CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/8/2019 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/8/2019 Tue.)

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05:24, October 08, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi extends Seniors' Day greetings

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President Xi Jinping wished senior citizens nationwide a happy Double Ninth Festival, also known as Chongyang Festival, which falls on Monday.

Xi extended the greetings Sunday in reply to a letter written earlier by 30 senior residents in Macao.

Xi expressed his hope that the senior residents could tell young people in Macao more stories happening before and after Macao's return to the motherland and encourage them to pass on the fine tradition of loving the motherland and loving Macao to make contributions to the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and to work together in making Macao more beautiful. (Xinhua)

China sees 782 mln domestic tourist trips during National Day holiday

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China saw a total of 782 million domestic tourist trips made during the seven-day National Day holiday, up 7.81 percent from last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Tourism revenue reached nearly 650 billion yuan during the holiday from October 1 - 7, up 8.47 percent, according to the ministry.

"Red tourism," or revolutionary-themed tourism, has since become a highlight. About 78.84 percent of tourists participated in activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, according to ministry statistics. (Xinhua)

NBA responds to Rockets GM Morey's Hong Kong tweet

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Sunday made an official response to Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey's improper tweet over China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The league's Chief Communication Officer Mike Bass said Morey's tweet has "deeply offended" the Chinese people and it was "regrettable,” but made no apology.

Meanwhile, Morey posted two tweets, claiming that "offending or misunderstanding" Chinese fans and sponsors was not his intention.

On Friday, the Rockets general manager expressed his support for protests in Hong Kong. People from all walks of life in China vociferously reacted to Morey's tweet. (CGTN)

DPRK fishing boat half-submerged after collision in Sea of Japan: Japan Coast Guard

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A fishing boat belonging to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol boat reportedly collided in the Sea of Japan on Monday, according to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).

The incident, which occurred at around 9:10 am, left the DPRK fishing vessel half-submerged with 20 crew members flung overboard.

The JCG and Fisheries Agency routinely dispatch patrol ships to the water region to safeguard illegal fishing. (Xinhua)

HSBC to cut up to 10,000 jobs: report

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The London-headquartered HSBC Holdings plans to axe 10,000 jobs in an effort to cut costs, according to media reports on Sunday.

The layoffs will account for more than 4 percent of the banking titan's workforce, said the Financial Times.

According to the bank's 2019 interim report, there were over 237,000 full-time employees as of June 2019. (Xinhua)

Three scientists share 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

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Three scientists will share the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the Nobel committee announced Monday.

The prize was awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr, Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza "for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability," said the Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute.

The three 2019 Medicine laureates have identified molecular machinery that regulates the activity of genes in response to varying levels of oxygen, the committee said. (Xinhua)

Israel discovers 5,000-year-old Canaanite city with ritual temple

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A 5,000-year-old Canaanite city with a ritual temple was discovered in the center of Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported on Sunday.

The ancient city, which is spread over 650,000 square meters, was discovered in archeological excavations in the Sharon region, near the new city of Harish.

According to archaeologists, "the city is one of the first steps of Canaanite culture in the ancient Land of Israel, which is consolidating its identity in the newly established urban sites. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who invented the thermometer in 1593? 

(Answer: Italian physicist Galileo Galilei.)

Today’s quote is from American writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894). 

"Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light."

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





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