innocence. But that is probably being too simplistic as we live in a complex world.
Indeed, New Zealand is about as far away as you can get from the violence we see alm
ost daily in other war-torn places. That is not to say New Zealand has been immune to violence.
The quiet seaside town of Aramoana, near Dunedin, saw 13 people gunned down in No
vember 1990 when a local resident went berserk after an argument with his next-door neighbor. Five years lat
er, in April 1995, across the Tasman Sea in Australia, there was the Port Arthur massacre on the island state of Tas
mania where 35 people were killed by a lone gunman. That was an act of pure evil rather than of hate or race.
Both acts of violence saw changes to gun laws. In Australia’s case, it w
as a radical overhaul. New Zealand will change its gun laws in 10 days, said Ardern on Monday. In N
ew Zealand, it is estimated 250,000 gun-owners own about 1.5 million firearms and the laws governing guns are weak and exploited.
Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)Zaid Mustafa should have been at school on Wednesday.
Instead, he was being pushed in a wheelchair to the graves of his father and brother,
surrounded by mourning strangers in a country he had only recently made home.
The 13-year-old was shot in the leg last Friday when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques in the New Zeala
nd city of Christchurch, killing 50 people and shocking a nation that thought it could never happen there.
The Mustafas didn’t think it could happen there, either.Zaid Mustafa, 13, whose father and brother were killed in the Chri
stchurch terrorist attack, attends a funeral at Memorial Park Cemetery on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Khaled, 44, and Hamza, 15, were at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave
nue when they were gunned down, leaving behind Zaid, his mother, Salwa, and younger sister, Zaina.
many people attended Wednesday’s service that Akil said guests were invited to throw a small handful each.
Zaid was too weak to hold a shovel, Akil said, so one was taken to him, piled with dirt.
‘It’s their names we need to keep telling’
Zaid stayed to accept condolences before being taken back to Christchurch Hospital, A
kil said. It’s likely to be some time before he’s well enough to return to Cashmere High School, which his brother also attended.
Ardern visited Cashmere High on Wednesday to address the students who’ve been payi
ng tribute to Hamza and another classmate who was killed, Sayyad Milne, 14. Former student Tariq Omar, 24, also died.
New Zealand terror suspect planned third attack, police chief says
“You know some of the young people who lost their lives on Friday,” Ardern told the students. “It’s their names and their stories we need to keep telling.”
The prime minister invited questions from the assembly. The first was: “How are you?”
“Thank you for asking,” Ardern said. “I’m very sad.”
New Zealand will fall silent for two minutes this Friday to remember the victims of the massacre.
The call to prayer will be also broadcast over national television and radio uniting a country wracked by grief one week on.
Aug 31, followed by a match against Poland on Sept 2 before facing Venezuela two days later. All three games will be played at the 18,
000-seat Wukesong Arena in Beijing, where China finished eighth at the 2008 Summer Olympics to tie its best record at the Games.
At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, China beat Cote d’Ivoire 83-73, but its last m
atch against Venezuela, at the 2016 Olympics, ended in a 68-72 defeat. China and Poland have never met before in official competition.
Despite the favorable draw, Team China’s head coach Li Nan warned against undere
stimating the opposition.Spearheaded by former NBA player Yi Jianlian, fellow center Wang Zhel
in-a second-round draft pick for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016-and young playmaker Guo Ailun, China’s primary aim
is to finish the tournament as the top Asian team in order to qualify directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
However, Bryant, the tournament’s global ambassador, has urged China to aim even higher.
and reduce costs of internet services, which will be good not only for consumers but also for industrial upgrading.
The country’s three telecom carriers — China Mobile Communications, China United Network Comm
unications Group and China Telecommunications Corp — announced steps to scrap domestic long-distan
ce and roaming charges from Oct 1, 2017, and cancel data roaming fees within the country starting July 1, 2018.
However, increasing speed and cutting charges doesn’t bring less
revenue for telecom operators. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, du
ring the first half of last year, revenues from the telecom business rose 4.1 percent year-on-year to 672 billion yuan.
Mobile internet traffic jumped 199.6 percent to 26.6 billion gigabytes. Among them, inter
net usage via phones soared 214.7 percent to 26.2 billion gigabytes, accounting for 98.3 percent of the total.
Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa
ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.
The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.
The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by
patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.
The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.
Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av
erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.
China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.