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UPDATED: September 25, 2010 NO. 39 SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

Champion Twins


Twins Jiang Wenwen/Jiang Tingting took the duet crown at the 12th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup on September 17 in Changshu, east China's Jiangsu Province.

The gold medal is the first ever won by Chinese synchronized swimmers in major international competitions since the sport started in China in the late 1970s.

Performing like graceful cranes, the sisters showed their elegance overcoming the difficulties in the free routine duet finals, winning the title with 96.65 points.

It was not easy for the 24-year-old twins to achieve glory as the older sister Jiang Wenwen had career-threatening chest surgery last year.

In the eyes of their long-time coach Zheng Jia, who has tutored the twins for more than 10 years, the sisters were born for synchronized swimming, and are considered to have the most beautiful legs in the world by many coaches. They explored their advantages in the duet final with their Crane Dance.

Four years ago, the twins made their debut in the 11th World Cup in Japan with a fifth place finish. They stepped up to take fourth place in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and were bronze medalists in last year's World Swimming Championships in Italy.

Women's Volleyball Coach


Yu Juemin on September 15 was appointed head coach of the Chinese women's volleyball team.

Yu's appointment followed his predecessor Wang Baoquan's resignation citing health reasons on September 2. The 50-year-old becomes the third head coach in the past 18 months, and his contract will run until the end of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Yu started his volleyball career when he was 15 years old in 1975 and was on the Chinese team that finished eighth at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. He started his coaching career in 1989. In 2001, he was appointed an assistant coach of the men's national team.

Yu transferred to the national women's squad in 2005. His assistance helped Chen Zhonghe lead the team to a bronze medal finish at the Beijing Olympic Games. After Chen's departure, he continued his role as assistant coach to head coaches Cai Bin and Wang Baoquan.

Corruption Culprit

Wang Huayuan, a former top anti-corruption official in east China's Zhejiang Province, has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes by the Intermediate People's Court of Zaozhuang in Shandong Province.

Wang was accused of abusing his position as secretary of the provincial commissions for discipline inspection of the Communist Party of China in Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces between 1998 and 2009.

In return for bribes, Wang dispensed favorable treatment that helped others in business, employment, litigation and in avoiding arrest, the court said.

The court ruled Wang took 7.71 million yuan (about $1.13 million) in bribes. He was also unable to account for the sources of personal assets worth 8.94 million yuan ($1.31 million).

Wang, 62, was detained and put under investigation in April last year and was sacked from his post the following August.

"China is not at once replaceable in the manufacturing sector worldwide as the appreciation of the yuan will harm the interests of U.S. consumers, its industries and international enterprises, as well as developing and underdeveloped countries."

Zuo Xiaolei, chief economist at China Galaxy Securities, criticizing recent efforts by the United States to pressure the revaluation of the Chinese currency

"China has gone through the process and it knows what are the necessary things... what tools, what policies are required to reduce poverty."

Hamidon Ali, President of the UN Economic and Social Council, encouraging China, which he said is a good example for global anti-poverty efforts, to share its experience of development in a bid to help other developing countries.

"The Macondo 252 well is effectively dead. We can now state, definitively, the Macondo well poses no continuing threat to the Gulf of Mexico."

Thad Allen, who has overseen the U.S. Government's response to the BP's Gulf leak, after BP on September 19 permanently "killed" its deep-sea well in the Gulf of Mexico that ruptured in April and unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history

"The election is the only thing we have in our hands with which to change our future."

Lalia Agha, a 26-year old taxi driver in Kandahar, when voting in Afghan's parliamentary elections on September 18 despite the threat of extremist violence

"Global ozone, including ozone in the polar region, is no longer decreasing but not yet increasing."

Len Barrie, head of research of the World Meteorological Organization. Studies by UN scientists show the protective ozone layer in the Earth's upper atmosphere has stopped thinning and should largely be restored by mid century thanks to a ban on harmful chemicals that took effect in 1987

"We can't just go back to business as usual in terms of how we tackle these large, complex emergencies."

Valerie Amos, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the need for updated disaster responses in light of the recent calamities in Haiti and Pakistan

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