CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/29/2019 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (7/29/2019 Mon.)

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05:05, July 29, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China releases guideline for enhanced fire service reform

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The general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council published a new guideline to deepen reform on firefighting law enforcement.

China will comprehensively reform the supervision and management of fire control work, step up management at the source level, and prevent and defuse risks, according to the guideline.

Efforts will be made to streamline administration and delegate powers and remove unreasonable barriers in firefighting supervision.

The document outlined 12 major reform tasks in five areas. (Xinhua)

China renews orange alert for high temperatures

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The National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Sunday renewed an orange alert for high temperatures for vast portions of China.

Several regions across the country will see temperatures rise to 35 degrees Celsius in the daytime on Sunday, the national observatory said.

Temperatures in some parts of Hubei Province and Chongqing Municipality may exceed 40 degrees Celsius, according to the NMC.

The observatory warned electricity departments to strengthen monitoring of electrical wires and transformers to prevent fires caused by heavy power loads. (Xinhua)

Israel, US successfully test Arrow-3 missile defense system

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Israel and the US successfully conducted tests of the advanced anti-ballistic missile system "Arrow-3," the Israeli Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.

Israel's Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu said that "today Israel has the ability to act against ballistic missiles that could be launched against us from Iran or anywhere else. This is a great achievement for the security of Israel."

The Arrow system is a family of anti-ballistic missiles designed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and manufactured by the IAI and US aircraft manufacturer Boeing. (Xinhua)

One dead, 11 injured in NYC shooting

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One person was killed, and 11 others injured in a shooting in the New York City borough of Brooklyn on Saturday, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The incident took place during an outdoor event at a park at around 11 pm.

A 38-year-old man died upon arrival at a hospital while others were in critical condition, said a NYPD spokesman to local media early Sunday.

No arrests have been made by the police. (Xinhua)

The first provincial-level bronzeware museum opens in North China

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The Shanxi Bronze Museum, the first provincial-level bronzeware museum in China, opened to the public on Saturday in North China's Shanxi Province.

It showcased more than 2,200 pieces of bronzeware relics throughout the history of the Bronze Age (3300 BC-1200 BC). Among them, about 700 items were retrieved by Public Security organizations in recent years.

The museum’s collection is based on bronzeware found in Shanxi Province.

Covering an area of 11,000 square meters, the museum is composed of five parts: basic exhibitions, educational interaction, digital bronzeware, temporary shows, and a cultural and creative space. (CGTN)

New Mexico chile plant selected to be grown in space


A hybrid version of a New Mexico chile plant has been selected to be grown in space as part of a NASA experiment.

The chile, from Española, New Mexico, is tentatively scheduled to be sent to the International Space Station for testing in March 2020, local media reports.

NASA said that the point of sending the chiles into space is to demonstrate how NASA’s Advanced Plant Habitat - which recreates environmental needs for plant growth like Co2, humidity and lighting - works not only for leafy greens, but also for fruit crops.

NASA astronauts have previously grown greens, and a zinnia bloomed in space in 2016. (AP)

Ye Shiwen wins silver in women's 400m IM at FINA Worlds

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China's Ye Shiwen won a silver medal in the women's 400m individual medley (IM) on the final day of the 2019 FINA World Championships on Sunday.

Ye touched home in 4:32.07, 1.68 seconds behind world record holder Katinka Hosszu of Hungary who finished in 4:30.39 to take the gold.

The Chinese swimmer came from behind in the last lap to prevail over Yui Osashi of Japan who ended the race in 4:32.33 to pocket the bronze. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What color is a giraffe’s tongue?

(Answer: Blue.)

Today’s quote is from Italian poet Petrarch (1304-1374).

"Books have led some to learning and others to madness."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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