CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/4/2020 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/4/2020 Mon.)

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07:56, May 04, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app.

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi extends greetings to young Chinese ahead of Youth Day

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged young Chinese to hold firm convictions, stick to people's stance and develop genuine skills to devote themselves to the cause of building a great country.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the statement on Sunday when sending greetings to young people across the country ahead of China's Youth Day, which falls on May 4.

The year 2020 is the critical year for securing a decisive victory in the fight to eradicate absolute poverty and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Xi noted, adding that it also marks the convergence of the timeframes of the two centenary goals.

He called on youngsters to pass on the May Fourth spirit, always work hard and forge ahead with their fellow Chinese along the new long march to realizing the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation. (Xinhua)

Italy's daily COVID-19 fatality rate drops to lowest since early March

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Daily COVID-19 fatalities in Italy fell to 174 on Sunday, the lowest number since a nationwide lockdown was issued on March 10.

Italy's Ministry of Health said the lower figures pushed the country's total death tally to 28,884.

Other figures also reinforced this latest trend.

Positive cases nationwide decreased by 525, while recoveries reached 1,740. (Xinhua)

California city official ousted for COVID-19 'herd immunity' comments

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A northern California city official was ousted after he claimed on social media that sick, old, and homeless people should be left to meet their "natural course in nature" during the COVID-19 pandemic, local media reported.

City council members in Antioch voted unanimously Friday night via Zoom to relieve Ken Turnage II from his duties as the city’s planning commissioner due to his unacceptable comments.

 "The world has been introduced to a new phrase Herd Immunity which is a good one. In my opinion we need to adapt a Herd Mentality. A herd gathers its ranks, it allows the sick, the old, the injured to meet its natural course in nature," Turnage said on Facebook. (Xinhua)

Global tourism industry won’t regain its pace until 2023

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Six months ago, the global tourism industry was celebrating a record year for travel. Now, it’s decimated and facing a recovery that could take years.

Tourism Economics, a data and consulting firm, predicts global travel demand won’t resume its normal pace until 2023.

Millions of people who depend on tourism have been laid off or furloughed.

In the US, an estimated 8 million tourism-related employees are jobless, or about one-third of the total US unemployment rate, said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association. (AP)

Gunshots fired from DPRK hit S. Korean guard post: South Korea military

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Multiple gunshots fired from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) hit a South Korean guard post inside the inter-Korean border, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Sunday.

The bullets, fired from the DPRK side, hit a South Korean guard post in the central front of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at about 7:41 am, according to a JCS statement.

No casualties or damages were reported from the South Korean side, the JCS said.  (Xinhua)

Tesla to build 4,000 Model 3s per week in Shanghai by mid-2020

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The production rate of Tesla's Model 3 sedans in its Shanghai gigafactory will top 4,000 units per week by mid-2020, the US electric carmaker said on Thursday.

Tesla's product line in Shanghai only contained the Standard Range Plus version of the Model 3 in the first quarter.

The company has launched an online configurator for a long range version and a performance version since April. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How is sodium chloride better known?

(Answer: Salt.)

Today's quote is from English athlete David Beckham.   

"As a footballer, you always want to test yourself against the best."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Da Hang. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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