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Members also carry on doing their other tasks, such as far

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.

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China issues work plan on national defense education

  BEIJING — China will push forward reform in national defense education in 2019, acc

ording to a circular released by the national defense education office Thursday.

  The circular said a document on deepening reform in national defense education is planned to be released this year.

  The country also plans to revise its national defense education law and work out draft regulations on promoting natio

nal defense education at educational institutions and social organizations participating in national defense education.

  According to the official in charge of the office, the country will hold a series of educational campaigns including lectu

res, contests and learning activities to attract young people to learn more about national defense.

  The country is also planning to open the barracks of the Chinese People’s Liberation Arm

y (PLA) in 10 cities to the public around Aug 1, China’s Army Day. Barracks of the PLA navy and air forces wi

ll also be available for public visits to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their founding.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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Pence channeled a forceful, direct Trump. Biden’s ove

  rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better

prepared, had his spe

ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.

  A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker

of the House of Representatives, was introd

uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.

  Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a

silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.

  Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending

and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to

follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

  He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.

  Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.

  ”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”

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He got immediate and huge applause, of the type Pence

  can only have wished for.Biden’s antidote to Trump’s two years was to promise change.

  ”And I promise you, I promise you. As my mother would say, ‘this too shall pass.’ We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that.”

  Right on cue more applause fell about him.

  No need to guess whom the Munich crowd would put in the White House given the chance.

  Two years of Trump has had an impact.

  In the hotel this weekend the view is that he is not a safe pair of hands for today’s security challenges.

  At a presentation titled “NATO at 70: An Alliance in Crisis,” two for

mer US representatives to the organization, Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns, shared insi

ghts from its 55 pages. Those insights were garnered, they said, from 60 past and present ambassadors and cabinet sec

retaries. They concluded that Trump, and his inability to lead, is the biggest of the 10 imminent threats to NATO.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the ma

  behind that report, said Thursday on Twitter that “the Pope promised real change to protec

t children. Based on our investigation, it’s clear that the church can not be trusted to police itself.”

  The Pope promised real change to protect children. Based on our investigation, it’s clear that the church can not be trusted to police itself. To fully addr

ess the crisis and ensure that the abuse and cover up of this scale never happens again, I believe they must do 5 things:

  — Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) February 21, 2019

  Shapiro’s comments come just two days after Catholic leaders in Denver reached an agreem

ent with the Colorado attorney general to allow a former federal prosecutor to review its files re

lated to allegations of sexual abuse. Attorney General Phil Weiser stressed, however, that it is not a criminal investigation.

  ”I am confident in the steps we have taken to address this issue and that there are no priests in

active ministry currently under investigation,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

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Abuse survivors often argue that the public should be

  notified whenever an accusation is made, both to protect the community and to encourage other potential victims to come forward.

  ”This seems to say that if a priest or a nun or deacon gets accused they don’t tell the parish until the accusation is ‘proven,'” said Tim Len

non, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who is in Rome participating in vigils with other victims of clergy abuse.

  ”Well, who proves this? The police or the bishops? We’ve seen for 35 years that bishops o

ften cover up, so no one trusts that they are going to be good arbiters of guilt and innocence.”

  Billionaire businessman Richard Branson says he hopes his Live Aid-inspired concert to raise funds for Venezuelans will persuade members of th

e country’s military to defy President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid to cross the border.

  Branson, who will host “Venezuela Aid Live” on Friday in the Colom

bian border town of Cucuta, said he is aiming to raise about $100 million to buy food a

nd medicine, essential supplies for the country, which is gripped by a political and humanitarian crisis.

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Could squid protein be an eco-friendly answer to our pl

  More than 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, killing marine life and da

maging ecosystems. But the same seas might also hold the key to reducing plastic pollution.

  Proteins found in squid can be used to create sustainable alternative

s to plastics, according to a report published in Frontiers in Chemistry on Thursday.

  Squid grasp their prey using suction cups on their tentacles and arm

s. The cups are equipped with sharp “ring teeth” that hold the food in place. The teeth are made

from proteins that are similar to silk, and these have become the subject of scientific interest in the last few years.

  Melik Demirel, of Pennsylvania State University, is lead author of the new report, which revie

ws existing research on materials made from these proteins. He says his team has produced pro

totypes of fibers, coatings and 3D objects made from the squid ring teeth (SRT) proteins.

  Demirel says these natural materials are biodegradable — and could provide an “excellent” alternative to plastics.

  The SRT proteins can be produced in the laboratory using genetically engineered ba

cteria, which means they don’t need to use any squid. The process is based on fermentation, using sugar, water and oxygen.

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Honda is closing its only British factory, wiping out 3,500 jobs

  Honda has just dealt the United Kingdom’s auto industry a huge blow.

  The Japanese carmaker said Tuesday that it will shut down a major manufa

cturing plant in the English town of Swindon that employs 3,500 people. T

housands more jobs will be put at risk at suppliers and other businesses.

  Honda (HMC) has made more than 3 million cars in Swindon since its plant there opened three decades ago. The plant, which

will close in 2021, currently produces up to 150,000 Civics a year for over 70 countries.

  Swindon is the Japanese company’s only car plant in the European Union. The restructuring will also involve Honda’s busi

ness in Turkey, which currently produces 38,000 Civic sedans per year. That will cease in 2021.

  Honda said that production would shift to Japan, North America and China.

  Honda Motor Europe President Katsushi Inoue said in a statement that the restruct

uring is needed to “accelerate our electrification strategy” as the auto industry seeks to overcome “unprecedented changes.”

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The statement made no reference to Britain’s decision to

leave the European Union, and Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo said in Tokyo that the decision was not rel

ated to Brexit.
But uncertainty concerning Britain’s future trading relationship with its bigg

est export market is one of the big clouds hanging over the car industry.
Brexit backdrop

Christian Stadler, an autos expert and professor of strategic management at Warw

ick Business School, said that Brexit “must have been a factor” in Honda’s decision.

“Companies from Japan and other countries were attracted to Britain because it gave them easier entry to the luc

rative European market, through an English speaking country. At the moment, there is no deal in place to co

ntinue that after Brexit,” he said.
“The United Kingdom will not be able to strike better trade deals than it currently has

before it leaves the European Union, so it starts to look like a less attractive place to build cars,” said Stadler.

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