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‘Very negative consequences’ “The national security law risks seriously undermining the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, which we wish to see stay in place.”Von der Leyen said that she had warned the Chinese leaders that Hong Kong owes its economic success to its relative autonomy from Beijing.”So we also conveyed that China risks very negative consequences if it goes forward with imposing this law,” she said.Under the “One Country, Two Systems” agreement made before Britain handed the territory back to China in 1997, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.But after a year of huge and often violent rallies that have morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability, Beijing says the new law is needed to end unrest and restore stability.China and the EU both profess to want to strengthen ties, but the relationship is tangled in a thicket of disagreements on topics ranging from trade and investment rules to human rights and national security.And Monday’s talks came against a backdrop of rising tensions and increasing mistrust between Brussels and Beijing. “We expressed our grave concerns about the proposed national security law for Hong Kong,” Michel told reporters after the talks. “We called on China to follow the promises made to the people of Hong Kong and the international community regarding Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and guaranteed freedoms.”A report of the summit by China’s state news agency Xinhua made no mention of Hong Kong but said Xi had stressed his country wanted “peace without hegemony”.Foreign ministers from the G7 group of industrialized nations last week urged Beijing to reconsider the proposed law, which has raised concerns it will end Hong Kong’s relative freedoms and open the door to the kind of repression seen in mainland China. Echoing the language of the G7 statement, von der Leyen said they had made it clear to the Chinese that the EU believes the imposition of the national security law breaches Beijing’s international commitments. Topics : The EU on Monday warned China it would face “very negative consequences” if it presses ahead with a new security law for Hong Kong, stepping up pressure on Beijing over the controversial legislation.European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council chief Charles Michel told China’s top leaders of their “grave concern” over the new law, which critics say will curb the financial hub’s autonomy and freedoms.The stern message, delivered during a video summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, adds to a chorus of international concern over Hong Kong, though so far Beijing has shown no sign of backing down on a law it says is necessary to maintain order. Cyber complaints The EU has been angered by what it says is a significant Chinese campaign of disinformation around the coronavirus epidemic, which originated in China.”We have seen cyber attacks on hospitals and dedicated computing centers. Likewise we’ve seen a rise on online disinformation, and we pointed out clearly that this cannot be tolerated,” von der Leyen said.The EU has in recent months sought to tread a delicate path with China, characterizing it as a “systemic rival” and competitor but also as a partner on some issues.But Monday’s statements were sharper and more critical in tone.Up to now the EU’s efforts to stand up to Xi’s increasingly assertive China have been stymied by a lack of unity among its 27 member states, many of which have been courted assiduously by the Asian giant.Going into the summit, Chinese officials grumbled about proposed new EU legislation aimed at ensuring foreign firms backed by heavy state subsidies do not distort competition in Europe.There is particular concern about Chinese companies swooping in to buy European companies weakened by the coronavirus-triggered recession.According to Xinhua, Xi said the economies of China and Europe should become a “dual engine of the world economy” to promote recovery after the pandemic.After the summit, von der Leyen said there needed to be “more ambition” from the Chinese side to conclude a stalled investment agreement.
‘A circus with balloons’ Navalny, a 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner who has organized the biggest anti-Kremlin demonstrations in recent years, has slammed the reforms as a “constitutional coup” but has done little to forcefully oppose them.He has said debate about whether to participate in the plebiscite is pointless because lawmakers have already backed the amendments and the vote will be a fraud.”What we are left with is a circus with balloons,” he wrote on Telegram.While many opposition supporters have been frustrated by its inability to offer a more decisive plan of action, some said change will come sooner or later.Mikhail Samin, a 20-year-old programmer who took part in anti-government protests in Moscow last summer, pointed to Putin’s approval ratings, which fell to a historic low of 59 percent in April, according to a poll by the Levada Centre. “The opposition is moving in the right direction,” Samin said. “Society is moving in the right direction.”Navalny has said that, instead of focusing on Putin’s constitutional changes, Russians should prepare for regional elections in September and parliamentary polls due in 2021.Last year pro-Kremlin candidates suffered losses in Moscow city polls after Navalny called for tactical voting to oppose Putin loyalists.Analyst Stanovaya said it was time for Navalny to save his strength for another battle.”Now is not his time.” Russia’s opposition is denouncing this week’s vote on President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional reforms as a joke, pointing out that copies of the amended basic law are already on sale in Moscow bookshops.From liberal reformers to Communists, Kremlin critics say the vote — which started last week and ends on Wednesday — is a thinly veiled attempt to keep Putin, 67, in power for life.But other than tepid calls to boycott or vote “No”, the opposition has done little to actively fight the changes. Russia’s top opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who last summer rallied thousands against suspected voter fraud in Moscow, has also shown little interest in combating the reforms.Experts say deep divisions and shrewd moves by the Kremlin are keeping opponents from mounting any serious opposition to Putin’s plans.”A lack of resources, a lack of new faces, a lack of excitement, inspiration and faith — that’s what I think are the main reason for the problems,” said Vitali Shkliarov, a Harvard University fellow and political adviser who has worked with the Russian opposition.”There have been a million opportunities to prove yourself” since Putin announced the reforms, he said. But after years of repression, Kremlin critics feel dispirited. ‘Opposition in a bind’The amendments have already been approved by parliament but Putin called the public vote in an effort to boost their legitimacy.Initially planned for April 22, the ballot was postponed by the coronavirus epidemic and analysts say its quick scheduling and then rescheduling is part of the reason the opposition has been unable to mount a strong campaign.Tatyana Stanovaya, founder of analysis firm R. Politik, said the Kremlin also pulled the rug from under its opponents when it gave Russians the choice to vote only “yes” or “no” on the entire package of changes, instead of individual amendments.Opposing popular measures such as better pensions and minimum wages could leave Kremlin opponents vulnerable, she said.”In such a situation it’s hard to argue against the amendments,” she told AFP. “The opposition is in a bind.”Liberal party Yabloko has urged Russians to stay away from the “illegal, anti-constitutional and fake vote”.The Communist Party is calling on its supporters to vote “No”, an unusual move for a party that often toes the Kremlin line. “The Russian opposition does not believe in itself.”Putin proposed amending the constitution in January and later approved a last-minute addition that would reset presidential term limits to zero, potentially allowing him to serve two more six-year terms after his mandate expires in 2024.They also include political changes like strengthening the role of parliament and a series of populist measures such as a requirement to adjust state pensions for inflation and an effective ban on gay marriage.Opinion polls show a majority of Russians support the social amendments but there is less enthusiasm for the political reforms. Topics :
Share Share 12 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional First minority government for Guyana by: – December 2, 2011 Share Tweet President-elect, Donald RamotarGEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) on Thursday declared Donald Ramotar of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) the winner of Monday’s presidential election. However, Ramotar’s party failed to win an overall parliamentary majority.GECOM said the PPP/C won 32 seats, the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) 26 seats, and the Alliance for Change 7 seats. It is the first minority government in Guyana since the former British colony achieved self-government in 1953 and independence in 1966.Ramotar is expected to be sworn in as president on Saturday, replacing Bharrat Jagdeo, who served the two-term maximum set by Guyana’s constitution.The electoral commission had delayed the announcement of the final results, which had been expected on Wednesday, amid much controversy, prompting GECOM chairman Steve Surujbally to defend the integrity of the commission and the results.By Caribbean News Now contributor
Tanaleon added that because the barangaydrug-clearing program is in full force, they have begun tapping privateestablishments so business operators would know that their workers are notusing illegal drugs. The MOA will provide the impetus for thefull implementation of the drug-free workplace policy in Western Visayas,Tanaleon said in an interview. DOLE Department Order 53-03, or theguidelines for the implementation of a drug-free workplace policy for theprivate sector, mandates establishments that employ 10 or more workers toformulate drug abuse prevention and control programs and company policy againstdrug use, Tanaleon said. “This is a good program so there is noreason for us not to pursue it,” she added. (With a report from PNA/PN) “One of the things that will be includedin the MOA is for LGUs to undertake the implementation of the drug-freeworkplace policy. We will include in the requirements that before a businesspermit or renewal permit is issued, DOLE has to certify that an establishmenthas complied or is exempted from DO (Department Order) 53-03,” she said. “PDEA, DOLE, and the LGU will worktogether to issue requirements that should be complied (with) by anestablishment to make sure that they have a drug-free policy within theirbusiness,” she said. “This is a big program and our pilotareas are also major cities. Once we start with these big cities, we arepositive that other municipalities in Western Visayas will follow,” she added. Tanaleon said Thursday they were justfinalizing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that would be entered into by theiragency, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and pilot localgovernment units (LGUs). On Jan. 28, PDEA met with the localchief executives and representatives of these cities to discuss the initiative. Last year, PDEA also launched “OplanKalasag”, an advocacy program on drug-free workplace where administrators,front liners, and security officers of hotels, restaurants, bars, subdivisions,condominiums, and warehouses were empowered in compliance with Republic Act9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and DOLE DO 53-03,Tanaleon said. ILOILO City – The full implementation of the drug-free workplace policy inprivate establishments will be formalized before the first quarter of the yearends, according to Ma. Graziella Tanaleon, information officer of the PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Western Visayas. The drug agency eyes to pilot the fullimplementation in the cities of Passi, Iloilo, and Bacolod.
The BMS Girls’ Basketball team held their awards program this week.Congratulations to all of the players on their hard work, dedication, and improvement.Individual awards went to.Offensive Award: Hattie WesterfeldDefensive Award: Stephanie NobbeBulldog Award: Ellie WaechterCourtesy of Bulldogs Coach Thomas Barnett.
WYALUSING, Pa. – Jake Maynard is driving a dream while paying tribute to the men and women who have served our country in all branches of the armed forces.The 18-year-old from Wyalusing, Pa., is the driver of an award-winning IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified with a military theme.Names of 123 service members dating from the Civil War through Operation Enduring Freedom are listed on “dogs tags” on the body of the car.An eagle and American flag are on each door panel and POW/MIA banners on the side panels. Conflicts dating from the Civil War to operation Enduring Freedom are inset in the car numbers.“This is our way of saying thanks to all service men and women who kept us free,” said Maynard. “We want them to know how much we appreciate and care about them.”“What I’d like to do most is to come out to Iowa and race it at Super Nationals,” he added, “but that won’t happen this year. I’ll be starting my freshman year at the University of Northwest Ohio.”The Dirt Works chassis is owned by Maynard’s father Billy. He had the original idea for the tribute car and his Graphix By Billy designed, produced and installed the graphics.The car went on to receive both the Bob Whitman Memorial Best In Show and Jan Billings Memorial Best Appearing IMCA Modified awards at the Southern Tier Speedworld Show in Johnson City, N.Y., earlier this month.“My dad, mom and I had just been sitting in the living room, watching TV, when dad said ‘How about we do a military tribute car?” Maynard recalled. “I said that sounded like a good idea and mom said she’d never seen one with dog tags.”Needing to get the design done, the Maynards set a deadline date of three weeks, then went to Facebook and a local racing forum asking for submission of names of service men and women.“We decided to do a military tribute theme on the car to honor not just the injured, but all men and women, past and present, who have served in our nation’s military,” explained Billy Maynard. “We wanted it to represent all branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard), as well as all conflicts our country has been involved in.”“Many people included stories about those whose names they submitted. Some were killed in action and some are missing in action,” he added. “The father of a soldier killed in Iraq in 2006 sent us replicas of his son’s dog tags to hang in the car for luck.”News about the tribute car spread with the publication of stories in racing and other media. The Maynards were also asked about displaying the car at a local American Legion Post event as well as during the largest Volunteer Firemens’ Carnival in the area.“We announced on Facebook and RaceNY.com the giveaway of four tickets to the fall night race for the Sprint Cup Series in Richmond, Va. Only past or present service men and women may enter and there is no cost for them to do so,” Billy Maynard said. “More information is on our Facebook page, MEI Motorsports, as well as in the racing discussion section on RaceNY.com.”We are proud to honor those who have served and to do this ticket giveaway as a way of saying thank you,” he continued. “We are also proud to say we are IMCA Modified competitors. We love this division so much that we have no desire to race anything else … it’s this, or nothing. We believe in the IMCA philosophy and approach to the rules. The organization is very well run and does a terrific job of giving back to the racers.”Team MEI’s home track is Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood, N.Y. They may also hit a couple shows at I-88 Speedway in Afton, N.Y., and Clinton County Raceway in Lock Haven.The car was purchased out of North Carolina two years ago and has an interesting history dating from the day the Maynards drove through tornado warnings to pick it up in Virginia.“The design was chosen to highlight the details and the response has just been great,” Maynard said, noting that four of the service men listed are relatives. “It’s made us feel pretty good as a team and as a family. The first time I saw an IMCA Modified I knew I wanted to drive one. Now I guess I’m driving a dream.”In addition to Graphix By Billy, Maynard is sponsored by Forbes Machine Shop and The Barbershop, also of Wysox; Beers Motors and S & A Construction, both of Athens; Wyalusing Collision Repair; Ayers Chiropractic of Tunkhannock; Horizon Powder Coating of Williamsport; Diamond Ed Carbs of Rome; J Orishack Seal Coating and D & J Fotos, both of Monroeton; and Flying Cow Bakery, A.C. Smith NAPA Auto Parts and M & J Photos, all of Towanda. The body is from Performance Bodies in Cedar Falls, Iowa.His crew includes his parents Bill and Darlene, brother Mitchell, grandfather Neil Brown, uncle John Maynard, girlfriend JaLynn MacNelley, Mike Benjamin and Ken Murphy.
The West Palm Beach Police Department said a body was discovered in a canal on Tuesday afternoon.Sgt. David Lefont said the body was found at 1:40 p.m. near the intersection of Carver Avenue and Ninth Street by a city of West Palm Beach landscape employee who was cutting grass.Investigators are at the scene gathering evidence.Police said they are working to identify the victim and do not know the gender.Anyone with information should contact the West Palm Beach Police Department at 561-822-1900.
February 27, 2020 — Matt Dumba had two goals and an assist as the Wild blew out the Red Wings, 7-1 for their fourth win in five games. Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists.MLB-NEWSSale to start season on injured listUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Sale will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers, Florida, for extended spring training when the team breaks camp. Sale reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule.Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow. Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead the short-handed Sixers to a 115-106 victory over the Knicks. Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break.Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 as Philadelphia handed New York its sixth straight loss.Embiid sat out with a shoulder injury and Simmons missed his third straight game with a back ailment that will keep him off the court for at least two weeks. The Sixers will have more information concerning Embiid’s injury on Friday.The win puts the 76ers in a tie with Miami for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.NBA-76ers-INJURIES Associated Press Aleem Ford and Micah Potter each had 18 points for the Badgers, who are 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten.Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines, who were without guard Eli Brooks because of a broken nose.Michigan had won five in a row.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s win, Bolts fall Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULESixers win without Embiid, SimmonsUNDATED (AP) — No Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’). No Ben Simmons. No problem for the Philadelphia 76ers as they improved to an NBA-best 28-2 at home. — Kerwin Danley has been named the majors’ first African American umpire crew chief. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. MLB also says Alfonso Marquez is being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief born outside the United States.— Members of Congress have sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame asking that former major league outfielder Curt Flood be elected in December by the next golden era committee. The recognition would coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Flood’s defiant letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in which he wrote, “I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” Flood was traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia after the 1969 season and refused to report to the Phillies, instead sitting out the 1970 campaign and challenging the reserve clause.— Former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is selling some baseball memorabilia and plenty of household items at a weekend estate sale. The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, bobbleheads, commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, signed Red Sox photographs, and a Boston Bruins jersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back.NHL-CANUCKS-MARKSTROMMarkstrom out after ‘minor’ procedure Lewis and English each made the field on sponsor exemptions after failing to qualify for the event.Zach Johnson shares second with J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard, Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH’-lee) and Lee Westwood, who also made the field on a sponsor exemption.KOBE BRYANT-AUCTIONKobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auctionNEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April. UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have widened their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.David Pastrnak’s (PAHS’-tur-nahks) 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. The game was deadlocked, 1-1 until Brad Marchand and Nick Ritchie tallied 77 seconds apart late in the second period.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) turned back 31 shots to help Boston end its first two-game losing streak in more than a month.The Bruins now pace the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division races by seven points over Tampa Bay.The Lightning dropped their fourth straight since a team-record, 11-game winning streak. Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) recorded a hat trick with three goals in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory at Tampa. The Blackhawks scored three goals in a span of 5:20 and five goals total in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a “minor lower body procedure” and will be reevaluated in two weeks.Markstrom was hurt during a 9-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, causing Vancouver to acquire veteran Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) from New Jersey. Markstrom is 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average, a career-high .918 save percentage and two shutouts this season.PGA-HONDA CLASSICLewis, English share Honda leadPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Lewis and Harris English each fired 4-under 66s to take a one-shot lead in the first of the PGA’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens. Sixers to play without Embiid with Simmons on shelfPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are missing their two best players as they host the New York Knicks tonight.The 76ers say Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is sitting out because of a sprained left shoulder. The All-Star center was injured while collided with Ante Zizic during last night’s loss to Cleveland.The Sixers already are without guard Ben Simmons because of a back injury that is expected to keep him out at least two weeks.The team says it will have another medical update on Embiid tomorrow. Sale went 6-11 last season with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, the fewest in his career for a full season since 2012.In other MLB news:— Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) is expected to be out 8-12 weeks with a strained back muscle. Clase has a 100 mph fastball and was the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas.— Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has had surgery for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team says an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical.— Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEBadgers down WolverinesUNDATED (AP) — Wisconsin made another case for an NCAA Tournament berth with an impressive road win at 19th-ranked Michigan.D’Mitrik Trice hit his first five shots and scored 28 points as the Badgers topped the Wolverines, 81-74. Wisconsin never trailed en route to its fifth straight win.The Badgers shot 63% in taking a 43-33 halftime lead. Update on the latest sports Slater Koekkoek (KOO’-koo) scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad (sahd) added his 20th as Chicago beat the Lightning for the first time in regulation since Dec. 13, 2009.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) snapped a 3-3 tie with 11 minutes left in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Panthers. Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-eh-nehn), Mark Hyman and Justin Holl also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots in Toronto’s third win in four games.— Ryan Strome’s (strohmz) two goals and one assist carried the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win, 5-2 at Montreal. Phillip Di Giuseppe, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also tallied after New York fell behind, 2-0.— Bobby Ryan returned from a three-month injury absence and recorded a hat trick in the Senators’ 5-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan tallied twice in the final 2:08 for his fifth hat trick and first since December 2014. Julien’s Auctions aid Thursday that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that also includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal.Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.