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Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, one of the best Beethoven interpreters of all time, will perform
all five Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos during his upcoming China tour with the German orch
estra, Staatskapelle Dresden, which kicks off on May 15 at the Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall.
He will also perform with the German orchestra in Changsha, Hunan province, on May 18
and 19, and conclude the tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 21 and 22.
“Beethoven was the most romantic of composers. The more I play Beethoven’s works, the more musical freedom I get,” says Buch
binder, in an email interview with China Daily before the China tour. He adds that he has performed the com
plete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Staatskapelle Dresden for many times all around the world.
rd phases, with 1,000 booths booked by 650 enterprises from 38 countries and regions.
The first phase of the import exhibition has 616 booths displaying electronics and home appliances, build
ing materials and hardware and mechanical equipment. There will be 384 booths in the third phase, m
ainly displaying food and beverage products, household goods, fabrics and home textiles.
Xu Bing, a spokesperson for the Canton Fair, said on Sunday that the 124t
h fair received exhibitors from ten countries and regions. According to Xu, a chamber of com
merce from Istanbul said the fair had helped many Turkish enterprises explore the global market.
“Design for trade” will be a highlight at the upcoming fair. About 100 design companies and institut
ions from 15 countries and regions, including the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Austr
alia, the Republic of Korea and Japan, have registered to participate in the design exhibition at the fair.
“I want us to be able to leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way as soon as possible,” she told reporters.
Her EU peers, however, are sceptical about her ability to break the dead
lock soon. They are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and costly divorce that is a di
straction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own against global economic challenges.
Across from the summit venue, the EU executive celebrated its part in funding a global project that produced the first p
icture of a black hole, prompting no shortage of ironic comments on social media about the juxtaposition.
Blogger Eliot Higgins tweeted: “We’re now more certain about what black holes look like than what Brexit looks like.”
One of the country’s major movie events, the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, will o
pen with a Sino-Kazakh production about late composer Xian Xinghai, Xu Fan reports.
The Composer, the first Sino-Kazakh production depicting the final years of Chinese
musician Xian Xinghai, is set to open the 9th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday.
A delivery man left several cartons of milk and rice cereal at Huaibei Road Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The gi
fts came with a note that said, “Toughest firefighters, promise me to come back safe and sound after every mission.”
An anonymous customer had placed the order for the Thursday afternoon delivery.
On the same day, Fuqiang Street Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang also re
ceived 14 boxes of milk tea and yogurt from an anonymous person, along with a note that s
aid, “Protect yourselves and return safely. You have safeguarded people, and people will safeguard you, too!”
The public outpouring of compassion came after 31 people died in a forest fire in remo
te mountains in Sichuan province on March 31. The dead included 27 firefighters and four locals.
“When we saw the gifts and notes, everyone was deeply to
uched,” said Wei Zishuai, 32, commander of the Huaibei Road Fire Brigade.
“All our hard training and sacrifices are not in vain,” Wei added.
um on Britain’s EU membership, but could change its mind if there appeared no other way to pass a Brexit deal.
Britain voted 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU in 2016. Since then, polls sugge
st the “remain” side has gained in strength, but it’s far from clear who would win a new referendum.
The new vote could leave Britain just as divided over Europe as it is now.
The Chinese aid team sent to cyclone-stricken Mozambique provided medical services to about 1,30
0 people and food to more than 1,000 on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
The first squad offered medical services to more than 500 people in a shelter 10 kilomete
rs away from its Beira city camp, and also disinfected an area of almost 10,000 square meters.
Having received information from an unmanned aerial vehicle, the seco
nd squad visited another shelter more than 70 kilometers away from the Chinese tea
m’s camp, carrying food and medicine, the ministry said in a statement late Thursday.
attention, because it can seriously affect their health and growth,” she said. Such a group should sleep at least eight hours a day, she added.
Zhao Zhongxin, a professor specialized in treating sleep disorders
at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, said getting adequate sleep is very important.
“Sleep promotes growth, protects the brain and improves the immune system,” he said. “Long-term deprivation of sleep will
bring risks of diseases and conditions such as dementia and cause lasting health damage.”
Wang Guanghai, a member of the Chinese Sleep Research Society and a psychological consultant, said the exces
sive use of electronics products in China is depriving children and teens of sleeping time.
“Some of them use tablets for more than four hours a day,” he said. “It has become a serious problem that affects minors’ health.”