>Oscars 2021 ceremony postponed
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that the 93rd Oscars ceremony, scheduled to be held on Feb 28 in 2021, will move to April 25 "as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19."
The coronavirus epidemic shut down movie theaters worldwide in mid-March and brought production of films to a halt.
The Academy also extended the deadline by which movies must be released in order to be eligible for an Oscar nomination, from Dec 31, 2020, to Feb 28, 2021.
It was only the fourth time in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards that the date has been changed; in 1938, due to floods in Los Angeles, in 1968 because of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and in 1981 after the attempted assassination of then-President Ronald Reagan.
The new date for the Oscars is expected to prompt the Golden Globes and other awards shows to also reschedule their events.
>Beidou satellite launch postponed
The launch mission for the final satellite in the third-generation network of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been postponed due to technical issues, according to the mission command.
The command said in a statement on Tuesday morning that "technical problems on products" of the Long March 3B carrier rocket were spotted during pre-launch checks, leading to postponement. The new date for the launch has yet to be decided, it said.
The mission was scheduled to take place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province on Tuesday morning. The satellite to be lifted is the 55th in the Beidou family and 30th in the third-generation series.
The launch will mark the completion of the Beidou network.
>Disease control measures enhanced
Many regions across the country have started taking strengthened epidemic prevention and control measures, after three provinces reported confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases related to patients with the infectious disease in Beijing.
Seven cities in Hebei have released emergency notices warning people who had been to Beijing, especially the markets that were found to be related to confirmed cases, to take measures to avert possible virus transmission.
Some provinces require all passengers who returned from high-risk regions in Beijing to go under a 14-day quarantine and receive nucleic acid testing and antibody detection.
Chinese mainland reported 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, of which 32 were domestically transmitted and eight were imported.
Of the domestically transmitted cases, 27 were reported in Beijing.
>Order addressing police reform
US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he will sign an executive order on police reform on Tuesday.
The move comes amid growing calls for action following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn., last month, which has triggered nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and racism.
The multi-pronged directive is aimed at creating funding incentives for police departments to improve their practices, senior administration officials said.
The order will focus on improving officer retention and recruitment practices, including encouraging departments to recruit from within the communities they will patrol.
It will also prioritize "co-respondent services" intended to more deeply involve social workers in responding to certain nonviolent calls - such as those involving mental health, drug addiction and homelessness issues - rather than cops alone.
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