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Chinese New Year 2018 wishes: How to wish a happy new year in Chinese

Chinese people greet one another with unique sayings when they meet during the Chinese New Year. There are different ways to greet people during Chinese New Year and plenty of greetings and sayings you can use. They are used to wish good fortune in health, family, business and careers. The most straightforward way to say “Happy Chinese New Year” in Mandarin is xīn nián (new year) kuài lè (happy), which is written as 新年快乐 in simplified Chinese characters. It literally translates as happy new year and can be used during…

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Chinese New Year 2018 HORROR: Four killed in huge fireworks EXPLOSION

The shocking incident was caused by firecrackers exploding at a fireworks stall in China’s Yunnan province late on Thursday night. Chinese authorities said the cause of the explosion in Tonghai county is under investigation. Today billions in China are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year as revellers bring in the ‘Year of the Dog’ with parades, parties and fireworks displays. Although a fireworks ban was in place in over 400 Chinese cities, firecrackers are still permitted for the celebrations. The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival,…

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Chinese New Year 2018 LIVE pictures from around the world

Communities in different parts of the world took to the streets, visited temples and enjoyed the sights and sounds of celebrations as they began their new year. The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day. The longest public holiday in China. Employees have seven to 12 days off from work, and students have one month of…

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3 of 4 kids who've died from flu this year weren't vaccinated, say federal doctors

Of the 63 American children killed by the flu virus so far this season, just 13 had been vaccinated.  Top government doctors — including the Surgeon General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and acting head of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — found this lack of vaccination so alarming that late Thursday afternoon they offered a joint briefing on the matter. “Getting the flu shot is the same kind of sensible precaution as buckling your seatbelt,” said Health Secretary Alex Azar. SEE ALSO: We saw this…

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First ever human case of H7N4 bird flu confirmed by Chinese health authorities

Health authorities said the 68-year-old patient from the eastern Jiangsu province developed symptoms on December 25, was admitted to hospital for treatment on January 1 and was discharged on 22 January having made a full recovery. A spokesman for Hong Kong’s centre for health protection (CHP) said: “She had contact with live poultry before the onset of symptoms. “According to a report from the Chinese centre for disease control and prevention, upon analysis, the genes of the virus were determined to be of avian origin.” The spokesman said the diagnosis…

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Chinese New Year 2018 in pictures: Spectacular photos as China celebrates Spring Festival

Chinese New Year also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring festival sees colourful and spectacular events across the globe. The ‘Spring Festival’ is China’s most important festival and holiday and falls on Friday February 16, beginning the lunar new year of the dog. The date of Chinese New Year is decided by the Chinese lunar calendar and it changes every year – it can fall any time between January 21 and February 20. It’s traditionally celebrated for 16 days, from the eve to Lantern Festival (March 2018)…

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Bird flu H7N4 outbreak: Four symptoms to watch for after first ever human case confirmed

The first ever human case of H7N4 bird flu  – a new type of avian influenza virus – was confirmed in China on Wednesday.  The virus was found in a 68-year-old woman from Jiangsu province, who has since recovered after falling ill on December 25.  According to China’s National health and Family Planning Commission, the patient, known by the surname Tang, had contact with live poultry before getting sick and was discharged from hospital on January 22 after “recovering from her illness”.  There are many different strains of the bird…

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Black Panther: BIG news for Marvel blockbuster – can it break THIS massive record?

The Marvel film’s box office estimates have been boosted to a hefty $170 million for the President’s Day weekend. For context, that’s a long way up from the $100 million initially projected for the hugely well-reviewed release. If it stays on target, it should break the record for the biggest President’s Day weekend of all time – breaking the $152 million record set by Deadpool in 2016. Even if it misses that, it should at least win the second highest launch for this particular weekend, beating out Fifty Shades of…

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Hong Kong CRASH horror: 18 dead as bus topples over in high-speed accident

Television footage showed the mangled remains of the bus as it lay toppled on the side of a major highway in the northern reaches of the city. Firefighters on the scene cut open the bus roof to free passengers still trapped inside. Some victims were laid out nearby beneath sheets by emergency workers. Police said at least 18 people, including 15 men, had been confirmed dead on the scene. Dozens more were hurt, some sitting hunched on the highway with blood streaming from their injuries. One elderly man interviewed on…

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Flu season rages on, surpassing 2009 swine flu epidemic by some measures

The severe flu season of 2017-2018 could get worse before it gets better, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Friday.  With at least three strains now circulating across the U.S., with the most dangerous one designated H3N2, the season has already surpassed recent records for hospitalizations and other measures.  One out of every 10 deaths, or 10 percent of all fatalities reported in the U.S. during the third week of January were due to either the flu or pneumonia, which could be related to the…

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