CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/5/2020 Thu.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/5/2020 Thu.)

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06:20, March 05, 2020

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China relocates 9.3 million poor people to more inhabitable areas


China has relocated 9.3 million poor residents to more inhabitable areas over the past four years, the country's top economic planning body said Wednesday.

Among them, 9.2 million residents have shaken off poverty, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement on its website.

China plans to relocate nearly 10 million poor residents in unsustainable conditions to more inhabitable places during the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period, as part of the government's efforts to eliminate poverty by 2020. (Xinhua)

US strikes Taliban forces, in first hit since peace deal


The US on Wednesday conducted its first airstrike against Taliban forces in Afghanistan, a military spokesman said, days after signing an ambitious peace deal with the militant group in the Mideastern state of Qatar.

US military spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett tweeted that the "defensive" strike was the first US attack against the militants in 11 days. He said the attack was to counter a Taliban assault on Afghan government forces in Nahr-e Saraj in the southern Helmand province.

Leggett added that Taliban forces had conducted 43 attacks on Afghan troops on Tuesday in Helmand. (AP)

LA County declares health emergency with 6 new cases of coronavirus


Los Angeles County officials Wednesday declared a local public health emergency with 6 new cases of coronavirus being identified in the last 48 hours.

The county's Supervisor Kathryn Barger said at a press conference joined by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti that the move was taken "out of abundance of caution" instead of "a response rooted in panic."

LA Public Health said the 6 new cases were not due to community spread, but an assumed “known exposure” or “close contact.” (People's Daily app-Xinhua)

36 injured in Lotte Chemical plant fire in S. Korea


A total of 36 people, including factory workers and villagers near the plant in the southern city of Seosan, South Korea, were injured on Wednesday following an explosion at Lotte Chemical Corp.'s plant, Yonhap news agency reported, citing firefighting authorities.

The fire broke out following an explosion at 2:59 a.m. in the Lotte affiliate's plant in South Chungcheong Province, according to fire officials. No deaths have been reported so far.

Police suspect the explosion occurred at the plant's naphtha cracking center, which dissolves naphtha to produce various chemical products. (CGTN)

Architecture's top prize awarded to two Irish women for the first time


Dublin-based architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2020, which was announced on Tuesday. They are the first female duo, and the first architects from Ireland to win the award.

The pair "have consistently and unhesitatingly pursued the highest quality of architecture for the specific location in which it was to be built, the functions it would house and especially for the people who would inhabit and use their buildings and spaces," the jury's citation said.

The prize, often considered as the highest honor in architecture, is sponsored by Chicago's billionaire Pritzker family. Launched in 1979, it's been given annually to recognize contributions to humanity through the art of architecture ever since. (CGTN)

Tokyo stresses 2020 Olympic Games to be held as scheduled


Tokyo 2020 organizers stressed on Wednesday that the Olympic Games will be held as scheduled despite the spread of COVID-19.

Yoshiro Mori, President of the organizing committee, told reporters after reporting to the IOC executive board via teleconference from Tokyo.

"We told the IOC the measures Japan has taken against the virus. We also expressed our confidence that the Games will be held as planned. Everybody at the meeting is assured that the Games will be opened as scheduled." (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How many moons does Mars have?

(Answer: 2.)

Today’s quote is from French novelist Anatole France (1844-1924). 

"It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be."

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

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