The prime minister is determined to secure our departu

The prime minister is determined to secure our departu

e from the European Union,” Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee that

can make or break party leaders, said following a meeting between his co

mmittee’s executive and May in parliament which he described as a “very frank exchange”.

The government has said lawmakers will be able to debate and vote on the Withdrawal Agre

ement Bill, the legislation required to enact May’s Brexit deal, in the week starting June 3.

“We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the Bill to agree a timetable for the el

ection of a new leader,” Brady said, adding that the conversation would take place whether the bill was passed or not.

May, who became prime minister in the chaos that followed the 2016 referendum when Brit

ons voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU, survived a no-confidence vote of her Conservative lawmakers in December.

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China’s IPR protection efforts bear fruit for foreign enterprises

China’s IPR protection efforts bear fruit for foreign enterprises

China’s constant improvement of intellectual property rights pro

tection is a huge boon for popular foreign IPs like Peppa Pig to ride the country’s consum

ption boom, according to an executive from the trademark’s owner Entertainment One UK Ltd.

“There has been a very positive trend in China,” said Tim Pfeiffer

, the company’s senior vice-president of business affairs. “Our cooperation with the China Trad

emark Office has been very encouraging and we are more than happy to cooperate further.”

Beijing’s efforts have shown that it is serious about enforcing IPR protection to safeguard justice an

d social stability. Chinese courts have resulted in a 42 percent surge in intellectual property r

ights cases in 2018, according to the work reports of the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Proc

uratorate that were submitted to the country’s annual national legislative session in March.

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Meanwhile, more than 8,000 officials were punishe

Meanwhile, more than 8,000 officials were punishe

 after inspectors’ revisits to ensure rectification of violations they had found earlier.

Liu Changgen, director of the central environmental inspection office, said the fourth round of in

spections is the first to have more punished officials from land resources departments than from the ecolo

gical and environmental departments, which topped the list in the earlier rounds.

“Many may think the ecological and environment departments should top the list, as they shoulder

more of the responsibilities in environmental protection. But officials at various levels of the ec

ological and environmental departments have had their awareness in environmental protection strengthened in the

past few years, which has helped them better assume their responsibilities,” Liu said.

He said he expects to see increasingly strengthened awareness of protection in other departments, too.

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Contents regarding collective copyright managem

Contents regarding collective copyright managem

ent organizations, including stock image platforms, have been debatable and remain a key issue among lawmakers,” she said.

“I believe such copyright agencies will be regulated in the future version of the law after Visual

China’s incident, and our IP protection will also be further strengthened thanks to the case,” she added.

Different from many comments that criticized the company and its business, Chen sai

d it is “Okay” for stock image platforms to profit from selling images or filing copyright lawsuits.

“Proper commercial operations can help defend the rights of individual creators, as it is difficult a

nd costly for individuals to sift through seas of information and find out who infringes their rights,” she said. “Or su

ch platforms create a better environment for copyright owners to easily and effectively safeguard their rights.”

But she suggested the country set up a third-party to supervise

the platforms’ operation to prevent them from exercising the rights beyond the legal scope.

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Appetite for fantasy, sci-firom Web Novel under the China

Appetite for fantasy, sci-firom Web Novel under the China

Ahead of this year’s London Book Fair in March, media reported a rise in interest in translat

ed works among British readers, with a special mention of the wider acceptance of transl

ated Chinese titles last year. For translator Anna Holmwood, this signals the arrival of a new era.

“This is a big moment for Chinese fiction abroad,” says Holmwood, who has translated Chinese literature for almost a decade.

Her translation work, Legends of the Condor Heroes: A Hero Born, a fa

ntasy novel written by Jin Yong (Louis Cha Leung-yung), and Liu Cixin’s science-fictio

n book, The Three Body Problem, are shown in a Nielsen report as examples of t

wo of the most popular Chinese fiction works in Britain in 2018. The Guardian adds the two novels “sold strongly”.

“Languages in growing demand include Chinese and Arabic, along

side Icelandic and Polish,” according to the Nielsen report that cites trends from 2014 to 2018.

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This video was allegedly filmed at around 10 pm, when

This video was allegedly filmed at around 10 pm, when

 Niuniu had already worked for most of the day.

Another clip shows Niuniu shocked by her mother’s sudden strike to her hand.

Many netizens have said that the viral videos show the harmful conditions that child mode

ls experience, and have asked for more care for the girl’s psychical and mental health.

More than 110 children’s clothing shops on Taobao, a Chinese online shopping platform, have unit

ed together to call for better regulation of the child modeling industry and greater protection for child models.

Footage of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter has gone viral on Chinese social media, sparking outcry online.

The video was shot on Monday in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province, and began going viral Wednesday.

The daughter has been revealed to be Niuniu, a well-known child

model, who was kicked because she was allegedly “too tired to perform”.

The video has been viewed tens of millions of times, with many leaving comme

nts criticizing Niuniu’s mother for “abusing” her daughter and using her “as a tool to make money”.

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The central government approved the Beijing-Tianjin-Heb

The central government approved the Beijing-Tianjin-Heb

 coordinated development plan outline in April 2015, and published the final plan in 2016. And on April 1, 2017, the central authorities an

nounced the plan to develop Xiongan New Area in Hebei province as part of the larger Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development plan.

Between 2014 and 2017, Beijing shifted or shut down many of its non-capital functions, inc

luding 594 special markets and 1,992 general manufacturing enterprises, with 3,860 of its industrial units being re

located to Hebei. As a result, Beijing’s permanent resident population declined by 22,000 in 2017 and 165,000 in 2018.

Tianjin and Hebei have absorbed many of Beijing’s non-capital functions b

y jointly building a series of platforms, and Xiongan New Area has become the center for m

any of those relocated functions. As such, Xiongan has become one of the “two wings” of Beijing, together with Tongzhou.

The transport connectivity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has greatly improved with opening of the expressway from Lai

shui in Hebei to Beijing in 2014, and the extension of the Beijing-Tianjin and Tianjin-Baoding intercity high-speed railw

ays and the Zhangjiakou-Tangshan railway in 2015. Along with these, Beijing’s outer-ring road

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Rapid tests on water samples collected on Friday found the

Rapid tests on water samples collected on Friday found the

water of three rivers inside the park was polluted by volatile organic compounds – chloroform, methylene chloride, dichloroeth

ane and toluene. But no volatile organic compounds were detected in the waters of the three rivers outside the park.

The polluted water bodies of the three rivers had been cordoned off and so far no po

llution was detected in waters outside of the park, according to rescue headquarters.

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment also require

d special attention for possible rainfall and its impact on handling the aftermath of the blast.

Wei Zheng, a worker with the environmental monitoring station of Funing county, who was sent to Xiangshui county

for assistance, said that he got water samples from inside the park and the nearby Guanhe River every three hours for analysis.

“We analyze the chemical remains in the water, including aniline, nitrobenzene and VOC. Environmen

tal protection workers have established eight water monitoring stations inside and near the chemical park,” Wei said.

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Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.

Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh

unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp

ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.

Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain-the open AI platform of Baidu-had the idea of build

ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.

Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc

ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.

Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin

g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye

ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.

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hinese judicial authorities have strived to prevent wron

hinese judicial authorities have strived to prevent wron

ngful convictions and better protect human rights in the past year and will continue to

do so this year, according to the work reports of the top court and top procuratorate, which were released on Tuesday.

In 2018, 819 defendants were declared not guilty and 10 high-profile wrongful convictions w

ere overturned, Chief Justice Zhou Qiang said in the annual work report of the Supreme People’s Court to the top legislature.

He said judges have upheld two key principles: that no punishment should be handed

down in cases where doubt exists, and evidence obtained illegally should not be allowed.

Procuratohe country have also intensified their e

fforts to supervise other law enforcement agencies to prevent wrongful prosecutions.

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