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Henan grabs first win in Chinese Women's Volleyball League******
JIANGMEN, China, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Henan edged Beijing 3-0 to take its first win after five straight losses in Group B of the Chinese Women's Volleyball League here on Saturday.。
Thanks to 20 points from Han Wenya and 17 points from Cai Xiaoqing, Henan defeated Beijing 27-25, 25-23, 25-21. Jin Ye scored a game-high 22 points for Beijing, which has failed to register a single victory this season.。
Defending champion Tianjin remain unbeaten with a dominant 3-0 victory, putting an end to Guangdong's five-game winning streak. Vargas Melissa scored 17 points for Tianjin, while Chen Peiyan contributed 14.。
Shenzhen lost to Liaoning 3-1 despite winning the first set 25-23. Shenzhen's Yang Wenjin and Boskovic Dajana scored 19 points apiece, while Sun Xiaoxuan of Guangdong was named MVP with a game-high 24 points.。
Saturday's games also saw Shandong trounce Hebei 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-14), Zhejiang overcome Sichuan (27-25, 25-18, 25-18), and Jiangsu defeat Shanghai 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-18). Enditem。
Souza breathes life into Gremio's survival hopes******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Former Brazil international striker Diego Souza scored a second-half goal as Gremio maintained their hopes of avoiding relegation with a 1-0 home win over Fluminense in Brazil's Serie A championship on Tuesday.。
The 36-year-old, who has been capped seven times for Brazil, sent a glancing header into the top-left corner after Mateus Sarara's precise cross from the right wing.。
The result ended a four-game losing sequence and left Gremio 19th in the 20-team standings, six points behind 16th placed Santos with eight matches remaining. The bottom four teams will be relegated to Brazilian football's second tier next year.。
"This is a victory that brings us a lot of relief," Gremio manager Vagner Mancini told reporters. "We know the situation we are in and we are working hard to find a way out. The victory today was important for us to dream again."
Fluminense, who still have hopes of qualifying for next year's Copa Libertadores, fell to eighth spot with 42 points from 31 games. Enditem。
Ukraine, Russia agree upon six humanitarian corridors for evacuation******
Ukraine and Russia have agreed upon six humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk.
Vereshchuk said the conflicting sides will cease hostilities to evacuate civilians from Energodar town in southern Ukraine; Sumy city in the northeastern part of the country; Mariupol, Izum and Volnovakha cities in eastern Ukraine; and seven cities and towns around Kiev.
The ceasefire will last from 9:00 am local time (0700 GMT) to 9:00 pm local time (1900 GMT) Wednesday, Vereshchuk said.
'We're prepared' to tackle Omicron variant: Biden******
US President Joe Biden speaks about the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the State Dining Room of the White House on December 21 in Washington, DC.。
President Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to reassure Americans about the country's ability to battle the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, saying it was "prepared" to fight what is now the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States.。
In a televised address, Biden formally announced a raft of new measures to combat the winter surge – including shipping half a billion at-home tests – but denied his administration had failed to adequately prepare for the fresh wave of cases.。
"We should all be concerned about Omicron but not panicked," he said from the White House.。
"This is not March of 2020," he continued. "Two hundred million people are fully vaccinated. We're prepared, we know more. We just have to stay focused."
Biden stressed the country's immunization campaign would help prevent severe cases among the 62 percent of the population now fully vaccinated – while scolding the unvaccinated for failing to uphold their "patriotic duty."
He also urged everyone to get a booster shot in order to increase their level of protection against the highly mutated Omicron strain.。
"Just the other day, former President Trump announced he had gotten his booster shot," said Biden, calling the gesture "maybe one of the few things he and I agree on."
Beyond vaccines, the country's stockpile of medical equipment – including personal protective gear and ventilators – together with greater knowledge about how to tackle the virus without shutting down schools means America was in a far better position as compared with last year, he added.。
Biden announced his administration's plan to combat the surge, including deploying military personnel to hospitals, shipping supplies to hard-hit states and getting new free testing sites up and running.。
The federal government will mobilize 1,000 doctors, nurses and military medical personnel to be deployed across the country as needed in January and February.。
Washington is already sending additional emergency teams to the states of Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, New Hampshire and Vermont.。
One of the most eye-catching steps was the announcement that the government will ship 500 million at-home tests to Americans who seek them.。
This would bring the United States more in line with fellow rich countries where the tests are widely available for free or at low cost – but the measure would only begin sometime in January.。
'More rapidly than thought'
Biden's administration has come under fire for its failure to be ready for the winter surge, America's fifth wave.。
But getting the virus under control has proved difficult in a country where vaccination and mask-wearing have become divisive political issues, and federal mandates end up in protracted legal battles.。
Biden has attempted to impose vaccine mandates on private businesses and federal employees but has resorted in recent weeks to little more than publicly beseeching people to get their shots.。
At-home tests are currently in scarce supply across the nation while there are long lines at free testing sites in major cities – reminiscent of the pandemic's early days.。
Biden, however, said it was impossible to anticipate the rate of Omicron's spread.。
"What happened was the Omicron virus spread even more rapidly than anybody thought," he told a reporter.。
Asked about the travel ban that was imposed on several southern African nations soon after the existence of the Omicron variant was first reported, he said: "I'm considering reversing it, and I'm going to talk with my team in the next couple of days."