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Chinese entrepreneurs' macroeconomic heat index drops in Q3 from Q2: survey******
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese entrepreneurs' macroeconomic heat index registered 39.8 percent in the third quarter, declining 2.2 percentage points from the previous quarter, according to a survey conducted by the People's Bank of China.
But the index rose 12.1 percentage points from the same period last year.
Among the entrepreneurs surveyed, 23.9 percent considered the macroeconomic climate "relatively cold," 72.6 percent regarded it as "normal" and 3.5 percent viewed it as "relatively overheated."
The product selling price sentiment index posted 58.2 percent, decreasing 3.9 percentage points from the previous quarter and increasing 10 percentage points year on year.
The raw material purchasing price sentiment index reached 72.0 percent, down 5.6 percentage points from the previous quarter and up 13.4 percentage points year on year. Enditem
Happy in Qatar but dreaming of one day coaching Barca, says Xavi******
MADRID, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Former FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has once again said that his ambition is to one day coach the club.
The 41-year-old who was one of the architects of Barca's passing game under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola is currently coaching Al-Sadd in Qatar and is thought to have already turned down offers to return to the Camp Nou.
However, speaking to Spanish newspaper '20 Minutos' on Friday, the former player insisted that his ambition was to lead his former club.
"My idea is to coach Barcelona. I have never hidden that it is my objective and my dream," said Xavi, who has admitted turning down the job at the end of the 2019-20 season, before the incumbent Ronald Koeman was appointed.
"I don't know if it will happen, or if they will need me or not, but at the moment I am happy at Al-Sadd and very proud of that," continued Xavi.
Xavi has guided his current club to the Qatar Stars League in the 2020-21 season, while winning the Qatar Cup twice, as well as the Supercup and the Emir of Qatar Cup, winning 62 of his 93 games in charge.
"If an offer comes (from Barcelona), we would evaluate it and then try to come to a decision, but for the moment, I am happy here," he explained. Enditem
Argentina's Barros Schelotto appointed Paraguay head coach******
ASUNCION, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Former Boca Juniors and Argentina international forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto was appointed head coach of Paraguay's national team on Wednesday, less than a week after the sacking of his compatriot Eduardo Berizzo.
Barros Schelotto will be tied to the Albirroja until the end of the 2024 Copa America, the Paraguayan Football Association (APF) said in a brief statement published on its official website late Wednesday.
The 48-year-old will be joined by twin brother Gustavo, who will be his assistant coach.
"[They] will begin working immediately to prepare for the next qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar," the statement read.
Berizzo was sacked last Thursday following more than two and a half years in charge. His dismissal came just hours after Paraguay suffered a 4-0 defeat away to Bolivia in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier, a result that left the Guaranies eighth in the 10-team South American group.
Schelotto has been out of work since ending his spell in charge of LA Galaxy in November last year. He has also managed Boca Juniors, Lanus and Italian side Palermo since ending his playing career in 2011.
Paraguay's next 2022 World Cup qualifiers will be a home clash against Chile on November 11 followed by a visit to Colombia five days later. Enditem