CHINA People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/27/2019 Mon.)


People's Daily Tonight: Podcast News (5/27/2019 Mon.)

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19:20, May 27, 2019


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


Prison conflict kills 15 in Brazil


A prison conflict in northern Brazil left 15 dead on Sunday.

Authorities said the incident occurred at the Anisio Jobim Prison Complex in the Amazon Rainforest region.

They said it was not a prison riot, but a fight between inmates during visit hours.

The victims were strangled or stabbed with toothbrushes.

No prison wardens were injured during the incident. (Xinhua)


Trade tensions frustrating US farmers


The US trade tensions with China are frustrating American farmers despite Washington's promise to make them "one of the biggest beneficiaries."

The White House unveiled last week a 16-billion-US-dollar aid package for farmers hurt by the ongoing trade row ignited and escalated by the US.

Yet the National Farmers Union said the "temporary" fix will not offset the "permanent damage" inflicted upon farmers losing a share of the Chinese market, and agricultural economists said it is self-destructive to US interests. (Xinhua)


China's industrial profits fall in first 4 months


Profits of China's major industrial firms fell 3.4 percent year-on-year from January to April.

Combined profits of industrial firms with an annual revenue of more than 20 million yuan stood at 1.81 trillion yuan in the first four months of the year.

Officials attributed the profit decline to the lower value-added tax rate implemented on April 1, resulting in an earlier unleash of demand for industrial products in March.

The structural change was in line with a shift in China's economic growth drivers from exports and investment to domestic consumption and high-end industries. (Xinhua)


More than 10m teenagers prepare for stressful upcoming college exams


More than 10 million high school students will sit the country's national college entrance examinations on June 7 and 8.

That number marks the highest since 2010. 

Last year 9.75 million people applied to take the two-day college exam.

"It is a glorious mission and heavy responsibility to organize the exam and enrollment well," said Education Minister Chen Baosheng in a video conference on May 6.

To get an edge, Chinese students, teachers and parents try out all kinds of proven and unproven approaches: from extra hours of revision to outdoor activities that might relax the overstressed teen. (Global Times)


Brexit Party wins, Conservatives bashed in UK's EU voting


Britain's governing Conservative Party was all but wiped out in the European Parliament election.

This, as voters sick of the country's stalled European Union exit flocked to uncompromisingly pro-Brexit or pro-EU parties.

The big winners were the newly founded Brexit Party led by veteran anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage and the strongly pro-European Liberal Democrats.

The main opposition Labour Party also faced a drubbing in a vote that upended the traditional order of British politics and plunged the country into even more Brexit uncertainty. (AP)


Video game addiction listed as mental health disorder by WHO


Following discussions that lasted over a year after being listed in the 11th International Classification of Diseases, the WHO delegates voted on Saturday to include uncontrolled digital gaming addiction as a disease.

The new revision would be enforced in 2022, requiring governments to include online and offline gaming addiction in their public health policies.

The addiction, according to the WHO, leads to impaired control over gaming. It increases the priority given to gaming to the extent that video games take precedence over other life interests and daily activities. The pattern continues or escalates despite the occurrence of negative consequences. (CGTN)


Stephon Marbury to coach Beijing Beikong basketball team


And former NBA player Stephon Marbury is negotiating with his last CBA franchise Beijing Beikong to join the club as its head coach.

Marbury was selected as the fourth overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, and was immediately traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The two-time NBA All-Star played in the NBA from 1996 to 2009 for the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. (Xinhua)


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

(Produced by David Nye and Jenny Huang)

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