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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-09-19 17:50


> 9-year-old ‘rocket boy’ aerospace junior lecturer


Dubbed “rocket boy”, Yan Hongsen, a primary school student from Shaoxing, Zhejiang province, was invited to teach his whole school about space science at the opening ceremony of the new school term.

The 9-year-old boy who shot to national fame after pointing out factual errors in a planetarium documentary is now giving astronomy lessons to his schoolmates.

Yan has been a space science enthusiast since he was just 4 years old and makes cardboard rocket models and teaches online classes to other enthusiasts.

He became interested in space science, then fell in love with astronomy and military affairs.

His proud father posted the boy’s "job offer" when Yan was made "Aerospace Junior Lecturer" by his school.


> Americans won’t be going crazy with holiday gifting this year
通胀打击消费力 美国送礼季不再疯狂

A teller counts and arranges dollar notes at an Agricultural Bank of China branch in Qionghai, Hainan province. [Photo/China Daily]


You can blame inflation for families knocking friends, co-workers and extended family off your holiday gift lists this year.

Persistent inflation – consumer prices increased by 8.5% in July over last year – has reshaped how Americans are budgeting for everyday necessities and occasional indulgences.


Prices are up for everything from groceries to clothing, shoes, stationery items and more.

It’ll be a stark contrast to last year’s robust holiday performance, according to a new forecast from consulting firm Deloitte.

It expects retail sales for the key year-end gift-buying months of November, December and January to increase 4% to 6%.

This compares with a robust 15.1% increase for the same time frame last year.


> Starbucks charts expansion plan in China

A Starbucks store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. [Photo by LONG WEI/FOR CHINA DAILY]


Starbucks plans to increase its store numbers by 50 percent to 9,000 stores by 2025 in China-its second-largest market-as well as double its sales and quadruple its operating income.

The coffee chain operator, which was outnumbered by homegrown brand Luckin Coffee this year, has grown nearly tenfold in the past decade on the Chinese mainland, on track to reach its goal of 6,000 stores by the end of this year.

Starbucks expects to continue robust store development in China, with net unit growth of about 13 percent annually.

By 2025, the company is expected to open a new store every nine hours to add 3,000 new stores in 300 cities in the country, said Belinda Wong, chairwoman of Starbucks China.

> UK prepares for its 'largest security event'

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown on top, is carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery on Wednesday during a ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, London where it will lie in state in for four days. [Photo/Agencies]


Britain's longest serving monarch will be honored with a full state funeral on Monday at Westminster Abbey, with King Charles III and Camilla Queen consort hosting a state reception for world leaders at Buckingham Palace.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy has stated that the funeral will also be the biggest security operation to ever be mounted in the UK.

More than 10,000 police officers are on duty in the capital, drawing on reinforcements from all of the UK's 43 police forces.

In central London, 36 kilometers of barriers have been set up to control the crowds.

Drains, phone boxes and rubbish bins have been searched by hand, and flying drones over central London has been temporarily banned.


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