China denies city discriminating against ‘African brothers’

first_imgThe alert advised African-Americans to stay away from the Guangzhou metropolitan area, warning that the city’s authorities had told bars and restaurants to refuse to serve people who “appear to be of African origin” and launched mandatory tests and self-quarantine of anyone with “African contacts.”Denying any such discrimination, the foreign ministry spokesman reiterated that China treats all foreigners equally.”It is irresponsible and immoral for the US to sow discord,” Zhao said. “Its attempt to drive a wedge between China and Africa will never succeed.”The ambassadors’ note highlighted a number of reported incidents, including that Africans were being ejected from hotels in the middle of the night, having their passports seized, and threatened with revocation of visas, deportation or arrest. Ghana’s foreign minister and the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament have also separately met with the Chinese ambassador to their respective countries last week about the reports of mistreatment of Africans in Guangzhou.Zhao did not directly comment on the ambassadors’ note, but said Guangdong has rolled out “new measures” and that Beijing is working with the relevant African nations to resolve the issue. He did not elaborate on what the new measures were.Having largely stamped out in-country transmission of the coronavirus, authorities in China are worried that one of the biggest risks of a second wave in the epidemic stems for infected people coming from abroad.Imported cases of the virus have largely involved Chinese citizens returning home, rather than foreigners. On Sunday, China reported 108 new cases – the most in almost six weeks. Over 90% were imported cases, of which Chinese returning from Russia accounted for about half.  China dismissed on Monday allegations leveled by African and US diplomats that foreigners of African appearance in the city of Guangzhou were being subjected to forceful testing for coronavirus, quarantine and ill treatment.”We do not have discrimination in China against African brothers,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing, accusing the United States of trying to exploit the issue to harm Beijing’s relations with African nations.A group of African ambassadors in Beijing had written to China’s State Councilor Wang Yi drawing attention to the discrimination that Africans were encountering in Guangzhou, capital of the southern Guangdong province, after which the US consulate in the city also issued an alert to citizens.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Properties hit record prices in popular suburb

first_imgThe home at 79 Lanham Ave, Grange. Picture: RENOVATED Queenslander in a sought-after pocket in Grange has sold for $1.7 million — matching the record sale price for a home on 607sq m in the suburb.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property at 79 Lanham Ave attracted 130 inspections and seven registered bidders at auction.Marketing agent Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said the buyers lived locally and were upgrading.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“What was a real attraction was the location in proximity to Wilston State School and the ovals behind the house,” he said. The home at 79 Lanham Ave, Grange. Picture:“We attracted at least eight inspections from interstate buyers that saw the home advertised in The Courier-Mail and flew up for an inspection.” An architectural extension was added to the original 1930s house, blending cutting-edge design with the charm of a Queenslander.Features include open-plan living and dining areas upstairs with elevated parkland views, wine cellar, open fire pit, pool and entertaining area. Quality finishes include natural concrete, matt black fixtures and timber tones. Grange is 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $904,000, according to property analytics company CoreLogic.last_img read more

Sydney and Melbourne home prices to fall, Brisbane tipped for modest growth

first_imgSQM Research has downgraded its forecast for Brisbane home prices. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.A LEADING property analysis firm has downgraded its forecasts for the Brisbane property market in 2018, but still expects modest home price growth.SQM Research now predicts home prices in the Queensland capital to either remain unchanged or increase by up to 3 per cent this year on the back of weak auction results and the investor lending crackdown.That’s a significant revision from its previous forecast of a rise in prices in the range of 3 to 7 per cent. But not as bad as the outlook for Sydney and Melbourne, where SQM expects home prices to fall by up to 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoBut he pointed out that relatively few properties went to auction in Brisbane, with private treaty campaigns being the preferred method of sale. The number of properties listed for sale in Brisbane has been trending higher in recent months, mostly driven by inner-city units.“Building approvals are falling and this will eventually help absorption levels of existing surplus stock,” Mr Christopher said.“However given the very slow investor take up, it will take many months before the market returns back to equilibrium.” WHERE LAND IS IN DEMAND SQM Research has downgraded its forecast for Brisbane home prices. Picture: Richard Walker.Nationally, SQM Research has also revised its forecast for home price growth across all the capital cities from -2 per cent to +2 per cent.Mr Christopher said the main reason for the large forecast range for most cities was SQM’s uncertainty about the impact of the recent lifting of investment property credit growth limits by APRA. “Our expectation is a muted response from property investors,” he noted on Twitter. THIS MARKET TIPPED TO TAKE OFF SQM Research has downgraded its forecast for home price growth in five capital cities. Picture: SQM Research. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE SQM Research founder Louis Christopher blamed a recent drop in auction activity for the Brisbane downgrade.“Auction activity has been weak with stated clearance rates well below 50 per cent and on some weekends, below 40 per cent,” he said. “Unreported rates have been very high, suggesting real auction clearance rates could be even lower than these published levels.” SQM Research has downgraded its outlook for capital city home prices.Dwelling price forecasts for Brisbane vary greatly among analysts and lenders.In October 2017, Propertyology predicted growth of 3 per cent to 6 per cent for the Brisbane property market in 2018, while ANZ tipped growth to fall 0.1 per cent.last_img read more

Talent order

first_imgTalent orderGERMANY’s regional Ostmecklenburgische Eisenbahn has become the first independent railway to place a series order for the Talent lightweight diesel railcar developed by Bombardier Eurorail. The prototype built last year by Waggonfabrik Talbot in Aachen is currently undergoing a four-month revenue service demonstration on Netherlands Railways’ Leeuwarden – Sneek – Stavoren branch in northeast Friesland.OME’s parent Neubrandenburger Verkehrs AG has ordered nine 3-car units for DM32m. Due for delivery in 1998, they will be built by Talbot, on the same production line as the 120 similar sets ordered by German Railway last June. olast_img read more

Montserrat police officer charged with assault after investigation

first_imgGovernor Adrian Davis. Photo credit: gov.msBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — A member of the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) has been charged with assault and several other offences following a three-week investigation by visiting officers from the Cayman Islands and Bermuda police forces.This was confirmed by Governor Adrian Davis in a press release on Monday. “A member of the Royal Montserrat Police Service has been charged with the offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding, disorderly conduct, and threatening language,” stated the release. The officer has since been taken before the Magistrate and was later released on bail.The charges stem from an incident which occurred in the village of Drummonds following the arrests of George Leonard and George Farrell on the morning of December 17, 2011. The officer now charged was suspended from duty while another senior officer was sent on compulsory leave pending further investigation.Early in January, Davis requested assistance from law enforcement officials from the Bermuda and Cayman Islands police forces. Six officers have been on island supporting the ongoing investigating led by Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris and were scheduled to leave the island on Monday.“Their report will be considered by the relevant authorities and further measures, if considered necessary and justified, will be taken. The public will continue to be kept informed of any further significant developments,” the release Nerissa GoldenCaribbean News Now Tweet NewsRegional Montserrat police officer charged with assault after investigation by: – February 7, 2012 Share 45 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Lemery local jailed over improvised gun

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Lemery police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PN ILOILO City – For illegal possession offirearm, a man was arrested in Barangy Velasco, Lemery, Iloilo. Gonzales was caught at a policecheckpoint around 4:39 p.m. on Jan. 14, the report added. He was 37-year-old Kenny Gonzales ofPoblacion North West, Lemery, a police report showed. When frisked, Gonzales yielded animprovised .38-caliber revolver with 12 live bullets and four live bullets of a.22- caliber revolver. last_img read more

Liverpool hammer Swansea

first_img Press Association Midfielder Adam Lallana scored twice as Liverpool finally rediscovered their goalscoring form as they beat Swansea 4-1 at Anfield. The last side to concede two in the same match to the England international were Barnsley in the Championship in March 2012 but his second strike was pivotal as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal had threatened to make a game of it. An own goal from former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who escaped punishment after appearing to throw an elbow into Emre Can’s face, put the gloss on the victory. On several occasions this season there has been talk of corners being turned but you wonder whether this may well be a significant win for Liverpool as they head into a new year. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ slight tweak to his system saw two full-backs replace midfielders in the wide positions, with Can showing enough in 45 minutes at Burnley on Boxing Day to convince his manager to start him as the third centre-back. Moreno adapted better to the role on the left than Javier Manquillo did on the right but while he got forward plenty his tendency to drill crosses into the penalty area meant his team-mates had to be perfectly positioned to take advantage. Raheem Sterling almost did when he directed a first-time effort straight at Fabianski but Lallana blazed the rebound over. Moreno’s energy created the opening goal – becoming Liverpool’s 10th different scorer in the league at Anfield this season – as having started the move on the left he charged into the box to turn a cross from Jordan Henderson, fed by Lallana, into the goal despite Fabianski getting a hand to it. Swansea could have been reduced to 10 men six minutes before the interval, when Shelvey seemed to elbow Can in the area, but despite referee Andre Marriner seemingly having a decent view of the incident, the midfielder went unpunished. By comparison to Fabianksi, Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, starting for the first time in five matches after a Boxing Day injury to Brad Jones, was relatively untroubled. The Belgium international’s reprieve came quicker than expected but he was given an easy ride in the first half with his only save a comfortable one from Nathan Dyer, although the cheer from the home crowd appeared to be more relief than overwhelming support. After his erratic substitute performance at Turf Moor, Mignolet would have been favourite to make a mistake but it was his opposite number who gifted Liverpool their second when his clearance cannoned into Lallana and back into the empty goal. But Rodgers’ side have been masters of their own downfall many times already this season and within a minute Swansea were level when weak headers by Manquillo and Mamadou Sakho allowed Sigurdsson to pull one back. Sakho almost compounded that error by giving the ball away to Wilfried Bony straight from the kick-off but Mignolet came to his rescue with a low save. A manic three-minute period ended with Sterling, who became more of a threat as the match wore on, hitting the post at the other end from an immediate counter-attack. Despite that the momentum briefly seemed to be with the visitors but when Philippe Coutinho’s backheel allowed Lallana to dance his way through the defence to fire past Fabianski Anfield could relax. Shelvey’s header past his own goalkeeper from Henderson’s corner had an element of karma about it after his earlier indiscretion. Sterling’s flap at the head of Federico Fernandez down in front of the Kop was not as potentially serious as Shelvey’s elbow but could equally have been punished with a red card, although his withdrawal soon after was more to protect his legs more than anything else. Swans substitute Bafetimbi Gomis hit the angle of post and crossbar late on but it was a deserved win for the hosts. After just nine goals in as many home Premier League matches this season the Reds scored four – the first time they had done so since March 30 – in the space of 36 minutes either side of half-time. Recalled defender Alberto Moreno opened the scoring before Lallana got his two, one with a little help from goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski, early in the second half. last_img read more

Cricket News Dominant India eye 3-0 whitewash against demoralised West Indies

first_imghighlights New Delhi: West Indies are a force in the Twenty20 format. They are the only team to win the World T20 two times. The success in the shortest format of the game has led to the resurgence of the Calypso flair and aggression which saw them dominate the sport in their heydays of the 70s and the 80s. Now, they are in the midst of a terrible slump. In 13 matches, they have won just two games and that was well back in 2018 against Bangladesh during their visit. Since then, they have five consecutive matches, including 3-0 to England. Now, they are on the cusp of yet another 3-0 whitewash, this time against India. They had lost 3-0 in the previous series held in India and their head-to-head record, which stood at 2-5 before 2018, now is 5-7. Heading into the Guyana match, West Indies will have to put in a dramatic performance if they avoid yet another whitewash.The major overhaul begins with the batting. They struggled to 95/9 and managed 98 in the second match before rain halted the game. The top order has been woeful, with Evin Lewis falling for 0 in both games. The batting has been backed up only by Kieron Pollard and Nicholas Pooran. With no support from the batsmen, the bowlers have struggled. In the second game, the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul were good in patches but they have lacked consistent penetration.On the other hand, India also has had its fair share of problems. The bowling has been their major strength while the batting has issues. Rishabh Pant has failed in the first two games and a lot of questions have been asked about whether he can take the burden of being the first choice keeper in all three formats. KL Rahul, who did not play the first two games, could play on Tuesday. Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya have chipped in at vital times while Navdeep Saini has been impressive, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed. Who will win?On current form, West Indies’ batsman has struggled and their bowling has lacked consistency. India, on the other hand, has a solid batting and their bowling has delivered on a regular basis. On paper, India is favourites to achieve a 3-0 whitewash.Weather and pitchThe Providence wicket has been slow and low and it traditionally assists spin. However, the weather is predicted to be scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday and they will be hoping that the rain stays away.Statistics5 – India has won five consecutive matches against West Indies in Twenty20 Internationals. India will be gunning for a 3-0 whitewash.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday and the match will begin at 8:00 PM IST. India won the previous series against West Indies 3-0.West Indies has won only two out of 13 T20I matches.West Indies are yet to win a T20I match in 2019.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Pac-12 builds studio

first_imgPac-12 Enterprises broke ground on the Pac-12 Studios headquarters in San Francisco on Tuesday.The Pac-12 Networks, along with the Pac-12 Digital Network and Pac-12 Properties will operate out of the new facilities. Construction is scheduled for completion this summer.The string of seven networks are scheduled to launch in August and to air more than 850 events annually, allotting more air time to women’s and Olympic sports. The Pac-12 network will be comprised of seven smaller networks: one for each of the six regions with two conference schools and one all-encompassing Pac-12 network.Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks plan on carrying the new networks, the first time a college conference has launched a network on multiple platforms.A new website portal, part of the Pac-12 Digital Network, will live stream events, making broadcasts accessible via smart phones.“This represents another groundbreaking moment for a conference that is steeped in tradition and history,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “There may be concrete at our feet, but the foundation for the Pac-12 Studios is being built on the success and excellence of our programs and our dynamic student-athletes.”last_img read more

Fast five: Weekly roundup for Badgers’ athletics

first_img1. Big time Big Ten matchupFor the first time since 2011, the Wisconsin football team hosts Nebraska, and again the contest comes with huge implications for the race to the Big Ten Championship game. Saturday marks the first time since November 26, 2011 that both teams will be ranked in the top 25 in a Camp Randall matchup. The last time Wisconsin and Nebraska met at Camp Randall, which also happened to be the Huskers first Big Ten game, the No. 7 Badgers trampled the No. 8-ranked Huskers 48-17. 2. Freedom Trophy on the lineNot only is first place in the Big Ten on the line this time around, but so too is the newly minted Freedom Trophy. The hardware commemorates the sacrifices of the nation’s soldiers and features part of both Camp Randall Stadium and Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium as the main aesthetic features of the trophy. Coming into Saturday, the teams have met a total of eight times with four wins apiece, but they will now play annually as members of the Big Ten’s West Division.Depiction of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium on the Freedom Trophy. Wisconsin AthleticsView of the Camp Randall portion of the Freedom Trophy as seen from the North side.Wisconsin Athletics3. Has the Wisconsin volleyball team lost yet?Like last week, the answer still remains no. Unfortunately, the Badgers’ 26 set-winning streak came to an end Friday night at Michigan when UW lost the second set to the Wolverines. Wisconsin was just one set win away from matching its record of 27 straight set wins from the 2001 season. However, Wisconsin’s more important current streak of 13 straight match wins remained intact with victories at Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. The Badgers will seek to continue that string when they take on Michigan Wednesday night at the Field House.4. Big Ten Champs With a golden goal from Kinley McNicoll in the 103rd minute Sunday afternoon, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team topped Iowa 1-0 in double overtime to secure the program’s third Big Ten Tournament championship. With the goal of a Big Ten title accomplished, the Badgers will now chase an NCAA championship to go along with it. The tournament run begins Friday night when the Badgers take on DePaul in the first round of the NCAA tournament at the McClimon Soccer Complex.5. The Run to the NCAA TitleBoth the Wisconsin men’s and women’s cross-country teams begin their pursuit of an NCAA team championship when the Badgers host the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Friday at the aptly named Zimmer Championship Course in Madison. Although the men’s team’s streak of 11-straight Great Lakes Regional titles came to an end last year, the Badgers’ have still qualified for a record 42-straight NCAA Championships, a streak they will look to continue this year. On the women’s side, UW hopes to build off a second-place finish from two weekends ago at the Big Ten Championships.last_img read more