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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-08-22 13:57

Former US President Barack Obama addresses a town hall of young leaders from across Europe at an Obama Foundation event in Berlin, Germany April 6, 2019. [Photo/REUTERS]

>Obamas' first film released

"American Factory", the first film released by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground, will land on US streaming giant Netflix on Wednesday.

Directed by Oscar-nominated directors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, the documentary premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The film illustrates what happened when a Chinese company called Fuyao factory rescued an abandoned General Motors plant, focusing on life and feelings of people involved in the Chinese-owned factory in post-industrial Ohio.

Following the camera, the primary fumbling of two cultures trying to get to know each other seemed charming, but cultural differences soon kicked in on the factory floor as Chinese and American workers both chafed under profit-related pressure from the top, with varying reactions.


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>Gold toilet for visitors

Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill's birthplace, has reportedly installed a £1 million 18-carat gold toilet for visitors - but there will be a time limit for its use.

People will have to respect the three minute rule, imposed to reduce queuing times, when it goes on display at the stately home in September.

And visitors will have to book their time slot for the fully functioning loo in advance.

There will be 20 slots an hour for people who have bought a £27 ticket for the palace, park and gardens in Oxfordshire.

The flushable toilet was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.



>Devices steal childhood

Children in rural areas spend more time gazing at handset and computer screens than their peers in cities, according to a study by the China National Children's Center.

Sun Hongyan, director of the childhood research institute at the China Youth and Children Research Center, said the internet and electronic devices used to be luxuries for rural children. But the increasing affordability of smartphones made it easier for migrant worker parents to provide electronic devices to children left behind in their hometowns.

"It's been getting harder for parents to monitor a lot of what their kids are seeing and doing, especially when they are not around," Sun said. "So they're relying on the safety benefit of being able to keep the kids at home with a device."

The study found that after the school day ends, youngsters nationwide now spend more time in front of mobile and computer screens playing games and chatting - over 43 minutes a day - than they do reading. This was having a negative effect on their developing social skills, as well as vision.


Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks on during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, August 21, 2019. [Photo/REUTERS]

>UK to boycott EU meetings

British ministers and officials will boycott most European Union (EU) meetings starting Sept 1, the British government announced Tuesday.

The announcement came in the latest Brexit development as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces fresh warnings over a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and the UK's Northern Ireland.

British ministers will only attend big summits and those covering essential interests, like security.

The rest will be ignored, sending a clear message that Britain is serious about leaving the regional group at the end of October.

They will use the "incredible amount of time" saved to focus on future relationships with the EU and other countries, including trade deals.


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