>Disney culls 'Fox' in rebrand
Disney executives have cut the word "Fox" from their 20th Century Fox film studio in an apparent bid to distance it from operations of the previous owner, Rupert Murdoch.
US media suggests Disney does not want to be associated with the media mogul's highly partisan, right-wing Fox News network. However, Disney has not clarified its reasons.
It bought the studio, with other media operations, in a $71 billion deal last March.
20th Century Fox is known for producing some of the biggest films of all-time, including Avatar and Titanic.
Disney has also renamed Fox Searchlight Pictures, the arthouse arm, as simply Searchlight Pictures.
Variety magazine, which broke the news about the name change, said the 20th Century Fox studio's well-known fanfare theme and searchlight logo will be retained.
>Brits have booked annual leave
Millions of Brits already have all of their holidays and annual leave booked for 2020.
A study of 2,000 UK adults found nearly a third of the nation were planning their trips for the year ahead before it even started.
In a bid to beat colleagues in the race to secure annual leave and to give themselves something to look forward to, one in four have even got trips planned for 2021.
Nearly two-fifths book so far in advance because they like to be organized, with one in five saying it helps lift their mood at the time of booking.
And more than a quarter do so in order to spread the cost, so they can budget for their time away.
The most common destinations for 2020 are Spain, Italy and France, and with hire cars available from as little as ￡15 per day, hitting the road isn't just an exciting way to explore - it's cost-effective, too.
As well as mainland Europe, the US is proving popular for British travelers this year, with one in seven planning to cross the pond.
>Ban on nondegradable plastic
China unveiled a guideline to phase out nondegradable plastic products in major consuming sectors on Sunday, vowing to effectively curb plastic pollution in major cities in five years.
The country is expected to significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste going to landfills and bring plastic pollution under effective control in major cities by 2025, according to the guideline.
The production and sale of disposable foam plastic tableware and plastic cotton swabs will be banned by the end of this year, according to the document, jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. The production of household chemicals containing plastic microbeads will be prohibited by the end of this year, and the sale of such products will be barred two years later, it said.
The document also pledges to ramp up recycling and introduce preferential policies to promote green packaging and express delivery.
>No massive outbreak for disease
The latest evidence has proved that the new virus causing the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan can spread from human to human, said Zhong Nanshan, head of a high-level expert team organized by the National Health Commission. But the pneumonia outbreak will not evolve into a massive outbreak similar in scale to the SARS outbreak 17 years ago, Zhong said at a news conference on Monday.
However, the number of cases of the new virus is expected to continue rising during the Spring Festival holiday, due to the large number of people traveling nationwide, which will make the disease spread more easily, he said.
Zhong said to prevent the spread of disease, it is important that the authorities in Wuhan take strict measures to identify suspected cases and advise people with a high body temperature, which is a major symptom of the disease, not to leave the city.
In addition, people with confirmed cases must get treatment under quarantine as soon as possible, he said.
As of 6 pm Monday, a total of 224 cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in China. Of them, 217 had been confirmed and 7 remained suspected.
Overseas, one case has been confirmed in Japan, two in Thailand, and one in the Republic of Korea.
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