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2014-10-27 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-10-30 14:57:59    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han




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China will invest 100 million yuan, roughly 16 million U.S. dollars, developing non-profit artistic performance troupes affiliated to the central government.
The Ministry of Culture has announced that it will further improve art administration, and strengthen guidance over art creation, in response to President Xi Jinping's view that art should serve the people.
China will also improve policies to reform opera troupes.
The ministry will carry out a series of artworks themed on the "Chinese dream". The "Chinese dream" was put forward by President Xi and is aimed at building a moderately prosperous society and realizing national rejuvenation.
China will also come out with concrete measures to develop local opera in order to promote the development of traditional culture.
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Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, says that there is still much work to do to address the challenge presented by HIV and AIDS on global public health.
Peng is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. She made the remarks as she met foreign scientists on the sidelines of the National Conference on HIV/AIDS.
Peng said academic exchanges will help boost research into HIV and AIDS in China and the world at large. She urged more attention be paid to under-developed regions, to make sure patients can enjoy social justice and the right to medical care.
Peng also said that she will continue to shoulder the obligations of her WHO role and as a national AIDS prevention advocate, contribute to the global fight against AIDS.
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The European Union has committed itself to stepping up efforts to raise 1 billion euros, roughly 1.3 billion US dollars, in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa and has rejected the idea of halting direct flights coming from the region.
EU foreign ministers set off a week of continent-wide action with a pledge "to play an active role in enhancing the international response" to Ebola that has claimed at least 4,500 lives.
So far, the overall anti-Ebola total for the EU stands at 500 million euros, around 640 million dollars, with Great Britain contributing 160 million euros, roughly 200 million dollars. The Netherlands also promised to send a frigate to West Africa to help, matching a similar contribution by Great Britain.
Still, EU ministers rejected the idea of scrapping flights from West Africa to keep the virus out of Europe.
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British Ambassador to China Sebastian Wood says China's latest economic transformation will bring "historic and unprecedented opportunities" to Britain.
Ambassador Wood made the remarks when he delivered a keynote speech at the Royal Society at the invitation of the Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh.
The ambassador commented that China has become the world's No. 1 economy by Purchasing Power Parity, or PPP, estimates. He emphasized the "extraordinary" and "dynamic" changes and the "crucial and difficult reform" undertaken in China since its reform and opening up in 1978.
Wood said that on the whole, he is optimistic about the future opportunities in China for the United Kingdom, despite the risks of China's economic slowdown, the challenges in the property market and the financial sector.
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China has completed a large scale installation of submerged buoys in the west Pacific Ocean for the first time, a move essential to continuous observation of the ocean environment.
China's most sophisticated research vessel Kexue, or Science, has returned to the eastern port city of Qingdao, wrapping up an 82-day ocean expedition. It put 17 sets of submerged buoys in the key marine areas of the West Pacific and retrieved three.
The buoys will provide important scientific statistics about ocean circulation and climate. The research will help scientists better understand the relationship between warm ocean in the Western Pacific and climate change.
The expedition will also improve knowledge about the water and climate conditions of the western Pacific.
The vessel is expected to return to the marine area in mid-November to conduct a deep sea environment project.
Weighing 4,700 tonnes, Kexue is 100 meters long and 18 meters wide. With a cruising capacity of 15,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 15 knots, it can travel with a crew of 80 for 60 days.
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Australian doctors have used a 3D printer to help build a Melbourne man a new heel bone and save him from losing his leg to cancer.
In a world-first procedure, doctors from St. Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne designed and rebuilt the heel for 71-year-old Len Chandler, who was diagnosed with cartilage cancer in April.
The doctors used scans of his healthy left heel bone to create a 3D image of his right one; and built a new foot for him.
Patients with advanced cancer in the calcaneus often lose the leg below the knee as it is too difficult to replace the highly complex bone.
Following the groundbreaking surgery in July, Chandler can already carry more than half his body weight. He is expected to be off crutches by Christmas.
The ground-breaking use of 3D technology to help construct an exact replica of the bone has raised hopes that Melbourne could be at the forefront of body-part development.
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Poland will soon build one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, Prometheus.
The Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in the Polish city of Krakow currently has Zeus, another super-fast computer and still the most powerful one in Poland. Prometheus is expected to be four times as powerful.
The whole project will cost around 40 million zloty, around 12 million U.S. dollars.
The new computer will be the 12th fastest computer in Europe and 30th fastest in the world. It is expected to be able to handle the calculations made by an ordinary computer over 35 years within just a few days. It will be used for scientific purposes, mainly chemistry, astrophysics and nanotechnology.
The computer will be made by Hewlett-Packard and will be completed in January next year.
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Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who is also United Nations Messenger of Peace, has performed in a concert at the UN Headquarters in celebration of United Nations Day.
He was joined by Grammy Award-winning musician Sting and an international youth orchestra.
A UN spokesperson says the concert offers an opportunity to highlight the UN's focus on youth and the education of global citizens. It also marks an important milestone, the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
32-year-old Lang is one of the top pianists in the world. Last year, he was chosen by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
United Nations Day is part of United Nations Week, which runs from October 20 to 26.
In 1947, the UN General Assembly declared October 24th the anniversary of the UN Charter. In 1971, it adopted a further resolution declaring that United Nations Day shall be an international holiday and recommending it be observed as a public holiday by all UN member countries.
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Silicon Valley's biggest companies in the U.S. have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, including free lunches, dry cleaning and massages, Facebook and Apple will now give up to 20,000 US dollars in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs.
The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.
Shelley Correll, a sociology professor at Stanford University, says that the time that's most important in work, for getting your career established, often coincides with normal fertility time for women; and this can potentially help resolve that by pushing women's fertility into the future.
This year, Facebook started offering to reimburse workers for up to 20,000 dollars worth of reproductive-related costs, over the course of employment. Apple's similar perks will start next year.
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Australian researchers have found that eating large amounts of fruit and vegetables can help make people happier.
The University of Queensland study involved more than 12,000 people. It concluded that eating eight or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day improves mental well-being.
Researchers at the university say that current guidelines on fruit and vegetable consumption are mostly focused on physical health, and not on mental health.
The study looked at people's choices of fruit and vegetables, and rated these against their levels of satisfaction, stress and vitality.
It turns out the more we eat the better, but there are also some optimal points. Eating around five fruit and five vegetables per day makes people the happiest they can be in that case.
However, the study found that fewer than 10 percent of those surveyed were eating the optimal 10 servings per day.
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Construction work is "advanced" on three Rio 2016 venues as the city steps up its Olympic preparations.
Structures for spectator stands have already been built at indoor arenas earmarked for basketball, judo, fencing, taekwondo, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and judo.
Work on the adjacent Olympic tennis center, which will seat 10,000 people, is also taking shape.
Organizers say that significant progress has been made and they are happy to see that work is proceeding as planned, and in some cases, is ahead of schedule.
Meanwhile, foundations are being laid for the Olympic Velodrome and Aquatics Stadium. Rio Olympic Arena and Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre are scheduled to undergo refurbishment work in the first quarter of next year.
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