Explainer: What you need to know about Hong Kong’s national security law

first_imgThe crimes of secession, subversion of state power, terrorism and colluding with foreign countries and external elements will face penalties of up to life in prison.The reach of the law has stunned some legal scholars, who say that even peaceful actions such as the pro-democracy Occupy protests of 2014 could now bring 10 years jail if foreign links could be proven.It also provides for more active state management and oversight of foreign groups, organizations and media based in what for decades has been China’s freest and most international city.In a move certain to rile democracy activists in the run-up to crucial legislature elections on September, it also demands disqualification for elected politicians who breach the law. Topics : China’s sweeping new national security law for Hong Kong took effect in the global financial hub at 11 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) – the same moment the city authorities published the law. It is expected to mark the biggest change in the freewheeling former British colony since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.Just how far does it go?Early assessments of the law, whose content was kept secret until it took effect, suggest that some elements are stronger than many feared, both in scope and penalties.center_img The law confirms, however, that it will not be applied retroactively against crimes committed before it was implemented.Both Hong Kong and Chinese central government officials have said the law is vital to plug gaping holes in Hong Kong’s national security defenses – deficiencies exposed in the months of sometimes violent protests that rocked the city in the last year.What is most likely to cause concern?The first official presence of mainland Chinese security and intelligence agents in Hong Kong and powers granted to them that go beyond local laws represent a major threat to the city’s liberties, according to security experts, diplomats and some politicians.The law allows them to take enforcement action from a new base at a mainland security commission in the city. The Hong Kong government will have its own commission, backed by its own special police unit. The law stipulates, for example, that the mainland agents cannot be detained or inspected by local authorities while carrying out their duties.Is anything still unclear?As earlier stated by Beijing, the law allows for Hong Kong’s chief executive to appoint judges for national security cases – a move lawyers’ groups have said imperils the city’s rule of law traditions.But it also allows for mainland courts to hear serious and complex Hong Kong cases in certain situations – including those allegedly involving collusion with foreign forces – a major change and one that is likely to be intensely debated in coming days, including how suspects will be taken to the mainland without formal extradition arrangements.It was not immediately clear whether the city’s foreign judges would be excluded from national security cases.Up until now, Hong Kong has boasted a proudly independent judiciary and separate, common law-based legal system that have long been deemed key to its success as a global financial center.What comes next?The big issue will be enforcement. Many in the city are waiting to see if action will be swift or whether authorities will wait to test their new institutions and cautiously build cases.Some high-profile democracy and independence activists have said they expect to become the first to be detained under the new regime, and disbanded their groups.Within two hours of the law being announced, the government revealed that special local police and justice department prosecution units had already been formed to enforce the law.For weeks now, Hong Kong and Chinese officials have repeatedly said that only a tiny number of people will be targeted by the new laws and that the rights and freedoms of ordinary people will not be affected.But fear has been building in some political, activist, academic, religious and business circles and some predict that, beyond high-profile cases, the law will chill the openness that they have taken for granted. Some say privately they are questioning whether they should leave Hong Kong.last_img read more

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How the Wolf Administration is Battling Prescription Opioid Abuse (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Jeffrey Sheridan, Press Secretary Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos The prescription opioid crisis is the most significant public health crisis facing Pennsylvania.These are the facts:According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. have quadrupled since 1999.In 2014, U.S. physicians wrote 240 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers.Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014.This epidemic is affecting people all across the commonwealth – young and old, rural, urban, and suburban. We need everyone – government officials, medical professionals, and the recovery community – to work together to ensure that we prevent others from falling victim to substance use disorders.Learn more about prescription opioid abuse from Temple University Center for Substance Abuse Research leaders:Governor Wolf has made battling the opioid epidemic his top priority. Here are some of the recent steps the Wolf Administration has taken to make sure we are doing everything we can to reverse this trend:Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramLast week the Pennsylvania Department of Health went live with the newly re-designed Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will allow prescribers and dispensers to query and report information regarding the number of opioids prescribed, and to whom. The goal of the prescription drug monitoring program is to assist health care professionals with prescribing and dispensing medications safely and referring identified patients to treatment.Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesThe administration recently announced new prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids in order to reduce the pattern of over-prescribing painkillers that have such a high risk for abuse. These guidelines will help fight back against opioid abuse and heroin use before those habits even begin. These guidelines have been adopted by the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Board of Dentistry, the State Board of Geriatric Pain, State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the State Board of Ob-Gyns.Prescription Drug Take-Back ProgramUnder the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Centers of ExcellenceIn addition, the 2016-2017 budget provided funding to implement 45 centers of excellence (COE) throughout the commonwealth that will treat nearly 11,000 people with substance use disorder. These centers will work with the victims of SUD to make sure they get the comprehensive, holistic treatment they need to beat their disease. These centers will be the first stop for people looking for adequate and effective treatment.Substance use disorder affects people all across the commonwealth and that is why the search for effective solutions enjoys broad bi-partisan support. Governor Wolf will continue to fight to make sure Pennsylvanians have the resources we need to get our arms around this crisis. How the Wolf Administration is Battling Prescription Opioid Abuse (VIDEO) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 31, 2016   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

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Downsizing from this beach suburb appeals to Brisbane lawyer and property industry identity

first_imgPeter MacGregor is downsizing from his Casuarina home.While Mr MacGregor reckons it will be hard to part with the home he said it was time for them to downsize.“Our children have now grown up and are starting families of their own and have work commitments interstate, so it’s time for us to move on and let another family start creating memories in this beautiful home.’’Mr MacGregor is currently working with developers the GPT Group and Metroplex on Metroplex Westgate – a business district in Wacol. 4 Eclipse Lane, CasuarinaBRISBANE lawyer and property industry identity Peter MacGregor – is selling his beachfront home at Casuarina Beach.Mr MacGregor and his wife Leonie built the home at 4 Eclipse Lane, which is about 50 metres from the ocean.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe two level, five-bedroom, three-bathroom house is being marketed by Lorna Savage Properties, with an asking price of $2.1 million.It was designed by architect Adam Pope and has three separate living zones which includes a self contained ‘unit’ on the upper level.last_img read more

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Maersk Invests in Its First Portuguese Startup

first_imgShipping major Maersk has decided to invest in the technologic startup Huub, marking the first ever investment made by the Danish multinational company in a Portuguese startup.Huub, that defines itself as a “360º brand accelerator”, announced the raise of the new investment round carried out by Maersk’s Corporate Venture unit Maersk Growth.With this new round, the startup closes its early-stage investment cycle with a total of EUR 4.35 million, the biggest funding ever to be registered in Portugal. This represents more than the double average seed on the USA and surpasses the European average by four times, according to the company.This recent capital will allow Huub to follow its strategic plan, that includes tripling the current number of brands, expanding European logistics operations and improving effectiveness and competitiveness, before the next investment round.Through its integrated logistics platform, Huub manages end-to-end interactions from suppliers to final customers on both B2B and direct to consumer in over 125 markets.HUUB foresees closing the year of 2019 with a revenue of EUR 3.5 million, which represents a growth of around 200% when comparing to the previous year.last_img read more

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Registration for Backyard Gardening Programme on Hold

first_img Tweet LifestyleLocalNews Registration for Backyard Gardening Programme on Hold by: – May 16, 2020 299 Views   no discussions Share The Division of Agriculture says the requests for backyard farm support have been so overwhelming that it has put registration on hold just to provide for the 2,774 local residents who have indicated interested in growing their own food.The Ministry also plans to make the project a long-term one.In April, the Ministry for the Blue and Green Economy and Agriculture launched its Coronavirus Food Security Programme to provide seeds and seedlings to large scale farmers to feed the island during this pandemic.Shortly after that, the ministry included a backyard farming component to this programme to include families, primarily those considered vulnerable like single parent family and seniors.The Division of Agriculture has said that the objective is to ensure that Dominicans are eating balanced and nutritious meals. This is why the seedlings packages are diverse with plants rich in vitamins, minerals, starch and protein.Dr Almario Casimir is Coordinator of the Disaster Risk Management Project in the Division of Agriculture.“We have not gone past the 2774 participants. One of the reasons for the temporary closure of the programme is that the requests were coming in and the demand on the agricultural stations for production of seedlings was tremendous,” he said adding that the Ministry has had to hire two private nurseries to increase propagation.The Agriculture Ministry plans to establish the backyard gardening programme as a long-term intervention primarily for households considered vulnerable.At least 10-15% of the total number of households in Dominica were targeted for this programme, based on data from the Ministry of Social Services.Dr Casimir described this goal as “very ambitious.”“The central objective is to target vulnerable groups and single-headed households. We will work in collaboration with the Ministry for Social Services to look at a sustained and more-in depth programme.”The Division does emphasise that those who have registered so far will be supplied with seedlings as distribution and propagation is ongoing.Dr Almario Casimir, Coordinator, Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, Division of Agriculturecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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COVID-19: China FA proposes minimum 30 percent pay cut

first_img Shanghai SIPG’s Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar is one of the best-paid players in the world on an estimated $27 million a year. Temporary wage reductions in football are a hot topic with clubs facing financial challenges because of the pandemic, which has seen most leagues indefinitely suspended. Arsenal became the first English Premier League club to agree a pay cut on Monday with manager Mikel Arteta and players accepting a 12.5 percent reduction in salary. The Chinese Football Association has proposed clubs slash wages of players and coaches by at least 30 percent to cut costs because of the coronavirus, state media said Tuesday. Shanghai SIPG’s Oscar is one of the best paid players in world football on a reported $27 million a year The People’s Daily said that the CFA is now awaiting feedback from teams in the top-tier Chinese Super League (CSL) and the two divisions below. The CSL season was supposed to begin on February 22 but was indefinitely postponed after coronavirus emerged in central China in December, before spreading worldwide. “After the opinions are collected and revised, the Chinese Football Association will report to FIFA and other relevant departments,” the state-run newspaper said. “It is understood that the target of the Chinese Football Association (wages cuts)… does not include youth players and ordinary employees with relatively low salaries,” People’s Daily added. The CSL has enticed foreign coaches and players in recent years with vast pay packets.Advertisement Read Also: Scottish First Minister wary of football behind closed doors Clubs in Europe’s other top leagues, including Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, have similarly cut wages. There is still no confirmed start date for the CSL but there are claims it could now begin in late June or early July. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locationslast_img read more

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Manchester City, Chelsea share spoils in 3-3 WSL thriller

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Leaders Manchester City and second-placed Chelsea shared the spoils in a pulsating 3-3 draw in an FA Women’s Super League clash on Sunday, which saw spectacular goals from six different scorers. Manchester City stay top of the table with 40 points after 16 games, while Chelsea maintained their unbeaten record in the league. They remain a point behind with a game in hand over their title rivals. Ellen White gave Manchester City the lead in the 22nd minute with a close-range effort. But midfielder So-Yun Ji put Chelsea level six minutes before the break with a deflected shot from distance. Georgia Stanway put Manchester City back in front with a superb breakaway goal on the hour mark. But, again, Chelsea came back as goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck could not keep out Magdalena Eriksson’s close-range header eight minutes later. Stanway then had a penalty kick saved before Beth England’s long-distance pile-driver put Chelsea ahead for the first time. This time it was Manchester City who dug deep to level as Hemp held off Maren Mjelde to score the final goal of a thrilling game and secure a valuable point. At the other end of the table, Ebony Salmon’s goal 15 minutes from time gave Bristol City a 1-0 away win over Birmingham City. The slim win moved them up to 10th in the table. Manchester United scored an impressive 3-2 win away to Everton. A Rianna Dean penalty kick gave Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, who had Lea Le Garrec sent off in the first half for two yellow cards. In Sunday’s late kick-off fixture, West Ham’s Adriana Leon and Martha Thomas and Liverpool’s Rachel Furness each netted a brace of goals. The goals helped the Hammers to comfortably beat bottom side Liverpool 4-2 at home. Reuters/NAN.Tags: ChelseaEvertonManchester CityManchester UnitedWomen’s Super Leaguelast_img read more

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Barry: Everton perfect for Barkley

first_img Barkley’s rapid rise has attracted the interest of bigger clubs. However Barry, on loan from Manchester City, has been able to watch the youngster at close quarters and believes a long run in the Toffees first team will be hugely beneficial. “The manager has already shown he is not frightened to throw the younger players in if he thinks there is a role in the team and he thinks they have enough ability,” said Barry. “Ross is reaping the benefits at the moment and the more he plays the more confident he will get and the more he will improve. “There are so many positives I can throw at him, for such a young player he is playing a very mature game. “He is strong, quick, has a change of pace and the performances he has shown in the Premier League prove he can deal with the pressure. “But on the other side the manager has already stated you don’t want to put loads of pressure on his shoulders. “You don’t want to build him up too much. I think Everton is the perfect club to be learning his trade and the more he plays the more he learns and he will keep improving while keeping his feet on the ground, which will be ideal for him.” Midfielder Gareth Barry believes Everton is the perfect club for rising star Ross Barkley to continue his development. Press Association Barkley is set to return from international duty and go straight back into the side for Saturday’s visit of Hull but fellow midfielder Steven Pienaar is unlikely to make that game. The South African has been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the last month and is not quite ready to return. “Probably Saturday is a little bit too early but I don’t think he is going to be away for too long now,” Martinez told City Talk. “All the signs have been positive but we have to be careful we don’t push him too early.” Martinez has been using the relatively quiet period during the international break to assess the squad members who have remained on Merseyside. “We have to focus on the players we have here and it gives you an opportunity to look into the injured players and see where they are,” Martinez added. “Steven Pienaar and Antolin Alcaraz (hernia) have made huge progress and they are developing really well. “We have eight players working every day and making sure they use this period as needed: some players need a bit of work, others need a bit of regeneration time and that has been really pleasing. “On the other side you can look at the games and prepare the next period we have until the next international break but it has been very positive for everyone at the club.” The 19-year-old has been handed a key role by manager Roberto Martinez this season and has responded with a string of impressive performances. That has helped him progress into the England senior set-up, winning his first cap last month and retaining his squad place for the national team’s final World Cup qualifiers. last_img read more

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Alderweireld aware of Costa threat

first_img This has been quite the year for the 25-year-old, having made the loan move to Saints fresh from helping Belgium to the World Cup quarter-finals and Atletico Madrid shock the football world. Alderweireld was part of the Los Colchoneros side which won a first Primera Division title in 18 years and came off the bench in the Champions League final, where rivals Real Madrid cruelly denied them a famous double. Fresh from ending their worst losing streak of the 21st century against Everton, Ronald Koeman’s men triumphed 3-1 against Crystal Palace thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Alderweireld. On-loan full-back Ryan Bertrand is ineligible to face his parent club, but manager Ronald Koeman can call upon captain Jose Fonte. Shane Long, Dusan Tadic and Victor Wanyama could come in after starting from the bench at Palace, but Jay Rodriguez (cruciate ligament), Sam Gallagher (knee) and Jack Cork (knock) remain out. Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic hopes to play alongside John Terry for many years to come at Chelsea. The Serbia midfielder has become a key member of a squad which Terry continues to lead with great authority. The 34-year-old Blues captain is entering the final six months of his Chelsea contract, which was extended for a year last summer. Terry, who scored for a second successive game in Friday’s 2-0 defeat of West Ham, is bidding to lead Chelsea to a fourth Premier League title in 10 seasons, but a first since 2010. “John is a big player, he’s our captain and he deserves everything,” Matic told Chelsea TV. “He’s one of the best central defenders in England ever. It’s good to have him in the team. I hope he will continue for a few more years like this.” Should Terry’s form continue it is likely his Chelsea career will be extended in the summer, but his primary focus is on the here and now. So, too, is Matic’s ahead of Sunday’s trip to St Mary’s, where Chelsea will bid to finish 2014 on a high and begin 2015 on top of the Barclays Premier League. “We are focused always on the next game,” Matic added. “We look at this like a new challenge, like a new opportunity to show our quality and we will continue like this. “We had some stretches in the dressing room (after the West Ham win) and we are already focused on Southampton. “We will try to prepare ourselves for that game and I hope we will continue to win.” Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns or suspensions, but must determine how best to utilise his squad with matches against Tottenham and Watford, in the FA Cup, in the following seven days. Southampton’s Toby Alderweireld began 2014 playing alongside Diego Costa and ends it trying to shackle a player he believes is one of the best in the world. It took extra-time for Real to eventually triumph and things could have been so different had star man Costa not been forced off just nine minutes into what proved his last match for Atletico. The bustling forward moved to Chelsea in the summer and has so far justified his £32million price tag, with the Boxing Day strike against West Ham making it 13 goals from his first 15 Premier League matches. Alderweireld faces the unenviable task of attempting to stop Costa adding to that tally on Sunday, with the defender well aware of the threat his former team-mate poses. “It is very difficult because he is fast, he is strong, he has technique,” he said. “He can score goals, is good with his head, so I have to be at my best to stop him.” Costa is not the only threat Alderweireld knows all too well about, having this year also played alongside Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis. “They are the best players in the world, especially Diego and Eden Hazard,” he said. “We have to be at our top to beat them.” Despite that, he says Southampton will head into the match brimming with confidence after continuing their impressive resurgence at Selhurst Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Flurry of positive COVID-19 tests in athletes hurts US restart plans

first_imgNEW YORK: Hopes that sport in the United States might soon return to business as usual suffered a blow on Friday as athletes from golf to hockey tested positive for the novel coronavirus, triggering a shutdown of some facilities.The PGA Tour, which only restarted last week after a three-month COVID-19-forced hiatus, confirmed its first positive test, removing Nick Watney from second-round play at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Over a 24-hour period, Major League Soccer (MLS), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) confirmed positive tests, and those sports pondered return-to-play scenarios. Leagues are doing extensive testing for coronavirus even among players not showing symptoms. Agencies Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Let’s Talk Depressionlast_img read more

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