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|TAIPEI , March 7 (Xinhua) -- A 49-strong crew on a Taiwan-registered fishing boat has been unaccounted for since the loss of contact on Feb. 26 in the South Atlantic, according to local media.
The missing included 11 from the Chinese mainland. The captain and another crew member came from Taiwan, along with 21 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos and two Vietnamese, according to the fishery authority.
The 700-tonne trawler, Hsiang Fu Chun , sailed off from Kaohsiung in January to the sea area 1,700 sea miles east of the Falkland Islands for fishing and was due to return in May, the fishery agency said.
The boat lost all contact with the shipowner at 3 a.m. on Feb. 26 and has not been seen since despite a search action, it added.
In the last communication, the captain reportedly told the shipowner that the boat was taking in water in areas of the South Atlantic, media reports quoted fishery agency deputy head Huang Hung-yan as saying.
The agency believed the boat could still be drifting in the region , probably without power, since no signals of wreckage or notice of hijack have been sent by the boat. Huang did not rule out the possibility that the boat will reach the land.
At least three Taiwan vessels close to the area where Hsiang Fu Chun went missing have joined the search.
Huang said it is difficult to send either an airplane or a boat to the rescue, as the vessel went missing far from land, in treacherous sea conditions.
BEIJING, Aug.？12 (Xinhuanet) -- No soccer school is complete without good coaches and facilities. And schools nationwide are putting resources together to produce China's next generation of soccer players.
It is vacation time in at an elementary school in East China's Qingdao city, but training is in full swing.
The principal says the school has a strong team and won the fourth place in the 2012 national tournament.
All progress has been made possible thanks to the help with a youth soccer club. Since 2006 , this club started to send coaches to school campuses, for free.
At the other end of the country in the southwestern city of Lijiang in Yunnan province, the love of soccer is rooted in the local culture since foreign missionaries brought in the sport decades ago.
Yulong County is categorized as an underdeveloped region, but it has held this school soccer competition 25 years in a row.
Poor facilities are still a big concern, though efforts are being made to improve the situation. For example, this soccer field has been upgraded and top-notch professionals have been invited in.
An education ministry plan intends for China to build 20 ,000 schools with soccer programs by 2017 as part of an effort to boost the sport across the country.
LONDON, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Birmingham City Council has revealed details of a 6.27 billion U.S. dollars plan to improve transport in and around Britain's biggest provincial city.
The ambitious proposals, outlined in an official white paper listing schemes proposed over a 20-year period, have been posted by the council Friday on its website.
British Government Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin welcomed the initiative, saying: "I am delighted to be launching this new white paper which is vital for Birmingham to continue to grow and prosper. The government has put transport at the heart of its long term economic plan, because the future of successful cities depends on efficient transport that can connect people with jobs , link communities with services and attract new investment."
The strategy, known as Birmingham Connected, aims to make the city safer and easier to travel around by reducing congestion and promoting more sustainable forms of transport. In addition to cutting pollution and promoting healthier lifestyles, it would also better link communities and encourage economic growth.
Initiatives in the plan include:
* The completion of a 1.9 billion U.S. dollars public transport network within 20 years, allowing people to travel across the city in high quality vehicles in safety.
* Developing a strategy for the long-term future and role of the busy A38 main road through the city, including options such as substantial redesign and redirecting through traffic on to either a substantially upgraded ring road or new , longer tunnels under the city. Consultation will begin in 2015.
* The introduction of Green Travel Districts (GTDs) where people are put before cars, enabling residents, workers and visitors to walk, cycle or take public transport safely. This would reduce congestion, pollution, accidents and promote healthier , safer communities.
* Improving rail links across the city and beyond, including re-opening and upgrading rail routes to city suburbs, supporting new housing and jobs in these areas.
* Promoting a Low Emissions Zone in the city center to improve air quality and help Birmingham City Council meet carbon reduction targets, leading to a healthier city.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of the city council, said: "The Birmingham Connected white paper sets out our vision for a world class transport system fitting of a world class city."
EDINBURGH , May 21 (Xinhua) -- Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced on Wednesday new investment of 3.5 million pounds (about 5.88 million U.S. dollars) in Scotland's growing renewable energy sector.
"We have tremendous green energy potential and vast natural resources, about a quarter of Europe's wind and tidal energy and 10 percent of its wave power," said Ewing at the All-Energy Conference in Aberdeen in northeastern Scotland.
"Clean, green energy is creating opportunities for communities across Scotland and delivering jobs and investment," he said.
Supported by the Scottish Enterprise's Renewable Energy Investment Fund, a community-owned tidal power turbine in Scotland has started exporting el.