ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.
“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.
“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w
anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”
In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle
viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.
The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each
of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou
seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v
illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.
As the United States and China continued trade talks this week, companies and industries in both countries, including the education sector, will be hoping for a sign
ificant breakthrough that can lift Sino-US relations from the current morass and end the tit-for-tat trade war that
has seriously affected exchanges of goods, technology and people between our nations.
For Sino-US joint-venture universities, such as Duke Kunshan University, in China’s eastern p
rovince of Jiangsu, the ramifications of a further ramp-up in tensions would be felt acutely.
Fortunately, the impact of the trade dispute on these educational joint ve
ntures has been minimal. But naturally there has been uncertainty surrounding the
issuance of work and student visas (although the Chinese government has been quick to make assurances), and p
arents have raised questions about the sustainability of such projects should relations sour further.
More than ever before, it is important to remember that joint-venture educational p
rojects highlight the importance and value of true mutually beneficial co
operation. Today, there is hardly a single major global problem for which the long-term solution does not depend on
close collaboration between the US and China, respectively the largest and second-largest economies in the world.
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.
Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t
he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.
I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz
i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce
ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk
”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”
Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the
last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.
”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”
There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared
with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.
President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to nominate the current Ame
rican ambassador to Canada to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump tweeted on Friday evening that he plans to nominate Kelly Knight Craft for the position, following former Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s resignation last year.
”I am pleased to announce that Kelly Knight Craft, our current Ambassador to Canada, is be
ing nominated to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
He followed up in a second tweet, saying, “Kelly has done an outst
anding job representing our Nation and I have no doubt that, under her leadership, our Cou
ntry will be represented at the highest level. Congratulations to Kelly and her entire family!”
Trump’s announcement comes a week after his first pick to replace Haley, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, withdrew her candidacy.
French court on Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director’s new film about the real-life story of a
priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.
The 73-year-old priest, Bernard Preynat, had argued that a public release of the film, By the Grace of God, could prejudice his case.
His lawyer, Emmanuel Mercinier, said the court issued its decision on Monday morning.
The film by screenwriter and director Francois Ozon won the jury prize at the Berlin film festival this weekend.
It will hit the screens in France on Wednesday, a day before Pope Francis holds a summit
meeting of bishops at the Vatican to discuss the sex abuse of minors by clergy members.
The film, which Ozon worked on in secret for years, tells the story of the scandal which broke in 2015 wh
en a former scout, Francois Devaux, went public with allegations that Preynat had abused him as a child 25 years earlier.