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Chinese yuan strengthens to 6.4009 against USD Tuesday******
BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, strengthened 183 pips to 6.4009 against the U.S. dollar Tuesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.。
In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day.。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day. Enditem。
At least 19 people killed in New York City major fire******
Photo taken on January 9, 2022 shows emergency personnel from the New York City Fire Department monitoring the scene of a major fire in the Bronx borough of New York City, the United States.。
At least 19 people, including nine children, lost their lives in a major fire in a Bronx apartment in New York City on Sunday, Mayor Eric Adams confirmed.。
"We've lost 19 of our neighbors today. It's a tragedy beyond measure. Join me in praying for those we lost, especially the 9 innocent young lives that were cut short," Adams tweeted.。
The mayor said earlier on Sunday that the fire was horrific.。
"This is a horrific, horrific, painful moment for the city of New York, and the impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of just pain and despair in our city," he told reporters. "This is going to be one of the worst fires we have witnessed during modern times."
Thirty-two people were sent to the hospital in life-threatening conditions. Nine people were also seriously injured, and 22 others sustained non-life-threatening injuries. One member of service was also removed to the hospital, said Adams.。
People are seen in front of the apartment building in Bronx, New York, the United States, on January 9, 2022.。
The fire started from a space heater in an apartment that spanned the second and third floors of the building and only made it to the hall, city officials said.。
But smoke still spread to every floor of the building, likely because the door to the apartment was left open, the city's fire department commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters at a news briefing.。
"Members found victims on every floor in stairwells and were taking them out in cardiac and respiratory arrest," Nigro said.。
Fire marshals determined through physical evidence and accounts from residents that the fire started from a portable electric heater in the apartment's bedroom, Nigro said.。
He added the heat had been on in the apartment building, and the portable heater had been supplementing that heating.。
Workers clean up at the scene of a major fire in the Bronx borough of New York, United States, on January 9, 2022.。
The catastrophe was likely to stir questions on safety standards in low-income city housing. This was the second major deadly fire in a residential complex in the US this week after twelve people, including eight children, were killed early on Wednesday when flames swept through a public housing apartment building in Philadelphia.。
US Representative Ritchie Torres, a Democrat whose district includes the New York building, told MSNBC that affordable housing developments such as the Bronx one pose safety risks to residents.。
"When we allow our affordable housing developments to be plagued by decades of disinvestment, we are putting lives at risk," he said.。
Adams said many of the residents were from the small West African country of Gambia. The Gambian consulate in New York did not immediately respond to a request for information.。
An investigator of the New York City Fire Department looks out of an apartment at the scene of a major fire in the Bronx borough of New York City, the United States, on January 9, 2022.。
World Cup winner Vlhova enters new alpine skiing season with a podium******
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Slovak alpine skier and current World Cup champion Petra Vlhova entered the 2021-22 season in the Austrian resort of Soelden, finishing third in the Giant Slalom on Saturday.
American star Mikaela Shiffrin took the center stage for the 70th time in her career, beating Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami to the second.
The track was designed by Shiffrin's coach and he laid it out to suit her traditionally balanced and clean style of skiing. And on a sunny afternoon, Shiffrin raced down the slope without any sign of hesitation.
Gut-Behrami matched Shiffrin's performance and clean technique in the first run, even leading by 0.02 seconds.
Vlhova's style is quite different as she prefers strength and an aggressive approach. It took her some time to get used to the track and she finished her first run trailing by 0.27 seconds.
The 26-year-old slalom expert started off her second run with emphasis and gained a huge lead at the first split, but she let it slip away later down the track where the light was diffusing and the terrain worsening.
Both Shiffrin and Gut-Behrami kept their superb form in the second run and offered the fans in Soelden a thrilling finish at the end of which they switched places and the American took the victory by 0.14 seconds. Vlhova managed to improve from sixth place to third.
"I am always happy about a podium. It was a tough battle today as I didn't feel good about my second run. The light changed and the snow was different, too. I got slowed down by my own mistakes in the steep section. It was a battle of the nerves in the end," said Vlhova after the race.
Vlhova stepped up on her 45th career podium in the World Cup competition on Saturday and has so far amassed 20 victories.
The World Cup will continue on November 14 with a Parallel Giant Slalom in Lech/Zuers in Austria. Enditem