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chinadaily.com.cn 2020-07-31 17:58

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>Working parents struggle

A staggering 25 percent of working parents are considering giving up their jobs, or cutting down their hours, so they can better look after their offspring during the novel coronavirus lockdown, according to a new study.

Researchers from Trinity McQueen market research company found 69 percent of working parents in the UK have struggled to balance their working lives with the demands of children who are spending long hours at home and who often need home schooling.
市场研究公司Trinity McQueen的研究人员发现,英国69%的上班族父母努力平衡自己的工作和孩子的需求,如今孩子在家呆的时间很长,而且经常需要在家上课。

Many parents said they could not find alternative childcare arrangements during the government-mandated lockdown aimed at restricting people-to-people contact and limiting the spread of COVID-19 disease.

Simpson Millar, lawyers specializing in education issues, said the findings show a feared second wave of infections and a return to a full lockdown could have a disastrous effect on families that are already struggling to cope.

Many parents feel alone because they have had little support from schools.

About 45 percent of the 1,001 parents who took part in the survey told researchers their mental health had been impacted by having their children at home for such a prolonged period.

Of those parents, 871 held down jobs.

About one-fifth said they did not hold out hope that their employer would help with childcare arrangements.


A man looks at the painting 'Self Portrait with a Japanese print' from 1887 by late Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) during a media preview at the Kunstmuseum Basel in Basel April 23, 2009.[Agencies]

>Site of Van Gogh' last painting

A postcard has led experts to identify the place where Vincent van Gogh likely painted his final masterpiece.

Wouter van der Veen, the scientific director of the Institut van Gogh, found a postcard dating from 1900 to 1910 showing tree trunks and roots growing on a hillside - this, he thought, showed a similar scene to that in Van Gogh's "Tree Roots."

The fanciful and bright painting, an oil on canvas that was never fully completed, is thought to be the painter's last work before he died on July 29, 1890.

After submitting his theory to two researchers at the Van Gogh Museum and a vegetation specialist, Van der Veen got the good news.

Experts concluded it was "highly plausible" the painting's location - 150 meters from the Auberge Ravoux, the inn in Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh spent the final 70 days of his life - had been discovered.


Graduates take selfies after at the 2019 commencement ceremony of Nanjing University in Nanjing, capital city of east China's Jiangsu province, June 18, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China's higher education leap

More than 10 million students in China have obtained master's or doctoral degrees from domestic higher education institutions as of 2020, according to the Ministry of Education.

More than 3 million Chinese students will be pursuing their postgraduate studies this year at domestic universities or research institutes, skyrocketing from 629 in 1949 when the People's Republic of China was founded, it said.

In addition, enrollment to postgraduate studies has increased from 242 in 1949 to 10,700 in 1978, when the country adopted the reform and opening-up policy, and to more than 1.1 million this year, it said.

More than 90 percent of the 139 newly-elected academicians at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chinese Academy of Sciences last year received postgraduate education domestically and almost 80 percent of the academicians obtained a master's degree or doctoral degree at domestic universities or research institutes, it said.


The sign of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is pictured at its headquarters in Beijing, July 27, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>AIIB member count hits 103

The number of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank members has reached 103 after the inclusion of West African country Liberia.

Liberia was approved to join the AIIB at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, held virtually on Tuesday.

So far 19 African countries have become approved members of the AIIB.

The increase in the number of African members demonstrates the AIIB's deep understanding of multilateralism and its ability to face challenges.

"We can build a more sustainable future," said Jin Liqun, who has been re-elected to a second term as president of the AIIB by the bank's Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors also approved the United Arab Emirates to be the host country for the AIIB annual meeting in 2021, which will be held in Dubai from Oct 27 to 28.


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