今日英语, 时事新闻一览(2016.12.01)

【外交部:联合国涉朝新决议应得到全面、平衡执行】The UN Security Council's new sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should be implemented comprehensively and with balance, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Thursday.

【联合国安理会谴责朝鲜9月核试验 要求朝鲜放弃核武器和导弹计划】The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to tighten sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in response to the country's fifth nuclear test in September. The resolution puts restrictions on the DPRK’s coal exports and bans the export of copper, nickel, silver and zinc, among others.

【世界艾滋病日:防艾人的“忙”与“忧”】December 1st marks the World AIDS Day.
Ahead of this year's annual event, new stats released by the Chinese government show there have been around 100,000 new HIV/AIDS cases reported so far this year, with Chinese health authorities calling for more public awareness on AIDS prevention, especially among the country's young people.

【深港通未开福利先到 个人投资者盈利三年免缴个税】Ministry of Finance has announced on Thursday that individual investors in Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect will be exempt from personal income tax on profits for about three years, from the day the connect kicks off to December 4, 2019. The mechanism is set to be implemented on December 5, making it possible for investors in Shenzhen Stock Exchange to directly buy stocks listed on Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

【“罗一笑事件”追踪 267万打赏金全部退回网友】Luo Er, father of a five-year-old girl who was diagnosed with leukemia has promised to give more than 2.62 million yuan in donations he received back to the donators.

Luo, who lives in Shenzhen of south China's Guangdong Province, has been at the center of a major controversy which has seen him accused of profiting from his daughter's illness.

People's Daily reported that Luo's daughter Luo Yixiao was diagnosed with leukemia on September 8. Since then, Luo has kept journals about his daughter's progress on his personal account on the social networking app WeChat. By September 21, Luo had collected over 32,000 yuan after his journal entries were reposted thousands of times.

【普京发表国情咨文:中俄关系是国际关系的榜样】Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his appreciation for Russia-China relations during his highly-anticipated State of the Nation address, which he delivered in Moscow on Thursday. He said Russian ties with China are a role model for international relations in general. The president also talked about his domestic policies, including how to further help the country recover from its economic difficulties.

【江苏广电原台长周莉被调查 曾一手打造《非诚勿扰》】Former head of Jiangsu's provincial broadcasting corporation Zhou Li was reported to be taken into custody by procuratorial organs last week for "financial issues."

65-year-old Zhou served as head of the corporation from 2003 to 2014.

Reporters from Jiangsu TV said Zhou was always straightforward and enterprising, and had made great contributions to the development of Jiangsu TV.

She not only created China's most popular dating program "If You Are The One", but also made Jiangsu TV outperform most other provincial TV stations during her term.

【五城市今起发放绿色新能源车牌 6位数字选择空间更大了】China's transit authority begins to distribute the "green" license plates specially designed for new energy cars in five cities, including Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Shenzhen and Jinan starting December 1. Coded with an additional number compared to the ordinary blue plates, the new vehicle plates allow new energy car owners to choose their favorite license numbers from a larger pool of combinations. The transit authority said that a similar plan will be adopted nationally in the second half of 2017.

【柬埔寨将为中国投资者提供3年多次往返签证】Cambodia will offer 3-year multi-entry visas to Chinese investors, said Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

China is the largest investor in the Southeast Asian country.

Chinese companies made a total of over 14-billion-U.S. dollar investments in Cambodia from 1994 to October of this year, according to the Council for Development of Cambodia.

【韩国前总统故居发生火灾 警方逮捕纵火嫌疑人】The birthplace of South Korea's former President Park Chung-hee was set alight on Thursday afternoon. Local police told AP that a man has been detained on suspicion of arson. The fire took place at around 3:15 p.m. in Gumi, some 261 kilometers southeast of Seoul. No casualties were reported, but Yonhap reported the memorial hall of the late president was destroyed in the fire. Park Chung-hee ruled South Korea for 18 years, before being assassinated in 1979. His daughter is Park Geun-hye, the country's current president, who faces possible impeachment over an influence-peddling scandal.

【希特勒故居被奥地利收归国有 以防新纳粹朝圣】 The National Council of Austria passed a bill on Wednesday to expropriate the birthplace of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler from its current owner. This move by the government is aimed at preventing the building from becoming a pilgrimage site for Neo-Nazis. The interior ministry will collect proposals from architectural firms on how to alter the appearance of the building, according to the Austria Press Agency. Hitler was born in 1889 in Braunau Am Inn, a town near the border with Germany.

【中国公开募集资金修缮北洋水师水兵墓】To restore the tombs of 5 soldiers from China's Qing Dynasty located in Newcastle, England, a fundraising campaign has been initiated by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation.It is the first fundraising campaign launched by the foundation for a cultural heritage conservation project overseas, which aims to raise about 410,000 yuan (around 59,500 USD) in donations.

【2016维多利亚的秘密时尚大秀上演 四位中国超模登台演绎中国风】The 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one of the world’s most glamorous fashion events, hit the catwalk at the Grand Palais in Paris on Wednesday night. Four Chinese models, Liu Wen, He Sui, Xi Mengyao and Ju Xiaowen walked the runway at this year’s event, seeing a record number of Asian models. Meanwhile, a lot of Chinese elements, such as Chinese red color, dragons, and Chinese knot patterns were spotted in the six themed sections. According to media reports, the diverse roster of models and styles for the show could be reflective of the company’s growing market in China. The brand is planning to open its first flagship retail store in Shanghai this year, after setting up shops selling beauty products and accessories.

【两华人在尼日利亚被袭,一人当场死亡】Two Chinese people were attacked by some gunmen on November 28 in Nasarava State, Nigeria, and one of them died, which was confirmed by the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Nigeria.It's reported that the two were attacked when they were on the way back home from a mining camp. One died on the spot, with three Nigerians sitting with them in a car shot to death, reports Xinhua News.The Chinese Consulate-General in Lagos has contacted the local police immediately, demanding a swift arrest of the murderers, says Li Yong, Deputy Consul-General of the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Lagos. Nigeria is currently in an economic recession. Abduction, robbery and attacks have frequently occurred, especially during Christmas and New Year's Day. Chinese companies and nationals in Nigeria should pay more attention to their security, says the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria and the Chinese Consulate-General in Lagos.

【河北首发年度红色霾预警 九市单双号限行 北京、山西橙色霾预警】Hebei Province issued its first red alert of the year for severe pollution on Thursday. Cities in Hebei have adopted either red or orange alerts, the highest and second-highest levels of alert for smog, and will impose partial driving bans accordingly. Taiyuan in Shanxi Province and Beijing have also issued orange alerts for smog, meaning authorities will activate appropriate emergency response mechanisms.

【哥伦比亚国会通过修改后的和平协议】Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved a revised peace deal between the government and the rebel group known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The new deal was signed by the two sides last Thursday, after the first version was rejected in a country-wide referendum in October. The deal aims to put an end to the decades-long conflict that killed over 260,000 people.

【2017届全国普通高校毕业生预计达到795万人 比去年再多30万】 Some 7.95 million students will graduate from colleges in China next year, up about 300,000 from 2016, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE). This will make the job market even more competitive in 2017, but the MOE is reassured by the fact that the number of employed students and those who start their own business after graduation has increased for three straight years, said Education Minister Chen Baosheng at a press conference on Wednesday. More measures will be taken to encourage graduates to work in the grassroots and find jobs in small and medium-sized enterprises, Chen added.

【特朗普政府财政部长和商务部长人选浮出水面 分别为前高盛高管和投资金融家】US President-elect Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday nominated Steven Mnuchin, former partner for Goldman Sachs and Trump’s campaign finance chairman, as treasury secretary and Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor and former banker, as commerce secretary. Munchin, 53, is a “world-class financier” according to Trump in a statement, who will play a critical role for the administration in carrying out a “dynamic and booming” economic plan that will create millions of jobs. Ross, 79, is known for restructuring failed companies in distress sectors like steel and coal.