China’s rubber-stamp parliament endorsed plans Thursday to impose a national security law on Hong Kong that critics say will destroy the city’s autonomy. Over 2,800 members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal to draft the law, which would punish secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and acts that endanger national security. The announcement of the result was met with sustained and loud applause by delegates. Only one person opposed the proposal, while six abstained.The law would be directly imposed by mainland authorities, effectively bypassing Hong Kong’s government.According to a draft of the proposal released last week, the law would allow mainland security agencies to operate openly in Hong Kong.The NPC Standing Committee –- which is likely to meet next in June –- will now be tasked with formulating the legislation, which Beijing has said must be done “at an early date”. Topics : The plans have prompted condemnation from foreign governments, investors and Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, who say China is eradicating the freedoms it promised the city under its 1997 handover agreement with Britain.The United States Wednesday revoked its special status for Hong Kong, alleging the city was no longer autonomous from Beijing, paving the way for future sanctions and the removal of trading privileges in the financial hub.China has made Hong Kong’s national security law a top priority in this year’s annual parliamentary sessions after huge pro-democracy protests rocked the financial hub for seven months last year.Last week’s announcement that China would impose the new security law triggered further protests in Hong Kong, although a huge police presence prevented massive gatherings.NPC Standing Committee Vice Chairman Wang Chen said last week that Hong Kong’s delays in implementing its own security law had forced the Chinese leadership to take action.”More than 20 years after Hong Kong’s return, however, relevant laws are yet to materialize due to the sabotage and obstruction by those trying to sow trouble in Hong Kong and China at large, as well as external hostile forces,” Wang said.China has not only refused to address protesters’ concerns, but also routinely attacked them as “anti-China chaotic forces” secretly backed by Western powers, bent on destroying the city and seeking full independence from the mainland. Mainland authorities frequently use the national security law to detain activists, journalists and lawyers under the pretext of “state subversion” — in some cases for several years without trial or access to lawyers. Several critical details about the law have yet to be clarified — including how it will define crimes as well as “foreign interference”, whether offenders would be tried in Hong Kong or China, whether Hong Kong’s foreign judges will be allowed to decide national security cases, and whether the law would be retroactive.
Statewide— Thursday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced that an additional 49 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $8.8 million in federal grant funding through the new COVID-19 Response Program. Last week, Lt. Governor Crouch announced the first 13 recipients of the COVID-19 Response Program who received more than $1.96 million in funding including the City of Greensburg who received $250,000. The Office of Community and Rural Affairs is continuing to develop a long term response program. More information will be available in the coming weeks.Projects being funded in Southeastern Indiana include:Union County being awarded $10,000 to purchase equipment and install internet “hot spots” around the county courthouse in the Town of Liberty as well as it was awarded $71,750 to provide COVID-19 testing and purchase PPE items for emergency response personnel.The City of Richmond was awarded $250,000 to create a grant program for Center City District businesses that show the utmost need due to COVID-19 and who are at risk of low-to-moderate income (LMI) income job losses.The Town of Edinburgh was awarded $240,000 to provide grants to small businesses to retain LMI employees and assist with working capital.Fayette County was awarded $250,000 to provide funds for a business grant-making program to assist its hardest hit manufacturers and retail businesses. The goal is to provide businesses with short-term working capital to continue operations, reopen businesses, restock inventory, or pay for technology for remote working.The City of Rushville was awarded $250,000 to help fund its existing revolving loan fund to help local small businesses and create an expedited distribution system.
Reports in Spain even suggested the two clubs would announce the deal on Friday. Bale sat out Tottenham’s 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi, the official reason cited was that he had a foot injury, and it now appears that the 24-year-old has played his last game for the north London club. Villas-Boas tried to dodge the first question about Bale in his post-match press conference by saying he was concentrating on “building a very strong team,” when asked about the progress of Bale’s transfer. When pressed on the forward’s future he responded by saying: “On Gareth I am not able to comment on anything that has been my tone since the start of the season and I will not come out of it.” Regardless of Villas-Boas’ posturing, it seems that Bale is finally closing in on the transfer he has been pining for all season. Madrid have even started selling Bale Real Madrid shirts, it seems. The Spanish giants kept the number 11 free when they announced their squad numbers in pre-season and screen grabs of the club’s official online shop appeared to show the option to buy a Bale replica shirt for 73 euros (£62). Shortly after the screen grabs were taken, the site was down for maintenance. If Bale does seal his move to the Bernabeu in the near future, it will mark the end of one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the summer. It will also give the Wales international the opportunity to shine in the Champions League, where he deserves to play following his stellar performances last season, when he scored 31 goals for club and country. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has pulled off a coup by spending most of the cash from Bale’s sale even before it has been confirmed, thus avoiding the inflated costs often quoted to clubs who are known to have lots of money to spend. Spurs have already spent £60million on four new signings, and the club have also been holding talks in London with Roma officials over the potential signing of Erik Lamela, the highly-rated Argentina midfielder. Lamela’s agent flew into the English capital today to join the talks and Tottenham hope to finalise the signing of the player in the next few days. Doubt has been cast on their pursuit of Anzhi Makhachkala forward Willian, however. The Brazilian has undergone medical tests at Tottenham ahead of a proposed £30million move, but reports have suggested that Chelsea are now in pole position to sign the 25-year-old. Villas-Boas said he had no knowledge of Chelsea’s reported interest in the player. “We were just involved in a game so unfortunately I can’t give you further information,” the 35-year-old said. “I confirmed our interest in the player. Everything is possible, but I’m not aware of the circumstances because of our involvement in the (Dinamo) game. I don’t want it to be a distraction over what we achieved here tonight.” The Blues refused to comment on speculation that Willian could be bound for Stamford Bridge. Press Association Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini flew to Madrid on Wednesday to negotiate the finer details of Bale’s world-record transfer to the nine-time European champions. Real have made no secret of their desire to sign Bale this summer, and they hope to finalise a reported £93million deal for the 24-year-old in the coming days. Andre Villas-Boas refused to comment on speculation regarding Gareth Bale’s future – but Real Madrid already appear to think they have got their man.
GREATER NOIDA, India (CMC) – Discarded West Indies coach Phil Simmons believes Afghanistan’s one-day series against West Indies in the Caribbean later this year, will serve as a great opportunity for the fledgling side to begin to make strides in international cricket.An associate member of the International Cricket Council, Afghanistan will be playing their first-ever bilateral ODI series against a major international full member when they take on West Indies in May/June.Simmons, hired recently by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to prepare the squad, said at this stage the aim was to be competitive and make inroads.“I like to be realistic. I don’t think the BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) or the Cricket Australia would be really interested in hosting them for a series at this moment,” said Simmons, who was sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board last September.“The important thing would be to remain competitive at this level, and when that happens you are bound to get your chance against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I think the upcoming series in the Caribbean in May is a step in that direction.”In Simmons’ first series in charge last month, the Afghans beat Zimbabwe 3-2 in a five-match series in Harare, a tour the Trinidadian believes his side should have won more convincingly.And with upcoming series against West Indies and Ireland, Simmons believes his job is to get Afghanistan to take the next step.“These guys were good against the Zimbabweans,” he noted.“But if you look at their performances in the World T20 last year, they came close to winning on a number of occasions, but could not seal the deal. My job as the coach would be to help them through.”Afghanistan is ranked 10th in the ICC one-day rankings – ironically one place behind two-time former World champions West Indies – with Zimbabwe 11th and Ireland 12th.Though the assignment is a short-term one, Simmons hopes he can use his experience to help the Asian side get the most out of the next few series.“I was the Ireland coach for a considerable amount of time, and since Afghanistan are scheduled to play two series against them, they have sought my experience, which is fair, I think,” he said.“They have hired me for just three series. This series against Ireland, followed by another five-match ODI series against West Indies in the Caribbean in May, followed by a return series in Ireland in July. That’s what I am looking at currently.”Afghanistan were good enough to beat West Indies in the preliminary round of last year Twenty20 World Cup in India.
UPDATED on March 13, 2015By designing a tight envelope with thick insulation, Passivhaus designers work hard to whittle a home’s space heating load to a bare minimum. Many European designers strive to get the heating load so low that all space heat can be provided by raising the temperature of the ventilation air.In a home with an area of 1,600 square feet and a ventilation rate of 0.3 ac/h, ventilation air flow is only 64 cfm. Since Passivhaus designers try to keep the temperature of the ventilation air below 122°F (or, according to some sources, 131°F), it’s hard to pack much heat into the small volume of air that flows through typical ventilation ducts. That’s why it’s such a challenge to insulate a building’s shell well enough to deliver all of a home’s heat through its ventilation system.In central Europe, where winter temperatures are much milder than they are in Minnesota or Maine, some designers have succeeded in supplying all of the space heat needed for a Passivhaus through ventilation ducts. In most cases, these homes are equipped with a “magic box” — the nickname for a combination appliance that includes a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) and an air-source heat pump. Typically, the heat pump’s evaporator coil is located in the ventilation exhaust duct, downstream from the HRV, where the coil can scavenge heat from the exhaust air before it leaves the building.Many (but not all) of these magic-box appliances also include a hot water tank. Such appliances use the air-source heat pump to heat domestic hot water; in most cases, the tank includes electric-resistance backup. Some manufacturers (including Zehnder) design their magic-box appliance around a ground-source heat pump instead of an air-source heat pump.I’ve heard rumors that magic-box appliances are beginning to become… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
The Indian women’s hockey team finished seventh among eight teams in his debut assignment at the Champions Challenge I, but coach CR Kumar believes that even though there are weak areas, the gap with the top teams has been reduced to an extent.CR Kumar feels team has reduce mistakesIndia’s final placement at the second tier tournament has given food for thought to the team management, which has an eye towards the Olympic qualifiers on home turf in February next year.”It’s a very short period to develop all the parameters to the desired level. Basically, we worked to balance every needs,” Kumar told Mail Today on Tuesday.Several senior players -such as goalkeeper Dipika Murthy, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab and Subhadra Pradhan -did not make the trip to Dublin, Ireland, due to injury or personal issues and the coach said this affected the preparation of the team. “Many players carried injuries to the camp so we were unable to push them very hard. The advantage of the last camp is that we worked a lot with stick and ball and obviously we drastically reduced soft and silly mistakes.”The basics in ball handling have improved a lot. From this tournament we learnt that we have to enhance and perfect our current potential to match the demands,” Kumar said. Under previous coach Sandeep Somesh, India played three major events -World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asiad -but failed to make a lasting impression.The most disappointing was the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games on home turf after they had won a gold medal and a silver in the previous two editions. They also finished outside the medal bracket at the Asiad.advertisementKumar said the gulf with the top eight teams in the world, who were simultaneously in action at the Champions Trophy, has been reduced. “We have narrowed the gap. By saying that we have reduced goal conceding and we maintain better ball possession. Even the world champions have to play their best on the given day to win a game.” However, fitness and stamina continue to be areas of concern for the team.”The areas that we have to focus on are a high level of fitness, penetration and deep defending.”The critical areas will be focused when the next national camp gets underway in Bhopal. Kumar is also looking to provide more international exposure to the younger and more inexperienced players in the set-up.”India has many youngsters with potential but without much international experience. We are trying to bring them in and expose them to a higher level in the next camps. “Tournaments like the second Asian Champions Trophy, in Ordos, China, are crucial. Further programmes will be finalised to gain more international exposure to elevate the team’s standard before the Olympic qualifier,” the coach said.After his first tournament in charge, Kumar is in a much better position to assess what needs to be done in the days ahead.”At the Bhopal camp, we will give priority to develop speed, endurance and optimum strength,” he said. “Finishing skills as well as penetration, aggressive on and offthe- ball running, penalty corner conversion and defending and other set pieces will be our priority in this camp.” The Bhopal camp will start later this week and is expected to continue till August end before the team leaves for the Asian Champions Trophy.”We are planning to conduct tests with the support of Sports Authority of India and comprehensive suggestions from them,” Kumar said.The coach is insistent that the players themselves need to take responsibility for their fitness when they are not on national duty. “The homework and necessary advice have been given by the trainer. The national players have to join the national camp with optimum fitness. if they fail, the time taken to regain it will slow down our progress,” Kumar added.
Cardale Jones Women Sports Fans 4Twitter hasn’t been the best place for Cardale Jones. There was, of course, the “I didn’t come here to play school” incident a couple years ago. There has also been the trolling of Joakim Noah and the transferring to Akron prank that upset some of his fans. Then, last night, the Ohio State national champion-winning quarterback appeared to mock women sports fans during the NBA Finals. Jones’ account tweeted the following last night: @CJ12_ @CJ12_ @CJ12_ Jones, though, claims he was hacked.I need to change my Twitter password— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015BTW, those wasn’t my tweets about females and sports, I don’t comment on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, politics or gender, goodnight— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015people wait patiently just to see when you screw up, go stalk someone else’s social media— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) June 5, 2015The “I was hacked” defense when some poor-tasting tweets are sent out is an unbelievable one in most cases, but maybe Jones is telling the truth.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team has brought back their canning and preserving sessions they share are designed for beginner and novice canners.With three different hands-on workshops, there is something to learn about canning, fermenting and pressure canning. Learn to CanCovers the basics of water bath canning and provides a broad overview of safe methods perfect for beginner or novice canners. $40 Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 – 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to FermentCovers the basics of the fermenting process including science and safety. This class is perfect for those that have never fermented or have been experimenting and would like to learn more. $35Thursday, September 12th, 2019 and Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist ChurchLearn to Pressure CanThis class builds on the Learn to Can and specifically focuses on pressure canning. You will learn how to safely and confidently can low acid items like soup stock and meat. While Learn to Can is not a prerequisite, it is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge/experience of canning. Thursday, September 26th, 2019, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church To view the FB event page to select the session you would like to attend and purchase tickets; CLICK HERE