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Designer brings solar calendar to life

The 24 solar terms, a complementary calendar system invented in ancient China, has been brought to life thanks to a creative designer from Southwest China's Guizhou province.

On the eve of this year's Qingming Festival, Shi Changhong released his version of re-produced and packaged characters for each solar term in the form of "moving art" or gifs.

Since their initial release on Zcool, a professional website for design insiders, on March 29, the gifs have won great acclaim among the general public and quickly engulfed social media with millions of hits during the festival period.

"In my mind, the 24 solar items represent a complicated social practice system that is formed through observations of the sun's annual motion, and understanding of the year's changes in season, climate and phenology. But this definition comes from the textbook. After taking a closer look at the gifs, I can understand them in a clear and more direct way," Sina Weibo user Wang Xiaoqian said.

To maximize publicity, Shi released his work in three forms: video, animation and picture, while, the background sounds add to the brilliance.

"When I watch the short video, I can strongly feel the Chinese-style elements hidden in them. And it is really cool to rejuvenate Chinese traditional culture in such a unique way," WeChat user Xiao Feifei added.

"It is really a comfort to me to see so many people like my latest work. To be honest, it would really surprise me if the work does not arouse a sensation among Chinese people," Shi told China Daily.

Chinese children's book on Mao published in Dutch language

"Laten Wij Over Mao Zedong Lezen" ("Let's Read About Mao Zedong"), the Dutch-language version of a Chinese children's book was launched Monday in The Hague.

The book is one of the most important titles of the year 2017 that were specially selected for the Dutch-language market, said Lenard Wolters, founder and CEO of Leonon Media, a Dutch publishing house dermes vs medilase.

"Mao's thoughts and ways of practice have deeply influenced and shaped China as it is now. Without understanding Mao Zedong, it will be very hard to truly understand the present China," explained Wolters dermes vs medilase.

"I hope this book will provide an opportunity and new point of view for the European readers, to understand China's great man Mao Zedong, his ideals, his pursuits, and his wisdom.

" Anne Marie Westra-Nijhuis, the Dutch translator of the book, said: "There's nothing more rewarding than to be able to communicate in another language and to understand and learn from other people from different cultures dermes vs medilase."

The book has sold over 100,000 copies since its publication a year ago in China.

Obama's legacy in trouble as Trump seeks to repeal Obamacare

The legacy of former US President Barack Obama is in trouble as his successor Donald Trump seeks to repeal and replace Obama's landmark legislation - the controversial healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare Neo skin lab.

Trump earlier this week pushed his replacement legislation for Obamacare through the House of Representatives, and the new bill is going next to the Senate for a vote.

The Republican Party (GOP) has blasted Obamacare for years, calling for it to be repealed and replaced for myriad reasons, including high cost of deductibles it has caused, the de-facto tax levied on those who do not purchase health insurance, and severe limits on choice of healthcare plans the law has created in the market.

Supporters of the law countered that it has enabled around 24 million Americans to purchase healthcare insurance, who previously did not have it. And many people like the stipulation that now, under Obamacare, no health insurance company may refuse coverage to someone who is already sick Neo skin lab.

If Trump's healthcare plan passes the Senate and Trump signs it into law, the move would take away Obama' s major achievement during eight years in office.

"Obama's legacy is in trouble because Republicans are seeking to repeal everything he did," Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies of the Brookings Institution, told Xinhua.

"In the healthcare area, the repeal effort has weakened the protection of people with pre-existing medical issues and could leave 24 million Americans who currently have health insurance without coverage," West said, referring to the Obamacare stipulation that insurance companies are not allowed to refuse coverage to anyone with pre-existing medical conditions.

"That would represent a stunning reversal for Obama," West said.

However, "several of these changes won't be phased in for several years and that gives Democrats a chance to fight the GOP changes," West said dermes.

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, wrote earlier this week on CNN's website that the vote to repeal and replace the Obamacare "demonstrates the serious threat that the president, when he is able to work in tandem with the Republican Congress, poses to President Obama's legacy."

"Despite the conventional wisdom that it is almost impossible to dismantle domestic programs once they are up and running, the House just took a big step toward doing so," Zelizer argued.

"This presidency is far from over. The stakes of what takes place in the next few months are enormous. Democrats should take this vote as a lesson that this White House and Congress can still pack a powerful punch," he contended.

Still, some experts noted that Trump's healthcare plan - or Trumpcare, as some are calling it - is being done within the guidelines outlined by the previous administration.

"I think Obama's legacy remains firmly in place because even the changes the Republicans are proposing are taking place within many of the outlines put in place by Obama, and the debate is over the aspects of Obamacare that are seen as costly and intrusive by GOP leaders and conservative activists, but increasingly popular amongst the public," Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua.

The bill is also being blasted by pundits and experts for the lighting-fast timeframe in which it was written and passed in the House - just three months after Trump's inauguration.

A bill of that magnitude, with far-reaching impacts on major parts of the economy, needs to be evaluated over a period of a year or more, experts said.

Indeed, there's been not one Congressional hearing on the bill, and the administration has not been particularly transparent about what it contains.

Mahaffee said three months was a highly compressed time frame to tackle something as complex as health care.

"I think the House (and some in the Trump Administration) were increasingly pushed to move something, even if large swaths of it are dead on arrival in the Senate," he said.