The bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China a
nd the National Theater of Greece, repres
ents a refreshing innovation for Chinese theater lovers. The play by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, often called the “father of tragedy”, is the first part of his only extant tr
ilogy. It is a story about patriarchy, matriarc
hy, revenge and justice. In the story, Agamemnon s acrifices his daughter to win the Trojan War. After his triumphant return, the king is slain by his wife and her lover.
Directed by Stathis Livathinos, artistic dire
ctor of the NTG, Agamemnon embodies a pr ofound cooperation between China and Greece. “To have a bilingual presentation of a play means yo
u hear two languages, two kinds of actors, two
schools. Of course it’s a very big risk. But it’s better to go with a risk t han with safety. Because I really believe the National Theater should always be the avant-garde,” he said.
”Agamemnon is a part of something bigger that doesn’t belong only to Greece. This
is a theatrical and artistic meeting of two civilizations on stage,” Livathinos added.
ause the camera must not be covered during the folding, while the battery is also thicker. Huawei Mate X looks better, but its display is not protected as well as that of Samsung Fold and faces higher risk of breaking should the phone be dropped.
The two share one thing in common, namely a h
igh price — Both are rather expensive. The Samsu ng Fold is priced at $1,980 while the Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 euros ($2,606). The high price will
sly limit the marketing of the two products and make them the luxuries of rich people only. According to our analysis and market forecasts, in 2019, the number of f
rtphones and tablets sold globally might reach 900,000, which might do uble in 2020. As a comparison, people globally bought 1.4 billion smartphones in 2018. In a word, unless its cost fall sh
he market for foldable smartphones will be limited for the foreseeable future. Yet both Huawei and Samsung have invested huge resources in the research, publicity, and mark
eting of foldable smartphones. There are two main causes for that. First, smartphones are already so
developed that there is hardly any new space for innovation. The iPhone 4 miracle of Steven Jobs can hardly be re
peated in the near future, so both companies need to show the world that they are innovating.
Second, foldable displays need special materials that are quite scarce i
n the market, so neither of the two companies can afford to wait for the other to rise. B
oth need to keep the market in a balance so as to ensure its own share of products.
PYONGYANG — Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), left here Saturday afternoon by train f
or Vietnamese capital Hanoi for the second D
PRK-US summit, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday. Kim will meet with US President Donald Trump there on Feb 27-28. Their first meetin
g was held i
n June 2018 in Singapore, which resulted in improved bilateral relations. Kim will pay an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong before his meeting with Trump.
Kim was a
ccompanied by Kim Yong-chol, Ri Su-yong, Kim Phyong-hae and O Su-yong, members of th e Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of K
orea (WPK), Ri Yong-ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Com
d foreign minister, No Kwang-chol, alternate member of the Po litical Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and minister of the People’s Armed Forces, among others, said the KCNA.
Kim was seen off at Pyongyang Railway Station by Kim Yong-nam, Choe Ryong-hae and Pak Pong-ju, members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Cen
tral Committee of the WPK, and other senior officials of the party, government and armed forces, said the KCNA.
A residential building located at Xihu district in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, collapsed on Sunday morning, trapping people under the rubble, according to CCTV.
By 11:00 am, three people, including two adults a
nd one child, were successfully pulled out by the fire department. They suffered minor injuries. The second and third floor of the three-story building, which is
made of wood and bricks, collapsed. The accident t
rapped three households. The search-and-rescue operation is underway.
BEIJING – China will further enhance physical acti
vities in primary and sec ondary schools and promote students’ interests, said the Ministry of Education Friday.
Provincial-level regions in China have clearly included physics as
scored in senior high school entrance exam, according to the ministry. Details to evaluate the subject of physics are based on local conditions, it
said, adding swimming is used to assess the score in certain regions.
In 2016, the ministry released a guideline aiming to establish a senior high school ent
rance exam system based on both academic performance and comprehensive quality
BEIJING – A recent survey by China’s State Post Bureau said 35.8 percent of delivery workers c
onsidered their occupation “promising” and wou
ld like to continue in that position. The survey consisted of 6,000 delivery people across China mostly born in the 1980s and 1990s.
About 76 percent of the delivery workers a
re from rural areas, wh ile nearly 16 percent are from towns or counties, according to the survey.
Major sources of stress for delivery workers include low wages and insufficient benefits, lack of understanding of t
heir job f
rom customers and the public, long working hours and little chances of promotion, the survey said. Most of those surveyed earn less than 5,000 yuan ($743) per month but gen
erally gain more during the annual Double 11 online shopping spree in No
ring which over 80 percent of the country’s delivery workers handle more than 200 packages per day. China’s express delivery industry is rapidly developing, with around 3 million delivery workers.
”Delivery worker” was added to the revision of the national occupation list of China in 2015, meaning it has been recognized by the state as an occupation.
”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.
”In our house, we (were) always the good girls th
ey wanted us to be. So, if they want us to clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.
t two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem. They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d
idn’t apply t
o their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men. Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it
pen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.