Still, they are just the tip of the cat economy iceberg. Medi

care, theme parks, pet boarding services are expanding the sector.

The Spring Festival holiday in February was a peak period for such services as more pet ow

ners tended to make use of luxury pet hotels as ordinary boarding kennels were overbooked.

Beijing-based Liu Ronghuan, 35, a college teacher, said she was quite satisfied with the pet hotel she chose for her cat.

It offered fancy services like massages, beauty salons, and pet portrait photos. The s

even-day stay cost Liu about 5,000 yuan, almost the same price as a three-star hotel room.

“Compared with the price, I cared more about whe

ther my cat was having an enjoyable time during the family reunion time,” Liu said.

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arlier on Saturday, Ardern said the country’s gun law woul

  Earlier on Saturday, Ardern said the country’s gun law would be changed.

  She spoke to the public at 4:00 pm local time. She said: “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch.”

  ”It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand. There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand.”

  ”Our gun law will be changed,” said Ardern, noting that the killers had a legitimate gun license.

  Five guns were discovered, two of which were semi-automatic guns, she said.

  Other weapons and firearms were also retrieved by the police after the attacks on Friday.

  Police Commissioner Mike Bush told another press conference that his top priority wa

s on public safety across New Zealand and was supporting the victims and staff involved.

  ”The investigation into the intelligence failures is also a priority,” Bush said.

  The police chief was joined by representatives from the agencies working on t

he ground — Victim’s Support, City Council, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency and the Defence Force.

  Bush acknowledged the bravery of the public, police officers and emergency responders.

  He said the arrest took 36 minutes from the first emergency call.

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Crews around Platte Valley were rescuing residents from

  Fifteen volunteers were stranded on the lake, eventually rescued themselves with the help of the Nebraska National Guard, which brought in a Black Hawk helicopter, according to CNN affiliate KETV.

  The National Weather Service predicts “much calmer” weather in most areas this we

ekend,. However, flooding will persist throughout the Mississippi and Missouri river.

  ”Anyone with interests along impacted rivers should monitor closely/take action,” the weather service said.

  Ice jams possible north of Hwy 30 this weekend. Generally minor/moderate river flooding i

nto next week on many central Iowa rivers. #iawx pic.twitter.com/m0ydybyPuJ

  Many central Iowa rivers may see moderate flooding into next week from the rain and snowmelt runoff, the weather serv

ice said. A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as “l

ocal creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high,” according to the weather service.

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cel Hirscher has won eight straight World Cup overall titles but

  On the men’s circuit, Marcel Hirscher is arguably the greatest ski

racer there has ever been, but he hinted in Andorra his stellar career could be nearly over.

  The Austrian great has sealed an unprecedented eighth World Cup season

overall title as well as a sixth giant slalom season crown and fifth in a row.

  But the 29-year-old was unimpressed with his lackluster sixth place in the final

World Cup giant slalom of the season Saturday.

  ”If I ski further I have a lot of work to do,” he told Eurosport in the finish area in Soldeu.

  ”Before I have to have a clear mind and maybe as well I have to make the

right decision for the future what are my plans for the upcoming season.”

  Hirscher, whose wife Laura gave birth to the couple’s first child last year, has won 67 Wo

rld Cup races to sit third on the all-time list behind American Lindsey Vonn (82)

and Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark (86).

  The Austrian star, who has also wrapped up a third straight slalom crown and sixth in to

tal, admitted at last month’s World Championships in Sweden that it could

be his last appearance at the biennial event.

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Indian tech billionaire gives $7.5 billion to charitywealth to

  India’s second-richest man is giving billions to charity in what may be the country’s biggest single donation ever.

  Azim Premji, the billionaire chairman of Wipro (WIT), is handing shares in the

tech company worth nearly 530 billion rupees ($7.5 billion) to his philanthropic foundation.

  The tech tycoon has now donated a total of $21 billion to the Azim Premji Foundat

ion over several years, including 67% of Wipro’s shares, the foundation said in a statement.

  Premji, 73, has a fortune of more than $18 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

  He was the first Indian to sign the Giving Pledge, a campaign started by Warren Bu

ffett with Bill and Melinda Gates to encourage billionaires around the world to commit most of their wealth to charity.

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Premji accounted for 80% of “large donations” defined as m

  100 million rupees ($1.4 million) — from India’s richest individuals in the 2018 financial year, according to this year’s India P

hilanthropy Report by consulting firm Bain & Company and philanthropy fund Dasra. Private indi

viduals in India donate about 430 billion rupees ($6.2 billion) each year, the report said.

  Wipro was founded by Premji’s father in 1945 as a vegetab

le oil manufacturer, and transitioned to the technology industry in the 1980s under Premji

‘s leadership. It has since grown into one of India’s biggest IT services companies, with more than 160,000 em

ployees worldwide and over 1,200 clients in industries ranging from aerospace to retail.

  Premji’s foundation focuses on supporting education, and ru

ns the Azim Premji University in Bangalore. Its billionaire benefactor’s latest donation coul

d help it open a second university and “scale up significantly,” the organization said.

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Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly sh

  out out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.

  ”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”

  While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own

success, his management of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”

  Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — appeared like a nerv

ous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.

  First, he claimed that the former President had predicted in 2016 that British vote

rs would reject leaving the European Union in a referendum while he had predicted they would vote to exit the bloc.

  Obama did not bet on the outcome. But he did however warn Britons they would go “to the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they left the EU.

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Then Trump claimed — wrongly — that the EU was unwillin

  g to “negotiate with the Obama administration” about trade. In fact, the prev

ious administration sought to conclude a Transatlantic Trade and Investm

ent Partnership — or TTIP — with Europe, though was unable to get the deal across the line. Trump’s own talks on t

rade with Europe have been inconclusive, after he threatened to spark a trade war.

  Trump vs. his global counterparts

  Trump’s comments on Brexit also illustrated the tendency of a Pre

sident who admires dictators to throw allied leaders under the bus.

  He criticized Prime Minister Theresa May, whose credibility has been shredded by parliamentary defeats.

  ”She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine, I mean, she’s got to do what she’s got to do,” said Trump, who was forced into

a rare apology last year after hammering May’s Brexit strategy on the eve of meeting her in the UK.

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If they don’t talk to us, we’re going to do something that’s

  going to be very severe economically,” Trump said. “We’re going to tariff a lot of their products coming in.”

  Most leaders go out of their way to avoid antagonizing their counterparts and wading into their delicate domestic politics.

  Not Trump.

  The exchange also revealed another one of Trump’s political tools: his fervent effort to in

ject an appeal to his base — in this case on a signature issue, trade — into almost every political situation.

  Trump vs. Congress

  Trump also launched a mini-campaign rally, seizing on the Senate vote undoing his emergency declaration, to spell

out his hardline policies on immigration and the wall — always with an eye on his most loyal voters.

  In an interview published by Breitbart News this week, Trump revealed another aspect of his character — a sens

e that he is being persecuted unfairly — that helps him identify with voters who feel neglected by political elites.

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North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talksorth Korea is conside

  North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign

Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday.

  ”We have no intention to yield to the US demands [put forward at the Hanoi summit] in any form, nor are we willing to engage in neg

otiations of this kind,” said Choe, according to Russian state news agency TASS, which attended the press event in Pyongyang.

  Choe said the North was deeply disappointed by the failure of the two sides to reach any agreements at last m

onth’s summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

  She blamed the breakdown of talks on the US side, saying the Am

erican delegation was being too demanding and inflexible: [The US] “were too busy with pu

rsuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result,” Choe added, according to TASS.

  However, US National Security Advisor John Bolton disputed Choe’s characterization of the breakdown of talks

as “inaccurate” and said he had discussed the reports from North Korea with his South Korean counterparts.

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