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A woman shows banknotes and coins included in the 2019 edition of the fifth series of the renminbi. [Photo/Xinhua]

>China front-loads 2022 special bond quota

China's Ministry of Finance has allocated 1.46 trillion yuan from its 2022 quota for local government special bonds, as the country seeks to boost local infrastructure investment and steady economic growth for the upcoming year.

Set to be issued and used in the first quarter, these special bonds are expected to "provide strong support for stabilizing the macroeconomic climate," Vice Minister Xu Hongcai said at a recent news conference.

According to a guideline jointly released by the ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission, the bonds will fund projects providing significant economic and social benefits, including those in transport infrastructure, energy, ecological conservation and government-subsidized housing.

The issuance will also prioritize projects that have been incorporated into the country's 14th Five-Year Plan and other major long-term strategies for regional development.


A wind turbine system generates energy in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Greenhouse gas observation network established

China's meteorological authority said the country has basically established its first greenhouse gas observation network after nearly 40 years of construction.

The announcement came after the China Meteorological Administration released its first national greenhouse gas observation network directory, which consists of 60 high-precision observation stations covering major critical climate areas in the country.

Its observation elements contain seven types of greenhouse gases specified in the Kyoto Protocol, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

China is one of the first countries in the world to carry out the background observation of greenhouse gases.

In 1982, China's first regional atmospheric background monitoring station was put into use in Beijing.

More advanced facilities and monitoring networks will be built in the coming years to provide data support for China's fulfillment of its carbon peak and carbon neutrality commitments, said Cao Xiaozhong, a senior official at the administration.


Britain's Emma Raducanu celebrates winning her match against Romania's Elena-Gabriela Ruse at the Royal Albert Hall, London on November 28, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Sports Personality of the Year announced

Teenage US Open champion Emma Raducanu has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2021. Raducanu, then 18, ended Britain's 44-year wait for a women's Grand Slam singles championship with her remarkable victory at Flushing Meadows.

In a public vote, diver Tom Daley placed second and swimmer Adam Peaty was third.

Andy Murray was the last tennis player to win the award, with his third coming in 2016.

Raducanu is the first female to win the award since Zara Phillips, now Tindall, in 2006.



> Most popular emojis of 2021 named

Coming in at over 5 percent of all emojis used for the year 2021 was “tears of joy”. The Unicode Consortium notes the only other emoji to get close was “heart”.

Another interesting finding was the top 100 emojis made up about 82 percent of emojis used. 另一个有趣的发现是,排名前100的表情符号约占表情符号使用量的82%。

While the smiley/emotion category was the most popular overall, the new report breaks down nine different emoji categories by the most and least used.

The least popular subcategory? Country flags. They represent the largest collection (258 emojis), but are used the least.

Animals (mammals) are the next largest subcategory (53 emojis).

It is noteworthy the coronavirus pandemic has contributed little to the popularization of microbe emojis, which barely entered the top 500.

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