Rare Italian renaissance paintings to be shown in Canberra of Australia

CANBERRA, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Rare 15th and 16th Century Italian renaissance paintings would be shown in Canberram, Australia this summer for the first time, said National Gallery of Australia's (NGA) on Tuesday. More than 70 works by Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini, Titian, Carpaccio and Perugino, have been loaned to NGA, at the time when the art academy and gallery located in northern Italy undergoes renovations. According to NGA director Ron Radford, he had been negotiating the deal for th ... Add a comment
 

World without books no way

&$&$ BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet) – Arecent national survey shows a strong growth in digital reading, with 252 million Chinese aged between 18 and 70 reading books and articles online in 2010 and about 83.6 percent of the respondents saying they would prefer the electronic version of a book if available. So will e-reading replace books one day? "There are now many ways of spreading knowledge like the computer, w ... Add a comment
 

Tony Blair publishes Chinese edition of his memoirs

&$ &$Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during the book launch ceremony of the Chinese edition of his memoir A Journey in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 30, 2011. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu)&$&$ BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Tony Blair, former British prime minister, inaugurated the publication of the Chinese edition of his memoirs, "A Journey", in Beijing on Tuesday. In the book's preface, Blair, who serve ... Add a comment
 

Ministry orders cleanup of online music

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- The Ministry of Culture has ordered domestic websites to halt playback and download services for 100 songs from other markets that were not officially approved before being uploaded to the Internet. "A website that is engaged in the operation of an online music product must go through procedures with the ministry before providing playback and download services for the song on the Internet," Li Jian, an official in the ministry's department of cultural markets, ... Add a comment
 

Fast eating women more likely to get fat New Zealand research

WELLINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Middle-aged women who wolf down their meals are much more likely to be overweight or obese than women who eat slower, New Zealand research has found. In what they claimed to be the first such nationwide study anywhere, Otago University researchers analyzed the relationship between self-reported speed of eating and body mass index (BMI) in more than 1,500 New Zealand women aged 40 to 50, an age group known to be at high risk of weight gain. The study by the u ... Add a comment
 

Poor sleep affects high blood pressure in men

BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Men who are light sleepers are at increased risk for developing high blood pressure, suggests a study published Monday in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that men who got less deep sleep, also called slow-wave sleep, had an 80-percent higher chance of having high blood pressure compared to men with higher levels of slow-wave sleep. The link held regardless o ... Add a comment
 

Peking University professor removed for extramarital affair

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- A Peking University professor has been removed from teaching post after his affair with a woman who allegedly blackmailed him was exposed by local media, according to a statement from the university Sunday. The statement said that the professor, whose name has not been officially released, had acted unethically as a teacher and seriously blemished the reputation of the university. An investigation team was organized by Peking University immediately after the re ... Add a comment
 

NZ university backs down on threat to withhold Chinese students degree

WELLINGTON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese woman who was threatened with deportation for studying at a New Zealand university without a valid visa has had her degree conferred, New Zealand media reported Tuesday. Auckland-based AUT University told Mengna Wang, 23, earlier this year that she could not graduate because she did not hold a valid student permit, but last week awarded her a Bachelor of Business degree. AUT spokeswoman Barbara Bilcich told the New Zealand Herald newspaper that the ... Add a comment
 

Group wedding held for aerospace elites in Shanghai

&$&$Group wedding held for aerospace elites in Shanghai&$&$ &$ &$Newlyweds from the aerospace industry pose for a photo during their group wedding held in Shanghai on May 30, 2011. On that day, 50 pairs of newlyweds from the aerospace industry tied the knot in Shanghai. Most of these newlyweds will take part in China's major aerospace projects after the wedding, such ... Add a comment
 

Antique entrance ceremony held in Wansong College

&$&$Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online&$&$ On Aug.28 an antique entrance ceremony was held in Wansong College, famous for the well-known folklore of Butterfly Lovers. More than 50 incoming students, dressed in traditional Chinese clothing, participated in the ceremonies in honor of Confucius, masters and Chinese brush for the purpose of understanding the history of this ancient college, the ancient learning stories and Chinese traditional customs.&$
 

Mt Everest photo exhibition opens in Lhasa

A photo exhibition about Mt. Qomolangma, known in the West as Mt. Everest, opened recently at the Potala Palace Square in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. The photo exhibition is jointly hosted by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region and the China Photographers Association. &$&$Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online&$&$ &$
 

Nonagenarian artist wins Australias top indigenous art award

CANBERRA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- A 96-year-old indigenous Australian artist, Dickie Minyintiri on Thursday was named the winner of the 28th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award (NATSIAA), one of the most prestigious art awards in the nation. Minyintiri lives in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in remote South Australia. Sitting in a wheelchair, Minyintiri, who finds it difficult to speak, managed a quick smile after being named the winner for his piece title ... Add a comment
 

A major question for Chinese high school graduates

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Even as college graduates battle for jobs, high school graduates are agonizing over which major they should apply for at university. The issue stirred lively discussion on Sina Weibo, after this year's National College Entrance Examination, which concluded on June 9, after testing 9.33 million university candidates. More than 60 percent of 4,094 university freshmen were very dissatisfied or dissatisfied with their majors, according to a survey released in No ... Add a comment
 

China injects an extra 793 bln yuan to support rural education

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Finance on Thursday announced an injection of an extra 7.93 billion yuan (1.24 billion U.S. dollars) from the central budget this year to support nine years of compulsory education for all students in the country's rural areas. This was in addition to the 39.24 billion yuan already earmarked this year, the ministry said in a statement on its website. The fund will be used for water, electricity and heating expenses in rural boarding schools, ... Add a comment
 

A bridge over linguistic waters

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- For many youngsters the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students is the beginning of a love affair with China. This year's annual contest, the 10th, featured 120 contestants from 70 countries and was held in Changsha, Hunan province. It ended on Monday. Since 2002, more than 800 college students from overseas have come to China for the final, organized by China's National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, o ... Add a comment
 

Australia to hold Picasso show in Sydney

Australia's biggest exhibition of Pablo Picasso's works will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW) in Sydney in November, local media reported on Wednesday. The exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso in Paris, will feature 150 paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings from every phase of the career of the Spanish artist, who died in 1973. "The works are drawn from the permanent collection of the Musee National Picasso in Paris, the largest and most ... Add a comment
 

Russian teenagers conclude summer camp in China

A group of 450 Russian teenagers concluded a 12-day summer camp in China on Wednesday. The Russian delegates, aged 12 to 16 and accompanied by tutors and doctors, arrived in Beijing on July 30 and visited famous historical sites, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. After their Beijing tour, the Russian teenagers were divided into two groups and travelled to the coastal cities of Shanghai and Dalian, respectively. The two groups stayed in those cities for one week and met with ... Add a comment