Video PlayerClose By Sportswriter Yao Youming XI'AN, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- In the winter drizzle, a white control line model plane climbs, dives and turns. The flyer, Huang Jinquan, 11, has just won his first national title in August with a dazzling aerobatic performance. Not keen to talk, the introverted champion prefers to show his passion with the two lines in his hands. Jinquan is a student of Redian Primary School in the eastern suburbs of Xi'an, northwest China. More than 70 percent of the students at this school come from rural areas and have been taken to cities by their parents, who are migrant workers striving for a better life. Many, like Huang, lack a companion as their parents are usually busy with work, and model planes are too expensive for them. Headmaster Han Baoan had a chance to receive flying training in 1983 when he first came to work in Redian. Since then he has been trying his best to help his students fly. "We may not have enough money, but nothing can deprive us … [Read more...] about Feature: Dream of migrant workers’ children fly high in model planes
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Video PlayerClose URUMQI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Rich in resources but remote, Xinjiang in China's far west has become a magnet for investors for its unique position on the Silk Road. In a workshop of the Amer International Group in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, workers are busy adjusting and packing laptops. Recently, Amer sent the first batch of 2,000 laptops it produced for the German company TrekStor to the European market via China-Europe freight trains. Headquartered in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Amer invested 20 billion yuan (around 2.8 billion U.S. dollars) to build an industrial park in Xinjiang in 2018. So far, the industrial park has produced and exported around 1.5 million mobile phones, according to Wang Wenyin, the founder and chairman of Amer International Group. "We saw Xinjiang's geographical advantages, so we established the industrial park and cooperated with our counterparts in South and Central Asia in the fields of smartphones and … [Read more...] about China Focus: Xinjiang, an emerging investment hotspot
Snowboard-and-ski season is fast upon us. And while your mind may be ready for the powder, chances are your body isn’t. That’s because skiing and snowboarding are sports that require a specific type of lower-body muscle strength, which you don’t typically get from summer activities. Fail to build up the right muscles -- primarily supporting the knees and lower back -- and you leave yourself open to some nasty injuries. Think about your body when you ski: Your knees are absorbing all the impact from the terrain up through the body. “The knee gets tremendous overuse due to the forces placed on it,” says Mike Wunsch, CSCS, director of fitness at Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, Calif. “And it has to take the slack from the now locked-in ankle.” Weak quads and hamstrings can make the knee joint vulnerable to a ligament injury, such as an LCL or ACL tear, either from a fall or from ski tips running in opposite ways. “The lower back is … [Read more...] about Plan to ski or snowboard? Strengthen up now!
New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away on Monday night after a bitter 74-day battle for life, was laid to rest at the Marina Beach here on Tuesday. Jayalalithaa's last rites Jayalalithaa laid to rest next to her mentor MGR at Marina beach with full state honours Jayalalithaa will be buried net to her mentor MG Ramachandran Last rites of Jayalalithaa to take place at Marina Beach in Chennai shortly, funeral procession underway. Blanket of grief envelopes Tamil Nadu; supporters chant 'Amma, Amma' (Mother, Mother) Supporters of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram react as they wait to catch a glimpse of her funeral procession in Chennai on December 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN Tens of thousands of people queued up to have last glimpse of their 'Puratchi Thalaivi Amma' (Revolutionary Leader Amma) Mortal remains of Jayalalithaa being taken from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach. Funeral procession of Jayalalithaa … [Read more...] about Jayalalithaa laid to rest with full state honours
New Delhi: The Indian Rafale fighter jets will fly with the tail sign `BS` after the recently retired Air Force Chief Birender Singh Dhanoa. "While the two-sweater trainer Rafales will have the tail number initials of present Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria RB, the fighter versions will fly with the tail sign initials of BS after the previous chief Dhanoa," IAF officials told ANI. The tail number initials are given by the operations branch of the Indian Air Force (IAF) as every aircraft in the force has a unique tail number in a series. "In the fleet of one type of combat aircraft, the tail numbers of trainer and fighter aircraft have a separate set of alphabets as initials. Thereafter, numbers are in a series," they said. Live TV When India and France signed the Euro 7.8 billion deal in September 2016, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria was the Deputy Chief of Air Staff heading the contract negotiations for the agreement as the head of the Indian negotiating team. At that time, Dhanoa … [Read more...] about Indian Rafale fighter jets to fly with BS-series tail numbers honouring ex-IAF chief Dhanoa