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2014-11-24 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-12-01 11:53:29    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 


 

This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Here is the news.
The number of international students studying in the United States is at a record high, with almost one-third coming from China, which ranks first in the academic year.
According to a report released by the Institute of International Education in the U.S., a record number of almost 890,000 international students went to the U.S. in the 2013-2014 academic year, to pursue studies in various academic courses. That's an increase of 8 percent over the previous year.
Topping the list is China, which has more than 270,000 students studying in the U.S., an increase of almost 17 percent over the previous year. China accounted for 31 percent of the total number of international students.
China is followed distantly by India, with around 100,000 students, an increase of 6 percent over the previous year, reversing a three-year trend of declining numbers of Indian students at the U.S. universities.
In the previous year, international students contributed some 27 billion dollars to the U.S. economy.
According to the report, the U.S. hosts more of the world's 4.5 million globally mobile college and university students than any other country in the world, almost doubling the figure hosted by Britain, the second leading host country.
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Britain's Old Royal Naval College has unveiled the country's first major exhibition on the life of Yan Fu, a renowned Chinese thinker, educator and translator who served as a cultural bridge between China and Britain more than 100 years ago.
Yan was born in 1854 and was one of the first ever Chinese students to study in Britain. At the age of 23, he was sent to the then Royal Naval College in London to study naval expertise and went on to become one of the most influential intellectuals in modern China.
The exhibition is called "Yan Fu and Chinese Imperial Students at the Royal Naval College", and it showcases a myriad of historical documents, books, artifacts and photographs, seeking to portray the life and times of this extraordinary thinker and his fellow Chinese students.
After finishing his studies, Yan returned to China as an accomplished "enlightenment thinker", translating and introducing to China the "Evolution and Ethics", "The Wealth of Nations" and "The Spirit of the Laws", among many other works.
Through his writings and translations, Yan presented the people of China with insights into Europe's natural, social, and political sciences as well as theories of economics and philosophy, which were much needed in China at the dawn of its turbulent journey to modernity.
He is still highly regarded in China today for his pioneering role in Chinese modern history. The exhibition runs until February 1 next year.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
Chinese archaeologists have discovered another important site of human activity dating back 300-to-500,000 years, roughly contemporary with the Peking Man.
Dozens of stone, animal bone and horn tools have been found at a limestone quarry site in a hill in the coastal city of Dalian in northeast China.
Researchers have obtained more than 1,000 important samples since the joint excavation began in August by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Dalian Natural History Museum.
Stone tools and large herbivorous animal bones that appear to have been cut or smashed by humans show the site was an important site for early human activity.
Scientists explain that deer and antelope horn tools were also used at caves in Beijing's suburbs, where the skulls of Peking Man, or Homo erectus, were found in the 1920s and 1930s.
Peking Man was first believed to have lived there around 500,000 years ago. But some Chinese scientists later said they were actually 200,000 years older, probably from a mild glacial period.
The new discovery is likely to be the earliest cultural ruins in northeast China, making it important for the study of human evolution and the origin of culture in the region.
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U.S. researchers say they've identified "weak spots" on the surface of the deadly Ebola virus that are targeted by the antibodies in ZMapp, the experimental drug cocktail administered to several patients during the recent Ebola outbreak.
The study provided a 3-D picture of how the ZMapp antibodies bind to the virus.
Using an imaging technique called electron microscopy, the new study found that two of the ZMapp antibodies bind near the base of virus, appearing to prevent the virus from entering cells.
A third antibody binds near the top of the virus, possibly acting as a beacon to call the body's immune system to the site of infection.
ZMapp, developed by San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical, was used in August to treat several patients diagnosed positive with the Ebola virus.
Five of the seven patients who received ZMapp survived and the treatment is expected to go into clinical trials early next year.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death in Cuba. More than 530,000 people, or 5 percent of the total population of Cuba, have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Cuba's Health Ministry says that overweight, smoking, excessive drinking and poor nutrition, along with a lack of exercise, are the maine factors for developing diabetes.
A national program to control and prevent diabetes has been in place for several years in Cuba. The ministry says that rising costs are burdening the healthcare system and the fragile economy of Cuba.
In a related development, around 5 percent of the total population of Vietnam is suffering from diabetes; and another 27 percent are at the risk of developing the disease.
Notably, 65 percent of diabetes patients have not been officially diagnosed, and a majority of those who have been diagnosed have yet to receive proper treatment.
In the 1990s, diabetes affected more than 1 percent of the 20-to-80-year-old age group in Vietnam. The number jumped to almost 6 percent in 2012.
As part of a series of activities in response to World Diabetes Day, which fell on November 14th, an event to raise awareness on this life-threatening disease was held in Ho Chi Minh City, with free check-ups and consultations for local people.
Over the last 10 years, diabetes has increased at an alarming rate of 300 percent in the city, much higher than the country's average.
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Veteran Japanese actor Ken Takakura has died of lymphoid cancer in Tokyo. He passed away on November 10th, aged 83.
Takakura was born in 1931, and rose to stardom in China for his role in a Japanese film known as Zhuibu, which was the first foreign film to be shown in China after the "cultural revolution".
The film created a social stir in China at the time, and Takakura became an idol for the generation of Chinese youth in the 1970s.
Takakura's acting skills were acknowledged by the Japanese media after starring in the film "The Yellow Handkerchief".
He has also worked with Chinese director Zhang Yimou in the film "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles".
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A grieving father in the U.S. who sang the Beatles' ballad "Blackbird" as his infant son clung to life told mourners that he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and support after a video of the tender moment gained widespread Internet attention.
Chris Picco said at a memorial service for his wife, Ashley, and their son, Lennon, that he didn't have enough words to express his gratitude to those who had reached out to him, including strangers apparently touched by his story.
The mother and son died a week ago after Ashley became ill while pregnant and Lennon was delivered prematurely.
The service in a Los Angeles suburb was webcast live, a fitting continuation to a week where the song and other images Picco posted of himself with his wife and their son drew an outpouring of grief and prayers to his Facebook page, YouTube and other sites.
Picco and his 30-year-old wife were anticipating their son's birth in February when she suddenly became ill. Picco said doctors delivered Lennon by emergency C-section after Ashley died in her sleep.
The boy was born 16 weeks premature and he died a few days later.
After his wife's death, Picco sat with his son almost constantly, playing guitar, singing and crying. A friend captured the video of him doing "Blackbird". In it, he softly urges Lennon to "take these broken wings and learn to fly". The boy's beating heart can be heard in the background.
Picco and his wife met in 2007 in New York when both of them served as volunteers helping firefighters for the September 11th attack in the city in 2001. Picco said the story of how he and his wife met shows that something good came out of a tragic event.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
Over one million personal trips have been made to Taiwan from visitors from the Chinese mainland so far this year.
China's tourism authorities say that tourism cooperation between the mainland and Taiwan will be further enhanced; and the mainland's travel sector will continue to draw experiences from their Taiwan counterpart in management and marketing in tourism.
The number of trips from the Chinese mainland to Taiwan will surpass 3 million by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the total number of trips from the mainland to Taiwan has exceeded 10 million since 2008. That includes more than 8 million trips in group tours and almost 2 million individual travels.
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A six-month project to repair a 700-year-old theatre has been completed in north China's Shanxi Province.
The project cost 1.5 million yuan, almost 250,000 U.S. dollars. It began in June after structural damage was discovered at the theatre, located in Linfen City.
Major work was undertaken to repair damage to the performance hall, the bell and drum towers, and other buildings in the theatre complex.
The theatre was originally built more than 700 years ago in the early Yuan Dynasty when Chinese opera was in its peak period.
Shanxi is one of the birthplaces of Chinese opera. The province now has almost 3,000 ancient theatres, with the oldest being built some 800 years ago.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
American actress Jennifer Lawrence says she knew being a movie star would bring with it a certain loss of privacy; but what she didn't know was the deep emotional and physical toll it would take.
Lawrence says that she knew the paparazzi were going to be a reality in her life, but she didn't know that she would feel anxiety every time she opens her front door, or being chased by 10 men she didn't know with cameras, or being surrounded, feeling invasive and making her feel scared.
The 24-year-old Oscar winner was recently in the news when private nude photos of her and other celebrities were hacked and posted online. She took the forceful position then that the hacking was not a scandal but "a sex crime".
The actress spoke to journalists recently while promoting "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1", the third installment of the blockbuster franchise that catapulted her to stardom.
Sitting alongside her co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, Lawrence said that although she adores her job, there are some things that she couldn't really prepare for.
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A 20-year-old student from Benin, Manuela Bignon Nononsi, has been crowned winner of the 2014 edition of the Pan-African beauty pageant Miss Naiades.
Bignon Nononsi is 1.74 meters high and 60 kilograms in weight. She had ranked third at the pageant of Miss Benin earlier this year, and has been elected the most beautiful African lady among contestants from around 20 African countries.
She is followed by two others from Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The contest has been held for 14 years now. It is an opportunity for contestants who have come second and third in the beauty pageants in their countries to compete in the event.
That is the end of this edition of NEWS Plus Special English. To freshen up your memory, I'm going to read one of the news items again at normal speed. Please listen carefully.
That is the end of today's program. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Hope you can join us every day at CRI NEWS Plus Radio, to learn English and learn about the world.

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