体育彩票顶呱刮怎么玩 www.icnsw.icu Israel on Friday allowed the shipment of fuel for the operation of the only power station in the Gaza Strip and expanded the area for fishing off the coast of the Hamas-ruled enclave, officials said.

Hazem Qassem, Hamas spokesman in Gaza, told Xinhua on telephone that Egyptian and global mediation “informed us (Hamas) that the occupation (Israel) is committed to calm understandings in the Gaza Strip.”

“We will follow up the implementation of the entire calm understandings provisions with the Egyptian mediators who are expected to visit the Gaza Strip early next week,” said Qassem.

Zeyad Thabet, director of Gaza Power Company, told reporters that Israel allowed on Friday the shipment of fuel to operate Gaza power station, adding that fuel was shipped through Kerem Shalom crossing on the border with Israel.

“The fuel was brought by fuel containers to operate the station. In the last few days due to shortage of fuel, two generators only were operated and a third one stopped,” said Thabet, adding “the company on Friday reoperated the third one.”

Meanwhile, Zakareya Bakker, head of the fishermen committees in Gaza, said Israel expanded the fishing area after it reduced it last week.

“But saying 15 miles is not accurate and unclear because Israel divided the coast of the Gaza Strip into three separate areas, north of Gaza is 7 miles, central Gaza 12 miles and southern Gaza close to Egypt 15 miles,” said Bakker.

The agreement on restoring clam in the Gaza Strip was made few hours before the Palestinians join the weekly anti-Israel rallies and protests that had been organized in eastern Gaza Strip since March 30 last year, known as the Great March of Return.

According to Hamas officials, Israel in return is obliged not to directly open live ammunition and gunfire at Palestinian demonstrators who join the weekly rallies in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel.

Israeli media outlets, had meanwhile, reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted the agreement, in condition to stop releasing arson balloons from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

Israeli Radio had earlier reported that 15 fire incidents occurred in southern Israel after Gaza activists released dozens of arson balloons into Israel. No injuries were reported, but severe damage was caused to large agricultural areas in Israel.

Senior Hamas leaders had earlier warned that the calm understandings, brokered by Egypt, the United Nations and Qatar, “are in danger” after Israel delayed and postponed the implementation of the agreement.

For Singapore to produce its Nobel laureate in the scientific field, there needs to be “a safe space for bright students to explore what they find interesting” and the freedom to make mistakes, said Israel’s Ambassador to Singapore Simona Halperin here Wednesday.

Halperin made the remarks in response to a question raised at a public lecture organised by the World Scientific Publishing house with a theme of “What is behind Israel’s innovative culture: Understanding the secrets of Israel and the Jewish people.”

Israel, a country with limited natural resources and a vast desert, has tapped on its human capital to transform into a start-up nation – in areas ranging from medical devices to cyber security, from digital health to agriculture and water technologies, from Internet of Things (meaning the concept of connecting any device to the Internet and to other connected devices) to artificial intelligence.

To build a nation with creative and innovative thinkers, the secret lies in shaping attitudes in the younger generation, she said. In Israel, children grow up in a supportive environment, where they embrace the joy of learning by being allowed to be themselves and encouraged to try even though they may end up in failure.

While Singapore typically has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, Israel’s students do not fare as well, said Halperin.

But unlike Singapore’s highly regimented education system where rote-learning and following the rules is the norm, the Israeli children constantly ask questions and challenge their teachers’ authority, which Halperin said creates a national culture that can “produce excellent science” and unconventional solutions.

She said, “If you teach them that only what the teacher says is right, they will conform to it … If you want to be creative and innovative, it’s not about asking questions that have been asked and answered a million times before. It’s about providing the supportive environment for people to ask their own questions.”

The Israelis also possess an innate curiosity and hunger to make their society a better place. Halperin explained, “They don’t go to the lab and do science because they are dreaming of (achieving the) Nobel Prize, but because they are puzzled about something.”

Besides a supportive learning environment, Halperin said that there are numerous factors that allow Israel’s innovative culture to flourish.

Namely, its people have the freedom and the “license to fail” – one of the most critical and important ingredients for entrepreneurship and real breakthroughs, she said.

Halperin cited the example of how Better Place – an electric-car venture founded by Shai Agassi who had the visionary idea of using swappable batteries – winded up bankrupt in 2013.

Investors might have seen it as a “colossal failure”, but it has spurred the growth of more than 500 new Israeli start-ups with innovations in automotive and smart mobility solutions – which Halperin described as a “major victory” for the country.

More recently in April this year, Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft – the first privately funded mission to the Moon – crashed on the lunar surface. It had hoped to be the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, following the former Soviet Union, the United States and China.

Again, it might have seemed a massive failure, but Halperin pointed out that it has sparked an interest among thousands of Israeli children towards astrophysics and space studies. Undeterred, the team is already working on building the Beresheet 2, the second Israeli spacecraft designed to carry the mission to land on the Moon.

“If you ask me, (we’re) a small country, but we have big dreams … The sky is not the limit,” said Halperin.

Israelis also possess the unique “chutzpah” (a Hebrew word) attitude which embodies the “spirit of audacity and cheekiness, and never taking no for an answer,” she said.

There are other factors such as its vibrant population comprising of immigrants from different cultures, its high level of literacy, its status as a happy society, and government policies which supports and funds even high-risk innovative projects for applied research.

The record-breaking temperatures recorded in France last week may have fizzled, but the cars that were banned from Paris during the heat wave will remain off the road under new measures to banish smog.

Starting Monday, the list of older, more polluting vehicles banned from the French capital during daytime was expanded to include diesel cars, trucks and motorbikes dating back over 13 years – a move targeting tens of thousands of vehicles.

Motorists who flout the ban, which was trialled during the hot spell, face a 68 euro ($77) fine, rising to 135 euros for trucks and buses.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, the authorities are also clamping down on polluters in the 47 districts that make up the greater Paris region.

Starting Monday, the existing Paris ban on diesel vehicles of over 18 years and petrol vehicles of over 21 years was extended to a new “low emissions” belt surrounding the city.

The measure targets 30,000 vehicles in the greater Paris region, which is home to around 5.5 million people.

Unlike in central Paris, however, offenders in the suburbs, where car dependency is greater, face no punishment for the first two years of the ban.

The government agreed to a two-year punishment-free “learning period” after resistance from some mayors who feared that the ban could rekindle the anger of the “yellow vest” protests, which erupted last year over fuel price hikes.

“We don’t want to force the environment on people, but rather that it be accepted as the outcome of dialogue,” the head of the Grand Paris region, which is made up of Paris and its closest suburbs, Patrick Ollier, told reporters last week.

South Korea said on Wednesday it had proposed a joint fund with Japan to compensate South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during World War II, but Japan rejected the idea out ofhand.

South Korea and Japan share a bitter history that includes the 1910-45 Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula, the forced mobilization of labor at Japanese companies and the use of comfort women, Japan’s euphemism for girls and women forced to work in its wartime brothels.

The South Korean proposal aims to resolve an issue that has strained relations since a series of rulings by South Korean courts ordered Japanese firms to compensate former laborers.

Japan said the claims were settled in a 1965 treaty that normalized ties and has accused Seoul of breaking that treaty.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the fund would receive contributions from Japanese firms sued by former laborers and South Korean companies that benefited from the 1965 treaty.

But a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the proposal was not the answer.

“Japan strongly calls on [South] Korea to take appropriate measures, including redressing the violation of international law, but the proposal currently put forth by the Korean side does not do this,” the spokesperson said in an email.

The South Korean court rulings ordered Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metal Corp and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to South Korean plaintiffs.

Iranian officials on Saturday expressed their concerns about the escalating tensions with the United States and sought to grab the international attention to what they called the “danger” in prospect.

According to state TV report, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that “increased US military presence in our region is extremely dangerous and it threatens international peace and security.”

The remarks by Zarif followed US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday that he had decided to send 1,500 more troops to the restive Middle East region.

Such a move by the United States should be addressed by the international community, Zarif said.

Earlier this month on May 5, the US National Security Adviser, John Bolton, announced deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group and a bomber task force to the region adjacent to Iran’s southern waters.

Bolton said that the US forces were deployed for protective measures against any “attack on United States’ interests or on those of our allies.”

The Iranian foreign minister on Saturday dismissed the US claims, saying that the US officials have made such allegations, based on “fake intelligence,” to justify their “hostile” policies towards the Islamic republic and to raise tensions in the region.

In the meantime, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that Iran does not want any war in the region amid the rising tensions with the United States, official IRNA news agency on Saturday.

The Iranian official stressed that in the first place “Iran does not desire war in the region, neither with the United States nor with any other country.”

However, “we will stand firmly against any act of aggression against our country,” he pointed out.

Takht-Ravanchi also urged the United States to respect the Iranians and to refrain from any threats as a condition for dialogue.

“Genuine talks cannot be productive if they are coupled with intimidation, coercion and sanctions,” said Takht-Ravanchi.

In the meantime, “a dialogue can only succeed if both sides accept the principle of mutual respect and then act on equal footing,” he noted.

Instead, the US policy vis-a-vis Iran is driven by an “obsessional antagonism,” he added.

The Iranian official regretted that “the recent dispatching of a US naval armada to the Gulf is a response to the same fake intelligence.”

Iran has been under unprecedented sanction pressure by the United States following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal in May last year.

Washington seeks to seal a new nuclear deal with Iran, to further curb Iran’s nuclear program, stop Iran’s ballistic missile development and brake Iran’s push for influence in the region.

“Trump’s sudden withdrawal from the JCPOA nuclear deal last year with no good reason – and to the disapproval of almost the entire international community – stirs concerns that any future deal might face the same fate, with no guarantee to the contrary,” concluded Takht-Ravanchi.

The British government on Wednesday presented a draft legislation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 in what it said would be a first for a major economy.

The new target was broadly welcomed across the political spectrum but environmental groups said it would require radical action to decarbonize the entire economy.

The deadline is far more ambitious than Britain’s current policy of cutting emissions by 80 percent over the same period and Finance Minister Philip Hammond has reportedly warned it could cost more than 1 trillion pounds ($1.27 trillion).

The 2050 date will be introduced in existing climate change laws through a piece of legislation known as a statutory instrument that parliament is expected to approve.

“As the first country to legislate for long-term climate targets, we can be truly proud of our record in tackling climate change,” Prime Minister Theresa May said.

In one of her final acts before she steps down next month, she said Britain “must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.”

“Standing by is not an option,” she added.

Britain’s top advisory body on climate change this year said the net zero target could be achieved within a budget of 1-2 percent of gross domestic product by 2050.

But the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) added that the deadline would require the rapid rollout of new policies such as making all new cars and vans electric by 2035 and quadrupling low-carbon electricity production. “This step will send a strong signal to other countries to follow suit,” said John Gummer, the committee’s chief.

Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of British Industry big business lobby, said companies were “squarely behind” the commitment but she urged the government to come up with long-term policies to decarbonize the economy.

The deadline would put Britain on track to fully meet its commitments under The Paris Agreement, under which countries have pledged to keep the global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

If replicated across the world and coupled with near-term emissions reductions, there would be a greater than 50 percent chance of limiting the temperature increases to just 1.5 degrees Celsius – the “safe” upper limit identified by the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change last October, the CCC said.

Boris Johnson, the favorite to replace Theresa May as British prime minister, must appear in court over allegations he lied to the public about Brexit, a judge ruled on Wednesday.

The judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court ruled that Johnson, the former foreign secretary and ex-London mayor, must answer a private summons alleging he had committed three offences of misconduct in a public office.

These relate to claims that Johnson made in the run-up to and aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum when he was one of the leading campaigners for Britain to leave the bloc.

“During both time periods outlined above, the [proposed] defendant repeatedly lied and misled the British public as to the cost of EU membership, expressly stating, endorsing or inferring that the cost of EU membership was 350 million pounds ($442 million) per week,” the application against Johnson said.

The 350 million figure was a central and controversial part of the pro-Leave campaign’s “Take back control” message, famously emblazoned across a campaign bus. Opponents argued that it was deliberately misleading and it became symbolic of the divisions caused by the referendum.

In her written ruling, District Judge Margot Coleman said the allegations were not proven and she had made no finding of fact, but said Johnson should face trial.

“Having considered all the relevant factors I am satisfied that this is a proper case to issue the summons as requested for the three offences as drafted,” Coleman said.

US President Donald Trump on Friday said he called off a planned military strike against Iran because it would have been a disproportionate response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned US surveillance drone, adding that more sanctions have been imposed.

“We were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on three different sights when I asked, how many will die,” Trump wrote in a series of morning tweets. “150 people was the answer from a general … Ten minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry.”

Trump said US sanctions imposed on Iran were having an effect and, without mentioning details, said more were added Thursday night.

The downing of the drone – which Washington insists was above international waters but Iran says was within its airspace – has seen tensions between the two countries spike further after a series of attacks on tankers the US has blamed on Tehran.

China has called related parties to exercise restraint to avoid further provocations, to solve the dispute through negotiations.

Iranian officials said Friday that Tehran had received a message from Trump warning that a US attack on Iran was imminent but that he was against war and wanted to talk.

Trump’s tweets did not address whether he had sent a message to Iran’s leaders but repeated his attacks on the deal secured by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Oil prices edged down slightly on Friday following the previous day’s surge that saw prices soaring more than six percent.

Iran said Friday it had called in the Swiss ambassador, whose country has represented US interests since the severance of diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the Islamic revolution of 1979, to issue a formal protest.

Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi provided the ambassador with “indisputable” evidence the drone had violated Iranian airspace, the foreign ministry said.

Araghchi “reiterated that Iran does not seek a war and conflict in the Persian Gulf,” but warned, “The Islamic Republic of Iran would not hesitate for a moment to decisively defend its territory against any aggression.”

Iranian television later broadcast images of what it said was “debris” of the downed drone recovered from Iran’s territorial waters.

Dozens of prisoners with blue uniforms sit in the midday sun in Lhasa, Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, while having lunch and chatting in the prison yard. On the wall near them is a 50-meter-long picture featuring iconic Tibetan landscapes such as Potala Palace, Namtso Lake and Gangdise Mountain.

Behind the prisoners is a two-story dormitory with Tibetan style decorations on the ceiling. Glass frames carrying inspirational quotes in Tibetan and Chinese from famous people including the 10th Panchen Lama and French author Victor Hugo hang on the corridor wall.

The Tibet Autonomous Region Prison holds around 1,000 prisoners, and is the biggest one in the region. Female prisoners, foreign prisoners, prisoners convicted of endangering national security, involvement in the cult group Falun Gong and participating in the deadly March 14 riots in 2008 are currently serving sentences, including death penalty with probation, Danzeng Gelie, an official with the prison told the Global Times reporter who visited in mid-March. Female inmates are jailed separately.

The Tibet regional government respects the human rights of ethnic minority prisoners and foreign prisoners, providing them with basic education, job training, freedom to use their own language and also organizing celebrations of their traditional holidays.

Prison officials rejected overseas media reports claiming at least three “re-education camps” are currently under construction in Tibet. “There is no such thing in Tibet,” officials said.

Prisoners from the Tibet Autonomous Region Prison attend an art performance in 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the Tibet Autonomous Region Prison
Key policy

Reformation through education is a key part of the Tibet regional prison, where the majority of prisoners are ethnic minorities with a low level of literacy.

“The prison has compiled its own textbooks in both Tibetan and Putonghua, and has conducted bilingual education of Chinese, Tibetan language and math for Tibetan prisoners since 2012,” Danzeng said.

Prisoners attend three classes each day from Monday to Friday, and they also learn to read and write ancient Chinese literature and classics. Prisoners under the age of 45 are encouraged to receive education.

Prisoners’ textbooks and exercise books are contained in a black bag provided by the prison, and prisoners practice math questions, and write Chinese characters and Tibetan characters in their exercise books. Comments in red are left by the prison teachers, most of whom are prison police.

A Tibetan inmate who received seven years of education in the prison was able to speak fluent Putonghua and Tibetan. He told the Global Times in Putonghua and English that besides receiving an education, he also taught himself English through books and movies provided by the prison, and wanted to be a tour guide after completing his 13-year sentence for larceny.

In another example, an Uyghur prisoner from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region who used to call Han people “indifferent” is now friends with his Han inmates after learning Putonghua for two years, Danzeng said.

“The education in prison improved the understanding between different ethnic groups and strengthened prisoners’ sense of national identity,” Danzeng said.

As most foreign prisoners are Nepalese, the prison police also compiled text books in Nepali and English. Foreign prisoners are encouraged but not obliged to receive education, according to Danzeng.

Aside from acquiring knowledge from textbooks, prisoners also receive job training in sewing, cooking, carving as well as electric welding, according to materials provided by the prison.

A prisoner plays guitar during the show. Photo: Courtesy of the Tibet Autonomous Region Prison
Special privileges

The signs on different rooms and the notices pasted on the billboard were all written in both Putonghua and Tibetan. Some were also written in English.

“Prisoners are allowed to use their own language to communicate with their inmates or families and lawyers during visiting hours,” Danzeng said.

During traditional holidays for ethnic minorities and foreign prisoners, the prison organizes various celebration activities, and inmates can even wear their own traditional costumes to sing and dance.

Some prisoners also write songs on Tibet’s scenery and traditional Tibetan medicine to promote their

culture, according to the prison.

For Muslim prisoners, the prison cooks halal meals using a special stove that is kept separate from other stoves by a glass wall to prevent smoke from drifting between them.

The prison also brought in a vending machine that prisoners can use to buy daily necessities including clothes, beverages and snacks with their bank cards.

The Global Times reporter found that a bottle of soft drink from the machine cost 4 yuan, about 2 yuan cheaper than those sold in Lhasa’s supermarkets.

The prison also makes sure the prisoners’ psychological conditions are taken care of.

On the door of each dorm, prisoners stick mood cards with images of faces showing the emotions they are feeling that day. The prison’s psychologists will talk to and help those with sad faces glued to their doors.

Anyone suffering depression can go to a psychological counselling room in the prison and relieve their stress by hitting a punch bag or seeking consultation.
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Linzhi, or Nyingchi, often referred to as the throne of the sun in Tibetan by locals, is indeed where the sun rises every day compared to other places in Tibet. Photo: China.org.cn
Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region created 667,000 jobs in ecological protection as of 2018, which has not only protected the plateau’s ecology but also helped farmers and herders combat poverty.

Tibetan regional authorities had set up a special working team for poverty alleviation and ecological protection, an official from the Tibet regional environmental protection bureau told the Global Times on Thursday.

The team hires local people as rangers to tour, clean or plant trees, which helped alleviate farmers’ and herdsmen’s employment, he said.

Puciren, 31, a forest ranger in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, whose job is to check around local forests every day and organize villagers to plant trees in spring, said, “To protect the forest is to protect our hometown,” the Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.

Compensation to these rangers rose to 3,500 yuan per person per year in 2018, Xinhua reported.

In 2018, the Tibet regional government invested 10.7 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) to protect the local ecological environment and to create jobs, Luo Jie, head of the Tibet regional ecological environment department, was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

A total of 1,112,000 mu (74,100 hectares) in the region had been planted with new trees in 2008 with the local forest coverage rate in the Tibet region increasing to 12.14 percent, Luo said.

The region has vowed to lift 150,000 people out of poverty and eradicate absolute poverty this year, Xinhua reported in January.

A white paper “Ecological Progress on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau” released in 2018 by the State Council said that “China has initiated a series of ecological compensation mechanisms, including transfer payments to key ecological function zones, forest ecological benefit compensation, grassland ecological protection subsidy and rewards, and wetland ecological benefit compensation.”