Jun 08, 2020

Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/8/2020 Mon.)

Welcome to Fresh Start.This is People’s Daily app.Here are today’s picks from our editors.China offers help to 150 countries, 4 intl organizations to fight COVID-19: white paperChina had sent 29 medical expert teams to 27 countries and offered assistance to 150 countries and four international organizations as of May 31, said a white paper released Sunday by Chinas State Council Information Office.China has provided two separate financial relief packages totaling $50 million to the World Health Organization (WHO), said the white paper "Fighting COVID-19: China in Action."Local governments, enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in China have donated materials to more than 150 countries and regions, and international organizations through various channels, the white paper noted. (Xinhua)Trump orders National Guard withdrawal from Washington DCUS President Donald Trump announced he was ordering the National Guard, who had been deployed in Washington DC to deal with the ongoing protests, to begin withdrawing from the nations capital.A group of uniformed military personnel was seen in front of the White House on Saturday, as thousands of protesters swelled into DC to stage what has been the largest demonstration in the capital since the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis black man, at the hands of local police.DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote Trump a letter Friday, urging him to "withdraw all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" in her city, citing the peaceful nature of the demonstrations. (Xinhua)Officials urge Floyd protesters to get coronavirus testsAs New York City prepared to reopen after a more than two-month coronavirus shutdown, officials on Sunday lifted a curfew that was put in place amid protests of police brutality and racial injustice. But they also urged that demonstrators be tested for COVID-19.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state planned to open 15 testing site...

Podcast: Story in the Story (6/8/2020 Mon.)

The Chinese writing system is among the oldest in the world, stretching from the script carved on oracle bones during the Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) to text typed on todays computers.There are about 1,000 Chinese typefaces, perhaps the most commonly used being Songti, as well known and recognizable among Chinese as the Latin typeface Times New Roman is among Westerners.Its name comes from the Song Dynasty (960-1279), when woodblock printing was no longer limited to printing Buddhist sutras, but also used for the large-scale publication of books on the classics, books of literature, and school textbooks.Although the characters have evolved from pictograms to become more simplified, most Chinese would have no difficulty in recognizing many of the progenitors of current characters that go back hundreds of years.Today’s Story in the Story looks at how Chinese character designs are emerging in the new Digital Era.Chinese topography (Photo: China Daily)Post-90s designer Ye Tianyu has always had a keen interest in reviving classical Chinese culture. hes using that passion for addressing the shortage of Chinese digital character types by creating a high-value digital character bank.Ye has designed 13,982 characters packaged into two types of Chinese font in different styles - classic and sporty- for personal use. The classic design won him the Special Mention Prize at the 2016 Granshan Competition, a renowned international type design competition.After working around 14 hours every day for the last two years, Ye launched his products for only $15.77 for indefinite use - a wallet-friendly price for those unable to afford the typefaces developed by the industrys leading companies.Passionate about promoting China and the origin of Chinese characters, Ye was determined to become a leading player in the typeface-design industry."Im determined to change the face of shop signboards along Chinese streets. The younger generati...

Fresh Start: Podcast News (6/7/2020 Sun.)

Welcome to Fresh Start.This is People’s Daily app.Here are today’s picks from our editors.Protesters pour into DC for city’s largest demonstration yetUS protesters streamed into the nation’s capital Saturday for what was expected to be the city’s largest demonstration yet against police brutality.Military vehicles and officers in fatigues closed off much of downtown Washington to traffic ahead of the planned march, which authorities estimated would attract up to 200,000 people outraged by George Floyd’s death 12 days ago at the hands of police in Minneapolis.Large protests also took place across the US and in major cities overseas, including London, Paris, Berlin and Sydney, Australia. (AP)UK’s rapid-fire changes on face coverings advice criticizedThe British government faced criticism Saturday for another sudden change in its advice on face coverings that has left those running hospitals in England scrambling to work out how they will be able to meet the new requirements.On Friday, as the World Health Organization broadened its recommendations for the use of masks, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said all hospital staff in England will have to wear surgical face masks from June 15 while visitors and outpatients will need to don some sort of face covering.His announcement came a day after the government said face coverings, which can be made from any fabric, would be mandatory on public transport in England. (AP)Bangladesh to reimpose lockdown to quell spread of COVID-19To quell the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bangladeshi government plans to reimpose area-wide lockdowns in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, a senior Health Ministry official said Saturday.The decision comes about a week after Bangladesh withdrew the nationwide lockdown at the end of last month.Since March 8, the virus has spread to nearly every Bangladeshi district and the number of cases rose to 63,026 with 846 deaths so far. (Xinhua)China’s daily air passenger numbers hit ...


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