lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution
s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati
on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.
The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U
nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int
ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.
Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si
lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.
ew stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijin
g and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee. “We will end
eavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the
Water Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in prepa
ring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 v
enues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faciliti
es built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) into a
curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
including existing ski resorts and some newly built projects, to host all eight Olympic snow sports
in 2022. The three clusters will be connected by a new high-speed railway, which will be completed by t
he end of this year. It looks beyond the Games to boost future winter sports tourism.
According to the organizing committee, all 26 venues for 2022 will be ready by June next year with the f
irst test event, a World Cup skiing series, scheduled to be held in Yanqing’s National Alpine Skiing Center in February.
About 90 percent of the earth moving work for the mountain center is now complete, and a 53-hecta
re forest reserve has been built nearby for transplantation of all the trees affected by the construction.
“The preparations are ready to step up to the next stage, from planning to
the readiness phase. Beijing is ahead in the race against time,” said Liu Yumin, dire
ctor of the planning, construction and sustainable development department of the 2022 Olympic Organizing Committee.
powerplants, human performance, weather, airports and other ar
eas,” the agency said, adding that it expects to brief the media later in the day.
The plane, chartered from Miami Air International, was attemp
ting to land at about 9:40 pm local time amid thunder and lightning when it slid off the runway and
came to rest in the shallow water of the river, authorities and passengers said.
The military base is on the western bank of the St. Johns River about 8
miles (12.87 km) south of central Jacksonville, about 350 miles (563.27 km) north of Miami.
Miami Air International is a charter airline operating a fleet of the Boeing 737-800, diffe
rent from the 737 MAX 8 aircraft that has been grounded following two fatal crashes involving that plane.
Representatives of the airline did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
According to Chilean Ambassador Luis Schmidt, the two countries on Wednesday secured a deal to open the Chinese market to Chilean pears.
He said he is expecting the first pear exports to China to take place soon.
Zhou Jin contributed to this story.
Liu Cailin, a Hebei Academy of Fine Arts graduate, is a member of the Tujia ethnic group.
At school Liu interned at design companies during summer and winter vacations. It wa
s then that he fell in love with jewelry design. Several months after he graduated, Liu opened his own workshop.
For lovers, every gift is special. Liu once received a message: a girl received a leaf from her boyfriend, and wanted to preserve it in some
way. Liu decided to make a silver piece of jewelry for her, one of more than 2,000 stories he’s turned into works of art.
Liu now has more than 1.2 million fans and monthly sales of 150,000 yuan ($22,283), a figure that could top 350,000 yuan.