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.

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not adjusted for more than one year, while 54 percent said their salary was cut due to shrinking bonuses.

Nearly 54 percent of those surveyed said they were unable to strike a balance bet

ween family and career due to low salary, according to the survey.

The survey was based on questionnaires completed by 1,064 employees aged 20 and above from Jan 24 to Feb 11.

According to the island’s statistical agency, the real average monthly salary of employees in Taiwan’s industrial and ser

vice sectors was NT$38,235 ($1,243) in 2018, which is below the average monthly salary of NT$38,398 in 2001.

Employees in the telecommunications sector earn the most on the

island, with an average monthly salary of NT$100,791, followed by those working in

the industries of banking, electricity and gas supply and air transport, the agency said.

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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.

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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

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  where shipments of US aid are waiting to be delivered.

  Maduro staged a rival concert a few hundred meters away on the Venezuelan side of the bridge in Tachira.

  The beleaguered President, who is facing growing calls to step down, denies that a huma

nitarian crisis exists in his country and suggests that aid efforts are part of a US plot to orchestrate a coup.

  CNN’s Jorge Luis Perez Valery reported from Caracas and Claudia Dominguez from Atlanta, w

hile Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN’s Diana Castrillon, Stefano Pozzebon, Di

ane Ruggiero, Isa Soares and Eliza Mackintosh contributed to this report.Singer R. Kelly is scheduled to ap

pear in court Saturday for a bail hearing after his arrest on charges of sexual abuse spanning from 1998 to 2010.

  Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced Friday that the R&B musician, whose full name is Robert Kelly, wa

s indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse — a class two felony — involving four alleged victims.

  The indictment accuses Kelly of sexual acts with three children older than 13 but younger than 17. There is no age ran

ge listed for one of the alleged victims. The charges say Kelly used force or the threat of force.

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  Congratulations to Kelly Craft. She’s done a great job representing us as @USAmbCa

nada and we know she’ll be a strong voice for America at the United Nations. #USstrong.”

  CNN reported earlier this week that Craft was being considered, along with US Ambassador to Germany Richard Gr

enell, US Ambassador to France Jamie McCourt and former National Security Council official Dina Powell.

  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on Friday applauding Trump’s announcement, say

ing he is “very pleased” and that Craft “has been an outstanding advocate for America’s national security and eco

nomic interests in Canada and she is extremely well-qualified to do the same at the United Nations.”

  ”I look forward to her confirmation and continuing to work with her at the United Nations,” Pompeo said in the statement.

  The Kentucky native and her husband, billionaire coal mining executive Joe Craft, have been hea

vyweight Republican funders. In the 2016 presidential race, they initially backed Florida Sen. M

arco Rubio to be the Republican nominee for president before switching their allegiance to Trump.

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  Sen. Dianne Feinstein clashed Friday with a group of children over climate change policy, criticizing their requests that she back the Green New Deal, ac

cusing them of presenting an ultimatum and contrasting their inability to vote with her three decades in office.

  The exchange comes as moderate Democrats grapple with the Green New Deal, a 10-yea

r plan to mitigate climate change championed by progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

  In a video posted on Facebook by the Sunrise Movement, a youth climate-change advocacy group, more than a dozen ch

ildren and several adults meet with the senator to present her a letter they wrote and ask her to vote yes on the d

eal. The California Democrat argues that the policy is unworkable and says she doesn’t agree with it.

  ”There’s reasons why I can’t, ’cause there’s no way to pay for it,” she says, adding, “I don’t agree with what the resolution says. That’s part of it.”

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  rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better

prepared, had his spe

ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.

  A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker

of the House of Representatives, was introd

uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.

  Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a

silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.

  Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending

and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to

follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.

  He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.

  Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.

  ”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”

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  Hof Hotel resounded to bays for Trump’s departure. It wasn’t about him, but his specter hung over it.

  Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft and Robert O. Work, deputy secret

ary of defense under President Obama, gave an electrifying insight to Artificial Intelligence.

  ”AI is everything,” Smith warned, a game changer like electricity. He described the present as a “Sputnik moment.”

  The former Defense Department official said the “this is the hardest tech challenge the US has ever faced.”

  Both Smith and Work painted a picture of China chasing, catching and passing the US in this key area. They des

cribed AI as an enabler for autocracies like Russia and China and a potential threat for democracies.

  In Work’s words, “AI gives tyranny new tools it never had before and makes it more powerful than it has ever been before.”

  No one said it in the room, there was a laser like focus on the intellect and experience of these two m

en, but at the back of everyone’s minds must have been thoughts of Trump’s warmth for Presidents Putin and Xi.

  Every moment they get cut slack by Trump is more machine code, jacking up their AI prog

rams back home. “We are entering a period intense technological competition,” said Work.

  In the next war, he predicted, it will be “our AI against their AI, and the side with the best AI wins.”

  But as much as moments like this came as sobering jabs to the solar plexus, MSC 2019 also held out hope of a world after Trump.

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  a statement saying he had met with Gulf leaders to discuss their common interest in “war wit

h Iran.” On Thursday, Netanyahu added his own criticism of Europe, noting that the US had pulled out of

the Iran deal and added sanctions. “The Europeans should join this effort rather than try to circumvent it,” he said.

  Pence’s remarks — both about Europe and advocating for an aggress

ive stance against Iran — are likely to become yet another irritant between the US and Eu

rope, already at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, trade, the Paris climate agreement as well as President Donald Tr

ump’s attacks on the European Union and NATO, his support for populists and for Britain’s exit from the EU.

  Allies such as France and Germany declined to send senior officials to the ministerial, whi

ch was initially supposed to focus on Iran and then was broadened to cover Yemen, Syria and attempts to re

solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, partly in response to European objections.

  Even the ministerial’s location — Poland — is potential salt in the wound.

  Warsaw has pulled at the fabric of the European Union as it has pursued a series of anti-democratic steps, silencing inde

pendent media, politicizing security services and undermining the judicial system. Yet Pence and other US officials lavi

shed praise on their Polish hosts, while the vice president used his remarks there to paint Western Europe as an isolated outlier.

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