CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/12/2019 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/12/2019 Tue.)

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05:26, March 12, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China to build industrial Internet standard system by 2020

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China will establish a standard system for the industrial Internet by 2020, according to a guideline jointly released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Standardization Administration.

By integrating information technology and the manufacturing industry, the industrial Internet will have a comprehensive and profound influence on industrial development, the guideline said.

The industrial Internet combines the Internet, platforms and security, constituting the Internet infrastructures that connect people, devices and things, according to the guideline. (Xinhua) 

China subsidizes 44 million college students in 2018

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A total of 43.9 million college students in China received financial support in 2018, according to China Education Daily on Monday.

About $7.9 billion US dollars was provided by government funds, which accounted for 46 percent of the total amount.

The rest mainly consisted of student loans provided by banks and higher educational institutions, while donations from individuals, social organizations or enterprises accounted for nearly 1.4 percent. (Xinhua) 

Ethiopian Airlines says both data, voice recorders on crashed aircraft recovered

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Ethiopian Airlines said Monday that both data and voice recorders on the crashed airliner that killed all 157 passengers and crewmembers on Sunday have been recovered.

The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737-8 MAX crashed near Bishoftu, about 45 kilometers from the capital, Addis Ababa, just minutes after takeoff from the Bole International Airport.

Earlier on Monday, Ethiopian Airlines announced its decision to suspend commercial operations of all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. (Xinhua) 

Britain braces for make-or-break Brexit vote

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The European Union's chief negotiator on Monday shut down hopes of a Brexit compromise with Brussels, saying it was up to Britain's government and parliament to find a way forward with less than three weeks to go before the scheduled departure date.

On the eve of a crucial vote in the House of Commons on Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal, Michel Barnier said the British leader must negotiate with MPs rather than the EU.

Failure means Britain could end 46 years of ties with its closest trading partner on March 29 with no new arrangements in place, causing huge disruption on both sides of the Channel. (AFP) 

Japan ferry operator discloses details of collision with marine animal

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Japan's Sado Steam Ship Company, the operator of a jetfoil ferry that collided with a marine animal off Japan's Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, expressed the company's apologies on Monday, revealing more details of the incident that left 87 injured.

The incident occurred at around 12:15 pm on Saturday.

The jetfoil ferry was running at a speed of around 74 kilometers an hour when it hit a "white object," the ship company said.

The collision with a whale or some sea creature left 87 injured, 13 of whom suffered serious injuries such as broken bones, according to the ship’s operator. The blow also left a 17- centimeter crack at the ship's stern. (Xinhua) 

Northwest China's Gansu to build giant panda national park

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Officials from Northwest China's Gansu Province vowed to accelerate its plan to build a giant panda national park to protect pandas and other endangered animals.

According to a Gansu regional government work plan in 2019, the local government will continue strengthening its anti-pollution campaign while building the panda reserve.

The giant panda national park will be established in Longnan, in Southeast Gansu that borders Sichuan Province to the south and Shaanxi Province to the east. Around 111 giant pandas are living in the area.

The giant panda national park is part of China's blueprint to construct 10 pilot national parks. (Global Times) 

With batteries 'recharged', Zidane back as Real Madrid coach


Real Madrid picked one of its most successful figures to try to end one of its worst crises.

Madrid announced Monday that Zidane accepted an offer to replace Santiago Solari and signed a contract until June 2022 to try to get the club back on track after a disastrous season.

The coaching change came less than a week after two losses to Barcelona and another to Ajax — results eliminated the club from the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and virtually ended its hopes of winning the Spanish league. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What are the three types of muscles?

(Answer: Skeletal, cardiac and smooth.)

Today's quote is from Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC).

"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it."

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


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