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World’s First Solar Powered Freezer Arrives at Central Park

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World’s First Solar Powered Freezer Arrives at Central Park

Summer may be unofficially over, but it’s still hot out there. New Yorkers can cool down by grabbing a Good Humor or Magnum ice cream bar or Popsicle from the new, and first-ever, solar-powered freezers that are now being tested in Central Park. This new technology can keep frozen treats cold, but has very little impact on the environment since the freezer does not use any form of electricity.

Unilever has already purchased 1.05 million environmentally-friendly freezers, many of which are solar-powered. The solar-powered freezers are made from recycled materials, and reduce energy consumption to less than 0.75 kWh per day, or roughly the same as running a TV for three hours. Currently, the freezers can operate for 48 hours without using a power grid.

“The freezers deliver on the commitment to reduce our environmental footprint, which is part of the Unilever blueprint for sustainable growth,” said Nick Soukas, Unilever U.S. marketing executive. “As the world’s largest producer of ice cream, testing solar freezers provides us with the potential to drive meaningful change.”

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During the footage, Mr Piccard took a selfie of him and his giant plane, before bringing the camera inside the cockpit to show off the aircraft's controls.

He showed how he can recline in his seat to turn it into a bed, and filmed his modest food supplies.

The pilots are only able to sleep for 20 minutes at a time, and use alarms make sure they do not doze for longer.

During the footage, Mr Piccard took a selfie of him and his giant plane, before bringing the camera inside the cockpit to show off the aircraft's controls. He showed how he can recline in his seat to turn it into a bed, and filmed inside his modest food supplies

Mr Piccard showed off the plane's seemingly complex controls, including the switches and generators that convert the solar energy

Mr Piccard and his colleague, pilot Andre Borschberg, have been taking turns piloting the plane on each leg of the journey.

Both have trained to stay alert for long stretches of time by practicing meditation and hypnosis.

The Swiss team's ultimate goal is to achieve the first round-the-world solar-powered flight, part of its campaign to bolster support for clean-energy technologies.

The plane can climb to 28,000 feet (8,500 metres), but generally flies at lower altitudes at night to conserve energy.

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville last Thursday (pictured) just after 7.30am local time after setting off from New York early on Monday morning, with Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard making the gruelling 71-hour flight

As the solar-powered aircraft made its final descent into Seville airport it was welcomed by Spanish jet formation Patrulla Águilla or 'Eagle patrol' (pictured)

The flight was one of the longest the plane has made and completes the 15th leg of the team's epic journey, which aims to make the first ever round-the-world flight using solar energy (pictured)

The solar-powered plane, pictured lining up with the runway at Seville, is lightweight and so feels the force of even low speed winds

The aircraft flew in to a sunny Seville airport this morning (pictured) after one of the longest and dangerous of its epic journey

Following the landing, Piccard said: 'Oh-la-la, absolutely perfect,' before thanking his engineering crew for their efforts.

The aircraft has a cruising speed of around 70 kilometres an hour (43 mph), closer to the average average car than a plane. It uses more than 17,0000 solar cells built in to wings with a span bigger than that of a Boeing 747.

SI2 set off from New York's JFK airport just after 2:30am local time (6:30 GMT), with Piccard piloting the plane on the 15th leg of its east to west journey around the world that began March 9, 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

An elated ground crew met Piccard on the tarmac, welcoming the Swiss pilot back to the European continent.

The Solar Impulse team took to Twitter, with a photo of the two pilots on the runway with the aircraft in the background. It read: 'Our solar heroes of the [email protected] and @andreborschberg the oceans are behind us, we made it to @Spain.'

Addressing crowds of spectators and reporters on the runway at Seville, Mr Piccard said: 'The world of modern clean technologies, respect for the environment, innovation, pioneers – this is the world that Solar Impulse and its team would like to represent [and] promote.'

'We really hope that this flight symbolises the flight from the old world to the new world,' he added.

Pure elation: Pilot Bertrand Piccard pictured in the cockpit of Solar Impulse 2 immediately after landing in Seville this morning

An elated Piccard was met on the tarmac by ground crew - welcoming the Swiss pilot back to the European continent - as well as spectators and reporters (pictured)

Spanish air force aerobatic team Patrulla Aguila fly for the event of the arrival of the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2

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Already the aircraft has crossed Asia, the Pacific and the United States using the sun as its only source of power.

The plane had been due to take off from New York early on Sunday but was delayed due to concerns over the weather.

Prince Albert of Monaco, a patron of the project, gave the flight the go-ahead from its mission control centre in Monaco, telling Mr Piccard: 'You are released to proceed.'

A post on the team's blog before the crossing said: 'If you consider a long flight like this over the Atlantic Ocean, you have to keep in mind that the weather needs to be predicted in advance (approximately 5 days).

'As we all know, weather is difficult to anticipate and therefore we will have to adapt to all challenges as they arise.'

This image was taken just before landing at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern Spain. The Aero-Club of Switzerland is responsible for validating records of the flight

While the latest flight represents an historic achievement, the project has not been without its hurdles. Last summer, the plane suffered 'irreversible damage to overheated batteries' after a flight between Nagoya and Hawaii that lasted more than 117 hours

Solar Impulse's solar panels are seen clearly in this stunning image taken during the latest leg of its flight

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard, is pictured before landing at San Pablo airport

SI2 after it had taken off into the night sky from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday

With a wingspan exceeding that of a Boeing 747 but an ultra-light carbon-fiber skin and overall weight of a car, the Solar Impulse cruises at speeds ranging from only 34mph to 62mph (55 to 100 km/h).

The four engines of the propeller-driven aircraft are powered exclusively by energy collected from the thousands of solar cells built into its wings.

Excess energy is stored in four batteries during daylight hours to keep the plane flying after dark.

The globe-circling voyage began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China, Japan and the US.

The solar powered aircraft is piloted by Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard (left) and Andre Borschberg (right)

Pilots Piccard (left) and Borschberg (right) made six stops as they crossed the United States, before Piccard undertook the three-day Atlantic crossing. The pair are pictured celebrating after today's successful landing in Seville

It was the 15th leg of a planned around-the-world flight which began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates

The solar-powered plane (pictured) is approaching the last few legs of its round-the-world journey, with former stages taking the two Swiss pilots across the Pacific Ocean and coast to coast of the United States

Staff members check the SI2 after its landing at Seville's San Pablo airport today

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The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard, is pictured before landing at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern Spain

The enormous wingspan of SI2 (pictured) is larger than that of a Beoing 747 commercial jet and contains 70,000 solar cells built into the wings

The aircraft has a cruising speed of around 70 kilometres an hour (43 mph), closer to the average average car than a plane

Bertrand Piccard (pictured in cockpit) is welcomed by fellow pilot Andre Borschberg at the Spanish airport

Swiss aviator of the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 Bertrand Piccard runs after landing at San Pablo airport in Seville this morning

The flight team of the project, Swiss aviators Andre Borschberg (left) and Bertrand Piccard (right), speak to crowds of reporters on the tarmac. Piccard was able to stretch his legs for the first time since making the gruelling transatlantic flight in the cramped cockpit

Piccard and fellow pilot and countryman Borschberg gave a press conference in Seville this morning following the successful landing

Piccard (pictured) is half of the two-man flight team for the round-the-world solar flight, which is estimated to take some 500 flight hours and cover 35,000 km

SI2 set off from New York's JFK airport just after 2:30am local time (6:30 GMT), with Piccard piloting the plane on the 15th leg of its east to west journey around the world that began March 9, 2015 in Abu Dhabi (pictured)

Solar Impulse is seen here flying over Hawaii. It is a historic first for aviation as well as for ushering in a new era of renewable energy


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    Other appearances

    Dragon Ball Z movies

    It was said that the Dragon Ball movies all happened in another dimension separate from the main timeline, so several different dimensional counterparts of Frieza appear as villains.

    Episode of Bardock

    Frieza appears at the beginning of the movie, where he uses his Supernova to destroy Planet Vegeta, sending Bardock back in time.

    Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

    Ghost Warrior Frieza in "Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans"

    In Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, Frieza escaped as ghost fighter along with Cooler, Turles, and Lord Slug thanks to Raichi. They plan to kill all living Saiyans. Frieza fights with Trunks and Vegeta and gets killed by Trunks, however, in an alternate ending, Frieza kills Trunks and Vegeta. In another alternate ending, in the pre-fight with Frieza and Son Gohan, Frieza is easily overpowering Gohan in the fight. Frieza ends up killing Gohan after punching the half-Saiyan in the stomach a few times.

    Fusion Reborn

    Frieza's death in Fusion Reborn.

    In the movie Fusion Reborn, Janemba's appearance caused many villains, including Frieza, to escape from Hell. Several of his henchmen, as well as movie villains (including Bojack and Paragus), we're working for him, and he sent them to attack Son Gohan. But Gohan punched Frieza in the stomach and blew him up, destroying him.

    Resurrection F

    In the movie, Frieza was first seen in hell (in his mecha form) with a bunch of cute animals dancing around in a parade, much to the tyrant's dissatisfaction. He was later revived by the Dragon Balls and promises to kill both Goku and Future Trunks for their roles in his defeat when he exits the rejuvenation chamber. Frieza is in his base form when he meets Sorbet, Tagoma, Shisami and the rest of his army.

    Tagoma suggests focusing on rebuilding his empire, the enraged Frost Demon blasts open the window, sucking him out into space. Frieza hears about Goku's increased strength over the years from Sorbet, causing him to train as well for four months (believing that he can easily catch up, due to being a prodigy).

    He and his troops arrived at Earth and shoot a Death Beam that destroyed a small city, as a means of calling for Goku and his friends. He finds out that Goku is not present, and decides to let his soldiers fight the Z-Fighters, afterward he proceeds to kill his men for their failure, and then turns his attention towards the Z-team, first attacking Gohan and putting him in a comatose state.

    He was later encountered by Goku and Vegeta, Frieza immediately turns into his Final Form and fights evenly against a Goku's base form, until revealing his Ultimate Form (that he simply calls Golden Frieza), which was more than strong enough to overpower the latter (in his Super Saiyan Blue form), until Frieza's stamina drops tremendously causing him to become weaker.

    At that moment Sorbet critically injures Goku and Frieza admits to having a backup plan just in case, and proceeds to beat the weakened Saiyan before Vegeta intervenes, he then fights against Vegeta (whose power is close to Goku's), but couldn't land a scratch on the Saiyan Prince. When it seemed that he was beaten, Frieza destroys the Earth until Whis turns back time to three minutes, allowing Goku to obliterate the Frost Demon with a Super Kamehameha Wave. Back in Hell, the angels are playing together happily while the defeated Frieza screams in rage and sorrow in being returned to his torment.

    Broly

    Frieza arrives on Earth with Broly and Paragus.

    Frieza appears in the Dragon Ball Super movie as one of the main villains and the true mastermind of the events that occur. Frieza sends his forces to steal the Dragon Balls from Capsule Corporation so he becomes 5 cm taller. When Berryblue asked why 5 cm, Frieza says anymore would be noticeable. Frieza's soldiers find Broly and Paragus and bring them to Earth at Frieza's request when they learn Vegeta, the son of King Vegeta is on Earth. On Earth, Frieza watches Broly fights Vegeta and asks Paragus if this is Broly's first real fight. Paragus says he has fought Broly several times but Frieza laughs at him and says that would be a no compared to Vegeta then. As the battle progresses, Frieza learns Broly can't turn into a Super Saiyan and kills Paragus to help him by framing Vegeta.

    Frieza is then forced to fight Broly when Goku and Vegeta fly past him. He transforms into his Golden form but is still overwhelmed by Broly's power. Eventually, Gogeta appears, confusing Frieza as to who the heck they are. Frieza watches in awe of Gogeta's power, easily dominating and nearly killing Broly were it not for Frieza's soldiers turning on him to use the Dragon Balls to whisk Broly away. Frieza attempts to kill them but is stopped by Gogeta who gives him a chance to run away. Feeling how outclassed he is, Frieza steps down and leaves. Three days later, Frieza believes that if Broly can control his power he would be a great asset to the Frieza Force and trusts his henchmen who betrayed him to tame Broly. Frieza says that Goku and Vegeta are becoming a formidable team and by himself, he can't beat them especially able to do fusion, so he too needs a partner to win.

    Abridged Series

    In TeamFourStar's Dragon Ball Z Abridged series, Frieza, while still a huge threat and highly evil, is played more comically and is a lot less serious than the original Frieza, mostly because this version acknowledges the fact that absolutely no one can stop him more often than not and so he takes his job less seriously as a result. He is also easily angered more so than the original Frieza, killing many of his soldiers for absolutely no reason, throwing out many racist comments against Saiyans and Namekians, killing Vegeta because he kept giving a repetitive Super Saiyan speech, trying to blow up Namek because he felt inferior to Goku and nearly blowing up Earth because he went insane at the sight of the Super Saiyan Trunks.

    He also hates his brother Cooler, stating that he is a prick, even though Cooler never appeared in the actual anime and only appeared in two movies, meaning he is most likely not canon to the original anime series and canon to the abridged series. Like the original Frieza, he is killed off when he is cut in half by his energy disk and is obliterated when he attacks Goku with the energy he gave him and is rebuilt as a cyborg by his father.

    However, this version is prone to glitching out, resulting in a strange stuttering problem, such as when he read the copyright disclaimer at the start of the episode, like other characters, getting stuck on reading Dragon Ball GT. He is then killed off for good by Trunks, with a part of his brain hitting Krillin in the head. In the abridged movie Cooler 2: The Return of the Revenge: The Reckoning, Cooler was constantly angered when Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin pointed out that everything about him, from taking over Namek to coming back as a cyborg, was all stolen from Frieza, even saying Frieza did it, akin to South Park's line, Simpson's did it.

    Video Games

    Frieza is a playable character in the Budokai and Budokai Tenkaichi series of video games for the PlayStation 2. In these games, the voices for all his forms sound the same (though his second and third forms sound slightly deeper than his first and fourth, barely noticeable). Also, the games give insight as to what Frieza's third form looks like with his tail completely intact (as it was cut off by Krillin before he transformed into his third form). Frieza's cyborg form, Mecha Frieza, is counted as a separate character rather than a transformation.

    Shin Budokai

    Frieza's 100% Full Power form in Shin Budokai.

    Frieza is the leader of most of the villains who escape from hell when Janemba returns and causes further havoc. Frieza immediately begins searching for the Dragon Balls, even fighting and defeating Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan along the way.

    Shin Budokai - Another Road

    Frieza's alternate timeline counterpart - Future Frieza appears in the side story Another Road. Future Frieza and Future Cell are resurrected by Future Babidi and brought to his timeline to assist him in resurrecting Future Majin Buu, Frieza joins in during the final battle of the game but is defeated and sent back to Hell.

    Another Road takes place a few years after Dragon Ball Z.

    Dragon Ball Heroes series

    Dragon Ball Heroes

    Frieza appears in Trailer 3, where he fights against Super Saiyan Goku using 10% power, he then sees Beat and Note head into his ship and follows them, the two heroes attempt to destroy the ship but are stopped by Frieza. As Frieza prepares to destroy the heroes, Goku arrives to stop him. Frieza then fights Goku, Beat, and Note.

    Frieza makes a brief cameo in Trailer 4, where a toad mistakes Froze for him, and Frieza's image is shown over Froze.

    Frieza returns in Trailer 13 in his first form, in this episode the heroes, Giru, Goku, and Bardock fight through Frieza's army while Frieza himself prepares a Supernova to destroy the planet they are in orbit above. Frieza fires his Supernova which collies with Bardock's Final Spirit Cannon and Beat's Kamehameha wave.

    Frieza appears once again in Trailer 15, when Android 17 and Hell Fighter 17 fuse into Super 17 and open a portal from Hell. Frieza, Cell, and Rilldo escape from that portal. Frieza fights against Beat and defeats the boy, until Future Trunks and Future Gohan arrive.

    Frieza appears again in Trailer 16, he is summoned as a ghost warrior by Raichi, Gero, and Myuu to fight the heroes, but he is defeated.

    Frieza returns to attack Earth in Trailer 18, Frieza, King Cold, and Meta-Cooler (nucleus) arrive on the Big Gete Star and send the Cyclopian Guards to attack Beat and Note. After they are destroyed, Frieza commands his army of Meta-Coolers to attack the heroes but is shocked when they are destroyed by Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks as an adult. Frieza is further surprised when Ryan Shenlong arrives and prepares to attack along with the heroes.

    Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission

    Frieza appears as an ally of Beat, appearing multiple times as one of his summoned allies. In an unused scene, Frieza appears as an enemy to Beat and defeats the boy.

    Kyutai Panic Adventure!

    Frieza appears in the Dragon Ball, One Piece, Astro Boy crossover as one of the main antagonists. Frieza attacks the Fuji TV orb section, he blasts the orb and throws it into the ocean so that it will sink. Goku, Gohan, and Krillin appear to lift it out of the ocean, but Frieza fires a Death Beam at it. Goku blocks the attack and then powers up into a Super Saiyan, with Frieza going at 100% power, the two then fight as events continue below.

    Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

    Frieza is the main antagonist of his Saga as well as a secondary antagonist in the last Saga. He can also act as a mentor to the player.

    Frieza plays a similar role to his role in the anime but his power is increased by Towa or Demigra in an attempt to mess with the timelime. In the last Saga, Frieza was resurrected with Buu and Cell in 778 and their power is further strengthened by Demigra.

    Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2

    As in the previous game, Frieza is the main antagonist of his saga but the difference is that he is helped by his brother, Cooler during the destruction of Namek.

    Towards the end of the game, Frieza appears in his second saga, when he returns as Golden Frieza and is once again helped by Cooler but in the form of Meta-Cooler.

    As with the first game, outside of story mode, he can act as a mentor to the player and assist them on missions .


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    Part of Wright brothers’ 1st airplane on NASA’s Mars chopper

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    Part of Wright brothers&rsquo 1st airplane on NASA&rsquos Mars chopper

    A piece of the Wright brothers’ first airplane is on Mars. NASA’s experimental Martian helicopter holds a small swatch of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, the space agency revealed Tuesday. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, hitched a ride to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, arriving last month.

    Ingenuity will attempt the first powered, controlled flight on another planet no sooner than April 8. It will mark a “Wright brothers’ moment,” noted Bobby Braun, director for planetary science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    The Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio, the Wrights’ hometown, donated the postage-size piece of muslin from the plane’s bottom left wing, at NASA’s request.

    The swatch made the 300 million-mile journey to Mars with the blessing of the Wright brothers’ great-grandniece and great-grandnephew, said park curator Steve Lucht.

    “Wilbur and Orville Wright would be pleased to know that a little piece of their 1903 Wright Flyer I, the machine that launched the Space Age by barely one quarter of a mile, is going to soar into history again on Mars!” Amanda Wright Lane and Stephen Wright said in a statement provided by the park.

    Orville Wright was on board for the world’s first powered, controlled flight on Dec. 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers took turns, making four flights that day.

    A fragment of Wright Flyer wood and fabric flew to the moon with Apollo 11′s Neil Armstrong in 1969. A swatch also accompanied John Glenn into orbit aboard space shuttle Discovery in 1998. Both astronauts were from Ohio.

    NASA’s 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) helicopter will attempt to rise 10 feet (3 meters) into the extremely thin Martian air on its first hop. Up to five increasingly higher and longer flights are planned over the course of a month.

    The material is taped to a cable beneath the helicopter’s solar panel, which is perched on top like a graduate’s mortarboard.

    For now, Ingenuity remains attached to the rover’s belly. A protective shield dropped away over the weekend, exposing the spindly, long-legged chopper.

    The helicopter airfield is right next to the rover’s landing site in Jezero Crater. The rover will observe the test flights from a distant perch, before driving away to pursue its own mission: hunting for signs of ancient Martian life. Rock samples will be set aside for eventual return to Earth.


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    Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz's, appeared in federal court in Orlando. He pleaded guilty to six of the nearly three dozen charges he faced, including sex trafficking of a minor, and he admitted that he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men.

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    U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Hoffman told Greenberg that even though prosecutors may request some leniency from his sentencing judge because of his cooperation, there was no guarantee a judge would agree to the prosecutors’ recommendations and Greenberg would be unable to change his plea. No sentencing date was immediately set.

    Monday’s court appearance marked the first time Greenberg has been seen in court since the Gaetz investigation blew into the public spotlight in March. Outside the courthouse, a plane flew over during the hearing pulling a banner that read: “TICK TOCK MATT GAETZ.”

    After the hearing Greenberg was taken back to jail in handcuffs and shackles, wearing a dark inmate uniform and looking worn down.

    “Mr. Greenberg has pleaded guilty subject to a plea agreement that has certain requirements and obligations on him, and he intends to honor them," Fritz Scheller, Greenberg's attorney, said after the hearing. “He definitely feels a sense of remorse."

    Asked if Gaetz should be nervous, Scheller said, “I will leave that up to Matt Gaetz's attorneys to answer."

    As part of his plea deal, Greenberg, a Republican who served as the tax collector in Seminole County, admitted he recruited women for commercial sex acts and paid them more than $70,000 from 2016 to 2018, sometimes through online payment services like Venmo. They include at least one underage girl he paid to have sex with him and others, the plea agreement says.

    Prosecutors wrote in the plea agreement that Greenberg had introduced the girl to others, who also “engaged in commercial sex acts” with her. The agreement does not identify the men.

    Greenberg first met the girl online from a website where she was posing as an adult and first paid her $400 after a meeting on a boat, the documents said. He later invited her to hotels in Florida where he and others would have sex with her and supplied her and other people with ecstasy, according to the plea deal.

    In total, prosecutors say Greenberg had sex with the girl at least seven times.

    Greenberg’s legal scrutiny began when he was arrested last summer on charges of stalking a political opponent, Brian Beute. Prosecutors said he mailed fake letters to the school where his opponent worked, signed by a nonexistent “very concerned student,” who alleged the opponent had engaged in sexual misconduct with another student.

    “I wouldn’t want to be him,” Beute, who showed up at the courthouse on Monday, said after the hearing.

    Greenberg also is accused of embezzling $400,000 from the Seminole County tax collector’s office, according to the indictment filed against him.

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    President Xi Jinping called for China and Montenegro to work together to support the “17+1” cooperation group during a phone call after Lithuania’s withdrawal from the group comprising China and Central and Eastern European countries. Last week Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis announced his country was effectively quitting the 17+1 mechanism calling it “divisive” from an EU perspective. He urged other EU members to withdraw. China’s foreign ministry responded on Monday that the 17+1 was mutually beneficial and would not be affected by “isolated incidents”.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. In a phone conversation with Montenegro President Milo Djukanovic on Tuesday, Xi said: “China supports Montenegro to play an active role as the lead country of the environmental protection cooperation mechanism between China and Central and Eastern European countries. “China stands ready to work with Montenegro to implement the consensus and achievements of the 17+1 summit, and further consolidate and develop cooperation between China and Central and Eastern Europe,” Xi said, according to a readout by China’s foreign ministry. EU says it won’t pay off Montenegro’s billion-dollar debts to China The 17+1 grouping was established in 2012 and now it consists of 12 EU members and five non-EU members. Montenegro is not an EU member but the Balkan state has engaged in membership talks with the bloc since 2012 and accession to the EU is likely by 2025. Xi said both countries should continue close coordination on multilateral issues. He said China was ready to consolidate political mutual trust and deepen cooperation in infrastructure construction with the Balkan nation. He added that China would continue to offer support to Montenegro to contain Covid-19. Dukanovic said the country stood ready “to actively participate and firmly promote” the development of 17+1 cooperation, according to the readout. The 17+1 grouping has raised the alarm in Brussels as officials and diplomats accused Beijing of engaging in divide-and-rule strategy to endanger the unity of the EU bloc. The grouping, part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, has been viewed as a springboard for China to reach prosperous EU countries. However, some members have complained about the slow progress of investment. Serbia floats Comrade Xi statue to thank China for vaccines, investment The Xi-Djukanovic phone call comes at a time when China’s relations with the EU have deteriorated over human rights issues in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. The European Parliament voted last week to freeze discussion on a landmark bilateral investment deal. Xi also called Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday during which Xi said China and the EU should properly manage conflicts and he hoped Spain would play a constructive role to promote stable relations.More from South China Morning Post:China-EU investment deal: Beijing calls on France to help unfreeze debate, shelved over sanctionsCampaign in Serbia for statue of Comrade Xi is a bid to thank China for vaccines and investmentChina and Russia once again pledge to strengthen ties as White House announces first Putin-Biden summitChinese President Xi Jinping calls for greater cooperation with Vietnam after leadership overhaul‘China supports Iran’s reasonable demands,’ Xi tells Tehran amid nuclear deal uncertaintyThis article China-Europe relations: Xi ready to work with Montenegro after Lithuania quits ‘17+1’ group first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

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    The words “Hong Kong” and “independent”, which appeared next to each other on a sculpture at a popular waterfront park in Sai Kung, have been removed in a redesign of the installation. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department on Wednesday attributed the changes to maintenance work that was undertaken to give a “fresh feeling” to the 18-year-old piece, and to fix fading colours on the sculpture, which was designed to resemble origami boats made of newsprint. The display is located at Sai Kung Waterfront Park, an area with restaurants and public piers popular with hikers and day trippers.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. A man, who gave his surname as Tam, told the Post he had gone rowing in Sai Kung on Tuesday, and that the Chinese characters for “Hong Kong” and “independent” were still visible on one of the boats in the installation around noon. When he returned to the park around 4pm, he said, the words were gone. “It makes me question whether Hong Kong’s history is being self-censored,” Tam said. Concerns over artworks being censored have flared recently after a pro-Beijing lawmaker suggested works by the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei owned by the M+ museum might contravene the national security law. The legislation, imposed by Beijing on June 30 last year, outlaws subversion, terrorism, collusion with foreign forces and secession. Advocating for Hong Kong independence is also interpreted as an offence. Storm over M+ sparks fear Beijing is targeting Hong Kong’s art scene In a statement, a Leisure and Cultural Services Department spokesman said the print on the boat sculpture was taken from a Ta Kung Pao news clipping dated October 26, 1998 commemorating the resistance against the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II. The spokesman maintained the exact same article had been used to wrap the boat in the renovation, but it had been folded in a different manner. The statement did not mention the removal of the words “Hong Kong” and “independent”. Sai Kung, now best known for its scenery and popular hiking trails, was once a stronghold of local guerilla units fighting against Japanese forces, specifically the Hong Kong Independent Battalion of the Dongjiang Column. The “independent” visible in the headline of the newspaper article used in the sculpture was a reference to that unit. Sai Kung district councillor Zoe Leung Hin-yan accused the department of attempting to obscure the fact that the changes to the artwork were made out of political considerations. “If the reason behind changing the artwork was because of the national security law, then they should just say it rather than beating around the bush with excuses,” Leung said, adding that the department had also told her that the “new look” was merely part of routine repairs. Leung said the move did not come as much of a surprise given authorities had placed a flower pot in front of the word “independence” at the installation in February. Beijing to expand Hong Kong office, adding security and propaganda departments “The entire context of the art piece was about the Japanese occupation during the second world war and doesn’t even have anything to do with the anti-government protests in 2019,” she added. The Post has reached out to architect Raymond Fung Wing-kee, who designed the installation as part of the revamp of the Sai Kung Waterfront Park in 2003. Fung won the Institute of Architects’ President’s Prize for his work on the park 18 years ago. Fung, who previously worked for the Architectural Services Department, is also currently a committee member for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, which oversees the M+ modern art museum at the centre of the Ai Weiwei controversy. The M+ is slated to open by the end of this year.This article Words ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘independent’ removed from sculpture installation at Sai Kung park first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

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    The 57-year-old is now considered the prime candidate to succeed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing has also been appointed as the second assistant secretary general, while Health Minister Gan Kim Yong is now party chairman, said the PAP in a statement.

    Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who was also considered a leading contender to be Singapore’s next PM, will be assistant treasurer. Meanwhile, an additional four members were co-opted into the CEC: Desmond Lee, Lawrence Wong, Christopher De Souza and Sitoh Yih Pin.

    In a post on the PAP Facebook page, PM Lee said he supports the decision of the 4G leaders. “I have known and worked with Swee Keat and Chun Sing for some years now, and watched them grow in their different responsibilities. They have complementary strengths, and make a strong pairing.

    “I am confident that they will continue to grow in experience and touch, and steadily win the confidence and trust of Singaporeans.”

    Heng, a former Education Minister, is thought to be the most experienced of the fourth generation leaders. He entered politics in 2011 and is a Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC.

    The father of two began his career in the Singapore Police Force and was later managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Heng also served as Principal Private Secretary to the late Lee Kuan Yew in 1997.

    In May 2016, Heng collapsed from a stroke during a Cabinet meeting. He was discharged from hospital after six weeks and resumed his duties as Finance Minister in August.

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    China-Europe relations: Xi ready to work with Montenegro after Lithuania quits ‘17+1’ group

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    Words ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘independent’ removed from sculpture installation at Sai Kung park

    The words “Hong Kong” and “independent”, which appeared next to each other on a sculpture at a popular waterfront park in Sai Kung, have been removed in a redesign of the installation. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department on Wednesday attributed the changes to maintenance work that was undertaken to give a “fresh feeling” to the 18-year-old piece, and to fix fading colours on the sculpture, which was designed to resemble origami boats made of newsprint. The display is located at Sai Kung Waterfront Park, an area with restaurants and public piers popular with hikers and day trippers.Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. A man, who gave his surname as Tam, told the Post he had gone rowing in Sai Kung on Tuesday, and that the Chinese characters for “Hong Kong” and “independent” were still visible on one of the boats in the installation around noon. When he returned to the park around 4pm, he said, the words were gone. “It makes me question whether Hong Kong’s history is being self-censored,” Tam said. Concerns over artworks being censored have flared recently after a pro-Beijing lawmaker suggested works by the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei owned by the M+ museum might contravene the national security law. The legislation, imposed by Beijing on June 30 last year, outlaws subversion, terrorism, collusion with foreign forces and secession. Advocating for Hong Kong independence is also interpreted as an offence. Storm over M+ sparks fear Beijing is targeting Hong Kong’s art scene In a statement, a Leisure and Cultural Services Department spokesman said the print on the boat sculpture was taken from a Ta Kung Pao news clipping dated October 26, 1998 commemorating the resistance against the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II. The spokesman maintained the exact same article had been used to wrap the boat in the renovation, but it had been folded in a different manner. The statement did not mention the removal of the words “Hong Kong” and “independent”. Sai Kung, now best known for its scenery and popular hiking trails, was once a stronghold of local guerilla units fighting against Japanese forces, specifically the Hong Kong Independent Battalion of the Dongjiang Column. The “independent” visible in the headline of the newspaper article used in the sculpture was a reference to that unit. Sai Kung district councillor Zoe Leung Hin-yan accused the department of attempting to obscure the fact that the changes to the artwork were made out of political considerations. “If the reason behind changing the artwork was because of the national security law, then they should just say it rather than beating around the bush with excuses,” Leung said, adding that the department had also told her that the “new look” was merely part of routine repairs. Leung said the move did not come as much of a surprise given authorities had placed a flower pot in front of the word “independence” at the installation in February. Beijing to expand Hong Kong office, adding security and propaganda departments “The entire context of the art piece was about the Japanese occupation during the second world war and doesn’t even have anything to do with the anti-government protests in 2019,” she added. The Post has reached out to architect Raymond Fung Wing-kee, who designed the installation as part of the revamp of the Sai Kung Waterfront Park in 2003. Fung won the Institute of Architects’ President’s Prize for his work on the park 18 years ago. Fung, who previously worked for the Architectural Services Department, is also currently a committee member for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, which oversees the M+ modern art museum at the centre of the Ai Weiwei controversy. The M+ is slated to open by the end of this year.This article Words ‘Hong Kong’ and ‘independent’ removed from sculpture installation at Sai Kung park first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

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