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    2010-08-05 08:59:25     CRIENGLISH.com
Broadcasting Time: 14:00-17:00, 2010-08-04


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[Metro & Sports]

  • Shanghai health authorities are stepping up efforts to curb the availability of illegal abortions as a means of protecting underage girls' physical and mental health.
  • Millions of municipal workers in the capital are being asked to take part in 20 minutes of exercise every day in a bid to keep Beijingers fit.
  • Those eagerly anticipating the new seasons of American television shows have recently realized that all the programs once easily obtained on video websites have vanished.
  • A recent online poll has found 80 percent believe Chinese men are under so much stress that a "men's day", which is supposed to fall on Aug 3 every year, is essential.
  • Reigning Australian Open champion Serena Williams and Belgian champion Justine Henin head an impressive list of talent for the mixed teams Hopman Cup next January in Perth.
  • Shack ONeal, who does not have a contract yet, says he will play in the N.B.A. next season but would retire if a contending team did not make him an offer.

[Real China]  Overseas Chinese lured home by the economic boom and cultural ties

Millions of overseas Chinese are flocking home in a marked reversal of the outgoing flow of the last thirty years.

It isn't just China's flourishing economy that is bringing them home, however. It is something much deeper, their yearning for closer social and cultural ties.

[Showbiz News]

  • American screenwriter and director Tom Mankiewicz, whose credits included several James Bond films, has died from cancer at the age of 68.
  • The new romantic comedy "The Jade and the Pearl", co-produced by Shaw Brothers Studio, Television Broadcasts Limited and Emperor Motion Pictures, has just premiered in Hong Kong. At the premiere were cast members Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi, Joey Yung and Wong Cho-Lam.
  • The nominations for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced.
  • "City under Siege" is hailed as the first mutant-themed film made in China. It has drawn comparisons to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Fantastic Four".

[Cultural Voyage] Peking Opera Gains Popularity with Beijing Youths

Peking opera has long been known as one of China's most treasured cultural traditions. But the younger generation is usually not considered its target audience, because the opera's old-fashioned and slow-paced.

However, a Peking opera training camp gathering 100-plus young performers in the capital may change their peers' minds in three weeks. They are preparing a grand show to be presented in the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

[Strange News]

  • Police responded early in the morning to gunshots fired at a home in the US town of Roberts, Wisconsin and found a man apparently hallucinating an attack by clowns.
  • A man surnamed Zhang in Fengtai district, Beijing was recently served a court summons for throwing out a woman's ring worth 46,000 yuan ($6,790).
  • A German nursing home has come up with a novel idea to stop Alzheimer's patients from wandering off: a phantom bus stop.
  • An elderly gentleman from Sichuan Province has invented a bra complete with protruding nipples, claiming that his "nip-cups" not only have health benefits, but also expose a woman's true beauty.

[In Good Company] Walt Disney Company

Today I am going to talk about entertainment giant Walt Disney Company, the company's iconic cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

[Expat tales ]

Many people think an expatriate lifestyle and the chance to live in different countries and experience different cultures must be very exciting and glamorous.

For Andrew Clark it's just part of a normal life, as he's lived in different parts of the world since he was a boy.

Andrew came to Beijing to live and work almost five years ago. Jules Page caught up with him for this week's installment of 'expat tales'.

[Flexible Segment] Ruan

Today we are going to listen to some music played by a very ancient instrument called Ruan. It is a plucked string instrument, with a circular body, a fretted neck, and four strings, somewhat like Pipa, which we introduced in a previous show.



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