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Early Premier League leaders Liverpool and
Arsenal face-off at Anfield on Saturday where one of the only two remaining 100
percent records in the Premier League will go.
European champions will hope to continue a fine recent record against the north
Jurgen Klopp has never lost in seven
previous Premier League meetings against Arsenal and his side have beaten the
Gunners 4-0 and 5-1 at home in the past two seasons.
However, Unai Emery’s outfit are hoping a
busy summer in the transfer window, while Liverpool did not strengthen, will
have significantly narrowed the 27-point gap between the sides last season.
Emery could hand a first start to £72
million ($87 million) club record signing Nicolas Pepe, while on-loan Real
Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos earned rave reviews by creating both goals on
his full debut against Burnley last weekend.
be seen as an early opportunity for veteran centre-back David Luiz to
make his mark by halting the free-scoring trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino
and Mohamed Salah, who combined for all five Liverpool goals when the sides
have some outstanding finishers of their own. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,
who shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mane and Salah last season, has
scored his side’s winner in the first two games of the campaign
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South Korea to test all church members at center of coronavirus outbreak
SEOUL (Reuters) – The number of coronavirus cases in South Korea rose to 893 on Tuesday, as health authorities said they plan to test potentially more than 200,000 members of a church at the epicenter of the outbreak.
Employees from a disinfection service company sanitize the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, February 25, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS
Of the new 60 cases reported on Tuesday, 16 were in the southeastern city of Daegu, where the church is located, and 33 from nearby North Gyeongsang Province, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
South Korea also reported its ninth death from the virus, a patient from a hospital in North Gyeongsang Province.
On Tuesday, the leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus said it had agreed to provide authorities with the names of all its members in South Korea, estimated by media at about 215,000 people.
The government plans to conduct coronavirus tests on all of the members “as soon as possible” once it has the information, the prime minister’s office said in a statement.
“We have constantly requested the list based on our assessment that it is essential to test all of the church members in order to contain the spread of the virus and relieve public anxiety,” the statement said.
The church, which has faced public criticism of its handling of the outbreak, asked the government to ensure the personal details in the lists do not become public.
“We have been actively cooperating with the government to prevent the spread of the virus and overcome the outbreak,” church founder and self-proclaimed messiah Lee Man-hee said in a letter posted online. Besides its members, the church would also check the people in training programs to become full members, he added.
“All of these will be implemented on the premise that the government takes steps to protect their personal information,” Lee said.
Around 60 percent of cases in South Korea have been linked to the outbreak at the church, where the first case was reported in a 61-year-old woman who contacted the virus from a still-unknown source.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, raised its warning level for South Korea and recommended Americans avoid all nonessential travel to the country, citing the “widespread, ongoing outbreak” of the coronavirus.
The U.S. and South Korean militaries said they were considering scaling back joint training due, in one of the first concrete signs of the virus’ fallout on global U.S. military activities.
Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Josh Smith; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Lincoln Feast.
China’s Hubei sees rise in new coronavirus cases as infections slow in other provinces
Volunteers in protective suits disinfect a residential compound in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China February 22, 2020. China Daily via REUTERS
BEIJING (Reuters) – China reported a rise in new coronavirus cases in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, on Tuesday while the rest of the country saw a fourth-straight day of declines.
Hubei had 499 new confirmed cases on Feb. 24, the National Health Commission said, up from 398 a day earlier and driven mainly by new infections in the provincial capital of Wuhan.
Mainland China in total had 508 new confirmed cases, up from 409 on Feb. 23, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 77,658.
Excluding the latest cases in Hubei, the rest of China had just nine new infections on Feb. 24, the lowest number of cases since Jan. 20 when the national health authority began publishing nationwide data on the coronavirus infections.
The overall death toll in mainland China had reached 2,663 as of the end of Monday, up by 71 from the previous day.
Hubei reported 68 new deaths, while in Wuhan, 56 people died.
Reporting by Ryan Woo, Yilei Sun and Lusha Zhang; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Stephen Coates
Cardiff woman wins £400k in DWP race discrimination row
The Department for Work and Pensions has been ordered to pay out nearly £400,000 after a Cardiff woman won her claim for race and age discrimination.
Anne Giwa-Amu told the BBC the department was “promoting a culture of racism”.
The judge in her tribunal case said she had been a victim of deliberate and intended harassment by DWP staff.
The department said racism is unacceptable and it takes the judgment “very seriously”.
Warning: This report includes racist and offensive language
Anne Giwa-Amu, 59, who is mixed Nigerian and Welsh, joined the DWP branch in Caerphilly as a full-time administrative officer in 2017, after trying without success to start a small business.
She was the only non-white recruit and only trainee over the age of 50 in her cohort, according to documents from Cardiff Magistrates’ Court seen by BBC News.
Judge Howden-Evans said DWP staff had deliberately created a “hostile environment” for Ms Giwa-Amu and has ordered the department to pay out more than £386,000 in compensation.
This includes £42,800 for injury to feelings, which is awarded in the “most serious” cases where there has been a lengthy campaign of harassment.
“It comes as a relief after what has been a harrowing experience for three years,” Ms Giwa-Amu told the BBC.
“I’ve had to experience real financial hardship and the perpetrators were promoted despite how they had treated me.”
A DWP official had violated her dignity by using racist language such as “Paki-lover” in her presence, the court found.
Another had further humiliated and discriminated against Ms Giwa-Amu by loudly laughing and telling her cohort he had “touched her bum”.
Officials had also repeatedly accused Ms Giwa-Amu of stealing ice-cream, sprayed body-spray on themselves while next to her, and breached her confidence after she reported feeling “bullied”.
Ms Giwa-Amu went on sick leave in March 2017 and was unlawfully dismissed in October that year for being unable to return to work, the court found.
She had been living off £55 a week and later had no money for food after her final pay cheque was withheld.
Ms Giwa-Amu told the BBC she has since been living with “immense stress and anxiety”.
“Management at the DWP are paying lip service to the equality legislation,” she said. “By protecting offenders, they are promoting a culture of racism.”
The DWP has been ordered to contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission for diversity awareness training and its permanent secretary, Peter Schofield, must directly review her case.
Ms Giwa-Amu’s solicitor, Lawrence Davies from Equal Justice, said DWP staff had “set out to destroy the confidence and wellbeing of a black employee with their appalling conduct”.
“None of the white DWP staff have been disciplined and some have been promoted,” he said.
“Given that the DWP serves a high level of ethnic minority claimants, the presence of prejudice in the state benefits system is of grave concern.”
In a statement, the DWP said: “Racism is totally unacceptable and action will be taken against any staff found to be expressing such views.
“We take the judgment and the circumstances of this case very seriously.”
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Open letter to Bheki Cele, Rica victim
The minister of police is in the odd position of upholding the same spying system that targeted him.
Dear Minister Cele, this is awkward.
As minister of police, today – (25 February 2020) you are in the Constitutional Court seeking to block a major reform to the state’s spying powers – the case of amaBhungane v the spies, which will determine the constitutionality of South Africa’s main surveillance law, Rica (Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act).
You know the back story. The state’s spying powers are meant to be tightly regulated and only used to combat the most serious crimes, and threats to national security – but these spying powers have been turned to all kinds of corrupt purposes: to spy on journalists, whistleblowers, political operatives, government watchdogs and others.
Getting proof was always the problem. That changed a few years ago when evidence came to light that government spies had secretly listened in on the private calls and messages of a journalist named Sam Sole.
They used the law called Rica, but Sole was not suspected of any of the grand crimes that such spying powers are meant to be reserved for; the only danger he posed was to a few individuals who wanted to keep their corrupt dealings off the front pages.
So in 2019, a judge in the high court heard all this evidence and decided that there was a problem with Rica. The judge agreed with amaBhungane and advocacy groups that a law that would enable such abuse must be at odds with the constitutional rights to privacy, freedom of expression (and of the media), and an open and just democracy.
And that’s why, in September 2019, the high court of Gauteng struck down key parts of Rica as being unconstitutional, ordering a swath of reforms to boost transparency and oversight over these spying powers, and to limit how they can be used in the future.
Today, the Constitutional Court must decide whether Rica is unconstitutional and whether the reforms ordered by the high court are justified.
I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the minister of police is one of the parties to oppose this. (Along with your counterpart, State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.)
But what is unusual, minister, is that you are one of the highest profile targets of exactly the kind of spying abuses that this court must now consider.
I’m sure you remember; you were police commissioner at the time. Your phone number was slipped into an illicit crime intelligence bugging operation that also targeted two Sunday Times journalists. Today, your lawyers will argue to the court that Rica protects against surveillance abuses because a judge must give permission before someone’s phone can be bugged.
But as you know, this did not protect you from being spied on by your own officers: They simply told the Rica judge that the phone numbers belonged to suspected criminals – yours, I believe, was assigned to a Thabani Mdlalose of Lamontville – and the judge unwittingly authorised the bugging.
So that brings us to the substance, such as it is, of your appeal. Unlike the submissions by the state security minister – whose bloody-minded appeal seeks to contest every point and detail of the high court judgment – you have focused on blocking just one of the reforms contained in the high court order: surveillance notification.
The high court struck down Rica’s “notification ban”, which prohibits people who have been targeted for surveillance from ever learning of it, even long after any investigation has lapsed. This system of secrecy has enabled a culture of surveillance abuses in our security agencies – officials know they can abuse their spying powers with little risk of being caught, except by chance.
The high court’s ruling would require authorities to notify those they have spied on within 90 days, unless a judge can be persuaded to postpone such notification to protect an ongoing investigation.
Your lawyers have, of course, argued that surveillance notification would spell ruin for the police – ignoring, of course, that such notification would only happen after the fact and can be postponed if it would tip off a criminal who is still under investigation.
Your appeal papers say “the very purpose of the RICA [combating crime] can only be achieved if there is a total ban on notification”.
I’m sorry you feel that way. If Rica had required notification back when your officers spied on you, it might have allowed you to act sooner to protect yourself and make good on your promise of cleaning up criminal elements in the crime intelligence division. Instead, it took a series of factional leaks and media reports to bring that case to light.
At the Zondo Commission, and in the president’s inquiry into the intelligence services, we have seen how unchecked surveillance powers have been a crucial tool for corrupt officials and their private associates. This may be of particular interest to you because, among documented abuses of our spying system, the second most common target for corrupt cops (after journalists), seem to be other cops.
Your lawyers have argued that the surveillance reforms in our Rica case would somehow make South Africa less safe. But how safe should we feel now, in a system where even the top cop can be spied on, and the only protection is luck, leaks and a single judge who is left to guess whether she’s being duped again.
Minister, let’s look again at those safeguards. By all means, put your chest out and stomach in – but keep your mind open. DM
Murray Hunter is amaBhungane’s acting advocacy coordinator. AmaBhungane’s challenge of Rica is under its advocacy mandate, which aims to secure the information rights (access to information, and freedom of expression and the media) which are the lifeblood of investigative journalism. Download our court papers here.
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