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2014-12-02 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-12-03 10:48:45    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han




This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing. Here is the news.
China has strengthened security checks of government websites, hoping to clean up those that are not up to standard by the end of next year.
China's top Internet watchdog says that security checks of government websites is a key task for the country, as their data and information are sensitive and relate to state security.
Officials from the Cyberspace Administration of China made the remarks at the first China Cyber Security Week, which was held last week.
Government departments will pool more resources to speed up the security of their websites. It's also their duty to guide social websites to enhance their online security.
The administration has regular technology training for government officials, teaching them about cyber security and how to effectively prevent online attacks.
More than 2,000 government websites were hacked last year, up by 35 percent year-on-year. The hacking could cause information leaks and threaten State security, according to the center's report.
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A top climate official says that the recent landmark climate agreement with the United States is a win for both sides and will inject positive energy into the upcoming global climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru, early next month.
Xie Zhenhua, vice-chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that China is confident of meeting its 2030 goals for a peak in carbon dioxide emissions and lifting the share of non-fossil fuel to around 20 percent of energy use.
Xie says China will make the goals legally binding by incorporating them into the next three Five-Year Plans.
China aims to cut its 2020 carbon intensity, the amount of carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP, by 45 percent from the 2005 level.
China's emissions goal was announced in a US-China agreement during a visit to Beijing earlier this month by US President Barack Obama, who set a target at the same time for the US to cut its emissions by around 27 percent by 2025.
China will submit a package to the UN early next year outlining the country's actions for post-2020.
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As the global community battles the Ebola crisis sweeping across West Africa, UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is investigating new approaches to combat the epidemic.
Right now, the newly created Innovation Unit of UNICEF is working with real-time data to create an Ebola response plan.
The Unit was formed seven years ago and is focused on using emerging technologies to deliver better results for children, said the 2014 Innovation Annual Report.
In terms of real-data usage to help stop Ebola, real-time data can immediately shed light on what works and what doesn't so authorities can act immediately.
As of now, the Innovation Unit is working on a set of applications for health workers that will process real-time data through a basic mobile phone; and this method will eliminate the paper based waiting time.
So the program will provide direct and immediate information to governments about Ebola cases.
To date, the World Health Organization has reported more than 15,000 Ebola cases in eight countries since its outbreak, with almost 5,500 reported deaths, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the three hardest-hit West African countries.
Mali, previously free from the disease, is the latest country to register Ebola cases, six in total, all of which have been fatal.
At present, the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are faced with dealing with the most complex outbreak since the virus's discovery in 1976.
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China has become the largest market for illegal wildlife trading with a huge number of related animal products being sold online. That's according to a new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a major animal welfare group.
The report says that at least 18,600 animal products were for sale online in China at the beginning of this year. Of the 21 online marketplaces monitored in China, wildlife products valued at almost 3 million U.S. dollars were available for sale in March and April.
The products mainly involved ivory, rhinoceros horns, tortoises and birds. The nonprofit group also says that ivory trade dominated all the sales in the country, accounting for almost 80 percent of the total.
Worldwide, investigators found 33,000 endangered wildlife and related products for sale on 280 online marketplaces in 16 countries early this year; and the Internet poses a real threat to wildlife.
In China, the number of illegal wildlife products sold online increased from 550 items in 2008 to 2,000 this year, but that did not mean the situation is worsening because the investigations this year were broader in scope and more comprehensive. The group says that only four websites were monitored in 2008 compared with the 21 tracked this year.
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China's remote western Kekexili nature reserve has started work on an application for world natural heritage status.
Qinghai Province in northwestern China selected Kekexili from a number of candidates including the Kunlun Mountains, the Qinghai Lake, the Qaidam Basin, and Sanjiangyuan, "the source of three rivers".
Qinghai plans to complete all preparatory work by May 2017 for the application.
Kekexili, also known as Hoh Xil, is a 45,000 square kilometer reserve that encompasses China's largest area of uninhabited land. It is home to several endangered animal species, including Tibetan antelope.
China currently has 47 sites on world heritage lists.
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Health experts have warned of the great dangers of lung cancer, citing the huge global death toll the most fatal form of cancer brings, and urging preventative measures.
The experts made the remarks at a press conference ahead of the Central European Lung Cancer Conference which began in Vienna over the past weekend.
The experts said that a preventative push-back for smoking, including a general ban in restaurants and pubs, therapy to break addictions, and CT screening examinations for early detection are the most effective means of dealing with the problem.
Lung cancer specialist Robert Pirker from the Vienna General Hospital said the problem is huge worldwide, with 5,000 people dying from it every day, 1 and a half million per year, and 500 million expected to die from it this century.
Pirker said that smoking is mostly to blame, with 85 percent of sufferers being either smokers or former smokers. The habit kills as many people as if 40 jumbo jets were to crash each day, something he said no government would allow to happen.
In Austria alone, 4,000 people become sick with lung cancer each year, with a small decline in the amount of men developing the cancer, but a strong increase in women. At present 15 percent of patients can be healed.
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Hosted by China's Ministry of Culture, the Maritime Silk Road Art Festival is underway in Quanzhou in eastern China's Fujian Province.
The festival highlights Quanzhou's historical and cultural treasure, and aims to build the city into a multicultural metropolis and a pioneering city in China's Maritime Silk Road Strategy.
The event features an academic seminar on the strategy of building the 21st Century Silk Road, and a series of exhibitions. A cultural discovery tour in the city by diplomats to China is also underway.
Other highlights of the festival include fireworks display, calligraphy exhibitions and competitions.
Kowned as the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou has long been one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The city has a rich maritime history, and a wide range of historical and cultural relics.
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Ninghai County of eastern China's Zhejiang province where Chinese explorer Xu Xiake started his journey, has begun the process to seek linear world heritage status for his travel route.
Around 400 years ago, Chinese explorer Xu Xiake started his three-decade-long adventure and travelled tens of thousands of miles across China. His notes and study of ancient Chinese geography were unprecedented. The day he embarked his journey, May 19, has been set as China's Tourism Day.
The diaries of the trip, a travel journal of Xu were compiled and published by later generations. It has proven to be of great scientific and literary value.
Today, many of the places on the route have become popular tourist attractions, but more remained unknown.
A linear world cultural heritage status can include both tangible and intangible cultural heritage along a route with unique cultural resources. Well-known examples include the Silk Road and the Grand Canal between Beijing and Hangzhou.
Applying for world cultural heritage status is often a long-term process.
Authorities hope that the event can help better protect the traditions and promote tourism development along the road.
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China has made a big splash at the 2014 American Music Awards.
Chinese duo The Chopstick Brothers won the "International Song" award for its dance-pop smash hit, "Little Apple".
Wang Taili, who along with Xiao Yang make up the duo, said it's like a dream coming true.
The night's other winner from across the Pacific was Chinese pop star Zhang Jie, or Jason Zhang.
The singer was named International Artist of the year at the AMA's.
Holding his American Music Award, Zhang exclaimed that he felt like he was living a dream.
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State-owned conglomerate Shanghai Media Group, or SMG, has merged two of its major subsidiaries to form an entertainment arm that the company says will become the biggest in China.
The company has merged BesTV New Media with media entity Shanghai Oriental Pearl.
Once the merger is completed, BesTV, which began trading on the Shanghai Stock Exchange recently, is expected to hit a value of just over 2 billion U.S. dollars.
Reports say SMG's merge with its parent company, Shanghai Media and Entertainment Group, made SMG's listing of BesTV possible.
SMG also announced that it is deepening its working relationship with Disney.
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Some of Africa's top musicians have released "Africa Stop Ebola", an alternative awareness song to Band Aid's new recording of "Do They Know it's Christmas".
The new release features a mixture of rap and melodies that are distinctive to West Africa and urges people to take Ebola seriously.
One of the artists, Congolese singer Barbara Kanam, says that people always hear negative things about Africa, but the continent is not where you only find Ebola. Other things happen there, and there are artists capable of coming together.
The song has sold 250,000 copies since its unofficial release last month, with all proceeds going to medical charity "Doctors without Borders".
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