China challenges U.S. solar tariffs at WTO

first_imgChina challenges U.S. solar tariffs at WTO FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva.The solar duties are separate from tariff hikes imposed by the Trump administration starting in July on Chinese imports in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. The duties also apply to imports of solar cells and modules from Europe, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. That strained relations with U.S. allies.The Trump administration has defended the solar tariffs as necessary to protect American producers, saying import prices were unfairly low due to subsidies and other improper support.Washington took action under a 1974 U.S. law instead of through the WTO. That led to complaints it was undermining the global trade body. U.S. officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the ability to address Chinese trade tactics.WTO complaints begin with negotiations between parties to the dispute. If those fail, the case moves to a panel of experts who can decide whether the trade controls are improper.More: China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panelslast_img read more

Revealed: Four Ghanaian players falsify passports to get into Black Meteors

first_imgFour Ghana Under-23 male team players falsified their passports to get into the team, a management committee member Nana Oduro Sarfo has sensationally revealed.The four players travelled with the team to Mozambique for the first leg tie of the qualifiers for the 2015 All Africa Games last weekend.Luckily, officials of the Olympic team detected the anomaly in their passports early and stopped them from featuring in the game to avoid any potential embarrassment.The four players, whose identies GHANAsoccernet is withholding, have more than one passport with different birthdays.The Black Meteors lost 1-0 against their host and an outspoken member of the management team Oduro Sarfo has revealed the players falsified their passports to be in the team.“ We have a situation where about four of the players changed their names and ages to get into the Black Meteors for the trip to Maputo. One player called Goza changed his name to Kudjo Mensah and also changed his name to get into the team,” he told  Happy FM “I realized this development immediately the first squad was called so I reported my observation to the chairman of the U-23 team and he has begun investigations into this development so as to deal with it.Oduro Sarfo is unhappy with the selection criteria for the team during their recent international friendly against Egypt insisting the call-up of Hearts goalkeeper Mutawakilu Seidu was suspect.“I just couldn’t imagine how a goalkeeper like Eric Ofori Antwi who has graduated from the under-20 team, would be left out and Mutawakilu Seidu would rather be called.”The fabrication of players’ ages continues to be a problem for football in Africa and South America especially.Suspicions about true ages of some Ghanaian footballers date back many years with Ghana being banned at the Under-17 level the recent example. Ghana have a rich tradition of seemingly promising youngsters who mysteriously fail to fulfill their potential due to age-cheating an and falsified documents.The growing phenomenon of age-cheating forced world governing body, FIFA, to introduce the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which subjects young players to determine their true ages.last_img read more