More nurses sought to treat elderly population

Health authorities will redouble their efforts to train nurses in eldercare as the

proportion of older people in the popula

tion expands and tens of millions of

people struggle with disabilities, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

Jiao Yahui, deputy chief of medical administration and supervision at the Nation

al Health Commission, said there are not

enough nurses to cope with the growing needs of the country’s elderly.

A regulation on the training of healthcare workers and standards of service is being drafted.

It is expected to boost the number of nurse’s aides, Jiao said ahead of

International Nurses Day on Sunday.

The nurse’s aides will complement the work of full-fledged nurses to meet the demand for services for the elderly, she said.

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Government pledges more red tape cuts of items requiri

China will further cut the number of items requiring certificatio

n and refine the procedures through institutional inno

vation to improve government services and foster a more enabling business environment.

The decision was made at the State Council’s executive meeting, chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday.

Participants at the meeting agreed that the government’s efforts in recent years to repeal unwarranted certification requ

irements and deepen the reform of government functions have produced notable results.

“These are crucial steps benefiting both companies and individuals

,” Li said. “At a time when the economy still faces uncertainties, removing these unjustified cer

tification requirements will help boost market vitality and improve the business environment.”

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Relevant government departments have begun inves

igations into the source of the vaccines to find out whether they were fake vaccines or smuggled in from overseas.

The HPV 9-valent vaccine, only officially available at Boao Super Hospital in the Boao Lech

eng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone in Hainan since May last year, was developed for women bet

ween the ages of 16 and 26 to deal with diseases like cervical cancer caused by nine types of HPV.

The Boao pilot zone is the first place on the Chinese mainlan

d allowed to import HPV 9-valent vaccines and other drugs without ne

eding central government permission, in line with the nine preferential polices granted to it by the Stat

e in 2013, such as special permissions in importing medical technology, medical equipment and medicine.

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Liu also announced that a multilateral development

financing cooperation center has recently been established — jointly with eight multilateral develo

pment institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure In

vestment Bank — to prepare for “high-quality” projects and promote international standards for BRI financing.

Chinese financial institutions have provided more than $440 billion for BRI infrastructure projects. Renminbi-denom

inated overseas investment funds amounted to over 320 billion yuan ($47.49 billion) and the Chinese capital mark

et has helped companies raise 500 billion yuan through equity funding. BRI countries and companies have issued mor

e than 65 billion yuan in Panda bonds in the Chinese onshore market, according to the central bank.

The World Bank said BRI cooperation is predicted to reduce global trade costs by 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent in 2019.

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Li, who inspired the boom after winning Asia’s first major

 title at the 2011 French Open, warned that increased funding and exposure for the sport does not guarantee Grand Slam champions will follow.

“After the US Open (in August), players don’t need to travel overseas with tournam

ents held at home one after another,” said Li, who is an ambassador for her hometown Wuhan Open in Hubei province.

“However, for the younger players nowadays they are likely to squander the opportuni

ties that we had to fight hard to earn, because everything comes easier and more frequently.

“They have to focus on the game itself rather than the exposure or expectations off

the court to really improve one event at a time and benefit from the momentum.”

When Li turned pro in 1999 China had only two entry-level tournam

ents. Now the Women’s Tennis Association calendar features nine Chinese tourn

aments, including the premier mandatory China Open in Beijing and year-end WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

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May’s spokesman said Tusk’s comments were in keepi

  ing with her request for a short delay.She herself told a rowdy session of parliament that she c

ould not countenance the prospect of a long delay – which could give time for notional alter

native approaches to emerge, but would infuriate Brexit supporters in her own party.

  ”As prime minister, I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30th of June,” she said.

  May said she planned to ask parliament to vote a third time on her departure

deal, which lawmakers have voted down twice. She did not say when the vote would happen.

  ”RATIFY OR EXIT”

  If May cannot win over enough reluctant lawmakers to pass her deal next week, Britain faces the choice of reque

sting a longer delay or leaving the EU as planned on March 29 – without a deal to cushion the economic upheaval.

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North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talksorth Korea is conside

  North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign

Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday.

  ”We have no intention to yield to the US demands [put forward at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in neg

otiations of this kind,” said Choe, according to Russian state news agency TASS, which attended the press event in Pyongyang.

  Choe said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at last m

onth’s summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

  She blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the Am

erican delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] “were too busy with pu

rsuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result,” Choe added, according to TASS.

  However, US National Security Advisor John Bolton disputed Choe’s characterization of the breakdown of talks

as “inaccurate” and said he had discussed the reports from North Korea with his South Korean counterparts.

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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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He’s been there for 20 years. He’s been very sick since

  He hasn’t been able to talk to his people for the last six years, let alone govern,” Ghanem

tells CNN. “(These protests) are about getting back their dignity.”For years the country has faced rising

unemployment and a debilitating financial crisis as a result of a collapse in oil revenues, which has often led to prot

ests. But Ghanem argues these demonstrations should not be viewed in the same way.

  ”We are seeing a unique sequence of events we haven’t seen since the 90s. These prote

sts remind me of the protests that my mother used to drag me to when I was young,” she explains.

  In the last several weeks, Ghanem says she joined several marches and while they may

have started as student-led demonstrations, she saw a broad cross-section of the population — some of who

m have never been politically active before — in the streets with a clear demand: No fifth term for Bouteflika.

  As time has gone on, activists have added calls for the elections to be scrap

ped altogether, and for a more drastic overhaul of the country’s government.

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In a major scandal last year, Changchun Changsheng Life

Sciences, a vaccine producer in Changchun, Jilin province, faked production records and used expired material for the production of rabies vaccines over the past four years.

The company was ordered to suspend production, and senior executives

were detained and face criminal charges. The company was ordered to pay fines of 9.1 bi

llion yuan ($1.3 billion) for violations, one of the heaviest fines imposed on a pharmaceutical company over the past few years.

Following the revelations, top officials vowed harsh penalties and reform of the vaccine super

vision system to eliminate loopholes. A new law on the management of vaccines was drafted for review.

Fang Laiying, former head of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, said he has faith in the overall safety of drugs in Chi

na, but individual cases involving violations of the law can tarnish the image of the whole pharmaceutical sector.

“The government is intensifying its efforts in cases involving violations of drug safety laws, including severely puni

shing criminals and setting up strict accountability systems to improve supervision of the sector,” he said.

Gao, the CDC head, said major infectious diseases such as dengue fever and AIDS will continue to be the priority in disease prevention and control this year.

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