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MADRID Cheap Cincinnati Reds Jerseys , Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid's 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday night may have taken them a step forward to the knockout stage of the competition they have won for the past two seasons, but it also set a n unwanted record for Zinedine Zidane's side.


The 1-1 draw, which came after Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty cancelled out Rafael Varene's own goal means that after seven matches in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium this season, this is Real Madrid' s worst start to a season at home this century.


Tuesday's draw means Madrid have won three, drawn three and lost one of their seven matches in front of their fans Cheap Cleveland Indians Jerseys , with the wins coming against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League and Espanyol (who have not win in the Bernabeu in over 20 years) and FC Barcelona in the return leg of the Spanish Supercup in August.


These are the worst series of results for Madrid at home at the start of the season since the 1998-99 season when with Guus Hiddink in charge, they kicked off the campaign with three wins, two draws and two defeats.


Goals have also been much harder to find for a side used to hitting the opposition net on a regular basis with supporters in the Bernabeu only being able to cheer a Real Madrid goal 11 times.


That is the second worst tally since the year 2000, tying with the start to the 2004-05 season when a Real Madrid side coached briefly by Jose Antonio Camacho and then by Garcia Ramon also kicked off with 11 goals in 7 games.


Real Madrid have a chance to improve on those numbers when Eibar visit the Bernabeu at the weekend, but fans can always take heart at their results away from home: although Madrid are struggling to convince in front of their home crowd Cheap Colorado Rockies Jerseys , on the road they have been unstoppable with 13 consecutive away wins in the Liga Santander.




BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- What can a two-dimensional barcode, or QR code, be used for in China? The answers are varied, from mobile payment to unlocking shared bikes or adding friends on messaging apps. But apart from making everyday life more convenient Cheap Detroit Tigers Jerseys , there is one unexpected and creative use -- helping the country's battle to alleviate poverty.


In Shiban Village, southwest China's Guizhou Province, every impoverished family was given a code, including Chen Dingming's family.


While traditional means of gathering information about those living under the poverty line can be difficult and inhibit the adoption of targeted relief measures, the new technology provides an easier solution. With one scan Cheap Houston Astros Jerseys , the status of the Chen family is shown: a meager annual income of 2,600 yuan (nearly 400 U.S. dollars), 50 square meters of living space and one child with cerebral palsy.


The QR code also stores information about each household's farm produce, which can be shared on the internet and reach buyers all over the country.


Thanks to the system, the value of the region's specialty products sold online currently amounts to 200 Cheap Kansas City Royals Jerseys ,000 yuan, not a large sum of money but a good start for residents who have struggled under the poverty line for years.


Rural areas that used to be isolated due to poor transportation infrastructure are now forging ever closer ties with markets in other parts of the country, taking advantage of the booming e-commerce sector.


On the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) website, a digital map of China shows impoverished rural areas and provides links to online stores backed by local governments. From Tibetan dried beef to pickled cabbage from northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, a variety of agricultural products from 221 impoverished counties are now available.


Fifteen e-commerce businesses Cheap Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Jerseys , including Taobao and JD, are offering services for these rural stores, with marketing support and lower or no fees.


The MOC plans for the program to cover all national-level impoverished counties suitable for developing e-commerce by 2019.


The official program is not the only way for poor regions to take part in e-commerce. Internet firms are scrambling to increase their presence in the countryside, pouring money into improving logistics, building service centers and training farmers.


Jin Jianhang Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys , president of Alibaba, said more than 800 national-level impoverished counties sold goods worth nearly 30 billion yuan via Alibaba last year, with 40 counties each reporting sales over 100 million yuan.


In the bigger picture, online retail sales in all impoverished regions jumped 55 percent to 71.6 billion yuan in the first eight months of the year, the MOC data showed. The growth outpaced the average of all rural areas by 17 percentage points.


The fruitful combination of e-commerce and poverty relief was largely attributed to government efforts to bolster rural infrastructure and create favorable conditions. A document released by the central authorities in November 2016 included measures to improve roads Cheap Miami Marlins Jerseys , broadband services, power supply and logistics, as well as support for farmers to set up online stores.


The MOC said a total of 12.5 billion yuan has been allocated for 756 counties, mainly in less-prosperous central and western regions, to develop the e-commerce sector since 2014.


E-commerce has lifted China's poverty relief efforts to a new phase Cheap Milwaukee Brewers Jerseys , said Qu Jiang of Zhejiang University's rural development institute. "An environment will be created for impoverished rural areas to achieve sustainable development, with less reliance on external aid and stronger internal impetus."


Poverty reduction has continued to be a priority for the Chinese government in recent years and remarkable progress has been made.


Some 6.39 million people annually have been lifted out of poverty over the last 15 years of the 20th century. An ambitious goal has been set to eradicate poverty by 2020, which means roughly 10 million rural pe

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