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first_imgPakistan’s coach Younis quits ISLAMABAD (AP): Waqar Younis has quit as Pakistan coach only a day after Shahid Afridi stepped down as Twenty20 captain. Pakistan lost three group matches at the World Twenty20 and made an early exit from the tournament in India. Younis, who was national coach for 19 months, says “unfortunately I couldn’t give the result which the nation was expecting.” Younis had three months before his contract with the PCB was due to expire, but he quit after meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board officials in Lahore on Monday. Setback for WCup stadium MOSCOW (AP): The official completion date of Sochi’s stadium for the 2018 World Cup has slipped back five months to November, the second such delay for a Russian World Cup venue in the last week. Regional sports minister Lyudmila Chernova announced the delay in comments to the state-run Tass agency, but did not give any explanations. The Fisht stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but has needed lengthy construction work to convert it for football and expand its capacity to over 47,000. Last Friday, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the St Petersburg stadium had fallen three months behind schedule but would still open by the end of the year. Sammy Stadium CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC): West Indies T20 cricket captain Darren Sammy yesterday expressed his delight at the decision of the St Lucia government to rename the Beausejour Cricket Ground, after him following the exploits of the regional team in the just-concluded T20 World Cup in India. Sammy, along with fellow St Lucian, Johnson Charles, returned to a hero’s welcome at the Hewanorra International Airport, where they were greeted by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony and other St Lucians. “Big-time reception, homecoming,” Charles said in a video posted on Facebook, while Sammy said Anthony had announced that the island’s premier cricketing ground will now be known as the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. “To God be the glory,” Sammy said, adding “I am truly honoured, I am humbled and bless. Thank you, we always know St Lucians love their own and the love and respect and admiration I have just received at the airport, oh my God, thank you very much.” Giorgi turns down Italy call-up ROME (AP): Camila Giorgi has turned down a call-up to Italy’s Fed Cup team for its World Group playoff against Spain, choosing to compete in qualifying for a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, instead. The 48th-ranked Giorgi announced last week that she was cutting off ties with the Italian Tennis Federation – apparently because the federation insisted she play Fed Cup. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti called her up anyhow for the April 16-17 series. Giorgi had until Monday to confirm her call-up and the federation announced yesterday that 72nd-ranked Karin Knapp was taking Giorgi’s place on the team, which also includes Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani and Francesca Schiavone. Giorgi is currently playing in Katowice, Poland, where she beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 6-4 in the first round yesterday.last_img read more

Chinese Official Clarifies China’s Intent for Africa

first_imgAs China-Africa relations move at a peak, an official of the Chinese Communist Government has clarified that his government is interested in economic cooperation and sharing social benefits with Africa, and not in the position to control Africans in doing what China wants them to do.Wang Xiaofeng, who works with the Information Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told 25 African journalists attending a seminar in Beijing that western countries are engaged in giving out only bad information about China, making those who have not been there to view the country negatively.“Although not all Chinese are good, you can attest now that most Chinese are generous and hospitable. This is why we bring you to China to see for yourself, and how we are moving with both infrastructural and human developments so you can write your own stories to dispel or agree with negative propaganda about China,” he said.On the issue of governance, Mr. Xiaofeng said China does not have to be like the West before meeting the human rights needs of its citizens and others living there.According to him, China has its own standard in place in governing its citizens, noting that people in the country are provided facilities including sports and other acceptable social activities from which citizens and millions of people of other nationalities benefit.He told African journalists during his lecture on “Press Release of Government” that the Communist Party system is China’s own standard of governance that allows government to own everything in the country; which according to him, is working well with the Chinese.He said China wants to see self-governance that does not allow another hand to control others, but a situation wherein people will independently do what they feel is good for their survival and growth.He said because western media does not report good things that China does, the government allows Africans to visit or study in China to see how things are done there so they can be in the best position to narrate the story.Mr. Xiaofeng disclosed that China is preparing to host China-Africa Summit to acquaint African leaders with what his country stands for in relationship with Africa.He added that China wants others to know about the Chinese Government and culture; something he said is the reason for which they are engaged in teaching the Chinese Language to Africans and others to establish the link.The “2015 Seminar Course on Information Officers and Journalists for English Speaking African Countries” is designed to provide information on the working of the Chinese Government and China-Africa relations.The program allows the journalists and information officers to also visit historical and other exhibition sites to see and compare development in the country with information propagated about the rising Asian country.One of such sites the journalists have visited is the Zhonguancun Science Park where modern technologies in China are exhibited for tourists to see.Among other things at the exhibition center are modern cyber equipment only in the possessions of China, Japan and USA for now; the first vehicle that uses only electricity; and equipment and materials used to filter and turn sea and sewage waters into useful means of irrigation.Also, there are cell scanning printer and equipment for molecular breeding and gene checking, and information storing equipment and an adjustable electronic window glass.The cell scanning printer detects Cancer in the human cells and exactly sketches where it is located, while the information storing equipment keeps information on human anatomy (frame) for over 30 years.There is also innovative equipment made purposely to transfer heat energy from the human body into electricity, and there will soon come a time when people will charge phones and other smaller electronic devices from shoes they wear.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more