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China has urged its young guns to play their part in making this year’s FIBA World Cup

a tournament to remember after the host nation discovered its group-stage opponents over the weekend.

Saturday’s star-studded draw ceremony at Shenzhen Bay Arena, where the 32 teams were assigned to eight groups, heig

htened anticipation levels for the event, which will be staged from Aug 31-Sept 15 in eight Chinese cities.

Rising forces such as Spain and Argentina are expected to pose a stiff challenge to t

wo-time defending champion the United States, but after being drawn in a relatively easy Group A with

Cote d’Ivoire, Poland and Venezuela, Team China is also planning to make its mark.

“After the dust settles, I would love to hear from our players that they’ve done their utmost and they’ve made their coun

try proud,” said Yao Ming, chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, at the ceremony.

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China will tip off its campaign against Cote d’Ivoire o

  Aug 31, followed by a match against Poland on Sept 2 before facing Venezuela two days later. All three games will be played at the 18,

000-seat Wukesong Arena in Beijing, where China finished eighth at the 2008 Summer Olympics to tie its best record at the Games.

  At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, China beat Cote d’Ivoire 83-73, but its last m

atch against Venezuela, at the 2016 Olympics, ended in a 68-72 defeat. China and Poland have never met before in official competition.

  Despite the favorable draw, Team China’s head coach Li Nan warned against undere

stimating the opposition.Spearheaded by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, fellow center Wang Zhel

in-a second-round draft pick for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-and young playmaker Guo Ailun, China’s primary aim

is to finish the tournament as the top Asian team in order to qualify directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  However, Bryant, the tournament’s global ambassador, has urged China to aim even higher.

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Information consumption vital to China’s economythe US inte

Information consumption has become a new engine for China’s economy, playing a vital role in d

riving domestic demand, creating jobs and pushing forward industrial upgrades, People’s Daily reported.

Last year, China’s information consumption rose 11 percent year-on-year to

5 trillion yuan ($745.39 billion), accounting for 6 percent of the GDP, according to the Internet Society of China.

To further boost information consumption, the Ministry of Industry and Inform

ation Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission unveiled an action plan in August.

According to the plan, by 2020, China’s spending on information consum

ption is expected to be 6 trillion yuan, with average annual growth of more than 11 perce

nt. Information technology is estimated to drive 15 trillion yuan in related consumption.

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Small wonder, Starbucks thought it fit to launch a special

product aimed at this market. But even it may not have anticipated the tremendous response.

The moment Starbucks launched its limited-edition “cat-paw cup”, it sparked a frenzy among Chinese consumers who own pet cats.

In scenes reminiscent of the pre-launch serpentine queues for snob-value smartphones, cat-owners stayed up all nig

ht in queues in front of Starbucks stores across Chinese cities a day before the cup’s formal sales launch on Feb 26.

Some female pet-owners, exasperated by the seemingly never-ending wait, got into cat-figh

ts, while others indulged in slanging matches on learning the cups were in short supply.

The craze and high demand were attributable to slick videos and images pos

ted on social media by key opinion leaders or KOLs, or influencers, market insiders said.

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Trump issues first veto of his presidency, says resolution ‘pu

  Deeming congressional rejection of his border national emerg

ency “reckless” and “dangerous”, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presi

dency Friday, insisting the situation on the southern frontier amounted to a threat to Americans’ safety.

  ”Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it,” Trump said fr

om the Oval Office before officially sending the measure back to Congress without his approval.

  It is the first time in his two years in office that Trump has used his presidential v

eto power to block legislation and comes after a dozen Senate Republicans joined Democrats to rebu

ke Trump’s use of his national emergency power to bypass Congress and fund construction of a border wall.

  Trump said the resolution, which would have reversed the national emergency, “put countless Americans in danger.”

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Roper emphasized to reporters that while the issue of the

  material and objects — known as Foreign Object Debris, or FOD — being left inside an

aircraft as it comes off the production line is not a design or safety risk, it is a

matter of great concern to the military.

  ”FOD is really about every person, everyone in the workforce, f

ollowing those procedures and bringing a culture of discipline for safety,” Roper said.

  Top US general says Google ‘is indirectly benefiting the Chinese Culture

is something that I’m not going to believe becaus

e we have a good month, or a good two months, that the culture is back. I’m

going to believe it when I see month after mo

nth for a long time that yes, those practices are now things that aren’t just

being done because they have to be done, th

ey are being done because the workforce says, ‘This is a product we deliver to the Air Force,'” he added.

  Boeing will now have to conduct spot inspections on the aircraft during product

ion, including specific areas of the planes that may be sealed as part of the production processes.

  ”I certainly think they are going to have to have a good team,” to carry out

the new inspection program, Roper said.

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Police Commissioner Bush said 41 people were killed at the

  Noor mosque on Deans Avenue. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hosp

ital. Both of the mosques targeted in the attacks are in Christchurch city center. Police placed the two locations on lockdown.

  Two improvised explosive devices were attached to a vehicle as part of the attack. One device has been disabled and authorities are working on the other.

  ”This goes to the seriousness of the situation,” Bush said.

  A number of weapons were also recovered at both the Linwood and Deans Avenue locations.

  Police were still treating the incident as ongoing into Friday evening local time and u

rged Christchurch residents to stay indoors and monitor the police website and social media.

  Mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

  The situation was also considered not limited to Christchurch, and Bush asked “anyone who

was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go. To close your doors until you hear from us again.”

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The CPPCC is an important organ for CPC-led multip

rty cooperation and political consultation. It is a major channel for socialist consultative democracy and a specialist consultative body.

As of 5 pm on March 7, political advisors had submitted 5,113 proposals since the session started on Marc

h 3, ranging from the “three critical battles” against major risks, poverty, and pollution, to developing socialist democracy.

A resolution on a work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, a report on the exa

mination of proposals, and a political resolution on the annual session were approved at the closing meeting.

China will inevitably face an array of interwoven opportunities and challenges in 2019, the political resolution reads.

It calls on political advisors to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chin

ese Characteristics for a New Era, and work to maintain stable growth, advance reform, make stru

ctural adjustments, improve living standards, guard against risks, and ensure stability.

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The CPPCC should improve its quality in carrying out its

  dual responsibility of offering suggestions and building consensus, and shoulder its political responsibilities of impleme

nting the CPC Central Committee’s decisions and plans, of meeting its requirements for CPPCC wo、

rk, and of pooling the wisdom and strength of all Chinese people, at home and overseas, for national rejuvenation, it says.

  ang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and cha

irman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), presides over the closing meet

ing of the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  Basketball legend Yao Ming has always voiced his support for physical education during the two sessions.

  This year is no exception. Utilizing his position as a member of the Chinese People’s Polit

ical Consultative Conference’s National Committee, Yao called for more cross-departmental coope

ration and better coaching to further expand a school basketball program launched last year.

  The program is meant not just to deepen the sport’s talent p

ool but, more importantly, to teach students life lessons that classroom study cannot.

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New soldiers show enhanced qualities, leading officer says

China’s new generation of soldiers have developed better comprehensive qualities, are

physically stronger, better educated and more enthusiastic in serving the country, said Senior Colonel Wei

Changjin, political commissar of the Zaozhuang Regional Military Command, on Wednesday.

“With a stronger economy and enhanced education, the comprehensive qualities of newly-

recruited soldiers have been greatly improved,” Wei said before the closing of the Second Session of the 13th Nat

ional Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

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ided by schools, according to Wei, a member of the CPPCC national committee.

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