Hong Kong police fire pepper pellets to disperse protests over security bill

first_imgHong Kong police fired pepper pellets to disperse protesters in the heart of the global financial center on Wednesday and arrested about 240 people as national security legislation proposed by Beijing revived anti-government demonstrations.As tensions soared, riot police were deployed around Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, deterring protesters who had planned to gather there as a bill was due to be debated that would criminalize disrespect of the Chinese national anthem.Angry over perceived threats to the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms, people of all ages took to the streets, some dressed in black, some wearing office clothes and some hiding their faces beneath open umbrellas in scenes reminiscent of the unrest that shook Hong Kong last year. The United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and others have expressed concern about the legislation, widely seen as a possible turning point for China’s freest city and one of the world’s main financial hubs.But Chinese authorities and the Beijing-backed government in Hong Kong say there is no threat to the city’s high degree of autonomy and the new security law would be tightly focused.”It’s for the long-term stability of Hong Kong and China, it won’t affect the freedom of assembly and speech and it won’t affect the city’s status as a financial center,” Hong Kong Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung told reporters.”It would provide a stable environment for businesses.”US President Donald Trump, already at odds with Beijing over trade and the novel coronavirus pandemic, said on Tuesday the United States would this week announce a strong response to the planned legislation.China responded by saying it would take necessary countermeasures to any foreign interference.ArrestsProtesters in a downtown shopping mall chanted “Liberate Hong Kong! Revolution of our times” and “Hong Kong independence, the only way out”.One protester was seen with a placard reading “one country, two systems is a lie”, referring to a political system put in place at Britain’s 1997 handover of the city to China, which is meant to guarantee Hong Kong’s freedoms until at least 2047.”I’m scared … if you don’t come out today, you’ll never be able to come out. This is legislation that directly affects us,” said Ryan Tsang, a hotel manager.As the protests in the financial district died down, hundreds of people gathered in the working class Mong Kok district on the Kowloon peninsula, where protests flared repeatedly last year.Police, acting much more quickly than before to nip protests in the bud, said they had arrested about 240 people in three districts, most for illegal assembly.Hong Kong’s most prominent tycoon, Li Ka-shing, said in a statement security laws were within every nation’s right, but Hong Kong had the “mission-critical task” to maintain trust in “one country, two systems”.Hong Kong media reported Beijing aimed to expand the scope of the legislation to include organizations as well as individuals.Shares slideTaiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pledged humanitarian relief for any Hong Kong people fleeing to the self-ruled island while Japan said it was “strongly concerned” about the situation.The US-China Business Council urged “all leaders to take those steps necessary to de-escalate tensions, promote economic recovery and the rule of law, and preserve the ‘one country, two systems’ principle”.Asian shares slipped over the rising tension between the United States and China. Hong Kong shares led declines with the Hang Seng falling 0.46%, though it kept a bit of distance from a two-month low touched on Monday.Protesters and pro-democracy politicians say Hong Kong’s National Anthem Bill, which aims to govern the use and playing of the Chinese anthem, represents another sign of what they see as accelerating interference from Beijing.The bill carries penalties of up to three years jail and or fines of up to HK$50,000 ($6,450) for insulting the anthem. It also orders that primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong be taught to sing the anthem, “March of the Volunteers”, and learn its history.The anthem bill is set for a second reading on Wednesday and is expected to become law next month. “Although you’re afraid inside your heart, you need to speak out,” said Chang, 29, a clerk and protester dressed in black with a helmet respirator and goggles in her backpack.Many shops, banks and offices closed early. Police were seen rounding up dozens of people, making them sit on a sidewalk and then searching them.The latest protests in Hong Kong follow the Chinese government’s proposal for national security legislation aimed at tackling secession, subversion and terrorist activities in the city. The planned laws could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in Hong Kong .The proposal, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big street unrest in Hong Kong in months on Sunday, with police firing tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters.center_img Topics :last_img read more

UK secretary confirms plan to match ambition of EU sustainable finance

first_imgJohn Glen, the economic secretary to the UK treasury, has confirmed the UK’s intent to, “at the very least”, match the ambition of the European Union’s sustainable finance action plan despite current events such as the pandemic and the state of the global economy.Addressing a conference organised by the Investment Association on Monday, he said: “Recent events have illustrated just how vital this agenda is. Although tackling COVID-19 remains the government’s priority, having thrown into sharp relief the importance of the S in ESG, the climate crisis hasn’t gone away, and it is more important than ever that we take environmental, social and governance factors into account as we rebuild our country.”He noted the UK’s “ambition for inter-operable global standards to drive forward the transition to net zero while providing the opportunity for UK asset managers to become global leaders in this field – capturing the opportunity from green finance within the UK market”.He said he would disclose more initiatives the UK is taking in order to match the ambition of the EU’s action plan “in due course”. Glen added that sustainability and responsible investment continued to be at the top of his agenda, and said the investment management sector’s work in this area would also be important as the UK “looks to deepen” its relationship with international partners.Following the Financial Reporting Council’s revised UK Stewardship Code which took effect on 1 January 2020, Glen said he would continue to encourage the asset management sector to adopt it.“We want to help asset managers become effective stewards on behalf of clients by holding the companies they invest in to account,” he said.He also highlighted the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050: “The UK was the first major economy to make such a pledge, and the Treasury is now conducting a review on how best to fund the transition to net zero.”Furthermore, he called for more action from the investment management industry as it played a crucial role “in addressing these issues through the development of responsible investing”.“For our climate, there is more for you to do in making your own net zero commitments; by supporting accurate disclosures through TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), financing green projects, and moving away from the polluting growth models of the past,” he said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Lady Dogs Win EIAC VB Showdown With Lady Knights

first_imgBatesville makes an early night against Knights.Freshman – Batesville drops massive point spread on lady knights behind the serving of #9 Megan Butz. In set two Megan stepped behind the line and rattled off 17 serves in a row to out distance the team from South Dearborn. Batesville wins 25-21, 25-4.Junior Varsity – Batesville plays a game of peaks and valleys with the knights. We played Warm, Cold and then Hot to take the match in three. Batesville wins 25-20, 2-25, 15-4.Batesville vs. SD JV VB (9-25)Varsity – Dogs over knights in quick three. Batesville displayed accuracy of serves, quick attacks and defense coverage to put away the lady knights. Batesville wins 25-11, 25-11, 25-21.Batesville vs. SD JV VB (9-25)They varsity will travel to the Greenfield Cougar Challenge on Saturday, while the Freshman will host the Freshman EIAC Tourney at BHS and BPS. Both teams actions starts at 9 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

Will NASCAR survive?

first_imgWith the NASCAR race at Homestead this weekend, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., will retire from active driving.  NASCAR’s most popular driver will join Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart who now are retired.  Gordon is a TV commentator which is what Earnhardt is planning to do.  Tony Stewart is still involved as a team owner.NASCAR attendance has been dropping the last few years, and with Dale Earnhardt no longer racing it will be up to drivers like the Busch brothers, Max Truex, Jr., and newcomers like Elliot and Wallace to bring fans to the races.NASCAR has developed a system of turning NASCAR races to shorter segments as they try to rebuild the excitement.  It is questionable whether this is working.  It is still races with the prospect of wrecks happening that seem to bring more fans into the tracks.  I will still watch NASCAR, but without my favorite driver, Earnhardt, someone or something else will have to keep my interest in the sport going.last_img read more

Reports: Kim Jong Un In Grave Condition after Surgery

first_imgNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s health may be in grave danger following surgery. CNN cited a U.S. official who said reports of Kim being in dire health were being https://youtu.be/6Ln4PfTwf-Emonitored. There has been speculation about Kim’s health since he missed the recent celebration of his grandfather earlier this month. He last appeared in public on April 11th.A South Korean media report late Monday cited an unidentified source that Kim was recovering at a villa after surgery for a cardiovascular issue. However, South Korea’s government says there’s no indication North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely unwell. A spokesman for South Korea’s president said earlier today there’s been no unusual movement inside North Korea.last_img read more

Cricket News 43 runs in an over: New Zealand pair create new List A World Record

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: A List A game (limited overs game) between Northern Districts and Central Districts on Wednesday at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, saw history being created as two batsmen combined to smash 43 runs in one over. Joe Carter and Brett Hampton of Northern Districts were the two batsmen as they were helped by a pair of no-balls from Central District’s Willem Ludick to create a new world record. ALSO READ | Don’t live in India if you like players from other countries: Kohli  Ludick conceded a boundary off the very first ball thanks to an inside edge and from that point, things went pear-shaped for the South African-born player. The next two balls were waist-high full tosses and was dispatched for two sixes. To make matters worse, both were declared no-balls.  With the second legitimate delivery, Ludick conceded a six and gave away a single. The last three balls did not end very well for the right-arm pacer as he gave away three more sixes to concede a whopping 43 runs. The onslaught not only ruined Ludick’s figures, but it proved to be a major turning point of the match as Carter (102) and Hampton (95) helped Northern Districts register a 25-run win.  Massive overs in cricket The 43-run over broke the previous record of 39 set by Zimbabwe batsman Elton Chigumbura off Alauddin Babu in a game between Sheikh Jamal and Abahani Ltd in a domestic fixture in Dhaka in 2013-14. Chigumbura was aided by a no-ball and six wides as the batsman blasted four sixes in one over.  Even Twenty20 cricket has seen some massive overs. In a T20 game in Brighton in 2012 between Sussex and Gloucestershire, New Zealand’s Scott Styris, playing for Sussex, blasted 38 runs in one over bowled by James Fuller. The pace bowler began the over disastrously with 10 no-balls. Styris proceeded to blast two sixes and two fours as he blasted a 100 off just 37 balls.  In the IPL, Chris Gayle cemented his place as T20’s biggest hitter when he blasted 37 runs in one over during the 2011 edition. Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gayle blasted Kochi Tuskers Kerala’s Prasanth Parameswaran to give his side a nine-wicket win.In addition to these big overs, there have been some freakish runs scored in one over in First-Class cricket and List A. ALSO READ | Diwali 2018: PM Narendra Modi celebrates with soldiers near India-China border in UttarakhandIn 1990, a First-Class game in New Zealand saw Bert Vance, playing for Wellington concede 77 runs in one over against Canterbury in the final. In another instance, a Dhaka Second Division Cricket League game between Axiom and Lalmatia saw Sujon Mahmud of Lalmatia concede a whopping 92 runs in just four balls. He bowled 65 wides and delivered 15 no-balls and in the four legitimate balls, the batsmen hit 12 runs. last_img read more

Spanish World Cup winner Casillas calls time on career, aged 39

first_img(REUTERS) – Spain’s World Cup-winning captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas announced his retirement from the professional game yesterday, ending a career that spanned over two decades in which he captured the game’s biggest prizes.The former Real Madrid skipper had called time on his five-year spell with Portuguese side Porto last month after his contract with the club expired.Casillas, 39, has not played any competitive football since he suffered a heart attack during a training session last year.“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not where it takes you, because that comes with work and effort alone,” Casillas said on Twitter here.“I think I can say, without hesitation, that the path I have taken is the one I dreamt about.” Casillas was given a role on Porto’s technical staff at the start of last season and was included in the first-team squad, although he was never named in a match-day squad.He captained Spain’s ‘golden generation’ that won a maiden World Cup title in 2010 as well as two consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012. The shot-stopper, who came through Real Madrid’s youth system, made his senior club debut in 1999 at the age of 18 and went on to make 725 appearances over 16 seasons, winning five La Liga titles and the Champions League three times.However, he made a tearful exit without any fanfare in 2015 when he announced his departure from his boyhood club at a news conference, a move for which Real were heavily criticised and led to fans chanting for club president Florentino Perez to resign.“The best goalkeeper in the history of Real Madrid and Spanish football joined us at the age of 9,” Real Madrid said in a statement here yesterday. “He was formed here and defended our shirt for 25 years, becoming one of our most emblematic captains of all-time. Iker Casillas earned the love of madridismo and is a symbol of the values that Real Madrid represents.”Casillas holds the record for most appearances in the Champions League, featuring 177 times – 150 of which came with Real Madrid – as well as the most clean-sheets in the history of the competition (57).last_img read more

Experts say passing a tax is necessary

first_imgIn November, California voters will have the opportunity to choose between two seemingly similar measures, Proposition 30 and Proposition 38, in order to raise revenue for the state’s public schools.Though both propositions include tax increases as a means to increase education funding, their supporters have opposing views about which is the most effective tax to implement. As a result, support for each bill to generally be mutually exclusive.Prop. 30 would increase the sales tax rate by one-quarter cent per dollar for four years and the personal income tax rate for individuals with incomes of over $250,000 for seven years. Prop. 38 would increase personal income taxes at a marginal rate of 0.4 percent at low-income levels and increase in steps to a marginal rate of 2.2 percent for individual taxable incomes above $2.5 million.“We are in a tough situation here because the state is facing such a huge deficit and we are just so broke,” said Tania Mercado, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development. “But I honestly believe we have lacked responsible administrators and elected people that have failed to allocate our limited resources wisely.”The 2012-13 California budget increased K-12 education funding by $6.6 billion to $53.5 billion, a move that assumes an increase in state revenue.“Virtually all of this increase is contingent on the passage of Proposition 30, Gov. Brown’s proposal, which establishes temporary tax increases to fund schools and balance the state budget,” said Dr. Lawrence Picus, vice dean for faculty affairs at the Rossier School of Education, in a statement. “Proposition 38, authored by advocate Molly Munger, which temporarily raises taxes but places limits on how the money can be used, will also appear on the ballot in November.”The primary purpose of Prop. 30 is to raise approximately $6 billion annually and balance the California budget. Brown proposed the measure as an initiated constitutional amendment.“If Prop. 30 fails, trigger cuts enacted in the budget would reduce funding by nearly $6 billion, most of it falling on education,” Picus said. “Schools and community colleges would lose $5.35 billion midyear, while both the UC and CSU systems would see their revenues reduced by $250 million each. The remaining reductions, which are comparatively small, would come from other state services.”Prop. 30 is currently outperforming Prop. 38 in the polls, and many analysts predict it is unlikely that Prop. 38 passes and Prop. 30 fails, as Prop. 30 offers a lower tax increase. It is more likely that Prop. 30 will pass and Prop. 38 will fail, both propositions will fail, or both propositions will pass. The state constitution specifies that if two conflicting measures on the same ballot pass, the one that received more votes would prevail.“If both measures fail, approximately $5.5 billion in scheduled cuts, mostly from education, would take place,” said Dr. Morgan Polikoff, assistant professor of education at Rossier. “These cuts would probably include teacher layoffs and furlough days, among other things. The cuts would be very severe on top of the already sustained cuts that have faced California schools in the past few years.”Because of the severity of budget cuts schools have already seen, Polikoff recommended that voters look favorably on the propositions.“What I would say about the two measures is that folks who care about school funding should absolutely vote yes on 30,” Polikoff said. “Whether they also want to vote yes on 38 is another choice.”Regardless of which measure voters choose, many students felt that at least one needed to pass.“Cutting funding to education should never be an issue because education is key to everything: to the economy, to healthcare, to technology and innovation,” Mercado said. “It’s a terrible mistake what we have allowed to happen within our state. It’s irresponsible and it’s a shame.”last_img read more

Leicester City miss the sign of Adrien Silva by 14 seconds

first_imgLeicester City are said to have missed the signing of Adrien Silva by 14 seconds.Reports claim the Foxes agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon for the Portugal midfielder, but just missed the transfer deadline.It means Silva won’t be able to play until January, although Leicester are thought to be appealing. Photo: Pixabay Meanwhile, Swansea defender Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for three months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.The centre-back sustained the problem in last month’s 4-1 League Cup win over M-K Dons.last_img read more

Bond 25: James Bond’s 25th Film Launched in Jamaica

first_imgRead More: Bond 25’ to Be Partially Shot in IMAX, a Franchise First James Bond or 007, the iconic fictional character that was created in the 1950s in Jamaica, has returned to the island for its 25th film: Bond 25.“Bond 25” was officially launched on Thursday, April 25 via a livestream on the official James Bond Twitter account, which featured Director Cary Fukunaga, Producer Barbara Broccoli and James Bond himself (Daniel Craig). Many of the cast and crew are currently in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at the GoldenEye Resort, the villa where James Bond creator, Ian Flemming wrote all 13 Bond novels.The producers and director revealed that at the beginning of Bond 25, 007 is not on active duty. He’s doing what most people do when they’re hiding out in Jamaica: just trying to have a relaxing vacation. No title has been released for the film yet, but it was revealed that Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s final time playing the character.Aside from Jamaica, filming locations include Italy, Norway, and London, with studio production based at Pinewood Studios outside London. Bond 25 is due out April 8, 2020.Read More: Jamaican Storm Saulter to release new film in the US, SprinterSpeaking on the return of the famous character to the island, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said that showcasing Jamaica once more in such an iconic franchise as James Bond will have an impact on Jamaica’s tourism industry, providing enormous eternal marketing for the island.History of James Bond in JamaicaIan FlemingJamaica has been heavily involved in all things Bond since the creation of the character in 1953. Not only were all the novels written on the island, but the first ever Bond film Dr. No. (1962) along with Live and Let Die (1973) were filmed in Jamaica. The Goldeneye estate, adjacent to James Bond Beach, is where Flemming lived and wrote in Jamaica for 12 years, before his death in 1964. In 2011, Fleming became the first English-language writer to have an international airport named after him: Ian Fleming International Airport, near Oracabessa, Jamaica.last_img read more