This year, I am issuing a challenge to men everywhere to enth

husiastically rise to the occasion to correct the misconception that they are not romantic. Take the t

ime to figure out what kind of gift would touch the heart of your woman, and buy it for her if you can af

ford it. Fight the temptation to purchase gifts that are perhaps useful but not so romantic.

Most women love it when men give them more personal gifts. A man should a

llocate enough time to create a gift that a woman may truly appreciate, such as w

riting a poem expressing his love for her, cooking a delicious meal for two, or arranging a spa treatment for her.

For some people, Valentine’s Day is the loneliest day of the year. For tho

se who have no significant other, go out to spend the evening with your peers in a bar or a ni

ghtclub, as many such entertainment establishments in cities host special events for the evening. You may be lucky eno

ugh to meet the person of your dreams. But even if you don’t, chances are you could still have a wonderful time.

Finally, I wish women and men everywhere a very happy Valentine’s Day.Sava Hassan is a Canadian-Egyptian educator.

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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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Meanwhile, mobile payment is no longer confined to res

 of major Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Smaller cities and even townships are capturing the fastest growth, findings from both payment providers showed.

According to Alipay, the quickest expansion rate in per capita overseas spending was logged in

Zhoushan, a port city in East China’s Zhejiang province, which surged 55 percent year-on-year. It wa

s followed by 50 percent in Weifang, Shandong province, and 44 percent in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province.

In contrast, the growth rate in relatively affluent Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou r

eached 27 percent, 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, although they accounted for the greatest outbound spending by volume.

These trends “really highlight how mobile payment is taking root in China’s outbound t

ourism market”, said Chen Jiayi, Alipay’s head of business operation on cross-border business.

WeChat also saw a notable surge in the use of mobile payment in lower-tier cities, with over 40 percent transactions ma

de by residents who work in bigger cities but returned to hometowns for the weeklong annual gathering.

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Retail, catering sectors break one trillion yuan mark in sales

China’s domestic retail and catering sectors posted sales of 1.005 trillion yuan ($149.05 billion) during the week-long Spring F

estival holiday that ended Sunday, an annual increase of 8.5 percent, according to the Ministry of Commerce.

China’s consumption upgrade is continuing, the ministry said, adding that some emerging consumption such as internet consumption, customized con

sumption, experience consumption and smart consumption were the highlights during the holiday.

Green food, intelligent home appliance, new digital produ

cts and local special products maintained rapid growth, according to the ministry.

Emerging service modes such as shopping malls and outlets encompassing ca

tering, shopping and amusement became more popular during the holiday.

Sales in seven major shopping malls and outlets monitored by the Shanghai government ro

se more than 20 percent year-on-year, while in East China’s Anhui province, sales in some malls jumped 11.6 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, experience consumption, including leisure tourism, film and expo, folk activities, rose.

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esidents who had to move away to make space for the Foxcon

campus were offered assistance in relocation and compensation by market value or higher. Yet some were still unhappy as their lives had been disrupted.

Moreover, the public has become aware of the spiraling costs for the new job opportunities. It is estimated that each new job created could cost the gove

rnment as much as $1 million, eight times the average amount of subsidies local governments offer to similar projects.

Officials who had worked on the deal said the ince

ntive package should be viewed as an investment made by the state rather than free money for the company.

However, statistics showed that citizens might see a return on their Foxconn investment in 2042 at the earliest, accor

ding to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that provides economic analysis to the Wisconsin state legislature.

Many local residents felt it was a waste of money and called on governments to reth

ink their package and put the money into other social benefit projects such as education.

“It’s a lousy deal, and we’re going to have to hold Foxconn’s feet to the fire going forward,” Wisconsin’s Governor-elect Tony Evers said.

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The famous Italian opera of Turandot is based on a

story that happened in China. According to Xu Mengke, the Chinese co-director and the actor for Cala

f, “telling it in a Chinese perspective can promote the exchange and understanding between the two

peoples in terms of artistic expression and way of thinking. And it is also a case of Chinese culture ‘going out’.”

“I believe the audience will have a better understanding of Chinese culture and Peking opera,” he added.

“Our Turandot is a fable in which the Chinese and Italian traditional elements can coexist. Our C

hinese colleagues gave the radiance, liveliness and a sense of poetry fiction that are typical of Peking opera,

while the Italian troupe made a more conceptual intervention, trying to put in this beautiful story a more painful and black vein connected to the idea that ‘lo

ve can not be founded by such bloody acts as those Princess Turandot did’,” Marco Plini, the Italian co-director of this new show, told Xinhua.

“It was really a work of cooperation to build mutual trust and esteem between me and the Chinese troupe. We worked with great p

assion and rigor, and there was a very good result from both the artistic point of view and the human point of view,” he stressed.

There will be another five shows at the Argentine Theater in Rome from Feb 6 to 10, which is also the last stop of the troupe’s Itali

an tour. The troupe has toured five cities including Bolzano, Prato, Modena, Ferrara and Casa Maggio since Jan. 10th and have finished

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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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Drink only oil for 11 days! Zhong Liti was questioned by netizens

According to Taiwanese media reports, Zhong Liti recently exposed the beautiful scenery of Samui Island in Thailand, but the con

tent of the text has caused controversy. She said that she took her father and mother-in-law to Sumei Island for 11 d

ays of detoxification treatment, during which she only drank oil, and many toxins were discharged from her body, w

hich made her feel relaxed and comfortable. She also said that diabetes, hypertension, cirrhosis and other diseases could be discharged through this cour

se, hoping that more people would come to Sumei Island to detoxify. Enthusiastic solicitation reminds netiz

ens of Yi Nengjing, who recently shared spiritual lessons and was bombarded by cults and pyramids.

Zhong Liti and her parents-in-law had a bottle of oil. They only drank oil for 11 days. It’s really incr

edible to call directly, “I hope more friends can come to Sumei Island to detoxify and work together to mak

e their health healthier and healthier.” Some netizens asked, “How is it so like Ying Nengjing’s deceived mind cou

rse”, “Is there any scientific basis? If you don’t have the best, don’t recommend it casually. Others jumped out and said they were in the de

toxification camp. “It’s actually a little useful,” and Po came out to take photos with Zhong Liti.

It is reported that Miranda Kerr, a famous model, used coconut oil to lose weight after c

hildbirth. She added coconut oil to salads, cooking and even green tea. At least 4 tablespoons of coc

onut oil a day, which claimed to be able to maintain her figure and beauty, aroused many doubts.

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Consumption in catering, tourism, culture and entertainment

s expected to see significant growth during the week-long holiday, Wang said.

The lives and working conditions of those who stick to their position during the holiday is also what China’s leadership cares about.

After visiting grass-roots government employees and residents in hutong, or traditional alley, in central Beijing’s Qian

men, President Xi Jinping also went to a property service center on Friday to visit staff and community workers.

On the way back, Xi dropped in on a restaurant, talked to the owner and some customers and w

ished them good luck ahead of Spring Festival. Xi also called on a nearby express delivery station and visited

the deliverymen on duty, stressing that priority should be given to solving employment problems and creating more jobs.

In his 2019 New Year Speech, Xi also expressed appreciation for deliverymen, street clean

ers, taxi drivers, and countless others who are sticking to post during New Year holidays.

“We should thank these workers who contribute to the creation of our beautiful society. Their hard work is much appreciated,” Xi said.

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people die in train mishap in eastern Indiaothers injured wh

t least six people were killed and several others injured when a train derailed in India’s eastern state of Bihar early on Sunday.

According to official sources, the Delhi-bound train derailed in the Vaishali district o

f Bihar state when the driver of the ill-fated train was trying to change the tracks.

The “12487 Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express” was reportedly running

at full speed and the passengers were asleep when the accident occurred at around 4:00 a.m. local time.

The train was scheduled to reach Delhi’s Anand Vihar railway station at around 9:00 p.m. local time on Sunday.

Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations are underway at the site of the accident.

“We are focusing on rescue and relief operations right now. Railway Accident Me

dical Van along with team of doctors are at site. Two teams of the National Disas

ter Response Force have reached the spot,” said Smita Vats Sharma, spokesperson of Indian Railways.

All trains running on this particular route have been diverted.

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