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Curling athletes praise China for doing "an extremely brilliant job"******
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Halfway into the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2021 in Beijing, Scottish Gregor Ewan expressed his firm trust in the upcoming Winter Paralympics.
Adding a tough victory over Canada on Monday to their sheet, Scotland temporarily climbed to the top of the standings after winning three out of the last four games.
"It's been a hard couple of days, but my team played really well. The ice is so good here," Ewan said.
After experiencing and seeing the transportation services, pandemic prevention measures and sanitation work, the Scots highly praised what China has prepared for this tournament.
"As I've seen in China, people of Beijing the last couple of days have been mask-wearing, cleaning and sanitation. They have done an extremely brilliant job and if this is what they are bringing to a Worlds, a lot to see what they bring to the Paralympics to make it go ahead," Ewan said.
For Ewan, Beijing Winter Paralympic Games gives him hope to stand on the pinnacle, which also delivers the opportunity to lots of curling athletes to chase their ambitions. "For me, it's a great privilege to be able to represent my country at this Games."
Canada's Ina Forrest also has strong confidence in the upcoming Beijing Winter Paralympics.
The bus service especially set up for athletes surprised Forrest. "We're just amazed by how the buses coordinate to make it, so we make it on time. So we have all the confidence that going into Paralympics."
"There are such a great support to us, so I expect that there will be the same support for next year again and help us get as ready as we can be and have a comfortable and successful competition here," Forrest added. Enditem
China Focus: Special coal transportation trains expected to ease power crunch******
CHONGQING/TAIYUAN, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- An average of 20 freight trains fully loaded with coal arrive in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality every day from Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces, major coal production bases, as well as Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to help fuel coal-fired power plants in the megacity.。
Due to a slew of overlapping factors such as rapid economic recovery, swift foreign trade and rising coal price, west China's economic hub of Chongqing has faced power supply pressure since the third quarter.。
From January to October, Chongqing's total electricity consumption increased by 14.9 percent year on year. In October alone, coal-fired power consumption soared by more than 300 percent year on year.。
According to the Chongqing economic and information committee, Chongqing's thermal power accounts for over 60 percent of its installed power capacity, while all coal needs to be diverted from outside the city.。
Since the beginning of this year, Shaanxi Province has supplied 8.8 million tonnes of coal to Chongqing, an increase of 84 percent year on year. Chongqing has also stepped up the purchase of coal from Shanxi and Xinjiang, which are expected to deliver a total of 4 million tonnes of coal to Chongqing this winter and next spring. The supplemental purchase can guarantee Chongqing's power supply.。
Coal trains are also gathering at Hudong Station in China's first coal transportation railway line linking the coal production city of Datong in Shanxi with Qinhuangdao Port in Hebei Province, from where coal can be transferred to the country's southern and eastern regions for power supply and heating.。
Datong-Qinhuangdao Railway, deemed China's energy transport artery, is an electrified railway designed exclusively for transporting coal from the provinces of Shanxi and Shaanxi and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to the energy ports of Qinhuangdao and Caofeidian.。
China Railway Taiyuan Group Co., Ltd. has increased its daily train trips to 94 from 85, with the departure interval shortened to every 13 minutes on the railway, said Ren Xin, deputy director with the company's dispatching office, adding that the trains carry 1.3 million tonnes of coal per day.。
The coal output in Shanxi is expected to exceed 1.2 billion tonnes this year and the power transmission from the province will exceed 9 million kilowatts in December. The output of coal-bed methane will reach 4.2 billion cubic meters this winter and next spring, forecast local authorities.。
In the first seven days of November, Shanxi's average daily coal output reached over 3.5 million tonnes, an increase of 170,000 tonnes compared with that in October, showed data from the energy bureau of Shanxi.。
As of Nov. 9, Shanxi has supplied 15.19 million tonnes of coal to 14 provinces, regions and municipalities including Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jilin. Enditem。