首页  | 新闻播报

每日新闻播报(April 29)

chinadaily.com.cn 2021-04-29 17:35

Travelers line up at Air China's check-in counters for domestic flights at Beijing Capital International Airport. [Photo provided to China Daily]

>Travel boom with anti-epidemic measures

China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has cautioned against any slackening in epidemic control as a travel boom is expected during the upcoming extended May Day holiday.

Tourists are urged to follow local COVID-19 containment protocols, such as wearing masks and keeping social distance at public venues.

On online travel booking platform Ctrip, orders for flight tickets, accommodation, admission tickets, and car rentals rose 23 percent, 43 percent, 114 percent and 126 percent from the same period in 2019 as of mid-April.

The number of travelers over the period is expected to reach 200 million and surpass the pre-pandemic level, according to Ctrip's projections.

The CAAC has advised passengers to maintain anti-epidemic measures, use self-service check-in facilities to reduce direct contact with other people and notify staff if they develop symptoms, including fever, dry cough or fatigue.

Passengers are urged to pay close attention to the epidemic situation and related regulations of their destination, and avoid traveling to places with the medium or high risk of infection, the CAAC noted.




>Paper comes under fire

Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province, has set up a working group to investigate a local vocational training school that published an academic paper about making cooked eggs hatch chicks. The paper, titled "Turning Cooked Eggs into Raw Eggs-an Experimental Report on Hatching Chicks", was recently published on Pictorial Geography, and its authors include Guo Ping, the school's headmaster.

The paper describes how teachers and students at the school have been able to turn cooked eggs into raw eggs through "parapsychological consciousness" and have successfully converted 40 eggs that hatched into chicks.

It soon sparked wide criticism online, with many people calling the results pseudoscience, questioning the academic integrity of the school and raising doubts on how such a paper passed the journal's review process.

The Jilin Provincial Press and Publication Bureau also announced on Tuesday that it has suspended the journal for rectification.




>China reduces homework load

Primary schools should ensure that students in the first and second grades do not have written homework, and those in higher grades complete their homework within no more than one hour, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Education.

Junior high school students will spend a maximum of one and a half hours on their written homework each day, read the circular, calling for an appropriate amount of homework even for weekends, as well as summer and winter holidays.

Schools are required to adjust the form and content of homework in accordance with the traits of different schooling stages and subjects, as well as the needs and abilities of students.

Teachers should not give homework to parents, directly or indirectly, or ask parents to grade homework.

The difficulty of the homework should not exceed national curriculum standards, and there should be no repetitive or punitive homework.

Teachers should make full use of classroom time and after-school services to make sure primary school students can basically finish all work at school and that junior high school students can complete most of it, it said.

After-school training institutions are prohibited from giving any homework to primary and junior high school students, according to the circular.




>See-through face masks

Japan's largest mask maker, Unicharm Corp, launched on Tuesday see-through face masks created particularly to enable better communication with deaf people during the coronavirus pandemic.

The washable masks are made of a transparent film that allows the lower face to be seen, thereby making lip-reading possible for the deaf and hard of hearing and allowing the user's facial expressions to be seen.

These masks also could aid in reading facial expressions in customer service industries.

The mask's transparent film is developed to not get fogged up by the wearer's breath.

The company said it has made just 3,000 of the masks, with each priced at 1,480 yen and only available online.



Find more audio news on the China Daily app