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Frydenberg calls on G20 to put global economy into ‘controlled hibernation’


Australia

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has called for the global economy to be put into “controlled hibernation” during the coronavirus emergency, in a virtual meeting of Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors last night.

Key points:

  • Mr Frydenberg said the G20 should aim to minimise job losses globally
  • The Federal Government has its own economic “hibernation” strategy
  • The G20’s coronavirus plan will be fleshed out over the next fortnight

The meeting saw the economic leaders of the world’s top economies discuss a new plan to address the risk of debt vulnerabilities in low-income countries hit by the pandemic, and deliver financial aid to emerging markets.

Mr Frydenberg said leaders should take quick, strong and co-ordinated action to “minimise the permanent human and economic damage.”

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“First, our priority should be putting the global economy into controlled hibernation while quarantine measures are in place,” he said in a statement.

“That is — finance the global health response, maintain financial stability, minimise job losses, keep businesses going, and ensure the basic needs of the global population are met.

“This includes committing to a G20 fiscal support target, to encourage all economies to act urgently, and send a clear signal to citizens that the G20 is doing whatever it takes.”

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Australia’s own economic hibernation strategy involves $130-billion worth of wage subsidies to try to keep as many people in jobs as possible, even if businesses close for up to six months.

Mr Frydenberg also said the G20 must lead the long-term global recovery once the health crisis passes, and that all members should unblock global supply chains, especially for vital medical supplies.

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A joint statement released after the virtual meeting said details of the plan would be fleshed out before the group’s next meeting on April 15.

It said roles for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in deploying resources and exploring measures to alleviate a lack of liquidity in emerging markets were discussed.

G20 leaders pledged last week to inject over US$5 trillion ($8.2 trillion) into the global economy to limit job and income losses from the outbreak, while working to ease supply disruptions caused by border closures intended to limit transmission of the virus.


Video: G20 leaders have been meeting over video conference due to the pandemic.

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They also committed to fund all necessary measures to stop the virus’s spread and expressed concern about the risks to fragile countries, notably in Africa.

They told their top finance officials to coordinate regularly with each other and with international organisations to develop an action plan in response to the pandemic.

G20 trade ministers agreed on Monday to keep their markets open and ensure the continued flow of vital medical supplies, equipment and other essential goods.

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The group has been accused of being slow to respond to the outbreak, which is expected to trigger a global recession as governments impose curfews and shut businesses.

The G20 comprises Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United States, India, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, the European Union, China, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.


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Lockdowns as Africa starts to tackle ‘one of the biggest health challenges in a generation’


Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The

Countries across Africa have begun to initiate lockdowns as cases of COVID-19 rise above 1,000, with Nigeria announcing it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for a month in the continent’s most populous country.

Key points:

  • Nigeria recorded the first case in sub-Saharan Africa only three weeks ago
  • South Africa has cancelled visas for 10,000 Chinese and Iranian citizens
  • Virunga National Park has closed to protect its mountain gorilla population

Experts are concerned the continent will not be able to handle a surge in cases without the depth of medical facilities available in more developed economies.

“This is one of the biggest health challenges Africa has faced in a generation,” said Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation’s regional director for Africa, said.

“Adopting approaches which are adaptable to the African context is key to containing the spread,” she said.

Africa now has more than 1,100 cases of the coronavirus, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Many African countries have already shut their borders, closed schools and universities and barred large public gatherings.



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Africa’s fragile healthcare systems face grave challenges with COVID-19. (Reuters: Feisal Omar)

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South Africa bars foreigners

Nigeria announced the first coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa just three weeks ago.

Authorities said the country’s first patient, a man who had travelled from Italy, was now fit to go home.

It has banned all religious activities for at least a month.

Nigeria’s international flight ban came a day after Africa’s busiest airport, in Johannesburg, blocked foreigners from disembarking and two major airlines — Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways — announced sweeping cancellations of international flights.

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In South Africa, which has the most cases in sub-Saharan Africa, more citizens have taken to wearing masks and gloves in public.

The number of confirmed cases in the country rose by 38 to 240 on Saturday.

The South African Government announced this week it would revoke nearly 10,000 visas issued this year to people from China and Iran, and visas would now be required for other high-risk countries that had been visa-free, including Italy and the United States.



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There is major concern over what will happen when coronavirus takes hold in Africa. (AP: Themba Hadebe)

Burkina Faso now has the most virus deaths of any country in sub-Saharan Africa, along with the most total cases in West Africa at 64.

It is one of Africa’s most fragile states with a growing humanitarian crisis caused by attacks linked to Islamic extremists.

More than 130 health centres have closed, Burkina Faso’s Government and aid groups say.

Jerry-Jonas Mbasha, cluster coordinator for WHO in Burkina Faso, said he was “much worried about what might happen in the next one week, two weeks from now.”

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Efforts to protect gorillas

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, home to about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, has shut its gates due to the crisis.

“The park’s temporary closure of mountain gorilla tourism is being undertaken as a precautionary measure and it’s in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendation to restrict movement and limit social contact,” it said in a statement.



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A park ranger walks past a mountain gorilla in the Virunga National Park in eastern Congo. (AP: Jerome Delay)

“It has been taken following advice from scientific experts indicating that primates, including mountain gorillas, are likely susceptible to complications arising from the COVID-19 virus.”

More than 275,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed globally, including over 11,000 deaths, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 88,000 people have recovered.

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NSW handed Sheffield Shield as coronavirus bring season to abrupt finish


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New South Wales has been awarded this season’s Sheffield Shield title, with Cricket Australia (CA) cancelling the final.

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CA has also recommended all grade and amateur cricket should cease, bringing the 2019-20 cricket season to an abrupt end.

The decision to cancel the final round of the Sheffield Shield season was made on Sunday, but there was still a suggestion the decider could be played, starting on March 27.

“By effectively cancelling the remainder of our season, Cricket Australia is playing its part in protecting fans, players, staff, volunteers and match officials during this unprecedented global health issue,” CA boss Kevin Roberts said.

“These are difficult decisions, but the right ones in the circumstances.

“As organisations around the world rally to slow the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that we also provide decisive leadership.

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“We hope that by taking these actions now, in addition to those announced in recent days, we can contribute to flattening the curve of coronavirus and society returning to normal as quickly as possible.”

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New South Wales was awarded the title, its 47th, by ending the truncated season on top of the table, 22.23 points ahead of last year’s champions, Victoria, with one round to play.

The Sheffield Shield season has been decided by a five-day final since the 1982/83 season.

The Australia first-class domestic competition has taken place every year since 1892/93, with breaks for World War I and World War II.

Australia had already cancelled its upcoming international cricket commitments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ODI series against New Zealand was cancelled after one game, which Australia won by 71 runs behind closed doors at the SCG on Friday, after New Zealand implemented tough travel restrictions on Saturday.

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The subsequent three-match T20 tour of New Zealand, set to take place later this month, was also cancelled.

The final two rounds of country’s domestic championship, the Plunket Shield, was also cancelled, with Wellington awarded the title after ending the season on top of the ladder.

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Australia’s women’s team cancelled its tour of South Africa where all sport was later suspended.

Elsewhere, England cancelled its upcoming two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, with the players flying home immediately.

In India, the IPL twenty20 competition has been suspended until April 15.


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African bad gyal – Wizkid feat. Chris Brown lyrics


Lyrics Wizkid – African bad gyal

Them no born me yesterday
Evrey gyal, want designer
Them no born me yesterday
I know say your love will cost me something
Girl you dey do me something something
Ee dey do me like igbana
I see the fire, bring the rice
Burnin’ like a cigarette
Baby girl are you from Ghana?
Or you coming from Somalia?
Ah you coming from Uganda?
Or you’re coming from Nigeria?(african bad gyal)

African bad gyal
Baby, don’t change your style
Girl, I love you the way you are
The way you are.

Feeling the dancing, gan
Sarz on the beat, gan
Feeling the dancing, gan
Starboy kill the beat, yeah, ayyy.

Them no born me yesterday
Be a freaky girl and whine up
I put my hand up on the waist
Baby girl, you are the one, oh
Oooh, baby, you you got something
Gimme, gimme all of your love, I want it
Baby girl, stop with all the fronting
The way you dance, I know you want this
Baby girl, you from Angola
Sister from South Africa
Pretty girl, I wanna hold ya
Shout out to my ladies in Nigeria.

African bad girl
Baby, don’t change your style
Girl, I love you the way you are
The way you are.

Feeling the dancing, gan
Sarz on the beat, gan
Feeling the dancing, gan
Star Boy kill the beat, yeah, ayy.

Say, if you like Galala, make you dance
Say if you like Konto, make you dance
Say if you like this or if you like that
Say you like bouncin’, make you bounce
Say, if you like galala, make you dance
Say if you like Konto, make you dance
Say if you like this or if you like that
Say you like bouncin’, make you bounce.

I love the things you do to me, I feel alright
I love the feeling, that I feel, I’m feelin’ nice
I love the things you do to me, I feel alright
You give me life, you give me life, you give me life
See, baby gyal, please, baby gyal jo fun mi
Omoge jo fun mi versuri-lyrics.info
Wit’ your sexy body, yeah, wit’ your sexy body
Baby gyal, please, baby gyal jo fun mi
Omoge jo fun mi
Wit’ your sexy body, yeah, wit’ your sexy body.

African bad girl
Baby, don’t change your style
Girl, I love you the way you are
The way you are.

Feeling the dancing gan, yeah, yeah
Sarz on the beat gan, yeah, yeah
Feeling the dancing gan, yeah
Star Boy kill the beat, yeah, ayyy.
Wizkid lyrics
Video gyal


Wizkid feat. Chris Brown – African Bad Gyal Lyrics


(Intro – Wizkid)
Starz pon the beat

(Verse 1 – Wizkid)
Them no born me yesterday
Every girl you want designer
Them no born me yesterday
I know say your love will cost me something
Girl you dey do me something something
Ye dey do me like Ghana
I see the fire, bring the rice
Burning like a cigarette
Baby girl are you from Ghana?
Or you call me from Somalia?
Ah you call me from Uganda?
Or ya call me from Nigeria?

(Chorus – Wizkid)
African bad gyal
Baby don’t change your style
Girl, I love you the way you are
The way you are
I’m feeling your dancing, huh
Sarz on the beat, huh
Eeh eeh, feeling your dancing, huh
Eeh eeh, Starboy, kill the beat, huh
Ehh

(Verse 2 – Chris Brown)
Them no born me yesterday
Be a freaky girl and whine up
I put my hand up pon the waist
Baby girl, you are the one, oh
Oh, baby you just got something
Gimme, gimme all of your love, I want it
Baby girl, stop with all the fronting
The way you dance, I know you want this
Baby girl, you from Angola
Sister from South Africa
Baby girl, I wanna hold ya
Shout out to my ladies in Nigeria

(Chorus – Chris Brown & Wizkid)
African bad girl
Baby don’t change your style
Girl, I love you the way you are
The way you are
I’m feeling your dancing, huh
Starz on the beat, huh
Eeh eeh, feeling your dancing, huh
Eeh eeh, Starboy kill the beat, huh
Ehh
African bad girl
Baby don’t change your style
Girl, I love you the way you are
The way you are
I’m feeling your dancing, huh
Starz on the beat, huh
Eeh eeh, feeling your dancing, huh
Eeh eeh, Starboy kill the beat, huh
Eh

(Outro – Chris Brown)
The way you are




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