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02.05.2018, 04:08 AM
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Seniors rest at a IKEA store in Beijing. (PhotoChinanews)

IKEA's two Beijing stores said they will not follow suit after IKEA Shanghai's Xuhui store launched an "order food first , then take a seat" measure to better manage its canteen starting from Oct. 5.

Previous Chinese media reports said many single seniors came to the canteen on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the hopes of finding a potential partner.

According to a notice released by the Xuhui store, the measure was taken after customers complained that some elderly people were occupying tables for excessive periods, talking too loudly, bringing in their own food, and even quarreling or fighting.

The company had taken various measures to try and improve the situation , but to no avail. "The situation had already adversely affected the dining experience and security of most of its customers, and also had negative implications for the canteen's operation," IKEA stated.

An employee with IKEA Beijing's Siyuanqiao store said that despite facilitating occasional matchmaking among individual senior citizens, they had never come in large groups or caused any problems like those seen in Shanghai.

A marketing employee at IKEA Beijing also confirmed the two stores in Beijing had not experienced any problems in their canteens, so there was no need to impose restrictions.

Jia Jia

The world’s oldest-ever panda in captivity has been euthanized because her health was deteriorating rapidly in the past two weeks.

Hong Kong Ocean Park said a veterinarian euthanized 38-year-old Jia Jia yesterday evening to prevent further suffering and for ethical reasons.

Guinness World Records recognized Jia Jia as the oldest giant panda to live in captivity. The average lifespan for a panda in the wild is 18 to 20 years , while in captivity it’s 30 years, according to Guinness.

Born in the wild, Jia Jia was taken to live at a breeding center in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province in 1980, when she was around 2.

Died at the age of 38, about 114 years old in human terms , the female panda had lost sharply her food consumption from more than 10 kg to less than 3 kg per day, according to a spokeswoman from the theme park.

Jia Jia had spent less time awake and shown no interest in food or fluids for the past few days. The panda’s condition worsened yesterday morning when she was unable to walk and spent the day lying down.

Leo Kung Lin-cheng, Ocean Park’s chairman, said Jia Jia was a member of their family who had spent 17 wonderful years with Hong Kong people, and she will be deeply missed.

He also thanked the panda for the wonderful things she had brought to Hong Kong people and visitors from around the world.

A spokesman with the Hong Kong government said that it was saddened by the panda’s death and expressed appreciation to the theme park for its care for Jia Jia and the support of the giant panda breeding center at the Wolong nature reserve in Sichuan.

Jia Jia was presented together with male panda An An by the central government to Hong Kong as a gift in 1999. Jia Jia gave births to six panda cubs.

BRUSSELS , Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Seasonally adjusted Gross domestic product (GDP) in the eurozone expanded by 0.2 percent in the third quarter of 2014 from the previous quarter, with its two biggest economies German and France both narrowly escaped a new recession, according to flash estimates published by the European Union (EU) statistical office Eurostat on Friday.

Meanwhile, the economy in the 28-nation European Union (EU) expanded 0.3 percent from the previous quarter, the statistics office said.

Technically , since two consecutive quarters of falling GDP was defined as recession, both Germany and France escaped from a new recession.

Figures show that in Europe's powerhouse Germany, the GDP increased by 0.1 percent in the third quarter, following a contraction of 0.1 percent in the second quarter.

French economy expanded by 0.3 percent in the period from July to September after shrinking by 0.1 percent in the previous quarter.

While the GDP of Italy recorded a 0.1 percent of contraction in the third quarter after a 0.2 percent shrinking in the previous quarter thus the third largest economy in the eurozone was trapped into a new recession.

In contrast, most peripheral countries continue to grow at relatively strong rates with Greek economy posting an increase of 0.7 percent quarter-on-quarter , Spain up at 0.5 percent.

Analysis said though the overall 0.2 percent increase of GDP in the eurozone was more strongly than expected, the economy of the 18-nation bloc remains sluggish and could need more stimulus.

"In such a loose monetary context today's figures are a great disappointment and highlight the need for fiscal expansion to support efforts on the monetary side," said Danae Kyriakopoulou, economist at the Center for Economics and Business Research in Britain.

By Jon Day

TOKYO, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Tuesday his plans to dissolve the lower house of parliament on Friday and hold a general election on Dec. 14 , vowing to step down as the nation's leader if the ruling bloc fails to secure a majority vote in the most powerful chamber.

Abe told a news conference that his decision was based on his hopes to gain public support for delaying a hike in the nation's consumption tax from October 2015 as per the previous administration's charter, by 18-month to April 2017.

The move, widely expected following a monumental contraction in the nation's gross domestic product released Monday, according to Abe, was based on clear economic indicators that the world's third- largest economy is far from returning to a recovery path and fears that proceeding with a second tax hike to 10 percen.
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