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chinadaily.com.cn 2022-01-10 16:26


>National Disability Prevention Action Plan issued

A nurse takes care of a newborn baby at Gansu Provincial Maternity and Childcare Hospital in Lanzhou. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese government has issued a new five-year disability prevention action plan, laying out measures to effectively control the occurrence and development of disabilities. According to the plan issued by the General Office of the State Council, the country will be a leader among middle and high-income countries by the end of 2025 in terms of main disability prevention indicators, with improved policy systems and service networks and a higher level of public awareness.

The plan specifies measures in five major areas, including rehabilitation services, public awareness promotion and the prevention and control of birth defects and disabilities caused by development disorders, illnesses and injuries. The plan sets out tasks to be implemented during the period, such as increasing early screening and intervention among children, strengthening the prevention and control of disabilities resulting from chronic diseases and tightening traffic and transportation safety management.


>World's 10 richest gained $400B

FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk. [Photo/Agencies]

The world's 10 richest people added $402 billion to their collective net worth in 2021, making it a banner year for the ultra-wealthy.

As the year came to an end, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the biggest winner, adding $121 billion to his fortune, which is now the largest in the world at $277 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who started the year in the top spot, sank to number two, adding a mere $4.54 billion to his net worth, which now stands at $195 billion.

After Musk, French billionaire Bernard Arnault, the founder of luxury goods company LVMH and currently the third-richest man in the world, had the largest gains for the year, adding $61.3 billion to his fortune.


>Alexa tells girl to touch live plug with penny


Amazon has updated its Alexa voice assistant after it "challenged" a 10-year-old girl to touch a coin to the prongs of a half-inserted plug.

The suggestion came after the girl asked Alexa for a "challenge to do". "Plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs," the smart speaker said.

Metals conduct electricity and inserting them into live electrical sockets can cause electric shocks, fires and other damage.

Amazon told the BBC in a statement it had updated Alexa to prevent the assistant recommending such activity in the future.


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