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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-07-05 13:03

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>Floating breakfasts become popular

If you follow luxury resorts or travel influencers on Instagram, odds are good that you've seen at least one "floating breakfast."

In case you're not familiar with them, here's what to know: they're your typical upscale hotel room service breakfast - think toast, fruit, coffee and the like - served in a pool or hot tub instead of in bed.

Usually, they're placed on large platters or colorful baskets, then accessorized with bright tropical flowers to make them even more photogenic.

These breakfasts are particularly popular in Asia and the Pacific, especially at warm-weather private villa resorts in places like Thailand, Fiji and the Maldives.

Timo Kuenzli, general manager of Koh Samui's all-pool-villa Cape Fahn Hotel, says that nearly 100% of their guests over the past year have ordered one.

"We can definitely see that the Asian market is way more into having Instagrammable moments to capture than other markets," he says.



>Japanese government backs 4-day workweek

Japan's government plans to encourage firms to let their employees choose to work four days a week instead of five, aiming to improve the balance between work and life for people who have family care responsibilities or need more time off to acquire new skills.

The government included the promotion of an optional four-day workweek in its annual economic policy guideline finalized Friday by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's cabinet.

Experts are divided, however, on whether the new initiative, intended to address challenges posed by the country's labor shortage, will be widely accepted, with labor and management both voicing concerns about possible unwanted outcomes.

For employers, while people working four days a week may become more motivated, this may not improve their productivity enough to compensate for the lost workday.

Employees, meanwhile, fear pay cuts.



>Unqualified cop dogs to be auctioned

A police training academy in northeastern Liaoning province is looking for permanent homes for over 50 canines that failed the exam to join the official canine team, where they would work as sniffer dogs to detect drugs and bombs, among other contraband.

The animals are scheduled to be auctioned online, allowing prospective bidders to adopt a new pet as long as they pledge a lifetime of commitment and care toward the animals.

The 54 dogs, most of them German shepherds, that did not qualify to work with the police team will be auctioned on July 7, according to an announcement made by the Criminal Investigation Police University of China in Shenyang.

The animals were deemed unfit for the force for not meeting the police's stringent size, strength, personality, or age requirements for canine members, or due to poor performance during the selection process.

According to the auction's rules, the starting bid for each dog is 200 yuan but participants must first watch a video about their favored animal before being able to bid.


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