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of the escalator causes uneven wear on the mechanism because of the u
neven load. Wear and tear on the right side is significantly more than on the left, resulti
ng in a slight tilt of the escalator, which cannot be fixed through regular maintenance.
Experts also warned that walking on escalators in itself is always dangerous.
The height of an escalator step – around 21 centimeters – is highe
r than that of a standard stair, which is around 16 cm. Passengers may miss a step.
Lesley Strawderman, a professor at Mississippi State University, said in an article last m
onth in Quartz, a news organization in the United States, that restricting people to one side of an es
calator limits the amount of space available to commuters and just slows everyone down.
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tte of standing on the right and walking on the left, is not the first city to abandon the
norm. Many cities in China, including Tianjin, Xi’an and Nanjing have dropped the practice.
“It used to be a courtesy not to block people walking on the escalat
or, but given the safety concerns and damage to the machines, holding the handrails and standi
ng still should be advocated,” lawyer Liu Linsheng was quoted as saying in the local news portal Eastday.
The new notices, although not compulsory, have won support from commuters.
“It’s been a habit for most to leave space on the left for those who walk
on escalators, so we may not be able to change our habits overnight,” said Peng Xu
an, a commuter in Shanghai. “But for the safety of everyone, if you want to walk or are in a hurry, you can use the stairs.”
Peng said he has seen some people fall while trying to move too quickly
on an escalator, adding that during peak hours standing on both sides is more efficient.
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uld not be viewed purely from the perspective of return on investment, because the experience can help students develop valuable, nonacademic skills.
China will continue to significantly relax market access, and create
a more attractive investment and business environment, Finance Minister Liu Kun has said.
Liu made the remarks when attending a ministerial-level luncheon durin
g the 99th Development Committee meeting held by the World Bank and the Inter
national Monetary Fund on April 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., according to China’s Ministry of Finance.
Vice-Finance Minister Zou Jiayi attended a ministerial-level meeting and gave a speech.
The finance minister said that with international development and cooperation facing severe challenges, the World
Bank as the world’s most important multilateral development institution should adhere to the principle of mult
ilateralism, support all parties in jointly supporting the rules-based multilateral trade system, firmly follow the purpose of serving all member coun
tries, and adopt differentiated, targeted aid strategies based on their respective national conditions.
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accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo
pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.
China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa
ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.
The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma
rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg
er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.
On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.
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ion into the sector this year. This makes it the third-largest market behind the US and Western Europe.
Beijing has homed in on a series of policies to advance 3D printers. In the past, the Min
istry of Industry and Information Technology, the industry regulator, had released the National 3D Printing Indus
try Development Plan (2015-2016), which established goals for the sector’s innovation and commercialization.
Separately, the ministry came up with a second action plan later in December 2017 to give a further boost. In its latest move, it included the
sector in the nation’s strategic emerging industries list, heralding massive opportunities for related companies.
But the technology itself has experienced challenges over time. At the early stage, most of the 3D printers were used for rapid pr
ototyping – meaning, mimicking early-stage product mock-ups. Commercialization was not imminent.
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y day in the way 3D printers are used in key industries, including automotive, aerospace and
medical, we believe that we’re still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3D printing as an enabl
er of digital transformation,” said Tim Greene, research director at consultancy IDC.
Industry experts, however, have noticed a gradual paradigm shift. Acco
rding to Agam, the sector is on the cusp of a transformation from prototyping and desig
n to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement. This year could herald such changes.
Conglomerates are leading the pack, with GE celebrating the 30,000th additively-manufac
tured fuel nozzle tip on a 3D printing device at its aviation plant in the US a couple of months ago.Under the addit
ive manufacturing method, the number of parts in a single fuel nozzle tip was reduced from about 20 pieces previo
usly welded together to one whole piece. The nozzle tip’s weight was cut by about 25 percent.
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sciences, said the rift zones are widely scattered through the country. In addition to Beijing, many other cities sit on large rift belts.
“Even the capital experienced some great quakes in history; only under ce
rtain circumstances will a large earthquake happen,” he said, adding that when the intern
al energy of rift zones is stuck and cannot be released, a large quake will occur when those energies reach a certain limit.
The Shanghai Pudong International Talent Hub, which is aimed at showcasing the
city’s commitment to embracing talents from all over the world, was officially unveiled on April 11.
The new talent hub is located at the core area of Zhangjiang Science Pa
rk in Pudong, an important part of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.
Also launched on the same day was a one-stop service platform for foreigners to apply for working visas in the Shanghai FTZ. Pr
ior to that, foreigners had to make at least two trips to related government departments to obtain a working visa.
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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will attend the ceremonies t
o be held in France later this year for commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.
Trump made the remarks when asked by a World War II veteran at the Oval Office in the White House.
“I’ll be there,” he said.
The Normandy landings, an unexceptionally big military operation launched by the Allied troops, commence
d on June 6, 1944, breaking Nazi Germany’s grip on France and changing the course of history during the World War II.
Trump made a trip to France for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of World War I last November.
He has frequently criticized European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
for failing to meet the official annual defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product set by the organization.
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With his exaggerated expressions and inborn sense of humor, Lao Ma, a student from Angola, has
become an internet sensation. He has 2.8 million fans on Tik Tok, a video sharing application similar to Musical.ly.
Plus, he speaks fluent Chinese and has a strong interest in Chinese culture. Although not Chinese, he has a Chinese heart.
This 23-year-old African student Clarck Gable (Chinese name Lao Ma) is from Huambo province, Angola.
He is currently studying at the School of International Co-education of Nantong Vocational
University in Jiangsu province, majoring in computer application technology.
In the second half of last year, Clarck and his friends signed up on Tik Tok, and began to create self-directed
short videos. Most of their works are based on the experience of Lao Ma in China. The videos are loved by fans.
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Thanks to strong local support and the pursuit of individualism and cre
ativity instead of copying the creations of more established brands, Chinese designers now en
joy more recognition from their international peers, according to the Chinese design community.
“Chinese designers used to have a bad reputation because there was a lack o
f originality in the past. But platforms like Labelhood and Shanghai Fashion Week have ban
ded together independent designers who believe in originality to correct this perception,” says Caroline Hu.
Hu could be seen as the beacon of creativity that illustrates the reality of the Chinese fashion scene today. Despite this being
her first outing at SFW where she was showcasing her debut collection, Hu won the inaugural Business of Fashion China Prize.
Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, the New York-based Chinese designer thanked Labelhood, an incu
bator for emerging Chinese fashion designers, and retailer Lane Crawford for playing a key role in her success.