每日新闻播报(December 31)

GV-971, the home-grown drug treating Alzheimer's disease. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>Alzheimer's drug hits market

A Chinese drug that is the world's first innovative therapy for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in 17 years became available domestically on Sunday.

Extracted from brown algae, GV-971 can treat mild to moderate forms of the disease and improve cognition, China's National Medical Products Administration said.

It announced approval of the drug on Nov 2.

Lyu Songtao, chairman of Shanghai Green Valley Pharmaceuticals, one of the drug's developers, said the drug will cost about 40,000 yuan for a patient a year. "We will try to include it in the basic medical insurance program so it will be reimbursable, so the drug will be affordable to most patients," he said.


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>Netherlands to drop nickname

The Dutch government announced that it will officially drop their country's nickname, "Holland," and only use the name The Netherlands, in an effort to rebrand their "international image".

The government is spending $220,000 and, come Jan 1, companies, embassies, ministries and universities will only refer to the country using its official name.

The name Holland only refers to two of the country's 12 provinces in the whole country, North-Holland, where Amsterdam is located, and South-Holland, the home of Rotterdam and The Hague.

However, the nickname is often used to describe the entire country, officially called the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

It is reportedly part of a plan to draw tourists to other parts of the country as some cities battle overtourism.


The first high-speed rail in Ningxia Hui autonomous region, linking its capital city, Yinchuan to Wuzhong and Zhongwei city, was put into operation on Dec 29. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>High-speed rail for Olympics

The high-speed railway line connecting the Chinese capital Beijing and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province went into service on Monday.

The railway line is a major project for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It reduces the travel time between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the 2022 Olympics, from over three hours to 47 minutes.

The railway is 174 km long, with a maximum design speed of 350 km/h. There are 10 stations along the line.

Chongli railway, a branch line of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, also came into service on Monday.

It is 53 km long, with a maximum design speed of 250 km/h.

Construction of the high-speed railway began in the first half of 2016. The railway underwent test runs earlier this month.


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hoists the FIFA Club World Cup trophy after the Reds defeated Brazil's Flamengo in the final at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Dec 21. [Photo/Agencies]

>Host cities for activities

Eight cities have been selected to host the FIFA Club World Cup in 2021 and 10 cities were picked as venues for the Asian Cup in 2023, the Chinese Football Association announced.

Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shenyang, Ji'nan, Hangzhou and Dalian will host the first club World Cup featuring 24 teams from June to July 2021, the CFA said.

Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen and Suzhou will stage the 2023 Asian Cup competitions.

China had hosted the Asian Cup in 2004.

"Hosting the Club World Cup will be a major boost to China's football reform and expansion of the football population," said a CFA spokesman.

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