young man in Central China designed, constructed and

decorated a unique cement pipe room in 45 days, and made short videos to record the whole process and put them online, attracting many followers.

The man surnamed Long, 28, used to serve in the army and now runs a home “agritainmen

t” inn in Shaoshan, Central China’s Hunan province, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported Wednesday.

Long said he has been a fan of Japanese animation and manga since childhood — especially

Doraemon, in which a pile of cement pipes is a place for Nobita Nobi to play with his friends and a shelter from bullies.

Inspired by the scene, Long has always dreamed of actually living in a concrete tube.

In January, Long started his ambitious construction plan. He used planks to form the tube frame fast

ened by steel bars, and filled it with cement. After the tube was done, he set out on interior design and decoration.

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There were 215 million single people in China at the

end of 2017, accounting for about 16 percent of the population, ac

cording to the National Bureau of Statistics. Marriage registrations have fallen every year

since 2014, while the divorce rate has risen for 16 consecutive years, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Dining, traveling and pursuing activities individually have also become increasingly popular with singles in China.

Tang Chuan, a researcher with Sinolink Securities, said that without family burdens, singles

seem to be less inclined to save money, and their willingness to spend offers great potential for boosting the economy.

Sinolink Securities conducted research on singles born from 1985 to 1995 and found that about 40 percent of those in first- an

d second-tier cities live from paycheck to paycheck, while in lower-tier cities, the proportion is as high as 76 percent.

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Song Yu, 34, a freelance writer in Beijing, said he traveled a

“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with

me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou

te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”

Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec

ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.

“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu

res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con

necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.

In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.

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His remarks came after Richard Grenell, US ambassad

or to Germany, explicitly warned in a letter to German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier date

d Friday that the country faces consequences if Huawei participates in its 5G infrastructure.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Grenell wrote that allowing

the participation of Huawei or other Chinese equipment vendors in the 5G project woul

d mean the US won’t be able to maintain the same level of cooperation with German security agencies.

Lu said that some people in the US should not count on any other country catering

to Washington’s self interest or political calculations by sacrificing their own reasonable development rights and interests.

According to Reuters, Altmaier said earlier that Germany did not want to ban Huawei, b

ut would change its laws to ensure all components used in the 5G networks are secure.

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The collision broke the ship’s mast and left about 250 metr

  tons of snow and ice on its front deck. The rest of the ship was undamaged.

  The difficult ice conditions and active cyclones in the Amundsen Sea have

vexed Chinese explorers for decades. It was not until March that China’s 34th expedition succes

sfully completed the first marine survey of the sea.China has witnessed remarkable growth of tree coverage with th

e implementation of afforestation projects, a senior forestry official said on Tuesday, National Tree Planting Day.

  The forest coverage rate in China has increased by nearly 10 percentage p

oints in the past four decades, with the world’s largest planted forests and an 80 percent ex

pansion of forest areas, said Zhang Jianlong, head of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  The green coverage rate in rural areas has reached 20 percent, while in urban areas it has hit 37.9 percent.

  According to a report released by the National Afforestation Committee on Tuesday, 7.1 milli

on hectares of trees were planted and 6.7 million hectares of degraded grassland were treated last ye

ar. Per capita greenery coverage in urban areas was 14.1 square meters in 2018, up by 0.6 square meters year-on-year.

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The administration will also promote the ecological restor

ation of grasslands and push forward the establishment of pilot national parks.

China is rich in grassland resources – with nearly 400 million hect

ares of natural grassland accounting for 41.7 perc

ent of the country’s land. Protection and restoration of grassland resources will be strengthened, Zhang said.

Measures to be taken include finding out the entire picture of grassland resources, assessing

current pol2olkcimcn-2ting a guideline on how to strengthen grassland protection and restoration, he said.

As for national parks, Zhang said that after the central authorities released an overall plan for introducing a national park

mechanism, the administration drafted a layout of national parks and standards for their protection.

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Media Matters said, in effect, that the group is just highlig

  hting the Fox hosts’ own words and letting others decide.

  The first batch of “Bubba” show clips were released on Sunday evening. Carlson was heard making many misogy

nistic and crude comments. Before long a “fire Tucker” hashtag was trending on Twitter.

  Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize for his misogynistic remarks

  Fox News declined to comment on the controversy. The network has been battling Media Matters in various ways for many years.

  Some of Carlson’s comments on the radio show date back to a time when he worked at MSNBC. He j

oined Fox as an analyst in 2009 and he now hosts the 8 p.m. hour, one of Fox’s highest-rated time slots.

  During past controversies about his anti-immigrant point of view, some advertisers have bailed on his show. Later this week Fox is h

osting a promotional event for advertisers at its headquarters, with an eye toward promoting its newscasts like “Special Rep

ort” and “Shepard Smith Reporting.” So for the company, this new turmoil around Carlson’s show and the recent ou

tcry about another right-wing opinion host, Jeanine Pirro, is coming at one of the worst possible times.

  While Carlson was speaking out on his show Monday night, Media Matters president Ang

elo Carusone was on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” armed with additional examples from the “Bubba” show.

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In one clip, Carlson joked about wanting to invade Canad

  while Iraq, on the other hand, “is a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading.”

  In another clip from the same year, 2006, he said he had “zero sympathy for them or th

eir culture” in Iraq, calling it “a culture where people just don’t use toilet paper or forks.”

  In a third clip, Carlson — evidently joking — used a pejorative term for homosexua

ls to express his respect for the radio show’s host that he loved him “in a completely f****t way.”

  Carusone told Hayes on MSNBC that Carlson seemed casual and comfortable in these radio chats.

  ”It sounds like you’re actually getting to see the real Tucker Carlson” in these clips, he said.

  Carlson responded earlier in the day to the first batch of audio clips by urging people to tune into his show.

  He opened on Monday night by describing what it’s like to be caught in “the great American outrage machine.”

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China hopes that the Ethiopia side can find out the cause of

f the accident as soon as possible and inform China of the investigation development in a timely manner, and appropriately handle the follow-up matters,” Lu said.

The ministry and Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will continue to follow relevant develop

ment and make all-out effort to proactively assist the families with follow-up issues, he added.

One Chinese national, who said many Chinese prefer the flight due to its convenience to business

travelers, said she was saddened and relieved at the same time. Cao Ran, who has been operating an insurance brokerage bus

iness in Nairobi for the last 10 months said she had changed her mind at the last minute and instead took a flight back on Frid

ay. “Just a coincidence,” said the owner of Jiang Tai Insurance Brokers, adding that it was a business trip.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his condolences immediately. “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Govern

ment and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that hav

e lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

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In October, another Boeing 737-8 MAX plunged into the Jav

Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, killing all 189 people on

board the Lion Air flight. The cockpit data recorder showed that the jet’s airspeed indicator had mal

functioned on its last four flights, though Lion Air initially claimed that problems with the aircraft had been fixed.

China’s civil aviation authority asked domestic airlines to temporarily suspend operatio

n of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft after a model operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday.

All 157 people on board the aircraft from Addis Ababa to Nairobi died in the accident, according to Ethiopian Airlines. It i

s the second time in less than five months that Boeing 737 MAX 8 was involved in such a deadly crash.

The authority said since both aircraft went down in min

utes just after taking off, it will ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets till 6 pm on Monday out of safety concerns.

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