hinese ‘can help Notre Dame revival’stunned France wou

hina can lend a helping hand in the rebuilding of Paris’s Notre Dam

e Cathedral, whose spire and roof were destroyed by the huge fire that engulfed the 8

50-year-old Gothic building on Monday evening, said a historian from Cambridge University.

Alan Macfarlane, a historian and professor emeritus at King’s College, said that give

n China’s widely acknowledged engineering and construction expertise, “it would be a very appreciated gesture if the pe

ople of China offered their help in whatever way the French thought appropriate to rebuild a symbol for all of our world”.

“The Chinese have built the largest airport in the world, a far larger job than rebuilding

Notre Dame, in less than three years,” Macfarlane said. “They could be of immense help.”

President Xi Jinping sent a message of support to French President E

mmanuel Macron on Tuesday, expressing sincere condolences to all French people.

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Beijing News also reported that the facility caught fir

 before the explosion. The facility is adjacent to a

natural gas station, the explosion of which caused the tragedy, the report said.

An assessment report on the factory’s environmental protection

facilities drafted in July 2018 by the Jiangsu Provin

cial Academy of Environmental Science showed that Tianjiayi has a warehouse wit

h a floor area of more than 1,000 square meters to store industrial waste, which includes tar and methyl alcohol.

The assessment report said the plant generated on average about 11 metric tons of solid waste and w

aste­water per day, and there has been an accumulation of 4,500 tons of hazardous waste in the factory every

year. While some of the waste materials are transported out for disposal, others are processed within the factory.

A special license is required to dispose of hazardous waste in China. Accor

ding to the Jiangsu’s Department of Ecology and Environment, 460 enterprises in the prov

ince had the necessary licenses as of the end of 2018, but Tianjiayi was not among them.

Official records also show that Tianjiayi had been punished at least twice for violations in waste management.

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Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrecte

 providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain’s biggest change in generations no clearer.

After finally recognising that her minority Conservative g

overnment could not push through a Brexit deal on its own, May started talks this w

eek with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the hope of coming up with a cross-party solution.

But that means accepting the need for more time, including the possibility of Britain hol

ding European Parliament elections on May 23, which May has long hoped to avoid at all cost.

“The United Kingdom proposes that this period should end on 30 June 2019,” May said in the letter.

“The government will want to agree a timetable for ratification that allows the United Kin

gdom to withdraw from the European Union before 23 May, 2019, and therefore cancel the European Parlia

ment elections, but will continue to make responsible prepara

tions to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”

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With an increasing number of donations and surg

eries performed every year, authorities have also established a computerized supervision syst

em that covers the entire sector, including organ donation, retrieval, distribut

ion and transplant, so they are under the supervision of health authorities, she said.

Despite the increase in the number of donors, a shortage of organs is still seve

re in China, considering the number of patients in need of transplant surgeries.

Every year about 300,000 patients with terminal diseases need transplants in China, but

only about 20,000 surgeries can be done, according to Huang Jiefu, former-vice-minis

ter of health and now chairman of the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee.

Chen Xinguo, director of the organ transplant center at Armed Police Force General Hospital, said th

at since people’s traditional beliefs are still a major obstacle to organ donations, more education is required.

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British lawmakers reject all four Brexit options in sec

British lawmakers on Monday voted to turn down all the four proposed Brexit options on the ta

ble, the second time since Friday that none of MPs’ proposed Brexit options wins clear backing in the House of Commons.

MPs voted down all the four Brexit proposals chosen by House Speaker John Bercow in a bid to break

the current Brexit deadlock. The British government has until April 12 to decide how Britain will leave the European Union (EU).

None of the four alternatives to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Br

exit deal receives support from a majority of MPs in the second round of “indicative vote,” whi

ch kicked off at around 20:00 BST on Monday and whose results were announced at around 22:00 BST.

MPs voted 261 to 282 to reject the proposal that the United Kingdom stays in the single market and negotiates the customs union with the EU.

The customs union proposal means Britain’s close trading relations with the European Union after Brexit.

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So far, distinct fossils from the Cambrian explosion with o

outlines of soft tissue have been found at the Burgess Shale in Canada, as well as some by the Chengjiang River in Yunnan province. The

newly discovered fossils provide a completely different ecosystem of organisms that lived around the same time, the study said.

Unlike other Cambrian fossil troves, the Qingjiang biota appears to conta

in a high proportion of jellyfish and comb jellies, which are extremely rare at other sites.

Zhang Xingliang, a professor at Northwest University and co-author of the p

aper, said that compared with the Chengjiang biota in the shallow water along the coast, Qi

ngjiang biota lived in deep ocean, making the two biota complementary in their scientific significance.

“The treasure trove of the Qingjiang biota provides an exciting opportunity to explore how paleoenvironmental conditi

ons influenced ecological structuring and evolutionary drivers during the Cambrian explosion,” said Allis

on Daley, a paleontologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, who was not involved in the study.

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hina military threat’ is a fallacy: Ministry of National Defense

The Chinese military strongly opposes playing up the fallacy of the so-called “China’s militar

y threat” by some US military officials, as such a zero-sum game and Cold War mentality is not cond

ucive to the sound development of bilateral military relations, a Chinese spokesman said on Friday.

“China has followed a path of peaceful development and has firmly implemente

d a national defense policy which is defensive in nature,” said Wu Qian, spokesman of the Ministry of Na

tional Defense, adding that a growing Chinese military will better help maintain world peace.

He said the Chinese side has noticed that defense authorities in the United States often do som

e “selfish calculations” for more in the military budget by hyping threats from other countries.

“Such practice is short-sighted, and very dangerous,” he said. “We urge the US side to give up the Col

d War mentality and look at China’s development of national defense and military in a rational way.”

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EU ready to grant Brexit delay if UK parliament backs dealpe

LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote

s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de

parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.

Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia

ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.

Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need

ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.

“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v

ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.

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In the end, they divided up Reliance’s array of business

  es that cover industries such as energy, retail and financial services. But their fortunes have gone in vastly different directions since then.

  Mukesh Ambani’s fortune tops $54 billion, while his younger brother has dropped out

of the billionaires club and is now worth only $300 million, according to Bloomberg.

  In his statement on Monday, Anil Ambani said the siblings have now put their differences behind them.

  ”I and my family are grateful we have moved beyond the past, and are deeply grateful and touched with this gesture,” he said.

  The US Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected Elon Musk’s claims that the regulator is unfairly trying to silence him.

  In a filing Monday, the SEC said it was “stunning” that the bi

llionaire business leader had continued to fire off tweets about Tesla without consulting others

at the company despite having agreed to a court-ordered settlement requiring him to do so.

  The filing is the latest salvo in a protracted battle between

the SEC and Musk, who has been outspoken in his criticism of the securities regulator.

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This is like saying that because of this atrocity, every whi

  28-year-old man should now be on a watch list or face prejudice. It’s a nonsensical, prim

itive argument. Yet one that elites in powerful positions repeat, even though they should know better.

  The trope that all Muslims are somehow predisposed to violence or terrorism is dangerous an

d wrong. Most Muslims — particularly immigrants — keep their heads down, want a quiet, pea

ceful life and want to stay out of trouble. I know this because I am Muslim and know our community. We are not out to c

ause trouble. We don’t come to “invade”; we come to make a better life for ourselves.

  We run your convenience store, drive your cabs, feed you late-night food when you’ve had a drink or look after you when you’r

e ill. We serve our communities. Yet we have become the victims of harassment, hatred and now terrorism.

  Attacks — verbal and physical — on Muslims are par for the course. But society doesn’t seem to care. Our lives and p

ain don’t seem to matter as much because we are seen as second-class citizens or “bad people.”

  I wept Friday on “CNN Talk,” thinking about the sadness of it al

l. It has been a dark day. But if there is any light, it was the outpouring of grief from people of all

backgrounds around the world who sent in messages of solidarity and kindness. If we can take one lesson from the

horror of Christchurch, we have to stop this hate and see Muslims as human beings, just like anyone else.

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