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China threatens retaliation for US curbs on ‘propaganda’ outlets

first_imgHe declined to say if the four organizations would be asked to reduce their US-based staff, which was required of the five that were earlier designated.The announcement was further evidence that a closed-door meeting last week in Hawaii between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi did little to ease bilateral tensions.The five state news outlets earlier designated as foreign missions were Xinhua news agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International and the US distributors of the People’s Daily and English-language China Daily.After these outlets were ordered to slash their numbers of Chinese employees in the United States, Beijing hit back in March by expelling US citizens working for three major newspapers — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. China threatened Tuesday to retaliate against new US restrictions on Chinese state media, escalating tensions between the two superpowers as they crack down on each other’s news outlets.The US State Department said Monday it was reclassifying four organizations — China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times — as foreign missions rather than media outlets in the United States, adding to five others designated in February.China has already expelled more than a dozen American journalists as part of the row. Further retaliation? Some media rights advocates have voiced misgivings about the approach of President Donald Trump’s administration, saying it gave China a pretext to kick out journalists who have fearlessly reported on the coronavirus pandemic and the mass incarceration of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims.State Department officials say US media are free to report critically on their government while Chinese state-run outlets report to the government. In February, China separately expelled three journalists from The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper ran an opinion piece with a headline that called the country the “sick man of Asia” — a word choice Beijing called racist.Stilwell, the assistant secretary of state, played down fears that China would expel more US journalists, saying the US actions were “simply an excuse” for Beijing to crack down on media. “Trying to tie what we do to defend ourselves to what they choose to do — to kick out the best investigative reporters, especially the ones who speak Chinese — this is all their choice,” he said.  On Tuesday Beijing decried the latest US move as “bare-faced political suppression of Chinese media” that “further exposes the hypocrisy of the so-called freedom of speech and press which the US likes to flaunt”.”We strongly urge the US to reject this Cold War mindset and ideological bias… otherwise China will have no choice but to make an appropriate response,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a routine briefing.All nine Chinese state-run news organizations will be required to report details of their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department. Their news reporting will not be restricted, officials said.”These four entities are not media outlets; they are propaganda outlets,” David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told reporters. Topics :last_img read more

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Gobernador Wolf: Solicitud de declaración de desastre mayor aprobada

first_imgGobernador Wolf: Solicitud de declaración de desastre mayor aprobada March 31, 2020 Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que el Presidente aprobó parte de su solicitud de declaración de desastre mayor para brindar apoyo a la respuesta estatal, de los condados y local al brote de COVID-19 en Pennsylvania.“Estamos agradecidos por la financiación federal que brindará apoyo a todos los niveles gubernamentales a medida que trabajamos juntos para detener la propagación del virus y apoyar a quienes cuidan de los enfermos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Sin embargo, sigo reclamando firmemente la aprobación del resto de mi solicitud, que brindará un apoyo más directo a nuestros amigos y vecinos que sufren dificultades financieras que de otra manera podrían resultar insuperables”.Según la declaración de desastre mayor, los gobiernos estatales, de condados y municipales, al igual que las organizaciones privadas sin fines de lucro que reúnen los requisitos, pueden recibir un reembolso de hasta el 75% de los gastos admitidos vinculados con la respuesta al brote de COVID-19. Los gastos admitidos pueden incluir, entre otros, los costos asociados al pago de horas extras o a compras de materiales y equipos. La declaración también brinda asistencia federal directa, que proporciona materiales e insumos federales para apoyar los esfuerzos de respuesta a nivel estatal y local.En las próximas semanas, el personal de la Agencia para el Manejo de Emergencias de Pennsylvania (PEMA, en inglés) se comunicará con los posibles solicitantes para ver el proceso de solicitud y la documentación necesaria. Como el período de respuesta para el brote de COVID-19 continúa, el proceso llevará semanas. Todos los reembolsos se gestionan electrónicamente.El Gobernador Wolf señaló que su solicitud de otra contribución federal sigue bajo consideración. Su carta al Presidente incluyó los siguientes programas de Asistencia personal: Asistencia por Desempleo por Desastre, Asesoramiento para Personas en Crisis, Préstamos Comunitarios por Desastre y el Programa de Nutrición Suplementaria por Desastre; y Mitigación de Riesgos en todo el estado.Se desconoce cuándo tomará una determinación sobre el resto de su solicitud. El 6 de marzo de 2020, el Gobernador Wolf firmó una Proclamación de emergencia por desastre por el brote de COVID-19, que es un paso obligatorio para solicitar una declaración federal de desastre mayor.Ver esta página en inglés.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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RBA reveals housing ‘crystal ball’

first_imgPopulation and dwelling stock growth – year ended..“Instead, in New South Wales, where the recent decline in housing prices has been the largest, the unemployment rate has continued to trend down. It is now at levels last seen in the early 1970s. The unemployment rate has also trended lower in Victoria.”“So, the origins of the current correction in prices do not lie in interest rates and unemployment. Rather, they largely lie in the inflexibility of the supply side of the housing market in response to large shifts in population growth.”And that, according to him, is where much of the blame goes, with supply taking “the better part of a decade” to react to population growth and nonresident demand.Domestic investors also added to the cycle. he said, especially in New South Wales.“At the peak of the boom, approvals to investors in New South Wales accounted for half of approvals nationwide, compared with an average of just 30 per cent over the five years to 2010.” Investor housing loan approvals in $billions (seasonally adjusted).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoBut “amplified” price increases designed to boost investor profits came at a price.“There is an internal dynamic to housing price cycles, and this one is no exception. By 2017, the ratio of the median home price to income had reached very high levels in Sydney and Melbourne.” “Finding the deposit to purchase a home had become beyond the reach of many people, especially first home buyers if they did not have others to help them.” But Dr Lowe refused to blame tighter lending standards for the shrinking buyer pool, saying “the main story … is one of reduced demand for credit, rather than reduced supply”.He agreed though that some lenders have gone too far the other way now — and if they couldn’t find the right mix it would have economic impact.“As lenders recalibrated their risk controls last year, the balance may have moved too far in some cases. This meant that credit conditions tightened more than was probably required.”“Now, as lenders continue to seek the right balance, we need to remember that it is important that banks are prepared to take credit risk. And it’s important that they have the capacity to manage that risk well. If they can’t do this, then the economy will suffer.”The bright side for Mr Lowe was that the housing market adjustment was “manageable for the overall economy”.“It is unlikely to derail our economic expansion,” he said. “It will also have some positive side-effects by making housing more affordable for many people.”And what of interest rates? Dr Lowe was coy, except to in a roundabout way say that the best course of action right now was inaction.“We have the flexibility to adjust monetary policy in either direction as required. There are plausible scenarios under which the next move in interest rates is up. There are also plausible scenarios under which it is down.” “At the moment, the probabilities appear reasonably evenly balanced. Given these various cross currents, the Board’s judgement remains that the most appropriate course is to maintain the cash rate at its current level.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Housing price to income ratios: Average dwelling prices to average annual household disposable income.“At the same time, the combination of high prices and weak growth in rents meant that rental yields were quite low. So, naturally, momentum shifted.” “Given the big run-up in prices and the large increase in supply, a correction at some point was not surprising, although the precise timing is nearly impossible to predict.”He agreed that low interest rates played a part in making credit available cheaper than ever to borrowers — and that tighter lending standards were now having an impact. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Incomplete house the hottest in Australia Australia’s worst house for sale The Reserve Bank of Australia has crystal balled the housing market in a speech mid this week. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe’s “housing market 101” crystal balled the housing market, even as he labelled Aussies the most “intense” property sector watchers in the world. In his Housing Market and the Economy speech, delivered in Sydney, Mr Lowe said “Australians watch housing markets intensely, perhaps more so than citizens of any other country”. He said the large run-up in prices and subsequent decline were caused by a combination of factors, but there was something weird this time around.This as the five years to late 2017 saw nationwide housing prices jump “almost 50 per cent” and since then falling “by 9 per cent” – that is, back to mid 2016 levels.“The current adjustment is unusual,” Dr Lowe said. “Unlike the other four episodes in which housing prices have declined in recent decades, this one was not preceded by rising mortgage rates. Nor has it been associated with a rise in the national unemployment rate.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Fallout set to hit Tinder generation Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia Dr Philip Lowe. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.last_img read more

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PSL: Akpeyi out of the season after suffering concussion

first_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny11 Theories Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens YetA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldGo Stargazing & Discover The Night Sky At These Cool Locations6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Loading… Read Also: Barcelona table strange condition to let Messi leave for free “Daniel Akpeyi suffered a concussion on Sunday against Wits. He is ruled out for the next two matches. The medical team will continue monitoring his recovery process. We wish him a speedy recovery,” the Soweto giants said on their official Twitter account. Kaizer Chiefs are still at the top of the league standings and will face-off with Chippa United and Baroka FC in their final two games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs have issued an update on Super Eagles shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi after he suffered a concussion over the weekend. The Soweto giants suffered a 1-0 loss to Bidvest Wits in the Absa Premiership on Sunday, wherein they lost one of their key players in Akpeyi, who was substituted at the stroke of half-time. After coming out to punch a cross, the Nigerian international collided with Mxolisi Macuphu and it instantly caused worry for the Amakhosi bench, who end up calling on Bruce Bvuma to take his place between the sticks. Chiefs have since issued an update on the 34-year-old, ruling him out of action for the rest of the season.last_img read more

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NFF: Pinnick, four others acquitted in $8.4m, N4b corruption charges

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 Chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation, including its President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, have been discharged and acquitted on all counts of alleged corruption charges in a case brought by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel.The panel, headed by Okono Obono-Obla, who is now on the run to avoid prosecution by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, had filed a 16-count charge against Pinnick, Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President), Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President), Mohammed Sanusi (General Secretary) and Ahmed Yusuf (Executive Committee member), with wild claims of alleged corruption against them.Among the charges were misappropriation of $8.4 million and N4 billion, conflict of interest and non-declaration of assets.At a point, Obono-Obla wrote to the Confederation of African Football on the issue.On Tuesday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed the entire case with all 16 charges and acquitted the NFF chieftains in consideration of the submission of the defence and the prosecution and in line with the rules of administration of criminal justice.Only last month, a motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to remove the names of Pinnick and Sanusi from the witnesses’ category and add them to the list of accused persons in a case at the FCT High Court over the same $8.4 million FIFA Grant was put on hold after the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation submitted that it was taking over the case with a view to ascertaining its validity.At the court on Tuesday, a counsel from the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, which had taken over the case, said it could not proceed with the matter as the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.The NFF counsel adduced reasons why the charges could not be sustained: The SPIP Investigation Report dated April 30, 2019, filed as Exhibit 7 in the Proof of Evidence and its Findings as contained on pages 13 to 21 cleared the NFF officials of all allegations, based on the petition investigated by the Panel.A review of the certified true copy of the NFF Bank account with the Central Bank of Nigeria found that there was no transaction of N4 billion or any amount whatsoever on November 3, 2018 as alleged in the charges filed by SPIP.It was also found that the total inflow into the said NFF account for the whole of 2018 is far less than N1 billion.In the circumstances, the Defence Counsel applied to the court to dismiss the charges and also discharge and acquit the NFF chieftains since the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.The AGF’s office counsel did not have any objection to this submission by the defence.The judge then ruled that in view of these facts, she had no option than to discharge and acquit the defendants on all counts, wondering why the case was brought to the court in the first place.Defence Counsel, Sani Katu, said: “The matter was adjourned till today to allow time for investigation as to whether the defendants should be arraigned or not by the Office of the Attorney General, which had taken over the matter.“The Office of the Attorney General went and investigated the matter and discovered that the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.“On that basis, the Office of the AGF applied to withdraw the charges and the consequence is that the defendants should be discharged and acquitted from all 16 charges, to which the court agreed.”Tags: Amaju Melvin PinnickNFFOkono Obono-Oblalast_img read more

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Wenger cautious over Wilshere ankle

first_img Press Association Arsenal tackle the managerless Eagles – who parted company with Ian Holloway following the 4-1 home defeat by Fulham on Monday night – looking to consolidate their place at the top of the table. Next week, the Gunners host Chelsea in the Capital One Cup before games against Liverpool and Manchester United as well as the return European trip to Dortmund. It is a run of fixtures which Wenger accepts will test the genuine potential of what his squad can achieve this season. “Yes, it is a step up. It (the challenge) is for us to be at the level now of these games coming up, and I am quite confident,” the Arsenal boss said. “I think we have learned against Dortmund – even though we have lost. There were a lot of positives in that game, because we controlled them quite well, against a team who went in a convincing way into the final last year. “That performance should, despite the disappointment, give us belief.” Wilshere will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Crystal Palace after being substituted during the second half of the midweek Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The 21-year-old had earlier caused some concern when he pulled up after jarring his ankle when running through on goal. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere’s troublesome ankle will eventually settle down – but does sometimes wonder if he is taking a “gamble” on the fitness of the England midfielder. Wenger, though, believes with careful management Wilshere can maintain his fitness levels in this World Cup season following a frustrating spell on the sidelines which scuppered hopes of playing at both Euro 2012 and the London Olympics. “He played Saturday and on Tuesday, so it is difficult for us to find the right rhythm for him,” said Wenger. “Before when I always played him, people say I overplayed him. Now I try to be a bit more cautious. “It is difficult because his ankle is up and down a little bit. “Jack is getting better, but it is still inflamed sometimes and responds sometimes to games, but after that it goes down again and is normal. “I think he will go through this period of stabilisation. “It is going upwards, but sometimes you wonder do I take a gamble or not? “I do what the medical people recommend with him because I am not a specialist. They are quite positive about him.” last_img read more

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Florida man accused of scouting terror targets and attack weapons

first_imgA 23-year-old Florida man is accused of providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, according to federal prosecutors.Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, a U.S. citizen is charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.An FBI affidavit says Al-Azhari was recorded expressing his admiration for Omar Mateen, the deceased shooter at the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016 that left 49 people dead. Al-Azhari even drove by the location to “scope” it out.A confidential FBI informant, told officials that Al-Azhari said he wanted to kill at least 50 people.The affidavit also details how Al-Azhari negotiated with an undercover FBI employee to purchase a variety of guns and silencers, including an AK-47-style rifle. He also scouted a number of target in the Tampa Bay area.Officials say his phone was filled with multiple videos in regarding the Islamic State group. Another video, the FBI says, shows Al-Azhari in a facemask and pointing a gun at presumably someone on the floor.“Hey you, get on the floor. Get on the floor now. Don’t you move, don’t you move, I’m telling you, I will kill you,” he says in the video.Officials arrested him on Sunday. Police retrieved weapons that were allegedly to be used in an attack.Al-Azhari’s public defender said the government’s charges in the case unfairly attempt to portray him as a terrorist.Al-Azhari had previously been convicted in Saudi Arabia in 2015 of terror-related crimes, including attempting to join a terrorist group. He served three years in prison in Saudi Arabia and then was deported to the U.S., according to the FBI. He lived in California and since 2019 in the Tampa area.If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.last_img read more

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Day 3 observations from football training camp

first_img Published on August 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Once again Syracuse’s quarterbacks warmed up their arms at the start of practice. And once again, John Kinder was not one of those quarterbacks.He wore a green No. 14 jersey again at practice on Wednesday, working as a wide receiver for the second day in a row. During a casual toss, Kinder caught passes from freshman quarterback Mitch Kimble and handed the ball to freshman quarterback Austin Wilson instead of throwing it back himself.Scott Shafer is expected to speak about Kinder’s reason for the switch, and other matters, at a press conference at 6:40 p.m., following the conclusion of Syracuse’s first day practicing with shoulder pads.Hunt works with first team againTerrel Hunt worked with the first-team offense and Drew Allen commanded the second. Hunt took snaps from first-team center Macky MacPherson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a light drill, he completed three passes to Ashton Broyld and also hit Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith.Hunt and Allen both looked very comfortable. Midway through practice, backup center Jason Emerich approached Allen looking for a high five. Allen finished dancing and then high-fived Emerich. Both quarterbacks have completed the vast majority of passes they’ve thrown through three days and seem jovial yet focused.Perles digs into offensive linemenOffensive line coach Pat Perles had his players do a drill where they were cramped under an extended bar. They exploded through the bar, hitting an orange mat and plowing into their teammates.Early on in the drill, Perles was visibly upset with three players – offensive linemen Jesse Wolf-Gould, John Miller and Jon Burton. He scolded all three players for their laziness.“They want rookies to be in there before them,” Perles yelled to another coach. “Give ‘em 10 down-ups.”Two minutes later, he reprimanded Burton and Miller once more and made them do 10 more down-ups.“I just told them to grab the bags and they didn’t grab the bags,” Perles said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Sports Council unveils new Sports Museum Friday

first_imgThe Nelson Sports Council is ready to open its Sports Museum for the summer tourist season Saturday, July 7 in the Civic Centre and Nelson and District Community Complex Arenas. The museum exhibits are full of local hockey players who have made it big in the NHL, including Danny Gare, Greg Adams and Pat Price, along with skating and lacrosse memorabilia dating back before the Civic Centre was built in 1935.The museum also has an authentic collection of photos, sport artifacts and historic audio of game play by play for sport enthusiasts, historians and former Nelsonites to enjoy.The Grand Opening and Tour is set for Friday, July 6, at 4 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.The museum is open every Friday and Saturday until August 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday, by appointment only by calling 250-352-3989.Admission is free.last_img read more