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    BEIJING Uomo Air Max 97 Argento Grigie Rosse Scontate , Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Following are the leading yearend women's singles rankings issued by the International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday:

    1. Ding Ning, China

    2. Liu Shiwen, China

    3. Li Xiaoxia, China

    4. Feng Tianwei, Singapore

    5. Zhu Yuling, China

    6. Kasumi Ishikawa, Japan

    7. Wu Yang, China

    8. Chen Meng, China

    9. Han Ying, Germany

    10. Ai Fukuhara, Japan





    NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Oil prices ended slightly lower on Friday after investors took profit from recent rally.

    Oil prices had advanced over 11 percent since the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries reached a deal last Wednesday to cut crude output for the first time in eight years.

    The group' s oil ministers are expected to hammer out the final details of an agreement at their next official meeting on Nov. 30 in Vienna.

    A surprise weekly drawdown in U.S. crude inventories also supported the oil prices in the previous sessions.

    The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its weekly report on Wednesday that U.S. crude inventories dropped by 3 million barrels to a total of 499.7 barrels in the week through Sept. 30, notching a fifth straight weekly decline.

    Analysts polled by S&P Global Platts had forecasted a climb of 2 million barrels in U.S. crude stockpiles for the week.

    The West Texas Intermediate for November delivery lost 0.63 U.S. dollars to settle at 49.81 U.S. dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for December delivery decreased 0.58 dollar to close at 51.93 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange. Enditem

    The earliest fossil evidence of life on Earth has been found in rocks 3.7 billion years old in Greenland, raising chances of life on Mars aeons ago when both planets were similarly desolate, scientists said on Wednesday.

    The experts found tiny humps, between one and 4 cm (0.4 and 1.6 inches) tall, in rocks at Isua in south-west Greenland that they said were fossilized groups of microbes similar to ones now found in seas from Bermuda to Australia.
      Allen Nutman (L) of the University of Woollongong and Vickie Bennet of the Australian National University hold a specimen of 3.7 billion-year-old fossils found in Greenland in Canberra, Australia, August 23, 2016.
    If confirmed as fossilized communities of bacteria known as stromatolites - rather than a freak natural formation - the lumps would pre-date fossils found in Australia as the earliest evidence of life on Earth by 220 million years.

    "This indicates the Earth was no longer some sort of hell 3.7 billion years ago," lead author Allen Nutman, of the University of Wollongong, told Reuters of the findings that were published in the journal Nature.

    "It was a place where life could flourish."

    Earth formed about 4.6 billion years ago and the relative sophistication of stromatolites indicated that life had evolved quickly after a bombardment by asteroids ended about 4 billion years ago.

    "Stromatolites contain billions of bacteria ... they're making the equivalent of apartment complexes," said Martin Van Kranendonk, a co-author at the University of New South Wales who identified the previously oldest fossils, dating from 3.48 billion years ago.

    At the time stromatolites started growing in gooey masses on a forgotten seabed, the Earth was probably similar to Mars with liquid water at the surface, orbiting a sun that was 30 percent dimmer than today, the scientists said.

    Those parallels could be a new spur to study whether Mars once had life, the authors said.

    "Suddenly, Mars may look even more promising than before as a potential abode for past life," Abigail Allwood, of the California Institute of Technology, wrote in a commentary in Nature.

    The Greenland find was made after a retreat of snow and ice exposed long-hidden rocks. Greenland's government hopes that a thaw linked to global warming will have positive spin-offs, such as exposing more minerals.

    Nutman said the main controversy was likely to be that the fossils were in metamorphic rocks, reckoned to have formed under huge stress with temperatures up to 550 degrees Celsius (1,022°F) - usually too high to preserve any trace of life.

    Still, Van Kranendonk told Reuters that dried-out biological material could sometimes survive such a baking, adding he was "absolutely convinced" by the Greenland fossils.



    TORONTO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Canada's year-on-year inflation rate held steady at 1.5 percent in June, the same level as May, Statistics Canada said Friday.

    June's consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.2 percent from the previous month, slightly more than forecast but still below May's 0.4 percent rise.

    The inflation data showed prices rose in all major components in the 12 months to June, with the shelter index posting a 1.6 percent gain and food prices rising by 1.3 percent.

    Shelter and household items registered the biggest gains of the major categories of Statistics Canada's consumer price index.

    Core inflation, which excludes food and energy, was flat from the previous month, in line with the consensus forecast and below May's 0.3 percent increase.

    Data showed food prices were the main factor in the leveling off, as they increased at a 1.3 percent annual pace in June, down from 1.8 percent the month before.

    In particular, the fresh or frozen beef index declined by 3.3 percent in June, the first decline since August 2010. Dairy prices dropped by 2.1 percent.

    Excluding gasoline, the CPI was up 1.9 percent year on year in June, equal to the increase in May.

    Meanwhile, Statistics Canada said Canadian retail sales rose by 0.2 percent in May from April to hit a record 44.3 billion Canadian dollars (33.6 billion U.S. dol. Cheap NBA Jerseys Cheap MLB Shirts Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap NFL Hats Cheap Football Shirts Cheap Basketball Hoodies Cheap NHL Jerseys China Cheap NCAA Jerseys Online Wholesale MLB Hoodies Wholesale College Hoodies

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