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Countdown to Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of villagers from Yanqing District, about 74 km away from downtown Beijing, gathered at a local indoor skiing resort for a three-hour daily practise - a routine that has been going on for more than five months.
They are members of the Haituo farmer ski team formed on July 11, 2017, and most of them were born in Zhangshanying Township, administered by Yanqing. Over the last four years, their commitment to popularizing winter sports has never wavered.
"There were only 18 members when we set up the team, but now the number has increased to nearly one hundred," said Lang Enge, a 32-year-old leader of the ski team. "It is my responsibility to lead this team to embark on a professional path in a long run."
Lang, though still young, has already become an "old captain" of the farmer ski team. "Our members used to be fruit farmers, second-hand car sellers and temporary workers, and I was a shepherd. It was the Winter Olympics that brought us together, so we should seize this opportunity," Lang said.
The name "Haituo" comes from the Haituo Mountain north of Zhangshanying Township in the Yanqing competition zone of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which has changed the lives of local residents.
"We just played for fun on ice and snow before, but now we have undertaken professional ski training with just one goal - getting a national ski instructor and referee's certificate. The Winter Olympics will spur the development of winter sports, and we can lead the public to get more involved," Lang said.
Up to now, more than half the team members have obtained this certificate, and Lang also received his international ski instructor certificate. The team has voluntarily trained more than 12,000 people since 2017.
"From three years old to over fifty, our trainees come from all walks of life, and we endeavor to help them find joy on snow," Lang said.
In recent years, many schools in Yanqing have provided opportunities for students to experience winter sports five times a year - three on snow and two on ice. Lang and his team also introduce ski equipment and safety measures to students on campus. "We make them prepared for safe skiing," Lang added.
"Yanqing is one of the three competition zones of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, and I hope to make my due contribution as a ski instructor born here. I will also try my best to lead more members of the Haituo farmer ski team to find employment on snow, enabling more people to enjoy winter sports, which is our mission and a great privilege," Lang said. Enditem
Selected firms on China's "new third board" increase to 68******
BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The number of companies in the selected layer of China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ), or the "new third board," has been increased from 66 to 68 in the past week.。
This is the first time that companies were added to the layer since the country announced it would establish the Beijing Stock Exchange, according to the NEEQ Co. Ltd.。
All companies in the NEEQ selected layer will become listed companies of the Beijing Stock Exchange when market trading starts in the Exchange.。
The Exchange will focus on both the quantity and quality of the companies, and strive to pool a group of quality and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises within a period of time, said Xu Ming, the Exchange's chairman of the board of directors. Enditem。
Latest James Bond film "No Time to Die" leads Chinese box office******
BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The latest James Bond film "No Time to Die" topped the Chinese mainland box office on Saturday, data from the China Movie Data Information Network showed Sunday.。
This 25th installment in the Bond franchise is Daniel Craig's fifth and final film in the role of a British spy. It ended its second day of screening with 74.7 million yuan (about 11.7 million U.S. dollars).。
War epic film "The Battle at Lake Changjin" ranked second with a revenue of 54.77 million yuan on Saturday. Its total box office takings neared 5.46 billion yuan after 31 days of screening, making it the highest-grossing title so far this year, both in China and globally.。
The Chinese production was followed by "Dune," a British sci-fi film adapted from an eponymous novel written by Frank Herbert, which finished the day with an earning of 14.5 million yuan. Enditem。
Four things we learned from Spain's Matchday 16******
MADRID, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid opened up an eight-point gap at the top of La Liga this weekend as both Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona lost at home. Here are some things we learned in Spain over the past two days.。
1. The title is Real Madrid's to lose.。
Real Madrid were lucky to beat Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in their two previous games, but they were clear winners away to Real Sociedad in San Sebastian on Saturday night, with goals from Vinicius Jr and Luka Jovic seeing them home against a disappointing rival that seemed to suffer big night nerves.。
The win lifts Real Madrid 10 points above a side that only three weeks ago was top of the table, and puts them eight ahead of Sevilla who are second with a game in hand.。
You could argue that for much of the season Real Madrid have not been brilliant and the goals of Vinicius and Karim Benzema have sustained them, but even if that is true, they have still been better than everyone else and the title is clearly theirs for the taking.。
2. Sevilla quietly stake their claim。
Sevilla's 1-0 win at home to Villarreal may have had a dose of fortune to it as Villarreal missed several chances to take a point, but it leaves Julen Lopetegui's men in second place and quite possibly as Real Madrid's main title challengers.。
Lopetegui deserves credit as his side is without key players Youssef En-Nesyri and Jesus Navas, robbing him of his top goalscorer and right wing-back, but he has built a team based on a solid defense, with the 'triangle' of Fernando, Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde the foundation that allows others such as Lucas Ocampos, Joan Jordan and Ivan Rakitic to shine.。
This is a decisive week for Sevilla with a Champions League visit to RB Salzburg followed by a league game in Bilbao, but for the moment they seem to be the most creditable of Real Madrid's rivals.。
3 A reality check for Xavi。
Barca rode their luck to beat Espanyol and Villarreal in Xavi Hernandez's first two league games in charge, but Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Real Betis provided fans with a reality check.。
Barca started brightly in the Camp Nou as they have done in Xavi's other games in charge, but once their initial burst ran out of steam, Betis were comfortable and controlled the game except for a brief spell when Ousmane Dembele came on as a second-half substitute.。
Xavi's main problem is that without Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Antoine Griezmann and with Ansu Fati injured, he doesn't have the players to score the goals when they are on top, while the number of young players in his side means it is hard to keep their performances going for 90 minutes.。
4. All credit to Betis。
It would be unfair to focus just on Barcelona after Saturday's game. Betis produced an assured display in defense and even without key playmaker Nabil Fekir, they were able to dominate the ball for long periods of the game and create chances against Barca on the break.。
Juanmi has gone from being a fringe player to the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga, and much of the credit has to go to coach Manuel Pellegrini. The man nicknamed 'the engineer' is not a coach for a quick fix, but slowly and surely he gets his teams to win games with a mix of organization and individual talent. That's why Betis are currently third in La Liga. Enditem。