CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/18/2020 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/18/2020 Tue.)

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06:47, February 18, 2020

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

WHO-China expert team begins coronavirus field inspections

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A joint expert team consisting of experts from China and the World Health Organization Monday began field inspections on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, a Chinese health official said Monday.

The expert team will go to Beijing, Guangdong Province and Sichuan Province to conduct inspections, said Mi Feng, spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC), at a press conference.

The joint expert team acknowledged China's prevention and control measures, as well as the dedication of Chinese medical workers, Mi said. (Xinhua)

Beijing 2022 organizing committee holds high-level video conference with IOC

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The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG) held a high-level video conference with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the preparations for Beijing 2022 on Monday.

The two sides communicated and held Q&A sessions over issues, including global ticket sales, hospitality programs, and promoting sustainable and legacy projects during the video conference.

"Amid the Chinese people's fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic, this video conference on Beijing 2022 preparations represents the understanding and support from the IOC," said Beijing vice mayor and BOCOG executive vice president Zhang Jiandong. (Xinhua)

Japanese emperor's public birthday event canceled

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Japan's Imperial Household Agency on Monday said a public birthday event for Emperor Naruhito scheduled for the weekend at the Imperial Palace had been canceled due to concerns over the new coronavirus.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako were scheduled to greet the public three times Sunday morning from a balcony at the palace.

The emperor’s birthday address, who will turn 60, would have been the first since he ascended the throne on May 1 last year. (Xinhua)

Travel chaos continues after massive technical failure at London airport

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Flights continued to be disrupted at Heathrow Airport on Monday due to a massive technical failure of the system handling check-in and flight information at four passenger terminals.

At least 58 of the day's arrivals were cancelled on Monday due to a knock-on effect with the problem, which happened Sunday, according to the London-based Evening Standard newspaper, that also said another 30 departures had been grounded at Britain’s busiest airport.

All of the flights affected Monday were operated by British Airways, the largest airline at the international hub. (Xinhua)

French parliament to debate pension reform

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French President Emmanuel Macron's divisive plan to overhaul the pension system will be debated in the lower house of parliament on Monday — in a process that could take months, with a final vote expected this summer.

Changing and streamlining the retirement system is a priority for the president and has been met with bitterness in recent months from unions, triggering France's longest transport strike in decades.

Polls continue to show a majority of the French public are in favor of the strikes and are critical of the government's handling of the reform system. (AP)

SpaceX rocket launches 5th cluster of 60 internet satellites

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US private space company SpaceX launched its fifth cluster of 60 Starlink satellites into space on Monday, to build at minimum a 12,000-strong satellite network capable of providing broadband internet services.

The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the satellites, lifted off Monday morning from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force, Florida, according to a live broadcast by SpaceX.

SpaceX designed the Starlink satellite to provide worldwide internet coverage, using a network of satellites in low-Earth orbit. (Xinhua)

Kawhi Leonard wins first Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award

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The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend came to an end on Sunday as Team Lebron defeated Team Giannis 157-155 at the United Center. Kawhi Leonard, who had 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for Team LeBron, was named the first-ever winner of the Kobe Bryant trophy.

Leonard was presented with the MVP trophy that the league renamed after Bryant on Saturday, three weeks after the Lakers great, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people killed when their helicopter crashed near Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Clippers star has two NBA finals MVP trophies after helping San Antonio and Toronto win championships.

All that’s missing for Leonard now is the league’s regular-season MVP award. (AP)

Thanks for listening, and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which ancestor do all dog breeds have in common?

(Answer: Wolf.) 

Today’s quote is from German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).  

"Achievements, seldom credited to their source, are the result of unspeakable drudgery and worries."

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


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