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chinadaily.com.cn 2019-12-04 17:08


>Students have no time to read

Chinese students want to pick up reading as a hobby but don't have that time, according to a new survey.

Nearly 70% of students in primary and middle schools across the country spend less than an hour a day on extracurricular reading, of them 20% reported less than 30 minutes for daily reading.

The survey also shows that almost 90% of the students are interested in reading after class, although they spend less time on it as they get older because of increasing academic pressure.

Chinese language and literature professor at Peking University Wang Feng said: "It's not the lack of interest or of masterpieces that bother the students. They really don't have time," adding that the current literature education is in dire need for improvement.


Democratic US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg addresses a news conference after launching his presidential bid in Norfolk, Virginia, US, November 25, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Trump bans Bloomberg news

US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign announced on Monday that it would ban reporters with Bloomberg News from attending its rallies and other campaign events.

The decision was in response to the media organization's recent announcement that it would not investigate its boss, Michael Bloomberg, or his rivals seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to take on Trump in 2020.

"The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is wrong," Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. "Bloomberg News has declared that they won't investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump," Parscale said.

Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said in a statement later that the media outlet has "covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign."


Barcelona's Lionel Messi with his six Ballon d'Or trophies. [Photo/Agencies]

>Messi wins 6th Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi playing for Barcelona claimed the 2019 Ballon d'Or on Monday, winning the award for a record-making sixth time.

Before the ceremony, both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the award for five times.

This time, Messi edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who helped Liverpool to win the Champions League last season.

The Argentine had won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award in September, and he was the top scorer in the Champions League last season with 12 goals before Barcelona was beaten by Liverpool in the semifinals.

The 32-year-old striker also won the European Golden Shoe after scoring 36 goals, won the La Liga title with Barcelona, and helped Argentina get bronze at 2019 Copa America.


US astronaut Jessica Meir walks outside the International Space Station (ISS), in this still image taken from NASA video, Oct 18, 2019. [Photo/NASA TV]

>Astronauts to bake cookies

Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) could soon be baking their own cookies in space! A rocket ship carrying an oven and some baking ingredients blasted off from the US state of Virginia.

The specially designed oven, and cookie dough, will be part of an experiment to see how high heat and zero gravity will affect the shape and texture of the cookies.

This is the first time those living on board the ISS will have baked anything.

The cookie baking will be slow going - the oven can bake just one cookie at a time.

The first cookie will be the real test; it could end up looking like a blob or a mini pancake in the absence of gravity.

Three of the space-baked cookies will be returned to Earth for analysis.


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