>4.57M to take postgrad entrance exam
Students prepare for the national postgraduate entrance exam in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on Dec 22, 2021. [Photo/IC]
A record 4.57 million students are expected to take the national postgraduate entrance exam scheduled from Saturday to Monday - 800,000 more than last year, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday. Given the considerable increase in the number of participants and sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks in different regions, the ministry has guided local education authorities to take targeted measures to ensure the safety of exam participants, ministry spokesperson Xu Mei said.
For provincial regions that are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, emergency plans have been made to make sure students can take the test locally, rather than at targeted universities in other regions, she said.
More test centers have been set up to meet students’ demands, including at quarantine sites and even at hospitals for participants under COVID-19 treatment, Xu said.
>Students get more sleep with reduced workload
Almost 80 percent of primary and secondary school students had the opportunity to get more nightly sleep this semester, the Ministry of Education said on Wednesday.
Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry's department of basic education, said 77.14 million parents were surveyed to ascertain whether their children were getting enough sleep. A total of 76.2 percent of respondents said their children were getting the recommended 10 hours of sleep a night for primary school students and nine hours for those in secondary school.
Last year's survey found only about 40 percent of students were getting enough sleep, Lyu said.
In April, the ministry advised primary school students should go to bed before 9:20 pm, middle school students before 10 pm and high school students before 11 pm.
"Homework, after-school tutoring courses and online games should all take second place to ensuring students can get sufficient sleep," Lyu said.
>Tax authorities crackdown on evaders
Viya (left), one of China's top e-commerce livestreamers, and her assistants promote products via livestreaming platforms in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. [Photo by Chen Zhongqiu/For China Daily]
The taxation bureaus of Zhejiang, Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces, as well as those in Beijing and Shanghai, made similar announcements on Wednesday asking celebrities and e-commerce livestreamers to strictly follow China's tax laws.
"Many celebrities in the entertainment industry and livestreamers have paid overdue tax to the taxation authorities since September when the national taxation authority asked people to look closely to determine whether or not they were evading taxes," the Beijing Taxation Bureau said on its website.
The bureaus are asking people who owe taxes to report before Dec 31. Otherwise, the authorities will take strict steps to enforce the tax laws.
On Monday, the Hangzhou taxation bureau ordered top livestreaming host Huang Wei, better known as Viya, to pay 1.34 billion yuan in back taxes, late fees and fines for tax evasion.
>Stolen Ohio bridge found
Photo: Akron Police Department
A 58-foot-long (18-meter) pedestrian bridge stolen from an Ohio city last month has been found and a man is facing charges, police said.
Akron police said investigators acting on tips and other information Friday afternoon found the missing structure partially disassembled on a property in Sharon Township in neighboring Medina County.
A man has been arrested and charged with felony theft, police said.
The Akron bridge, described as a Lego-like structure, once crossed a river in Akron’s Middlebury Run Park.
It was taken down in 2003-04 as part of a wetland restoration project and was stored on park property with plans for it to be reused for a battered women’s shelter project.
Authorities allege he paid a trucking company for crane service and the firm picked up the bridge and took it to Medina County.
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