CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/11/2019 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/11/2019 Sun.)

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04:45, August 11, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app.

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China honors ten outstanding scientific workers

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Ten Chinese scientific and technological workers have been bestowed the title of "the Most Beautiful Sci-Tech Personnel" of 2019, for their hard work, dedication and innovation.

They were selected for having made outstanding achievements in research, in science popularization, key-task tackling for poverty eradication, or for having great contribution to the cause of building a community with a shared future for humanity.

The event was organized under the auspices of six organizations, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. (Xinhua)

Cathay Pacific pilot charged with rioting in Hong Kong removed from flying duties

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Cathay Pacific on Saturday announced that a pilot charged with rioting in Hong Kong has been removed from flying duties.

This came after China's civil aviation authorities issued a warning of major aviation safety risks to the Hong Kong-based airline.

Another two ground staff were also sacked for inappropriate behavior after revealing passengers' information. (CGTN)

Death toll rises as Typhoon Lekima sweeps through east China

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The death toll has risen to 22 due to a typhoon-triggered barrier lake burst in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, said local authorities.

As of 8 pm Saturday, 10 people were still missing, said a source with the publicity department of Yongjia County.

Communication service has been restored, and water and electricity supplies and road repairs are underway. (Xinhua)

Perpetrator, one person injured in mosque shooting outside Oslo

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The perpetrator and another person were injured in a shooting incident that took place on Saturday in Al-Noor Islamic Centre in Bearum, a municipality just west of Oslo, Norwegian media reported.

One person of Norwegian ethnic background was arrested shortly after that, and the Norwegian police announced that they had detained the perpetrator, public broadcaster NRK reported.

No information was available about the identity of the perpetrator, who was described as a young white man. (Xinhua)

Jeffrey Epstein taken off suicide watch before death

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Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself in a New York jail, a person familiar with the matter said.

Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial on accusations of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

A little over two weeks ago, Epstein was found on the floor of his cell with bruises on his neck , according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity. At the time, it was not clear whether the injuries were self-inflicted or from an assault. (AP)

China's research ship departs for 10th Arctic expedition

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Chinese scientists set off for the 10th arctic expedition on Saturday as the oceanographic research ship Xiangyanghong 01 departed from the coastal city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province.

A total of 78 scientists from 13 research institutions have participated in the 50-day-long expedition.

Their investigation will focus on comprehensive marine survey combining long-term in-situ observation with scientific research projects, according to Wei Zexun, the research team leader and chief scientist. (Xinhua)

Restart of Notre Dame restoration pushed back to August 19

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Renovation work at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris could resume on August 19, a government official said on Friday, after the clean-up was halted last month over fears that workers could be exposed to lead poisoning.

Hundreds of tons of lead in the roof and steeple melted during the April 15 blaze that nearly destroyed the gothic masterpiece, with winds spreading the particles well beyond the church's grounds.

Prefect Michel Cadot, the government's top official for the Paris region, will allow work to resume "once there is a guarantee the new measures are in place," his office said in a statement. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What color are sapphires?

(Answer: Blue.)

Today’s quote is from Scottish novelist Walter Scott (1771-1832).

"Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life."

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

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