A report suggests that Chinese students spend three hours every day on average doing homework http://www.nmdsaleuk.com/men-s-nike-air-max-95-shoes-black-uk.html , twice as much as the global average, three times the level in France, four times that in Japan and six times that in South Korea.
The report was based on big data generated by 20 million users of education app Afanti in 31 provinces over a year period.
It shows that 26.4 percent of students spend at least two hours doing homework, while 28.7 percent will take as long as four hours.
Accordingly, most Chinese students sleep less than 7 hours every night, 1.5 hours less than their global peers. Besides, 46.3 percent of junior high students usually go to bed after 11 p.m., while nearly 90 percent of senior high students have stay up late. Some 8.89 percent of students in east China's city of Nanjing go to sleep no earlier than 12 o'clock.
Difficult and sophisticated questions are major contributors to long homework hours. The report shows that most surveyed students have trouble in math, with boys troubled by algebra and girls by geometry. Meanwhile, Chinese essay comprehension and composition, as well as English writing are all headaches for students.
Despite the devotion of time, 30 percent of students report they have unsolved questions in their homework every day. For the unfinished parts, 44.9 percent of parents will tell their children to give up, while 32.7 percent will finish the homework for their kids.
Earlier this month, a 15-year-old student in central China's Henan Province died of sudden cardiac arrest in class. The probable link between his death and the late sleep hour the night before again brought the homework overload issue into the spotlight.
The report suggests "not finishing homework" has become one of the top three reasons for teachers to punish students, which is believed to have added to the overall burden.
NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- New York City's Health Department Tuesday launched a public awareness campaign reminding New Yorkers that the flu vaccination is the best protection against fever and chills.
The campaign will feature four English and two Spanish ads, which will run in subway cars. The campaign will also have a social media presence.
Influenza activity is usually at its peak January through March, but it can start as early as November, so it is important to get vaccinated now -- before influenza season starts, the health department said.
The city's health department is also producing an informational "Influenza Health Bulletin" for the public in English and 11 other languages. The Health Bulletin and other influenza information can be found online.
"It is important to get your flu vaccine as early as possible, and if you can't make it to your doctor's office it's conveniently available at local pharmacies," New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said.
She said the flu, combined with pneumonia -- a common complication of influenza -- is the third leading cause of preventable death in New York City.
Last year, 1,610 New Yorkers died from influenza and pneumonia. Eighty to 90 percent of influenza-related deaths are among persons aged 65 years and older.
KECSKEMET， Hungary， April 17 (Xinhua) -- James Cooke of Britain won the men's individual gold medal at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Kecskemet， central Hungary on Sunday.
Adam Marosi won the silver and his fellow Hungarian Bence Demeter took the bronze.
Cooke came 16th in the fencing， first in the swim and 11th in the riding. He also won the final combined runshoot event. Cooke's overall score was 1，491 points.
Marosi finished with 1，486 points， while Demeter's final score was 1，481 points.
Pierpaolo Petroni of Italy， Gauthier Romani of France， Justinas Kinderis of Lithuania， Ruslan Nakonechnyi of Latvia and Jung Jinhwa of South Korea filled out the fourth to eighth places.
China's Cao Zhongrong was 19th. He garnered 1，419 points overall.
The meet continues on Monday with the mixed event.
IOWA， Feb. 1， 2016 (Xinhua) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids， Iowa， the United States， Feb. 1， 2016. (XinhuaYin Bogu)
by Matthew Rusling
WASHINGTON， April 14 (Xinhua) -- A war of words between U.S. Republican Party (GOP) front-runner Donald Trump and rival Ted Cruz is heating up， with each taking swipes below the belt in a fierce battle to grab the nomination.
Trump and Cruz have been at each other' s throats in recent weeks and days， trading jabs and hooks， and at times even insulting each other' s wives as they strive to clinch their party's nomination.
"Donald needs to understand that he's not Michael Corleone，" Cruz said Tuesday on the Glenn Beck show， referring to a popular character from an American mafia movie， and suggesting the Trump has done business with organized crime figures.
Cruz， a conservative senator from Texas， assailed Trump for "hiring people with records of dirty tricks， lies and threats of violence."
"Donald's whole pitch is that he's a great businessman. ... Yet his campaign right now， it looks like he can't run a lemonade stand，" Cruz added.
Whether Cruz's tactics will work remains unknown， but Brookings Institution's senior fellow Darrell West told Xinhua the best way to attack wealthy candidates is through their business dealings.
"There always are suspicions that people become rich through nefarious means. Cruz's comments are an attempt to sow doubts about Trump and suggest he is not as ethical as he pretends，" West said.
The criticism could hurt Trump by linking him to criminal enterprises， West said， adding that it will at least "encourage journalists to look deeper into Trump's business practices."
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