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.
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“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.
Pray, Lady Qiao, come to Earth this day. Teach me embroidery and how to sew… wisdom, joy and ingenuity, do on me bestow.”
In Xihe county of Longnan city, Gansu province, these lyrics are well known to women. The county is one of 189 in China des
ignated as poverty stricken, in which 223 out of 384 villages are deeply impoverished.
Xihe county is at the upper reaches of the Jialing River, south of the West Qinling Mo
untains, and as well as having its roots in farming is also known for its scenic beauty.
For centuries, women there have been highly skilled in needlewor
k. Legend has it that they were tutored by none other than Lady Qiao, also known as the “w
eaver maid”, and who was said to be the youngest daughter of China’s folkloric Queen Mother.
Lady Qiao (qiao means ingenuity) was endowed, it is said, with not o
nly good looks but also noble righteousness, and was a magnificent embroiderer.
So local girls and young women worship her, and in the week leading to the sevent
h day of the seventh month-according to the Chinese lunar calendar-they celebrate by singing, dancing and pray
ing in a tradition called qiqiao (asking for ingenuity) that can be traced back to before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
Chinese analysts hailed the UK’s move to deal with concerns about risks of cooperating with Huawei in 5G through technical measures, and said the UK has
et an example for other European countries on the issue to prevent the effects of the US.
Zhang Chi, a Chinese telecommunications industry observer, said a Huewei offcial in the UK told him that the UK set up a
special testing center composed of working staff from Huawei and technological officials from the UK an
d headed by the latter, which was one of the ways to limit the risk
s of using Huawei mentioned in a Financial Times report on Monday.
“Such a facility runs a thorough, transparent examination of Huawei’s device and operating c
ode, and Huawei products can only enter the UK’s network after passing such tests,” Zhang told the G
lobal Times on Monday, and such a testing system is wh
ere the UK draws confidence from in terms of managing risks.
“In the era of globalization, China will embrace the world with open arms. We also expect the UK to maint
ain its true nature of opening and making wise choices based
on its own interests and work with China to bring more benefits to
the Chinese and British people,” Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a routine press conference on Monday.