aidu signs comprehensive deal with Ctrip-depth partnersh

hinese internet search giant Baidu Inc inked an in-depth partnership with China’s largest online travel agency Ctrip, in its latest efforts to drive the development of intelligent tourism in China.

Under the agreement, Baidu will deploy its cloud services and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide Ctrip with solutions tailor

ed to tourism scenarios and businesses. Baidu Cloud, the cloud unit of Baidu will help Ctrip impr

ove operational efficiency and customer experience and reduce costs in marketing and sales, customer acquisition and online traffic conversion.

The two companies will also continue to explore a variety of smart services in more scenarios

based on Baidu’s AI capabilities, such as speech technology and autonomous driving.

“The tourism industry is growing rapidly and Ctrip is the industry leader. Baidu looks forward to working wi

th Ctrip to upgrade tourism services with ‘cloud plus AI’, enhance customer experience, and ex

plore a viable path to intelligent tourism for the entire industry,” said Zhang Dongchen, vice-president of Baidu.

“With the vigorous development of tourism, consumer needs are more and more diversified. To better serve our customers, Ctrip

needs to be enabled by advanced cloud computing and AI technologies,” said Xiong Xing, executive vi

ce-president of Ctrip and CEO of air ticketing business unit and international business unit of the company.

Xiong said they hoped to collaborate with Baidu to create smarter customer service and more value for users.

This partnership is not limited to IT infrastructure. With Baidu Cloud’s capabilities, big data

analytics can be conducted on users’ interests, habits and preferences. Different tourism products can

be packaged by Baidu’s AI and machine learning technologies to offer every user customized solutions.

Over the past three years, Baidu Cloud has collaborated with more than 2,000 partners in

over 30 industries, such as finance, security, transportation and education, and created over 100 solutions.

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High-end Chinese restaurants in London celebrates Year of the Pig

In celebration of Chinese New Year, from 28th January to 24th February Hakkasan Hanway Place and Hakkasan Mayfair will reinvent the

classic fortune cookie, commissioning renowned author Will Self to pen the fortunes.

The fortunes will be written on a ribbon and placed around the Hakkasan m

acarons, to create the fortune macaron. Instead of housing a traditional fortune, each macaro

n will feature one of Will Self’s 88 witty, satirical and sometimes dark musings on the topics most relevant to m

odern day life in London. The fortune macarons will be available as part of the Chinese New Year set menu and also a la carte.

Will Self is an English novelist and journalist, was a food critic for The Observer, and h

as written for titles including The Guardian, Harper’s and The London Review. Self writes to as

tonish people with his fantastical style, and wrote ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Prawn Cracker’, a collection of no

n-traditional restaurant reviews for the New Statesmen. His 2002 novel ‘Dorian, an Imitation’ was long listed for th

e Booker Prize and his novel ‘Umbrella’ shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is known for his unique style and tone of voi

ce, which will be a defining feature of the Hakkasan fortune macarons. Speaking about the partnership he said。

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In addition, Wisconsin has seen a tightening labor market in t

the last few years, with the unemployment rate steadily registering 3 percent or lower in nin

e months, which made it difficult for companies to look for workers, let alone skilled ones or engineers.

Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, s

aid that the association has about 3,800 members, half of which are m

anufacturing companies. Around 80 percent of the members have seen a labor shortage in one way or another.

Ian Robertson, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison college of Engineering, said the college has 800 gr

aduates every year. They have about 6,000 job opportunities to choose from, most of which are outside of the state.

To meet the demand for engineers, the college plans to expand their enrollment from around 4,500 t

o 5,200 in the next few years. But after graduation, how many of the students will be hired by Foxconn is hard to say.

Robertson said many companies in need of engineers tend to build long-term relationships wit

h the university by establishing labs and offering internships. “Foxconn is just one of them,” he said.

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“It’s a brand-new experience for us,” said Zheng, one of the

nce who came with his family. “We’re attracted by the unique and novel style of Tan Dun.”

Having celebrated the Lunar New Year for eight years, the New York P

hilharmonic intends to “continue it pretty much indefinitely” because both loc

als and Chinese people here love it, Bill Thomas, executive director of the orchestra, told Xinhua.

“Music is a universal language. We always hope what we do will help a broad wo

rld community, including the relationship between our two nations,” he said.

He also noted that Chinese and Asian audience of classical music have incre

ased substantially in recent years, and that the orchestra now travels regularly to China’s Shanghai in summer.

“We like to perform in China as often as possible,” he added.

Musicians perform during the 8th Chinese New Year Concert by New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center in

New York, the United States, Feb. 6, 2019. The Chinese New Year Concert by New York

Philharmonic Orchestra was held here on Wednesday to celebrate the Year of the Pig

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Junking INF will destroy global arms control

  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the US is suspending its com

pliance of the Intermediate-Range Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia on Saturday and will start a 180-day pr

ocedure to completely withdraw from the arms control accord. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said

Russia will also suspend participation in the INF treaty. “They say that they are doing research and testing [new w

eapons] and we will do the same thing,” Putin said during a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

  Although Washington claimed it would return to compliance of the treaty if Russia verifiab

ly destroys a cruise missile system which the US said was a violation of the treaty, analysts believe such a

turnaround would not happen. Two months ago when the US threatened to pull out of the treaty, it began to bury the accord.

  Scrapping the treaty would be the beginning of the collapse of the global arms control system. It’s highly likely a new arms race will start.

  The arms control agreements reached between the US and the Soviet Union during th

e latter period of the Cold War not only curbed the arms race to a certain extent, but also produced a politi

cal effect that appeased the people. The US withdrawal from the treaty will lead to a grim outlook for the 21st century.

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hile Beijing promises to buy more American goods and to ex

pand market access to US firms, Washington should move forward on some issues, such as tightened export controls to China,” Mei added.

Besides the purchase of more US soybeans, there is more room to buy additional ‘

’US goods such as energy products, aircraft and automobiles as part of efforts to reduce the US trade deficit with China.

More containment

Notwithstanding the good momentum of trade talks, the US seems to be hastening its offensive against China in various sectors.

In a Saturday article, CNN said US intelligence warned that China was using “student spies” to steal secrets from the US.

Unnamed lawmakers and intelligence officials were quoted as saying that the Chinese are

“notorious” for their patriotism and nationalism that could allegedly “coerce them into carrying out acts of espionage.”

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the US Energy Department said it woul

d ban its scientists and employees from participating in talent-recruitment programs sponsored by China and other countries.

The department oversees 17 national laboratories conducting advanced resear

ch in such areas as nuclear physics and supercomputing.

This is not the first time US officials have accused Chinese students of espionage, while Chine

se students, based on official US data, accounted for over 30 percent of the country’s international students in 2018.

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Brazil lowers exports forecast to China following recovery of

Brazil, the largest soybean producer in Latin America, lowered its exports expectati

ons to China following China-US trade talks that have brought a soybeans deal back to the table.

After the latest trade talks concluded on a positive note, China agreed to purchase more agricultural products from the US, particu

larly of soybeans, which US President Donald Trump described as a “tremendous purchase.”

Amid strong signals from the resumption of the China-US soybeans trade, Brazil lowered its forecast for exports to China in

2019, an industry representative from the South American country told the Global Times on Saturday.

“This development lowered our expectations for Brazilian soybeans expo

rts to China compared to the previous year,” Daniel Furlan Amaral, chie

f-economist of Brazilian Association of Vegetable Oil Industries (ABIOVE), told the Global Times.

Brazil will export 70.1 million tons of soybeans in 2019, Abiove said in a release late Monday, down 3.8 million tons on its prev

ious projection made in December and a sharp fall from the 83.8 million tons that the country exported in 2018.

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Preventing stomach cancer in advanceecializes in the tr

The stomach is the first stop in the digestive tract before food and drink passes onwards

into the intestines. It is a muscular bean-shaped sack about the size of a fist that is situated at the top of the abdo

men. The cells of the stomach lining secrete acidic gastric juices, which mix with ingested food.

Stomach cancer is one of the top four most common cancers worldwide and is a significant

problem in China. The estimated five-year survival rate for stomach cancer is less than 30 percent. If diagnose

d at an early stage, the chances of being successfully cured are greatly improved, which is why early detection is very important.

Beijing United Family Hospital’s UK gastroenterologist Dr Neil Galletly talks more ab

out the disease and discusses ways people can prevent stomach cancer to keep our stomachs healthy.

How to reduce your risk of stomach cancer?

Cancer prevention – for any cancer – is about taking action to reduce the risk of developi

ng cancer. This usually means implementing changes to your diet or lifestyle. It can include avoiding and elimina

ting risk factors (ie. things known to increase the risk of cancer) and increasing exposure to protective factors (ie. thi

ngs known to reduce the risk of cancer).  Although avoiding risk factors and increasing protective factors does not guarantee that you will not get canc

er, it should lower your risk. Taking the following actions should reduce your risk of stomach cancer:

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A blood test that looks for antibodies to H. pylori can also

 less useful as a positive result can mean either that you are infected with H. pylori or that you had an infection in the past that i

s now cleared. All of these tests, together with H. pylori treatment, are available at the Digestive D

isease Center at Beijing United Family Hospitals.

Second, stop smoking. We all know that smoking is bad for us! Smokers have a two-fold incre

ased risk of developing stomach cancer and stopping smoking reduces the risk of stomach cancer over tim

e. Smoking also increases the risk for many other types of cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease and stroke.

Third, lose weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of stomach ca

ncer. On the other hand, being physically active can help lower your risk. Obe

sity also increases the risk for many other types of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The American Cancer Society recomm

ends people to stay at a healthy weight throughout their lives by balancing calorie intake with physical activity.

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n be one of the factors. Stomach cancer, and a number of

, are more common above the age of 50. While most cases of stomach cancer occur without a family history but approximately 10 percent of cases are clustered within families.  So, it is importan

t to speak with your doctor if you have a family history of stomach cancer in a close family member or more than o

ne case in the same family.  A strong family history of lobular breast cancer may also increase your risks.

Statistics also show that men are roughly twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with stomach cancer. People with Type A b

lood have a slightly higher risk of stomach cancer compared with people with other blood groups. And people from

an East Asian background (Chinese, Japanese, Korean),  Pacific Islanders, Hispanics and blacks have an increased risk.

Those who have previous gastric surgery and pernic

ious anemia – anemia caused by low levels of Vitamin B12 – should also pay more attention to that.

Screening for stomach cancer

Cancer screening is a way of testing healthy people before they develop symptoms to help detect cancer at an early

stage. Unlike colon, breast and cervical cancer, very few countries (with the exception of Japan and South Korea) have

population screening programs for stomach cancer. If you have risk factors, speak to a gastroenterologist or your fa

mily doctor about whether or not you would benefit from regular endoscopic checks for stomach cancer screening.

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