CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/8/2018 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/8/2018 Wed.)

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05:27, August 08, 2018

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China reveals investigation on defective human rabies vaccine


The State Council investigation team has stepped up efforts to investigate defective human rabies vaccines, pledging severe consequences for those convicted of criminal offenses and neglecting regulatory responsibilities.

Work has started on recalling defective rabies vaccines produced by Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Limited in both domestic and overseas markets, an official statement said.  

The investigators found the company had violated rules on production management and national drug standards for the vaccines from as early as April 2014.

The violations included blending expired fluid to produce certain products and falsifying production dates.

China has set up a panel consisting of experts in virology, vaccinology and related fields to review the risks in safety and the effectiveness of vaccines on the market. (Xinhua)

Facial recognition technology used in Jiangsu train stations nets 137 fugitives


Police have arrested 137 fugitives in east China's Jiangsu Province after a facial recognition system was installed in railway stations around the province last May.

Changzhou, Yixing, Zhenjiang, and Nanjing South are three of the train stations where the facial recognition system has been installed. Local officials said the system alerts the police if a suspect is recognized as they enter the station. In one case, a fugitive, surnamed Li, was reported to police and was captured within 10 minutes of entering Changzhou train station on July 8. (China Plus)

UN continues to encourage support for Iran nuclear deal

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The United Nations continues to encourage support for all governments for the Iran nuclear deal, a UN spokesperson said Monday, after Washington vowed to re-impose sanctions on Iran lifted under the deal.

Farhan Haq, a UN spokesperson, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres continues to view the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal) as a diplomatic achievement and continues to encourage support for all governments for that, just as he did when these sanctions were being contemplated.

Despite global outcry, Washington said in May it would re-impose tough sanctions on Tehran.  (Xinhua)

Greek PM announces demolitions of 3,200 illegal buildings after deadly wildfire


At least 3,200 illegal construction projects will be demolished in the Attica region and more across Greece, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas said on Tuesday after a meeting with ministers and local officials on the state's preparation following the July 23 deadly wildfires.

Tsirpas promised a comprehensive investigation into what caused the fires that resulted in over 90 casualties and dozens of injuries.  

At least 70 percent of Mati’s coastal settlement, 30 kilometers east of Athens, was also destroyed.

A judicial probe is underway reviewing testimonies about the lack of coordinating efforts between fire fighters, police and local administration officials, along with survivors and experts who said no evacuation order was issued.

The government has also focused on the illegal fences on private properties the blocked peoples’ access to the sea. (Xinhua)

Thousands of Lombok quake survivors living outdoors as death toll hits at least 122


The death toll from a powerful earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok rose to at least 122 on Tuesday.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake destroyed thousands of buildings and triggered panic among tourists and locals on Lombok Sunday, just a week after a tremor had surged through the holiday island and killed at least 17.

More than 20,000 people are believed to have been made homeless by the latest quake, with at least 236 severely injured, officials said Tuesday.

There were fears the death toll would rise as workers with heavy machinery shifted rubble at a collapsed mosque. (AFP-People’s Daily app)

Chinese astronomers discover giant star rich in lithium


Chinese astronomers have discovered the most lithium-rich giant star ever known, which could shed new light on the evolution of the universe.

With 3,000 times more lithium than a normal star, it was found in the direction of Ophiuchus, on the north side of the galactic disk 4,500 light years from Earth.

A research team, led by astronomers from the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, made the discovery with the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST).

Lithium is considered one of the three elements synthesized in the Big Bang, together with hydrogen and helium.

The abundance of the three elements was regarded as the strongest evidence of the Big Bang. (Xinhua)

Dogs to be vaccinated to prevent wild pandas from contracting diseases


Experts are planning to vaccinate dogs around wildlife reserves in China to prevent giant pandas from contracting rabies or distemper.

The method has proven to be effective, according to Diao Kunpeng, a panda expert at the Beijing-based NGO Shan Shui Conservation Center, which has conducted a pilot program around the Shaanxi Foping National Nature Reserve and at other reserves in the country beginning in 2015.

The fatal canine distemper virus (CDV) killed five giant pandas between December 2014 and March 2015 in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province. (Global Times)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

When did dinosaurs become extinct?

(Answer: Dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago after living on Earth for about 165 million years.)

Today’s quote is from American businessman Bill Gates.

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Raymond Mendoza.)

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