>Sharapova says goodbye to tennis
Five-time Grand-Slam winner, 32-year-old Russian female tennis player Maria Sharapova announced her retirement from tennis on Wednesday.
"I'm new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis – I'm saying goodbye," wrote Sharapova in an essay for Vanity Fair and Vogue.
Having started her career at 17, Sharapova has won a total of 32 titles in her career.
With five Grand Slam singles championships – Wimbledon (2004), the US Open (2006), Australian Open (2008) and French Open (2012, 2014) – under her name, Sharapova ranked World No 1 for five times and in total 21 weeks.
>Charitable poetry from Japan
In late January, a donation of masks and thermometers from the Japan Youth Development Association in Tokyo to the coronavirus-stricken Hubei province caused a stir on Chinese social media.
This was because of the powerful poetic message written on each box: "山川异域，风月同天," which literally translates to "Mountains and rivers on foreign land, wind and moon under the same sky," or officially, "Lands apart, sky shared".
Besides the heartfelt regard and the elegant language, the quote also alluded a significant moment in the history of cultural exchange between the two countries.
The line comes from a seventh century Buddhist hymn by Prince Nagaya, a politician from the Nara period (710–794) of Japan, titled, "Embroidered on Kasaya Robes for Good Karma".
As the title suggests, the hymn was embroidered on 1,000 Buddhist robes that Prince Nagaya had made and sent to the Tang court in China, part of his invitation for Chinese Buddhist monks to visit Japan.
The reference not only invokes shared history, but also mutual appreciation for ancient poetry in the Chinese language.
Many in China were touched by the poetic expression of support from Japanese citizens during the COVID-19 outbreak.
>Stable employment emphasized
China will expand the number of postgraduate students to be enrolled in courses, as well as the number of undergraduate students from those who have graduated from junior colleges this year, the State Council executive meeting revealed on Tuesday.
The meeting, hosted by Premier Li Keqiang, also stressed the importance of stable employment and rolled out measures to encourage the employment of graduates. The measures include expanding grassroots medical and community service positions and strengthening support for small and micro enterprises to employ graduates.
The meeting encouraged employers to postpone interview times and the times new employees enter the company. It also allowed delaying the time limit for graduates to register for their hukou, or permanent residency.
>Scenic areas advised to be cautious
Scenic areas that have resumed operations amid the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak should take stringent epidemic control measures, China's culture and tourism authority said.
Liu Kezhi, chief of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's market regulation department, said at a news conference on Wednesday that scenic spots often host large numbers of people, so the resumption should be guided by local governments after an overall assessment of conditions and necessity.
Liu said reopenings of tourist attractions in regions with a lower risk of infection should be approved by local governments and that such attractions in high risk areas should remain closed for now.
His remarks followed recent reports of crowds of tourists at some scenic spots after 13 provincial-level regions lowered their emergency response levels related to the epidemic.
Statistics from online travel agency Ctrip showed that more than 300 major scenic spots nationwide were open to the public by Tuesday, more than 10 times the previous week.
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