China vows equal treatment for Africans after abuse reports

first_imgChina pledged to ease health measures on Africans in the southern city of Guangzhou, as the country sought to resolve a dispute that could set back Beijing’s diplomatic outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.The government has treated foreigners equally and attaches great importance to their life and health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a statement posted late Sunday. “We reject differential treatment, and we have zero tolerance for discrimination,” Zhao said.African leaders alleged discrimination against their citizens by city authorities in measures to stem the spread of imported coronavirus cases, saying Africans were mistreated, evicted from hotels, and forcefully tested for the virus. Meanwhile, McDonalds China apologized Monday after one of the chain’s Guangzhou restaurants refused to serve black customers. Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told more than 20 ambassadors from African countries Monday that authorities in Guangdong would ease “health management” measures — an apparent reference to quarantines — of Africans. The province planned to gradually remove the restrictions, except for confirmed patients, suspected patients and others with close contacts, Chen said, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website late Monday.Zhao, the foreign ministry spokesman, separately hit back Monday at the U.S. State Department for a statement Saturday saying that the incidents involving Africans in China were “a sad reminder of how hollow” Beijing’s ties to the continent were. “The U.S. is immoral and irresponsible to sensationalize the situation and it won’t succeed in sabotaging China-Africa relations,” Zhao told a regular briefing Monday in Beijing.Guangzhou has confirmed a total of 119 imported cases of Covid-19, with 25 being foreign nationals, Mayor Wen Guohui told a news conference Sunday. Wen said the Guangzhou government has treated all foreigners equally.“Guangzhou is an open-minded metropolis,” he said. “It’s our consistent principle to have zero tolerance for discriminatory comments and behavior.”Topics : African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed “extreme concern” to Chinese Ambassador Liu Yuxi about “allegations of maltreatment of Africans” in Guangzhou. In a tweet Saturday, he said the African Group in Beijing was engaging with the Chinese government.South Africa, the current African Union chair, separately expressed concern about “alleged ill-treatment of African nationals in China, including the forceful testing, quarantining for COVID-19, and other inhuman treatment.” The country called for an investigation into the matter, according to a statement from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation.McDonald’s China said that it had closed a restaurant in Guangzhou for a half day of diversity and inclusion training Sunday after an investigation confirmed social media reports that it was barring black customers. “We apologize unreservedly to the individual and our customers. The restaurant has been ordered to stop immediately such actions,” McDonald’s China said Monday.The episode underscores the complexity of Beijing’s challenge to manage the fallout from a disease first discovered in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. China has dispatched medical supplies and shared expert advice to assist Africa, where Beijing’s fiscal and infrastructure support has long been a source of both praise and criticism.last_img read more

What the latest employment figures mean for interest rates

first_imgThe majority of economists still think interest rates will stay on hold until at least the second half of 2018. Photo: AFP/William West.INTEREST rates are still likely to remain on hold until at least the second half of this year, despite surprisingly strong employment figures.Australia’s jobs boom continued in December with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealing employment rose by 34,700 in seasonally adjusted terms last month — more than doubling the 15,000 increase that had been expected.But Queensland disappointed, with the state’s unemployment rate rising to a seasonally adjusted 6 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe majority of economists think interest rates are still likely to stay on hold until at least the second half of 2018. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.So what are economists saying about the outlook for interest rates in the wake of the latest figures?CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman said that while the job market was strong, wages growth was still only modest.“We expect the next move in rates to be up, but not until late in 2018 at the earliest,” he said in a note to clients. CHARMING HOMES AUCTIONED OFF A general view of properties in North Lakes outside Brisbane. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.TD Securities chief Asia-Pac macro strategist Annette Beacher agreed there needed to be a “meaningful pick-up” in wages and inflation for the RBA to “shift off its neutral perch”.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver expects the RBA to raise rates around the end of the year. WHAT SOLD BIG AND WHERE National Australia Bank continues to expect a half a per cent increase in the official cash rate in the second half of this year, while ANZ, on the other hand, predicts interest rates will increase twice this year.last_img read more

2 injured in Mandurriao road crash

first_imgAccording to police investigation, Quimbaand Dato-on were navigating the road when they were hit by a car driven by acertain “Nonoy” of La Paz district. It was not immediately established what circumstanceled to the incident. ILOILO City – Two persons were injured whenthe motorcycle they were riding collided into a car in Barangay Taft North,Mandurriao district. The victims received medical treatmentfrom the Iloilo City Emergency Response Team./PNcenter_img The 18-year-old Dave Dato-on and 29-year-oldRomnick Quimba Iloilo sustained injuries after the crash on Monday.last_img read more

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COVID SEARCH | PNP chief: It’s like hunting criminals

first_imgThis is in line with the government’s “Oplan Kalinga” program, which seeks to transfer COVID-19 patients whose homes are ill-equipped for home quarantine to temporary isolation facilities. To date, Philippine health officials have so far confirmed 58,850 COVID-19 cases, including 1,614 deaths and 20,976 recoveries./PN ILOILO City – The government’s plan to send police officers and local government personnel to households to search for individuals afflicted with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with mild symptoms is like tracking down a criminal. Earlier, Interior secretary Eduardo Año said the government will be visiting households to search for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms so that they can be transferred to monitoring facilities to avoid the further spread of the virus. He said the visit to houses of those suspected cases would also involve an interview which aims to gather information about all the contacts of the infected persons and the timeline of the encounters“It is a cognitive investigation,” Gamboa added. Gamboa, for his part, explained that the PNP was going to replicate what Mayor Benjamin Magalong, had done in Baguio City.center_img “This plan is like locating a criminal and when you have located one, you have to find his accomplices,” Gamboa said. This was Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa’s assertion on the proposed controversial initiative. Human rights groups, however, warned against the proposal, saying it would “further facilitate state terror and police brutality in communities.” He was in this city yesterday for a visit at the Police Regional Office 6 headquarters in Camp Martin Delgado.last_img read more

Man City closing on Messi deal but Barca trying to negotiate £250m agreement

first_imgManchester City are understood to be closing in on a deal for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi – but the Spanish giants are holding out for a huge £250million compromise. Argentine forward Messi rocked Catalonia by announcing he intends to leave the Nou Camp this summer. And after much speculation about where he may be heading, it looks as though he is set to reunite with Pep Guardiola. The Sunday Mirror report that both Barcelona and City believe Messi is leaning towards a move to the Etihad Stadium. It’s thought that the Blaugrana skipper is keen to play under Guardiola again, which means a highly anticipated switch to the Premier League. However, in order to allow a move to go ahead, it’s claimed that Barcelona are looking to drive a hard bargain. As well as at least £120m in cash, Barca also want to steal some of City’s biggest stars. New Nou Camp boss Ronald Koeman could welcome both Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva to his new look first team, as well as young Spanish defender Eric Garcia. Meanwhile, Guardiola could offer up a host of other names including: John Stones, Benjamin Mendy, Joao Cancelo and Angelino. Promoted Content12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms? Messi’s father, Jorge, is expected to fly into Spain on Sunday to broker a deal to City. And the Sky Blues will hope that inevitably means Guardiola extends his stay in Manchester. A legal battle over whether Messi has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club for free is expected to ensue next. read also:Real Madrid players stunned by Messi exit push But president Josep Maria Bartomeu appeared to admit last year that his poster boy had earned the freedom to choose where he wants to play. Bartomeu said: “Messi has a contract that he signed two years ago which allows him to leave Barca before the start of the 2020-21 season. “He can either leave football or go somewhere else. “Players like him have that freedom because they have earned it. They can decide their future.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Coleman to miss Thailand trip

first_img “He’s a young, talented footballer who represents Belgium in the lower teams, in the Under-18s and has had good experience in going to France. “He is a bright boy and we feel he is something different that we haven’t got in the Under-21s so we are hoping he is going to be giving us something different in that group. “We want a strong group. We have already got talented and very interesting footballers and I think David can fit in really well in that environment.” The Republic of Ireland international came on at half-time in Tuesday’s friendly at Tranmere but was withdrawn in the second half. He will stay behind at the club’s Finch Farm training ground with striker Arouna Kone and defender Bryan Oviedo, who are still making their way back from knee surgery and a broken leg respectively. However, England midfielder Ross Barkley returns to the squad for the match against Premier League newcomers Leicester in Bangkok on Sunday. “We assessed Seamus’ injury this morning,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertontv. “He will miss the Thailand trip to give proper consideration to his injury, for proper treatment and to remove any chance of aggravating that feeling that he had. “We don’t really know the extent of the injury yet but it is sometimes a little bit of a setback that comes with pre-season preparation and getting a lot of volume into the bodies. “Hopefully it is going to be just a minor setback.” Martinez has confirmed a deal is close for for Anderlecht teenager David Henen as the Spaniard looks to bolster the club’s youth ranks. The Belgian 18-year-old will go into the Under-21 squad once his reported £1.5million move has been completed. “It is in the process of being completed,” Martinez told the Liverpool Echo. Everton defender Seamus Coleman will miss their pre-season friendly in Thailand to ensure he does not aggravate a hamstring problem. Press Associationlast_img read more

Edem, Abiodun Qualify to Main Draw at Portugal Open

first_imgLike Edem, Abiodun is also competing in his first major tournament this year started well from the first round of the preliminary when he took down Scotland’s Niall Cameron 4-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6) to et up a second round tie against Germany’s Cedric Meissner.But the German gave Abiodun a tough challenge when he took a 2-1 (11-9, 5-11, 5-11) lead but the Nigerian international regained the lead to win the last three games at 11-7, 13-11, 11-9 to complete a 4-2 victory and sealed his place in the main draw of men’s singles.Edem and Abiodun will join their compatriot – Olajide Omotayo who is already seeded in the main draw for their campaigns which serve off on Friday February 14 in the elite stage of the competition.But what started well for teenage sensation – Taiwo Mati in his debut in international senior tournament came to an end on Thursday February 13, as he fell to England’s Tom Jarvis 4-0 (4-11, 2-11, 5-11, 5-11) in the second round of preliminary. Mati had on Wednesday pummeled Guyana’s Miguel Wong 4-0 (11-5, 18-16, 11-4, 11-1) to pick some ranking points from the tournament.Unlike Mati who sailed to the second round of the preliminary, Ismaila Akindiya was nowhere that stage as he was beaten early by Switzerland’s Lars Posch 4-1 (11-6, 1-11, 10-12, 3-11, 6-11) to make an early exit while Ganiat Aruna was no match to Italy’s Giorgia Piccolin after the former national junior champion fell 4-0 (1-11, 7-11, 4-11, 2-11) to the Italian star.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Offiong Edem Nigeria’s Offiong Edem and Bode Abiodun worked their way into the main draw of the 2020 ITTF Challenge Plus Portugal Open after their stunning victories on Thursday in the preliminary round of the singles event.Edem, who is competing in her first tournament in readiness for the double tournaments holding this month in Tunisia as her performance against Kazakhstan’s Anastassiya Lavrova confirmed her readiness for the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT).Despite going down 3-1 (8-11, 11-4, 3-11, 16-18) in the tie, Edem regained her composure to record a convincing win over the European with 14-12, 11-6, 11-2 win to claim a 4-3 win coupled with a passage to the main draw of the women’s singles.last_img read more

Wisconsin, Purdue butt heads at McClimon

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/herald photoAfter falling on hard times in the Big Ten conference, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (6-6-2) got a much-needed conference victory against Michigan last Sunday. However, the road doesn’t get any easier for the Badgers, especially if they hope to make postseason play. This weekend, Wisconsin hosts No. 23 Purdue (8-5, 4-1 Big Ten) Friday, followed by Indiana (5-7-1, 1-4 Big Ten) Sunday.While the schedule won’t get any easier, the win Sunday was a big morale boost for the Badgers, who had fallen victim to some very tough breaks.”[Beating Michigan] was really extremely important for us,” junior Katy Lindenmuth said, “not only to give us confidence that we could win again, but also as far as the Big Ten standings. Everyone is in a pack towards the middle. So we need to have a good weekend, just one game at a time.”Purdue has been on a roll, winning seven of its past eight games. The Boilermakers have allowed only two opponents — top-seeded Penn State and Oklahoma — to score more than two goals against them. As a team, Purdue ranks second in the Big Ten to Penn State in goals (27), points (80) and assists (26).Defensively, the Boilermakers have been solid, ranking ninth in the conference in fouls committed (158) and offsides penalties (20). Individually, freshman Jessica Okoroafo leads the team with nine goals and19 points. In net for Purdue, junior Lauren Mason ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 51 saves. All around, Purdue provides a tough challenge for any team.”Purdue has always been a real challenging game for us,” Lindenmuth said. “Purdue is always a really good team, but we have played such good teams this year by having a really strong non-conference schedule and obviously played tough teams in the Big Ten, so I don’t think it’s anything we haven’t seen. But [Purdue] is traditionally very good and fights really hard.”The Hoosiers provide a different type of challenge for the Badgers, as Indiana has one of the most balanced scoring attacks in the Big Ten. Save the goalkeeper position, Indiana has tallied a goal from every position on the field this season. The Hoosiers’ main scoring threat comes from senior captain Kristen Zmijewski. So far this season, Zmijewski leads the team with five goals and has tallied nine points. According to head coach Dean Duerst, Indiana plays with a lot of aggression, but that’s something Wisconsin can take advantage of.”Indiana has a lot of energy as a team,” Duerst said. “Because of that energy, anybody on our team can score at any point. It’s just a matter of us having the focus to sticking to what we do well. … We aren’t in a do-or-die situation totally here, but this team will need a real game mentality and a real focus — that could be the difference in going to the NCAA tournament.”For Wisconsin, who was ranked in the NCAA top 25 just two weeks ago, a strong finish in the Big Ten is a priority. However, Duerst is not looking ahead and concentrating on winning one game at a time.In order for Wisconsin to make that stretch run, UW will need to have a repeat of the Michigan game, which Duerst said was a measuring stick of how much heart this team has and what they need to play with this weekend.”There were three things that we did on Sunday, and that’s the approach going into this weekend,” Duerst said. “The biggest one is heart. That area boils down to slide tackles, using our bodies more physically and wanting every play more. … The second thing is that we want to play more in their half [of the field]. In the past, we have had a lot of possessions, and now we have to do a much better job of putting their backs under pressure.”The last ingredient is to play the ball out [toward the sidelines],” Duerst continued. “What has happened to us is that we haven’t been able to play the ball quick enough outside. By taking an extra touch, the defense can read that and win the ball. We need to do those three things this weekend.”last_img read more

Tyler Strafaci, Charles Osborne advance to US Amateur final

first_img LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 08:21 IST Tyler Strafaci, Charles Osborne Advance To US Amateur Final Tyler Strafaci and Charles Osborne advanced to the U.S. Amateur final Saturday at Bandon Dunes to earn spots next year in the Masters and U.S. Open WATCH US LIVE Written Bycenter_img Tyler Strafaci and Charles Osborne advanced to the U.S. Amateur final Saturday at Bandon Dunes to earn spots next year in the Masters and U.S. Open.Strafaci, the rising Georgia Tech senior from Davie, Florida, beat Oklahoma State’s Aman Gupta 1-up after losing a four-hole lead on the back nine. Osborne, the rising SMU junior from Reno, Nevada, topped UNC-Charlotte’s Matthew Sharpstene 4 and 2.The winner Sunday on the seaside course will get a spot in the 2021 British Open.Strafaci is trying to become the second straight Georgia Tech player to win the Havemeyer Trophy, following Andy Ogletree. Strafaci’s grandfather, Frank Strafaci, won the 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links.Starfaci won the par-18th when Gupta ran a bogey putt well past and conceded.Strafaci raced to a 3-up lead, winning the par-4 first with a par, the par-4 fourth with a birdie and the par-4 fifth with a par. Gupta won the par-4 eighth with a par, and Strafaci took the par-5 ninth and par-4 10th with birdies to open the 4-up lead.Gupta won the par-5 13th with his first birdie of the day, took the par-3 15th with a double bogey after Strafaci made a triple bogey, and cut the deficit to one with a birdie win on the par-4 16th. He pulled even with a par win on the par-4 17th after Strafaci drove into a pot bunker.Gupta, from Concord, North Carolina, got into the field as an alternate last week when second-ranked No. 2 Ricky Castillo withdrew.Osborne and Sharpstene started slowly with three straight holes won with pars, with Osborne taking the fifth, and Sharpstene the par-3 sixth and par-4 seventh for a 1-up lead. Osborne took Nos. 8 and 9 with birdies and opened a 2-up lead with a par win on the par-4 11th.Sharpstene, who recently transferred from West Virginia to Charlotte, won the par-3 12th with a birdie. Osborne took the par-5 13th and par-4 14th with birdies and ended the match with a par win on the par-4 16th.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News First Published: 16th August, 2020 08:21 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Malik ton leads Pakistan to series win over W.I.

first_imgShoaib Malik’s classy ton led Pakistan to a series win over the West Indies in a One Day International clash between both cricketing teams in Guyana on Tuesday.Malik’s ninth one-day international century means the Pakistanis have booked the final automatic qualification place for the 2019 World Cup at the expense of the Windies. It was a come from behind win for the visitors who won the second ODI at Providence Stadium on Sunday and wrapped up another series win at the same stadium two days later.It is 26 years since the Windies have defeated Pakistan in an ODI series.The home team could only muster 233-9, despite 71 from Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed’s 59.Pacer Shannon Gabriel was back from injury and gave the West Indsies a glimmer of hope after he removed Kamran Akmal with the first ball of Pakistan’s innings, but Mohammad Hafeez (81) and Malik – who hit a six to win and finish 101 not out – steadied the ship after they were 36-3.Pakistan won the Twenty20 series 3-1 and will now turn their attention to coming out on top in the Test series, while the Windies will be licking their wounds and must go back to the drawing boardlast_img read more