the first being the Xihe Qiqiao Cultural Festival, and it proved to be highly popular with tourists.
Soon, she began to take orders, and then recruited locals to work for her.
“As my life improves, I want to help others
to make better lives for themselves through their embroidery,” says Zhang.
In 2015, with the help of her family, she built a house to be used as a work site and named it Qiqiao Workshop.
At first, she recruited a dozen members. After that the num
ber has kept growing as the factory developed into an infl
uential embroidery organization, the Qiqiao Workshop Association.
By last year, it had 179 women as members, 30 of w
hom were from registered poverty-stricken households. It h
ad reached a turnover of 1 million yuan by last year, and members earned 4,000 yuan on average.
ming, cooking, taking care of children and household chores, and pick up pins and needles only in their free time.
“Apart from being able to increase their incomes, what is noticeable is that the women finally have a say in their family decisions now,” says Zhang.
“Earlier, they used to feel that they needed to ask their husbands even if they just w
anted to buy a 10-yuan sweater. But now, they feel free to make their own choices.”
In 2016, the China Women’s Federation designated Xihe county as the model base for alle
viating poverty and began to offer financial support to the likes of Qiqiao Workshop.
One of the beneficiaries was Lyu Xiaohong, the founder of the Baoji Embroidery Culture Company.
The federation encourages poor households to become shareholders by allocating each
of them an equity of 5,000 yuan. At the same time, Lyu’s company signed an agreement with the hou
seholds, promising a dividend of not less than 1,000 yuan by the end of each year. Now, 36 poor households in the v
illage, more than half of such households there, have decided to join the company.
Legal professionals from Hong Kong and Macao will be allowed to work as arbitrators in Nansha district of Guangz
hou as part of an effort by Guangdong province to strengthen cooperation with the two special administrative regions.
Nansha lies within the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has approved the introduction of the legal professionals, who
will work at the Court of Arbitration for Labor and Personnel Disputes to settle competing claims.
Sources at the court said the Hong Kong-and Macao-based arbitrators will be signific
ant in promoting the business environment of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
“It will help provide high-quality, efficient and fast legal services for busine
sses, especially those whose investors include companies from Hong Kong and Macao,” the court said on Tuesday.
According to the development plan outline for the Greater Bay Area, which was unveiled on Mond
ay, Nansha district will develop into a pilot zone for closer overall cooperation in exchanges of h
uman resources, goods, materials, funds and information between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.
The court said the first group of labor arbitrators from Hong Kong and Macao will be appointed in late 2019.
give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn
ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba
y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti
al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its
strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic
holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.
To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni
versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.
Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i
s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un
veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w
The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Nazi drawings found Friday morning at an elementary school in Queens, Detective George Tourovakas told CNN.
Dozens of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the words “Hail Hitler” (sic) were found drawn in chalk on the pavement of PS 139’s schoolyard.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, who represents the district, told CNN her office received photographs from a resident in the apartment building next to t
he school and immediately informed the police. According to Koslowitz, the area is a predominately Jewish neighborhood.
I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Naz
i imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the sce
ne today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough! pic.twitter.com/vteXmlqQyk
”This was exceptionally scary today,” Koslowitz said, describing the images as “horrible, just horrible.”
Koslowitz told CNN she heard stories from her mother, who came from Poland, about anti-Semitic incidents in Europe in the
last century. Koslowitz, who grew up in New York, said she never believed an act of this nature could occur in the city.
”This really just has to stop,” she said. “There’s no question about it being a hate crime.”
There have been 36 anti-Semitic crimes reported in the city so this year, compared
with 21 for the same time last year, according to a New York Times report, which cited police.
by Brexit,” said Paul Bacon, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University who specializes in Japan’s relations with Europe. “It
is obvious here how economically damaging it will be, and also that it creates serious difficulties for Japan
ese industry.”Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to
secure parliamentary backing for her plan for what happens next, heightening fears of a disorderly departure.
That’s infuriating for Japanese businesses and government officials, who have been aski
ng for years for reassurances that British leaders would limit the harmful effects of Brexit.
The “trust has evaporated” between Japanese companies and the UK government, s
aid Seijiro Takeshita, a professor at the University of Shizuoka’s School of Management and Information.
apan Inc has poured billions into the UK economy. More than 1,000 Japanese companies do bus
iness in the country, supporting more than 140,000 jobs, according to the most recent Japanese government figures.
Many of them used the United Kingdom as a launchpad into Europe. But if the country
exits the EU’s unified market, “it makes no sense for Japanese industries to base themselves in the UK,” Bacon said.
Around 60% of Japanese firms in the United Kingdom surveyed by the Japan External Trade Or
ganization in the fall of 2018 said they expected Brexit to have a negative impact on their future business.
the country, sourcing the best of the best for everything from game meats to that addictive Irish b
utter. “The idea there was to get the best produce that we can within Ireland,” says Heery.Spread acr
oss the sprawling property are four different restaurants, each catering to a specific mood or type of guest.
The Oak Room is Adare’s fine-dining option, housed inside a stunningly renovated oak-pa
neled dining room. Local artists were even commissioned to design bespoke wood and ceramic plates a
nd serving pieces, with some of the material coming from the hotel’s own woodlands.
A six-course, prix-fixe menu with wine pairing will set guests back €250 (ab
out $283) per person. The meal includes elevated takes on traditional Irish fare like
Tipperary quail with salsify and bacon, or 24-hour-cooked Dexter beef with truffles and morel mushrooms. A
nd, of course, service is top notch.For those looking for a more traditional experience, the hotel’s Gallery serves a p
roper Irish afternoon tea that will upend all expectations (and probably ruin you for any version thereafter).
Guests are treated to a selection of four petite sandwiches, including local salmon and ham; freshly baked scones with
clotted cream; and five different desserts like a tiramisu “shot” filled with coffee jelly and mascarpone mousse.
The room itself is also mighty impressive: based on the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
it’s 132 feet long with gargantuan marble fireplaces and walls decorated with hand-carved Bible scenes.