CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/12/2020 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/12/2020 Tue.)

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05:31, May 12, 2020



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi sends greetings to nurses ahead of Int'l Nurses Day


Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, sent greetings to nurses across the country ahead of International Nurses Day, which falls on May 12.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, a vast number of nurses threw themselves into the battle without hesitation and proved worthy of the great trust placed in them, said Xi.

Nursing is an important part of health care, Xi said, asking Party committees and governments at all levels to care about nurses, focus more efforts on strengthening the nursing workforce, and improve the incentive mechanisms. (Xinhua)

Russia to end COVID-19-related restrictions

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Russia will end its COVID-19-related restrictions nationwide from Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Putin said he had signed a decree ending nationwide paid leave beginning Tuesday and called on regional heads to ease restrictions where possible.

However, mass events will not be allowed throughout the country, Putin said, adding that the self-isolation regime should be maintained for people over 65 and those with chronic diseases. (Xinhua)

Thailand tourist arrivals may plunge two-thirds: tourism official

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Monday released its latest forecast, indicating that the number of foreign tourists may plunge by almost two-thirds to 14 million this year, the lowest level in 14 years as COVID-19 pandemic hits global travel.

The TAT now forecasts only 14 million to 16 million foreign visitors this year, a sharp drop from 33.8 million projected in March.

Last year's foreign arrivals reached a record 39.8 million. (Xinhua)

English football's Premier League could restart in June, says UK government


English football's Premier League could restart from June 1 after the UK government announced it would be part of "step two" of its COVID-19 lockdown road map.

In its 51-page document titled Our plan to rebuild, published on Monday, the government said games would be held behind closed doors, and it warned spectators they may not be able to attend games until a vaccine is found. 

The Premier League and its 20 clubs are holding a meeting on Monday to discuss how or if the league can restart. (CGTN)

Rhino killed as poaching attempts increase amid India virus lockdown


A rare one-horned rhino has been killed as poaching attempts increase in one of India's best-known national parks during the coronavirus lockdown, officials said Sunday.

Hunters can earn as much as $150,000 for one rhino horn or around $60,000 per kilo on a black market according to media reports. 

Officials said poaching attempts have increased in and around the park since the start of the nationwide lockdown in late March.

In April, more than five attempts to slaughter the rare creatures were thwarted by park rangers and a special rhino protection force set up by the state government. (AFP)

19 dead as Iran warship hit by 'friendly fire' in tense Gulf

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An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media, and the army said Monday.

The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television said on its website.

"The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target," said the channel.

The armed forces said in a statement that 19 crewmen were killed and 15 injured. (AFP)

Shanghai Disneyland first to reopen globally after virus shutdown


After being closed for over 100 days, the Shanghai Disneyland theme park has become the first Disney park globally to reopen for business following a COVID-19 shutdown.

However, interaction and close-up photos will be suspended during the initial reopening phase. While most attractions will be open, some interactive experiences, such as children's play areas, and theater shows, will remain closed. (CGTN)

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

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which former Prime Minister of Great Britain was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953?

(Answer: Winston Churchill.)

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

"The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home."

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

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