CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/21/2019 Tue.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/21/2019 Tue.)

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05:21, May 21, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China unveils plan to strengthen food safety

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China has unveiled a guideline to enhance the country's food safety with a phased plan to build a modern governance mechanism in the field.

More than 97 percent of the country's major produce should pass quality and food safety test by 2020, while over 98 percent of food should pass spot checks, according to the guideline released by central authorities.

By 2035, China should have a world-leading set of food safety standards, marked drop in illegal practices driven by profit-seeking, and globally advanced risk control capabilities, accroding to the guideline. (Xinhua) 

Shanghai telescope honored for black hole assistance, other work

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Tianma, a radio telescope in Shanghai that has made contributions to the field of astronomy, won the top prize at the 2018 Shanghai Science and Technology Awards.

The telescope participated in long-term observations to confirm data from the first image of a black hole in deep space.

While Tianma was not directly involved in the black hole observations that created the image, its ability to see other phenomena in the universe contributed to the precise calibration of the final data for the image, said scientists in Shanghai. (China Daily) 

Putin not to congratulate new Ukrainian president on inauguration: Kremlin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will not congratulate new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on his victory.

However, Putin will congratulate the new president if he succeeds in resolving the conflict in the rebel region of Donbas, the Kremlin said Monday.

The Kremlin also said that Putin has no plans to maintain contact with Zelensky.

In his inaugural speech on Monday, Zelensky said his priority task is to put an end to the hostilities in Donbas. (Xinhua) 

DR Congo Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala resigns

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Bruno Tshibala, the current prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), officially submitted his resignation to President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday, asking him to allow the appointment of a new prime minister.

In February, Tshibala told reporters during an interview that he would resign soon. (CGTN) 

Tornadoes, thunderstorms predicted in parts of US Southern Plains

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An outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms is expected over parts of the Southern Plains on Monday, according to the US Storm Prediction Center (SPC).

"An outbreak of tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening over portions of northwest Texas into western and central Oklahoma," the agency said.

"More-isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including tornadoes and destructive winds and hail, is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas," it added. (Xinhua) 

Beijing expands testing area for self-driving vehicles

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Beijing's Haidian District, the capital's tech hub, is seeking to increase its lead in self-driving vehicles with a plan to create more space for testing.

The district will build a demonstration area with 100 square kilometers for self-driving vehicles, said the Haidian District Government.

The demonstration area is part of a 15-point action plan issued by the district government to spur the development and innovation of driverless vehicles and smart connected cars. (Xinhua) 

Eiffel Tower evacuated after climber spotted on monument

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The Eiffel Tower was evacuated Monday afternoon after a person was spotted climbing up the Paris landmark, the company that operates the structure said.

The esplanade underneath the monument was also evacuated.

Police have made contact with the climber but do not yet know why he began his ascent via the iron beams, a police source told AFP. (AFP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The ancient Aztecs used what as currency?

(Answer: Cocoa beans.)

Today's quote is from Roman Statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC).

"We forget our pleasures, we remember our sufferings."

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

 

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