NEV sales slide slows in April, but technological barriers persist: analysts
File photo: A production line is seen at a subsidiary of Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., Ltd., a new energy vehicle producer, in Cangzhou, Hebei province, on July 6, 2019. (Photo/Xinhua)Retail sales of new-energy vehicles (NEV) in China slumped 30 percent year-on-year in April, a much sharper decline than for overall vehicles, indicating serious bottlenecks in the NEV industry despite a seemingly active market in recent years, experts said.Total passenger vehicle sales slumped 5.6 percent to about 1.43 million in April, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Monday.The association sa...
Quit hopping the barriers to get to the beach, Jersey Shore town’s cops warn
The coronaviruspandemic has forced the closure of several beaches along the Jersey Shore, but that has not stopped some people from trying to access them without permission. Now officials are warning people to steer clear of closed beaches.In a Wednesday Facebook post, the Sea Isle City Police Departmentreminded people to stay off the city’s beaches and the Promenade, and to not damage, take down, or cross any of the barriers blocking access to the locations."While we understand the eagerness to use our city's recreational areas, and the frustration that these closures have caused, we are aski...
Gazan women advance unexpectedly amid pandemic, despite social barriers
With more than 170,000 dead from the global coronavirus pandemic and whole societies under lockdown and facing economic collapse, the pain seems endless. However, some good is also emerging from the disaster.Women in conservative cultures such as those of the Middle East, as elsewhere, are standing shoulder to shoulder with men in the struggle against the deadly disease, and some are making progress in societies where women generally exercise little independence.In the densely populated Gaza Strip, more women are starting to ignore old, unequal traditional norms, experiencing a wider space of ...
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This supermarket chain is installing Plexiglas barriers, social distancing floor markings to combat coronavirus
As supermarkets become a focal point in the coronavirusshutdown, stores are taking measures to protect not only customers but the employees themselves as shoppers refill their refrigerators and pantries and chase down the ever-elusive package of toilet paper.The ACMEmarket in Brigantine has a new addition to the checkout stand: a Plexiglas divider between the cashier and customer at the checkout, as well as at the pharmacy and customer service desks. Acme said it plans to install the glass in all of its 164 stores.The coronavirusis spreading throughout New Jersey. With nearly 3,000 positive te...
Boosting consumption power is key to growth
China Daily | Updated: 2020-03-17 07:52The National Development and Reform Commission and 22 other State departments recently issued a joint guideline outlining 19 policy measures for improving the domestic consumption environment, removing institutional barriers and boosting governance capability in the consumption sector.Given that the novel coronavirus has severely impacted China's service sector for almost three months, this is a necessary move to unleash the restrained consumption, which should rebound robustly.Removing some institutional barriers can better meet people's consumer needs a...
Uber Eats’ Intl. Women’s Day resolution to break barriers and enrol more women in earning cycle | Daily FT
Uber Eats Sri Lanka Country Lead Bhavna Dadlani To mark this International Women’s Day, Uber Eats Sri Lanka Lead Bhavna Dadlani pledged to scale up the number of women delivery and restaurant partners from 100 to 1,000 by the end of this year. This will be done as part of the ‘Diviyata Diriya’ umbrella initiative to create and enable equal access to economic opportunities for women and other marginalised communities in Sri Lanka. Celebrating its work for women, Uber Eats organised a Women’s Day event where Dadlani spoke to Daily FT about the opportunities created, female partners empowered and...
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Breaking down barriers
Jesse Appell and friends from Newton North High School pack up medical supplies donated to Wuhan. Photo: Courtesy of Jesse AppellJesse Appell Photo: Courtesy of Jesse AppellA video by US stand-up and improv comedian Jesse Appell went viral on Chinese social media recently, earning more than 10 million views. The video featured a recording of a charity show the comedian performed in Massachusetts during which he showed the audience video clips from popular short video platform TikTok revealing how people in Wuhan have been finding ways to entertain themselves and others while quarantined due to...
AY on 20 years of breaking barriers in Bongo Flava
At the turn of the millennium, several musical genres such as Hip-Hop, Kwaito and Bongo Flava were christened as music for the new generation, despite some of these genres having existed more than a decade before.Tanzania’s Bongo Flava, once heralded as a localised version of hip hop was pioneered by artistes such as Kwanza Unit, Hard Blasters Crew, Juma Nature, and Gangwe Mobb among others.However, this is a narrative that would be incomplete without throwing rapper Ambwene Yessaya aka AY into the mix, for he is one of the pioneers who first broke on the scene with his debut single ‘Ni Raha T...
Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first female anchor
Seoul (AFP) - Under gleamingly bright studio lights, Lee So-jeong reads straight from a teleprompter, rehearsing her lines ahead of the primetime newscast for South Korea's national public broadcaster, KBS.Five times a week, she is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its "News 9" bulletin, after she broke into a decades-old boys' club in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated.South Korean television news broadcasts have long followed the same format: a serious-looking older male anchor announcing the day's major developm...
Trump: Time to negotiate 'very seriously' with EU on trade
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump said Monday the time has come to pursue trade negotiations with the European Union which he said imposes "incredible" barriers to US goods."Europe has been treating us very badly," Trump said at a White House event with US state governors. After reaching a series of trade deals with Canada, Mexico and Japan, and a phase-one agreement with China, Trump said, "The next thing could be Europe, where we talk to them very seriously."Relations between the two major economies have lingered for months in a tense truce.Trump has imposed punishing tariffs on EU g...