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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-01-02 14:42

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama attend a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House, December 14, 2016, Washington, DC.[Photo/VCG]

>The Obamas are most admired
Former US first lady Michelle Obama has been named America's "Most Admired Woman" in 2018, ending Hillary Clinton's 17-year winning streak. Clinton, a former presidential candidate, secretary of state and first lady, came third in the annual Gallup poll, with talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in second. Former president Barack Obama was the most admired man for the 11th year in a row. President Donald Trump finished second for the fourth consecutive year. If Obama emerges on top again next year he will tie with the record holder - former president Dwight Eisenhower who won the most admired man title 12 times, Gallup said.


Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January 1, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Celebrate New Year with lasers
As public calls to ban fireworks are on the rise, the city of Espoo in southern Finland will be the first city in the country to celebrate the New Year with a laser light show instead of firecrackers. In Finland, the New Year is usually celebrated with fireworks, but this is thought to be old-fashioned by the city of Espoo, said Lea Rintala, director of the Culture Services Unit of Espoo. The laser show will start in downtown Espoo at 6:20 pm local time on New Year's Eve. The show will cover an area including the Espoo Cathedral, the nearby Church Park and the river bank. Other light shows may also take place in other parts of the city during the year, according to Rintala. The public demand for banning consumers from using fireworks has consistently increased in recent years in Finland, aiming to reduce cases of injuries, air pollution, and stress and anxiety in animals caused by fireworks.


Still of Ang Lee's film "Brokeback Mountain" [Photo/VCG]

>National Film Registry titles
The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs' return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans. The Library of Congress announced that the films "Jurassic Park," "Brokeback Mountain" and "My Fair Lady" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year. The library chose a few more memorable titles such as "The Shining," "Eve's Bayou", "Hud" and "Broadcast News". Others on the list include "Something Good - Negro Kiss" and "Smoke Signals", along with animated films "Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People" and "Cinderella". The library has selected movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic and artistic importance since the registry began in 1988. This year's picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. 


China's Invictus Gaming players celebrate after winning the 2018 LOL World Championship final match against European team Fnatic at Munhak stadium in Incheon, South Korea, November 3, 2018. [Photo/IC]

>Esports players burning out
Some of the world's top esports players work as many as 80 hours a week, with much of the time spent on marathon video game sessions that end up taking a physical and mental toll. One high-profile gamer, Indy Halpern, says that he sometimes practices for eight hours a day, which often leads to lower-back and wrist pain. Halpern also outlined the mental risks: "You always have that pressure on your shoulders that you have to perform," he says. Doug Gardner, a sports psychology consultant, recalled seeing "emaciated" players exhausted after relentless gameplay. In 2014, the gaming publication Polygon reported that it was normal for esports players to retire in their mid-20s because youth is a key determinant of excellent motor skills and reaction times - two essential qualities for a top gamer.

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