leaving the Brexit process as deadlocked as ever.
May told her Conservative lawmakers she would step down if her Brexit deal was finally passe
d by parliament at the third attempt, in a last-ditch bid to win over many of her party’s eurosceptic rebels.
ons has voted against remaining in the EU and every version of leaving the EU,” tweeted James Cleverly, the Conservative Party’s deputy chairman.
Nevertheless, some proposals fared better than May’s deal had done two weeks ago, and parlia
ment was due to hold more indicative votes on Monday after refining the options most likely to secure a majority.
Many Conservative eurosceptics had made clear they would only c
onsider supporting May’s deal if she gave a firm commitment to resign, hoping a new leader
would be more sympathetic to their views when negotiating the terms of Britain’s future relationship with the EU.
“I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party,” May told a meeting of Conservative lawmakers (MPs).
“I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new lead
ership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations – and I won’t stand in the way of that.”
But within hours of May’s offer, the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority gov
ernment, said it would vote against the deal if May brought it back a third time.
ister in a row to have fallen foul of divisions over Europe within her centuries-old party, following David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
Most voters think the Brexit negotiation has been handled badly and there may now be a slight majority for staying in the EU, rec
ent polls suggest. Many Conservative MPs say May herself has caused the chaos by not negotiating harder with the EU.
“It was inevitable and I just feel she’s made the right decision. She has actually read the m
ood of the party, which was a surprise,” said Conservative lawmaker Pauline Latham.
Over two decades since her debut appearance at Wimbledon, Chinese legend Li
Na still remembers her awkward introduction to the iconic London tournament.
Li first competed there in the girls’ singles in 1998, and was tripped up by the switch f
rom hard courts to grass, not to mention the All England Club’s famous sartorial etiquette.
“I had no clue at all on how to play on grass,” Li recalled at Tuesday’s The Road to Wimbledon junior training camp in Beijing.
A group of scientists in Gansu province have discovered a fossilized b
ird dating back about 110 million years and the first ever to have an unlaid egg in its abdomen.
The fossil represents a new species, Avimaia schweitzerae, belonging to a group called the Enantiornithes, which was a
bundant around the world and coexisted with dinosaurs in the Cretaceous period.
The well preserved fossil was discovered in the city of Yumen.
Because the specimen was crushed flat, it was only after a small fragment was extracted and analyzed under a micro
scope that the research team at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Pal
eoanthropology realized the unusual tissue was an egg, said Alida Bailleul, the lead author of the article.
bird’s reproductive system was not behaving normally. The eggshell consists of two layers instea
d of one as in normal, healthy bird eggs, indicating the egg was retained too long inside the abdomen, Bailleul said.
This condition occurs in living birds as a result of stress. Unlaid eggs may be coated with a second laye
r, or sometimes more, of shell. This abnormality has also been documented in sauropod dinosaurs, and in fossil and living turtles.
In addition, the eggshell was extremely thin, thinner than a sheet of paper, and did not have the proportions of a healthy egg, Bailleul said.
hina’s civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthine
ss certificates for Boeing 737 Max 8s because of safety concerns, a move an expert said will bring huge economic losses to Boeing.
Two Boeing 737 MAX 8s have crashed in the last five months. All 157 pa
ssengers and crew members of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines died on Mar 10, includi
ng eight Chinese nationals. In October, the same model of plane, operated by Lion Air, went down over the Java Sea, killing 189.
diplomatic ties. During their meetings, Xi agreed with French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to f
orge a more solid, stable and vibrant China-France comprehensive strategic partnership, and continue to explore the way for major countries to get al
ong with each other, which should feature independence, mutual understanding, foresight, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes, Wang said.
In the joint statement issued by China and France on jointly safeguarding multilateralism and improving global governa
nce, the two sides pledged to build international relations of mutual respect, equality, justice, and win-win coop
eration on the basis of respecting international laws and the basic principles of international norms, Wang said.
Speaking of Xi’s visit to Monaco, Wang said leaders of the two cou
ntries have agreed to firmly stick to the correct direction of bilateral relations, adhere to open
ness and cooperation, and pursue more win-win results so as to jointly elevate the China-Monaco relations into a new era.
During Xi’s talks with Prince Albert II, head of state of the Prin
cipality of Monaco, the Chinese president said both sides should adhere to openness and cooperation a
nd pursue more win-win results, adding that China welcomes Monaco to actively participate in the joint development of the Belt and Road.
gmatism over its decision of endorsing the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying Xi and Mattarella agreed
that China and Italy, which are at the two ends of the ancient Silk Road, are natural partners in constructing the Belt and Road.
Conte, according to Wang, said the BRI will bring great opportunities to Italy. He also agre
ed to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in Beijing next month.
France is one of the earliest European countries that have expressed the willingness to take pa
rt in the BRI cooperation. During Xi’s visit to France, the two countries signed agreements on the third round of the BRI-related dem
onstration projects in third-party markets and kicked off a third-party market fund, Wang said.
At the closing session of a global governance forum co-hosted by China and France, Macron
said the BRI is significant and can play an important role in world peace, stability and development, adding that the EU could align
its development strategy with the BRI in an innovative way and jointly promote Eurasian connectivity.
came to Europe again in his first overseas trip this year, manifesting the great importance China attaches to Europe, Wang said.
In a world of unprecedented transformations, Xi noted that a stable, strategic and reciprocal China-EU relationship is urgently needed.
Wang said during his visit, Xi had in-depth communication with the European leaders to discuss cooperation in internation