This year, the top expert panels saw the most partici

ipation ever of Nobel Prize winners, with four on

the team They were Arieh Warshel, the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in chem

istry; Edvard I. Moser, the 2014 Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine; Konstantin Novoselov, the 2010

Nobel Prize winner in physiology or medicine; and Michael Young, the 2017 Nobel Prize winner in physiology or med

icine. These four were also joined by Les Valiant, the 2010 Turing Prize winner.

The survey was conducted by the International Tal

ents magazine. The organizer and Dataway provided data analysis of the survey. China Daily cons

tructed the official website for the survey and reported on the entire process.

The survey has drawn strong support across the country from management departments for foreign experts.

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School officials punished for changing exam scores

School officials at South China University of Technology in Guangzh

ou, Guangdong province have been punished for changing 10 students’ national post

graduate entrance examination scores last year, the university said on Thursday.

Zhang Jun, dean of the university’s school of computer science and engineering, has been removed from his post an

d forbidden to supervise any other postgraduate candidates, the university said in a statement.

The university also ended its contract with Zhang and asked ed

ucation authorities to rescind his academic titles and research plans, it said.

Lian Weijie, Party secretary of the school of computer science and engine

ering, Yu Zhiwen, former vice-dean of the school, and Yang Yiren, deputy Party secretary of the s

chool, have been removed from the Party and downgraded to lower positions, it said.

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Liu said that guided by the consensus reached by the

 leaders of the both countries, the two sides will continue with the consultations to achieve more

progress on issues of mutual concern, and push for steady and sound development of bilateral trade relations.

The latest trade talks followed a round of negotiations in Beijing last week, also headed by Liu, and United States Trade Representat

ive Robert Lighthizer.
Lighthizer said on Thursday that the two teams “made a lot of headway”.

“We’re working very hard. We have a great — a great partner in the vic

e-premier. He’s become a good friend,” he said at the White House meeting.

Speaking to reporters at the White House at the start of the meeting with Liu, Trump said, “We’re getting very close to ma

king a deal. That doesn’t mean a deal is made, because it’s not, but we’re certainly getting a lot closer.

“And I would think with, oh, within the next four weeks or maybe less, m

aybe more, whatever it takes, something very monumental could be announced,” he said. “W

e’ve agreed to far more than we have left to agree to.” Trump also said he looked forward to seeing President Xi

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Top court’s new IP tribunal upholds French firm’s patent

The top court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a French global automotive supplier in a patent dispute

with two Chinese car accessory companies amid the country’s intensified efforts to protect intellectual property rights.

It was also the first public hearing by the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People’s Court since the special court was set up on Jan 1.

Valeo Systemes d’Essuyage, one of the world’s leading auto component providers, sued X

iamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co and Xiamen Fuke Wiper Co, two companies based in Fujian pro

vince, claiming infringement of Valeo’s patent on a connector for windshield wipers.

An IP court in Shanghai reached a verdict on Jan 22 finding that the two Chinese companies must cease their infring

ement. The two companies appealed to the top court, insisting that their products did not infringe on Valeo’s patent rights.

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Given the pressure of the slowing global economy, a high

degree of leveraging maintains the top risk for China’s economy, thus

measures should continue to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio “in proper order”, said Lou Jiwei, ch

airman of the National Council for Social Security Fund and a former finance minister.

It is necessary to build a long-term and efficient mechanism for financial regulati

on and fiscal supervision, and to prevent potential risks in the property sector, Lou said.

The three-day China Development Forum has a guest list of more tha

n 150 international delegates, including global industry leaders.A new round of high-level

economic and trade consultations, headed by United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the US

side, will kick off on March 28 in Beijing, the White House confirmed on Saturday.

“At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, United States Trade Representative

Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin will travel to Beijing, China, for prin

cipal-level meetings starting on March 28, 2019, to continue negotiations aimed at improving the trade rel

ationship between the United States and China,” the White House Press Secretary said in a statement.

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Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could

  rexit has been delayed, and may eventually be called off. But it’s already done major damage to the UK economy.

  The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 caused the pound to weaken drama

tically and ushered in years of uncertainty that has reduced economic activity and triggered a slump in investment.

  The economy is now 2% smaller than it would have been if the United Kingdom had chosen to remain in the bloc, according to the Bank of England. The econ

omic output lost since the referendum is worth about £800 million ($1 billion) per week, or £4.7 million ($6 million) per hour.

  The economic consequences have piled up despite there having been no struct

ural changes yet to Britain’s trading relationship with EU nations or the rest of the world.

  Britain has continued to sell goods and services into the European Un

ion, its biggest trading partner, while politicians worked to negotiate the divorce. It has been

easy for UK companies to hire EU workers, and to maintain supply chains that crisscross national borders

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he family of five had moved to Christchurch last July afte

fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v

isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.

Their new life lasted eight months.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a

news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.

In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”

First burials

Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.

Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length

of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.

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Meanwhile, 5G is becoming a new bright spot. In Decem

the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology allocated specific l

ow- and medium-frequency bands to the nation’s three telecom carriers. Currently, these carrie

rs are conducting 5G trial operations in a string of cities, enabling large-scale precommercial use.

According to the action plan, the country will speed up 5G research, and promote the construct

ion of 5G network and demonstration projects, aiming to fully commercialize the superfast technology by 2020.

E-commerce poverty alleviation

In the wake of information consumption’s development in China, e-commerce brings about a new idea for poverty alleviation in rural areas.

In recent years, some people sell local agricultural products nationwide via e-commerce platf

orms. It not only improves the livelihoods of impoverished people, but also contributes to the revitalization of rural areas.

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The ministry has promised to track the illegal disposal of w

  But what about the trash that has already been dumped in South Korea — such as the smoldering heap in Uiseong?

  The government has said it will relax regulations on incineration to allow for disposal, but that move has not thrilled environmental groups.

  Kim Mi-kyung, of Greenpeace Korea, says incineration “creates various environmental and health problems like greenhouse gases and toxic substances.”

  ”If we expand the (use of) incinerators, the plastic use will expand with it, because it w

ill be easy to just burn them,” she says, adding that the problem needs to be tackled at the production level.

  South Korea is one of the world’s biggest plastic consumers.

  In 2015, it consumed almost 300 pounds (132 kilograms) of plastic

per capita, surpassing both the US and China at 205 and 128 pounds (93 and 58 kg), resp

ectively, according to Euromap,an association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers.

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He said Bayer will remain committed to bring innovative

 products, optimize integrated solutions for various crops, and provide

training to farmers to help them master the most suitable methods and get better returns.

“One of our future priorities will be to help growers better understa

nd the data from their own fields and use the insights in their farm management,” Huang said.

Speaking of the sustainable development of agriculture, Madrazo re

viewed the profound transformation that agriculture has experienced in the past 20 years.

“Farmers today are more aware that they need to do agronomic practices that are more precise, conserve natural resources and pro

duce more food in the same piece of land. The more we are able to produce food in the same piece of land, the more we

are saving trees and the more we are preserving bio-diversity, the environment has a better chance to thrive.”

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