每日新闻播报(February 19)

Muto Toshiro, CEO of Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), unveils the motto during the Tokyo 2020 Games Motto unveiling press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Tokyo 2020 Games motto

"United by Emotion" will be the official motto of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, organizers announced Monday.
东京奥组委17日宣布,东京奥运会和残奥会的官方口号为"United by Emotion(激情聚会)"。

The motto will be displayed, in English only, at competition venues, on city decorations and on licensed goods.

It will also feature in digital media, ensuring worldwide attention.

The three-word slogan "expresses the hope of the spectators, volunteers, and athletes from over 200 national Olympic committees and refugee Olympic teams gathering in Tokyo this summer," said Toshiro Muto, the CEO of Tokyo 2020.

He also said that the motto summarizes the ideas that the host city wishes to "share with the world."

But it immediately raised concerns from Japanese media because there will be no official Japanese version of the motto.

The motto is normally unveiled in two languages when the Olympic Games is held in a country where English is not the native language.

Muto said the English version is very "simple" and people can understand it clearly. "If you translate it into Japanese, you will find many different words," he said.


Amazon Jungle, Brazil/Nathalia Segato/unsplash

>Amazon emits more CO2

Up to one-fifth of the Amazon rainforest is emitting more CO2 than it absorbs, new research suggests.

Results from a decade-long study of greenhouse gases over the Amazon basin appear to show around 20% of the total area has become a net source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

One of the main causes is deforestation.

While trees are growing, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; dead trees release it again.

Millions of trees have been lost to logging and fires in recent years.

A forest can become a source of carbon rather than a store, or sink, when trees die and emit carbon into the atmosphere.

Areas of deforestation also contribute to the Amazon's inability to absorb carbon.

The research by Professor Luciana Gatti, a researcher at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), suggests this southeastern part of the forest, about 20% of the total area, has become a carbon source.

Carlos Nobre, who co-authored Prof Gatti's study, believes the new findings suggest that in the next 30 years, more than half of the Amazon could change from rainforest into savanna.


Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, presides over the 32nd chairman and vice chairpersons' meeting of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, in Beijing, Jan 17, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Two sessions may be delayed

Two sessions, China’s biggest annual political event, may be postponed this year, as more focused efforts are needed at the moment to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The term two sessions refers to the annual plenary sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC), the nation's top legislature, and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body.

Usually, the CPPCC National Committee starts its annual gathering on March 3, and the NPC on March 5.

At the upcoming bi-monthly session of the NPC Standing Committee, which will kick off on Feb 24, members will discuss a draft proposal to postpone the third plenary session of the 13th NPC, according to a meeting of NPC Standing Committee chairs held on Monday in Beijing.

The chairpersons of the CPPCC National Committee also held a meeting on Monday, at which they discussed delaying the third plenary session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, according to a report by China Central Television.


Staff members work in a laboratory in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, Feb 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Autopsies on patients finished

Autopsies on the bodies of two patients who died from the novel coronavirus disease were finished Sunday in Wuhan, a local hospital said.

The autopsy work on the first body was finished about 3 am and the second at 6:45 pm Sunday, according to Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, a major designated hospital admitting confirmed cases in Wuhan, as permitted by national laws and policies, and with the consent of the patients' family members.

Pathology samples obtained through the post-mortems have been sent for examination, and the result is expected to help identify the pathology changes caused by coronavirus and will help doctors learn more about the disease mechanism.

"We will study how the virus distributes in the patient's body and where it exactly attacks, so we can know what to do to intervene and defend the patient from the virus' further possible attacks," said Professor Liu Liang, from the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.


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