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CBA Roundup: Beijing stuns Shanghai, Sichuan beats Fujian******
ZHUJI, China, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Ducks defeated the Shanghai Sharks 109-103 to end the latter's winning streak in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Friday.
Signing star players including Wang Zhelin and Jamaal Franklin, Shanghai enjoyed two victories in the first two rounds of the season, winning by 60 points in total and averaging 119 points per game.
After tipoff, Shanghai took an early lead 27-21 before Beijing surpassed by 34-29 after a 13-2 streak. The two teams exchanged the lead several times in the middle of the game but Beijing gradually gained the upper hand with steady shooting. Shanghai only made four 3-pointers in the game as Franklin missed all his nine attempts.
Liu Xiaoyu led Beijing with 24 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals. Wang Zhelin had a game-high 27 points and nine rebounds. Franklin contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.
The Fujian Sturgeons went through ups and downs in the game against the Sichuan Blue Whales. Fujian was limited to eight points in the second quarter, trailing by 28 points at the end of the first half before they stormed 20-0 to cut the deficit to six points after the interval. However, Sichuan soon established a two-digit lead again with consecutive three-pointers and sealed the victory by 101-80.
Qu Junxuan, the No.1 pick in the 2020 CBA Draft had a career-high 16 points and four blocks. Chen Linjian led Fujian with 28 points. Sichuan's Han Shuo had 14 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
The Zhejiang Lions smashed the Shandong Heroes 112-92. Shandong's two-time MVP winner Ding Yanyuhang, who had 19 points in the first round after being absent for more than three years due to knee injury, played for only two minutes without scoring.
In another game on Friday, the Ningbo Rockets lost to the Nanjing Monkey Kings 97-73 to remain winless in their debut season. Enditem
World leaders gather in Glasgow for make******
Police officers patrol Glasgow Green near the Scottish Event Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday, ahead of the United Nations COP26 climate summit.。
World leaders began descending on the Scottish city of Glasgow yesterday for the United Nations COP26 summit, billed as a make-or-break chance to save the planet from the most calamitous effects of climate change.。
Delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, COP26 aims to keep alive a target of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – the limit scientists say would avoid its most deadly consequences.。
Meeting that goal, agreed in Paris to much fanfare in 2015, will require a surge in political momentum and diplomatic heavy-lifting to make up for the insufficient action and empty pledges that have characterized much of global climate politics.。
The conference needs to secure more ambitious pledges to further cut emissions, lock in billions in climate finance, and finish the rules to execute the Paris Agreement with the unanimous nod of the nearly 200 countries that signed it.。
"Let's be clear – there is a serious risk that Glasgow will not deliver," UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told leaders of the Group of 20 rich nations last week. "Even if recent pledges were clear and credible – and there are serious questions about some of them – we are still careening towards climate catastrophe."
The existing pledges to cut emissions would see the planet's average temperature rise 2.7 degrees this century, which the UN says would supercharge the destruction that climate change is already causing by intensifying storms, exposing more people to deadly heat and floods, killing coral reefs and destroying natural habitats.。
The signals ahead of COP26 have been mixed. A new pledge last week from China, the world's biggest polluter, was labelled a missed opportunity that will cast a shadow over the two-week summit. Announcements from Russia and Saudi Arabia were also lackluster.。
The return of the United States, the world's biggest economy, to UN climate talks will be a boon to the conference, after a four-year absence under president Donald Trump.。
But like many world leaders, President Joe Biden will arrive at COP26 without firm legislation in place to deliver his own climate pledge as Congress argues over how to finance it and new uncertainty about whether US agencies can even regulate greenhouse gas emissions.。
Leaders of the G20 meeting in Rome this weekend will say they aim to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees, but will largely avoid firm commitments, according to a draft statement.。
The joint statement reflects tough negotiations, but details few concrete actions to limit carbon emissions.。
The G20, which includes Brazil, China, India, Germany and the US, accounts for about 80 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but hopes the Rome meeting might pave the way to success in Scotland have dimmed considerably.。
Adding to the challenging geopolitical backdrop, a global energy crunch has prompted China to turn to highly polluting coal to avert power scarcity, and left Europe seeking more gas, another fossil fuel.。
Ultimately, negotiations will boil down to questions of fairness and trust between rich countries whose greenhouse gas emissions caused climate change, and poor countries being asked to de-carbonize their economies with insufficient financial support.。
COVID-19 has exacerbated the divide between rich and poor. A lack of vaccines and travel curbs mean some representatives from the poorest countries cannot attend.。
COVID-19 will make this UN climate conference different from any other, as 25,000 delegates from governments, companies, civil society, indigenous peoples, and the media will fill the event venue.。
World leaders will kick start COP26 today with two days of speeches that could include some new emissions-cutting pledges, before technical negotiators lock horns over the Paris accord rules. Any deal is likely to be struck hours or even days after the event's November 12 finish date.。
New Zealand reports 24 new community cases amid Omicron alerts******
New Zealand recorded 24 new community cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.。
Among the 24 new community infections, 16 are in the largest city Auckland, five in the Lakes region, two in Northland and one in Waikato.。
In addition, the country recorded 47 new imported cases of COVID-19 at the border, said the Ministry.。
Nine COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday in the Nelson/Tasman region have been confirmed as with the Omicron variant. A further case from the same household involved was confirmed late Saturday. These cases were in a single-family who flew to Auckland earlier this month attending several big events. This cluster has already led to an additional infection of a fully vaccinated Air New Zealand flight attendant, said the Ministry.。
Director-General of Health from the Ministry of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said that the risk of transmission by the confirmed Omicron cases is considered high. The source of the infection is not known yet.。
New Zealand will move to Red Light settings from 11:59 pm Sunday, announced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier on Sunday, in an effort to prevent the Omicron infections from spreading quickly in the community.。
According to the Red Light settings under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, gatherings will be limited to 100 people in places where COVID-19 vaccine passports are used. Face covering will be mandatory in many indoor spaces such as public transport, public venues and retail shops.。
There are currently eight COVID-19 patients being treated in New Zealand hospitals, with none in the intensive care unit.。
The country has recorded 15,175 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 11,490 cases from the latest Delta variant outbreak in the community.。
Ardern urged the public to take a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and to get tested if they have any symptoms of infection.。
Ninety-three percent of the eligible people in New Zealand are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.。