CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/4/2019 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/4/2019 Sun.)

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04:47, August 04, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Hong Kong residents rally to denounce violence, support police force

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Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents gathered at a park on Saturday afternoon to express their strong opposition to violence and firm support of the police force.

At the rally at Victoria Park on the Hong Kong Island, many residents wore white T-shirts with slogans of "safeguard the rule of law" and "protect our home," and held placards that read "I love Hong Kong. Hong Kong is my home."

Organizers said 90,000 people took part in the event.

The rally came after weeks of mass demonstrations and violent incidents have challenged the rule of law and social order of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and taken a toll on its retail and tourism sectors. (Xinhua)

China to install more elevators for disabled people

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The China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) has called for further improving accessibility for disabled people, underlining the urgency to install more elevators.

A program was launched at a press conference on Friday in Beijing to push for the installation of more elevators for older residential buildings.

According to data from the federation, there are currently 85 million Chinese people with disabilities and more than 40 million old people who suffer functional disability. Lack of elevators has caused tremendous inconvenience to such people who live in multi-storey buildings. (Xinhua)

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over Salisbury poisoning

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The US State Department late Friday slapped a second round of sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England in March 2018.

With the second round of sanctions in place, the United States would oppose the extension of loans to Russia by international financial institutions, ban US banks from participating in the primary market for non-ruble denominated Russian sovereign debt and lending non-ruble denominated funds to the Russian government, and impose additional export licensing restrictions on the Department of Commerce-controlled goods and technology.

Britain has charged two Russians in absentia with the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who became a double agent for Britain, with a military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury, England in March 2018. (Xinhua)

New Zealand announces climate action plan

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New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw on Saturday released the government's Climate Action Plan in response to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into the low emissions economy.

The New Zealand government is committed to "a just and rapid transition to a low emissions economy, because it's vital that we play our part looking after our planet," Shaw said in a statement.

Work is well underway to fix the Emissions Trading Scheme and establish an independent Climate Change Commission, reduce the price of electric cars, and require big businesses to report their climate-related financial risks, according to the minister. (Xinhua)

US to 'fully' develop ground-launched missiles after exiting INF treaty

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The United States will fully develop ground-launched conventional missiles after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday.

According to the statement, the United States began research and development activities for the ground-launched missiles in 2017. The department's initial research and development efforts focused on mobile, conventional, ground-launched cruise and ballistic missile systems.

Esper released the statement on the same day the United States officially withdrew from the treaty. (Xinhua)

Ford recalls 44,333 Explorer vehicles in China

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Ford Motor Company (China) has started recalling a total of 44,333 imported Explorer vehicles due to a design problem, according to China's market regulator.

The recall, starting from Aug. 1, involves parts of the imported Explorer vehicles manufactured between Nov. 22, 2012 and Jan. 24, 2017, said a statement on the website of the State Administration for Market Regulation.

Due to the defective design, the steering control capability of the affected vehicles may be reduced when the rear suspension system is functioning under high load, posing safety risks, according to the statement. (Xinhua)

China's triple jumper Wu progressing well ahead of World Championships debut

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China's rising triple jump star Wu Ruiting twice improved his personal best en route to victory at the national trials for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, with a winning mark of 17.47 meters set on Saturday.

This means that Wu, who will be competing in his first World Championships later this year, has improved his personal best four times in 2019 alone.

The 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha open on September 27 and finish on October 6. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which sport is played with a shuttlecock?

(Answer: Badminton.)

Today’s quote is from English poet John Dryden (1631-1700).

"Dancing is the poetry of the foot."

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

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