“If Thailand had not missed several good opportunities, the

Chinese squad would be in an even more embarrassing position.

“Chinese soccer is no longer among the best in Asia … for a long time now, we have been in th

e second tier. Although we call our league the Chinese Super League, the word ‘super’ only exists in the name.”

Retired Chinese international Li Yi, who helped Shenzhen win the 2004 CSL title, also expressed his concern online.

“The current Thailand national team players are all in their prim

e, and they will be strong opponents for Team China for the next few years,” said Li.

“Now the old generation of Chinese players is retiring, but the young guns still cannot sho

ulder the responsibility. The qualifying games for the next World Cup are coming. We must try harder!”

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Before the start of the China Cup, Cannavaro said that fans

and media need to focus on long term development of Chinese soccer instead of what happens at the tournament.

Cannavaro said he sought out the opinion of Lippi, who now serves as an adviser, including player selection.

“The China Cup players are all those who had good performances in the previous rounds of the CSL, along with young players,” said Cannavaro.

“What we need is a sustainable system that will allow the best

coaches all around the world to work here in the future. It’s not a short-term play. It will take time.”

“It’s like building a house-the first job is to build a solid foundation,” he said

“Based on that, we can have success. Compared to Japan and South Korea, their plans started decades ago.

“They are 20 to 25 years ahead of China in terms of their soccer development.”

Another factor was that Cannavaro did not recall China’s best striker, Wu Lei, who is now playing for Espanyol in La Liga.

Other experienced veterans, such as captain Zheng Zhi, were passed over in order to make way for younger players.

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In unusual but true stories this week, we have a surreal an

s creator, a spineless hedgehog recovering by massages, a performer transforming unusual items into musical instrume

nts, a restaurant beneath waters opening in Norway, and creating realistic masks replicating your pets’ faces.

All the odd and interesting anecdotes from around the world are her

e in our review.This one-of-a-kind graphy performance project has seen an artist alt

er ego create a series of surreal and wild self-portraits – where everyday objects are stuck all over his face.

The absurd works of David Henry Nobody Jr. feature face attachments ranging

from ice creams and toothbrushes to hamburger meat and even pictures of Donald Trump.

Not stopping with those additions, David Nobody – the creation of artis

t David Henry Brown Jr. – has even included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and plastic toys i

n his face shots. To date, David estimates he has taken around 700 self-portraits in this style since starting the project in 2014.

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Flooding is so extreme in Buzi, central Mozambique, that t

  The area is home to some 200,000 people, and CNN spoke to survivors arriving at Praia Nova by boat on Friday.

  One man, Abias Felipe, had arrived from the flooded village of Chikezana after surviving the cyclone.

  ”It broke everything — there’s nothing left there,” he told CNN, adding that rescue teams had started to arrive in the area.

  ”They’re starting to come but there’s still a lot of people trapped in their ho

mes,” said Felipe. “They say there’s a lot more rain to come today and tomorrow.”

  On Friday 700 survivors from Buzi gathered at the Escola Secundaria Samora Machel school in Beira after they were rescued.

  More than one week on from the storm’s initial impact, the U

nited Nations has confirmed 242 dead in Mozambique, with 259 lives lost in Zimbabwe and 56 in Malawi.

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But information has been slow to emerge and communicati

  ion with affected areas remains limited. On Monday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said that “everyth

ing indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead” — a figure that some experts now believe could be conservative.

  The mortuary at the central hospital in Beira “is full and dozens of bodies need to be

removed and handled in a dignified way,” according to IFRC. Beira is still flooded, which makes it impossible to bury bodies, IFRC said.

  It is premature to say how many people have died while affected areas remain i

naccessible, Stephen Fonseca, regional forensics manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told CNN.

  On Friday morning ICRC set up a new base in Chimoio, near the border with Zimbabw

e. Fonseca said identifying victims is “a monumental task” that will take months or years rather than days or weeks.

  ”The agony of not knowing what happened to your loved one in a disaster like Cyclone Idai is

indescribable,” Diane Araujo, an ICRC delegate deployed to Beira, said in a statement Friday.

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But he also saw people heading back towards the flood zon

  Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique on midnight local time on

Thursday, March 14, with 175 kph (109 mph) winds,

  It wasn’t the strongest storm to have hit Mozambique, but the region had

recently been deluged by heavy rains. After lingering off the coast for days, gatherin

g strength, Idai finally dumped a huge amount of water on Beira — a city of

500,000 people — destroying “90%” of the area, according to aid agencies.

  One week later, thousands of people remain missing across Mozambique,

Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Millions of others acr

oss have been left destitute without food or basic services, according to reports.

he high commissioner for Mozambique in the UK, Filipe Chidumo, said

Wednesday that the country needs “a sustained effort on part of the

Mozambican government as well as the inter

national community” to help rescue stranded people, and provide, food,

sanitation and water for those at risk.

  ”This is a big tragedy of biblical proportions,” he said, adding that major

work will be needed, including the restor

ation of electricity, water and sanitation to prevent the emergence of waterborne

diseases, as well as repairs to public infrastructure.

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Top officials at the Confederation of British Industry and t

  he Trades Union Congress said Thursday that Britain faces a “national emergency” if politicians allow that to happen.

  ”Firms and communities across the United Kingdom are not ready for this outcome. Th

e shock to our economy would be felt by generations to come,” they wrote in a letter to May.

  McDonald’s (MCD) and KFC (YUM) joined with UK supermarkets to warn that crash

ing out of the European Union would disrupt supplies. Airbus has said that it would be forced to redirect future inv

estment away from the United Kingdom.What can the UK achieve in three weeks that it couldn’t in three years?

  The most obvious answer to this is, worryingly for some, not very much.

  While the European Union offered Prime Minister Theresa May — and her vision fo

r Brexit — a final lifeline this week, it did so with caveats and, crucially, harder deadlines than before.

  It’s these deadlines that European leaders hope will focus the minds of British la

wmakers as they return to the House of Commons to try and find a way out of the Brexit deadlock.

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The UK essentially now has three options, and each come

  with increasingly urgent logic.

  Option one: Approve the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK will then leave the EU on May 22 and enter the transition period. More on that later.

  If MPs vote the deal down, then they have a decision to make by April 11: stand in the EU parliamentary elections or don’t.

  Option two: Don’t stand in the elections, held between May 23-26, and leave the EU before then. It is unlikely that

any substantial new deal could be struck by this point. What the EU would do at this point is unclear.

  Option three: Stand in the elections and request a long extension. This makes softer Brexit all but inevitabl

e and undoing Brexit a lot more likely.At some point next week, May will bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to the Com

mons. She needs to flip 75 MPs if she’s to win by a margin of one. Given she dedicated some of this week to accusing them of betraying the nation, it’s hard to see

them feeling charitable. All the PM can hope for is that the EU has bought a new level of focus to London.

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Why should MPs who hate the deal back it suddenly? There a

  re arguments to be made either way. Ultimately, all the Withdrawal Agreement does is place the UK into a transition p

eriod, allowing for future negotiations about where all this ends up. If your biggest fear is remaining in the EU, then this is the case for holding your nose.

  Taking back control

  If May fails, as is widely expected, then it’s likely that MPs will do everything in their power to take control of Brexit away from the PM.

  On Monday, MPs will vote on an amendable motion. This means that the Commons vo

tes on a question put forward by the government, which MPs can amend to suit their needs.

  It is highly likely that an amendment will be made demanding that the PM allows the Comm

ons to hold a series of indicative votes so MPs can finally say what they are for, not just what they are against.

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Purrfect! A smart shelter powered by AI keeps stray cats warm in

A constant temperature of 27 degrees, a water bowl that never freezes, a comfy mat, and no dogs allowed.

Those are the amenities for felines in a neighborhood in Beijing’s Sh

unyi district, where stray cats can loll around contentedly all winter, nibbling food and sipp

ing water, safe from the weather and provided with love through an artificial intelligence platform. It is purrfection.

Wan Xi, an engineer at Baidu Brain-the open AI platform of Baidu-had the idea of build

ing a smart shelter for strays when he found a kitten huddled on his car tire in the winter of 2017.

Winter is rough for stray animals, as they require extra calories to stay warm. Only around 40 perc

ent of stray cats find enough food and shelter to make it through the harsh temperatures.

Although volunteers offer water, food and even heating pads to stray animals, Beijing’s freezin

g winters can turn a bowl of water into ice before a cat can drink. Many stray cats don’t live more than two ye

ars. Those that are not neutered or spayed face more health problems and spawn more homeless cats.

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