On Feb 28, Starbucks organized an online competition

On Feb 28, Starbucks organized an online competition

a flash sale, if you will-for the limited-edition cups. Consumers would wait in front of their com

puters for long hours just to click “buy” several times in quick succession over a period of four days to March 3.

Only, millions of their ilk would also do the same thing at the same time. This meant, most of their attempts were destined to prove unsu

ccessful as buyers vastly outnumbered the special cups on sale. The cat-cups were sold out in nanoseconds after the sale opened.

Disappointed consumers accused Starbucks of resorting to “hunger market

ing”, a strategy to drive up demand by deliberately limiting supply, a charge that the cafe chain denied.

The Starbucks cup episode is the latest proof that pets, particularly cats, are stoking big-ticket

spending among affluent consumers in China, an economy that is witnessing consumption upgrade acr

oss all sectors-a topic close to the hearts of the Chinese lawmakers and political advisers who attended the annu

al sessions of the country’ top legislature and top political advisory body this month.

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Utsav Vasudeva, a 22-year-old law student in the souther

Utsav Vasudeva, a 22-year-old law student in the souther

  city of Bengaluru, says the BJP “has done a lot of good work” but he is uneasy about its religious underpinnings.

  ”Any time that (situation) happens it is chaotic for the system, and I feel one thing Congress stands for is secularism, which the BJP does not,” he said.

  Modi’s rise has left many Indian liberals worried about an increase in religious intolerance at the expense of Muslim

s and other minorities. In contrast to the Congress Party’s secular stance, the BJP is strongly aligned with conse

rvative Hindu nationalists — the more extreme of whom want India governed in accordance with strict Hindu beliefs.

  Eshna Kutty, 22, was born in the southern city of Chennai, grew up in New Delhi and

now studies dance therapy in Mumbai. She is concerned about the next leader’s approach to governing a diverse country.

  ”In a country that has different religions and cultures, Modi as a leader, his party bein

g in power, means that a huge population is ignored and sidelined,” Kutty told CNN.

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Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

Trump’s refusal to show weakness or humility in defeat

  allied with a brazen, relentless temperament and an indifference to shame helps explain why he is so hard to bring down.

  Showing off sometimes diabolical but compelling political skills, Trump was audacious, prov

ocative and spiteful. He made outrageous boasts about his own success and hinted at his acute sense of hum

an nature and feral appreciation of weakness and discomfort in a political opponent.

  Trump also showed his indifference, or rude disregard for the political plights of allied leaders, indulged his willingness to tra

de in falsehoods, and betrayed his obsessions with his predecessor President Barack Obama.Trump vs. Beto

  At Thursday’s White House meeting, Trump was also asked by a reporter about the f

reshest entrant in the Democratic White House race — former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. He was ready.

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Police also evacuated properties close to a “location of interest”

Police also evacuated properties close to a “location of interest”

  ern city of Dunedin, some 225 miles from Christchurch late Friday night local time.

  Evacuations were made as a precaution, according to police, and alternative accommodation has been provided for residents.

  ”There is no further information available at this time,” police said on Twitter.

  In a press conference, Prime Minister Ardern described the attack as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

  ”What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” she said, adding that the attackers have “no place in New Zealand.”

  ”For now my thoughts and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who are being affected and with the families,” she said.

  Police said they have mobilized every national police resource to respond to the incident.

  Gunman opened fire ‘for 10 to 15 minutes’

  Armed police were deployed after first receiving reports of the shootings at 1:40 p.m. Fri

day local time. It is the busiest day for many mosques around the world when Muslims convene for Friday prayers.

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent her “deepest condolenc

UK Prime Minister Theresa May sent her “deepest condolenc

  My thoughts are with all of those affected by this sickening act of violence,” she wrote.

  France has also stepped up security at places of worship in the light of the shootings.

  Interior Minister Christophe Castaner called for increased surveillance and patrols near “denominational spaces.”

  CNN’S Yazhou Sun, Paul Murphy and Eric Cheung, and journalist Matthew Mckew contributed to this report.

  ”I’m very lucky to come from a place like this and that’s why I became an activist,” says Toby Thorpe.

  Thorpe grew up in the Huon Valley in the far south of Tasmania. He

is helping to organize the strike in Tasmania’s capital – Hobart – because he wants to ensu

re that future generations will experience the island’s natural beauty and clean air.

  ”The reality of climate change really impacted my community this year, when bushfires r

avaged the Huon Valley, and burned over 200,000 hectares of wilderness across the state” he says.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

All the members should remain conscientious and har

dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”

Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.

“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im

prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man

y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”

Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.

hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye

ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.

In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe

ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti

tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.

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China’s top political advisory body concludes annual session

China’s top political advisory body concludes annual session

  The closing meeting of the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consul

tative Conference (CPPCC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 13, 2019.

  BEIJING — The Second Session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conf

erence (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, held its closing meeting Wednesday morning.

  Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the closing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

  Political advisors will vote on a draft resolution on the work report of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC Natio

nal Committee, a draft report on the examination of proposals, and a draft political resolution.

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European Union to suspend all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at 3

European Union to suspend all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at 3

  The European Union is suspending all operations of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Europe beginning at 3 p.m. ET, according to a statement.

  “As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effect

ive as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe.”

  ”In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspendi

ng all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.”

  The announcement follows a growing tide of European countries that grounded or banned the airplane from flying overhead.

  The president of a major flight attendant union on T

uesday called for the Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily ground the Boeing 737 MAX fle

et “until FAA-identified fixes to the plane can be installed, communicated, and confirmed.”

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Stricter regulation in store for online commerce: Zhang Mao

Stricter regulation in store for online commerce: Zhang Mao

hina’s market regulator said on Monday that the government will promote stricter regulation and supervision over online comm

erce, amid public concerns about false advertising, fake imported goods and monopolistic practices.

E-commerce platforms also have to take key responsibilities for promoting credibility and in

tegrity, Zhang Mao, minister of State Administration of Market Regulation, said at a news conf

erence on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions, urging them to strengthen internal controls.

Zhang stressed that the administration will set the same standard for online and offline sh

opping and increase the penalties of selling fake goods for a better development of e-commerce.

same standard for online and offline shopping and in

crease the penalties of selling fake goods for a better development

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He said China’s capital controls will continue to be a f

He said China’s capital controls will continue to be a f

factor in Chinese outbound investments in 2018. “If you are a company where real estate and property development is your ma

in line of business I think you will have a better chance of getting your foreign investment approved,” he said.

Despite the decline in Chinese investment, the US commercial real estate markets weathered the loss of capi

tal well. Because New York and San Francisco receive two-thirds of every Chinese investment dollar according to the

report, the effect of the falloff was limited, according to Barry Hersh, a real estate professor at New York University.

Overall, China fell to third in total foreign investment in American real estate behind Cana

da and Singapore, according to the report. Bitner said other sources of capital stepped in to fill the void. “Capital fro

m Canada, Singapore, Japan and South Korea is coming into the US market,” he said.

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