Most women are moved by the amount of effort that me

 exert to secure gifts or arrange a romantic evening, while men often seek th

e easiest means and least efforts needed to accomplish the much-disliked ob

ligation of purchasing Valentine’s Day presents for their beloved or selecting a romantic spot to awe them on Valentine’s Day.

On one hand, men might put much emphasis on the monetary value of the gifts that they buy or the cost of spending a ro

mantic Valentine’s Day. They believe that expensive gifts and extravagant settings for the event will endear them to th

e hearts of their loved ones. On the other hand, women might evaluate the romantic gestures on sentimental values.

Most men have to the tendency to be lazy when it comes to buying Valentine’s Day g

ifts. Some are inclined to purchase things that might be practical yet not so ro

mantic. Receiving such gifts might dampen any romantic aspirations a woman may have for Valentine’s Day.

From discussions with students through my teaching assignments, I discovered that most of these young men are too tim

id to show their romantic feelings. However, they are slowly becoming bolder in dealing with their affections.

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Instead of waiting for the conclusions of the investigat

ion by the Beijing Film Academy, Peking University needs to take the initiative to launch its own inqu

iry. On its official website, the university clearly states the procedures for enrolling a postdoctoral res

earcher, which include at least four review stages after an applicant submits materials.

When enrolling Zhai as a postdoctoral researcher, they should check many more materials besides his

doctor’s degree. If Zhai is found to have academic problems, Peking University is partly responsible, too.

As it is widely considered to be the top university in China, Peking University has very precious r

esearch opportunities, which makes it a focus for the public’s attention in this incident. It is time both B

FA and Peking University examined if they bear any blame, instead of just trying to pass the buck to each other.

The list ranks the country’s cities on three major indicators: economy, social advancement and environment.

Jointly launched by the National Development and Reform Commission’s development planning department and th

e Cloud River Urban Research Institute, an international think tank, the index sets “digital benchmarks and ref

erence systems” for China’s urbanization drive and urban development.

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more C919 jets to make maiden test flights this yearakes its mai

Another three prototypes for China’s first homegrown large passenger jet, the C919, will conduct their maiden flights this year, follow

ing the success of a third one on Dec 28, 2018, according to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC), the maker of the jet.

The 104 prototype test aircraft of the China-made C919 has entered its final assembly stage, the 10

5 is undergoing the assembly of major components, and the main components of the 106 are in pro

duction. The maiden test flights for all three new prototype jets are expected to take place before the end of 2019.

The addition of these three would bring the total number of C919 prototype test aircraft to six.

To date, domestic and overseas buyers have placed orders for 815 of the China-m

ade C919 aircraft.Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of th

e Pig on Feb 5, ushering in Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.

Celebrations took place across the globe, ranging from Southeast Asia’s centuries-old Chi

nese communities to the more recently established Chinatowns of Sydney, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and beyond.

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Shanghai unveils measures to optimize business environment

Shanghai has announced a series of reform measures aimed at improving its business environment to maintain stable economic growth.

The measures cover 25 main areas such as business startups, applications for construction permits and electricity serv

ice, according to a working conference held by the municipal government on Feb 11.

Shanghai cannot simply rely on favorable policies to achieve development, let alone low-cost compe

tition, said Li Qiang, Party chief of Shanghai, adding that a better business environment is the strong impetus.

This year, Shanghai will promote collecting and sharing of public data as well as easy

access to governmental services for enterprises and citizens, according to local government authorities.

According to a World Bank report on the ease of doing business released in October last

year, China advanced to a global ranking of 46 among 190 economies in 2018, up from 78 in the previous year.

Shanghai recorded an overall economic growth of 6.6 percent last year, with its GDP per capit

a exceeding $20,000. The city expects to attain a growth rate of 6 percent to 6.5 percent this year.

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Yueyang Huagu Opera originated more than 200 years ago. It is

mainly popular in a dozen counties and cities in not just Hunan, but also in the adjacent Hubei province and the eastern Jiangxi province.

In its long development process, the opera has widely absorbed features of Yueyang folk tunes and artistic factors of other opera types t

o form its own style. Traditionally, Huagu Opera had no full-time performing troupes, and was only pe

rformed by amateur artists, most of whom were local farmers, during slack farming seasons on temporary stages.

In 2007, Yueyang Huagu Opera was recognized by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, as

a national intangible cultural heritage for its cultural, historical and artistic significance.

In recent years, measures have been taken by the local government to promote the art form.

The One Yuan Theater, which aims to cultivate more audience, has been a successfu

l attempt, says Yi Wen, an expert of Huagu Opera, who works at a local cultural center in Yueyang.

“Traditional culture still means a lot to the local people. Even some younger residents have shown their interest in the opera,” Yi says.

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Spain’s govt loses budget vote, paving way for snap election

Spain’s parliament rejected the government’s 2019 draft budget on Wednesday, pushing the country to the brink of a national election.

Sources in the government and the Socialist party of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told Reuters on Tu

esday that he would call a snap election if the draft was rejected, with April 14 or April 28 the most likely dates.

The Socialists hold less than a quarter of the seats in parliament and needed support fr

om smaller regional parties, including the Catalans, to get the budget proposal voted through.

But the Catalan parties, unhappy with the government’s refusal to consider or dis

cuss – amongst other issues – an independence referendum for their nor

theastern region, voted against it, as did the centre-right and the conservatives.

“This shows that the right wing in this country is intent on blocking social progress,” Bu

dget Minister Maria Jesus Montero told reporters, in the government’s first reaction to the vote.

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The Ministry of Education said on Feb 2 that it will contin

ue to boost support for private kindergartens and encourage them to provide inclusive services.

The ministry said media reports that the country will no longer allow the development

of private kindergartens were misleading, and it will continue to encourage investment in kindergartens.

As of 2017, about 63 percent of kindergartens nationwide were run by private entiti

es, among which 43 percent were deemed to be providing inclusive services, the ministry said.

It added that it will encourage more private kindergartens to provide inclusive servic

es. In the meantime, private kindergartens will be allowed to remain profit-oriented to meet public demand.

Chinese authorities have decided to grant a three-year tax benefit to encourage self-employment and hiring by small businesses.

The decision was jointly announced on Feb 2 by the Ministry of Finance, State Taxation Administration and two other government departments.

According to the decision, people in need who start a business can have 12,000 yuan ($1,790) a year deducted from their families’ annual taxes over three years.

The preferential treatment will target four groups: those registered as members of pov

erty-stricken groups; people who have been jobless for more than half a year; those living on su

bsistence allowances; and recent graduates from higher education institutions.

Businesses that have hired individuals from the four groups and paid social insurance for

them can also enjoy tax deductions of 6,000 yuan per person a year for three years.

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Suning to acquire 37 Wanda department stores

Suning.com, the retail unit of Suning Holdings Group Ltd, announced on Feb 12 that it will ac

quire a total of 37 department stores of Wanda Department Store Co Ltd, to enhance its online-and-offline retail businesses.

Considered a key move for Suning to map its retail layout in the country, the acquisition is expect

ed to quickly improve Suning’s offline, or brick-and-mortar, resources and strengthen its mer

chandise supply chain to increase profits of its retail businesses, according to Suning’s statement.

The 37 Wanda Department Store locations, which have a total of more than 4 million registe

red customers, are mainly situated in central business areas in first- and second-tier cities.

The statement said the revenue of Wanda Department Store has seen a steady rise, with a continuous growth in net profits.

The new business unit will add department stores to Suning’s retail empire, which has been focusing mainly o

n home appliances and has now expanded to fast-moving consumer goods as well as maternity and baby products.

Through the deal, Suning.com is also hoping to bring its digital strengths in areas such as big data and artificial intellige

nce to Wanda, in an effort to further update the digital transformation of traditional department stores and enhance shoppers’ experiences.

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With more and more people gathering at the lake, it became over

run with fences and nets used to trap fish. Pollutants discharged by residents liv

ing in the area went directly into the lake, and water quality went from bad to worse.

“We could drink directly from the lake at the beginning, but a few years lat

er, the water began to stink, and we had to buy bottled water onshore” Chen recalled.

Overfishing and other human activities put the lake in crisis.

Realizing the need to clean up the lake, the local government took a series of protec

tive measures including relocating all the fishermen and getting rid of all the fences and nets.

Under the government policy on relocation of fishermen, Chen got 170,000 yuan (around 25,368 U.S. dollars) of

subsidy after moving onshore. Using the subsidy, the 110,000 yuan he got from selling his boat to the g

overnment and his own savings, he bought a nice apartment not far from his workplace.

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Chinese crafts, performances bring Lunar New Year vibe to Ame

A 13-year-old American boy’s first lion dance performance was a bit different

than usual. He held up the lion’s head, his younger siste

r, brother and another little girl stood beneath the tail, and the four of them struggled to go in circles before losing the “tail” shortly after.

“It’s so difficult because you really have to coordinate, you have to hold it up and

blink and move, there are a lot of moving factors,” the boy told Xinhua. “It was really cool.”

The boy and his siblings from Odenton, Maryland, were joining hundreds at a Chinese craft demonstration at the Ma

ryland Hall for the Creative Arts, located in the state capital Annapolis, on Tuesday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.

The mother of the three, Annette, who only gave her first name, told Xinhua they have done “a li

ttle bit of research” on lion dance before going to the event, and her son, who has learnt Chinese for

three years, watched the Spring Festival gala at school to better understand the Chinese New Year.

Chinese artist Zhang Longze told Xinhua that the enthusiasm of local residents was way beyond his expectation. “So ma

ny people came. They don’t just look and walk away, they asked me many questions, and I’m running out of name cards,” he said.

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