Agamemnon’ amazes audiences in Beijingmnon premiered

  The bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China a

nd the National Theater of Greece, represents a refreshing innovation for Chinese theater lovers.

  The play by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, often called the “father of tragedy”, is the first part of his only extant tr

ilogy. It is a story about patriarchy, matriarchy, revenge and justice. In the story, Agamemnon s

acrifices his daughter to win the Trojan War. After his triumphant return, the king is slain by his wife and her lover.

  Directed by Stathis Livathinos, artistic director of the NTG, Agamemnon embodies a pr

ofound cooperation between China and Greece. “To have a bilingual presentation of a play means yo

u hear two languages, two kinds of actors, two schools. Of course it’s a very big risk. But it’s better to go with a risk t

han with safety. Because I really believe the National Theater should always be the avant-garde,” he said.

  ”Agamemnon is a part of something bigger that doesn’t belong only to Greece. This

is a theatrical and artistic meeting of two civilizations on stage,” Livathinos added.

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Alipay updates anti-fraud functionsscans a quick response

Alipay, the country’s top mobile payment platform, announced on Tuesday a major anti-fraud u

pgrade on its application by teaming up with 26 public security departments nationwide.

The new function, dubbed “Security Guard”, allows users to set up related accounts among f

amily members or close friends. Should any abnormalities on transactions occur, the system would send

out alerts to all related accounts in order to prevent the fraud from materializing and minimize loss of funds.

“Security is the lifeline of Alipay, and we hope to fight fraud in a manner as harsh as dru

nk driving,” said Rui Xiongwen, vice-president of Ant Financial, Alipay’s parent company.

Alipay users can choose to delay payment for two hours or 24 hours and raise an alert

on the platform if they deem such transactions potentially misdirected or fraudulent.

The system has been linked to local public security authorities to help freeze any transaction

s in doubt. The money will be credited back to the user’s account if authorities determine fraud has been committed.

A number of local anti-fraud centers in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhe

n also pledged to cooperate with Alipay on financial security education and anti-fraud alarming systems.

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Samsung Fold looks not so perfect from the outside beca

ause the camera must not be covered during the folding, while the battery is also thicker. Huawei Mate X looks better, but its display is not protected as well as that of Samsung Fold and faces higher risk of breaking should the phone be dropped.

The two share one thing in common, namely a high price — Both are rather expensive. The Samsu

ng Fold is priced at $1,980 while the Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 euros ($2,606). The high price will

quite seriously limit the marketing of the two products and make them the luxuries of rich people only.

According to our analysis and market forecasts, in 2019, the number of f

oldable smartphones and tablets sold globally might reach 900,000, which might do

uble in 2020. As a comparison, people globally bought 1.4 billion smartphones in 2018. In a word, unless its cost fall sh

arply, the market for foldable smartphones will be limited for the foreseeable future.

Yet both Huawei and Samsung have invested huge resources in the research, publicity, and mark

eting of foldable smartphones. There are two main causes for that. First, smartphones are already so

developed that there is hardly any new space for innovation. The iPhone 4 miracle of Steven Jobs can hardly be re

peated in the near future, so both companies need to show the world that they are innovating.

Second, foldable displays need special materials that are quite scarce i

n the market, so neither of the two companies can afford to wait for the other to rise. B

oth need to keep the market in a balance so as to ensure its own share of products.

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In a major scandal last year, Changchun Changsheng Life

Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.

The company was ordered to suspend production, and senior executives

were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi

llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years.

Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super

vision system to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review.

Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi

na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.

“The government is intensifying its efforts in cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni

shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.

Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.

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State Councilor Wang Yi said Sino-US trade negotiations

have once again made concrete progress and provided positive pro

spects for bilateral relations and the global economy. Wang, also minister of foreign affa

irs, made the remark at an event on Monday, according to a statement issued by the ministry.

Yao Yang, dean of the National School of Development at Peking University, said, “It is encouraging that both sides have begu

n to work on the text of an agreement, which indicates a speeding up toward sealing a trade deal.”

“The progress also showed that effective economic diplomatic meas

ures can help resolve cumbersome issues and reduce confrontation between two nations,” Yao said.

After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, President Xi Jinping and hi

s US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed in December to halt new tariffs for 90 days to a

llow for talks. Since then, negotiations have been conducted on a wide array of topics.

Early Sunday afternoon in Washington, Trump tweeted that he “will be delaying” the incr

ease of tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled for March 1, due to “very productive” trade talks between the two countries.

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national zoo holds housewarming event at giant panda house

  WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming

event inside the giant panda house on Saturday to celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit.

  The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.

  The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c

are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.

  It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonian have made during the past four decades.”

  ”So much has changed for giant pandas, for the better, in the past decade,” Steven Monfort, the John and Adri

enne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement.

  ”This updated exhibit is really inspiring because it shows how much of a difference we can

make with science and cooperation,” he said, noting that “Smithsonian and Chinese scientists have bee

n collaborating for decades, and visitors can see the results of our work as they walk through the panda house.”

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ashington DC held a housewarming event inside the giant pa

  ”Giant pandas are China’s national treasures,” said Minister Xu Xueyuan, the Chinese embassy in the United States. “Although they are large in size, they are also charm

ing, tolerant, and peace-loving, representing many values of China itself, and are loved by people all over the world.”

  ”Giant pandas are also symbolic of the China-US friendship,” she told a ceremony at the giant panda house.

  The housewarming was jointly hosted by the zoo and the Chinese embassy.

  Giant pandas live mainly in southwest China’s Sichuan Province as well as neighboring Shaanxi and Gansu.

  The latest census in 2014 found there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. The number of pand

as bred in captivity reached 548 globally as of November, 2018, according to China’s National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  At the zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat currently live three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their three-year-old son, Bei Bei.

  The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s most popular tourist desti

nations and is part of the Smithsonian Institution, a world-renowned museum and research complex.

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Boeing 767 cargo jetliner crashes near Houston airport

NEW YORK — A Boeing 767 cargo jetliner with three people on board crashed into a bay near Housto

n’s George Bush International Airport on Saturday, said the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

It is unlikely that anybody could have survived, said Brian Hawthorne, sheriff of the Chambers County of the US state of Texas.

Hawthorne told local newspaper Houston Chronicle that police have found human remains at the si

te of the crash and investigators have recovered parts of the plane, the largest at 50 feet (around 15 meters) long.

The twin-engine plane, operated by Atlas Air, was flying from Miami to Houston wh

en it crashed shortly before 12:45 pm local time (1845 GMT), said the FAA, add

ing that radar and radio contact was lost with the aircraft at around 30 miles (48 km) southeast of the airport.

The US National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, it said.

Meanwhile, Atlas Air said the flight was being operated for Amazon.

“Our main priority at this time is caring for those affected and we will ensure we do all

we can to support them now and in the days and weeks to come,” Atlas Air said in a statement.

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Nigeria elections: Explosions heard hours before preside

  Multiple bomb blasts rocked the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri just hours before presidential polls opened Saturday.

  The explosions happened at a camp for internally displaced refugees at around 5 a.m. local

time Saturday, Nigerian army spokesman Onyeama Nwachukwu told CNN. There were no reports of any deaths or injuries.

  ”There was an attack this morning at the camp by the militants, but the military h

as suppressed it at the moment,” Nwachukwu said, adding that the army was still assessing the situation.

  Journalist Simpa Samson told CNN the militants targeted the Teacher’s Village camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s

Borno state.”The military secured the place almost immediately and has stopped our cameraman from fil

ming, no one was hurt because the bombs landed outside the premises,” Samson told CNN.

  Security is often a concern in Maiduguri, a frequent target of terror group

Boko Haram. The city also has a large population of internally displaced refugees.

  The blasts came as Nigerians prepared to cast their ballots Saturday, a week after the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections were une

xpectedly postponed. It was the third consecutive vote to be delayed in Africa’s largest democracy.

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In addition to the bomb blasts in Maiduguri, the Nigerian army

  said its troops had also repelled an attack Saturday morning by suspected militants on a security outpost in Geidam village in Yobe state.

  No one was injured, according to Col. Sagir Musa of the Nigeria army, who said the attempt would not affect voting in the area.

  ”The situation is calm and peaceful,” Musa said in a statement. “Peop

le have largely turned out to cast their votes without any hindrance.”

  The election delay has increased tensions in Nigeria, and there

have been instances of violence in the lead-up to the vote. The British and US governments hav

e warned they would deny visas to, and could prosecute, anyone found inciting violence during the election.

  Last week, a terror group with links to ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly at

tack in Maiduguri on a motorcade carrying Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno state.

  Shettima escaped unscathed. Isa Gusau, the governor’s media aide, told CNN on Thursday that the ambush killed three p

eople, although locals put the death toll much higher. The terror group claimed that 42 people died in the assault.

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