London residential portfolio drives Grosvenor profits up

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China warns of racism in Australia, issues travel warning as row escalates

first_imgSince Australian borders are closed to all non-essential inbound and outbound travellers because of the pandemic — with no date set for them to reopen — the advice from Beijing is largely symbolic.Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham told the ABC’s Radio National on Monday that there had been racist incidents.”But I think the idea that Australia, in any way, is an unsafe destination for visitors to come to is one that just does not stand up to scrutiny,” he said.The anti-discrimination commission in New South Wales — Australia’s most populous state — said last week that there had been an increase in enquiries related to the pandemic and racism against people of Asian backgrounds.The group said instances included people being bullied for wearing a face mask, spat at and harassed in public on their way to work, while they exercised or at the supermarket.Anti-Discrimination NSW said it had also heard from people who have experienced violent race-related acts like their car window being smashed and racist language written across cars and private property.The relationship between Beijing and Canberra has become increasingly troubled as China has become more assertive in flexing its growing military, economic and diplomatic power in the Asia-Pacific region.In response to calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the pandemic, the Chinese ambassador in Canberra had threatened a widespread consumer boycott of Australian products — a warning followed up by a bar on imports from four major Australian beef producers.And then in May, China imposed an 80 percent tariff on Australian barley over dumping allegations, a move set to cost at least Aus$500 million (US$350 million) a year, according to five of the nation’s grain growers.An editorial published by the nationalist Chinese state-run Global Times warned the travel alert “may just be the tip of the iceberg”.”If Australia wants to retain the gain from its economic ties with China,” it said, “it must make a real change to its current stance on China, or it will completely lose the benefits of Chinese consumers.” China stepped up the war of words again last week by telling its citizens to avoid the country altogether over safety concerns.”Recently, there has been a lot of discrimination against Chinese and Asian people in Australia,” said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a regular press briefing Monday.”Many Chinese in Australia have been insulted or even injured…[and] graffiti or words with racist connotations against Chinese have appeared in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and other Australian cities.”On Friday, China’s culture and tourism ministry had advised against travel to Australia due to increasing racism linked to the coronavirus. Topics :center_img Beijing warned Monday there has been “a lot of discrimination” against Chinese people in Australia, escalating a diplomatic row just days after telling its citizens not to travel there.Tensions between Australia and China have been mounting on a number of fronts, and Beijing reacted with fury to recent calls for an independent investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus pandemic after it first emerged in central China late last year.Read also: Australia, China tensions rise over coronavirus inquiry calllast_img read more

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first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 303 weeks ago Estate Sale 502 North A )ctober 25 from 9-5:00 Vintage vinegar cruets; oil lamps; clocks; porcelain birds; oak kitchen table & chairs; living & bed room furniture; fishing gear; hand & power tools and misc. household Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down swimmers · 303 weeks ago Where is 502 North A ? Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 303 weeks ago Tracy, The correct address is 502 North F THANKS, Sherry Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 303 weeks ago Estate Sale 502 North F October 25 9-5:00 Lots of nice L & XL ladies blouses added this evening to the sale listed above along with shoes and other clothing wear Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Joan · 302 weeks ago Garage Sale 1418 North Poplar on Saturday Oct. 25th Garden tools, lawn chairs, humidifier, tools, weed eater, leaf blower, exercise bike ice cream freezer. Lots of miscellaneous. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 302 weeks ago Garage Sale 1414 N Poplar Saturday, October 25th 9 to ? Lots of misc. Roof trusses from a 10×10 shed; small kennel (6 months old, paid $300 asking $200); books and magazines, dishes, toys, Broyhill coffee table, and much more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 302 weeks ago Also two old 22 rifles with scopes for sale at the 1414 N Poplar sale. Thanks! Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 302 weeks ago The little girl who bought the coat at our sale left her money here. 1414 N Poplar Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Bility Raps on Football Development Plan

first_imgLiberia’s football chief Musa Bility has outlined plans to improve football in the country with the support from the Liberian government.Mr. Bility, in his 2nd term’s inaugural address on Saturday, pointed out four main developmental pillars that if achieved could move the game to another level.He said the first pillar will be the building of 13 technical centers in 13 counties, and has therefore written to the Counties’ Local Administrations and Legislative Caucuses for 10 acres of land in each county for the project.He said Bong, Grand Gedeh and Maryland Counties have so far donated theirs lands, while six counties have consented to give theirs.Mr. Bility said the Grand Gedeians have beseeched the LFA to name it in memory of Liberia’s 21st President, the late Dr. Samuel K. Doe.He stated in an elated tone that the LFA has agreed to name it ‘The Samuel K. Doe Technical Center.’“We are working closely with Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor to dedicate the first leeward county’ technical center this year June,” Bility said.He said the second pillar is the petitioning of the National Legislature to mandate every County’s Local Administration to turn over every football facility to the Liberia Football Association.He stated that the fields would be used to effect the decentralization of football in the counties through youth and grassroots football.The football chief said the third pillar is the resolution to change the mandate of the Edwin M. Snowe’s Mobilization Committee from begging for money for the support of the national football teams (the Lone Star, Satellite, and Starlets) to lobby for a huge budgetary allocation.Mr. Bility said a ‘huge budgetary allotment’ would help boost the game in the country.President Bility said the fourth pillar is a recommendation to the Ministry of Youths and Sports to restrict the ages of players in the National County Sports Meet to U-17, and only players who are in schools should participate in the tournament.He added: “We would also suggest for the inclusion of Women Football in the County Meet.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more