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The form has multiple sections, including a section on “aggravating factor
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cially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner” and whether he’s shown no remorse, and a section on “mitigation fa
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The jurors had to independently assess if aggravating factors presente
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s had on others “sufficiently outweigh the mitigating factors”, according to the penalty-phase form.
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On Thursday, the jury asked how the number of jurors who found a mitigating factor to exist could be used after the trial.
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“We need help,” the jury then said in a message to the court on Thursday, asking the judge about what would happen if they c
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“I think today must be the most disappointing day for Zhang’s family ot
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Zhidong, a Chicago-based lawyer who represents Zhang’s family, told China Daily after the sentencing.
“But we have to know that it’s very difficult to seek the death penalty in federal court,” Wang said, adding that jur
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Since the reinstatement of the federal death penalty in 1988, 78 people have been sentenced to death — but only three ha
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Zhang was last seen alive on June 9, 2017, getting into Christensen’s black Saturn Astra on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana
after she missed a bus to an appointment. The two did not previously know each other.
this endeavor. Youku started its digital restoration project in 2017, with many results. E
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hancing solution devised by the company, to restore and remaster 50 select TV dramas.
上海会所Before the adoption of new technologies, restoration of the old works, most often in lower resolution, was done manually and it
took a day to restore a 40-minute-long episode. Now, iQiyi’s ZoomAI software, comprising algorithm modules suc
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Even with the aid of AI technologies, digital restoration of old productions is no mean fea
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ires technologies, as well as a craftsmanship spirit. For instance, 30-plus members of the Youku digital res
toration team worked for as long as a month to fully restore the 1983 megahit, The Bund.
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ce. If only the definition is increased through transcoding, audiences may feel that the im
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Though Youku’s digital restoration team is made up of no more than 40 members who
do not work full time, every week it can restore 100-plus episodes of old TV dramas.
Speaking of her original motivation, Guo said that she chose to restore those old TV series because on the one hand, she wa
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They need to develop their empathy with China by putting themselves in C
hinese people’s shoes. If their sympathy always goes to those willing to take innocent p
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rter of this year, according to research and advisory firm Gartner on Thursday.
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nits, followed by 22.2 percent for HP, 16.9 percent for Dell and 5.9 percent for Apple.
Lenovo also recorded the fastest year-over-year growth of 15.9 pe
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The worldwide PC market saw a 1.5 percent growth in the secon
d quarter of 2019 after two quarters of decline, according Gartner, and PC shipments tota
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The demand from the Windows 10 operating system replacements in the business market, improved condition for Intel CPU
shortage, all contributed the shipments growth, according to Mikako Kitagawa, a senior principal analyst at Gartner.
to take the delayed effect of balance sheet reduction conducted earlier into its consideration of rate cuts. The current phase-out of balanc
上海会所e sheet reduction already has some easing effect, and only after the balance sheet reduction ends in September, can its impact become clearer.
By incorporating that impact into consideration, the Fed can draw up a better rate cut plan that maximizes effects of the policy mix.上海会所
Thirdly, the market may have overestimated how much the Fed will cut the rates. There may be no more than three rate cuts by the end of 2020.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard – the major advocate of this
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e Fed’s interest rate decisions. Even based on this model adopted by dovish Fed officials, we found that the degree of rate cuts may be weaker than m
上海会所arket expectation for quite some time going forward: at most one cut by the end of this year and likely two or three cuts by the end of 2020.
By contrast, before the June FOMC meeting, the market expected a higher-than-85-percent chance of more than one rate cut by the
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In conclusion, we think as economic downside pressure gradually emerges, the Fed will have to kick off the rate cut cycle. But the rate cut si上海会所品茶微信
gnal, timing and degree may not measure up to the market expectation. Therefore, two future developments appear possible:
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tation. Considering the market has fully priced in the unrealistic expectation of rate cuts sinc
e early June, any reversal of expectation can lead to short-term fluctuations of key price signals such as the US Treasury yield cu
rve, the US Dollar Index, and the gold price, which may pose extensive spillover shocks to asset portfolios.
Second, the long-term trend of rate cuts will continue even if the market expectation reverses. In the long
run, the Fed is expected to proceed with rate cuts in a fairly slow and smooth way. This will enlarge the monetary policy room of ot
her major economies and expedite the shift toward an easing global monetary environment, which may in turn lift the sen
timent of global stock markets and ease any currency risk of emerging markets gradually.
Cheng Shi is the managing director, head of research and chief economist of ICBC Interna
tional Holdings Ltd.Qian Zhijun is a senior economist of ICBC International Holdings Ltd.
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Yang Ming, a 33-year-old immobile and partially sighted man from
Chengde, Hebei province, never imagined he could become his family’s “financial adviser”.
However, in late April, he noticed trouble brewing in the financial stat
ements of a company whose stock was owned by his relatives, so he advised selling the shares.
Although they were reluctant at first, his relatives sol上海会所品茶微信d the s
hares at a slight loss, but kept most of their 4,000 yuan ($578) investment intact.
A short time later, the company’s stock went into free fall when the Shanghai Stock Exchange plunged as a result of risi
ng uncertainty over trade negotiations between China and the United States.
el more frequently, and enable them to have higher budgets for spending on accommodati
on and destination entertainments,” said Sun Peiming, director of e-commerce at Sichuan Airlines.
Last year, along with graduate students, there were 37 million enrolled college students in the country,
according to the National Bureau of Statistics. In 2018, students registered on Qunar flew 4.4 time
s annually on average, higher than the average of 3.45 times nationwide, according to the company.
“Low prices have a decisive impact on their choices. Compani
es that provide cheaper options will attract more students and gain the initiative in seizing tho
se future backbone consumers,” said Liu Simin, a researcher at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
success of winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, Zhang Qinghua, professor at Beijing Normal University, believes that Mo’s way of dealing with this h
as been to make a return to his hometown, a village in Gaomi, Shandong province, both in reality and spiritually.
Mo didn’t publish any new work in the five years following the award, when in 2017 he
released several short stories, poems and theater works, mainly reminiscing about his hometown.
Unlike Mo’s former novels, Peking University professor Chen Xiaoming notes th
at his new works are more reserved, realistic stylistically and employ more simple language. Literary cri
tic Li Jingze is impressed that Mo has remained acutely sensitive to the realities of urban and rural life.
na, and the one-China principle is the foundation of China-US relations and an international consensus,” Shao said.
“The US side has conducted a series of negative rhetoric and actions regarding the Taiwan questi
on, violated the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques,” he said.
“This has undermined China’s sovereignty and security, sent a seriously wrong message to
Taiwan secessionists, and disrupted regional peace and stability,” Shao said, adding that China must, and will be, reunified.
d, the Chinese military will adamantly protect its territorial integrity at all costs,” he said.
As for the South China Sea, Shanahan accused China of undermini
ng freedom of navigation and overflight in the region, and militarizing the local islands.
he Sichuan-Tibet Railway, the second railway line linking the Tibet autonomous region to other parts of China, will opera
te high-speed trains with a designed running speed of 200 kilometers per hour, thecover.cn reported.
China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd, which is designing the line, revealed a draft plan on Wednesday that tra
ins on the whole Sichuan-Tibet line will travel with a designated speed of 200 km/h, with some segments limited to 160 km/h.
The 1,600-kilometer-long line under construction is designed to start from Chengdu, pass through Ya’an and Kan
gding, then enter Tibet via Qamdo and end at Lhasa. The 140-kilometer Chengdu-Ya’an high-speed railway, whic
h serves part of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, started operation last year with a maximum speed of 200 km/h.