CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/30/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/30/2019 Mon.)

People's Daily app

05:50, December 30, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China's takeout sector expected to exceed 600 bln yuan

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The annual turnover of China's takeout industry is expected to reach 603.5 billion yuan in 2019, said a report released by Meituan Research Institute and the China Hospitality Association.

The catering service industry presented new features including blockbuster products, chain operations and healthy eating, the report said.

Delivery options are also expanding. Orders for flowers, green plants, cosmetics and daily necessities are growing rapidly and meeting daily needs and festive demands is also becoming a new trend, according to the report. (Xinhua)

China's first Alzheimer's drug goes on sale

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The country's first self-developed drug for Alzheimer's disease – priced at $127.93 (150mg*14 capsules*3 tablets) – is available at China's direct-to-patient pharmacies with a doctor's prescription, the manufacturer announced at its global launch ceremony on Sunday.

The capsule, known as Oligomannate or GV-971, is expected to improve cognitive function in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's patients, according to the drug’s developers. (CGTN)

Taliban council agrees to cease-fire in Afghanistan

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The Taliban said Sunday they have agreed to a temporary cease-fire nationwide. It provides a window during which a peace agreement with the US could be signed.

A peace deal would allow Washington to bring home its troops from Afghanistan and end its 18-year military engagement there, America’s longest. The US wants any deal to include a promise from the Taliban that Afghanistan would not be used as a base by terrorist groups. 

The Taliban chief must approve the agreement, but it is expected. The duration of the cease-fire was not specified but suggested it would last for 10 days. (AP)

Kiev completes prisoner swap: presidential office

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The Ukrainian government completed a prisoner swap with rebels in the country's eastern regions and received 76 detainees on Sunday, the presidential office said.

Interfax Ukraine news agency said in an earlier report that Kiev would hand over about 120 captives to the rebels in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

The conflict between the Ukrainian government and pro-independence armed groups in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions broke out in April 2014. According to the United Nations, some 13,000 people have been killed in the conflict since then. (Xinhua)

US police: All 7 killed in Hawaii tour helicopter crash

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A tour helicopter crashed in Hawaii on its way back from a sightseeing tour to the rugged Na Pali Coast, the picturesque and remote northern shoreline of Kauai that was featured in the film “Jurassic Park.”

There were no survivors as of a Thursday from a tour helicopter crash that killed three minors and four adults, officials confirmed Saturday.

The remains of six people were recovered Friday and the seventh is still missing. 

Recovery efforts were suspended Saturday afternoon. (AP)

World's oldest female black rhino dies in Tanzania

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Tanzanian conservation authorities announced on Saturday the world's oldest free-ranging female black rhino died in the Ngorongoro crater at the age of 57.

An official statement said the life expectancy of rhinos is between 37 and 43 years in the wild, and can live up to 50 years and above in captivity. 

Records show that Fausta lived longer than any rhino in the world and survived in the Ngorongoro wild for more than 54 years before it was kept in a sanctuary for the last three years of its life in 2016. (CGTN)

NBA fines Thunder's Schroder $25,000 for run-in with ref

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder has been fined $25,000 for intentionally making contact with a game official, the NBA announced on Saturday.

The German player received a technical foul for the incident, which occurred with 1:20 remaining in the third quarter of Oklahoma City's 104-102 overtime victory over the Hornets in Charlotte on Friday.

Schroder, irked that officials failed to call a foul on Charlotte's Cody Zeller, batted the forearm of referee CJ Washington. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Why don't birds fall off branches when they sleep?

(Answer: Their legs lock in place to keep them upright while they snooze.)

Today’s quote is from English scientist Charles Darwin (1809-1882).   

"A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, - a mere heart of stone."

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

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