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Chinese yuan weakens to 6.3980 against USD Friday******
BEIJING, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 37 pips to 6.3980 against the U.S. dollar Friday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.。
In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day.。
The central parity rate of the yuan against the U.S. dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day. Enditem。
Biden order makes sexual harassment in military a crime******
US President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday making sexual harassment a crime under the military justice code, in an attempt to relieve a long-term issue with which the Pentagon has struggled.
The move, called for in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, the Pentagon's annual budget package, pays homage to Vanessa Guillen.
The 20-year-old army soldier was murdered by a fellow soldier in 2020 after being sexually harassed and telling her family she did not trust the military command to follow up on her complaint.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the order "honors the memory of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen," whose death is "catalyzing national attention to the scourge of sexual violence in our military and helping advance bipartisan military justice reform."
Biden tweeted earlier in the day that he was "signing an Executive Order to make sexual harassment an offense in the Uniform Code of Military Justice."
The order is also meant to "strengthen the military's response to domestic violence and the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images," he said.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had previously appointed an independent commission to submit recommendations as to how best to deal with perpetrators of sexual violence in the armed forces, and how to prosecute them more effectively.
The commission concluded that removing decisions about prosecuting sexual assault from the military chain of command was the only solution.
Instead of incurring administrative sanctions as was previously the case, perpetrators may receive prison time.
Feature: A wheelchair curling volunteer's busy experience******
BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- At the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube at Beijing 2008 and now known as the Ice Cube for Beijing 2022, volunteers dedicate themselves to the ongoing 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship, a test event for Beijing 2022.
"Our daily work is busy but delightful," said Wang Yijia, leader of a volunteer team. He is a student from the University of International Business and Economics with a total volunteer service of more than 450 hours.
The cleanness of the ice surface is critical for curling events, as even the tiniest piece of dust or hair will affect the turning of the stone, so Wang and his teammates need to carefully wipe the wheelchairs of the athletes before each event to ensure the fairness of the competition.
During the event, the volunteers clean the curling stones before handing them to the athletes, and assist the referee in collecting invalid stones at the end of the rink. There are 16 stones for an eight-game match, which means volunteers need to wipe the stones over 100 times in total.
Each stone weighs nearly 20kg, so it is not easy for volunteers working continuously for hours. "When a match is over, our masks, gloves and clothes are soaked with sweat," Wang said.
In addition, the volunteers need to know the rules of curling and be able to communicate with referees in English to ensure the event runs smoothly. "Although we are tired every day, and legs are sore, we learn a lot and can always feel the warmth from the staff, athletes and our teammates," Wang added.
"At about 10pm on Monday night, the Russian athletes gave us candies after the match," Wang recalled. "Swedish athletes say, 'Perfect, thank you' when we put the curling stones in order, and Chinese athletes often remind us of taking a break."
"This is a valuable experience for me as a college student. It would be my great honor to be an Olympic volunteer to emphasize my dedication to the Olympic spirit," Wang added. Enditem