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China leader under scrutiny over crisis handling

Facing increased foreign scrutiny over their handling of the novel coronavirus crisis, China’s President Xi Jinping on Friday sacked two top-ranking officials in Hubei province and replaced them with senior Communist Party cadres with security backgrounds......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 14th, 2020

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

China’s official death toll and infection numbers from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fueling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported. Two top-ranking politicians overseeing the epicenter of the outbreak were also sacked, adding to questions over China’s handling of the crisis, just […] The post Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Death of Chinese doctor fuels anger, demands for change

BEIJING, China – The death of a whistleblowing doctor whose early warnings about China's new coronavirus outbreak were suppressed by the police has unleashed a wave of anger at the government's handling of the crisis – and bold demands for more freedom. Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was among a group of people ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

Harden and Westbrook back together to chase title in Houston

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Russell Westbrook are thrilled to be reunited in Houston and can’t wait to prove they will work just fine together. And Harden knows the rest of the team is excited about the addition of the eight-time All-Star as well. “I enjoy it but I know that everybody else enjoys it, too,” he said. “They get more shot opportunities ... with another guy that gets to the rim and draws so much attention to create opportunities for his teammates. Obviously he plays at a different pace than I do. He plays way faster than I do but we are both trying to accomplish the same thing, making sure our teammates get involved and we share the wealth.” Westbrook joined the Rockets this summer in a stunning trade that sent the longtime face of the Oklahoma City Thunder to Houston in exchange for Chris Paul. The deal brought Harden and Westbrook back together after the guards spent three seasons together with the Thunder at the start of Harden’s career. It was a trade that came with questions about how two players used to handling the ball will be able to work together. Both brushed off the concerns, and insist they’ll make it work to chase an NBA championship in a conference loaded with powerhouse teams. “I impact the game in so many different ways and I’ve proven that for many years and that’s why I’m not worried,” Westbrook said. “I don’t have to have the ball to impact the game. I don’t have to score. I can defend. I can rebound. I can pass. I can lead.” Westbrook, the 2017 MVP who is entering his 12th season, said statistics don’t matter to him. “My main goal and main focus is to win,” he said. “I can go in a game and be scoreless and if we win that’s the best thing that ever happened and that’s all I care about and all I’ve always cared about.” Harden, who led the NBA in scoring last season for the second straight year by averaging 36.1 points, said he welcomes having another player on the team who can lessen his load a bit. And while Harden believes that Westbrook will help the Rockets get to the next level, he’s comfortable with the fact that the team’s success or failure will always be linked to his performance. “If we don’t win I’ll take all the blame for it,” he said. “It comes with it. That’s why we have to go out there and win. That’s why we work extremely hard in the offseason to bring players in and bring whatever is necessary in to give ourselves that chance to win. I know what’s at stake.” The Rockets open the season Oct. 24 (Oct. 25, PHL time) against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. CHINA RELATIONS The Rockets are eager to move on from the distraction caused by a since-deleted tweet by general manager Daryl Morey in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong that angered China and many fans. The Rockets were in Hawaii on Oct. 4 (Oct. 5, PHL time) to play a preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers on the first leg of a trip that included two games in Japan when Morey tweeted an image that said: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” His tweet was in reference to pro-democracy demonstrations in the semiautonomous Chinese territory that has been mired in escalating violence between protesters and law enforcement. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta quickly rebuked his GM with a tweet saying that Morey does not speak for the team, but the damage was done. The Chinese Basketball Association, headed by former Rockets star Yao Ming, suspended its ties to the Rockets over the tweet. Events in China promoting a Lakers-Nets series were canceled, NBA media partner Tencent said it was evaluating its plans to cover the league and some Chinese corporations have suspended relationships with the NBA. HOUSE PARTY The Rockets signed G/F Danuel House to a three-year, $11.1 million contract this summer after the 26-year-old split time between Houston and the G-League last season. Coach Mike D’Antoni is glad he’ll have House in Houston all season this year after he averaged 9.4 points in 39 games last year. “Danuel House excites me,” D’Antoni said. “He should have a big year.” HEY OLD FRIEND Power forward Ryan Anderson is back with the Rockets after signing as a free agent just before the start of camp. The 12-year veteran spent two seasons in Houston before being traded before last season. HARDEN’S LEADERSHIP D’Antoni doesn’t believe Harden can do much more statistically this season after putting up gaudy numbers the past several seasons. But he likes the way he’s grown as a leader in the last couple of years and hopes to see him continue to evolve in that area this season. “His leadership is getting better every year,” D’Antoni said. “He understands the importance of being positive. That’s invaluable and it’s invaluable that we keep that attitude all year.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2019

Hong Kong leader offers most sincere apology over law turmoil

HONG KONG – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologized on Tuesday, June 18, for the political unrest sparked by a proposed Beijing-backed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Unprecedented mass rallies against the bill have rocked the city's government – plunging the city into its biggest political crisis ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

China arrests an activist who criticized Xi over coronavirus

Beijing---Police in China have arrested a prominent activist who had been a fugitive for weeks and criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic while in hiding, a rights group said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News13 hr. 22 min. ago

China arrests activist criticizing Xi over virus

Police in China have arrested a prominent activist who had been a fugitive for weeks and criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic while in hiding, a rights group said Tuesday. Anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong was arrested on Saturday after being on the run since December, according to Amnesty International. China’s ruling Communist […] The post China arrests activist criticizing Xi over virus appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News20 hr. 47 min. ago

Epidemic preparedness is now a must

More than a month has lapsed since the first cases of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, emerged in Wuhan, China, and while there are now reports that the health crisis is being better managed in China, the extent of disruption to the world economy is still very much debatable......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Kim Jong-un in first appearance in weeks as coronavirus rages next door

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea's Kim Jong Un marked the birth anniversary of the country's former leader Sunday, February 16, in his first reported public appearance in over 3 weeks as a deadly coronavirus rages in neighboring China. Kim "paid high tribute" to his father Kim Jong Il at ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Coronavirus to Delay Global Recovery, Cause Oil Surplus

The coronavirus epidemic is expected to delay global economic recovery this year and push the global oil market into a supply surplus in the first quarter, according to independent research firm Capital Economics on Thursday. Brexit, the euro-zone crisis, the Sino-American trade war, China’s economic slowdown and the U.S. Federal Reserve lowering interest rates were […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

No severe virus recoil on fuel

Global oil firms is expected to emerge from the crisis quickly even as China discloses a surge in the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) said. S&P expects that the huge size and ample ratings buffer of China’s oil majors will carry them comfortably through this event, while international […] The post No severe virus recoil on fuel appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

House leader backs local tourism amid COVID-19 threat

A House leader has supported the move of the Department of Tourism to boost local tourism to mitigate the effects of the travel ban on China due to the global coronavirus disease outbreak......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

PAL, Cebu Pacific resume flights to Taiwan after gov t lifts travel ban

MANILA, Philippines – Local carriers Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) are set to resume flights between Manila and Taipei after the inter-agency task force (IATF)   handling the novel coronavirus crisis decided to lift the travel ban on Taiwan  on Friday, February 14. Philippine government officials only announced the travel ban on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

PUMs, PUIs urged to follow health department’s guidelines, protocols

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) is appealing to persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs) to cooperate with the protocol and guidelines that was issued by the department in handling persons with history of travel from China or in contact with a person that has been […] The post PUMs, PUIs urged to follow health department’s guidelines, protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Virus-hit Hubei execs sacked

China has sacked the top political leaders of virus-stricken Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, the highest-profile figures to be removed so far in a crisis that has killed 1,355. The removals are the latest in a purge that saw Hubei’s two most senior health officials fired earlier this week as criticism grows over the […] The post Virus-hit Hubei execs sacked appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2020

Merkel party in crisis after heir quits over far right row

BERLIN, Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party and her plans to stay on until 2021 were plunged into disarray on Monday, February 10, after her heir-apparent gave up her leadership ambitions in a deepening crisis over ties between the center and far right. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of the centre-right ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

China turns to AI, data in fight against virus

A man who had traveled to Wuhan—the central city at the heart of China's coronavirus crisis—was surprised when police showed up at his door after he returned home, asking to check his temperature......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020

Global panic deepens over coronavirus as whistleblower doctor dies

BEIJING, China – A Chinese doctor, among the first to raise the alert about China's new coronavirus , himself died from the pathogen on Friday, February 7, emphasizing the depth of a worsening crisis that has killed at least 630 people. Global panic also spread, with thousands trapped on quarantined cruise ships . Ophthalmologist ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

China crisis deepens: Virus death toll rises to 563; 28,000 infected

China’s coronavirus crisis deepened on Thursday with the death toll soaring to 563, as thousands of people trapped on quarantined cruise ships added to the global panic about the epidemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2020

Follow protocol on nCoV, LGUs urged

President Duterte has ordered local government units, especially barangay officials, to follow the Department of Health protocols in handling the threat posed by the 2019 novel coronavirus as the first batch of repatriated Filipinos arrive on Saturday from Hubei province in China......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

China declines Cambodia PM s request to visit virus epicenter

BEIJING, China – China turned down a request from Cambodia's leader Hun Sen to visit the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak to comfort stranded Cambodian students as it could not "properly arrange" a trip to locked-down Wuhan city, state media said Wednesday, February 5. Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020