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SYDNEY Brook Lopez Youth Jersey , March 11 (Xinhua) -- The Australian dollar fell to its lowest level in six years on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, the local currency was trading at 76.25 U. S. cents per unit, down from 76.47 U.S. cents on Tuesday.

Over the past day the local currency reached a high of 77.10 U. S. cents and a low of 76.03 U.S. cents, its lowest level since May 2009.

Alexander Zhukov, head of the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission Julius Randle Womens Jersey , arrives in Beijing on Monday for the inspection tour of the capital and Zhangjiakou. Liu Peng (left), head of the General Administration of Sport, and Wang Anshun, mayor of Beijing, met Zhukov at the airport.[PhotoXinhua]

The joint bid by Beijing and Zhangjiakou to stage the 2022 Olympic Winter Games is based on ideas of sustainability and frugality and places athletes center stage Brandon Ingram Womens Jersey , according to the capital's mayor.

"Holding the games in a frugal way is not a slogan, it's a reality," said Wang Anshun. "We will make full use of our current sports facilities and strictly control construction costs."

The bid process enters a key phase this week with the arrival of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission to inspect the proposed venues and assess the country's ability to host the Games. The visit starts on Tuesday and continues until Saturday.

The bid plan features six existing venues and six new ones spread between the capital's downtown area, Yanqing district and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province.

"The bid has inherited the legacy of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the largest possible extent and has made the best use of existing venues to reduce the financial pressure and demonstrate the spirit of sustainable development," added Wang Magic Johnson Womens Jersey , a National People's Congress deputy.

"The new competition venues will provide a long-lasting legacy for the future development of winter sports and fuel the regional economy."

He said the existing venues have helped to improve the development of sport in the capital and enrich the lives of residents.

Chongli county in Zhangjiakou, which is about 200 km northwest of the capital, has been earmarked to host the ski events.

Four existing ski parks are being upgraded, said Wang, who was speaking during this month's annual session of the NPC.

The county's skiing facilities have attracted more than 3 million visitors over the past three months Kobe Bryant Womens Jersey , including Beijing residents and enthusiasts from a number of countries.

"Whether we are building new venues or transforming existing ones, all will reach the standards required for the Winter Olympics, and this will ensure they can be fully used after the Games," added Wang. "This is an example of frugality."

Turning to the issue of sustainability, he said hosting the Games would play a major part in the integrated development of Beijing Brook Lopez Womens Jersey , Tianjin and Hebei, while creating a long-term legacy in the region.

Wang said the cities are ready for the arrival of the IOC's Evaluation Commission. One issue the inspectors are likely to raise as they assess the bid is air pollution.

"We are prepared to reduce the use of coal, alleviate pollution caused by traffic, extend the use of new-energy vehicles and ask more polluting plants to move out of Beijing," Wang said.

"We promise the air quality will meet World Health Organization standards by the start of the winter of 2022."

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Skiers perform at the opening ceremony for the 14th Chongli International Ski festival near Zhangjiakou in northern China's Hebei province, Dec 6, 2014. [PhotoIC]

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MANILA, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Eight female workers were killed in a fire in Pasay City in the Philippine capital region of Metro Manila before dawn Friday.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) officials were quoted by local media as saying that the women were sleeping inside a padlocked room of the warehouse when the fire started at around 12:40 a.m. The eight female workers died of suffocation.

BFP Protection Fire Investigation chief Senior Inspector Romeo Pepito, Jr. told local newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer that nine other workers were taken to the Pasay City General Hospital for treatment.

Pepito said the nine workers survived because they were able to escape through a narrow hole and jump over a fence.


PARIS, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Four people died and 14 others were injured late on Saturday night after a balcony collapsed in Angers, western France, where young students were attending a housewarming party, local media reported on Sunday.

The accident occurred late on Saturday night in a recently-constructed building located in the center of Angers, when over a dozen of people were on the third-floor balcony which collapsed suddenly, said the newspaper Le Monde.

As the balcony fells, the structure smashed off two lower floor balconies and the 4 victims, including three men and a woman, were found in the rubble, said the newspaper Le Parisien.

Several of the injured people who were admitted to .

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