每日新闻播报(December 19)

Girls watch a music performance by street buskers in Oita, Japan Oct 14, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

>Global gender parity ranking

Japan ranks 121st out of 153 countries on the global rankings for gender equality, falling 11 places since the last audit, marking its lowest level on record, according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 released on Tuesday by the World Economic Forum, or WEF.

Based on data in four key areas - politics, economics, education and health - the WEF analyzes gender gaps on a regular basis and said it would take 100 years to close the global gender gap because so little progress had been made in tackling the problem.

In this year's report, Iceland is ranked as the nation closest to achieving gender parity, followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden.

China ranked 106th, down three places on the list, with a low representation of women in politics and corporate management to blame, the report said.

But the report gave China credit for having virtually closed the educational gender gap, with both sexes achieving universal literacy.



>Most retweeted posts of 2019

Twitter has unveiled its most retweeted posts of 2019. Topping the list for most retweeted tweet of 2019 is the World Record Egg.

On Jan 14, the account @egg_rt_record tweeted a stock image of an egg alongside the words: "Let's set a world record together and get the most retweeted tweet on Twitter. Beating the current world record held by Yusaku Maezawa @yousuck2020 (5.3 million!)"
1月14日,推特账号@egg rt record发布了一张鸡蛋的图片,旁边写着:"让我们一起创造一项世界纪录,创造转发次数最多的推文。打破前泽友作@yousuck2020保持的世界纪录(推文转发530万次)。"

The tweet went on to earn 957,600 retweets and 582,300 likes, making it the most retweeted tweet of the year.

It was followed by a tweet from K-Pop group BTS, showing boy band member Jungkook dancing in a hotel room.

Weighing in third was a comical video of people running away from a baby duck, paired with the warning: "WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK."


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>AI puts notes on symphony

A few notes scribbled in his notebook are all that German composer Ludwig van Beethoven left of his "Tenth Symphony" before his death in 1827.

Now, a team of musicologists and programmers is racing to complete a version of the piece using artificial intelligence (AI), ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth next year.

In the project, machine-learning software has been fed all of Beethoven's work and is now composing possible continuations of the symphony in the composer's style.

The final result of the project will be performed by a full orchestra on April 28 next year in Bonn.


AirAsia planes prepare for takeoff at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, June 29, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

>AirAsia to run restaurants

AirAsia, the largest budget carrier in Asia, has announced plans to open over 100 restaurants globally within the next five years.

The restaurants will be offering the same menu AirAsia sells on flights, including chicken rice, the airline's signature Pak Nasser's Nasi Lemak dish, pineapple fish, noodle chicken inasal with garlic rice, and onde-onde cake.

The move is part of AirAsia's plans to become a lifestyle brand, and the company hopes that its Asian dishes will make people choose it over Western competitors.

The first AirAsia grounded restaurant, called Santan, recently opened in a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall, in Malaysia.

Most dishes cost around $3 and include a variety of local delicacies as well as other foods from the airline's popular in-flight dishes.


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