CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/26/2020 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/26/2020 Tue.)

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06:42, May 26, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China issues guidelines on disabled people's wellbeing amid COVID-19 control

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Chinese authorities have issued guidelines on guaranteeing the basic wellbeing of disabled people amid normalized COVID-19 prevention and control, the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) said on Monday.

Jointly issued by the CDPF, the Ministry of Finance, and three other authorities, the guidelines include specific requirements for guaranteeing disabled people's basic livelihood and employment, as well as helping to lift the economically disadvantaged out of poverty.

According to the guidelines, local authorities should keep a close eye on the living conditions of disabled people affected by the epidemic, maintaining a firm grip on the situation. They should also support local nursing institutions for the disabled as they resume normal operations. (Xinhua)

WHO to temporarily stop study of malaria drug

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The World Health Organization said that it would temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.

In a news briefing on Monday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet, that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems than those that were not, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial. (AP)

UK leader’s aide says he won’t quit over lockdown road trip

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British leader Boris Johnson’s powerful chief aide insisted Monday that he wouldn’t resign for driving the length of England while the country was under strict lockdown — a trip he made without informing the prime minister first.

The government is facing a tide of anger from politicians and the public over the revelation that Dominic Cummings traveled more than 400 kilometers from London to his parents' home in Durham, Northeast England, at the end of March.

Cummings says he traveled so that extended family could care for his 4-year-old son if he and his wife, who had suspected coronavirus, both fell ill. He said the three of them stayed in isolation in a building on his father’s farm. (AP)

Japan lifts COVID-19 state of emergency completely

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted a state of emergency in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Hokkaido as the spread of COVID-19 in both areas is under control and ended the emergency throughout the country's 47 prefectures.

"I have decided to end the state of emergency across the nation," said Abe.

"In just over a month and a half, we almost brought the situation under control," he said. (Xinhua)

White House bans travel to the US from Brazil

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The White House has announced a ban on travel to the US from Brazil due to the spread of COVID-19 in Latin America's hardest-hit country.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement Sunday evening that the ban applies to foreign nationals who have been in Brazil in the 14 days before they sought to travel to the US.

McEnany cast it as a move by President Donald Trump “to protect our country.” (AP)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

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A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price.

Volkswagen said the decision announced Monday would clear the way for settlement of 60,000 pending cases in Germany.  (AP)

Young 'penny-pinching' Chinese on the rise amid coronavirus pandemic

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A new group of young "penny-pinching" Chinese have emerged of late, representing a trend toward decreased spending amid the COVID-19 pandemic and challenging the stereotype that today's generation of Chinese only knows how to spend.

These young "penny-pinchers" have kept themselves busy on Chinese social networking platform Douban sharing money-saving tips, which have earned a lot of support from Chinese netizens for their practicality. 

On Douban, some groups with names such as "Harsh Women's Federation," "Harsh Men's Federation," and the "Low Consumption Institute" have been providing tips for savvy consumers to save money while dining, heading out for drinks, traveling or shopping for clothes. (Global Times)

Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The Taj Mahal is located in which Indian city?

(Answer: Agra.)

Today's quote is from Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC).  

"Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)


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