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China starts wind power, photovoltaic projects in deserts******
BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- China has begun a series of large wind power and photovoltaic projects in its desert areas since mid-October, the country's top economic planner said Saturday.。
According to the National Development and Reform Commission, these projects are situated in north China's Inner Mongolia and northwest China's Gansu, Qinghai and Ningxia, with an installed capacity of nearly 30 million kilowatts.。
The commission said that promoting wind and photovoltaic power will help restore the ecosystems in desert areas, boost local economy, and contribute to the country's carbon-cutting endeavors.。
These projects are among the country's list for developing wind and photovoltaic power in desert areas. The total installed capacity is estimated to reach 100 million kilowatts if all projects on the list are completed. Enditem。
Premier League to meet as Covid wrecks havoc with weekend fixture list******
LONDON, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Premier League clubs are expected to meet on Monday to discuss whether or not the competition should continue or take a break after a weekend in which six of the 10 scheduled matches have had to be postponed due to outbreaks of Covid-19 at several clubs.。
Saturday's match between Burnley and Aston Villa was the latest to fall victim to the virus and was cancelled just two and a half hours before the scheduled 15:00 hours kick off after further cases of the virus among the visitors' squad.。
"After reviewing all the new information provided by Aston Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the board approved the request as a result of the club not having enough players to field a team. This decision was based on the number of Covid-19 cases, injuries and illness," explained a statement issued by the Premier League.。
Matches between Manchester United and Brighton, Southampton and Brentford, Watford and Crystal Palace, West Ham and Norwich and Everton and Leicester had all previously fallen by the wayside because of outbreaks at various clubs.。
Meanwhile the matches between Newcastle United and Manchester City, Wolves and Chelsea, as well as Tottenham and Liverpool are still scheduled for Sunday, although with Liverpool and Chelsea also reporting cases of Covid-19, there is still time for that to change.。
"The board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and Covid-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs."
"It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the Covid-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with," said the Premier League, who added that new protocols, which include "more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time," have all introduced.。
In Saturday's surviving game Arsenal piled the pain onto Leeds United with a 4-1 win in Elland Road.。
The game was as good as over at halftime as two goals from Gabriel Martinelli and one from Bukayo Sako put Arsenal 3-0 up and although Raphinha scored a 75th minute penalty for Leeds, Emile Smith Rowe rounded off a good afternoon for Arsenal with five minutes left to play.。
Next weekend is one of the most important of the Premier League, with the traditional Boxing Day games quickly followed by a midweek game and a round of New Year fixtures. Enditem。
Beijing to open non******
BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Journalists without official Olympic accreditation will have a space in which they can cover the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.。
Apart from the Main Press Center, which is earmarked for the accredited media, another media center will open in Beijing during the 2022 Games to assist non-accredited journalists to broadcast and write about the Games.。
The media center will be able to host up to 2,000 journalists. Due to COVID-19 concerns, it will mainly accommodate resident journalists from the Beijing offices of overseas media outlets instead of those who come to Beijing shortly before the Games unless necessary.。
During the 2022 Olympics, the media center will provide services in line with the Olympic Host Contract and international practices, which include press releases and interviews. It will also promote how the Games is touching different regions across China.。
This media center will not be placed in the closed-loop, but COVID-19 protocols must be followed. Enditem。
China urges U.S. to give convincing account of bio******
The United States should give a convincing account of its biological military activities in Ukraine and around the world as soon as possible, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily press briefing that the international community has major concerns about the purpose of the US research in the biological laboratories in Ukraine and about whether the country conducted dangerous research prohibited in the United States in its overseas facilities.
He noted that the US side cannot remain silent or simply prevaricate by alleging that relevant reports are "disinformation."
The best way for the US side to prove its innocence is to open its doors and allow examination by the international community, Wang said, urging the United States to be forthright about its biological military activities in Ukraine and the rest of the world, and stop blocking the building of the Biological Weapons Convention verification protocol.