A man has been arrested after an incident in west London on Saturday morning. Police f
irearms and Taser were discharged, according to a latest statement released by Metropolitan Police.
According to the statement, police were called at around 8:30 am local time on Saturday, with reports o
f a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy in Holland Park, west London.
“As part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were
deployed to this incident,” said the statement, adding that “on arrival at the scene, a vehicle was driven at police officers.”
Police confirmed that firearms and Taser were discharged, the vehicle was stopped and a man in his 40s was arrested, not injured.
Andy Walker, chief superintendent in the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “as is st
andard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.”
energy vehicles (NEV), sales of NEVs reached 111,000 in March, up 100.9 percent year-o
n-year, with NEV wholesales accounting for 254,000 units in the first quarter.
CPCA predicts a 40 percent increase in NEV sales to 1.7 million
units in 2019, based on these first quarter figures.
As China began to cut manufacturing sector VAT from 16 to 13 percent on April 1, som
e imported and high-end vehicle brands lowered prices to boost sales nationwide.
As the industrial chain of domestic-made goods are comparatively longer than that of imports howe
ver, most domestic manufacturers have not lowered prices for goods, including automobiles.
“Consumers should not expect too much on price cuts of automo
biles, but choose vehicles based on demand and affordability,” CPCA said.
learly what it feels like to be a patient in need of transplant surgery and eagerly waiting for an
organ, since such organs are scarce,” he said. “I want to do the same to save others.”
With the number of registered organ donors increasing rapidly in China, it is expected that more patients with terminal illn
ess in need of organ transplants will be fortunate, like Zhao, and not have to wait very long.
By the end of February, the number of registered organ donors in China exceeded 1.05 mill
ion, compared with 1,087 in 2010, the year China began to pilot organ donations, according to the Chin
a Organ Donation Administrative Center. More than 64,000 organs have been donated since then, the center added.
The turning point came in 2015, when China banned the use of organs harvested from executed prisoners, which
made voluntary donations the only legitimate source of organs. Since then, the number of organ donations and the num
ber of organ donors have continued to increase rapidly, according to data from health authorities.
donors exceeded 104,000 – more than three times the number for 2015, according to the center.
Last year, 6,302 people donated organs after death in China, an increase of 22 percent compared with 2017. About 20,200 tr
ansplant surgeries were completed last year, an increase of 21 percent compared with 2017, ranking the seco
nd in the world after the United States, according to the National Health Commission.
On average, 6.8 of every 1 million people donated organs after death or while alive for their relatives in Ch
ina last year, a record high, according to the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee.
Guo Yanhong, deputy chief for medical administration and supervision at the National Hea
lth Commission, said that with an increasing number of organ transplant surgeries performed, Chinese phys
icians are also making progress in organ transplant technologies, and a number of world-class centers in trans
plant surgeries, covering major organs such as livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs, have been established in China.
construction, and other industries will be lowered from 10 to 9 percent, while the lowest bracket rate will remain unchanged at 6 percent.
In order to reduce tax burdens for all industries, the government also adopted supporting
measures, such as increased tax deductions for producer and consumer services.
Gao Peiyong, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told China Securities Journal that VAT reduction
will trigger a domino effect through deduction mechanism, ultimately benefiting economic and social development.
The first day of rate reduction saw industries involved in oil,
electricity, natural gas, iPhones and automobiles all cutting their price.
According to data compiled by Chinanews, the maximum retail prices of gasoline and diesel fell 225 ($33.49) and 200 yuan
per ton, respectively; railway sector dropped or canceled some freight fees, expecting to give up 6 billion yuan to enterprises.
Prices for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max declined as much as 500 yuan,
and iPhone XR, iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 also had their price fall by 300 yuan.
inistration put into practice the Taiwan Travel Act and the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, both passed last year, to fulfill its promise to the Tsai authorities. In their
letter to US President Donald Trump, some Congress members have said the Taiwan Relations Act will help mai
ntain peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and suppress Beijing’s so-called aggression.
Moreover, to seek the US’ protection and contain Beijing, the Tsai authorities have been hyping up
the island’s strategic value for Washington. But the fact is, the empty promises given by the Congress me
mbers cannot guarantee any safety to the Tsai authorities and, instead, could put them in danger.
Ahead of the 2020 elections on the island, some US Congress members are incitin
g the Tsai authorities to provoke disputes with the mainland by supporting those seeking “Taiwan ind
ependence”. But since any attempt to split Taiwan from the motherland would lead to a conflict, it will be in the interest of neith
er side of the Straits nor the US. Worse, such a conflict would destroy peace and stability in the entire Asia-Pacific region.