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The bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China a
nd the National Theater of Greece, repres
ents a refreshing innovation for Chinese theater lovers. The play by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, often called the “father of tragedy”, is the first part of his only extant tr
ilogy. It is a story about patriarchy, matriarc
hy, revenge and justice. In the story, Agamemnon s acrifices his daughter to win the Trojan War. After his triumphant return, the king is slain by his wife and her lover.
Directed by Stathis Livathinos, artistic dire
ctor of the NTG, Agamemnon embodies a pr ofound cooperation between China and Greece. “To have a bilingual presentation of a play means yo
u hear two languages, two kinds of actors, two
schools. Of course it’s a very big risk. But it’s better to go with a risk t han with safety. Because I really believe the National Theater should always be the avant-garde,” he said.
”Agamemnon is a part of something bigger that doesn’t belong only to Greece. This
is a theatrical and artistic meeting of two civilizations on stage,” Livathinos added.
ause the camera must not be covered during the folding, while the battery is also thicker. Huawei Mate X looks better, but its display is not protected as well as that of Samsung Fold and faces higher risk of breaking should the phone be dropped.
The two share one thing in common, namely a h
igh price — Both are rather expensive. The Samsu ng Fold is priced at $1,980 while the Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 euros ($2,606). The high price will
sly limit the marketing of the two products and make them the luxuries of rich people only. According to our analysis and market forecasts, in 2019, the number of f
rtphones and tablets sold globally might reach 900,000, which might do uble in 2020. As a comparison, people globally bought 1.4 billion smartphones in 2018. In a word, unless its cost fall sh
he market for foldable smartphones will be limited for the foreseeable future. Yet both Huawei and Samsung have invested huge resources in the research, publicity, and mark
eting of foldable smartphones. There are two main causes for that. First, smartphones are already so
developed that there is hardly any new space for innovation. The iPhone 4 miracle of Steven Jobs can hardly be re
peated in the near future, so both companies need to show the world that they are innovating.
Second, foldable displays need special materials that are quite scarce i
n the market, so neither of the two companies can afford to wait for the other to rise. B
oth need to keep the market in a balance so as to ensure its own share of products.
China has set up a national work group for immunization planning that will suggest ways
to ensure vaccines are safe, the head of the Chines
e Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday. The work group, led by a vice-minister of health, will analyze all incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years to find
the root sources of problems, Gao Fu, head of the
center, said at a news conference. He didn’t name the minister. “Vaccines made in China are some of the best in the world,” said Gao, who is also a member of China’s top poli
ry body. “We should have no doubt about the role of vaccines in disease prevention or the quality of vaccines made in China.” For example, he said, by promoting immunization, some infectious diseases that
usly harmed people’s health in China, such as smallpox, have been eliminated. Hepatitis B once infected more than 10 percent of the population of China, but now only 0.3 p
ercent of children under 5 years old are carriers because of mandatory immunization.
Gao made the comments in light of a series of incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years.
seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i
n years, given the lack of consensus among gu
ild awards leading up to Sunday’s event. Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset
seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m
ake her a
presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo
ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast,
“Mexico is not paying for the w all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.
Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik
e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to
the 2020 ele
ction, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”
red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id
ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subseque
nt plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.
In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the aw
ards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co
nfirmed the a
wards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years. Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la
st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall
ing to an a
ll-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.
Williams using satire, caricature, exaggeration and humor, and the
cartoon intended to depict her behavior as childish by showing her spitting a
pacifier out while she jumps up and down.”
The cartoon showed Williams with large, exaggerated lips and nose reminis
cent of racist depictions of black people in the US during the Jim Crow era. Williams’ opponent, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, is depicted as a skinny blonde woman, t
o whom the umpire is saying: “Can’t you just let her win?” The Japanese-American Osaka is of mixed heritage, and has Japanese and Haitian roots.
”Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms Willia
ms with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro
-styled ponytail hairstyle different to th at worn by Ms. Williams during the match, and positioned in an ape-like pose,” said a statement from the press council.
”It was also noted that the cartoon should be considered in the context of the histo
ry of caricatures based on race and histori
cal racist depictions of African-Americans.” ’Repugnant’When it was first published, the US-based National Association of Black Journalists said the cartoon was “repugnant on many levels.”
A residential building located at Xihu district in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping people under the rubble, according to CCTV.
By 11:00 am, three people, including two adults a
nd one child, were successfully pulled out by the fire department. They suffered minor injuries. The second and third floor of the three-story building, which is
made of wood and bricks, collapsed. The accident t
rapped three households. The search-and-rescue operation is underway.
BEIJING – China will further enhance physical acti
vities in primary and sec ondary schools and promote students’ interests, said the Ministry of Education Friday.
Provincial-level regions in China have clearly included physics as
scored in senior high school entrance exam, according to the ministry. Details to evaluate the subject of physics are based on local conditions, it
said, adding swimming is used to assess the score in certain regions.
In 2016, the ministry released a guideline aiming to establish a senior high school ent
rance exam system based on both academic performance and comprehensive quality
snapping a selfie of the group as they took their seats in the House of
Commons. But non
e of the group asked a question of the Prime Min
ister, as she appeared before MPs for her weekly grill ing, and the defections were barely addressed. The mood in the House of
Commons seemed more subdued than usual.
The closest May came to acknowledging the issue was when she attacked
Corbyn over anti-Semitism in his party, cited as a reason for some of the defectors leaving his party.
May said she never thought she would see the day when “a once proud
Labour party was accused of institutional Semiti
sm by a member of that party,” or,
equally, when Jewish people in the UK “were concerned about their future.”
ding to those accusations, Corbyn said that “anti-Semitism ha s no place whatsoever in any of our political parties, in our lives, in our society,” be
fore laying into the Prime Minister for “pretend
ing to negotiate” a Brexit deal with just 37 days to go. May, who will travel to Brussels later in the day, maintained that she was still working on alternative arrangements on the
Irish backstop — an insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border between
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Irel
and. She also reiterated her position that a no-deal exit from the EU could only be taken off the table by agreeing a deal.
Speaking at a press conference later, Allen, Wollaston and Soubry said the Prim
e Minister had been bullied by hard-line Brexiteers onto the brink of a no-deal Brexit.