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2014-12-01 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-12-03 10:47:47    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 


 

This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Here is the news.
China will step up work on major water conservation projects, especially in rural areas and central and western regions.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made the remarks recently during a visit to the Ministry of Water Resources. Li said that governments will accelerate around 200 water conservation programs that have strong economic and social importance.
Li prioritized central and western regions to address regional water issues, which include diversion projects, reservoirs and irrigation.
The premier said that the projects will not only conserve water but attract investment, boost employment, improve the incomes of rural dwellers, bolster industry and even stabilize economic growth.
China will provide clean drinking water to another 60 million people this year. It has guaranteed safe drinking water for some 300 million rural dwellers, students and teachers in the countryside by the end of next year.
Plagued by uneven water resources, floods and droughts, China's water resources per capita are less than 30 percent of the global average.
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China will strengthen public awareness of Internet security and lawful cyberspace management.
Senior Party leader Liu Yunshan made the remarks at the country's first Cyber Security Week last week.
The Cyber Security Week intends to help the public better understand Internet security risks and enhance their ability to protect themselves.
Liu says that while enjoying the various conveniences the Internet offers, people should see clearly the occasional occurrence of online attacks, frauds and copyright infringements as well as rampant online pornography, gambling, and drug deals; and that despite crackdowns, these issues severely harm national security and people's interests.
Liu urged improved laws and regulations on the management of the Internet and resolute crackdowns on Internet-related crime, and noted that it had become "people's common outcry" to ensure online security and cleanse the online environment.
China's Cyber Security Week falls on the last week of November every year. The event features videos, lectures and contests on online security skills.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
An overwhelming majority of China's wealthy people are likely to send their children abroad for education, with the United States and the U.K. being their first choices.
Some 80 percent of rich people in China have plans to send children abroad, the highest rate in the world. In contrast, Japan has less than 1 percent and Germany has less than 10 percent of its rich having such plans.
The students are getting younger too, and they are being sent abroad by their millionaire parents at an average age of 16.
Ten years ago, China's rich population sent their children mostly to Canada and Australia, because of the large number of members of Chinese communities there; and now, wealthy parents in China have a much broader social network, and can find trusted people almost anywhere in the world and can rest assured when sending their children to any country.
Experts in China say that long time overseas study by the students must surely benefit the globalization of China's economy.
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The UN Security Council is calling for preparedness by all member states to detect, prevent and respond to suspected cases of Ebola within and across borders after Mali reported Ebola infections.
The Security Council issued the statement at a council debate on Ebola, expressing its concern about the recent Ebola infections in Mali.
The Security Council affirmed the importance of preparedness by all Member States to detect, prevent, respond to and mitigate suspected cases of Ebola within and of bolstering the preparedness of all countries in the region.
The World Health Organization said that Mali has reported several cases of Ebola disease, with six deaths, as of November 20.
The Security Council asked the international community to remain flexible in order to respond quickly to the dynamic needs of Ebola-affected countries as well as new outbreaks.
While the total number of cases continues to rise, the overall rate of increase has begun to slow.
The United Nations will need 1 and a half billion U.S. dollars through to March next year to assist with ending the outbreak, and there is still a shortfall of over 700 million dollars.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
The volume of China's intelligent voice recognition industry will exceed 3 billion yuan; that's almost 500 million U.S. dollars this year, 10 percent of the global market.
The industry has seen sustained rapid growth, hitting 1.7 billion yuan last year, up 96 percent year on year.
Intelligent voice recognition technology is generally used in nine fields: automotive electronics, culture, education, home appliances, information security, the mobile Internet, mobile phones, television, and voice calls.
In practical use, a user can tell a voice recognition remote control device to select a TV channel or switch on or off an air conditioner.
The "smart voice" may play important roles in national defense, anti-terrorism, privacy protection and so on, which is meaningful to the development of China's information technology.
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After more than 70 years, "The Famous Five" series of storybooks about the adventures of four children and a dog has finally come to China, one of the biggest markets for children's books in the world.
The Chinese version of the stories by the late British children's writer Enid Blyton was introduced by DookBook, a Shanghai-based publisher, from British publishing house Hodder and Stoughton. The first five books came out in November.
China has more than 220 million children under the age of 14, representing 17 percent of the country's total population. The number of children's books published has been growing at a double-digit rate annually over the past decade.
"The Famous Five" series is one of the best-sellers among the works of Blyton. The author was born in 1897 and wrote more than 700 titles throughout her life.
As one of the most well-known writers in the United Kingdom, Blyton's works have been translated into 90 languages, and total sales of her books exceed 600 million copies. Many of her books remain enormously popular.
The Famous Five series consists of 21 books, each one an exciting tale of adventure. Each of the five characters has a unique personality, imperfect yet adorable, the tomboyish Georgina, who insists on being called George; the considerate Julian; the resourceful Dick; the timid but caring Anne; and the ever-present loyal dog Timmy.
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The "Gaudeamus" International Educational Book Fair has concluded in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, after hosting a five-day marathon of publishing and professional events, with president-elect Klaus Iohannis launching his autobiography at the fair.
The organizers said that printed books still have an important place in people's lives.
The launch ceremony of the President-elect's autobiography was the climax of the first day of the fair.
Iohannis said he has no sensational elements to tell off, and as a matter of fact he does not believe that sensationalism is very important. He says he tries to reconnect books to people and people to books and wishes to see again queues for books.
The autobiography "Step by Step" tells the story of the president-elect when he was a child, a student, a family man and mayor.
The autobiography registered record sales of 4,500 copies in the first few hours at the fair. A large crowd lined up for autographs and Iohannis signed over 2,000 books during the event.
More than 300 exhibitors displayed their works at the fair.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
Advocators from a global community of clean cooking have announced that they will commit 413 million U.S. dollars over three years to further mobilize the clean cooking sector and advance the widespread adoption of clean cooking solutions.
The announcement was made during the Cook-stoves Future Summit held in New York, where more than 70 representatives from government, the private sector, investors, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations made the commitments.
The commitments demonstrate the global resolve to end the scourge of unsafe exposure to cooking smoke and to give families the chance to cook and live in safe and healthy environments.
The Cook-stoves Future Summit was co-hosted by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as government officials from four of the largest commitment-makers.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cook-stoves was established in 2010, with the aim of working toward the goal of 100 million homes adopting new clean stoves and fuels by 2020.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two final rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines, as part of the country's efforts to fight obesity.
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg of the administration said that Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home, and those final rules will give consumers more information when they are dining out and help them to lead healthier lives.
The menu labeling rules apply to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items.
More specifically, the menu labeling rules cover sit-down and fast-food restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and restaurant-type foods in certain grocery and convenience stores.
The rules also cover take-away and delivery foods such as pizza, food purchased at drive-through windows or places of entertainment such as cinemas or foods that people serve themselves from a salad or hot-food bar, as well as alcoholic drinks such as cocktails when they appear on menus.
Calorie information on menus and menu boards will need to be clearly displayed and cannot be in smaller type than the name or price of the menu item. For salad bars and buffets, the calorie information must be displayed on signs near the foods.
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Amid signs of greater economic optimism, 31 percent of British consumers planned to increase their spending on holiday shopping this year.
Irish consulting firm Accenture released its Christmas shopping survey recently. The survey indicated that 27 percent of consumers were planning to spend an additional 250 pounds, almost 400 U.S. dollars or more on Christmas shopping than they did last year.
More than half of British consumers planned their Christmas shopping in advance: 57 percent had already started or planned to start purchasing presents by mid-September. In addition, 21 percent had already spent between 60 pounds and 300 pounds on Christmas gifts by mid-September.
Fifty-four percent of survey respondents said they would put cash aside to pay for their Christmas shopping, with 32 percent planning to do so to take advantage of special, limited time offer "door buster deals". Ninety-three percent said discounts were the primary driver of purchasing decisions related to their holiday shopping.
Fiona O'Hara, managing director of retail at Accenture UK and Ireland said that with consumers starting to shop for Christmas gifts as early as September, retailers have an extended period to drive sales and acquire new customers.
The survey also indicated that with the proliferation of smartphone use and advances in technology, digital technology would play a more significant role in Christmas shopping this year.
Thirty-four percent of shoppers believed shopping with a mobile device lead to better discounts and also help them compare prices while in a physical store. Over this Christmas season, 65 percent of shoppers planned to spend 50 percent of their Christmas gift pounds online.
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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