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    Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the China Association of Agricultural Science Societies (CAASS) on Tuesday to unite the country's agricultural scientists and technicians to achieve more for national revival.


    Xi Mike Trout Jersey , also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the statement in a congratulatory letter to the CAASS on its 100th anniversary.


    As a time-honored academic mass organization in agriculture, the CAASS has witnessed and promoted China's contemporary sci-tech development in agriculture, Xi said.


    Xi hailed the association as an important force in promoting the country's agricultural development after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, especially since the reform and opening up drive initiated about 40 years ago.


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    The president called on the CAASS to carry on its fine traditions, keep up with the times, and play a greater role in China's agricultural development.


    Premier Li Keqiang also expressed congratulations in a written instruction.


    Li encouraged the association to carry out more extensive exchanges and cooperation with its foreign counterparts, popularize agricultural knowledge and technology, step up development of agricultural think tanks Justin Upton Jersey , and train more talent.


    Addressing a gathering to mark the CAASS's centenary Tuesday, Vice Premier Wang Yang called on the association to facilitate innovation-driven development, help the CPC and country make scientific decisions, and make efforts to improve public scientific literacy.




    ACCRA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Ghana's U-17 national team, Black Starlets has advanced to the next stage of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-17 qualifiers despite losing away to Burkina Faso.


    The Black Starlets lost 1-4 to their West African neighbors in the return leg of the qualifiers in Ouagadougou on Saturday.


    Ghana thus progressed to the final round of the qualifiers on a 6-5 aggregate following a 5-1 drubbing of the young Stallions at the China-built Cape Coast sports stadium two weeks ago.


    Ghana's team now has a date with neighbors Cote d'Ivoire in the last round of the journey to the 12th edition of the eight-team Africa U-17 tournament scheduled to take place in Madagascar in 2017.


    The Black Starlets, two-time champions of the tournament, makes another attempt to seal qualification to the youth event after being disqualified from the last gathering for fielding an over-age player in the qualifiers.


    The winner of the two-legged qualifier will join hosts Madagascar and six other teams for the championship.


    The first-leg of the final round qualifiers will begin on Sept.16, 2016. Enditem


    VILNIUS, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Social democrats receive the most support and liberals are marking their biggest progress after counting the ballots on Monday in Lithuania's municipal and first direct mayoral elections.


    According to the Central Electoral Commission Josh Hamilton Jersey , the voting activity in direct mayoral elections reached 47.17 percent, while activity in the elections to city and town municipal councils was 47.19 percent.


    The ruling Lithuanian Social Democratic party has won 365 seats in the municipal councils, compared to 328 seats in the previous elections.


    "We view the results as being OK but, of course, there is little joy in the large cities Jered Weaver Jersey ," Algirdas Butkevicius, the leader of the party and the Prime Minister, told BNS news agency.


    None of the social democrat candidates have passed to the second round in the direct mayoral elections in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda, the three largest cities of Lithuania.


    The conservative party Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats came second with 249 mandates Huston Street Jersey , compared to 247 seats in 2011.


    In the third place, the liberals have shown the biggest progress with 216 mandates, compared to 98 seats won in the previous elections.


    Eligijus Masiulis, the leader of Liberals party, considers the elections as the most successful in the party's history.


    "Compared to the 2011 municipal elections Garrett Richards Jersey , when we won 100 seats, the result has more than doubled," said Masiulis in a press conference.


    "I see the trend that center-right wing parties have a good potential to receive more support from the voters and turn from opposition into ruling majority," he added.


    The Labor party and the Order and Justice party, both from the ruling coalition David Freese Jersey , experienced substantial decrease in voters support. The Labor party won 148 seats, compared to previously held 165, and the number of mandates for the Order and Justice party decreased from 155 to 84.


    Non partisan candidates have won around 15 percent of mandates. But according to Andrius Kubilius, the conservatives' leader, this doesn't necessarily mean an increased democracy in the municipal elections.


    "As we have forecasted Darin Erstad Jersey , the direct mayoral elections become an opportunity to reach a victory based on huge amount of money and populism. This trend is dangerous," said Kubilius in a press conference.


    Direct mayoral elections are being held in Lithuania for the first time. The Seimas, the Lithuanian Parliament, backed the idea of direct elections last year seeking to increase responsibility of mayors and improve voting activity in munici.