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CHICAGO nike air max 97 online , Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A former Volkswagen executive was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison and fined 400,000 U.S. dollars for his role in emissions fraud.


A U.S. District Court in Detroit, Michigan State, gave Oliver Schmidt the maximum sentence and fine for the his role in the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. market, the Detroit News reported.


The German national had pleaded guilty in August to two charges following the disclosure of a scheme by Volkswagen to rig some half million diesel cars to evade U.S. emission standards.


"This crime ... attacks and destroys the very foundation of our economic system: that is trust," federal judge Sean Cox was quoted as saying.


Schmidt was Volkswagen's former manager in charge of emissions compliance for the United States.


Volkswagen had already been fined 2.8 billion U.S. dollars after pleading guilty to three criminal charges related to its decade-long conspiracy to evade U.S. emission standards.


The German automaker also reached a 14.7 billion dollars civil agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency called on Volkswagen to spend 10 more billion dollars to buy back or repair the rigged diesel cars it sold in the U.S. market.




SOCHI, Russia nike air vapormax online , Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in the Russian city of Sochi Thursday morning for the 16th meeting of the Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of Government (Prime Ministers).


The SCO meeting, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, is the first of its kind after the organization's membership expansion in June to include India and Pakistan.


At Sochi airport, Li was welcomed by senior Russian government officials and Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui.


Since its founding in 2001, the SCO has become an important platform for maintaining regional safety and stability, and for promoting common development and prosperity, Li said.


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Li said he also expects to meet with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi to boost bilateral ties and coordination within the SCO framework.


During the meeting, the Chinese premier will sign documents on cooperation with other leaders of SCO members. He is scheduled to hold multiple bilateral meetings and attend cultural events with Medvedev.


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The organization now covers three-fifths of Eurasia, and has nearly half of the world population.


The Chinese premier will expound the principles and policies of the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era, and its significance to the ties between China and the SCO countries, said Assistant Foreign Minister Li Huilai.


China nike air max online sale , which holds the first rotating presidency after the expansion, will work with other countries to promote the Belt and Road construction, and reach new consensus on the alignment of development strategies, connectivity, industrial capacity cooperation and cultural exchanges, he said.


Before heading to Sochi, Li met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday. The two sides agreed to advance bilateral ties and strengthen all-round cooperation.


CHICAGO nike air max shoes online , July 14 (Xinhua) -- Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History teamed up with Off Color Brewing to create a new beer inspired by artifacts discovered during archaeological digs in Taixi and a Changzikou tomb dating back to the Late ShangWestern Zhou Dynasties.


The new beer was unveiled Thursday night at an official launch party at the museum.


The beer was named QingMing after the Chinese festival in April and the famous 12th Century scroll by Zhang Zeduan. The Field Museum displays a 17th Century reproduction of the scroll in its Cyrus Tang Hall of China along with many other Chinese artifacts. Among the artifacts on display at the launch party includes a 18th Century bronze "pitch pot" from Beijing, a popular drinking game.


Dr. Gary M. Feinman, MacArthur Curator of East Asian Anthropology at the Field Museum, gathered literature on early Chinese alcohol production for John Laffler at Off Color Brewing. Laffler was inspired by the fruits incorporated in making certain Chinese alcohols as well as the mold saccharification of rice.


"I've always been interested in mold-based saccharification," Laffler told Xinhua. "It's really fun for us as brewers coming from Western traditions where we use grain-based enzymatic degradation of starch and simple sugars."


Crossing cultures and centuries to recreate flavors from ancient Chinese alcohols was a challenge for Off Color Brewing. While sourcing ingredients Laffler found that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deemed some of the ingredients and flavorings necessary for brewing the alcohols are not currently legal.


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