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  But in more granular terms — especially when “best” can be so subjective — what does this even mean?

  Broadly, sure, it’s a hotel that’s firing on all cylinders. Everything from the meals to the amenities to the grounds mus

t be flawless. But for a guest, it must be more personal than that to obtain such high esteem.

  At Adare, it’s eating breakfast in a room that looks like it was lifted straight out of Hogwarts. It’s lear

ning the ancient art of falconry alongside the hotel’s resident Snowy Owl, Olaf. And it’s def

initely sinking your teeth into a freshly baked scone with a dollop of house-made lemon curd.

  So how, exactly, does Adare craft its magic? Read on for a peek behind the proverbial curtain.The st

aff at Adare is more than 500 strong, which leaves plenty of manpower to focus specifically on g

uests’ needs. General Manager Paul Heery also instructs his employees on the theory of “beyond everything,” which tran

slates into making sure every experience on property is exceptional from the guest’s point of view.

  ”Is the welcome at the gate a little bit more than the normal welcom

e?” he says, for example, of greeting guests upon arrival. “The objective is that every guest co

ming through gets some sort of a memory. We are always challenging ourselves and challenging the norm.”

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A jet lag cure. Such is the promise of the hotel spa’s exclu

  sive coladh samh massage (the name, pronounced “culla sauv,” is an Irish phrase meaning sound sleep) — a 50 or 80-minute trea

tment specifically designed to help with sleep issues, ranging from insomnia to epic jet lag battles.

  The experience begins with a mixture of pressure and Swedish techniques, followed

by a cooling ceramic stone treatment designed to lull the body into a state of relaxation. This author can speak fro

m firsthand experience: My whole body felt like a happy, sleepy puddle by the end of the service.

  And spa junkies rejoice: Adare’s spa is one of only 11 in the world (a

nd the only one in Ireland) to offer La Mer-branded treatments. For true luxury, boo

k the La Mer Miracle Broth Experience, a 180-minute service that includes a body polish with pure dia

mond powder, a circulation enhancing massage and the signature Miracle Broth facial.

  Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland; +353 61 605 200. Rates start at $370, including breakfast

  Juliet Izon is a veteran lifestyle writer, covering fo

od, travel, interior design and entertainment. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

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Moreover, in January, financial data continued its trend of

structural optimization from the previous month, which is reflected by the pickup in medium

and long-term lending and the continuous increase in bond financing. Looking ahead, such structural improvement is likely to co

ntinue, further boosting the supportive role of “loose credit supply” in “stabilizing growth.”

From the external perspective, the following three factors are expected to support the Chinese

yuan’s exchange rate to regain long-term stability, thus enhancing the autonomy of China’s monetary policy.

First, developed economies have slowed their pace of tightening. Since the end of 2018, due to the stalling global recovery and

signs of a returning crisis, central banks of various developed economies have become more cautious toward the no

rmalization of monetary policy. The European Central Bank, the Bank of England, and the Reserve Bank of Australia successively lowered their fo

recast for economic growth. In the US, the dovish voice inside the Fed has gradually increased. Because of this, si

nce late January, the yield inversion of short-term government bonds in China and the US has been eased. Thus, despite the

monetary policy differentiation between China and other major developed economies, the degree of d

ivergence is expected to decline, weakening the long-term pressure on the yuan’s exchange rate.

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Haydar Sattar, a member of the local council in Eastern

Baquba, told the Xinhua News Agency that “mallows spread tremendously this winter. It reminds me of Iraq from a long time ago.”

“Some valleys, close to my hometown of Mandli, 90 kilometers east of Baqub

a, are now being called mallow valleys due to the spread of the weed,” he said.

Arkan al-Nadawi, a local villager, said that “mallows spread this y

ear in wheat and barley fields, and in most of the fields of northern and eastern regions.”

“Mallows taste great and most of the people in villages and countryside love it, and it is the dish of the poor,” he added.

Monshed al-Zaidy, a government employee, who was standing close to a road in the village of Gazania, 96 kilo

meters east of Baquba, was helping his wife to harvest mallow plants and keep it in a plastic bag.

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Many private enterprises pledged equity to borrow money

stock or real estate investment, instead of investing in their main business, which is not recommended. What we should encourage is tha

t companies should finance R&D and technology, which is conducive to economic development.

Cai Fang, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

What lies behind the economic slowdown is the disappearance of the demographic dividend, which has ca

used a decline in the potential growth rate, meaning there is no longer a gap between actual growth rat

es and potential rates. Now, the natural unemployment rate has climbed from 4 to 5 percent, indicating there is no cyc

lical unemployment at present and thus excessive strong stimulus is unnecessary.

The government should focus policymaking on public employment services like

training and appropriately use macroeconomic policy tools to regulate the economy.

Lou Jiwei, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund

Industrial policy played a certain role in the early economic developmen

t stage, but later, the actual role of industrial policy was not all positive. Take the auto ind

ustry as an example. The current “big three” private car manufa

cturers have basically broken the constraints of industrial policies to grow up.

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Russia trade hits record $100 billion with m

Bilateral trade between China and Russia last year exceeded $100 billion as of mid-December, a new record, official figures sh

owed Thursday, and an analyst forecast further increases in high-technology trade and e-commerce this year.

Bilateral trade grew 27.8 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2018 to $97.24 billion,

Gao Feng, spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), told a press conference on Thursday.

Projects that China and Russia have been cooperating on include nuclear power and other energy sectors, as well as the aviation industry, Gao said.

China remains Russia’s largest trading partner. In the first 11 months of last year, bilateral trade in electronic pro

ducts and the high-technology sector increased 15 percent and 29 percent, respectively, according to MOFCOM.

Trade in agricultural products increased by 31 percent, Gao said.

Cooperation involving strategic large projects achieved remarkable results. Eme

rging fields such as nuclear energy and aerospace have also increased rapidly, Gao noted.

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According to the guideline, such new-generation hig

in information, biology, advanced manufacturing and new materials will grow into core industries in the area. Several key projects in f

ifth-generation (5G) networks, genetic testing, intelligent robotics, 3D printing and the BeiDou navigation system will be cultivated.

Whether the Greater Bay Area can become an international technology and innovation hub is the key

to the area’s success, according to a research report recently issued by the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute.

The region boasts the most complete manufacturing industry chain and has world-class technol

ogy talent from prestigious universities. Moreover, the favorable location offers convenience an

d benefits to enhance technological and innovation exchanges and cooperation with countries and regions al

ong the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative and other major countries in the world, said the research report.

By comparing the Greater Bay Area with the New York bay area and San Fran

cisco Bay Area in the US, Liang Haiming, chairman of the institute, told the Global T

imes on Monday that balancing the interests of traditional and emerging industries, and helping multiple

industries share the work while cooperating are two things that could be learned from the two US bay areas.

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Folorunsho Amsat, a journalist, told Xinhua one of the

 of the polls postponement is that it would cause many voters to be depressed and the country might record a low turnout of electorates when the election eventually holds.

“The momentum is dying. I hope it’s not dead in one week,” he said.

According to the electoral chief, shifting the polls was “a difficult decision for the Commission to take.”

For more than seven hours, the electoral chief and the 12 nation

al commissioners of the INEC were in a closed-door meeting on Friday night.

The elections were supposed to hold at 119,973 polling units across the country while collation of res

ults was to take place in 8,809 registration areas or wards, 774 local government areas in 36 states and the capital Abuja.

Sources had hinted a possible postponement of the election due to logistic challenges in some parts of the country.

The official News Agency of Nigeria, citing official sources in the north-central state of Niger

had reported that ballot papers for two of the state’s three senatorial districts were missing as of Friday evening.

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Moreover, the number of Chinese who go abroad is closely

residents’ disposable income levels and income growth. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that in 2017, the per ca

pita disposable income of the high-income group reached 64,934 yuan ($9,604.71). For most of the residents in the high-inco

me group, overseas tours remain as a kind of luxury spending, thus the per capita disposable income for residents that traveled abroad

should be raised to at least 120,000 yuan a year. Yet this group probably numbers less than 100 mil

lion residents. In other words, the number of people who can afford the average cost of going abroad is theoretically less than 100 million.

Although many research institutions are optimistic about the development pr

ospects for Chinese people’s overseas tourism, the growth rate of private outbound trip

s was only 5.7 percent in 2017, compared to 22 percent in 2010 and 10.6 percent in 2015, showing a do

wnward trend. This may actually reflect the decline in the growth rate of disposable income.

I don’t agree with the so-called “consumption downgrade,” as the Engel coefficient – the propor

tion of money spent on food in household expenses – fell to 28.4 in 2018. Yet, the slowdown in consumption growth, increased leverage r

atio in home purchases and other factors have all impeded the pace of the consumption upgrade.

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What apparently has shattered the confidence of the ruling

its poor performance in recent polls in three key Indian states.

One key factor that apparently sealed the fate of the BJP was prevailing anger among upper castes. So the first thing the prime

minister did was to grant 10 percent job reservation to the less well-off among the upper castes.

The BJP projected the move as a “game changer” which it claimed would win it the support of a certain section of society bu

t now finds itself on the back foot as the Congress came out with a proposal promising “minimum income guarantee” fo

r every poor villager if the party was voted to power. The idea has left the BJP leadership unnerved.

The head of the Pakistan Navy hailed the Chinese navy’s participation in the Aman 19 multinational maritime exercise during a visit to the

warship Kunlunshan on Sunday, saying that the Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean is vital to regional ­security.

Pakistan is holding its sixth multinational maritime naval drills, Aman 19, from Friday to Tuesday in Ka

rachi, with navies and observers from 46 countries including China, Russia and the US participating in the exercise.

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy), which has participated in all

previous Aman exercises, sent two warships from the Task Group 998 for the exercise.

“The PLA Navy has always been a very big participant, we are really grateful for that,” Ch

ief of the Pakistani Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi told the Global Times during his visit.

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