CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/3/2020 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/3/2020 Tue.)

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06:58, March 03, 2020



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi inspects COVID-19 scientific research, diagnosis and treatment


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday inspected scientific research on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as diagnosis and treatment during his visit to two medical institutes in Beijing.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited the Academy of Military Medical Sciences and the School of Medicine at Tsinghua University to learn about the progress on the vaccine, anti-bodies, medicine, and fast testing kit research and applications.

Xi expressed his regards to experts and researchers and chaired a symposium to listen to the views and advice of officials from relevant departments and researchers. (Xinhua)

China issues warning for desert locusts


China's forestry and grassland authority on Monday urged efforts to prevent the spread of desert locusts as the destructive migratory pests may enter the country from Pakistan, India, Myanmar, and Kazakhstan.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicted that the desert locust plague, which originated in Africa, may last until June, with swarms growing 500 times the current level.

Desert locusts may enter Tibet from Pakistan and India, fly to Southwest China's Yunnan Province from Myanmar, or invade Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from Kazakhstan, posing a major threat to food security and rural livelihoods, according to experts. (Xinhua)

Coronavirus kills at least 6 people in Washington state


Health officials in Washington state said Monday that four more people have died from COVID-19, bringing the state's death toll to six. 

Five of the patients were King County residents. The other was from Snohomish County, said Dr. Jeff Duchin, with Seattle and King County Public Health, according to CBS News. 

Scientists in Washington said several hundred more people in King County, where Seattle is located, may have been exposed to the virus, said CBS News. (People's Daily app)

DPRK fires 2 unidentified projectiles into eastern waters: S. Korean military


The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired two unidentified projectiles into eastern waters on Monday, according to South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff (JCS).

The JCS said in a statement the projectiles were launched near the DPRK's east coastal town of Wonsan toward the East Sea, without providing further details.

It noted the South Korean military maintained a defense posture while closely monitoring relevant situations in preparation for additional launches. (Xinhua)

All hostages released, gunman surrenders in Manila mall


Philippine police ended a 10-hour hostage situation in Metro Manila on Monday after convincing the gunman to free the hostages and surrender. 

The hostage-taker was identified as Archie Paray, an ex-security guard at V-Mall in San Juan. 

Paray entered the mall in the morning, shot a guard, who was later sent to a hospital and held about 30 people hostage.  

According to a mall statement, Paray is a former security guard who had lost his job at the mall. (CGTN)

Former Nissan chief must stand trial in Japan: Japanese official


Japanese Deputy Justice Minister Hiroyuki Yoshiie said on Monday that former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn must stand trial in Japan.

Yoshiie added that he has agreed with the Lebanese authorities to cooperate on this matter without specifying the role of Lebanon in this regard.

Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said there is no extradition treaty between Lebanon and Japan, as Lebanon has contacted the Japanese authorities regarding Ghosn's case but has yet to receive feedback from Japan. (Xinhua)

Man City beats Aston Villa 2-1, wins 3rd straight League Cup


Manchester City continued their imperious stranglehold over the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the final on Sunday as goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodri secured the trophy for a third straight season.

City are the first side to win the competition three seasons in a row since Liverpool claimed four straight titles from 1981 to 1984. City have won it seven times and trail record-holders Liverpool who have lifted the trophy on eight occasions. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How many leaves does a shamrock have?

(Answer: Three.)

Today’s quote is from Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828).   

"A man endures misfortune without complaint."

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

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