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Democracy activist Joshua Wong says world must ‘stand with Hong Kong’

first_imgTopics : The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the semi-autonomous city, activist Joshua Wong said Monday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy.Wong, one of the city’s most prominent young activists, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow campaigners were being prosecuted for involvement in civil unrest, which rocked Hong Kong last year.China enacted the security law for the restless city last week, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. Party disbanded, books removed Wong steered clear of any mention of sanctions in his remarks on Monday, instead sticking to more general comments about not turning a blind eye to what is happening in Hong Kong.”We also encourage the global community to let our voice be heard around the world,” he said.The national security law, imposed on Tuesday, is the most radical shift in how Hong Kong is run since it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997.Under the handover deal, Beijing promised Hong Kong could keep key civil liberties, as well as judicial and legislative autonomy, for 50 years.The new law has changed that landscape.It empowers China’s security agents to operate openly in the city, toppling the legal firewall that has existed between the mainland’s party-controlled courts and Hong Kong’s independent judiciary.Beijing has also said it will have jurisdiction over especially “serious” prosecutions.China says the powers will restore stability after a year of pro-democracy protests, will not stifle freedoms, and will only target a “very small minority”.But police have arrested people for possessing anything carrying slogans pushing independence or greater autonomy, and businesses have scrambled to scrub protest displays.Over the weekend, public libraries removed a number of books written by dissidents, including a title by Wong, to review whether they complied with the new law.Wong’s political party Demosisto announced it was disbanding last Tuesday. Its co-founder Nathan Law, another prominent former student leader, announced two days later that he had fled Hong Kong.Wong has remained in the city, where he faces ongoing prosecutions over last year’s protests.On Monday, he was in court alongside Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam to face three unlawful assembly charges.Wong previously served jail time for his involvement in protests in 2014. Wong — who began campaigning for democracy when he was just 12 — is often vilified by China’s state media as a “black hand” conspiring with foreign forces to undermine the nation.Beijing has been incensed by Wong and others meeting Western politicians and supporting sanctions in response to China’s tightening control over the city.The new security law specifically outlaws lobbying for sanctions. The law has sent a wave of fear through the city, and criminalized certain opinions such as calls for independence or autonomy.At his court appearance on Tuesday, Wong, 23, remained unbowed.”We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong,” he told reporters, adding that China could not “ignore and silence the voice of Hong Kong people”.”With the belief of Hong Kong people to fight for freedom, we will never give up and surrender to Beijing.”last_img read more

Diego Simeone contacts Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid target loan deal with Arsenal

first_imgLucas Torreira has been left out of Arsenal’s last two Premier League games (Getty)Arsenal have already offered Matteo Guendouzi and Alexandre Lacazette as part of a deal which would see Partey move to the Emirates Stadium.But Atletico have turned down Arsenal’s bids this summer and are requesting that the Gunners meet Partey’s €50 million (£45.5m) release clause.AS report that Arsenal have not yet proposed a swap deal involving Torreira and Partey.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMeanwhile, Torino have ruled themselves out of the running to sign Torreira, despite Giampaolo being keen to work with the midfielder again.‘The coach has had time to evaluate the squad at his disposal, we are content with what [Tomas] Rincon is doing, so a midfielder in that role is no longer necessarily a priority for us,’ Torino’s director, Davide Vagnati, told Sky Sport Italia on Sunday.‘We discussed the new technical and tactical project, he is happy with the players and there is still time to the end of the transfer window, so we’ll see what happens then.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Diego Simeone contacts Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid target loan deal with Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Sep 2020 8:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Comment Diego Simeone has reportedly spoken to Lucas Torreira about a move to Atletico Madrid (Getty)Diego Simeone has spoken directly with Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid plan to sign the midfielder on loan from Arsenal, according to reports in Spain.Arsenal are looking to complete further sales before the end of the transfer window in order to fund moves for Atletico’s Thomas Partey and Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.The Gunners are open to offloading Torreira with the Uruguay international attracting interest from Fiorentina and Torino, whose head coach, Marco Giampaolo, worked with the midfielder at Sampdoria.But according to AS, Atletico are also interested and have now opened talks with Arsenal to discuss a deal for Torreira.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Atletico initially want to sign Torreira on loan, while Simeone has personally contacted the midfielder on several occasions in order to persuade him to move to Spain.Torreira is currently out of favour at Arsenal as he has failed to make Mikel Arteta’s matchday squad for the first two Premier League games of the new season.last_img read more

Waterfront home with exclusive river access

first_imgInside 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.The architecturally designed home is set over three levels on a 1,087sq m waterfront block. Mr Ward said the home had to feel open and spacious to allow for light and ventilation. “We wanted total natural light from sun-up to sundown,” he said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master suite at 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.“And full access to the children – that’s why there’s such a big void throughout the levels of the home. Inside 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.Other features include the in-ground swimming pool and poolside deck, media room, gym room, wine cellar and private jetty and pontoon. 61 Gillian St, Norman ParkDesigned with uncompromising quality, 61 Gillian St, Norman Park is a luxurious inner-city home. A bird’s eye view of 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.“We wanted to have constant contact with them, no matter where they were in the house.”The impressive home has five bedrooms, including a master suite with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, four bathrooms and two-car garage, indoor kitchen plus an additional outdoor kitchen for entertaining. The home at 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.Mr Ward said the family had enjoyed making use of the property’s waterfront position.“It’s so handy having water access,” Mr Ward said.“Our boys ride their tinnies to and from school. The home at 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.Owners Austin and Angela Ward said it was the size and position of the land that prompted them to buy the former Fleming Boat Building Yard 13 years ago, and build their dream home. Direct water access from 61 Gillian St, Norman Park.“We also have a house over on Moreton Island, and we just jump on the boat from our backyard and off we go.”Mr Ward said his favourite part of the house was the rear deck overlooking the water.“We’re surrounded by mangroves, so the home is very private and peaceful. “It feels like your own resort, like you’re somewhere remote.“It’s like an inner-city getaway.”last_img read more

Merchant Navy scheme pioneers wellbeing webinars for members

first_imgThe Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund (MNOPF) is running wellbeing webinars aimed at helping retired members through the COVID-19 pandemic and global lockdowns by improving their physical and mental health.The defined benefit (DB) scheme has 25,000 members and some 350 participating employers.The live webinars, provided by Wellbeing People, are being run as 13 weekly sessions, which include topics such as coping with social distancing and self-isolation, resilience and mental fitness, nutrients versus calories, and easy exercise routines.E-mails were sent to 13,000 members for whom the scheme has e-mail addresses – largely in the UK, but also spread throughout the world. The messages invited them to sign up to the webinar series, and achieved a 68% opening rate – a “phenomenal response”, according to the pension fund. Rory Murphy, chair of MNOPFMurphy added: “The main tips for our members are, first, do not take dramatic action as a result of COVID-19, be aware of scams. Second, our fund is doing well and there is no need to worry. Thirdly, look after your wellbeing.”The scheme considers that the cost per head of those participating provides very good value.Murphy said he would like to see every pension fund following the MNOPF’s lead in providing wellbeing support for members.He said: “I want to see our members live as long and as healthily as they can, enjoying the fruits of their labours. As a pension fund, we have a part to play in that, because it is a people business and our members trust us.”Murphy said he would like to take the member support concept further, for example, by using MNOPF’s bulk-buying ability to provide discounts on financial products such as home and motor insurance.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. At least 430 members have tuned in to each of the first two webinars, with an additional 730 viewing them afterwards. This proves there is a need for the service, according to Rory Murphy, chair of MNOPF, who also believes the programme is unique in the pensions industry.The idea originated with Murphy, whose trade union background had encouraged him to believe that pension funds should do more for their members than simply pay out a retirement income.Murphy said, “Our members are going to suffer during lockdown, physically and mentally. Retirees are not always able to cope with lockdown because they can’t go out and pursue their leisure interests.”Webinars are accessed by a simple link and each lasts one hour. Members can ask questions during each session via a chat function, and the most popular topics are answered later on the scheme’s website, which contains a video recording of the session.The members’ section on the pension fund website also contains the latest news relating to the MNOPF.last_img read more

DAYLIGHT MURDERS | 2 shot to death in Jaro, La Paz; Treñas orders probe,…

first_imgAccording to Police Captain EduardSiacon, Jaro police chief, Muller was attacked just minutes after emerging fromhis house. Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the ICPO toconduct an investigation and set up checkpoints. In Aug. 16, 2019 Muller’s youngerbrother who was also a call center agent and drug surrenderer was shot byriding-in-tandem gunmen in Barangay Taft North, Mandurriao district. This casehas remained unsolved. He said Police Colonel MartinDefensor, the city police director, assured him that the ICPO was “on top ofthe situation.” A week before yesterday’s shooting,Jaro policemen visited Muller’s house and tried to coax him into undergoingdrug rehabilitation but he refused citing his tight work schedule. In the case of Britanico, his familytold the police they believed the killing was business-related. Muller was peppered with bulletsoutside his house by two masked men who alighted from a silver-painted car ataround 12:05 p.m. while a motorcycle-driving Britanico was ambushed by gunmenwho were in a black van at around 12:30 p.m. although there were initialreports that the gunmen were riding in tandem on a motorcycle. SHOT DEAD. A woman comes to the aid of call center agent Alain Muller who falls to the ground after being shot by masked men in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro, Iloilo City a little past noon on Jan. 19, 2020. Muller, a drug suspect, died. PHOTO BY JOMARIE HIMALAYA It appeared, he said, that the gunmenprepared for the strike and knew exactly when Muller was emerging from hishouse. The first shooting took place in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro a little past noon while the one in La Paz happened in Barangay Nabitasan at around 12:30 p.m. Britanico was taken to the MedicusMedical Center in Mandurriao district where he was declared dead./PN ILOILO City – As the city prepares forthe Dinagyang Festival, two men were shot to death just minutes apart in thedistricts of Jaro and La Paz past noon yesterday. The Iloilo City Police Office(ICPO) played down the broad daylight killings as “isolated incidents.” It was possible Muller went out of thehouse because he was meeting someone, added Siacon. Muller was brought to the WesternVisayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district where he died. The younger Muller was in the watchlist of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council of Cuartero as a drug user. Heturned himself in to the police in 2017 but did not undergo rehabilitation. “Information reached us that Mullerwas engaged in the illegal drug trade,” said Siacon. The victim in the Jaro shooting was42-year-old call center agent and drug surrenderer Alain Muller of BarangayCuartero while the victim in the La Paz shooting was 37-year-old businessmanDelfin Britanico of Mirasol Subdivision, La Paz. It was initially speculated that theshooting was a result of a traffic altercation with a black van. Britanico had a quarry business inAklan province, according to ICPO’s Colonel Defensor. CRIME SCENE. A police officer secures the spot where motorcycle-driving businessman Delfin Britanico was ambushed in Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz, Iloilo City on Jan. 19. 2020. The victim’s family believes the attack is business-related, according to the Iloilo City Police Office. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Hinalilang nag abot ang salakyan pila pa lang ka minutos nga nag gwa ang biktima,” said Siacon.last_img read more

Labor Department Awards $10.2 Million To Fight Tax Cheats

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $500,000 to Indiana as part of a nationwide program aimed to improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.In total, $10,225,183 was awarded to 19 states.“This is one of many actions the department is taking to help level the playing field for employers while ensuring workers receive appropriate rights and protections,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today’s federal grant awards will enhance states’ ability to detect incidents of worker misclassification and protect the integrity of state unemployment insurance trust funds.”The funds will be used to increase the ability of state tax programs to identify instances where employers improperly classify employees as independent contractors or fail to report the wages paid to workers at all. The states that were selected to receive these grants will use the funds for a variety of improvements and initiatives, including enhancing employer audit programs and conducting employer education initiatives.Under an innovative, “high-performance bonus” program, four states will receive a share of $2 million in additional grant funds due to their high performance or most improved performance in detecting incidents of worker misclassification. The remaining $8,225,183 was distributed to 19 states in competitive grants.The maximum grant available under the competitive grant award process was $500,000.last_img read more

Truck crashes into old firehouse on US 50

first_imgButlerville, IN—Jennings County sheriff deputies were on the scene investigating a personal injury crash in Butlerville around 5 am this morning, involving a semi that left the roadway and drove through the old Campbell Township Firehouse. The building was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The accident took out the east communications repeater that was housed in one of the destroyed buildings.The semi missed an emergency siren tower and the 200-foot communications tower by just 6 feet. It traveled through both buildings and came to rest behind the Butlerville Post Office. Plans are in motion to deploy a temporary communications repeater to this area. Please caution if driving through Butlerville and watch for a lot of traffic around the crash site today.last_img read more

Olympic bronze medallist Walcott slams fragmented T&T

first_imgTHE winner of Trinidad and Tobago’s only medal at the just-concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Keshorn Walcott, has chalked up the country’s poor performance to a lack of unity.According to Walcott, who was featuring in his second Olympics, having shocked the world with a gold medal in London 2012, the camaraderie and team spirit were low in 2016.“We did not do so well as a team this year because honestly, for my part, we were not a team. We did not come together as a unit as in 2012. I was young in 2012 and I was one of the younger ones and I saw the gelling of the team, but here it was not like that,” said Walcott.The two-Olympic medallist believes the lack of unity, in large part, was not the athletes’ fault, but rather the delegation sent to provide support.“I would not say it was the athletes, I would have to say it was the heads. You need to be able to understand that for a team to be able to perform properly you need to bring them together,” he said.“It is the environment. When you as a team do not feel everybody is together (it) is like everybody is just concentrating on their own,” he added.Walcott was quick to add that he did not want to dwell on those things, but preferred to look at the goals he had in front of him, and wanted other athletes to do the same.last_img read more

Region Two to host Cricket Festival for Women

first_imgElroy StephneyIN observance of International Women’s Day, the Department of Youth, Region 2 will host its 4th annual cricket festival today at Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance.Several teams from across the Region will participate including the hinterland communities. International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March, 8.There will be a colourful atmosphere and keen rivalry is anticipated.The competition is being coordinated by Sports Organiser Debra Daniels along with Youth Officer Herald Alves who disclosed that the idea is to promote unity and togetherness among women through sports as well as for them to interact and to have fun.He added that each team will be presented with a token of participation. There will be Winners, Most Runs, Most Wickets and Player-of-the-Day trophies.The Department is also using the occasion to promote activeness among women in sports and community participation.“We need to recognise our women in a tangible way and for them be given a level playing field to showcase their talent,” according to Alves.He also thanked Imam Bacchus Group of Companies for providing the facilities free of cost.The public is invited to attend. The first match is scheduled for 10:00hrs.The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: ‘I am generation, equality, realising women’s rights’..last_img read more

Women of Troy dominate tournament in Las Vegas

first_imgStretched between two tournaments, the USC women’s tennis team came out of the weekend with plenty of momentum following their performances in Las Vegas and Palm Springs.The Freeman Memorial Tennis Championships tournament in Las Vegas proved to be the more successful of the two trips, as sophomore Sabrina Santamaria took home the doubles title while paired with junior Kaitlyn Christian along with her own singles title.The tournament featured conference rivals Stanford and UCLA, while UNLV and the University of North Carolina also were in the field.Santamaria easily won the day as she and Christian showed why they are rated the nation’s best doubles pairing. The heralded duo notched an 8-4 win over UCLA’s tandem of Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez in the semifinals before defeating the UNC duo of Ashley Dai and Whitney Kay in the finals.Seniors Danielle Lao and Valeria Pulido reached the semifinal round, but fell to the eventual runner-up team of Dai and Kay.In the singles’ division, USC and UNC separated themselves from the rest of the tournament field, with each team represented by three girls in the quarterfinals.Lao and Santamaria each made it out of the top six, but Christian did not advance to the semifinals.From there, Santamaria and UNC’s Gina Suarez-Malaguti, who ranked No. 2 in the tournament and No. 11 nationally, squared off in the finals. Santamaria capped off her big day in a mild upset with a 6-0, 6-1 drubbing.Back in California, the rest of the team almost matched their teammates’ performance in Las Vegas, but fell short once again to the crosstown rival Bruins.With sophomore Zoe Scandalis — the only veteran and ranked player -— attending the tournament, the Women of Troy came in as the heavy underdogs, with UCLA bringing their top team to Palm Springs, Calif. Both the singles and doubles divisions ended up with a pair of USC and UCLA players in the semifinals.In singles, No. 6 Robin Anderson of UCLA took down a pair of USC sophomores as she defeated sophomore Gabriella DeSimone before winning a hard-fought finals battle against sophomore Giuliana Olmos, who is in her first season with the program.“For us in Palm Springs, Guiliana [Olmos] had match point on Robin Anderson — and remember this is her first college tournament,” coach USC coach Richard Gallien said. “She’s done a super job out of the gate and we couldn’t be happier to have her on the team.”In the semifinal round for doubles, Anderson and Morton got the best of Olmos and freshman Ellie Yates while DeSimone and Scandalis defeated the UCLA tandem of Harrison and Ray.The doubles’ final had Anderson and her partner Skylar Morton square off against a Women of Troy team composed of DeSimone and Scandalis. UCLA triumphed in the championship match with Anderson and Morton taking down DeSimone and Scandalis by an 8-6 margin.With a team full of depth, it will be interesting to note the varying lineups that the Women of Troy trot out on a week-by-week basis.“This year we will see more flexibility [in the lineup] — we have eight excellent players and try to move things around a little bit, we want everyone to be competing and playing hard,” Gallien said. “The whole thing is a sales job to help the girls understand the better our practices are and the more competitive our practice matches are, the better prepared we will be for the tough teams we’ll have to play.”All in all, Gallien was pleased that the Women of Troy had a valuable experience against strong competition, especially for the newcomers and younger players.“We have a really tough team and we’ll be able to compete with everyone on our schedule,” Gallien said. “Hopefully we are in a healthy place and playing our best tennis by the end of the year and, as far as where I see our team today, we have a bunch of battlers and we love our team.”last_img read more