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Beijing 2022 venues to harness technology for carbon neutral Games******
BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, will harness technology to deliver a carbon neutral Games to people across the world next year.。
Yu Hong, head of technical department of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG), said at a press conference on Thursday that "we have plans, effects, and also expectations on holding a green Olympic Games with high-tech tools."
The National Speed Skating Oval, known as the "Ice Ribbon", applies carbon dioxide trans-critical direct ice-making technology, bringing carbon emissions close to zero. The waste heat in refrigeration can be further recycled, enhancing the energy efficiency by 30 to 40 percent.。
The Water Cube, a dual Olympic venue where the curling will be held during Beijing 2022, was turned into an Ice Cube within 20 days by using a quick-disassembly and dynamic-levelling monitor system. The Bird's Nest Stadium has also evolved into a digital and low-carbon venue with the help of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.。
"Wind and solar energy from surrounding areas will be transferred to the three competition zones of Beijing 2022, providing a sufficient clean energy supply for all venues during the Games, with the goal of holding a carbon neutral Games with sustainability," Yu added.。
For the snowmaking in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou competition zones where snow sports games of Beijing 2022 will be held, Zhao Weidong, a director of the BOCOG, said that the artificial snowmaking has no impact on the local water security and ecology and will not cause water shortages.。
Zhao added that the organizers have applied the world-leading water-conserving equipment for artificial snowmaking. The water demand during the Games will account for 1.6 percent of the total current water consumption in Yanqing district, the Beijing Water Authority said.。
The BOCOG said that 5G signals can cover all Games venues and roads connecting them, including the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway, enabling the world audience to enjoy the Games through 8K broadcasts in ultra high definition and to experience the Games in virtual reality.。
"We sincerely wish all athletes to achieve good results in the high-tech venues during the Games and will also endeavor to apply these technologies into developing better game areas and equipment for sports enthusiasts in the future," Yu concluded. Enditem。
Maccabi Haifa edge Slavia Prague in UEFA Conference League******
JERUSALEM, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Israeli champion Maccabi Haifa achieved a 1-0 win at home against Czech champions Slavia Prague in Group E of the UEFA Conference League on Thursday.
Haifa's Ghanian striker Godsway Donyoh hit the post in the 23rd minute, and scored the game's only goal one minute later, after a pass by midfielder Ali Mohamed.
By half-time, the visiting team had missed several excellent opportunities to level the scores.
In the 57th minute, Haifa goalkeeper Josh Cohen made an impressive save after a shot by 17-year-old substitute Daniel Samek.
The win lifted the Israeli team to second place in the four-team group, with four points.
Feyenoord, who beat Union Berlin 3-1, top the group with seven points from three games, while Slavia and Union are in third and fourth place respectively, with three points each.
In matchday four, Maccabi and Slavia will meet again, this time in the Czech Republic, while Union will host Feyenoord, with both games to be played on November 4. Enditem
Hong Kong expects 2021 GDP to grow 6.4 pct amid firm recovery******
HONG KONG, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on Friday forecast the region's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow 6.4 percent by the end of this year, as trade and consumption recovery picks up steam.。
Hong Kong's economic recovery became more entrenched in the third quarter alongside the further revival of global economic activity and stable local epidemic situation, said HKSAR government economist Andrew Au.。
Real GDP grew by 5.4 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, following a 7.6-percent growth in the second quarter. For the first three quarters as a whole, real GDP grew by 7.0 percent over a year earlier.。
The pace of expansion moderated somewhat on account of the stronger-than-expected growth in the first half of the year and the higher base effect, Au said.。
"Nonetheless, the stable local epidemic situation has created favorable conditions for the further revival of domestic activity," said the economist.。
During the July-September period, private consumption expenditure rose appreciably by 7.1 percent year-on-year in real terms thanks to the stable local epidemic situation, improved labor market conditions and the Consumption Voucher Scheme.。
Total exports of goods grew notably by 14.2 percent year-on-year in real terms in the third quarter, supported by the continued revival of major economies and vibrant regional trade flows.。
To pave the way for a broader-based economic recovery, it is essential for the community to strive towards more widespread vaccination and abide by the anti-epidemic measures, Au said.。
"Provided that the local epidemic remains under control, a solid year-on-year growth in the fourth quarter should be attainable for the Hong Kong economy," he said. Enditem。