CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/20/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/20/2019 Fri.)

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06:21, December 20, 2019



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

President Xi commends Macao's historic achievements since return to motherland


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday commended the historic achievements made by Macao in economic and social development.

Macao's economy registered the fastest growth and livelihoods witnessed the biggest improvement over the past two decades, Xi said in a speech delivered at a welcome banquet marking the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to China, which falls on Friday.

Macao's historic achievements shall be attributed to the thorough implementation of "one country, two systems" principle, strong support from the central government and the mainland, the  Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government's active performance of duties and concerted and strenuous efforts of people from all walks of life in Macao, Xi said.

Xi said the practice of "one country, two systems" with Macao characteristics would surely achieve greater success, with Macao compatriots making greater contribution to the realization of national rejuvenation. (Xinhua)

GOP embraces Trump as never before with anti-impeachment


One day after House Republicans stood in unanimous opposition to impeachment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell positioned his GOP-controlled chamber to second the party's unapologetic embrace of President Donald Trump, putting the president's effective takeover of the party on stark display.

McConnell signaled his confidence in Senate acquittal from the “most unfair" charges brought by the House, evidence of the party's remarkable turnaround from four years ago, when congressional Republicans wanted nothing to do with the insurgent and inflammatory Trump campaign.

The party is now bound to a president whose loyalty from his party's core conservative voters is matched only by his opponents' loathing for him. (AP)

Brexit priority for UK gov't, Queen tells Parliament


British Queen Elizabeth II announced Thursday that Britain's departure from the European Union (EU) will be a priority for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.

The British monarch made her remarks at the State Opening of Parliament, and announced new bills and measures planned by Johnson's government.

She said the government will bring forward legislation to make the most of the opportunities from Brexit, including beginning trade negotiations with other leading global economies. (Xinhua)

China has 300 million female eSports players and gamers: report


The number of female game users in China reached 300 million in 2019, slightly up 3.5 percent year on year but still with growth potential, said a report released Thursday.

Accounting for 46.2 percent of the country's total game users, they have become increasingly important consumers in the game market, according to the 2019 China Gaming Industry Report released by China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association.

In 2019, female game players contributed 52.7 billion yuan, or 22.8 percent of the total sales revenue of China's gaming industry, the report read. (Xinhua)

Shanghai launches new 'cell factory' for cancer therapy


East China's Shanghai on Wednesday launched a factory to engineer human immune cells to provide personalized therapies for certain types of cancer patients.

Fosun Kite Biotechnology, a Sino-US joint venture, will produce Yescarta, the world's first CAR-T therapy to treat certain types of large B-cell lymphoma.

Located in the Zhangjiang High-Tech Park, the facility is expected to have commercial production capacity around 2020. (Xinhua)

Scientists narrow age estimate for fossils of human ancestor


Scientists say they have finally calculated the age of the youngest known remains of Homo erectus, which is generally considered an ancestor of our species.

The fossilized skull fragments and other bones were uncovered on the Indonesian island of Java in the 1930s. 

In a report released Wednesday by the journal Nature, scientists conclude the remains are between 108,000 and 117,000 years old. 

H. erectus may have been doomed on Java by climate change that turned its open woodland environment into rain forest, a researcher said. (AP)

Only one Asian film shortlisted for Oscar awards


Going by the shortlist newly released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the more ethnically diverse roster of Academy member-voters has not yet translated to greater welcome for Chinese films, or for that matter, Asian films, with the exception of South Korea's "Parasite."

None of the three Chinese-language movies that would qualify for a Best International Feature Film received a nod this year. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What does bile do in your body? 

(Answer: Emulsifying fats in the small intestine.)

Today’s quote is from Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321).   

"Small projects need much more help than great."

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

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