UN chief says coronavirus has sparked ‘tsunami of hate and xenophobia’

first_imgAccording to Guterres, migrants and refugees have been “vilified as a source of the virus — and then denied access to medical treatment.”Meanwhile, “contemptible memes have emerged suggesting” that older people, some of the most vulnerable to the virus, “are also the most expendable,” he said.Additionally, “journalists, whistleblowers, health professionals, aid workers and human rights defenders are being targeted simply for doing their jobs,” Guterres said.The UN chief appealed for “an all-out effort to end hate speech globally,” and singled out educational institutions to help teach “digital literacy” to young people — whom he called “captive and potentially despairing audiences.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an “all-out effort” to end the “tsunami of hate and xenophobia” sparked by the novel coronavirus pandemic, without naming specific countries.”The pandemic continues to unleash a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scaremongering,” Guterres said in a statement.”Anti-foreigner sentiment has surged online and in the streets. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories have spread and COVID-19-related anti-Muslim attacks have occurred.” Guterres also called on “the media, especially social media companies, to do much more to flag and… remove racist, misogynist and other harmful content.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Queenslanders finding grass is greener on the artificial side

first_imgLouie Cush, 3, with his sister Vivie Cush, 5, at an open home at7 Hopetoun Way, New Farm, that’s among many inner-city properties that have opted for artificial grass. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson.QUEENSLAND is seeing a rise in households giving up the old lawnmower in favour of fake grass that looks as good as the real thing without having to lift a finger.Time poor households, lifestyle choices and practicality have led to a surge in growth of synthetic grass use across Aussie backyards — with developers also cottoning on to the trend with fake grass lawns in common space on apartment building roofs now very popular.For homeowner Kylie-Ann Frawley — whose award-winning property in New Farm’s prestigious Hopetoun Way attracted buyers because of its location, luxury and low maintenance — it was all about an easier life.“The reason we went down this path was it’s easy to maintain and looks healthy all the time,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSynthetic grass improvements now made them relatively indistinguishable from the real thing, according to real estate agent Christine Rudolph.“Fake grass these days is just so realistic. It’s permanently green, ideal for shady areas, safe, all-weather, and you can have any variety of trees around it and the shade won’t affect the lawn with patchy areas. It’s so popular.”She said people were swapping acreage for a low maintenance lifestyle.“The last thing they want to do is spend all weekend out maintaining manicured lawns.”Synthetic turf displays were expected to be among the popular attractions for visitors to the three-day Brisbane Home Show which begins this Friday — running from 9am to 5pm daily at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Online and concession tickets cost $16, at the show it’s $20 while kids under 14 are free.— The Courier-Mailis a partner of the Brisbane Home Show.last_img read more

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