It was such a huge temptation that I studied like cra

 to get such scores. I got extremely high marks in the end, but my father failed to keep his pro

mise because the family could not afford the tickets to go to Nanjing,” Zhou said.

“Visiting the bridge had been my dream for many years. Now, my two sisters and I have all m

oved to Nanjing, the provincial capital. It’s a happy coincidence that my family lives near the bridge.”

Lu Andong, a professor with Nanjing University’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, said the bridge repres

ents the collective memory of several generations and has special meaning for Chinese.

“It employed the country’s most advanced technologies and talented workers when

it was built. It was unique in stimulating cohesion and pride in the whole country,” Lu said.

In 1960, the bridge featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest with dual road and rail functions.

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Mapping of parathyroid hormone to help patients of os

Scientists have for the first time seen clearly the dynamic structure of the receptor of human parathyroid hormone, of which the s

ecretion is closely related to diseases including osteoporosis, hypoparathyroidism, and cachexia.

The revelation provides valuable insights into discovering novel therap

eutics against such diseases, the group of researchers said at a media briefing on Friday.

Patients of osteoporosis, who the National Health Commission in October said number nearly 20 percent of Chin

ese over the age of 50, need to take medicines stimulating the human parathyroid hormone receptor.

As such medicines are polypeptide, they can only be injected rather than being orally ta

ken, which can trigger a reaction with enzymes in the mouth and become ineffective, researchers said.

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Legend has it that Clear and Bright is one of three peri

iods during the year in which ghosts come closest to the world of living men. Buddhists believe that wil

low branches will drive away unwelcome ghosts and evil spirits. Therefore, willow branches are also known as “ghost terror wood”.

Folk proverbs also dictate customs. One proverb states that if a young lady does not wear a willow branch during the Clear and Bri

ght period, she will soon turn old. Another says: “If one does not wear a willow, he will become a yellow dog after he dies and is reincarn

ated.”Flying kites is an activity favored by many Chinese during Tomb-Sweeping Day. Kites are not only flown during the day time but also in the evenin

g. Little lanterns are tied to the kite or to the kitestring. And when the kites are flying in the sky, the lanterns look lik

e twinkling stars at night. What makes flying kites during this day special is that people cut the string while the kite is in the

sky to let it fly free. It is said this brings good luck and that diseases can be chased away by doing this.

The Cold Food Festival or Hanshi Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated

for one day before Tomb-Sweeping Day. On that day, making fire is taboo and only cold food is available.

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In a situation of rising income inequality, the ab

 of affluent two-earner couples to outbid single people for homes is a real problem,” said Coontz, adding that it’s exacerbated in Amer

ica by the extremely uneven quality of local schools, so that people get into bidding wars over homes in good school districts.

“We have to think through our housing policies, zoning laws and social investm

ents to find better ways to produce affordable housing (for singles),” she added.

A rise in single-person households may aid labor market mobility, ac

cording to Bachman. With fewer attachments to property and free of marital burdens, the

se individuals may be more open to shifting cities for jobs, which could make the labor market more mobile.

US fertility rate falling

At the same time, single-person households will have to cope with lower availability of informal personal care from

partners, Bachman wrote. Such nonmarket production (as economists would define it) may need to be replaced by pur

chased personal care services, especially health and nursing care, which could significantly impact the healthcare industry.

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The central government approved the Beijing-Tianjin-Heb

 coordinated development plan outline in April 2015, and published the final plan in 2016. And on April 1, 2017, the central authorities an

nounced the plan to develop Xiongan New Area in Hebei province as part of the larger Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development plan.

Between 2014 and 2017, Beijing shifted or shut down many of its non-capital functions, inc

luding 594 special markets and 1,992 general manufacturing enterprises, with 3,860 of its industrial units being re

located to Hebei. As a result, Beijing’s permanent resident population declined by 22,000 in 2017 and 165,000 in 2018.

Tianjin and Hebei have absorbed many of Beijing’s non-capital functions b

y jointly building a series of platforms, and Xiongan New Area has become the center for m

any of those relocated functions. As such, Xiongan has become one of the “two wings” of Beijing, together with Tongzhou.

The transport connectivity in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has greatly improved with opening of the expressway from Lai

shui in Hebei to Beijing in 2014, and the extension of the Beijing-Tianjin and Tianjin-Baoding intercity high-speed railw

ays and the Zhangjiakou-Tangshan railway in 2015. Along with these, Beijing’s outer-ring road

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May also hoped severing the link between the two parts

of the deal would blunt opposition. That gamble failed to pay off, as opposition lawma

kers said if amounted to voting for a “blind Brexit” with no idea what would happen next.

Two years ago, Britain triggered a two-year countdown to Brexit, with the depart

ure date set for March 29, 2019. But with British politicians deadlocked over

whether to approve the divorce deal, the

EU last week granted an extension to May 22 had the divorce deal been

approved by Friday — or to April 12 if rejected.

With May’s deal as good as dead, lawmakers who favor a “soft Brexit” plan

to hold votes Monday in an attempt to find a plan with majority support.

Opposition Labour Party leader said Parliament had a “responsibility to find

a majority for a better deal for all the people of this country.”

And he urged May to step down — “not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now.”

If lawmakers back a new proposal, Britain would need to seek a new delay

to Brexit from the bloc to implement it.

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Since 2015, more than 100 foreign experts and students

 from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf

an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.

Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation

al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and

workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti

vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.

“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce

nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th

e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.

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n a rainy day, Gao Ziren accompanied the girl home and

comforted her when she was frightened by thunder. Gao has also used his mobile phone to help the girl talk with her parents. Gradually, her performance improved.

“I have taught many students since being a teacher for so many years. Some students wo

uld like to visit during the holidays, and it feels good that someone remembers you,” Gao Ziren said.

“When rural children lack family education, schools and teachers need to do more in psych

ological education,” said Li Wu, a principal of Meiling Central School. He said rural areas need more teachers like Gao Ziren.

Growing the traditional herb on trunks of oak trees has lifted more than a thousand people out of poverty

It is still early spring in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui

village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze.

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Brexit is costing the UK economy $1 billion a week. And it could

  rexit has been delayed, and may eventually be called off. But it’s already done major damage to the UK economy.

  The vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 caused the pound to weaken drama

tically and ushered in years of uncertainty that has reduced economic activity and triggered a slump in investment.

  The economy is now 2% smaller than it would have been if the United Kingdom had chosen to remain in the bloc, according to the Bank of England. The econ

omic output lost since the referendum is worth about £800 million ($1 billion) per week, or £4.7 million ($6 million) per hour.

  The economic consequences have piled up despite there having been no struct

ural changes yet to Britain’s trading relationship with EU nations or the rest of the world.

  Britain has continued to sell goods and services into the European Un

ion, its biggest trading partner, while politicians worked to negotiate the divorce. It has been

easy for UK companies to hire EU workers, and to maintain supply chains that crisscross national borders

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minutes that explain the Trump presidencyTrump, a bad defe

  The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress’ repudiati

on of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall.

  ”VETO!” he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tr

ied, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms.

  Trump’s crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political careers: The irrepressible energy

of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening.

  But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingn

ess to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign leade

rs sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence.

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