Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

Chen Bin, executive vice-president of the China Machi

nery Industry Federation, said the organization’s member companies are optimistic because th

e extension of the March 1 tariff deadline should help both Chinese and US companies restore their ab

ility to trade, while pacifying Chinese companies that have already invested heavily in machinery manufacturing in the US.

“It is increasingly evident that tariffs had negative effects — such as rising unemployment an

d slowing growth rates — not only in China and the US, but also in many parts of the world,” said Xue Ro

ngjiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies research institute.

The proposed tariff delay indicates economic rationality is preva

iling and both countries are predicted to reach an agreement soon, Xue added.

Asa Hutchinson, governor of the US state of Arkansas, applauded both presidents for

working hard to narrow the differences and reach more consensuses. “I a

m optimistic we will be able to reach an agreement because it is important for both countries,” he said.

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Embroidery offers a way to tackle povertye of Xihe county,

Embroidery offers a way to tackle povertye of Xihe county,

Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”

In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des

ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.

Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo

untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.

For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor

k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w

eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.

Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o

nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.

So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent

h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray

ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

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Xuelong’s northward route had been repeatedly revised

Xuelong’s northward route had been repeatedly revised

  and thus successfully averted gales and huge waves as high as 8 meters, according to the weatherman aboard the ship, Wang Lei.

  For example, with no ice areas in Prydz Bay to shelter the ship, Xuelong had to de

part from Zhongshan one day earlier than scheduled in order not be blocked by a whole gale and huge waves. After

leaving the bay, it was first headed northwest to the marine-based west Antarctic ice sheet.

  ”Then a strong cyclone is moving to us and its resulting waves will block our way to north,” Wang said.

  Due to the weather, Xuelong chose to sail westward at the edge of the westerlies to reach a haven area between two moving

cyclones, where it had spent two days before huge waves again blocked its way northward.

  ”After that, Xuelong had spent about 20 hours in waters east to the Kerguelan Is

lands in order to stay away from the winds and waves on Wednesday,” Shen said.

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He (Guaido) will be coming to the other side of the bridge

He (Guaido) will be coming to the other side of the bridge

  with maybe a million of his supporters, and I suspect both of us,

both sides, will be handing flowers to the military and the

people guarding the bridge, and seeing whether they can be persuaded to do what they must realize is the right thing,” Branson said.

  Maduro is planning to stage a rival concert on the other side of the Tienditas Bridge in Tachira, Venezuela.

  Read More: Aid is piling up on Venezuela’s border. Here’s why it’s not getting in

  Photos showed workers setting up scaffolding and stages some 1,000 feet from each oth

er, separated only by the containers that the Venezuelan government has installed to block access to the country.

  ”We just want peace and tranquility,” Maduro said during a televised speech on Thursday.

  Guaido left Caracas on Thursday with a group of lawmakers headed to the border to “welcome the humanitarian aid,” his spokesman, Edward Rodriguez, told CNN.

  A convoy of buses carrying members of Venezuela’s National Assembly, who were traveling separately from Guaido, was blocked briefly en route to the border.

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The three higher-end models reverse Samsung’s unpopul

The three higher-end models reverse Samsung’s unpopul

  decision to put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. Now built into the disp

lay itself, the “ultrasonic fingerprint reader” compliments its Face Unlock feature but prom

ises more security. It doesn’t just take pictures of your fingerprint; the company says it uses machine-learning-bas

ed algorithm to read 3D fingerprints through ultrasonic sound waves.(Fingerprint data is stored only on the dev

ice itself, according to Samsung). The S10e features a capacitive fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone instead.

  Not surprisingly, Samsung is upping its camera game. The winner for the most cameras goes to the Gala

xy S10 5G, which offers a total of six, including a dual-front camera with a 3D-depth lens to handle th

ings like augmented reality. It has a quadruple rear camera with a wide, telephoto and (another) 3D depth lens.

  The S10 and S10+ feature nearly the same without the 3D depth len

s on the back. However, the S10e has single front- and dual rear-cameras in wide and ultra-wide lens.

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Pelosi urges members to back resolution terminating

Pelosi urges members to back resolution terminating

  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged members of Congress on Wednesday to bac

k a resolution halting the national emergency declared by President Donald Trump to fund a border wall.

  Pelosi’s call to action comes as the White House plows ahead on transferring federal funds not contingent on Trump’s declara

tion toward building a wall along the southern border, despite already facing several lawsuits.

  ”I write to invite all Members of Congress to cosponsor Congressman Joaquin Castro’s priv

ileged resolution … to terminate this emergency declaration using the termination mechanism within the

National Emergencies Act,” the California Democrat wrote in a letter to her colleagues.

  ”All Members take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution,” Pelosi added. “The P

resident’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the const

itutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated. We have a solemn responsibility to up

hold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.”

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Nissan said this month that it would build its new X-Trail

Nissan said this month that it would build its new X-Trail

  rather than in northernEngland”Japanese businesses are seeing returning to Japan as affordable and profitable,” said S

tephen Nagy, an associate professor at International Christian University in Tokyo.

  Honda said it had decided to shut its plant because of “the unpre

cedented changes in the global automotive industry” such as the shift toward electric veh

cles. It plans to move production from Britain to Japan, the United States and China.

  Recent trade deals have also made Britain a less attractive base for Japanese companies after Brexit.

  Nagy pointed to the trade deal between the European Union and Japan, which took effec

t this month, and the agreement between 11 Pacific nations that kicked in at the end of last year.

  ”The UK will not be part of either [deal], making it a much less attractive platform for Japanese businesses,” he said.

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They now work with over 100 different suppliers from across

They now work with over 100 different suppliers from across

  the country, sourcing the best of the best for everything from game meats to that addictive Irish b

utter. “The idea there was to get the best produce that we can within Ireland,” says Heery.Spread acr

oss the sprawling property are four different restaurants, each catering to a specific mood or type of guest.

  The Oak Room is Adare’s fine-dining option, housed inside a stunningly renovated oak-pa

neled dining room. Local artists were even commissioned to design bespoke wood and ceramic plates a

nd serving pieces, with some of the material coming from the hotel’s own woodlands.

  A six-course, prix-fixe menu with wine pairing will set guests back €250 (ab

out $283) per person. The meal includes elevated takes on traditional Irish fare like

Tipperary quail with salsify and bacon, or 24-hour-cooked Dexter beef with truffles and morel mushrooms. A

nd, of course, service is top notch.For those looking for a more traditional experience, the hotel’s Gallery serves a p

roper Irish afternoon tea that will upend all expectations (and probably ruin you for any version thereafter).

  Guests are treated to a selection of four petite sandwiches, including local salmon and ham; freshly baked scones with

clotted cream; and five different desserts like a tiramisu “shot” filled with coffee jelly and mascarpone mousse.

  The room itself is also mighty impressive: based on the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

it’s 132 feet long with gargantuan marble fireplaces and walls decorated with hand-carved Bible scenes.

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hooks, lines or sinkers: Cambodians go traditional in fishing

hooks, lines or sinkers: Cambodians go traditional in fishing

Wielding handmade bamboo baskets and nylon nets, hundreds of people waded thigh-deep into a muddy lake in eastern Cambo

dia on February 9 for an annual fish-catching ceremony where only traditional tools are allowed to be used.

The ceremony is held each year in eastern Tboung Khmum Province after the crop

harvest to commemorate the country’s proud fishing history, said local chief Uch Yoeun.

The event – held in Choam Korvean commune, about 250 kilometers

from the capital Phnom Penh – attracts hundreds of farmers from surrounding villages.

They carry weaved baskets of different shapes, eager to try their hand at tr

apping the freshwater catfish and snakehead fish in the muddy Boeung Kroam lake.

“It has been a tradition since our ancestors’ time,” Uch Yoeun told AFP, adding that only one rule applies in this mass fishing event.

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Authorities guarded Boeung Kroam Lake for more

Authorities guarded Boeung Kroam Lake for more

than a month before the event – to prevent illegal fishing and ensure there would be enough to catch at the annual event.

It kicked off in the early morning with hundreds of villagers racing to the lake, spo

rting straw hats and traditional scarves to shield themselves from the blazing sun.

The mood was light-hearted and many opted to grill the morning’s catch by the lake over a smoldering fire.

But for villagers who had attended the event for several years, the day’s haul proved disappointing.

“Before, there were bigger fish,” said Chin Khoung, 50.

“Now the fish are small and there’s less [of them].”

The Southeast Asian country, which boasts the mighty Mekong River and its man

y tributaries, is heavily reliant on fish as a major source of protein for its population.

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