CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/23/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/23/2019 Wed.)

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05:18, October 23, 2019



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China promotes campaign to raise public awareness of law


A campaign to raise public awareness of the law has covered over 2,000 counties, cities and districts across China, according to a conference on promoting the campaign in central China's Henan Province.

The campaign was jointly launched by the China Law Society, the Ministry of Justice and the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, aiming to mobilize young volunteers to promote legal education at the primary level.

More than 800,000 volunteers participated in the campaign in 2018, helping over 80 million people learn about the law. (Xinhua)

Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement in highly ritualized ceremony


Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Tuesday proclaimed his enthronement in a highly ritualized, ancient-style ceremony held in the Seiden State Hall at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in front of 2,000 guests from around the world.

In the official coronation ceremony known as "Sokuirei Seiden no gi," the 59-year-old emperor wearing a dark reddish-brown robe known as a "Korozen no goho" only worn by emperors, made his ascension to the 6.5-meter-high canopied Takamikura imperial throne.

In his final words the emperor wished for the peace and prosperity of mankind. (Xinhua)

Brexit in limbo as Boris Johnson wins 1 vote, loses another

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the European Union — but effectively guarantees it won’t happen on the scheduled date of Oct. 31.

The good news for the prime minister was that lawmakers — for the first time since Britons chose in 2016 to leave the EU — voted for a Brexit plan, backing by 329-299 a bill to implement the agreement Johnson struck with the EU last week.

But minutes later, legislators rejected his fast-track timetable to pass the bill, saying they needed more time to scrutinize it.  (AP)

Oslo police shoot to stop man driving on sidewalk

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An armed Norwegian man stole an ambulance and drove it along a sidewalk in Oslo on Tuesday, injuring two toddlers as police tried to stop him by shooting at the tires and ramming the vehicle.

The 32-year-old man was injured and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said.

Inside the stolen ambulance, police found an Uzi submachine gun, a shotgun and what they said were “large amounts” of narcotics.

Investigators said the suspect was known to have had ties to far-right groups. (AP)

Syrian president pays first declared trip to rebel-held Idlib


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with Syrian soldiers in the country's largest rebel bastion in Idlib province Tuesday, state TV reported. 

The president met with soldiers on the front line in the town of Habit in the Idlib countryside, said the report with no further details. 

It's the president's first declared trip to Idlib, which is the last major rebel stronghold in the country. (CGTN)

Paris reveals golden Marianne logo for 2024 Olympics


The logo for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, depicting the Olympic flame within a gold medal, was unveiled in host city Paris on Monday.

The circular design with Paris 2024 in the art deco style which was in vogue in 1924 when Paris last hosted the Games, also incorporates the lips and outline of Marianne, the personification of the French Republic since the revolution in 1789. (Xinhua)

NBA star rookie Williamson out up to 8 weeks after knee surgery

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward sensation Zion Williamson will be sidelined up to two months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday just as a new NBA season is about to begin.

The top pick in the 2019 entry draft averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists a game in four appearances for New Orleans during a smashing pre-season run. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In the human body what is the hallux? 

(Answer: Big toe.) 

Today’s quote is from Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). 

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

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

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