CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/11/2020 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/11/2020 Tue.)

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06:00, February 11, 2020



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi vows to win people's war against novel coronavirus


Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Monday stressed resolutely winning the people's war against the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

Wearing a mask, Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited a residential community, a hospital, and a district center for disease control and prevention in Beijing.

Xi said the situation at the moment remains very serious but expressed confidence that China can certainly obtain a full victory in the fight against the epidemic.

Xi also called on medical staff to continue to improve the diagnosis and treatment plan, save patients at all costs, and reminded them to take good self-protection. (Xinhua)

More medical assistance offered to virus-hit Hubei Province


The National Health Commission (NHC), on Monday, said more medical assistance would be provided for virus-hit Hubei Province as part of the country's sweeping efforts to fight the novel coronavirus.

Other than the capital city of Wuhan, Hubei's 16 cities, prefectures, and county-level cities, will be paired with 19 provincial-level areas across the country including Chongqing, Heilongjiang, and Shandong, said the NHC.

The 19 provincial-level areas will send medical staff and offer telemedicine services to help the province treat patients infected with the virus and mortality rates, said the NHC. (Xinhua)

British Airways flight crosses Atlantic in less than 5 hours


A British Airways flight landed early Sunday morning at Heathrow Airport in London after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York just four hours and 56 minutes earlier.

For the first time in years, a commercial passenger plane has flown across the Atlantic in less than five hours.

That set a new speed record for subsonic commercial aircraft to fly between the two cities.

The previous record was held by a Norwegian Air flight, which flew between the two cities in five hours and 13 minutes. (AP)

Man carrying knife arrested outside White House after threat


A man carrying a knife was arrested outside the White House on Saturday after he told a US Secret Service officer that he was there to kill the president, police said.

Roger Hedgpeth, 25, approached a Secret Service officer who was patrolling outside the White House and said he was there to “assassinate” President Donald Trump and “I have a knife to do it with,” according to a police report.

Hedgpeth was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of making threats to do bodily harm, the Metropolitan Police Department said. (AP)

S. Korean film 'Parasite' wins big, makes history at 92nd Oscars


South Korean black comedy "Parasite" turned out to be the biggest winner at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday night.

Besides nabbing Best Picture, the genre-bending class thriller won Best Director for Bong Joon-ho, Best Foreign Film, and Best Original Screenplay.

"Parasite" also made history at the 92nd Academy Awards by becoming the first foreign-language film to win best picture. (Xinhua)

James, Durant, Curry in US basketball Olympic pool


LeBron James and injured superstars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were named on Monday in a 44-strong pool of players in contention for spots on the US Olympic basketball team.

The US team, which will be chasing a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal following wins in 2008, 2012 and 2016, will be coached by San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich.

Curry, who is hoping to return for Golden State Warriors next month, withdrew from the 2016 Olympics after knee and ankle problems. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Giant pandas do what to scare off their enemies?

(Answer: Bark.)

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher Apollonius of Tyana (15 AD - 100 AD).     

"My ideal is for each to do what he knows and what he can."

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

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