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|The International Paralympic Committee will elect a new governing board for the organization on Friday as part of the ongoing IPC General Assembly in Abu Dhabi.
Zhang Haidi from China is in a four-way race with Brazil's Andrew Parsons Cheap Roberto Clemente Jersey , Denmark's John Petersson and Canada's Patrick Jarvis for the top IPC post, replacing the current president, Philip Craven of Britain.
Zhang is the first Chinese candidate to vie for the job of IPC President. The 61-year-old is the Executive Chairperson of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, as well as the head of China's National Paralympic Committee.
In 2008, Zhang was first elected as Chairperson of the China Disabled Persons Federation, taking over from Deng Pufang. She would be re-elected five years later.
In 2014, Zhang was chosen as the Chairperson of Rehabilitation International and Cheap Willie Stargell Jersey , while serving as Vice President of the Bid Committee, she helped Beijing win the rights to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics the following year.
Zhang then steered China's delegation to a successful showing at the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics. Her candidacy to succeed Philip Craven as the head of the IPC was officially launched in June.
Zhang Haidi has long been an inspirational figure in China. Her story of overcoming her disability and helping improve others' lives is required reading in primary school textbooks across the country.
Zhang taught herself multiple foreign languages from a young age including English, German, and Japanese.
As a writer and novelist for nearly 35 years, her popular works include reportage and translations.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The real median household income in the U.S. increased by 3.2 percent in 2016, and the official poverty rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points Wholesale Pittsburgh Pirates Jerseys , indicating that continued economic growth and dropping unemployment rate made American households richer, according to Census Bureau data released on Tuesday.
Median household income in the United States in 2016 was 59,039 dollars, an increase in real terms of 3.2 percent from the 2015 median income of 57,230. This is the second consecutive annual increase in median household income.
The nation's official poverty rate in 2016 was 12.7 percent, with 40.6 million people in poverty, 2.5 million fewer than in 2015. The 0.8 percentage point decrease from 2015 to 2016 represents the second consecutive annual decline in poverty.
Historic data show that the 2016 poverty rate is not statistically different from the 2007 rate (12.5 percent) Cheap Pittsburgh Pirates Jerseys , the year before the financial crisis happened.
The data also show that the real median income of non-Hispanic white (65,041), black (39,490), and Hispanic (47,675) households increased 2.0 percent, 5.7 percent Wholesale Pirates Jerseys , and 4.3 percent, respectively, between 2015 and 2016.
Among the race groups, Asian households had the highest median income in 2016 (81,431).
Households with the highest median household incomes were in the Northeast (64,390) and the West (64,275) Cheap Pirates Jerseys , followed by the Midwest (58,305) and the South (53,861).
The Gini index, a gauge measuring income inequality with 0.0 representing total income equality and 1.0 equivalent to total inequality, was 0.481 in 2016, almost the same as in 2015.
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China's consumer health market is expected to experience an upswing in the next five years, The Boston Consulting Group said on Tuesday, saying that rising health consciousness in the world's second-largest economy will spark business opportunities.
China's growing health and wellness market is poised to reach nearly $70 billion by 2020, said BCG's Center for Consumer and Customer Insight, which surveyed 2,600 middle-and upper-income consumers aged 18 to 65 from across China.
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The survey said that Chinese consumers are willing to pay more for brand names and higher-quality products.
Factors behind the trend include rising incomes, stressful effects of urbanization, an aging population and ongoing issues with food safety and quality.
"Almost half of the Chinese consumers we surveyed said they feel subpar because of lifestyle factors such as work pressure, family obligations and long work hours," said Carol Liao, a BCG senior partner and co-author of the report.
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More than 60 percent of consumers both from the lower economic spectrum (with annual household incomes of 120,000 yuan to 240,000 yuan) and the upper one (with annual household incomes of more than 240,000 yuan) said they believe that "taking VMS and OTC products is effective and convenient".
Traditional Chinese medicine and products with multiple functions also are popular with Chinese consumers, many of whom are concerned about the side effects of Western OTC products.
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