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Japan's Mount Aso eruption spews giant column of ash******
Japan's Mount Aso erupted yesterday, spewing a giant column of ash thousands of meters into the sky as hikers rushed away from the popular tourist spot.
No injuries were immediately reported after the late-morning eruption in southwest Japan, which sent rocks flying in a dramatic blast captured by nearby CCTV cameras.
People were warned not to approach the volcano as it ejected hot gas and ash as high as 3,500 meters, and sent stones tumbling down its grassy slopes.
Authorities said they were checking if any hikers had been trapped or injured, as TV footage showed dozens of vehicles and tour buses parked at a nearby museum that has a clear view of the volcano.
Pale grey torrents of ash were seen rushing down Aso's slopes towards the museum, but did not reach the site.
"Human lives are our priority and we are working with the Self Defence Forces, police and firefighters to effectively deal with the situation," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said in a televised news conference.
For those near the mountain, "caution must be exercised for large flying rocks and flows of pyroclastic materials," said Japan Meteorological Agency official Tomoaki Ozaki.
"Caution is warranted even in far-away areas downwind, as the wind may carry not just ash but also pebbles," Ozaki told reporters.
Ozaki also warned that toxic gases may also have been emitted.
The last time the JMA raised its warning for Aso to yesterday's level – three out of five – was when it erupted in 2016.
China's textile sector posts steady expansion in Jan.******
BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's textile industry saw steady expansion in the first three quarters of the year, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) showed.。
The added value of textile firms with annual operating revenue of at least 20 million yuan (about 3.13 million U.S. dollars) rose by 6.3 percent year on year, according to the MIIT.。
The firms raked in 171.1 billion yuan worth of profits, surging by 31.7 percent from the same period last year. Their combined operating revenue expanded by 15.6 percent year on year to about 3.67 trillion yuan.。
China's online retail sales of clothing products registered a year-on-year growth of 15.6 percent between January and September. Garment exports totaled 227.6 billion dollars during the period, up by 5.6 percent year on year. Enditem。
Apple's electric car could debut as soon as 2025。
Apple is picking up its work on an Apple-designed car and is aiming to create a fully autonomous vehicle, reports Bloomberg. Apple is "refocusing" the project around full self-driving vehicles, a goal that other car manufacturers have not been able to achieve.。
Work on an Apple Car began way back in 2014, and since then, the project has gone through multiple transformations. At one point, rumors suggested Apple had abandoned its plans for a full vehicle and would instead focus on software, but rumors began picking up again in 2020. It's now been made clear that Apple intends to launch its own vehicle.。
早在 2014 年，Apple Car 的工程就运行了，从那以后，该项目经历了数次转型发展。曾有传闻称苹果放弃了整车方案，继而致力于手机软件，但传闻在 2020 年再次发生，称苹果早已确立准备发布自身的汽车。
Apple worked on two vehicle paths, one with limited self-driving capabilities and a second with full self-driving functionality that does not require human intervention, and the company will now pursue this second path under the leadership of Kevin Lynch, who joined the project earlier this year. Apple has hit a "milestone" in developing the self-driving car system, and has finished the core work on the chip that will power the first car.。
苹果专注于两根车子途径，第一条具备比较有限的自动驾驶工作能力，第二条则是不用人工控制的彻底自动驾驶，如今将在阿隆 林奇（ Kevin Lynch）的带领下追求完美第二条路面。苹果在开发设计自动驾驶汽车系统软件层面获得了“里程碑式”，并完成了为第一辆汽车给予驱动力的集成ic关键工作中。
Apple wants to design a car that lacks a steering wheel or pedals, and with an interior that's aimed at hands-off driving. Bloomberg said that Apple has considered a design similar to the Lifestyle Vehicle from Canoo, in which passengers sit along the sides of the vehicle, facing one another.。
苹果企业要想设计方案一款沒有汽车方向盘或脚踏板的汽车，其中饰致力于完成自动驾驶。彭博新闻社表明，苹果企业早已考虑到过一种类似 Canoo 的生活习惯汽车的设计方案，在其中旅客坐到车子的两边，彼此之间应对。
Apple is still discussing the inclusion of a steering wheel, which may be required so people can take over in an emergency situation. An iPad-like tablet could be in the middle of the vehicle, which passengers would be able to interact with.。
苹果仍在谈论是不是包括汽车方向盘，这可能是必不可少的，便于大家可以在突发状况下对接。一个相近 iPad 的平板可以放到车子正中间，旅客可以与之互动交流。
Apple wants its car to be safer than those manufactured by Waymo and Tesla, with redundancies and failsafes to avoid failures. The vehicle will be electric, with Apple discussing charging that's compatible with the combined charging system so Apple vehicle owners can use a global network of chargers.。
苹果期待它的汽车比 Waymo 和特斯拉汽车生产制造的汽车更安全性，并根据沉余和系统故障维护来防止常见故障。除此之外，该车将是电动式汽车，苹果已经探讨与组成电池充电系统软件兼容的电池充电方法，便于买车人可以应用全世界电池充电互联网。
Using Lexus SUVs outfitted with LiDAR scanners and other equipment, Apple has been testing its self-driving system.。
苹果一直在应用凌志雷克萨斯的 SUV 检测其自动驾驶系统软件，此车选用了毫米波雷达和别的机器设备。
Apple is said to be aiming to launch its self-driving car in four years, which would put a debut right around 2025. Whether Apple will be able to hit that goal will depend on whether Apple can develop a full self-driving system. Should it not be able to meet its aims, Apple could delay launch or sell a car that's less technologically advanced.。
据报道，苹果的总体目标是在四年内发布其自动驾驶汽车，将在 2025 年上下初次现身。苹果能不能完成这一总体目标将在于苹果是不是可以开发设计出详细的自动驾驶系统软件。假如不能完成这一总体目标，苹果很有可能会延迟公布或市场销售技术性不太专业的汽车。
Feature: Sports tourism given high hopes for boosting economic recovery in Indonesia******
by Dames Alexander Sinaga。
JAKARTA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian medium-scale tourism entrepreneur Lalu Nurasman is all fired up by the brand new Mandalika International Circuit situated in his birthplace in the country's province of West Nusa Tenggara, known for its local abbreviation as NTB.。
For the past few days, his homestay accommodation with 17 bedrooms has been fully occupied by domestic tourists who came to see the circuit which is selected as the final race track for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) held over the weekend from Nov. 19 to 21.。
It was the first big event for the Mandalika Circuit, which is Indonesia's second international racing venue set to boost tourism in the archipelago.。
Nurasman said that in the past few days tourists never stopped coming to his homestay in Kuta Village, located about 10 minutes away by car from the circuit.。
"Many friends told me all the bedrooms in Kuta are already fully occupied. All rental cars are booked, too. This is exciting," he told Xinhua on Saturday.。
Nurasman was a farmer as well as a taxi driver in Mandalika before building his homestay accommodation six years ago to make it the main source of living with his family.。
"Accommodation business is more fruitful and more promising," the father of three said.。
He went on to say that locals in Mandalika and villages nearby have begun to make a living not only from traditional farming or fishing but also from tourism or hospitality businesses.。
Mandalika is a special economic zone in the southern part of Lombok Island, the neighboring island of the popular holiday island of Bali.。
Usually, international tourists visit the region to explore the local culture and surf in the waters.。
The name of Mandalika derives from a princess from the Tunjung Beru Kingdom who was known for her beauty and attracted many princes from other kingdoms to marry her.。
The princess, however, ended up throwing herself into the sea to avoid any prince from getting hurting while competing to marry her.。
Locals commemorate Princess Mandalika during the Bau Nyale Festival that is held every year on the 20th day of the 10th month according to the local calendar as the place Mandalika is getting more popular.。
The Mandalika Circuit is also ready to host MotoGP in March next year in accordance with President Joko Widodo's big dream to develop more tourism hubs outside Bali.。
The president, widely known as Jokowi, inaugurated the Mandalika Circuit in Central Lombok district on Nov. 12.。
The launching ceremony spurred a sense of optimism among locals, hoping to revive tourism from the pall of the COVID-19 pandemic.。
President Jokowi has promised that more major events will continue to be held every year at the race venue to boost the economy in the province.。
During the weekend, thousands of tourists, both local and international, flocked to the Mandalika Circuit to watch the race matches from tribunes.。
The circuit has a 4.31-kilometer track, featuring 17 corners that showcase various Mandalika tourist spots.。
Chinese visitor Chen Feng came to the venue with some friends all the way from the country's national capital Jakarta to watch the WSBK event on Saturday.。
Feng, who comes from China's province of Jiangsu, has been living and working as an accountant at a bank in Jakarta for four years.。
"We together had a plan to see Lombok for tourism purposes. And, we notice that the WSBK is currently ongoing. So, we purposely came here to see the match," he told Xinhua before entering the circuit.。
In an interview with Xinhua at the circuit on Saturday, NTB Governor Zulkieflimansyah said that the current situation of tourism in the province following the reopening of tourism in the province is "extraordinary."
"We have this flock of tourists during the pandemic situation. Just imagine if it happened during a normal situation," he said.。
Likewise, local homestay owners like Nurasman expressed hopes that the tourism condition in Mandalika would be back to normal permanently after the WSBK event.。
"We deeply hope our village won't get back to being quiet again after the race match finished," he said. Enditem。