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Standing to be allowed at English Premier League matches for first time in 30 years******
LONDON, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Standing at Premier League matches in England, banned following the country's worst-ever tragedy, is to be allowed for the first time in nearly 30 years, it was announced Monday.。
The match between Chelsea and Liverpool on January 2 will be the first to allow fans to stand during the match.。
Standing on the main terraces of matches in Britain was a key feature of the games until 97 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at the Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.。
Since then, top-flight clubs have been ordered to introduce all-seater stadiums.。
Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea and Championship side Cardiff have, like Chelsea, also had their applications to be part of a safe standing trial approved.。
In a statement Monday night, Chelsea FC said its application to be an early adopter of licensed safe standing from January 1, 2022 has been approved by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and the Government Sports Minister.。
"This is a historic change of policy to allow standing in top-flight football grounds in England and Wales for the first time in nearly 30 years," read a statement released by the club.。
"The introduction of licensed standing areas is based on evidence of a safety risk for fans who persistently stand in seated areas. In addition, many fans want the choice to stand and, with the advent of new engineering solutions, research has shown this can be managed safely."
Chelsea FC has already installed rail seating to areas at Stamford Bridge to facilitate safe standing.。
"We are very pleased that we have been approved to operate licensed safe standing areas and that our club will be an early adopter of this historic change in policy," said Chelsea CEO Guy Laurence. "The research and evidence shows that standing can be managed safely, and we look forward to our supporters enjoying this enhanced experience at the earliest opportunity in the new year."
Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said fans deserve different options on how they can enjoy a live match and "I will be watching the progress of these trials with interest."
Early adopters of standing will be evaluated from January through independent research. The findings, anticipated in the second half of the 2021-22 season, will inform subsequent SGSA advice to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) about the potential wider rollout of licensed standing from the start of the 2022-23 season. Enditem。
US most populous county reports highest daily COVID******
US Los Angeles County reported on Thursday 102 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest daily number in a single day since March 2021.。
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department said in a statement that the number of new COVID-related deaths doubled in the past week and 90 percent of the deaths reported Thursday involved people who fell ill from the fatal virus after December 24, "indicating the high likelihood of infection with the Omicron variant."
"As deaths often lag behind surges in cases and hospitalizations, we may see an even higher number of deaths in the coming weeks," the statement warned.。
Of the 102 new deaths reported Thursday, more than 70 percent are elders over 65 years old, the data from the department showed.。
The average daily new case rate in Los Angeles County is now at about 33,000 cases a day, the test positivity rate is approximately 17 percent and the seven-day average daily case rate is about 350 new cases per 100,000 residents, said county public health director Barbara Ferrer.。
The department also found a gap in COVID-19 death rates across races and ethnicities.。
"The rate of deaths for Black residents is 3.5 deaths per 100,000 people and 3 deaths per 100,000 for Latinx residents. This is compared to the lower death rate for White residents at 2.5 deaths per 100,000 residents and Asian residents at 1 death per 100,000 residents," said the statement, adding that a further widening of these gaps could be seen in the weeks to come.。
China's raw coal output increases in October******
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- China's raw coal output increased 4 percent year on year to 360 million tonnes last month, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.。
The October output represented 5.5-percent growth from the same period in 2019, the NBS said.。
The country imported 26.94 million tonnes of coal in October, up 96.2 percent year on year.。
In the January-October period, China produced 3.3 billion tonnes of raw coal, up 4 percent year on year, or up 4.1 percent from the same period in 2019.。
In the past 10 months, China imported 257.34 million tonnes of coal, up 1.9 percent year on year. Enditem。