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2017-10-17 NEWS Plus Special English
   2017-10-16 10:11:20    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Du Lijun









This is Special English. I'm Ryan Price in Beijing. Here is the news.
President Xi Jinping has urged all-out efforts to win the tough battle against poverty and make new progress in the process of building a prosperous society.
President Xi made the remark in an instruction regarding the country's National Poverty Relief Day which fell on Oct 17.
President Xi said helping people get out of poverty and pursue happiness is the ultimate goal of the Party's efforts to push forward development. The Party Central Committee made the solemn promise five years ago to lift all of China's impoverished people out of poverty by 2020. China categorizes those with an annual income lower than 2,300 yuan, roughly 335 US dollars, as poverty-stricken.
The president said remarkable progress has been made to push forward poverty reduction with tailored measures and systematic innovation. He hailed the outstanding people in China's battle against poverty, saying their fighting spirit needs to be spread nationwide to encourage further efforts in poverty-reduction work.
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Tourism has been booming in China during the National Day holiday, benefiting the economy of China and many other countries.
The holiday between October 1 and 8 saw a surge in tourist revenue along with passenger flows. This year, the holiday overlapped with the Mid-Autumn Festival, which fell on October 4.
A total of 705 million tourists traveled around the country during the holiday, generating revenue of 580 billion yuan, roughly 88 billion U.S. dollars. This has marked an increase of 13 percent year on year.
Traditional scenic spots have seen rising numbers of tourists. A southwestern Chinese province received 46 million tourists, who spent 31 billion yuan during the eight days. This figures marked an increase of more than 42 percent year on year. Most of the money has been spent on food, cultural events and rural tourism during the holiday.
The economic impacts of China's tourist population during the holiday have also been felt worldwide as more Chinese have opted to travel overseas.
Around 6 million Chinese traveled to 1,100 cities in 88 countries during the holiday. Russia was the top most popular destination for Chinese travelers, followed by Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.
You're listening to Special English. I'm Ryan Price in Beijing.
China's large passenger aircraft, the C919, has completed a second test flight after two hours and 46 minutes in the air.
The aircraft took off from Shanghai and reached an altitude of 10,000 feet. The flight time was twice that of its maiden flight in May.
The aircraft will be taken to northwest China for further tests.
The successful test has made China the fourth jumbo jet producer after the United States, Western Europe and Russia.
With a standard range of 4,000 kilometers, the aircraft is comparable with the updated Airbus 320 and Boeing's new generation 737 jets.
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Russia expects a record-high grain harvest this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a congratulatory message to the country's agricultural industry workers to celebrate its Agriculture and Processing Industry Workers' Day which fell on the second Sunday of October.
Putin said in the letter that agriculture and the agro-industrial complex as a whole is one of the most rapidly developing branches of the Russian economy. This year, Russia expects a record-high grain harvest of around 130 million tons, and it has been achieved despite unfavorable weather conditions.
The president noted that Russia has reaffirmed its status as the world's leading producer and exporter of grain, adding that positive trends are seen regarding the output of pork, poultry, fruits and vegetables.
Putin spoke highly of the efficient measures taken to boost the agricultural industry. He said Russia will continue to develop organic products and deep processing as well as strengthening its positions in global markets.
The Agriculture and Processing Industry Workers' Day was initiated in 1999 and has become an official holiday in Russia since then.
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Fifty foreigners working in China have received this year's Friendship Award, China's highest honor granted to a foreigner, for their contribution to China's development.
A senior official conferred medals on the winners who are from 21 countries. The official said that since late 2012, more than 3 million foreign experts have come to work in China, and they have played an active role in building a more modern China.
He said China will adopt more open and effective policies to attract foreign talent, support foreign experts to participate in China's scientific research and safeguard their legitimate rights and interests. More rigorous efforts will be made to attract talent that China urgently needs.
The award was launched in 1991. So far 1,550 foreigners have received the medal.
This year's winners include those who work in remote areas of China and those who are taking part in the country's major engineering projects.
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As the first US-China social and people-to-people dialogue started in Washington D.C., Walt Disney Studios did its own bit by hosting a cross-cultural dialogue of its own.
The five-day, intensive Disney-China Animation Exchange Program, was supported by the China Film Bureau, and was tailored to suit the needs of an elite cadre of Chinese animation filmmakers.
Celebrating its third year, the program was a high-level exchange of ideas and practices between filmmakers of Walt Disney Animation Studios and the leading animation filmmakers in China.
Andrew Millstein, president of Walt Disney Animation Studios said the company is deeply honored to open their doors and share their leanings and best practices with China's local creative industry. These exchanges have been inspiring to all of the people involved.
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China's Steady High Magnetic Field Facility has passed testing by an expert panel organized by the National Development Reform Commission.
The facility ranks second worldwide in terms of quantity and intensity.
The project was approved by the commission in 2008, and was jointly built by several higher learning institutions and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Scientists say that as one of the only two 40-Tesla hybrid magnet groups worldwide, the facility has the potential to reach an even higher level of 45 Tesla.
By creating a magnetic field as high as 40 Tesla, the facility will become an experimental environment for fields such as high temperature superconductivity, quantum materials and life science.
Since 1913, 19 accomplishments closely linked to high magnetic fields have won Nobel Prizes.
China's Steady High Magnetic Field Facility has been used as an experimental environment for more than 100 universities and research institutions, including Tsinghua and Peking universities, since its trial operation began in 2010.
More than 800 of their accomplishments have been published in journals including Nature and Science.
China is the fifth country to have a high magnetic field facility, following the United States, France, the Netherlands and Japan.
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Scientists say they have detected a fourth gravitational wave signal coming from the merger of two black holes.
It's the first time this phenomenon has been measured simultaneously by both the U.S.-based LIGO and Italy-based Virgo detectors.
Originally predicted in the early 20th century by Albert Einstein, gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, were not detected until 2015, when LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, identified the first such signal from two merging black holes.
LIGO's two detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, later detected two other similar events.
The latest observation was made on August 14, 2017. It's the first gravitational wave signal recorded by the Virgo detector.
Scientists say this is the first time gravitational-wave detection was observed by these observatories, located thousands of miles apart; and this is an exciting milestone in the growing international scientific effort to unlock the extraordinary mysteries of the universe.
The detected gravitational waves were emitted during the final moments of the merger of two black holes with masses about 31 and 25 times the mass of the Sun and located about 1.8 billion light-years away.
You're listening to Special English. I'm Ryan Price in Beijing.
Researchers from the University of Michigan found that one in three older adults in the United States use medications to help them sleep, and many are doing this without their doctors' knowledge.
A new poll based its results on an online survey of 1,065 people aged 65 to 80 nationally, who answered a wide range of questions.
The report was released by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
In all, 46 percent of respondents said they had trouble falling asleep once or more every week. Fifteen percent of the poll respondents said they had trouble falling asleep three or more nights a week.
Among those who report sleep troubles three or more nights a week, 23 percent said they use a prescription sleep aid. Most who use such drugs to help them sleep had been taking them for years, while manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration say such drugs are only for short-term use.
A researcher says that although sleep problems can happen at any age and for many reasons, they can't be cured by taking a pill, either prescription, over-the-counter or herbal, no matter what the ads on TV say.
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Are you still going to the gym? Have you ever thought about how much germs you would expose to when you use equipment? A recent study showed that many kinds of fungus can be picked up at the gym and brought home.
FitRated.com is a professional website providing info about popular fitness equipment for costumers. It conducted a test on 27 different kinds of equipment in three nationwide chain fitness centers in America.
In the test, bacteria levels was determined basing on colony-forming units, a unit in microbiology used to estimate the number of viable bacteria or fungal cells in a sample. It turned out the average treadmill, exercise bike, and free weights are all teeming with germs, more than one million colony-forming units.
The researchers found that the average exercise bike is 39 times dirtier than a cafeteria tray.
Maria Hernandez, a working staff at a fitness chain in Los Angelese, does not worry about the issue. She says her center provides hand sanitizer and wipes, some people use them and some don't. She said most people bring their own towels and take a shower before leaving, and she thinks that's enough to stay clean.
This is the end of this edition of Special English. To freshen up your memory, I'm going to read one of the news items again at normal speed. Please listen carefully.
This is the end of today's program. I'm Ryan Price in Beijing, and I hope you can join us every day, to learn English and learn about the world.

 

 
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