Mikaela Shiffrin extends record run as Marcel Hirscher hints

  She’s ski racing’s undoubted new queen, but Mikaela Shiffrin finished the

slalom season in regal fashion with victory in the final race in Andorra.

  The 24-year-old clinched her 16th win of a record-breaking season

Saturday to take her tally to 59 World Cup titles overall.

  The victory was also her 40th slalom win to equal the record of Swedish great

Ingemar Stenmark, who heads the all-time list with 86 World Cup wins.

  Overall champion Shiffrin, who topped the slalom standings from Slovakia’s P

etra Vlhova and Swiss Wendy Holdener,

is hot favorite to clinch the giant slalom crystal globe Sunday.

  The American has a 97-point lead over Vlhova, with 100 points available to the winner in Andorra.

  Shiffrin, who passed Vreni Schneider’s mark of 14 wins in a season

earlier this month, could become the first skier — mal

e or female — to win the World Cup title in overall, slalom, giant slalom and the

faster super-G discipline in the same season.

  She secured a third straight World Cup overall crown earlier this season and first super-G c

rystal globe to add to a fourth consecutive slalom world title in Sweden last month. She also won super-G gold in Are.

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He fled Afghanistan to escape violence, only to watch a man

  When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind.

  But on Friday, as he was praying at Linwood mosque in Christchurch, an armed man started shooting indiscrim

inately at worshipers — first outside the mosque, then through the windows as women and children huddled inside, screaming.

  Khan said he pulled one injured child out of danger and was holding a man who’d been shot in the arm when the gunman returned.

  ”(The wounded man) was asking for some water. I said to him, ‘calm down, the police are here now’ and stuff. And the g

unman came through the window again while I was holding him and shot him in the head. And he was dead,” Khan told CNN.

  Many people in the diverse city have ties to the community that stretch back generat

ions. Former refugees and migrants have told CNN they chose to make it their home because it was safe.

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New Zealanders have rallied around their fellow citizens in the

  wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.

  A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.

  No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c

ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.

  Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al

Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.

  She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo

n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her

house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.

  ”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har

rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”

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Harrison’s 19-year-old son, Zin South, heard reports that a gun

  at the mosque. He remembered his mother was at their property waiting to meet a contractor. He texted her. She was safe.

  Then he saw the video broadcast live from a camera fixed to the gunman’s helmet. It

showed the gunman using the family’s driveway as a base to store his loaded weapons.

  ”I couldn’t believe it, that the guy had literally parked in our driveway and walked into the mosque, walked back to our driveway and back into the mosque,” South said.

  When police arrived they helped Harrison get out of the house and over the back fence. “She wa

sn’t allowed to leave (by the front) because there were literally bodies lying in the driveway,” her son said.

  The family says there’s no way that house can be their home now.

  Amid the flowers at the roadblock on Saturday was a homemade sign printed on a piece of A4 paper, titled “#No to hate and terror.”

  ”If New Zealand is like a vessel of milk filled to the very brim, then consider immigrants

as a pinch of sugar. We’ll not bring the vessel to overflowing but make the milk sweeter,” the sign said.

  The author, Deepak Sharma, was standing nearby holding an identical copy. He moved from India to New Zeal

and 10 years ago, and with tears in his eyes told CNN, “This is not the country we chose to immigrate to.”

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His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian mastercl

  class of a photo-op in the Oval Office Thursday with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

  A historian 100 years hence could pull the tape of the 16-minute tour de force and learn everything they needed to know about the Trump presidency.

  Trump’s behavior on Thursday offered pointers to how he will attempt to ride out political crosswinds using the uni

que political tools that made his late-in-life transition from business to Washington so successful.

  Thursday’s rebuke from Congress came amid a spell that wo

uld have been disastrous for any conventional politician, as legal and congressional probe

s suggest tough challenges ahead as special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report looms. Unusually, it also included a

slap from some Republicans who have been loath to challenge their leader in the first two years of his presidency.

  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.

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An additional report should be produced within three

months on how the petition has been processed, according to the SPP.

Prosecuting authorities have been treating the protection of human rights as being as important as fighting crime, Zhang said.

“Our work is based on facts and laws as well as the principle of ‘no one is let off, no one is wronged’,” he said.

Last year, prosecutors turned down police requests to formally arrest

168,458 people and dropped charges against 34,398 others — up by 15.9 percent and 14.1

percent year-on-year — because of insufficient evidence or because their actions did not constitute a crime.

“Even one wrongful case is too much,” Zhang said, adding that prosecutors will make consist

ent efforts to prevent wrongful cases and make timely rectification once such a case is detected.

“We should be responsible to the law, history and the people,” he said.

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He made furniture like a bed, a door, a window and a

bamboo lamp by hand. He even learned how to sew and make curtains out of cloth. Fina

lly, he painted the interior wall white and another cartoon character — Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece — outside.

On March 10, the cement pipe room was done. The pipe is 2.6 meters in dia

meter and has a living area of 5 square meters, enough to accommodate a couple and their child.

The videos recording his progress have attracted lots of followers, and one clip even drew more than 10 million views. A num

ber of netizens have given him a thumbs-up after watching his step-by-step home building series. One commented: “I have watched all the vid

eos from Day-1 to Day-45. You are truly an ingenious man and good with your hands.”

Long said there will be a cluster of 20 special home inns in his future plans, each w

ith a different theme — and a camouflage military-themed one has already begun preparations.

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Singles present wealth of economic opportunitieslook to pro

The growing number of Chinese choosing to remain single may worry many of their parents, but the phenomenon has created ample opportunities for retail and service providers.

Many of them now target singles – who often have sizable disposabl

e incomes as a result of fewer family commitments – with products that suit their lifestyles.

Chen Xi, 29, a fashion industry consultant in Shanghai, said she has bought many products in recent years that

have been customized for singles, including a rice cooker, an oven, a refrigerator and a washing machine.

“These products come in smaller sizes than usual, which are perfect f

or people who live alone like me. I’m glad there seem to be more products on the market tha

t can improve quality of life and make things more convenient for single people,” she said.

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Luan Shengjun, founder of the restaurant chain Kum

Canteen, which specializes in Japanese food, said that in each of its outlets about 10 seats are spec

ially designed for solo diners, where they can watch chefs making sushi and sashimi at close hand. The r

estaurants also offer small-sized portions of classic dishes so that solo diners can taste a variety of food.

“If solo customers feel like talking, we encourage our chefs to respond enthusiastically. For example, they intro

duce customers to the process of making food and sometimes even have a drink with them,” he said.

Chinese singles, many of whom are well-educated and financially independent, also like traveling alone.

Figures from travel service provider Tuniu.com show that solo travel h

as become increasingly popular with those born in the 1990s. Last year, the number of pe

ople born in that decade who traveled alone rose by 10 percent compared with 2017.

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Song Yu, 34, a freelance writer in Beijing, said he traveled a

“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with

me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou

te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”

Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec

ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.

“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu

res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con

necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.

In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.

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