Fertility rates, meanwhile, remain astonishingly high in

Fertility rates, meanwhile, remain astonishingly high in

n some countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a few of the poorest-Niger, Mali and th

e Democratic Republic of Congo-the rate is 6-7 children per woman. The resulting flood of new ent

rants to the labor market is far outstripping the number of jobs available.

Empowering women key to meeting challenge

No known growth model can accommodate or keep up with this k

ind of demographic surge. Even sustained economic growth of around 7 percent per year

won’t be enough. And although fertility tends to decline as incomes rise, that does not happen immediately. Em

powering women, therefore, may be the most effective way of starting to address the challenge.

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While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

d with their body shape are those who might be susceptible to obesity or other risks, studies indicate the vast majority of wo

men who engage in “fat talk” can be ranked “average” and “healthy” when it comes to their weight.

Zhang Ran, 28, a senior consultant in the Beijing office of multinational professio

nal services company Ernst & Young, said she was a “fat talker” when she was a college student.

“I felt comfortable when I discovered I was not the only one who was un

happy about my body shape. But then I began to understand that it has nothing to do

with a woman’s actual weight, but everything to do with how she sees herself,” she said.

She added that sharing her fear of being fat with others could trigger feelings of emotional security and being part of a great

er community. Even after she graduated and started a career, “fat talk”-and its related effects-did not stop.

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Pam Marsden, head of production for Sony Pictures Anim

Pam Marsden, head of production for Sony Pictures Anim

mation, also considers characterization as a crucial element to developing successful animated works.

The studio’s 2018 smash hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won a string of awards, including the 91st Os

cars’ best animated feature, thanks to its unique look that combines computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

Speaking of developing a formula for making hit movies, Marsden says: “It begin

s with characters. If you can create a character that is beloved, charming and appealing, and touches the hearts of an audie

nce, you are well on your way to creating a successful animated movie that can cross all borders.”

If Hollywood’s experience leads it to focus primarily on the characters they create, Japanese director Hay

ato Date says he believes that voice-over dialogue is another important factor affecting the success of any animated work.

Best known for the manga-adapted animated TV series Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, Date r

eveals that he has developed a particular method which gathers all the voice artists together to record the scenes.

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Sales of Saky products in the lower-tier market only accou

Sales of Saky products in the lower-tier market only accou

unt for about 20 percent of the total, but they have quadrupled in the past two years.

“If you can prove to small-town youths that the products are useful, they are willing to pay,” Lan said. “Some inno

vative Saky products have also seen rapid growth in lower-tier markets, including one that removes stains from teeth.”

Chen, from Roland Berger, said that while small-town youths are narrowing the gap with their count

erparts in bigger cities in many ways, they still have many distinct demands. If companies want to win t

hem over, it is important for them to have a deep understanding of lower-tier markets and to draw up strategies acc

ordingly, whether in building brand awareness, or providing specialized products and distribution channels.

For example, while helping a jewelry company to access lower-tier markets, he found tha

t jade inlaid with gold is very popular, although it is considered unfashionable by consumers in large cities.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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In addition, the institute will invite foreign experts

In addition, the institute will invite foreign experts

to give lectures to the students to provide access to new developments in the international space sector.

“We want to make sure that they will be able to design satellites when they complete their study here and go back to their countries,” Cui said.

He added that compared with their Chinese peers, the foreign

students are more active in class and are better at asking questions and sharing their thoughts.

The foreign students will choose either remote sensing or comm

unications satellites as the topic for individual research at the Shenzhou Institute, Cui s

aid, adding that their choice will depend on what they will do in their homeland after the program.

Wang Jie, the mentor of the eight-student class, said that in addition to professional knowledge

and on-site tours, the institute also arranges lectures on Chinese language and culture for the foreign s

tudents and takes them to such historical sites as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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He said an ideal souvenir is one that is practical, rem

He said an ideal souvenir is one that is practical, rem

niscent of local experiences, artistic and portable. “The souveni

r market is huge and growing, given the expanding Chinese middle-inc

ome population and consumers’ increasing purchasing po

wer. But to earn money in this market, souvenir-makers should do a much better job.”

China has the world’s largest and fastest-growing middle-income group (more than 400 m

illion, or 140 million families as of 2017), said Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics, in January.

Their annual family income is between 100,000 yuan and 500,000 yu

an. This enables them to buy cars, properties and tourism packages, Ning said.

“Many im2pulsive purchases will be made during travels, either for self or to gift to relatives and friends,” said He.

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Regulators seek source of illegal HPV vaccine

Regulators seek source of illegal HPV vaccine

Drug regulators in Hainan province are investigating the suspected sources of HPV 9-valent vaccines that were illegally adm

inistered at Boao Yinfeng Healthcare International Hospital, whose business license was revoked as a result.

If a crime is found to have been committed, the case will be handed to public

security departments, according to a statement jointly issued on Sunday by Hainan’s Health Co

mmission, Market Supervision Administration, Drug Administration and Public Security Department.

It said the four departments will form a working group to supervise the investigations and legal enforcement.

The working group will contact people who received the vaccines at

Yinfeng hospital, listen to their opinions and take action to safeguard their rights.

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Once operating at its fullest capacity, the indust

Once operating at its fullest capacity, the indust

trial park’s output would be 2 million units of refrigerators, 1 million units of LED TVs, 1

million units of washing machines and 1 million units of air conditioners annually.

The park will also generate around 14,000 jobs after the first Haier manufacturing plant create

d some 12,000 jobs in Pune, an industrial city in the southwestern state of Maharashtra, company sources said.

Having closed the year 2018 with a total turnover of 3,800 crore Indian ru

pees (around $543 million), the global brand is currently at No 5 in terms of sales in Ind

a, and yearns to be among the top three brands by the next year, company sources said.

“India is a big market for us and we would like to continue to invest here in manufact

uring and simultaneously design technological innovations specifically for our Indian consumers,” sai

d Song Yujun, Haier’s vice-president and managing director for South Asia operations.

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As the impact of higher deliveries and cost reduction

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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