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Liaoning's Guo Ailun named CBA Player of Week******
BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Liaoning Flying Leopards guard Guo Ailun was on Monday awarded Player of the Week of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league.。
With 49.3 percent in shooting from the field and 73.3 percent from three-point range, Guo averaged 31.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 9.7 assists between the fifth and seventh rounds of action, leading Liaoning to three wins in a row during the span.。
On Sunday, the star guard produced a double-double of 35 points and 12 assists as Liaoning ended a six-game winning streak of the previously undefeated Zhejiang Lions.。
Returning from a four-game absence to start the current campaign, Guo leads the scoring with 31.0 points per match, and Liaoning sits atop the 20-team table with a win-loss record of 6-1.。
Tao Hanlin from the Shandong Heroes came out the winner in the first edition of the weekly honor going into the 2021-22 season, which kicked off on Oct. 16. Enditem。
Interview: Australian athletes cherish the opportunity at Beijing 2022, says Chef de Mission******
CANBERRA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Australian athletes cherish the opportunity to compete in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, said Geoff Lipshut, Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team.。
"Our athletes... traveled last season in very difficult circumstances around the world during COVID without vaccine then, so they had to be very health conscious. But all of them took it very seriously because they wanted to qualify to go to Beijing," said the former aerial skiing coach who had been to seven Olympics since Lillehammer in 1994.。
"I think going to Beijing and having that opportunity is the most important thing for each of the athletes," he told Xinhua in an interview.。
Lipshut also dismissed the call for a boycott of the Olympics by some western politicians.。
"Many athletes will have (only) one opportunity to go to the Olympic Games," he said.。
"We are going to do sports. That's what they've trained for 10, 15, 20 years. Their families and friends have sacrificed a lot to give these athletes an opportunity."
According to Lipshut, there is a "two-winter" scheme to help Australian athletes prepare for the Winter Olympics. "We have the southern winter here, and we have the northern winter overseas," he said.。
As a result, some Australian athletes are now training overseas in Europe and North America, while some had a chance to compete at the Beijing 2022 test events, including those for the luge, short track speed skating and sliding events.。
Bobsleigh pilot Bree Walker described the Olympic sliding track in Beijing as "amazing." "She said it's a fantastic sliding track. It has got a heated warm-up area. They've never seen a heated warm-up area before, so that's the first," said Lipshut, adding that the athletes enjoyed the experience there.。
Lipshut himself visited China before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 when the venues and infrastructure were still under construction. He also toured the Olympic village, where he said facilities were convenient, as well as the National Aquatics Center, which hosted the aquatics competition at the 2008 Summer Olympics and has been transformed into a curling venue.。
"It's a very famous pool here, because one of our athletes, Stephanie Rice, won three gold medals in this pool," he said. "So to see that as a curling venue will be amazing."
Lipshut expected to see the Winter Olympics leave a healthy legacy as well, with the venues being well used afterward for Chinese sports and youth.。
Australia has won 15 medals at Winter Olympic Games: five gold, five silver and five bronze, starting with a bronze in Lillehammer in 1994. In Pyeongchang, Australia grabbed two silver and a bronze medal.。
Lipshut said he believed that the "safe range" for the team would be between two and three medals, which will possibly come from freestyle and snowboard events.。
"One thing that's a bit challenging for us is that some of our athletes and coaches haven't been to the test events," he said.。
"And we haven't been to China as many times. We look forward to going there and, as long as we have a good opportunity, to training beforehand on the venue."
Yet there is something good for the TV audience. The time difference between and China and Australia is within three hours.。
"It's a nice contrast between China in winter and Australia in summer," said Lipshut. "That will be interesting also." Enditem。
Economic Watch: China's manufacturing offers support for global energy transformation******
HEFEI, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- With a total capacity of 418 kilowatts, a rooftop power plant in Indonesia is converting solar power into electricity for the energy consumption of a bottled water factory underneath.。
The inverters, one of the key components of the power plant, are from the Chinese renewable energy company, Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd., in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province.。
As one of the participants of the fourth World Manufacturing Convention held from Nov. 19 to 22 in Hefei, Sungrow is among those Chinese manufacturers that play an essential role in promoting energy transformation worldwide.。
"We have established branches in 20 countries and regions. Our products have been exported to 150 countries and regions. As of June this year, over 182 GW of inverter equipment has been installed worldwide," said Xu Yiguo, a senior manager with Sungrow.。
According to a report issued by the International Energy Association (IEA) this year, China is the largest manufacturer of key clean energy technologies such as solar panels and EV batteries. It is home to 70 percent of global manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle batteries and its solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity additions have outpaced those of any other country.。
Another participant of the World Manufacturing Convention, battery cell manufacturer Gotion High-tech Co., Ltd., brought their latest lithium batteries and energy storage equipment.。
"As key components of new energy vehicles, our batteries have been exported to many countries including the UK, India and the Netherlands," said Zhang Yang, a senior executive of the marketing department of Gotion High-tech, adding that their overseas income reached 168 million yuan (about 26 million U.S. dollars) during the first half of this year, an increase of 102 percent year on year.。
According to Zhang, to ensure stable supply to the global market, the company has built a complete industrial chain from lithium ores to battery recycling.。
Reaching carbon neutrality and promoting energy transformation hinges on a major acceleration in clean energy innovation.。
China is emerging as a world leader in clean energy innovation: public spending on low-carbon energy research and development (R&D) in China has risen by 70 percent since 2015. China accounts for nearly 10 percent of patenting activity in renewables and EVs, said the report of IEA.。
"We have been innovating technology and applied for over 3,100 patents as of now. The cost of PV power is decreasing thanks to innovation and is even lower than thermal power in some countries, thus promoting the installation of PV plants around the world," said Xu Yiguo of Sungrow.。
Gotion High-tech has also invested heavily in R&D. "We built six R&D platforms worldwide and cooperate with well-known universities to cultivate R&D personnel. In 2020, the R&D investment hit 696 million yuan," said Zhang.。
Besides exporting products, Gotion High-tech also cooperated with an Indian vehicle company to build a battery factory in India and built a new energy production base in Europe.。
"We want to introduce not only products but also our technology to other countries, which is also an important way to accelerate world energy transformation," said Zhang. Enditem。
New Zealand's COVID******
The New Zealand government on Wednesday decided to reduce the interval between a person's primary COVID-19 vaccination course and the booster from four months to three months so that more people can take their booster jabs as soon as possible.
A million more New Zealanders over 18 will be eligible for their boosters from this Friday when the decision takes effect, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told a press conference.
The government has considered advice from the Director-General of Health and the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Advisory Group, Hipkins said.
"This is a significant step in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic" as it now means more than 3.06 million people aged 18 and over -- two thirds of the population -- will be eligible for their boosters from this weekend, he said, adding more than 1.3 million people have already got boosters.
"We are in a race against Omicron and the more people who are boosted the more we can reduce the impact of the outbreak," Hipkins said.
Bringing forward the booster timing will help those who have been immunized more recently. It will mean more people, especially Maori, will be able to receive a booster before Omicron takes hold in communities, he said.
To date, about 94 percent of the eligible people in New Zealand are fully vaccinated with at least two doses. That is close to 4 million Kiwis, over a quarter of whom have now also had their booster shots, according to the minister.
New Zealand recorded 142 new community cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 103 in the largest city Auckland, 12 in nearby Waikato, five in Bay of Plenty, two in the Lakes region, and 11 in Northland, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.