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An inferno that destroyed the spire and a large portion of the wooden roof structure of the 12th-century Notre Dame Cathedral in Pa
ris on Monday reinforced a cautionary message to Chinese authorities about the need to better protect vulnerable heritage sites.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration held a staff meeting on Tuesday night at wh
ich officials discussed the Paris fire and six major fires that have taken place at Chinese cultural heritage sites this year.
“The fire at Notre Dame in Paris rang the warning bell for us,” Song Xi
nchao, deputy director of the administration, said in an interview on Tuesday.
“The safety of cultural heritage sites is a red line that can never be crossed. It’s a global issue,” he said.
The six fires were in Sichuan, Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang provinces, officials said.
On Jan 6, a hall at Yunyan Temple in Jiangyou, Sichuan province, burned down. On
Feb 2, a wooden family temple from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Nanchang, Jiangxi, was destroyed by fire.
when the late Qing Dynasty residence of Wu Lu, the province’s last zhuangyuan (top scorer on imperial examinations), was damaged.
Fire this year also destroyed a bridge dating from four centuries ago in Nanping, Fuji
an, a Qing Dynasty residence in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, and an office structure from the 1930s in Fuzhou, Jiangxi.
The operators of the sites hit by fire will be responsible for the dam
age, said the heritage administration. “Electrical faults and loose supervision over the use of fire
during renovation are the main reasons” for the damage, the administration’s statement said.
Though the fire at Notre Dame is under investigation, Frenc
h officials said they suspect its source might have been related to restoration work on the cathedral.
prisonment, civil assault and battery, as well as sexual assault or batter
y, seeking damages in excess of $50,000, according to a report from Reuters.
The court filing said JD is “vicariously liable” for Liu’s behavior as his alleged actions happened while
he was “seemingly” at work-related activities, and the assault and battery began in the presence of two other JD employees.
“We have not yet reviewed the complaint and are not going to comment on pending litigation, but based on the Hennepin County A
ttorney’s declination to charge a case against our client and our belief in his innocence, we feel strongly that this suit
is without merit and will vigorously defend against it,” Liu’s attorney Jill Brisbois said in a written statement.
Peter Walsh, an attorney for JD, said in a statement while it was not prepared to com
ment at this time, the company would vigorously fight against these “meritless claims”.
August, and its shares have slowly crawled back since Decembe
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JD is in the spotlight as it is reducing salaries for its delivery staff and seeing a round
of shake-ups in its management team. Its chief technology officer Zhang Chen, chief lega
l officer Long Yu, and chief public affairs officer Lan Ye, all announced their resignation within just one month.
The company said in February that it would lay off 10 percent of its senior executives above vice-president level this year.
The 7-coin set contains two gold coins and five silver coins, with a variety of shapes. Designs i
nclude traditional Chinese ornamentation, dragon, phoenix, flowers and bird. All are legal tender.
The coins are made by Shenzhen Guobao Mint, Shenyang Mint and Shanghai Mint.