Sao Paulo orchestra makes debut in ChinaState Symphony

The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the first South American symphony to t

our China, will hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on the night of Valentine’s Day.

The event also marked the first time the symphony’s female conductor Marin Alsop is involved in a performance in China.

Alsop, who is one of the most prominent students of the late US musician Leonard Bernstein, introduced the symphony’s m

usic style as “accessible with folk elements” and highly rhythmic, which is “a hallmark of the Brazilian music”.
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concert program, she added, is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it “begins with lots of fire and ends with lots of romance”.

The concert opened with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, followed by works from Brazilian composer Heit

or Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The second part featured Sheherazade by Russian artist Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Following its China premiere in Shanghai, Alsop and the Sao Pa

ulo symphony will go on to play in Jinan of Shandong province, Beijing and Hong Ko

ng, where the company will feature as the opening performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb 21.

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China to establish national, regional medical centers by

China will set up a number of national and regional medical centers across the country by 2020, according to a working plan issued by the National Health Commission.

Regional medical centers will be established nationwide to provide patients in

different regions with quality medical treatment close to their homes, said the plan.

The country will also establish national medical centers aimed to carry out diagnosis and treatment of rare and sever

e cases of diseases of specific categories in the country and play a leading role in spreading advanced medical technologies nationwide, it said.

The plan proposes to build a four-level medical service system that covers medical insti

tutions at the national, provincial, prefectural and county levels by 2020, with national medical centers taking the lead.

Given different regions in China have big gaps in terms of medical service levels, so patients

often have to turn to hospitals far away for quality treatment, particularly those with severe and rare illnesses.

Experts believe the move is expected to better allocate medical resources in the country.

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China remains top trade supplier of Algeria in books draws visit

ALGIERS — China consolidated its position as the largest trade supplier of Algeria in 2018, according to a report by Algerian Customs on Saturday.

Algeria imported from China goods and services worth $7.85 billion in 2018, represe

nting 17 percent of the total import of the North African nation, the report said.

China has remained the top exporter to Algeria for the past six years, it added.

France is the second largest exporter to Algeria with $4.78 billion, followed by Italy ($3.65 billion), Spain ($3.53 billion) and Germany ($3.18 billion).

However, Algeria witnessed a 53.73-percent decline in its trade deficit to $5.03 billion in 2018, against $10.87 billion in 2017, said the report.

The decrease in trade deficit is the result of improved oil prices combined with the policy of

restricting import adopted since the beginning of 2017 by the Algerian government, the report said.

According to the report, the country’s exports amounted to $41.16 billion in 2018, up 16.98 percent from 2019.

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In addition, Wisconsin has seen a tightening labor market in t

the last few years, with the unemployment rate steadily registering 3 percent or lower in nin

e months, which made it difficult for companies to look for workers, let alone skilled ones or engineers.

Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, s

aid that the association has about 3,800 members, half of which are m

anufacturing companies. Around 80 percent of the members have seen a labor shortage in one way or another.

Ian Robertson, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison college of Engineering, said the college has 800 gr

aduates every year. They have about 6,000 job opportunities to choose from, most of which are outside of the state.

To meet the demand for engineers, the college plans to expand their enrollment from around 4,500 t

o 5,200 in the next few years. But after graduation, how many of the students will be hired by Foxconn is hard to say.

Robertson said many companies in need of engineers tend to build long-term relationships wit

h the university by establishing labs and offering internships. “Foxconn is just one of them,” he said.

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esidents who had to move away to make space for the Foxcon

campus were offered assistance in relocation and compensation by market value or higher. Yet some were still unhappy as their lives had been disrupted.

Moreover, the public has become aware of the spiraling costs for the new job opportunities. It is estimated that each new job created could cost the gove

rnment as much as $1 million, eight times the average amount of subsidies local governments offer to similar projects.

Officials who had worked on the deal said the ince

ntive package should be viewed as an investment made by the state rather than free money for the company.

However, statistics showed that citizens might see a return on their Foxconn investment in 2042 at the earliest, accor

ding to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that provides economic analysis to the Wisconsin state legislature.

Many local residents felt it was a waste of money and called on governments to reth

ink their package and put the money into other social benefit projects such as education.

“It’s a lousy deal, and we’re going to have to hold Foxconn’s feet to the fire going forward,” Wisconsin’s Governor-elect Tony Evers said.

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Fire Ritual is deeply influenced by worship music and court music in

ancient China, while blending western and modern musical elements. Hand cymbals, resembli

ng those in Peking Opera, were seamlessly merged with a Baroque violin ensemble, and the sound

of bird chirping echoed the hymns of human beings, creating dialogue between mankind and nature.

Various non-musical objects, as a signature style of Tan, were used to imitate cer

tain sounds. For example, the orchestra repeatedly turned pages of their scores to create the sound of wind.

Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong led the orchestra for the first time. He turned himself

into a Shaman in the ritual with rich body languages, adding to a sense of immersive theatrical ex

perience for some 2,700 spectators, who gave a standing ovation when the piece concluded.

Wong in 2016 became the first Asian to win the prestigious international Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition for young conductors held in Germany.

Other programs during the night included an adapted version of Korean folk song Arirang, and Mozart’s Der H

olle Rachefrom The Magic Flute, both performed by South Korean soprano So Young Park as her Philharmonic debut.

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When the treaty was signed, the US was facing formidable

from the Soviet Union and two military alliances, the Warsaw Treaty Organization and NATO, were confronting each other. The US now has greater milit

ary superiority than it did at that time. Suspending the treaty now is not because US military strength is weake

r than over the three decades ago, but because Washington’s thinking has become more radical.

Although the US in the Reagan era launched the Strategic Defense Initiative, nicknamed “Star Wars,” it accepted the concept of

security based on a balance of power. But today the US wants an overwhelming advantage and absolute secur

ity. It even cannot accept other countries which want to strengthen their strategic defense.

Washington has been hyping the Russian threats in recent yea

rs, but Russia’s strategic deterrence is clearly weaker than in the Soviet era. The US has also com

plained about China’s development of missile capabilities. This is even more unreasonable. China’s nuclear dete

rrence isn’t comparable to that of the US and Russia. Portraying China’s military development as part of an “arms ra

ce,” the US is creating an excuse to suppress China’s legitimate build-up of its national defense.

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China grants tax benefit to boost employment of the needy

  The Chinese government has decided to grant a three-year-long tax benefit to inspire self-employment and support small companies to hire more people in need.

  Under a decision jointly announced Saturday by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Adm

inistration and other governmental departments, people in need who start a business can have 12,0

00 yuan (about 1,790 US dollars) deducted from their families’ annual share of taxes over three years.

  The preferential treatment will target those registered as needy, jobless for more th

an half a year, on subsistence allowances or recent graduates from higher educational institutions.

  The decision allows provincial-level governments to raise tax relief by 20 percent at most, depending on the needs of the region.

  Companies who have hired the needy and paid social insurances for them can also

enjoy tax deductions to the tune of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

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Cuban FM slams intervention, calls for mobilizationo defend Ve

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Saturday called for mobilization to defend Venezuela and “stop the imperialist intervention in Latin America.

“The US government, the true mastermind behind the coup d’etat vs. Venezuela, is threatening to launch a military agg

ression against that sister nation. It is putting pressure on Europe to become its accomplice,” Rodriguez tweeted.

“Let’s all mobilize to stop the imperialist intervention in Latin America,” he added.

The Cuban foreign minister also questioned US Vice President Mike Pence for not mentioning in Miami his officials’ previous

meetings with and his phone call to Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself as interim Venezuelan president.

On Friday, Pence attended a roundtable discuss

ion on the Venezuelan crisis in Doral, a city in Miami-Dade County of the US state of Florida.

Rodriguez has on several occasions expressed Cuba’s rejection of the interference a

ctions against Caracas, and confirmed Havana’s solidarity with the Venezuelan people and President Nicolas Maduro.

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Chinese academic players lead in AI patent filing: WIPO repor

Chinese academic institutions and companies are leading players in global artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to a recent report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Chinese institutions make up 17 of the world’s top 20 academic players in AI patenting a

nd 10 of the top 20 in AI-related scientific publications, showed the report, which was released on Thursday.

The report noted that AI patents filed by Chinese organizations grew 20 percent annually on average between 2013 and 2016.

“Chinese organizations are particularly strong in the emerging technique of deep learning,” the report said.

Among the Chinese institutions, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was a leading player, wit

h more than 2,500 patent families and more than 20,000 scientific papers published on AI, it sh

owed, adding that CAS has the largest deep learning portfolio with 235 patent families.

However, US and Japanese companies led in AI patent filings. Of the top 20 companie

s filing AI-related patents, 12 are based in Japan, three are from the US and two are from China.

US-based IBM has the largest portfolio of AI patent filings with 8,290 inventions, followed by Microsoft with 5,930 inventions, according to the report.

State Grid Corp of China rose into the top 20 after its patent filings increased by an average of 70 percent annually from 2013 to 2016.

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