CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/15/2019 Fri.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/15/2019 Fri.)

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05:18, March 15, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

80 mln cubic meters of Yellow River water diverted to Xiongan

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About 80 million cubic meters of water from the Yellow River, China's second longest river, was diverted to a major lake in the Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei Province during the past winter. 

The annual water diversion project, which ran from November 29 to March 10, is aimed at improving the Baiyangdian Lake enviornment in Xiongan and ease water shortage in the cities along the 482-kilomater-long diversion route, according to the Henan Yellow River Bureau. (Xinhua) 

China issues report on US human rights situation

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China on Thursday published a report on the human rights situation in the US. 

The report, titled "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2018," was released by the Information Office of the State Council in response to the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices issued by the US State Department on March 13. 

China's report said the US government, a self-styled "human rights defender," has a human rights record which is flawed and lackluster, and the double standards of human rights it pursues are obvious. 

The report said that gun violence continued to be rampant in the US. Data from the Gun Violence Archive showed the US reported 57,103 incidents of gun violence in 2018, resulting in 14,717 deaths, 28,172 injuries, including casualties of 3,502 juveniles. 

The US had the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and almost half of American households lived in financial difficulties, said the report. (Xinhua) 

China to add more anti-cancer drugs for medical insurance coverage

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China is considering adding more anti-cancer drugs to its list of medicines eligible for medical insurance reimbursement, in an effort to reduce the burden on patients. 

Apart from cancer drugs, medicines for rare diseases, chronic illness, children and first-aid treatment are among the options for a lengthened reimbursement list, the National Healthcare Security Administration (NHSA) said in a document aimed at expanding medical insurance coverage. 

The candidates for inclusion should be drugs that have been launched in markets with the approval of the National Medical Products Administration before December 31, 2018, said the document. (Xinhua) 

Ethiopia crash black boxes arrive in France for analysis

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Flight data recorders from the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight arrived in France for analysis Thursday. 

Sunday's crash was the second fatal flight for a Boeing 737 Max 8 in less than six months. More than 40 countries, including the US, have now grounded the planes or refused to let them into their airspace. 

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said he is confident the investigation will reveal that the crash is not related to the safety record of Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as the best-managed in Africa. (AP) 

Students file lawsuit against colleges in bribery scandal

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In the first lawsuit to come out of the college bribery scandal, two students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools entangled in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission. 

Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods, now students at Stanford, brought the complaint Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of themselves and other applicants and asked for unspecified damages.

They argued that applicants who played by the rules were victimized when rich and famous parents paid bribes that enabled unqualified students to get into highly selective universities.

Charges were announced earlier this week against 50 people, including coaches and dozens of parents. Prosecutors said parents paid to rig standardized exams and bribed coaches to get their children designated as recruited athletes in sports they didn’t even play, thereby boosting their chances of getting in. (AP) 

China to launch online braille platform

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China will launch an online braille platform with a translation function to make it easier for the visually impaired to read what they want, authorities said Thursday. 

The Braille Online Platform of China, developed by a team at Lanzhou University in northwest China's Gansu Province, will be officially put into use on March 22. 

With the platform, the user can upload a Chinese or English book or text and get it translated into a braille version, which can be read on a braille display or printed out. An audio version can also be produced. (Xinhua) 

British MPs reject calls for second Brexit referendum

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British MPs on Thursday voted to reject an amendment calling for a second Brexit referendum. 

MPs voted by 85 to 334, a majority of 249, to turn down the amendment which calls for a delayed Brexit to allow new referendum. 

The vote started in the House of Commons on Thursday afternoon after MPs completely rejected a no-deal Brexit at any time, further weakening the authority of British Prime Minister Theresa May and her government. 

Speaker John Bercow infuriated MPs by allowing the vote, drawing outcry from Brexiteers in the House of Commons. 

The amendment was put to vote in a bid to give the British public a second referendum on Brexit in order to break the present deadlock of the trouble process. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What does the term 'piano' mean?

(Answer: To be played softly.)

Today's quote is from American dramatist Wilson Mizner (1876-1933).

"Be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down."

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

 

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