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China's pork prices fall in September******
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Pork prices in China went down last month, official data showed.
The average pork price index in 16 provincial-level regions tracked by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs was 17.13 yuan (about 2.68 U.S. dollars) per kg in September, down 15 percent month on month.
The price index dropped 61.8 percent compared with the same period last year, widening by 3.9 percentage points from the previous month.
Since the beginning of the year, hog prices in China have fallen sharply due to a significant improvement in supply and the decline in demand, prompting authorities to step in with multiple measures to stabilize the market.
In August, authorities released guidelines on advancing sustainable and healthy development in the hog industry, detailing tasks to avoid drastic fluctuations in the market and ensure stable supplies.
In the coming five to 10 years, according to the guidelines, China will see cyclical market fluctuations effectively alleviated and pork supply security capabilities increased, to maintain the market's self-sufficiency rate at around 95 percent. Enditem
Austria win men's team title at FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Poland******
WARSAW, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Austria's ski jumping team took a massive victory in Saturday's contest in the men's Large Hill Team event of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Wisla, Poland on Saturday.。
In the first round the athletes had to jump in the difficult conditions as the wind made their challenge even harder. The Austrians proved to be the best in such circumstances. Manuel Fettner (jump of 121 meters), Jan Hoerl (134.5m), Daniel Huber (116m) and Stefan Kraft (122m) earned a total of 412.1 points to sit in first place before the final round.。
Poland was placed second with 3.4 points behind. The Slovenes were third, while the Americans crashed out of the competition.。
Austria defended the first place as the ski jumpers coached by Andreas Widholzl turned out to be better than the second Germany by 0.3 points. It was Stefan Kraft who led his team to the victory as in the crucial moment he jumped 126 meters, while for Germany Karl Geiger's jump of 125m was deciding to secure the second position.。
Slovenia took the other spot on the podium. The Poles didn't meet the expectations on home ground as they took fourth place after Kamil Stoch finished with just 116m in the final jump.。
In the general classification of the Nations Cup men's category, Germany leads the standing with 1061 points, followed by Slovenia (855) and Austria (774).。
The individual competition is scheduled for Sunday. Enditem。
Omicron found in nearly one******
Groups of people line up to get tested for COVID-19 in Times Square on December 5 in New York City.。
The Omicron variant of thecoronavirus has spread to about one-third of US states, butthe Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 infections ascases rise nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday.。
Though the emergence of the new variant has caused alarmworldwide, Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseaseofficial, told CNN "thus far it does not look like there's agreat degree of severity to it." He added that it was too earlyto draw definitive conclusions and that more study is needed.。
Fauci, US President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser,said he also hoped the United States would lift its ban ontravelers from southern African countries in a "reasonableperiod of time."The South African government has complained it is beingpunished – instead of applauded – for discovering the newvariant and quickly informing international health officials.。
Fauci, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union,"praised South Africa for its transparency and said the UStravel ban was imposed at a time "when we were really in thedark" and needed time to study the variant.。
At least 16 US states have reported Omicron cases:California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland,Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, NewYork, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, according toa Reuters tally.。
Many of the cases were among fully vaccinated individualswith mild symptoms, although the booster shot status of somepatients was not reported.。
Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant stillaccounts for 99.9 percent of new COVID cases in the United States,CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC News in aninterview.。
"We are everyday hearing about more and more probable casesso that number is likely to rise," she said.。
The United States over the last seven days has averaged119,000 new cases a day and lost nearly 1,300 lives to COVID-19 each day, according to a Reuters tally.。
Louisiana currently has one Omicron case from an individualwho traveled within the United States, its health departmentsaid on Sunday.。
On Saturday, it said a Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltdcruise ship set to dock in New Orleans with more than3,000 passengers found 10 cases of COVID-19 on board.。
Officials said passengers on the Norwegian Breakaway, whichstopped in Belize, Honduras and Mexico, would be tested andgiven the CDC's post-exposure and quarantineguidelines.。
The emergence of the new variant has sharply curtailed thenumber of energy executives and government ministers planning toattend the four-day World Petroleum Congress in Houston thisweek, which had already been rescheduled from 2020.。
But travel restrictions and worries over the new variant sawenergy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Qatar,Argentina, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Turkey and Romania bowedout, WPC officials said on Sunday.。
Governors of two states with reported Omicron cases –Connecticut and Colorado – said they hoped theirhigher-than-average vaccination rates would blunt the impact.。
"We want to see how well the vaccinations hold up,"Colorado's Jared Polis told ABC.。
As US Omicron cases emerge, COVID-19 vaccine makers aim toquickly tweak their shots to target the variant and USregulators have vowed speedy reviews, but that could still takemonths.。
"Certainly, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will moveswiftly and CDC will move swiftly," Walensky said.。
Moderna Inc has targeted US approval of anupdated vaccine as soon as March, but company officials onSunday said it will still take time to increase output.。
Moderna Co-founder and Chairman Noubar Afeyan told CNN itwould take another seven to 10 days to gather key data. Then, it"will take a good 60 to 100 days" to deploy an Omicron-specificshot, although other options like a higher dose of the currentbooster are being explored, he said.。
US government officials are also working with Pfizer Incand Johnson & Johnson on updated shots, whilePfizer and Merck & Co Inc are pursuing COVID-19 pilltreatments.。
CBA Roundup: Guangdong moves past Zhejiang, Shanxi upsets Xinjiang******
ZHUJI, China, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions the Guangdong Southern Tigers routed the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 110-94 in the third round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Thursday, extending their unbeaten record in the new season.
Ren Junfei led the Guangdong scoring with 20 points, with Zhao Rui adding 18 points. Zhu Xuhang pitched in a game-high 31 points for Zhejiang.
Both teams smashed their opponents in the previous round, yet their eye-catching clash turned out to be one-sided for Guangdong.
After a close 61-58 first half, Guangdong hit a 14-4 run at the beginning of the third quarter to lead the game by double-digit for the first time. Zeng Fanri and Ren Junfei's points in the paint stretched their lead to near 20 points as Zhejiang struggled to find their rhythm on the offense end.
Zhejiang managed a few shots later, but Guangdong maintained its dominance until the final whistle.
"I appreciate the energy of Zhejiang's young players, and I hope our young players can learn from that," said Guangdong coach Du Fen.
Elsewhere on Thursday, the Shanxi Loongs smashed the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 112-97.
Shanxi came out strong right after the game whistle, nailing a three-pointer and eight consecutive points in the paint and built a seven point advantage entering the second quarter, where they took advantage of Xinjiang's problematic defense for a 41-52 advantage.
Although Shanxi struggled in offense at the beginning of the third quarter, Yuan Shuai and Xing Zhiqiang gradually recovered their form beyond the arc and helped Shanxi resist the comeback effort by Xinjiang.
Kahlil Felder had 25 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists for Shanxi, while Yu Dehao led Xinjiang with 20 points. He also contributed 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Also on Thursday, the Tianjing Pioneers defeated the Qingdao Eagles 91-79, the Guangzhou Loong Lions edged the Beijing Royal Fighters 102-98, the Shenzhen Aviators dominated the Jiangsu Dragons 107-85, and the Liaoning Flying Tigers beat the Jilin Northeast Tigers 103-88. Enditem