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Carlos Tevez hints at future in coaching******
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Carlos Tevez has ruled out a return to professional football as a player as he considers becoming a manager.。
The former Argentina international forward has not played since leaving Boca Juniors in June following the death of his father and he says he is no thoughts of a comeback.。
"The truth is that I do not miss playing football," the 37-year-old said in an interview broadcast on Argentine television on Tuesday. "I'm making the most of being with my family, my daughters, and I am having a really good time."
Tevez began his professional career at Boca Juniors in 2001 and won 11 trophies in three separate spells with the Buenos Aires outfit.。
His career also included stints with Corinthians, West Ham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Shanghai Shenhua.。
"I really don't know what I'm going to do in the future, I'm enjoying the moment," he said. "In the meantime I'm taking care of myself and if something that interests me and motivates me comes along, I'll look into it."
While staying coy about his next move, Tevez revealed he is preparing himself for a possible foray into coaching.。
"I have been taking a managerial course for the past year. Next year the coaching will start. I'll wait and see what to do," he added. Enditem。
Death toll in Philippines from Typhoon Rai rises to 144: local officials******
The death toll from Typhoon Rai that battered the Philippines this week has climbed to at least 144, local officials said on Sunday.。
Bohol province in the central Philippines is the worst-hit with 72 deaths, while Negros Occidental reported 18, Cebu 16, Dinagat Islands 10, Southern Leyte six, among others.。
The number of deaths is likely to rise as local officials gather data from the field.。
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has yet to update its death tally after saying on Saturday night it had received reports of 31 deaths in central and southern Philippines due to Rai.。
Communications are still down in typhoon-ravaged areas, making it difficult for the NDRRMC to contact its regional and provincial agencies.。
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said his province has tallied 72 deaths as reports trickle in from the field.。
"Presently, communications are still down. The signal is intermittent," Yap said, adding that the central Philippine province is still without electricity. He said it might take up to three weeks to restore power in the province.。
Yap appealed to fuel suppliers to triple the deliveries of gasoline and fuel, saying the province is dependent on generator sets.。
He said the residents of some hardest-hit towns are asking for food and water. More chainsaws are also needed to clear fallen trees and debris. "Many of the smaller roads are still not passable," he added.。
On Sunday, the police posted a video about rescuing 26 people, including nine minors and nine elderly, trapped on a tree for hours in Negros Occidental province.。
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the speedy delivery of food, water, and necessary items such as tents and tarps to the typhoon victims after visiting the affected areas by aircraft.。
He also ordered the military and the Philippine Coast Guard to send boats and ships to augment the immediate delivery of needed supplies.。
The military will send medical teams onboard two Navy ships to augment the health personnel in Siargao and Dinagat Islands, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said.。
Typhoon Rai made landfall on the Siargao Island on Thursday afternoon. It was blowing maximum winds of 195 km per hour and with gusts of up to 240 km per hour when it slammed into the island in Surigao del Norte province.。
The typhoon swelled rivers and flooded low-lying areas while cutting through towns and villages in the central Philippines and the northern Mindanao in the southern part of the country.。
The NDRRMC said Rai affected more than 700,000 people in nine regions, caused power outages, damaged buildings and houses in these areas. The government is still assessing the typhoon's damage to crops and infrastructure.。
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, mainly due to its location along the Pacific Ring of Fire and Pacific typhoon belt. On average, this archipelagic country experiences 20 typhoons every year, some of which are intense and destructive.。
The World Bank said natural disasters have killed 33,000 Filipinos in the past 30 years, affecting 120 million people.。
Chinese shares higher at midday Friday******
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's major stock indices ended higher in the morning session Friday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.09 percent to 3,598.18 points.
The Shenzhen Component Index gained 0.79 percent to end at 14,558.5 points at midday. Enditem
China advances into relay semis at ISU Short Track World Cup******
BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese men's and women's relay teams both advanced into the semifinals as group leaders at the 2021-22 season ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series at Beijing's Capital Gymnasium here on Friday.
In the women's 1,000m, Zhang Yuting and Han Yutong both made it to the quarterfinals, coming in second in their respective groups.
"The athletes are pretty much on the same level after the preliminary round, so our preparations had to be targeted," said Han. "The opponents are really close, so it's important to hold your position."
Another Chinese skater, Guo Yihan, squeezed into the entry list for the quarterfinals as one of the fastest third in the group. Guo admitted afterward that it was the plan.
"I was in group six. So I already knew that the fastest third would make it to the next round," said the 2017 ISU World Championship relay champion. "I decided to skate in a conservative way, no fouls, no mistakes."
In the men's 1,000m, Olympic champion Wu Dajing was penalized for causing contact with the opponent as he tried to overtake from the inside. Ren Ziwei and An Kai advanced to the quarterfinals to be held on Sunday.
Medal favorites Liu Shaolin Sandor and Liu Shaoang of Hungary, Hwang Dae-heon and Kwak Yoon-gy of South Korea all qualified for the quarterfinals.
Despite being penalized in the preliminaries, Sidney K Chu of Hong Kong, China, is still confident in securing an Olympic berth, saying, "my ability to qualify for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games was proved during the race."
"What I need to work on is rather the tactics, since the short track is really a matter of tactics," Chu said. "I hope to bring better performance in the remaining World Cup events."
Chu also praised the Olympic venue. "It's really nice. The pandemic preventing and control measures are all good," he added. "There's enough warm-up space for the athletes. I'm really jealous that the Chinese mainland has a stadium so awesome like this."
In the women's 3,000m relay, Fan Kexin, Han Yutong, Xu Chunyu and Zhang Yutong represented Team China, holding the leading position most of the time to finish first in the group with four minutes and 05.234 seconds. World record holder the Netherlands also qualified for the semifinals.
In the men's 5,000m relay, Team China consists of Li Wenlong, Ren Ziwei, Sun Long and Wu Dajing was in group three. China took the lead as soon as the race started but fell behind Canada on lap 32. Only two laps later, Yang managed to overtake from the inside to regain the lead and clocked 6:48.964 to finish first.
Saturday will see medals in the men's and women's 500m and 1,500m, while the men's and women's 1,000m and relay will be decided on Sunday. Enditem