CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/7/2018 Thu.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/7/2018 Thu.)

People's Daily app

05:28, June 07, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Premier stresses Internet, healthcare

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Premier Li Keqiang called for further integration with the internet to improve key public services, including healthcare and education, during his one-day trip to the Ningxia Hui Autonomous region on Monday.

Li visited hospitals, schools and local communities in Yinchuan, the region's capital, ahead of the region’s 60th anniversary this October.

At Yinchuan No 1 Hospital, Li listened to reports on internet and healthcare integration. An internet hospital system has covered all communities and townships in the Ningxia region to provide long-distance diagnoses and treatment. (People’s Daily app)

China gains membership to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage Committee

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After receiving 123 votes on Wednesday, China officially became a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO from 2018 to 2022.

Consisting of 24 States Parties, the committee oversees the Convention through operational directives and plans on funding for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Yu Qun, a member of the CCP Committee with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism attended the event held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. (People’s Daily app)

Anti-cheating campaign aims at gaokao exam

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China’s Ministry of Public Security has coordinated efforts with local authorities to apprehend criminals who manufacture and sell high-tech gadgets designed to help students cheat on the upcoming national college entrance examination, known as the gaokao.

In a statement released Tuesday, public security officials said the campaign, launched in Liaoning, Shandong, Hubei, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region in late May, has so far nabbed a dozen criminal gangs and seized over 100,000 wireless gadgets used for cheating.

Chu Zhaohui, a senior researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said the methods students use to cheat are constantly changing, and efforts to prevent cheating should be appreciated.

"This is necessary, because for an exam that affects students' future development, fairness should be guaranteed," Chu said. (China Daily – People’s Daily)

EU set to impose rebalancing duties on US products in July

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The European Union should start applying the rebalancing duties on US products in July in response to US tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminum, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

"The College of Commissioners endorsed today the decision to impose additional duties on the full list of US products notified to the World Trade Organization, as part of the EU's response to the US tariffs on steel and aluminum products," the Commission said in a statement.

Following this decision, the Commission expects to "conclude the relevant procedure in coordination with the member states before the end of June so that the new duties start applying in July.” (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Newsom, Cox advance to November election for California governor

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John Cox, a Republican business owner who has tried and failed for nearly two decades to win elected office, snagged a spot in the November runoff for California governor with the help of US President Donald Trump, but that support could hurt him in the winner-take-all race with Democrat Gavin Newsom.

Because of California’s “jungle primary,” the top two finishers — regardless of party — advance to a runoff in November.

Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco, had said during the primary he preferred a Republican opponent in the fall.

Newsom told supporters that he relishes a fight with Cox, whom he called “a foot soldier” for Trump’s war on California. (AP)

China to send disease prevention team to help fight Congo Ebola

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A team of Chinese health experts will depart for the Democratic Republic of Congo this week to help fight an Ebola outbreak in the Central African nation.

Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said the experts will use a vaccine developed by China to help combat the disease.

Four public health specialists from the disease prevention center and seven experts from institutions like the Academy of Military Medical Sciences will evaluate the ground situation and provide support to their Congo counterparts.

"They will stay in Congo for a month according to the original plan," Gao said, and added that "the places where outbreaks occurred are far away from the capital and transportation is inconvenient.” (China Daily – People’s Daily app)

Sister reveals Kate Spade suffered from mental illness for years

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Designer Kate Spade, who recently committed suicide in New York, suffered for years from mental illness but had refused treatment, her sister said Wednesday.

The death of the 55-year-old star designer, "was not unexpected by me," Spade's older sister Reta Saffo told US media.

“Sometimes you simply cannot save people from themselves!" said Saffo, adding that Spade was concerned hospitalization for treatment would hurt the light hearted image of her eponymous brand.

US First Daughter Ivanka Trump as big admirer of Spade’s work and said, "Kate Spade's tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry. If you are struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please, please seek help." (AFP)

Boy-girl panda twins born in Southwest China

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On Tuesday, the first set of boy-girl panda twins for 2018 were born Southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. 

The twins’ mother, Ya Yun, delivered the cubs at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

The girl weighed 135.3 grams and was born at 8:20 am. The boy cub followed nine minutes later, weighing 148.8 grams.

"They are the first boy-girl panda twins born this year. The mother and her cubs are very healthy," said a member of the Research Base staff. (Xinhua –People’s Daily)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from Chinese philosopher Wang Yangming.

“The sages do not consider that making no mistakes is a blessing. They believe, rather, that the great virtue of man lies in his ability to correct his mistakes andcontinually make a new man of himself.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Terry Guanlin Li, Ziyi Zeng, and Lance Crayon)

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