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Egypt's Elgamal wins 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship******
KAMPALA, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Adham Hatem Elgamal claimed the men's singles title at the 2021 All Africa Individual Badminton Championship held here on Thursday.
Elgamal, who had earlier stopped Zambia's Kalombo Mulenga in the semifinal, defeated compatriot Ahmed Salah 21-14, 21-14 in the final.
"This is a very good day for me. We won the team event and I also won the men's singles," Elgamal told Xinhua.
In the women's singles final, South Africa's Johanita Scholtz denied Egypt another chance to win when she stopped top seed Doha Hany 21-15, 21-11.
Hany was again upset in the mixed doubles final when she was paired with Elgamal and lost to the Algerian pair of Koceila Mammeri and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-16, 21-13.
The men's doubles final was won by Algeria's Koceila Mammeri and Youcef Sabri Medel who beat Egypt's Abdelrahman Abdelhakim and Salah 21-18, 21-16.
After winning the women's singles, South Africa's Scholtz, teamed up with Amy Ackerman, suffered a loss to Algeria's Mounib Celia and Tanina Violette Mammeri 21-19, 21-17.
Annet Nakamya, chairperson of the Uganda Badminton Association, said the organization was proud of having hosted a successful tournament with tough COVID-19 protocols.
"We witnessed good badminton and we are also happy with the performances of our players," added Nakamya. Enditem
Photo exhibition on Chinese ethnic costumes opens in Bulgaria******
SOFIA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- A photo exhibition on Chinese ethnic costumes opened here on Saturday in front of the National Palace of Culture in the Bulgarian capital.。
The three-week exhibition, titled "Splendid Costumes of Chinese Ethnic Groups" and organized by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria with Sofia Municipality and art association Dolphin as co-organizers, features 58 photos.。
Through the colorful and magnificent costumes, the photos present the spectacular historical changes and cultural evolution of the Chinese nation, as well as its solidarity, unity, beauty and harmony.。
Clothing is not only an element of human life, but also an important carrier of national culture, which embodies the customs and aesthetic sense of different nationalities, the organizers said. Enditem。
Renowned US wildlife park launches first Chinese New Year celebration******
San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Saturday kicked off its first Chinese New Year celebration in its 50-year-long history.
During the two-day celebration of the Year of the Tiger, a Chinese zodiac animal, guests can discover such activities as Chinese New Year good fortunes, Asian-inspired food, engaging experiences with wildlife care specialists and adorable animals in the park.
Guests are also invited to tie red ribbons written with their wishes to the trees in the park's Tiger Trail and will receive red envelopes and small gifts from the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles, including souvenirs of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.
Located in the city of Escondido in the US state of California, the 1,800-acre wildlife park, home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species, welcomes more than 1 million guests each year. A Chinese New Year celebration is also being held in its sister park, the San Diego Zoo.
Sending his greetings to those celebrating the arrival of the Chinese New Year, Paul Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, operator of the parks, said during the launching ceremony that the wishing trees will be planted in Tiger Trail and "marked with a commemorative plaque honoring this day and our long-term friendship with our Chinese conservation partners."
"May these trees tell a story of our collective power to create positive change, forge lasting friendships, and recognize the beauty in the diversity of our world," he said.
Baribault praised the joint efforts by the alliance and its Chinese partners in contributing to breeding and protecting giant pandas.
In 1996, a female panda named Bai Yun, meaning white cloud in Chinese, arrived at the San Diego Zoo and soon gained in popularity. In 2019, she and her sixth cub Xiao Liwu, meaning a small gift in Chinese, returned to China.
Chinese Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping, who also attended the launching ceremony, thanked the alliance for holding the Chinese New Year celebration, saying it enables the public to feel the strength and vitality of the real tigers in close range, and better understand the symbolic meaning that the Year of the Tiger carries.
"As the Beijing Winter Olympics motto goes, 'Together for a Shared Future,' we hope our two peoples will come together and work together to build a better future for the world," he added.
China's central bank conducts 100 bln yuan of reverse repos******
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's central bank Friday injected 100 billion yuan (about 15.62 billion U.S. dollars) into the financial system via reverse repos.
The interest rate for the seven-day reverse repos was set at 2.2 percent, according to the People's Bank of China.
The move aims to offset the impacts of tax period and government bond issuance, and to keep liquidity in the banking system at a reasonably sufficient level, the central bank said.
A reverse repo is a process in which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding, with an agreement to sell them back in the future. Enditem
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