More than 60 percent of children and teenagers in China do not get enough sleep, according to a report released by the Chinese Sleep Research Society on Sunday.
The survey showed 63 percent of children and teenagers in China sleep for less than eight ho
urs a day, the minimum sleeping time to ensure health for such a group, the report said.
The survey, conducted at the end of last year and January this year, covered nearly 70,000 ch
ildren and teenagers aged from 6 and 17 across China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Heavy school work loads and popularization in the use of electronics products are th
e top two major causes for lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China, the report said, addi
ng that 8.4 percent of the group are still busy with homework after 11 pm from Monday to Thursday.
In a blistering attack on Boeing, the Air Force’s top acquisition official said the company has a “severe situation” with flawed inspectio
ns of its new KC-46 air refueling tanker aircraft, after trash and industrial tools were found in some planes after they were delivered to the Air Force.
Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logisti
cs, made clear his concerns after visiting Boeing’s Everett Washington plant where the plane is assembled.
”I left concerned, and I also left thinking Boeing understands they have a sever
e situation that’s going to take top level engagement from their company,” Roper said.
After discovering the problem, the Air Force stopped accepting the new tankers from Boeing on February 20.R
oper visited the plant on Monday and, after getting a company promise for a new inspection plan, deliveries are res
uming as upgraded inspections are completed. Six aircraft that had already been received were re-inspected by the Air Force.
”We are doing more stringent inspections so we feel confident before we accept any plane from Boeing,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told CNN.
While the discovery of trash and tools in the planes is not a result o
f design flaw, or a specific safety concern, Air Force officials privately told CNN they were
aware that the timing of the problem is exceptionally sensitive for Boeing after the grounding of its 737 Max jet.
so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food
delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.
Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten
alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.
Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex
perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.
“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath
er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.
“I was about to be 30 and wanted to celebrate this special birthday in Europe, but I couldn’t find any companion to go with
me,” he said. “So, I visited Europe on my own and found doing so could be pleasant, as it enabled me to change my rou
te and meet interesting travelers. I even met a backpacker who guided me to the Alps.”
Xu Xiaolei, a spokesman for China Youth Travel Service, said the number of people traveling alone has grown steadily in rec
ent years. Last year, 10 percent of the company’s revenue came from single travelers, mostly ages 18 to 30.
“For the younger generation, experiencing unique cultu
res and relaxing their minds and bodies are the main reasons for traveling, rather than con
necting with others or sightseeing. So they won‘t stop travelling because they lack a companion,” Xu said.
In tour groups, guides will usually pay more attention to solo travelers, making them feel less lonely or embarrassed, he said.
g without a drill pipe core in polar ice bedrock, which helped the scientists obtain the first few samples of bedrock unde
r the ice cores at the station. The conwwwhebeishengxincn-2/ion was also compleexpedition.
Xuelong left Shanghai on Nov 2 and arrived at Zhongshan Station on
Nov 30. The icebreaker entered the Amundsen Sea in early January for a marine survey but
experienced “the worst sea conditions since departure”, according to an earlier report by China Ocean News.
On Jan 19, the ship was caught in a sudden thick fog on the Amundsen Sea and collided with an
iceberg, Cheng Xiao, dean of the College of Global Change and Earth System Science at Beijing Normal University, told Xinhua.
An increase of cyclones in the area since the start of 2019 has great
ly increased the number of floating ice fragments, while in 2018 the area was a single large ice sheet, Ch
en said. The floating ice drifted to the north, pushed by the wind, which also affected navigation on Xuelong’s trip home, he added.