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Asian stars shine on last day of ISU WC Speed Skating in Norway******
COPENHAGEN, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The third and final day of action from the International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup for speed skating saw Asian skaters winning all the four gold medals on offer in the Sormarka Arena in Stavanger of Norway on Sunday.。
In the men's 1,500m Men's Division A event, Poland silver medalist Ning Zhongyan roared past the finish line to win in one minute 45.167 seconds on Sunday, in a performance that assured gold for China in Norway.。
Joey Mantia of the United States won silver and South Korean Kim Minseok took bronze in a field of 20 competitors.。
In the first of the medal events, Japan's Tatsuya Shinhama edged Saturday's 500m gold medalist, Laurent Dubreuil of Canada to clinch the title in the last group race.。
Dubreuil produced an improved time on his gold medal performance from Saturday but it was not enough to win gold on Sunday as the Japanese speed skater pipped the Canadian by "a toe" to the finish line with the day's best time in 34.578 seconds.。
The bronze went to Artem Arefyev with a time of 34.671. The Russian also took silver at the same distance yesterday.。
Japan once again won gold in the next event, the second Women's 500m Division A final, where the nimble Nao Kodaira of Japan, the track record holder at 500m, won gold, overcoming the final challenge of yesterday's gold medallist Erin Jackson, with 37.523.。
The American, already the winner of three gold medals this season, looked formidable, clad in black, and was fast but failed to win despite knowing the target she had to beat before she took to the ice in the final rally.。
In the end, Jackson could only secure a silver medal with Russia's Angelina Golikova producing another sterling performance to earn a bronze in 37.712.。
Japan's Miho Takag and Ayano Sato secured gold and bronze medal respectively in the final medal event of the day, the 1,500m Women Division A race.。
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands came in second.。
The result came after an expected medal challenge from Brittany Bowe never materialized. A mistake made while turning meant the American champion skater lost momentum and managed only to achieve a seventh-place finish. Han Mei, the only Chinese representative in the race of 20 competitors, despite a spirited performance, finished 11th in 1:58.149.。
ISU World Cup Speed Skating season will continue and be held in Salt Lake City of the United States from Dec.3 to Dec.5, 2021. Enditem。
Will Smith says sorry over Oscars slap as Academy launches probe******
Actor Will Smith offered apologies Monday to Chris Rock for smacking the comedian during the Oscars ceremony, as the body that oversees the awards said it was launching a formal review of the incident.
Smith – who was named best actor on the night – marched onto stage during the glitzy Hollywood ceremony and hit Rock over a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.
"I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be," the "King Richard" star wrote on Instagram.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable," Smith said.
"Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."
Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss, and had a closely cropped head at Sunday's ceremony.
The 94th Academy Awards was in its final hour when actor and comedian Rock quipped that Pinkett Smith appeared ready to star in "G.I. Jane 2" – a putative sequel to a film about a female soldier who has a shaved head.
After at first appearing to laugh at the joke, Smith walked onto the stage and smacked Rock with an open hand.
He then returned to his seat and shouted: "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth."
Smith tearfully apologized to his fellow nominees and the Academy – but not Rock – a few minutes later as he accepted his historic Oscar.
"Love will make you do crazy things," he said.
On Monday, he repeated that apology.
"I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.
"I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
"I am a work in progress."
Smith's mea culpa came hours after the Academy condemned his behavior and said it was looking at possible sanctions.
"We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law," a statement said.
Celebrities from Tinseltown and beyond reacted with shock and stunned amazement to Smith's outburst, with some defending him and others condemning a display of "toxic masculinity."
"He could have killed him. That's pure out of control rage and violence," filmmaker Judd Apatow said in a tweet he later deleted.
"Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault... not so much," "Star Wars" icon Mark Hamill chipped in.
The comedy world was quick to rally to Rock's side, complaining that Smith's outburst could spark copycat behavior, endangering other stand-ups.
Emmy Award-winning Rosie O'Donnell called out a "sad display of toxic masculinity from a narcissistic madman," while Kathy Griffin added: "Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters."
Booker prize-winning author Bernadine Evaristo suggested that Smith had not just wrecked what should have been his greatest triumph, but had also sullied his legacy.
"Only the fifth black man in nearly 100 years to win an Oscar for male lead, and the first in 16 years, resorts to violence instead of utilizing the power of words to slay Chris Rock. Then he claims God and Love made him do it," she said.
Smith went from the Oscars to the Vanity Fair after party, where he and his family posed for photos.
Inside, he was filmed dancing and singing along to his 1991 smash "Summertime."
Some celebrities came to Smith's defense, with singer Nicki Minaj saying that as her husband, Smith was privy to the pain Pinkett Smith endures.
"You just got to witness in real time what happens in a man's soul when he looks over to the woman he loves & sees her holding back tears from a 'little joke' at her expense," she tweeted.
"This is what any & every real man feels in that instant. While y'all seeing the joke he's seeing her pain."
Some social media users called for Smith to be stripped of his Oscar, but Academy governor and Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg said that would not happen.
"We're not going to take that Oscar from him," she said on daytime TV show "The View."
"There will be consequences I'm sure, but I don't think that's what they're going to do."
One Academy voter, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was frustrating how the incident had dominated coverage.
"I would have preferred the story being about the great diversity of the Awards show, which now seems secondary," the person told AFP.
"A female director won, an actor from the disabled community won, as did an actress of the LGBTQ community."
US actor Will Smith (R) approaches US actor Chris Rock onstage, and US actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage, during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.
Tentative deals totaling 70 bln U.S. dollars signed at 4th CIIE******
SHANGHAI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of 70.72 billion U.S. dollars worth of tentative deals were reached for one-year purchases of goods and services at the fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE), which concluded on Wednesday, CIIE Bureau Deputy Director Sun Chenghai told a press conference.。
This year's CIIE is the first to feature an online country exhibition, offering digital pavilions for 58 countries and three international organizations. The total number of visits to the online exhibition exceeded 58 million, Sun said.。
More than 2,900 enterprises from 127 countries and regions participated in this year's business exhibition, which covers a record area of 366,000 square meters.。
A total of 422 new products, technologies and services were showcased at the exhibition.。
There were 281 Fortune 500 companies and corporate giants in attendance, with nearly 40 making their CIIE debuts and over 120 participating in the event for their fourth consecutive year.。
Registration for the fifth CIIE has already been opened, with over 150,000 square meters of exhibition area booked. Enditem。
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