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chinadaily.com.cn 2021-11-30 16:22


>1.42M sit for civil servant exam

Candidates prepare for the civil servant exam in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu province on Nov 28, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

More than 1.42 million people sat for a unified written exam across China on Sunday to compete for 31,200 civil servant vacancies with the central authorities and their branches, the State Administration of Civil Service said. Approximately 81.6 percent of 1.74 million qualified applicants took the 2022 civil servant recruitment exam, figures from the administration showed. The data indicated one in 46 examinees could become a civil servant. Sunday's exam was held simultaneously in 77 cities across the country.

21,000 vacancies are set aside for college graduates to boost the employment of younger people. The central government has also rolled out preferential policies for grassroots positions. Job qualifications have been loosened for more than 8,700 vacancies at institutions at or below the county level in western China and remote areas.


>Support lended for private enterprises

A teller counts cash at a bank in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. [Photo by Zhang Yun/China News Service]

New loans to private enterprises reached 5 trillion yuan in the first 10 months of 2021, according to China's top banking and insurance regulator. The amount accounted for 53.5 percent of total new corporate loans in the 10 months, 1.8 percentage points higher than the level at the beginning of this year, data from the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission showed.

Outstanding loans to private enterprises by banking financial institutions stood at 53.1 trillion yuan as of September this year, 15 trillion more than the level at the end of 2018. In the same period, the number of private firms with outstanding loans increased by 25.84 million to 77.62 million.

Financing costs for private enterprises have been on the decline.

In the first three quarters of this year, the annual interest rate for new loans to private firms was 5.3 percent, 1.6 percentage points lower than the 2018 level.

The CBIRC will further push for implementing measures to boost financial services for private enterprises and urge banking and insurance institutions to continue improving their service, a spokesperson with the commission said.

>WHO: not clear if Omicron more transmissible
世卫: 奥密克戎毒株传染力有待厘清

A medical worker treats COVID-19 patients in an ICU of the University Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, Romania, Nov 4, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

It is not yet clear whether the Omicron COVID-19 variant is more transmissible, or causes more severe disease compared to other variants including Delta, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.

Preliminary data suggest there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, which may be due to increasing numbers of people becoming infected.

The WHO confirmed there is currently no information to suggest symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants, as understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days or weeks.

However, the WHO said preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron, but information is limited.

It added current PCR tests continue to detect Omicron, while further studies are ongoing to understand how the Omicron variant will impact available vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.


>'NFT' named 'Word of the Year'

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"NFT” is 2021’s "Word of the Year," Collins Dictionary announced Wednesday.

NFT is an abbreviation for non-fungible token, which according to the dictionary is “a unique digital certificate, registered in a blockchain, that is used to record ownership of an asset such as an artwork or a collectible.”
NFT是non-fungible token的缩写,据《柯林斯词典》解释,这个词指的是"在区块链中注册的唯一数字证书,用于记录艺术品或收藏品等资产的所有权。"

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sold an NFT for his first tweet for $2.9 million.

"Whether NFTs will have lasting influence is yet to be determined, but its sudden presence in conversations around the world makes it very clearly our Word of the Year,” the dictionary said.


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