CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/17/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/17/2019 Fri.)

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05:41, May 17, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Xi meets role models with disabilities, their outstanding supporters


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with representatives attending a ceremony commending role models with disabilities and people who have made outstanding contributions in helping the disabled.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, congratulated the representatives on their commendations and encouraged them to make continued efforts to achieve new accomplishments in supporting China's disabled.

A total of 167 role models with disabilities, 100 outstanding units and 100 outstanding individuals of disability support, 100 disability support centers, as well as 33 model workers of disabled persons' federations were commended at the ceremony. (Xinhua) 

Microsoft opens largest AI & IoT lab in Shanghai

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Microsoft Corporation has established an Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things Insider Lab in Shanghai to aid digital transformation across industries.

Located in a 2,800-square-meter building in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park of the Pudong New Area, the lab, which began operation Wednesday, is established in partnership with the state-run Zhangjiang Group. It is the fourth and also the largest such lab run by Microsoft around the world.

Microsoft said the lab provides "all-around support" for enterprises inside and taps into the Internet of Things and AI technologies to fuel the digital transformation taking place across industries, including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, finance and urban construction. (Xinhua) 

British PM to set departure date in June

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will set a timetable in early June for her departure as the country's prime minister, an official statement said Thursday.

"We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the bill to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative and Unionist party," said Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee in a statement after his meeting with May. (Xinhua) 

Boeing, aerospace group urge limits to US tariffs over EU subsidies


Senior officials from Boeing and a US aerospace trade group on Wednesday urged the US government to narrowly tailor any tariffs imposed on the European Union over illegal aircraft subsidies to avoid harming American manufacturers.

Delta Airlines warned that such tariffs would cause "serious harm" to the company, their customers, and employees since the US carrier is contractually obligated to buy billions of dollars worth of Airbus aircraft.

The comments came at a two-day hearing held by the US Trade Representative's office on proposed tariffs on EU goods related to the long-running Boeing-Airbus subsidy dispute.

Many smaller aerospace suppliers also testified. (CGTN) 

New York City Mayor de Blasio is seeking Democratic nod for president

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on US President Donald Trump.

The mayor announced his run with a video released by his campaign.

When he took office in 2014, de Blasio seemed briefly poised to become a leading voice for an emerging left wing of the Democratic Party. (AP) 

South African woman reaches the summit of Mount Qomolangma

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South African Saray Khumalo has become the first black African woman to reach the top of Mount Qomolangma, according to local media reports.

Mount Qomolangma is commonly known as Mount Everest.

Khumalo, a business executive, reached the 8,850-meter summit of the world's highest mountain on Thursday morning in what was her fourth attempt.

The South African government posted a tweet congratulating Khumalo for becoming "the first black African woman to reach the top of the world by conquering Mount Qomolangma". (China Plus) 

Giant pandas return to China after years in US


Two giant pandas have returned to China after living in the US for years.

Twenty-seven-year-old female giant panda Bai Yun and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu, arrived in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Thursday after the San Diego Zoo's conservation loan agreement with China ended.

As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic image of the zoo and one of the most popular animals.

Last month, the San Diego Zoo held a three-week farewell event for the two giant pandas.

It was reported that roughly 1,000 people visited the zoo to say goodbye to the pandas. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What do you call two witches who live together?

(Answer: Broommates!)

Today's quote is from German poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856).

"Experience is a good school. But the fees are high."

(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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