Hotpot chain Haidilao has introduced large, soft toys to

accompany solo diners at its more than 200 outlets nationwide.

Figures from major e-commerce platform Tmall show that last year, the sales of mini-microwave ovens and mini-washing ma

chines rose by 970 percent and 630 percent, respectively, year-on-year, while purchases of one-person ho

tpots rose by 208 percent. There has also been rapid sales growth for many other daily-use commodities.

Food and beverage is a key sector that has benefited from the singles economy, according to the Sinolink Securities re

port, which said more than half of singles spend 10 to 30 percent of their income on food and drink.

But some 23 percent of them never cook, and some 46 percent said they

seldom do so, which has helped spur rapid growth in the food delivery industry.

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Xi stresses perseverance in fight against povertyeneral secretar

 President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for perseverance in the fight against poverty as t

here are only two years left for the country to meet its goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2020.

“There should be no retreat until a complete victory is won,” said Xi, also general secreta

ry of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He made the remarks when joining deliberation with deputies from Gansu provin

ce at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature.

resident Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of t

he Central Military Commission, shakes hands with a lawmaker from Gansu province on Mar

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Ministers are taking questions from the media about the

 most pressing public issues. This is the second ministers’ “passage interviews” of this year’s two sessions.

Passage interviews got their name because they usually take place on walkways leadi

ng to the main hall of the Great Hall of the People before or after plenary meetings of the National People’s Co

ngress and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

China’s financial sector is striving to solve the financing difficulties

of private enterprises and reducing their costs, said Guo Shuqing, Party secretary of the Peo

ple’s Bank of China and chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

“The efforts to step up support for private enterprises are closely related to the supply-side

structural reform of the financial sector. We are making adjustments in terms of financial ins

titution, market and product systems,” said Guo during an interview on Tuesday.

China will continue taking new steps in financial opening-up thi

s year, over which Sino-US trade talks are very likely to reach a consensus, Guo added.

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Trump vows to sign an executive order requiring colleges

  President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to sign an executive order requiring c

olleges and universities to “support free speech” in order to be eligible for federal research dollars.

  ”If they want our dollars, and we give it to them by the billions, they’ve got to allow people like

Hayden and many other great young people and old people to speak,” Trump said in part of his two-ho

ur long speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.

  The President did not offer any more details on the order.

  Trump was referring to Hayden Williams, a conservative activist who recently made headlines

after he was allegedly punched in the face at the University of California Berkeley earlier thi

s week. The President brought Williams out as he made the announcement.

  ”Ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us,” Trump said.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences endu

  red a series of missteps leading up to the telecast, beginning with the proposal to introduce a “popular film” category. That id

ea was quickly scuttled, as was a subsequent plan to move four awards into the commercial breaks to help st

reamline the ceremony, which prompted a rebellion from Academy members.

  In between, Kevin Hart was chosen to host the awards, before the resurfacing of homophobic socia

l-media posts prompted the comic to withdraw. After a period of confusion, it was finally co

nfirmed the awards would be mounted without a host, the first time that’s happened in 30 years.

  Much of the tumult surrounding the 91st annual Oscars can be traced back to la

st year’s awards — and more specifically, a precipitous ratings decline, fall

ing to an all-time low. Shortening the ceremony to three hours, or close to it, has been among the solutions that host net

work ABC has advocated as a means of stopping the bleeding from a Nielsen standpoint.

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Iranians attack police after women detained for wearing

  group of Iranians attacked a morality police van in Tehran last week after two young women were detained for “impro

perly” wearing a compulsory headscarf, according to state-owned Iranian media and activists.

  Officers fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd of people who to

re off one of the doors of the vehicle, according to a report by the state-owned IRNA news age

ncy about the February 15 incident. Iran’s morality police are tasked with enforcing the country’s strict social rules.

  The group prevented the officers from driving the women away, IRNA said citing an un

named police official. The standoff ended when the women were released from the van, according to the police source.

  The incident took place in the East Tehran neighborhood of Nar

mak, where Iran’s hardline former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lives.

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Jonathan Choi Koon-shum, chairman of the Chinese Gener

Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, said he believes the blueprint will demonstrate ho

w to achieve mutual development without vicious competition among the participating cities.

He also noted that Hong Kong enjoys an advantage in attracting international talent and providing world-class pro

fessional services. That’s what Hong Kong can contribute to the development of the Greater Bay Area, Choi remarked.

Choi’s chamber is one of the leading business chambers in H

ong Kong, with nearly 6,000 members from business and trade circles.

Zhang Mingjie, a professor at the Division of Life Science at the Hong Kong U

niversity of Science and Technology, expressed high expectations for the out

line, saying it would open the door to brighter prospects for Hong Kong’s scientific and technological development.

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Consumers are more willing to spend money this year

Whether it is filial piety to the elderly or rewarding children or themselves, trading volu

me has kept growing. Spending on entertainment and travel also grew fast,” said Chen Han, a data analyst at China UnionPay.

Consumption has become the biggest driver for the economy, contributing 76.2 percent of the co

untry’s economic growth last year, up 18.6 percentage points over the previous year, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

“Judging from major economic indicators, domestic demand has become a decisive force of China’s economic gro

wth,” said Wang Bin, deputy director-general of the ministry’s department of market operation and consumption promotion.

Several factors will support steady consumer spending growth in China. Residential inco

me has been increasing fast and deeper pockets facilitate more spending. The second China Int

ernational Import Expo in Shanghai will also offer more access to global products, Wang said.

Wang Jun, a researcher at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, exp

ects more favorable policies to further boost domestic shopping this year as nationwide tax cuts continue.

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Volcanic a three-quarters reduction in volume: the Indone

  Krakotoa Indonesia Anak Krakatau (” son of “), a volcanic island in 1927 appeared in the cause

catastrophic eruption disappear two-thirds of Krakatoa at sea level, kara cob Joe again on De

cember 22, 2018, the son of the outbreak, tsunami, volcano a three-quarters reduction in volume

  On December 22, 2018, the volcano catastrophic eruption again, and caused a tsunami, has killed 430 people and wounded

more than 1400 people, 150 people missing.Underwater landslides caused by the tsunami.On December 23, like on

the image analysis of satellite images and helicopter found volcanic XiNaLu along with mountain landslides h

appened, sink into the sea, causing a tsunami, volcano so lost two-thirds of the sur

face height and volume, the rest for about 110 meters (360 feet) high, volume is reduced from 150 million to 180 mi

llion cubic meters, has only about 40 million to 70 million cubic meters.

  Nature photographer ystein Lund Andersen last week on January 11 krakotoa filmed recen

tly the son of the pictures, two date [on May 8, 2018, and Janu

ary 11, 2019] contrast figure shows a dramatic morphological changes before and after a volcanic island.

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olved, the author hold the ownership certificate, please contact with this net

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Man drunk down, friend regardless try very hard to tak

  Off-year some friend still didn’t have a holiday, their company is likely to organizi

ng our dinners, or vacation in advance let everybody go back with his family had a good year, but dinner how can

have no wine?Recently we have that right here in hubei wuhan metro a man dru

nk fell to the ground, but his friend did not put them up in time, but in regardless try very hard to take.

  Off year this day, the man company haven’t have a holiday, the company organization staff to dinner.Man with the big

guy, really lively atmosphere, everyone eat together drink, laughter did not break, man to celebrate booze two an

d a half jins of plum wine, wine strength without, man has not felt slightly drunk, still chat with you.

  Man just some emotional excitement, not too long, some drinkability, men began to

some dizzy, because a good drinker more into the seat.Near friends and his chat he have no response, at the end

of the last dinner, man has a bad way, three of his friends helped him to take the subway home.

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