I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir
ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.
Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num
ber of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart
of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo
sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.
In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix
and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla
ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.
dumping of solid waste, especially hazardous waste, along the Yangtze River, will be continued, he said.
Wang, of the NPC committee, also called for more government support to encourage in
vestment from both State-owned and private companies into the hazardous waste treatment sector.
Facilities for hazardous waste disposal should be mandatory at all ind
ustrial parks. And while they should be included into planning for new parks, the constr
uction of such facilities should begin as soon as possible in parks with inadequate facilities, he suggested. Land should b
e set aside so that it could be used to increase processing capacity to meet potential demand, Wang said.
He also suggested making the disclosure of information about hazardous waste mandated by law i
n order to facilitate public supervision. The latest technological innovations such as big data, unm
anned aerial vehicles and remote monitoring should be adopted to tighten supervisory efficiency.
ce the government has stepped up its efforts to improve public awareness of fire safety through brochures, advertisements and pu
blic service announcements,” said Liu Xingye, secretary-general of the China Association for Disaster Prevention.
Still, quite a few fires broke out during the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday late last week due to people’s carelessness, Liu said.
That shows that there is a dire need to educate the public on the dangers of even a small fire, Li
u said, adding that only when there are fewer fires will firefighters be truly protected.
Real estate purchases, especially homes, by women professionals rose sharply in 2018 in the top tier
cities of China and reshaped the sales strategies of some developers, a new industry report said.
It has long been a social norm in China that ahead of a marriage, it is the m
ale spouse who is responsible for apartment purchases, or at least for the down pay
ment. But data from Ke.com, an online housing agency and subsidiary of real estate agency giant Lianjia, shows that
such traditions are changing in the big cities as more financially independent single women have started investing in properties.
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.
As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar
e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.
The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak
istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w
ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.
It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist
Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.
”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’t want more lives to be snu
ffed out. We want peace. War has never solved any problem. It never will. Thanks,” she wrote on Tuesday.
After being picked up by celebrities from both countries, politicians, rights group and common users, the hashtag began t
rending worldwide and was among the top trends in India and Pakistan before becoming a Twitter moment.
The Dataminr social discovery platforms shows that more than 128,500 tweets were published using the hashtag in the
past two days, with peaks of 2,000 tweets every 10 minutes on Wednesday at noon, CNN analysis shows.