erse expertise should be established, while personalized and differentiated financial products that suit market demand should be developed, he said.
The number of small and medium-sized financial institutions as well as their proportion o
f businesses should be increased, while financial services to the small and micro firms as well as agr
iculture, rural areas and rural people should be improved, Xi said.Xi stressed the need to establish a standard, tra
nsparent, open, dynamic and resilient capital market that has sound fundamental institutional arrangements, pr
oper management on market access and exit and tightened full-process supervision on transactions.
He said that financial services conducive to the development of industr
ial, market, regional and green development systems of a modernized economy shall be provided.
An all-around and multi-level financial service system including ve
nture capitals, bank loans and bond and stock markets shall be put in place, he said.
Sister Veronica Openibo, a Nigerian-born nun, is one of only three women to address an unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse.
She did not waste the opportunity.In clear, direct and unsparing language, Openibo challenged the church’s cult
ure of silence on sexual issues and said priests are too often put on pedestals. Openibo also criticized the pr
actice of letting elderly clergy who had abused children retire quietly with their pension and good names in place.
”Let us not hide such events anymore because of the fear of making mistakes,” Openibo said after reading a searing summ
ary of abuse cases she has heard about during her work on sexual education in Nigeria.
”Too often we want to keep silent until the storm has passed! This storm will not pass by. O
ur credibility is at stake.”Sister Veronica Openibo stands next to Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blas
e J. Cupich, left, and Father Tomaz Mavric as they wait for the Pope’s arrival at the beginning of the third day of a Vat
ican’s conference on clergy sex abuse.
At one point, Openibo appeared to look toward Pope Francis, who was sitting on the
dais to her right, when calling for a policy of “zero tolerance” toward clergy who abuse children.
Ali only had two hours to save his baby’s life. He careened through traffic and sped along highway
s to an east Tehran government pharmacy. When he saw some 800 people queued outside the fac
ility, he dropped to his knees. Like him, they were waiting to obtain state-funded medications.
”I cried and screamed, begging people to let me get through,” Ali — whom we have not fully identified for security reasons — recalls.
Eventually, he skipped the line and returned with the medicine in time for his one-year-old daughter, Dory, to recover.The incid
ent happened just as Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with six world powers led by the US was being sig
ned in 2015. It was a moment when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had promised Iranians an easier life, free of me
dicinal and food shortages, and where desperate scenes such as Ali’s outside the pharmacy would become a thing of the past.
Iran was halting its nuclear program in exchange for international sanctions relief, appearing to turn the pa
ge on a 36-year history of diplomatic and economic
keep up with soaring prices of medications and medical instruments, doctors tell CNN.
European banks, fearing secondary US penalties, are reluctant to do business with Iranian companies even those not blacklisted b
y the US. Medical companies have had to resort to paying intermediaries exorbitant sums to secure ne
eded supplies, including imported medicines and medical instruments which have more than tripled in value du
ring Iran’s rapidly dropping currency, health professionals explain.Sanctions is the first problem in our country and in ou
r system. We can’t transfer the money and make the preparations for surgery. It’s a big problem for us,” says Dr. Mo
hammad Hassan Bani Asad, managing director of the Gandhi Hotel Hospital. “We have the procedures, but we don’t hav
e the instruments. It is very difficult for patients and maybe leads to death of some patients.”
Though most of Iran’s medicines are domestically manufactured, much of the primary materials, m
any of them imported, are in short supply. And while the state provides universal healthcare, so
me of the treatment needed for critical cases cannot be covered by state insurance.
In September 2015, Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma Yun started a program to sponsor rural teac
hers. His Jack Ma Foundation then launched a Rural Teacher Award to honor the 100 top tea
chers around China each year and offer each of them 100,000 yuan ($15,000) and professional training for three years.
In order to attend the ceremony in Hainan on January 13, Thubten Gyatso had to leave Moding vill
age on January 10, ride a mule to Xulong county, and walk for two hours to Simaoding in Yu
nnan Province. From there, he took a bus to Shangri-La county and flew to Sanya, a tourist city of Hainan.
“Without Jack Ma’s campaign, I wouldn’t have had the chance to go to Sanya. I wanted to see what the sea a
nd big city are like,” Thubten Gyatso said.Born in 1986, Thubten Gyatso has worked in Moding village school for eight years. His onl
y colleague is Tashi Chophel, who was also Thubten Gyatso’s teacher when he was a student at the school.
When Thubten Gyatso was a child, he severely injured his right leg while walking in the mountainous roads and ended
up having to use an artificial limb. After graduating from middle school, he was forced to end his education.
“I was heartbroken, but there was no way for me to continue my studies. When I had time, I learn
ed the Tibetan language by myself,” Thubten Gyatso said in a video interview released on iqiyi.com.
The disability also meant Thubten Gyatso could not do any physical work. His teacher Tash
i Chophel suggested he work at the school to earn some money, and more importantly, to teach the children.