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20:03, February 19, 2019


This is People’s Daily Tonight, your news source from China.


Chinese scientists discover platypus precursor

Chinese paleontologists in Hubei province have recently uncovered fossils of a prehistoric marine reptile that closely resembles the modern duck-billed platypus.

Two new specimens of the reptile discovered reveal that the animal lived about 248 million years ago and showed similar hunting methods to today's platypus by using its bill made of cartilage.

The specimens represent the oldest record of reptiles and mammals with extremely reduced visual capacity, and used non-visual cues for prey detection. (China Daily)


Newly released standards set criteria for judging quality of their services


Nursing homes in China will have the option of being graded on the quality of their services, under a national standard released on Monday that aims to improve elderly people's access to quality services.

The standard includes detailed regulations on the evaluation of eldercare organizations. A grading system will improve transparency and help the elderly choose suitable organizations, Chen Hongjun, deputy chief for standardization at the State Administration for Market Regulation, said at a news conference.

Nursing homes will be divided into five grades, with Grade 5 - marked with five stars - representing the highest level. Such facilities have the best environments, equipment and management, and can provide the best services. (China Daily)


16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration


California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the suit alleges the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution.

Joining California in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.

The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets. (AP)


Two dead, 50 injured after fire breaks out in public bathhouse in South Korea

At least two people are dead and more than 50 others injured in a fire at a public bathhouse in Daegu, southeast of South Korea, local media reported on Tuesday.

The fire started at about 7:11 a.m. local time (2211 GMT Monday) at the men's bathhouse on the fourth floor of a seven-story building in Daegu City, some 302 kilometers southeast of the capital Seoul, Yonhap reported.

Firefighters rushed to the scene, and the injured were sent to hospital and are being treated for smoke inhalation.

Further investigation is underway to find out the cause of the blaze. (CGTN)


China's Xia Boyu and Novak Djokovic among winners at Laureus World Sports Awards


Chinese double amputee Xia Boyu's extraordinary achievement in climbing Mt. Qomolangma last May, four decades after losing both legs to frostbite in a previous attempt to conquer it, was declared the Sporting Moment of the Year at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

Xia lost both legs in 1975 as a result of frostbite during his first attempt to reach the world's highest peak of Qomolangma, better known as Mount Everest outside of China. 

He challenged the summit in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but his dreams were shattered by an avalanche, earthquake and bad weather.

He finally made it in his fifth attempt on May 14, 2018. (CGTN)


Investment in China's healthcare sector up 78 pct in 2018: newspaper


Healthcare continued to attract investment in China, with funds flowing in to the sector increasing 78.64 percent year on year to 82.6 billion yuan (12.28 billion US dollars) in 2018, the China Daily reported Tuesday.

Though much of the investment was fueled by the surging healthcare demands of the country's aging population, it was also aided by people's growing healthcare demand and policy support, the newspaper quoted an industry report as saying.

The report, by medical research consultancy website, showed that fundraising in the country's medical sector had grown rapidly from the 6.72 percent seen in 2017 to the current level. (Xinhua) 


3 children among 4 found dead after west Michigan shooting


And authorities say three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a home in western Michigan.

The Kent County Sheriff says authorities responded Monday to a property near Cedar Springs. 

She says someone discovered the bodies and called 911.

She says the three children were elementary school-aged and younger, but declined to provide further information about the victims' relationships to one another. 

Authorities were still confirming the victims' identities. (AFP)


And that’s People’s Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by David Nye and Wang Zi)

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