【专题】慢速英语(英音)2016-07-04

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This is Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing. Here is the news.
China's top education authorities are cracking down on toxic running tracks on campuses nationwide to protect students' health.
The Ministry of Education said on its website that any existing synthetic running tracks on campuses that are judged by environmental protection and quality inspection departments as failing to meet quality standards will be removed immediately.
It said it will work with other government departments to investigate newly renovated tracks during the summer holidays and suspend all the ongoing or planned construction of tracks at schools.
Synthetic running tracks have allegedly made students ill at schools in a number of provinces and cities since last year, attracting widespread public attention.
Problems have been found in raw materials, production, contract bidding, installation and supervision.
Several government departments, including education, housing, environmental protection and quality inspection, have been involved in joint efforts to find solutions.
The Ministry of Education said the safety of students and their health is its top priority. It said it has paid great attention to the incidents since they were first reported last year and has conducted inspections, drafted regulations and revised standards.
The ministry said it will continue to cooperate with other departments to repair the problems to ensure that the tracks at schools meet standards.
This is Special English.
A draft Cybersecurity Law is urging the authorities to handle cybersecurity threats from abroad more forcefully.
The law has been submitted to the top legislature for a second reading. It has a new article stating that China must monitor and deal with threats from abroad to protect the country's information infrastructure from being attacked or disrupted.
The draft law includes sanctions against threats to cybersecurity.
Experts said China should encourage businesses and institutions to evaluate and certify their cybersecurity status.
China supports research on data security protection and the opening of public data sources. The draft law stipulates that big data applications must make information anonymous and clearly defines limits on the use of citizens' personal information.
The draft stipulates that operators must comply with social and business ethics and accept supervision by both government and the public.
It includes protections for key information infrastructure and stipulates that Chinese citizens' personal information and other data collected in China should remain in the country.
This is Special English.
China is working on a Wild Animal Protection Law to regulate the release of captive animals into the wild.
According to the draft law, only authorities at provincial level and above are allowed to organize activities involving the release of state-protected animals into the wild.
Any organization or individual releasing captive animals for a variety of purposes should choose indigenous species that are fit to survive in the wild, and the release should have no impact upon local people or harm the ecosystem.
The draft said that anyone who frees captive animals in a reckless manner and thus causes property damage or physical injury to others, or jeopardizes the ecosystem, will be held accountable.
The draft also noted that agencies involved in this area should disclose information regarding the issuance of documents used for the hunting, captive breeding, sale, purchase and use of protected wild animals.
Law makers said the new draft has improved the country's wild animal protection and regulation systems, properly managed the relationship between protection and utilization, balanced views of all parties involved and addressed public concerns.
China's Wild Animal Protection Law was initiated and passed in 1988. It took effect the following year.
You're listening to Special English. I'm Mark Griffiths in Beijing.
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