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chinadaily.com.cn 2018-11-09 17:20

Plastic cups used by tourists on the Aegean sea beach near Athens on June 26, 2018 , Greece . [Photo/VCG]

>'Single-use' word of the year
Widespread concern about environmental degradation caused by discarded plastics has led Britain's Collins Dictionary to name "single-use" as its English-language word of the year for 2018. It beats "MeToo" and "whitewash" to take first place in the top 10 list released on Wednesday. Collins said each nominated word "reflects an ever-evolving culture and the preoccupations of those who use it". Collins said "single-use", which describes one-use-only items "whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain", has undergone a fourfold increase in usage since 2013. "Vegan", a word describing people who avoid animal products, and "plogging", a fitness craze born in Scandinavia that combines jogging with picking up litter, were other environment-related words to make the list. Helen Newstead, Collins' head of language content, said: "This has been a year where awareness and often anger over a variety of issues has led to the rise of new words and the revitalization and adaptation of old ones."


U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.[Photo/VCG]

>Summit coin typo-laden
The White House has issued a new commemorative coin in honor of the summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July, which has attracted attention on social media for unintended reasons. The coin, now available at the White House gift shop for $100, features portraits of the two presidents on one side and the image of Helsinki Cathedral on the other. However, it was several phrases in Russian featured on the coin's reverse which attracted the attention of social media users due to some glaring typos they contained: "diplomatic mission" was spelled with one more "d" than necessary ("ddiplomatic"); the phrase "novoye era" ("new era") has incorrect gender agreement, and should've been "novaya era" instead; and the summit itself was described as "Helpinskiy" instead of "Helsinskiy". Also, Trump's quote engraved on the coin ("the past does not have to define our future") was apparently actually delivered by the US president during his meeting with DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in June, as NPR correspondent Alina Selyukh observed.
为纪念美国总统特朗普和俄罗斯总统普京7月在赫尔辛基进行的会晤,白宫近日发行一款新的纪念币,这款纪念币在社交媒体上受到"意外关注"。"特普会"纪念币一面印有两国领导人头像,另一面的图案是赫尔辛基大教堂,现已在白宫礼品店销售,售价100美元。但引起社交媒体用户关注的却是纪念币背面的几个俄语短语,因为其中含有多处明显的拼写错误:diplomatic mission(外交使命)中的diplomatic多了一个d,成了ddiplomatic;novoye era(新时代)中形容词与名词的性不一致,应当是novaya era;赫尔辛基会晤的Helsinskiy也被错写成了Helpinskiy。此外,美国国家公共电台记者艾莉娜指出,纪念币上刻有特朗普的一句话:"过去不必定义我们的未来",这句话显然是他6月与朝鲜领导人金正恩会晤时所说。



>Suit against 'pH Miracle' author
A San Diego jury sided against the author of the bestselling "pH Miracle" books this week, ordering him to pay $105 million to a cancer patient who said the author held himself out as a doctor and counseled her to forgo traditional medical treatment. The large award - more than double what the woman had sought - comes roughly 16 months after a criminal case ended with the author, Robert Oldham Young, going to jail for a few months for practicing medicine without a license. The criminal case highlighted his controversial theories and the pricy treatments he offered to seriously ill or dying patients, who in some cases were given intravenous fluids mixed with baking soda at $500 a pop. Young has written several books, including "The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health". First published in 2002, his flagship book has been translated into several languages. Young's works and treatments were based on the theory that acidity in the body is the cause of disease and that an alkaline diet is the answer.


>570,000 short videos removed
A total of 15 major Chinese online video-sharing platforms have collectively taken down 570,000 short videos involving copyright infringements, China's copyright authority announced Wednesday. Noting existing copyright problems among the 15 major video-sharing platforms, the National Copyright Administration summoned representatives from companies such as Douyin, Kuaishou, Pear Video and Bilibili over copyright concerns in September. The authority asked the platforms to strengthen copyright management of their content to ensure all copyrighted videos, music, photos and text are published with proper authorization. Copyright supervision will be further strengthened in order to facilitate the healthy development of the short video industry, the administration said.

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