The report was based on an experimental survey condu

cted by the China Consumer Association from December to March, which included mor

e than 1,700 students from elementary, junior high and senior high school.

According to the report, most elementary school students were first exposed t

o the internet in third grade, and these 9-year-old students accounted for 32.2 percent of th

e total. For junior high school students, most had their first online experience at the age of 12 years in grade six, a

nd these students comprised 21.7 percent. Among high school students, the peak period to access the internet fell duri

ng their first year in junior high school, with these 13-year-olds representing 19.4 percent.

The report shows over 90 percent of teenagers use electronic devices for study or playing game

s every week. What deserves attention is that the percentage of inevitable exposure to electronic devi

ces among elementary school students is significantly higher than that of the other two groups.

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This is a predicament for soy growers,” American

American Soybean Association President Davie Stephens said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump threatened in a tweet on Sunday to increase tariffs.

Stephens, a grower from Clinton, Kentucky, said that US farmers are in a tough situation, and with depressed prices

and unsold stocks forecast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, farmers urgently need the China market.

“We need a positive resolution of this ongoing tariff dispute, not further escalation of tensions,” he said in a release posted on the ASA web site.

Nicole Kaeding, vice-president of federal and special projects at the Washington-based Tax Foun

dation, said that if the Trump administration follows through on the president’s threat, it’s US taxp

ayers, not Chinese taxpayers, who will pay the price — thanks to higher prices and fewer job opportunities.

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The aircraft, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 from Aeroflot Russ

sian Airlines, was bound from Moscow for Murmansk in Russia’s far north.

It made an emergency landing at the airport shortly after takeoff with 73 passengers and five crew members aboard.

The aircraft circled before making a hard landing back at the airport after the crew issued a mayday alert.

As seen in CCTV footage, the plane touched down hard and skidded along the runway, spewing out plumes of black smok

e and nearly completely afire. The plane’s undercarriage collapsed as it slowed to a halt on the tarmac.

Yelena Markovskaya, spokeswoman for the Moscow interregional tr

ansport investigation department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Fed

eration, said on Monday that 37 people survived, including four crew members.

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Investment spurs BRI countries’ growthTwo-way investment

tween China and economies related to the Belt and Road Initiative ex

ceeded $130 billion between 2013 and 2018, injecting new growth momentum into BRI-rela

ted countries and contributing to recovery of the global economy, senior Chinese officials said on Monday.

China’s direct investment in BRI-related countries grew by 5.2 percent a

nnually on average to surpass $90 billion between 2013 and 2018, Song Lihong, an officia

l in the Ministry of Commerce’s Comprehensive Department, said at a news conference.

Song said that in the same period, China had received a total of

$40 billion in inbound investment from BRI countries as two-way investment deepened.

Within the five years, the value of the projects completed

by Chinese companies in BRI economies amounted to $400 billion, Song said.

The value of trade in goods between China and BRI-related economies exceeded $6 trillion in the same period, an av

rage annual growth of 4 percent, higher than the overall growth of China’s foreign trade, he added.

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From January to March, government tax income inc

creased by 5.4 percent year-on-year, 11.9 percentage points lower than that in the first quarter 2018.

Individual income tax decreased by 29.7 percent, the largest drop among three major tax item

s. Value-added tax growth has already slowed to 10.7 percent, down from 20.1 percent a year earlier.

Local government income from land sales fell 9.5 percent in the first three months, the Ministry of Finance said.

As the central bank has taken a pause in monetary easing, fiscal policy should remain pro

active to stabilize economic growth and ensure the recent rebound is not just a seasonal fluke, said economists.

Xu Xianchun, a former deputy director at the National Bureau of Statist

ics, said that fiscal policy should be implemented “with proper intensity and at the right time”, t

o prevent large fluctuations in the investment growth rate and negative impact on economic stability.

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The draft amendment to the patent law has been sub

The government has started formulating matching regulations and rules to support implementation of the Foreign Invest

ment Law, adopted two weeks ago, Li said, adding that supporting regulations will take effect along with the law on Jan 1.

The draft amendment to the patent law has been submitted to China’s top legisl

ators. It sharply increases compensation for infringement to a cost that violators will not be able to afford, he said.

Forced technology transfers are prohibited and violators will receive harsh penalties, Li said. The complaint mecha

nism for foreign-invested companies will be perfected to improve exchanges and coordination between the gover

nment and investors, making it an effective way to protect the legal rights of foreign companies, he said.

China will not resort to massive economic stimulus to boost

growth, but will continue to open up and innovate to energize market players, Li said.

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Short Brexit delay possible, but conditionalonald Tusk has said

short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.

“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.

Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.

“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg

al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona

ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.

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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
Labour’s Sha

dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther

esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl

iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”

Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques

t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.

He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”

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The suspect fired his gun and struck one of the officers

  in the vest. A second officer fired back and hit the suspect, Splinter said.

  Both the officer and the suspect were transported to a local hospital, and the officer was treated and released. The suspect is listed in critical condition.

  Police said that per their policy, the identities of the officers involved will be released after 48 hours.

  The incident brings to mind the movie “Ocean’s Eleven.” In the film, Danny Ocea

n (Clooney), Pitt and other accomplices plan a heist on several casinos, including the Bellagio.

  Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are grappling with the aftermath of a powerful “bomb

cyclone” that turned some areas into swamps as rivers spilled over highways and residential areas.

  The “bomb cyclone” slammed the central US with hurricane-like w

inds and blizzard conditions this week, leaving in its tracks heavy rains and flooding.

  In a news conference Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state has experienced historic flooding in nearly every region.

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The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route links East Africa’s two

largest economic powers and is popular with tourists making their way to safari and other destinations. Sunburned travel

ers and tour groups crowd the Addis Ababa airport’s waiting areas, along with businessmen from China and elsewhere.

“I came to the airport to receive my brother but I have been to

ld there is a problem,” Agnes Muilu said. “I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it.”

Kenya’s transport minister, James Macharia, said that authorities had not yet r

eceived the passenger manifest. He said an emergency response had been set up for family and friends.

“My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

In a statement, Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the crash and that a techni

cal team was ready to provide assistance at the request of the US National Transportation Safety Board.

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said, it is a brand new airplane with no technica flown by

GebreMariam also confirmed the company owns 6 other 737 Max 8 aircraft which are in service. Asked about whether

the company would be grounding them he explained they wouldn’t as “we don’t know the cause of the accident.”

The Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane had flown into Addis Ababa Sunday morning from Johannesburg on Flight ET858.

The CEO has visited the crash site today. He said the plane “is now right inside the ground” and it was not possible to identify w

hether it was an emergency landing or a crash. He said there was still smoke at the site when he visited.For the seco

nd time in less than six months, a brand-new Boeing aircraft crashed minutes into a flight.

The Ethiopian Airlines tragedy on Sunday comes months after a Lion Air flight went down over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board.

There is no suggestion yet as to what caused the latest disaster, and no evidence that th

e two incidents are linked. All that is known, however, is that both flights took place on the Boeing 737 MA

X 8 — a new model recently unveiled to great fanfare by the US aviation giant, that saw its first flight less than two years ag

o.The plane that crashed on Sunday morning was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in November.

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