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China has 369,935 companies offering language services
China had a total of 369,935 companies that offer language services by the end of June this year, according to a report released Saturday.
The number of companies with language services as their main business reached 9,734, with a total output value of 37.2 billion yuan, an annual increase of 3.6 percent, said the report issued at the annual meeting of the Translators Association of China. (Xinhua)
329 honored for outstanding performance in China's Hong Kong
Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam presented honors and awards to 329 recipients for their outstanding performance at the 2019 Honors and Awards Presentation Ceremony on Saturday.
Yu Kwok-chun, an entrepreneur who devotes himself to promoting youth development, and Hung Chao-hong, who is dedicated to the promotion and development of sports and culture in Hong Kong, were awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal.
Also among the recipients, eight received the Gold Bauhinia Star, 17 the Silver Bauhinia Star, three Medal for Bravery (Silver), 10 the Distinguished Service Medal for disciplined services, and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), 36 the Bronze Bauhinia Star, and seven the Medal for Bravery (Bronze). (Xinhua)
Trump says he might attend Russia Victory Day parade in May
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was considering attending Russia's May 9 Victory Day commemorative events after Russian President Vladimir Putin extended an invitation.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was cited by RIA newsagency as saying that Putin's invitation to his US counterpart to attend Victory Day in Moscow had been "received with interest," but there had not yet been any reply from the White House. (CGTN)
Thailand nabs 7 alleged rebels involved in massacre
The Thai Army told the Thai media on Saturday that seven suspected rebels involved in a massacre killing had been arrested.
"We have netted all together 7 suspects. One was quickly arrested following Tuesday's attack," said Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC).
Col Pramote said he suspected that 30 to 40 people were involved in the attack, and it remained unclear which separatist group is responsible.
Attacks blamed on suspected insurgents in the restive south of Yala Province on Tuesday night left 15 community guards dead. (Xinhua)
American Airlines follows Southwest and pulls 737 MAX until early March
American Airlines said on Friday it is extending cancellations of Boeing 737 MAX flights through March 4, 2020, mirroring an earlier announcement by Southwest Airlines.
Southwest said on Friday it would remove Boeing 737 MAX jets from its schedule until March 6, 2020, just shy of the one-year anniversary of an Ethiopian Airlines crash of the jet that led to a worldwide grounding.
Boeing is facing increasing hurdles in obtaining approval to return the plane to service before the end of this year as it has targeted. (CGTN)
US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses
US health officials reported a breakthrough Friday in their investigation into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses.
The compound — vitamin E acetate — was previously found in liquid from electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices used by many of those who got sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.
Officials said this is the first time they’ve found a common suspect in the damaged lungs of patients.
But agency officials cautioned they cannot rule out all other toxic substances, and it may take animal studies to clearly show vitamin E acetate causes the lung damage that’s been seen. (Xinhua)
Chinese talent shines at annual American film, TV awards
Hollywood played host to another star-studded film and TV event recently as the Chinese American Film Festival and the Chinese American TV Festival (CAFF/CATF) held their annual awards gala in Los Angeles.
Top ten Golden Angel Awards went to "The Wandering Earth," "The Bravest," "White Storm 2: Drug Lords," "Enter the Forbidden City," "The Bugle From Gutian," "Guilt By Design," "A City Called Macau," "The Composer," "The Height of the Early Tang Dynasty," and "The Climbers."
The highest honor, Golden Angel Award for Best Picture, was awarded to "The Captain." (Xinhua)
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And now for the Question of the Day:
What was the original purpose of the Acropolis of Athens?
(Answer: As a fortress for the people of the city to retreat to when attacked.)
Today’s quote is from Greek mathematician Pythagoras (582 BC - 497 BC).
"Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body."
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