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Police pepper spray Hong Kongers defying ban to mark Tiananmen

first_imgPolice pepper-sprayed some Hong Kong protesters on Thursday who defied a ban to stage candlelight rallies in memory of China’s bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy crackdown, accusing Beijing of stifling their freedoms too.Scuffles broke out briefly in the working-class Mong Kok area where hundreds had gathered and some demonstrators tried to set up roadblocks with metal barriers, prompting officers to use spray to disperse them, according to Reuters witnesses.It was the first time there had been unrest during the annual Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong, which police had prohibited this year citing the coronavirus crisis. Topics : It also comes as Chinese media and some Beijing officials voice support for protests in the United States against police brutality.In Beijing, security around Tiananmen Square, a popular tourist attraction in the heart of the city, appeared to be tightened, with more police visible than on ordinary days.June 4 commemorations are banned in mainland China.In Hong Kong, which just reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus cases in weeks, police had said a mass gathering would undermine public health.But many took to the streets to light candles and stand for a minute’s silence. Seven Catholic churches opened their doors. Some people held photos of the 1989 events, including a famous one of a man standing in front of a tank convoy.Millionaire publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai and Democratic Party founder Martin Lee, who were both arrested in April over protests last year, left a church service together.”We are afraid this will be the last time we can have a ceremony but Hong Kongers will always remember what happened on June 4,” said Brenda Hui, 24, in Mong Kok, with a white battery-illuminated umbrella that read “Never Forget June 4.” Several protesters were arrested, police said.Earlier, a few thousand people joined a peaceful main rally in Victoria Park, many wearing masks and chanting slogans such as “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” and “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.””We are just remembering those who died on June 4, the students who were killed. What have we done wrong? For 30 years we have come here peacefully and reasonably, once it’s over it’s ‘sayonara’ (goodbye),” said Kitty, a 70-year-old housewife.The anniversary has struck an especially sensitive nerve in the former British-ruled city this year after China’s move last month to impose national security legislation and the passage of a bill outlawing disrespect of China’s national anthem. Western solidarityThe European Union and United States both expressed solidarity with the Hong Kong demonstrators’ desire to mark the Tiananmen anniversary.Democratically-ruled and Beijing-claimed Taiwan, where more than 500 people gathered in Liberty Square, asked China to apologize, which the mainland called “nonsense.””In China, every year has only 364 days; one day is forgotten,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on her Facebook page. “I hope that in every corner of the earth there won’t be any days that are disappeared again. And I wish Hong Kong well.”China has never provided a full account of the 1989 violence. The death toll given by officials days later was about 300, most of them soldiers, but rights groups and witnesses say thousands of people may have perished.There was no mention of the anniversary in Chinese state media. But Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily, tweeted a screenshot of the U.S. statement with his own commentary.”The Tiananmen incident gave Chinese society a political vaccine shot, which has enabled us to be immune to any color revolution. 31 years later, riots emerged and spread in the U.S. They only think of exporting it, but forget to prepare vaccine for themselves.”Hu did not elaborate. The term color revolution is often used to describe peaceful uprisings in former Soviet states but has also been used to describe other popular movements.In Hong Kong, officials have repeatedly said a ban on groups larger than eight is a public health measure with no political motivation.Earlier on Thursday, some students in Hong Kong followed the annual tradition of repainting a Tiananmen memorial message on a university campus bridge: “Souls of martyrs shall forever linger despite the brutal massacre. Spark of democracy shall forever glow for the demise of evil.”last_img read more

Australia’s Victoria state marks week of triple-digit coronavirus cases

first_imgAustralia’s Victoria state marked a week of triple-digit increases in new coronavirus infections on Sunday, while a community outbreak in neighboring New South Wales (NSW) has put the state on high alert.Victoria reported 273 new cases of the coronavirus and another COVID-19 death on Sunday, while NSW had nine cases linked to an outbreak at Sydney pub. Both states account for more than half of Australia’s population of 25 million.Australia has avoided the high COVID-19 casualty numbers of other nations with swift and strict measures, recording so far just under 10,000 coronavirus cases, or about a sixth of the daily cases seen in the United States in recent days. But as the country has gradually eased social distancing curbs, a spike in community-transmitted cases led to Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, being put under a fresh six-week lockdown on Thursday.”I know we are asking a lot of Victorians, but we simply have no choice but to acknowledge the reality that we face and to do what must be done, and that is to follow those rules, to only go out when you need to,” Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference.Sunday’s increase partly reflects increased testing, with Victoria conducting more than 30,000 tests daily. A man in his 70s died over the weekend of COVID-19, Andrews said, taking the national toll to 108.NSW, which has significantly eased social distancing rules as of July after new cases fell to low single digits, has asked more than 1,000 people who recently visited a pub in south-west Sydney to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19 after a growing cluster has been linked to the pub.Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended a rugby match on Saturday in Sydney, raising some concerns. Asked whether it was a wise decision, Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said Morrison attended the game in a safe manner.Topics :last_img read more

Rush expected for second stage of First Home Loan Deposit scheme

first_img WHO’S ELIGIBLE Bendigo Bank consumer banking executive Richard Fennell Photo: Naomi JellicoeAccording to National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation data, the scheme has proved most popular among first-home buyers aged under 30 on middle incomes.Richard Fennell, the executive of consumer banking at Bendigo Bank, one of the participating lenders, said he expected the response to be even stronger this time around, but applicants needed to move quickly.“For those who have managed to maintain employment during COVID-19, there has never been a better time to buy a home,” he said. “Interest rates are at record lows and the RBA has indicated it won’t be lifting it for a few years. The heat has also gone out of the market somewhat, which means buyers will be spoilt for choice among vendors keen to get deals done. Combine these things with some of the other government incentives and buyers can get a significant head start.”Mr Fennell said borrowers would also avoid paying lenders mortgage insurance, usually payable by anyone with less than a 20 per cent deposit and total up to tens of thousands depending on the value of the property.“For many first-home buyers, the scheme is the difference between being able to buy now or wait another couple of years to save more for their deposit;” he said.Maddison Mikelat, 27, of Dakabin, north of Brisbane, was one of the applicants lucky enough to secure a place in the first wave of places and is now living in the home she bought through the scheme. Maddison said her mortgage repayments were about the same as if she were renting. Photo: John GassMs Mikelaat, who relocated to Queensland from Victoria for work, said she always intended to buy her own home but never thought she would be able to so soon. “I was renting and trying to save at the same time, and was looking to buy a house by myself, which I found quite challenging. Then I saw the scheme and I thought if I don’t grab the opportunity now it would take me about another five years before I would be able to save up enough for a proper deposit,” she said.“I’m so pleased because I got almost a new house, which is so much better than what I was expecting to be able to afford.“It has three bedrooms, a backyard and nice kitchen. It’s just really tidy and nothing like I would have dreamed of owning, not this soon anyway.”More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoMaddison said her mortgage repayments were about the same as if she were renting, but the bonus was that she building equity in her home, and would eventually own it outright.“Have a chat with a bank if you are serious about wanting to buy your own home. I ended up going with Bendigo Bank, mainly because it was the fifth largest bank. I was nervous at my first meeting, but it was great. Everyone I dealt with was really friendly and helpful.”Those wanting to access the scheme must apply through a participating lender but you can apply through more than one lender (see for a full list of participating lenders).The next round of places in the scheme will not be available until the start of the next financial year on July 1, 2021. – The scheme is open to Australian citizens, singles or couples, who have never owned a property before and are over the age of 18.– Applicants must not earn more than $125,000 as a single or $200,000 as a couple.– You must have a minimum 5 per cent, but not more than a 20 per cent, deposit of the value of an eligible property.– Applicants must intend to live in the residence, it cannot be not an investment property.– The scheme applies to properties up to a maximum value of $475,000.center_img Maddison Lea Mikelat, a marine engineer, bought her house with the help of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. Photo: John GassAnother 10,000 first-home buyers will get the chance to step on to the property ladder sooner when the Federal Government opens the second round of its First Home Loan Deposit Scheme on Wednesday. Under the scheme first-time buyers are able to purchase a home in Queensland, up to a maximum value $475,000, with as little as a 5 per cent deposit through one of 25 approved lenders. The government then guarantees the loan with the lender for the difference between the deposit (5 per cent) and 20 per cent of the total value of a qualifying property.With an initial 10,000 places offered in January already filled, applications for the second round are expected to be keenly sought, especially by those able to combine it with other first-time buyer initiatives, such as the First Home Super Saver Scheme, First-Home Owner grant and the First Home Builder Scheme. last_img read more

Slight decline recorded in Dominica’s population

first_imgChief Statistician Mrs. Prayma CaretteThe preliminary results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census have revealed a slight decline in Dominica’s population.Chief Statistician Prayma Carette announced at a press conference on Wednesday that these results were extracted from the Census Visitation Records based on preliminary findings and are subject to change when the final Census data is processed later this year.The preliminary report indicates that as of midnight May 14th, 2011 the total population of Dominica was 71, 293 with 36, 411 males and 34, 882 females. This represents a net decrease from the 2001 census report of 72, 729.Mrs. Carette highlighted four parishes which recorded population gain which are; St. Paul, St. George, St. John and St. Luke.The villages of Jimmit/Warner recorded the highest increase in the St. Paul parish while Cochrane recorded the lowest increase.“St. Paul recorded the largest increase, 1, 176; within the parish of St. Paul, the following communities recorded population increase as follows: Jimmit/Warner increased by 537 persons, Canefield/Morne Daniel 521; Mahaut 286; Massacre 181 and interestingly Cochrane 105.”Another small community which is recorded to have increased is Eggleston in the parish of St. George Mrs. Carette reported.“The Parish of St. George added 709 with the following main area increases: Copthall/Wotton Waven 307; Stock Farm/ Yam Piece/Tarish Pit East 274; Trafalgar/Shawford 157; Loubiere/Fond Baron 160 and Eggleston 106.”According to Mrs. Carette; “The parish of St. John gained 632 with the town of Portsmouth, Picard and Glanvillia recording an increase of 557 persons. The parish of St. Luke recorded an increase by 88”.CARICOM representative John MenserThe largest communities are Roseau with 14, 725 people; Portsmouth including Picard, Glanvilla and Lagoon with 5, 198; Canefield 3, 324; Grand Bay (including Hagley and Ravine Banane) 2, 612, Marigot with 2,411; Salisbury with 2, 174; Carib Territory 2, 145; Mahaut 2, 113; St. Joseph 1, 746; Pointe Michel 1664; Massacre 1552 and Wesley 1362. Haitian born nationals are recorded as the main migrant population in Dominica with 608 males, 446 females a total of 1, 054. The report indicates that there are 17 centenarians with 94.0% females compared to the 2001 census report which recorded 24 persons with 79.2% females. Meanwhile CARICOM representative John Menser who represented Dr. Philomen Harrison at Wednesday’s press conference commended the Chief Statistician, her staff and the government of Dominica for leading the other countries in releasing the preliminary results.“For those countries that undertook the Census Enumeration Round for 2011Dominica is the first country to release Preliminary Census results” he said. He further noted that there is still much work to be done to complete the final report as well as analyzing the data.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Sharing is caring! 130 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet LocalNews Slight decline recorded in Dominica’s population by: – February 1, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

EPL: Newcastle hit four past Bournemouth

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Newcastle ignited their quest for a top-half finish with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Bournemouth that deepened the Cherries’ relegation fears.Dwight Gayle punished Jefferson Lerma’s costly fifth-minute error to hand Newcastle the lead, and Sean Longstaff put the Magpies in complete control at the Vitality Stadium with an emphatic second on the half-hour. The offside flag prevented Josh King’s header from halving the deficit in the first minute of the second half after Dominic Solanke’s deflected shot had struck the post.Newcastle took full advantage of their reprieve as stunning goals from Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro inflicted a crushing defeat on Eddie Howe’s side, who grabbed a late consolation through Dan Gosling.Newcastle’s second victory since the restart lifts them up to 13th in the table, three points off Rafa Benitez’s points total last season with six games remaining, while Bournemouth drop below Aston Villa to second bottom due to their inferior goals scored record.Tags: Dominic SolankeDwight Gayle. BournemouthNewcastle UnitedPremier LeagueVitality Stadiumlast_img read more

Cyprus seeks EC clearance of reworked national gambling framework

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit The government of Cyprus has submitted its restructured national gambling regulatory framework, to be reviewed by the European Commission (EC).Cyprus is seeking to modernise its national gambling framework, allowing for new regulations and licensing for both retail and digital betting services.Cyprus had first submitted its ‘Betting Law 2017’ proposal last June to the Commission. The EU had requested that the Cypriot government change its gambling policy which was deemed to favour Greek gambling operator OPAP as its preferred state-partner.Last September, EU member state Malta, had requested a ‘statuary review’ of Cyprus proposed gambling laws, seeking to consider whether Cyprus had created any barriers to free movement of goods and services in violation of the EU’s existing business framework.Led by the National Betting Authority (NBA), the Cypriot government states that its latest EC submission is consistent and systematic, creating regulations that provide an equal treatment of gambling operators joining its market.“The draft law also provides for the strict regulation, control and supervision of the operation of betting shops used for the provision of gambling services, as well as for the strict regulation of the organisation, operation and provision of gambling services”.Under the proposed framework, licensed bookmakers would pay a tax of 10% on net revenue generated from services, combined with a further 1% levy on net revenue which will be contributed to responsible gambling initiatives. Furthermore, Cyprus will look to implement a 2% to support sporting organisations in the country. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

As the Rangers seek redemption, New York turns to Kaapo Kakko

first_imgAs sermons are held in his name on Tuesday mornings and the Rangers finish up development camp and enter free agency with more plans in mind, Kakko is set on taking his game to the next level. And of course, his plan involves seeing his nameplate in the Madison Square Garden locker room come October as he “[hopes] to play in the NHL next season.”Kakko is a man of few words and is extremely humble in his tone, but he does recognize his potential and lets his abilities speak for him. Coupled with his collectedness in regards to his situation, he is one of the most dynamic, interesting forwards New York has seen over the last couple of years – and he’s happy to fulfill that role.”[This experience] is so great for me, great city,” Kakko said. “I like to be here.” Not much overwhelms him – not even becoming the new face of a franchise.”Little bit [surprising],” Kakko said of the fanbase with a smile. When asked if there was any added pressure, he delivered a surefire answer.”Not so much.”NHL Draft 2019: Winners, losers from a strange first roundThe Finn is no stranger to high expectations. Playing beyond his years and improving his play with each year has become routine for Kakke, who averaged over a point per game in the Finnish junior leagues and earned a spot on TPS in Liiga, the top level of professional hockey in Finland. Though he was just 17, Kakko fit in right away.After registering a 25 goals and 55 points in 38 games last year in Jr. A SM-liiga, Kakko continued to impress in his jump to the big club. He managed 22 goals and 38 points in 45 regular season games and five points in five playoff matchups. He was named the SM-Liiga rookie of the year, and his 22 goals led all Liiga rookies. He also won a gold medal with the U-20 team and following the season, he suited up for Finland at the World Championship, where he had seven points in 10 games en route to another gold medal.His performance, as well as his size, vision, hockey smarts and hands have made him one of the league’s most anticipated prospects – one that even took away the 100 percent guarantee of Jack Hughes going first overall.”His name isn’t sneaking up on anybody. He’s always been under the microscope,” general manager Jeff Gorton told reporters at the NHL Draft. “I think it’s no different than the way he’s lived the last couple years of his life. He sets high expectations for himself.”Those expectations will surely be heightened as he joins a young Rangers core and becomes the centerpiece that the team will rebuild its franchise around. The Rangers have an impressive pool of prospects, but not every day does a forward like Kakko enter the league. Therefore, for Gorton, Kakko is perhaps the most important piece of the puzzle, and the second overall pick will likely be turned to to lead as New York looks to return to its former greatness. The Rangers haven’t qualified for the playoffs over the last two seasons.There are big skates to fill and work to be done, which can bring nerves onto any kid entering his first year in the league. However, Kakko nonchalantly shrugged off any concern about taking on high expectations, sporting a grin as he explained that the fan support and trust make things much easier.He has developed quite a following in the Big Apple; from Rangers faithful chanting his name at the airport to others establishing a church in his name, the city has found someone to rally behind.”He does have a lot of pressure, he is the lord and savior of the New York Rangers,” Ryan Mead, a long-time Rangers fan and founder of “The Church of Kakko” told Sporting News. “There’s a chance he’s special, there’s a chance he brings a Cup to New York. . . he is the embodiment of hope and faith. He is the picture of, ‘this is your future, this is your happiness and this is the guy who can bring you the Cup.” Kaapo Kakko isn’t one to feel pressure.Coming into New York, as he weaved his way through the airport, skyscrapers and multitude of fans chanting his name, his calm demeanor was evident. It was more so Wednesday at Madison Square Garden; despite being surrounded by reporters, he was like any other kid, hands in his pockets as he leaned back and offered a smile to the scrum before him.last_img read more

NHL Stadium Series 2020: TV channel, time, how to watch Kings vs. Avalanche

first_imgIn comparison, the Avalanche’s home arena, Pepsi Center, sits 5,280 feet above sea level.The chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Declan Bolger told the Denver Post that ticket sales are going well and they are expected to sell out before puck drop Saturday.This will be the second NHL regular-season outdoor game played at a U.S. service academy. The first was when the Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on March 3, 2018. In 2014, the Los Angeles Kings played in the first NHL Stadium Series game when they hosted the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium. Two years later, the Colorado Avalanche hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field.Both the Kings and Avalanche lost their respective outdoor games, so something has to give Saturday night when the two meet at Falcon Stadium, the college football home for the Air Force Academy. Colorado has been one of the best teams in the NHL this season currently sporting the sixth-most points in the NHL entering Saturday. The Kings, on the other hand, are in the midst of a rebuild as they have the second-worst record in the league.MORE: NHL Trade Rumors: Kings should trade Alec Martinez and Tyler ToffoliHere’s what you need to know for how to watch the 2020 NHL Stadium Series from Colorado Springs, Colorado.Who is playing in the 2020 NHL Stadium Series?The Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche will face off Saturday night.Those Chrome helmets tho 👌#GoKingsGo— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 15, 2020This will be the first meeting of the season as they’ll face each other three times over the next four weeks.Colorado saw their five-game winning streak end Thursday night against the Capitals 3-2 while Los Angeles snapped their five-game losing streak Wednesday night defeating the Calgary Flames 5-3.Playing a little outdoor puck today.#GoAvsGo— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) February 14, 20202020 NHL Stadium Series: When is puck drop?Date: Saturday, Feb. 15Time: 8 p.m. ET Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET as the Kings face the Avalanche in the 11th NHL Stadium Series game.What channel is the 2020 NHL Stadium Series?TV Channel (U.S.): NBCTV Channel (Canada): SN360Live Stream (U.S.): NBC SportsLive Stream (Canada): Sportsnet NOWCoverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET for both NBC (U.S.) and SN360 (Canada). You can also stream the game through each network’s respective apps: NBC Sports (U.S.) and Sportsnet NOW (Canada).Where is the 2020 NHL Stadium Series?Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado will host the only NHL Stadium Series game this season. Normally the home for the Air Force Academy college football team, the stadium’s capacity stands at 46,692.A unique feature of the stadium is where it’s located. Falcon Stadium is located 6,621 feet above sea level, marking it as the second-highest elevation in all of Division I-A football. This might result in both teams taking quicker shifts on Saturday to deal with high elevation.last_img read more

COVID-19 cases in our listening area hit a total of 500 since the pandemic started

first_imgFloyd17 Worth4 Kossuth9 Kossuth181 Floyd20 Franklin12 Mitchell81 Area Total50020 Franklin495 Wright2927 Butler13 Hancock303 Winnebago12 Wright1054 Mitchell4 Winnebago11 Hancock17 Butler231 Confirmed CasesNew Cases DES MOINES — 20 more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in our listening area, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic started to 500. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s coronavirus website, in the 24-hour time period ending at 11 o’clock this morning, Wright County saw seven more cases; Franklin five; three in Hancock; two in Cerro Gordo; and single cases in Butler, Kossuth and Mitchell counties. Looking at the county-by-county totals since the start of the pandemic — 292 cases have been confirmed in Wright; 49 in Franklin; 44 in Cerro Gordo; 30 in Hancock; 23 in Butler; 20 in Floyd; 18 in Kossuth; 12 in Winnebago; eight in Mitchell; and four in Worth. Four more people in our area have recovered, all from Wright County, for a total of 215. Looking statewide, 167 more cases have been reported for a total of 23,879. Two more people have died for a total of 653. 80 more have recovered for a total of 14,461. Cerro Gordo24 Cerro Gordo442 Worth3 RecoveredNew Recovered Area Total2154last_img read more