>Plan passed for new infrastructure
The State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday adopted the 14th Five-Year Plan for New Infrastructure Development, to spur domestic demand, economic transformation and growth sustainability.
In the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), a well-calibrated layout will be in place for the development of new infrastructure, underpinned by information networks and technological innovation. This is conducive to sustaining growth, facilitating structural adjustments and benefiting the people.
Information infrastructure development will be accelerated.
National backbone networks and metropolitan area networks will be coordinated and fortified with higher bandwidth. Gigabit fiber optic networks will be remodeled to deliver faster connections.
Integrated infrastructure will be steadily developed.
A multi-tiered industrial internet platform will be fostered to promote collaborative innovation.
Investment from diversified channels will be encouraged, and openness and cooperation advanced.
The private sector and overseas investors will be supported in participating in the investment and operation of new infrastructure.
>2022 Winter Olympic posters unveiled
With just over four months to go before the Beijing Winter Olympics open on Feb 4, the organizers unveiled a series of posters for the event at the opening ceremony of Beijing Design Week on Wednesday.
Three sets of official posters feature the Games' emblem and mascots, while 11 promotional posters were selected from among thousands of entries received for a design competition.
"The posters stand out due to their compelling combination of winter sports action, Chinese cultural elements, landmarks of the host city and contemporary design, which make them a strong package presenting the image of the Games to the world while building on anticipation of the Olympics," said Chen Ning, director of the committee's culture and ceremony department.
>UN marks 20th anniversary of Durban Declaration
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday held a high-level meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all member states to take concrete actions, including policy measures, legislation and more granular data collection, to build on the current momentum against racism.
Racism and racial discrimination still permeate institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society. Structural racism and systematic injustice still deny people their fundamental human rights, he said.
The 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action offers an important opportunity to reflect on the status quo and future actions, said Guterres.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China calls on all countries to uphold an attitude of zero tolerance and establish a sound legal framework to combat racism.
"China will continue to work with other countries to make unremitting efforts to completely eliminate racism and build a world where everyone is equal," Wang said.
>'Funeral home' ad for the unvaccinated
The truck had the name of a funeral home on it. But instead of a soothing thought, the message on the side read: "Don't get vaccinated."
The black truck advertising for "Wilmore Funeral Home" delivered that blunt and unexpected message on Sunday to football fans in downtown Charlotte as they headed to watch the Carolina Panthers play the New Orleans Saints.
There is no "Wilmore Funeral Home". "Get vaccinated now" pops up on its website, along with a message that says, "If not, see you soon."
Many employers and public health officials are searching for ways to get more people vaccinated against Covid-19, using everything from money and free food to even lavish vacations and VIP Super Bowl tickets.
The fully vaccinated account for just 54.7% of the total US population.
In North Carolina, vaccination rates are even lower -- roughly 48.8% of residents are fully vaccinated.
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