Hong Kong govt warns removing US special status is “double-edged sword”

first_imgHong Kong’s government warned Washington that withdrawing its special US status, which has underpinned the city as a global financial hub, could be a “double-edged sword” and urged the United States to stop interfering in internal affairs.The statement came as US President Donald Trump is due to announce later on Friday his response to the Chinese parliament’s advancement of national security legislation for Hong Kong, which democracy activists and Western countries fear could erode the city’s freedoms.The former British colony enjoys a high degree of autonomy under a “one country, two systems” formula since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The US Department of State said in a report on Thursday it could “no longer certify that Hong Kong continues to warrant [differential] treatment” from Beijing.Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow warned that Hong Kong, which has enjoyed special privileges under US law based on its high degree of autonomy from Beijing, may now need to be treated like China on trade and other financial matters.In a separate statement on Friday, published in several local newspapers, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged “fellow citizens” to “join hands to pursue our dreams while putting aside our differences”.She said the legislation was needed because of a “terrorist threat” and because organizations advocating “independence and self-determination” have challenged the authority of Beijing and local governments and pleaded for foreign interference.The five demands of last-year’s pro-democracy protest movement included universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into police handling of the protests, but not independence. A minority of protesters waved “Hong Kong independence” flags.Independence is anathema for Beijing.The security legislation, along with a bill to criminalize disrespect for China’s national anthem, are seen by protesters as the latest attempt by Beijing to tighten its control on the city.The security legislation, expected to be enacted before September, was condemned also by Britain, Australia, Canada and others. Britain said it will give greater visa rights to British national overseas passport holders from Hong Kong unless China suspends its plans. Topics :center_img “Any sanctions are a double-edged sword that will not only harm the interests of Hong Kong but also significantly those of the US,” the city’s government said late on Thursday.It added that from 2009 to 2018, the US trade surplus with Hong Kong was the biggest among all its trading partners, totaling $297 billion of merchandise and 1,300 US firms are based in the city.Beijing says the new legislation will tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases there.The plan has ignited the first big protests in Hong Kong for months, as thousands of people took to the streets this week, prompting police to fire pepper pellets in the heart of the city’s financial district to disperse crowds.last_img read more

BLOG: Looking Back at the Health Department’s Successful Flu Vaccine Campaign

first_imgBLOG: Looking Back at the Health Department’s Successful Flu Vaccine Campaign SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img January 28, 2016 Human Services,  The Blog Last fall, the Pennsylvania Department of Health launched our “Stopping the Flu Starts with You” campaign, aimed at increasing awareness about flu prevention and providing access to free and reduced costs vaccines. During the campaign, we held 140 clinics at our health centers across the state. Remarkably, almost 1,000 PA residents received flu vaccines at these clinics.In a combined effort among myself, Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion Dr. Loren Robinson, my department also made numerous public appearances and reached out to Pennsylvanians statewide via our social media in order to further spread valuable information about preventing the flu.We have worked hard to educate people about easy ways to prevent the flu. It is my hope that greater awareness will mean fewer cases of flu in the commonwealth this season.As a culmination of the “Stopping the Flu Starts with You” campaign, we hosted clinics at the eight-day 100th PA Farm Show.Traditionally, visitors flock to the popular Pennsylvania Farm Show each year to enjoy world class milkshakes, pet farm animals and view the famed butter sculpture. But this year, more than 1,000 people also got free flu vaccines.The Department of Health’s daily flu clinics were a resounding success. In addition to protecting their health, and the health of others, by getting a flu vaccine, visitors to the department’s booth had the opportunity to learn a life-saving skill. The hands on, “hands free” CPR demonstration was conducted daily under the guidance of our Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.I want to remind all Pennsylvania residents that it is never too late to get your flu vaccine. Those who missed out on the Farm Show clinics and meet eligibility requirements still have the opportunity to sign up and get free or reduced cost flu vaccines at any of our state health centers while supplies last.Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and those around you from seasonal influenza. The Health Department recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is especially important for older individuals, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.In addition to getting vaccinated, to best avoid receiving or spreading the flu, everyone should also:Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.Keep your hands away from your face and don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.  This is one way germs spread.Disinfect frequently used surfaces – like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, etc.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – then throw the used tissue in the trash.Avoid contact with sick people. If YOU are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours until after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.More information is available at FLUFREEPA.COM or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).last_img read more

Scott scores opening night win at Farley

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (May 5) – Farley Speedway held its 2017 season opening point races on Friday night and Johnny Scott of Cameron, Missouri advanced from a sixth row start to score an impres­sive IMCA Modified win.Scott took the 20-lap feature win ahead of Jeff Larson and J.D. Auringer.Tyler Soppe continued his early season hot streak with another Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win, this one ahead of Tim Plummer and Austin Heacock.IMCA Late Models brought the night’s racing action to a close with Joel Callahan scoring the 25-lap feature win ahead of Justin Kay and Jeremiah Hurst.last_img read more

Important deadlines for 2020 Primary Election

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Clerk’s office would like to remind the community of important dates coming up in regards to the 2020 Primary Elections that will now be June 2, 2020.Monday, May 4, 2020 – Voter registration ends.  The deadline for voter registration is the close of business for a voter to apply to register or transfer registration or at midnight for a voter to complete and submit a voter registration application online.Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – First day a voter may vote an absentee ballot in the office of the circuit court clerk or satellite office.Friday, May 8, 2020 – End of pre-primary campaign finance reporting period.Thursday, May 14, 2020 – First day a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person at a private residence, or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s residence or place of confinement.Friday, May 15, 2020 – Deadline by noon, for filing pre-primary campaign finance reports for primary candidates.Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Deadline by 11:59 pm, for the circuit court clerk to receive an absentee ballot by mail.  Applications may be submitted to the circuit court clerk in person or by mail, fax or email.If you would like an absentee ballot by mail, you can call  (765) 647-5111 ext. 3 or click here to print one for mailing.last_img read more

Martinez putting staff together

first_img “For Roberto to bring in his team is absolutely what he wants to do and we want to support him on it,” chief executive Robert Elstone told evertontv. “We are working hard to do that and I’m hoping in the near future that Roberto will have his team. “He is also integrating into a very strong, solid team that already exists here. “There is a real spirit at Finch Farm and lot of experience. I know he will want to retain that Everton spirit but yes, he does want his own support team around him. “We are working to make that happen and I’m sure we will succeed on that in the very near future.” In relation to the likely departures, Elstone added: “Whoever ultimately moves on to new pastures goes with our best wishes and our thanks for all their contribution they have made to Everton Football Club.” The players return to pre-season training on Wednesday and while the most pressing issue is the future of Leighton Baines, for whom Manchester United had a £12million bid rejected on Thursday, the Spaniard also needs to get his coaching staff in place. Assistant manager Steve Round, coach Jimmy Lumsden and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods have all been linked with a reunion with former Toffees boss David Moyes at Old Trafford and Martinez wants to assemble his own staff. They are likely to include Graeme Jones, his assistant at both Wigan and Swansea. New Everton manager Roberto Martinez begins work next week and is likely to have his backroom staff finalised quickly.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Yashasvi Jaiswal Youngest to Score Double Hundred in List A Cricket

first_imgAlur: Mumbai opener Yashasvi Jaiswal on Wednesday scripted history as he became the youngest batsman in the world to score a double century in List A cricket.At 17 years and 292 days, Yashasvi scored 203 runs during the Vijay Hazare Trophy Elite Group A match between Mumbai and Jharkhand.His 154-ball inning, which was studded with 17 fours and 12 sixes, helped Mumbai post 358/3 at the KSCA Cricket Ground.This was his third century in the ongoing tournament. He has so far amassed 585 runs in five matches and is also the leading run-scorer of Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking over from Tamil Nadu’s Baba Aparajith.With this feat, Yashasvi has also become the seventh Indian cricketer to score a double century in List A cricket. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma (thrice), Shikhar Dhawan, VK Kaushal, and Sanju Samson are the other Indian cricketers who have scored double hundreds in List A cricket.Sanju last week scored a double hundred in the ongoing tournament when he played a scintillating 212-run knock for Kerala against Goa on October 12. IANS Also Read: Assam Beat Meghalaya by Six Wickets in Vijay Hazare Cricket at DehradunAlso Watch:RPF seized arms and ammunition from Avadh Assam Express at Guwahati Railway Stationlast_img read more

“It feels good to be back” – Briggs

first_imgFOR 28-year-old defender Matthew Briggs, being named in Guyana’s 23-man squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup is a ‘dream come true’ — a series of thoughts and imagination that started since he first tasted International football for the Golden Jaguars in March of 2015.Briggs played an instrumental role in Guyana’s 2 – 0 win over Grenada at the Guyana National Stadium on March 28, 2015, however, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee overturned the result in favour of the men from the ‘Spice Isle’, claiming that the former Fulham FC English Premier League defender was ineligible to play for Guyana.According to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, who met and deliberated over the matter before handing down the sanction, the GFF was liable for the violation of article 5 of the regulations governing the application of the Statutes as well as article 55 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for having fielded the player, Matthew Briggs, without him holding Guyanese nationality.FIFA further noted that the match is declared a lost by forfeit by Guyana (3-0), citing the FIFA Disciplinary Code. In addition, the Federation is ordered to pay a fine to the amount of 4,000 Swiss Francs.The GFF was also ordered to take all appropriate measures in order to guarantee that the FIFA regulations are strictly complied with.The Golden Jaguars had initially won the match 2 – 0, thanks to a double from Pernell Schultz in the 18th and 38th minutes.Fast forward to over four years later, Briggs, who also played with Watford, Colchester and Millwall, told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview, “I’ve had a rough few years but to come through the other side…I’ve had a great season with Maldon and Tiptree and to now be called up for Guyana to play in the gold cup, it’s a dream come true.”Over the years, while waiting for the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) flagship programme, the senior men’s national team went through the highs and lows of International football. Briggs noted that he was “watching the boys playing and keeping track of their progress and was gutted, I couldn’t be a part of it. And I want to say first of all ‘thank you’ to the boys for getting Guyana to the Gold Cup and I am proud of every single one of them.”“This is the best team I think Guyana has ever had and I think we will surprise a lot of people at the Gold Cup. I believe we have a team strong enough to get out of the group stage most definitely,” Briggs said.Briggs and company will meet up from June 1 in Bermuda where they will come up against fellow Gold Cup debutants, Bermuda, in an international friendly on June 6.Golden Jaguars will then travel to Costa Rica to continue their camp over the period June 9-13 and while there, they will play another international friendly, this time against Caribbean powerhouse, Haiti, on June 11.From Costa Rica, the team will travel to their base in St Paul, Minnesota, USA, for their opening game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019 on June 18 against defending champions, USA.The Golden Jaguars were drawn in Group D of the 16-team tournament, with the USA, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.Following their opening game against the USA on June 18, the side will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on Panama on June 22 at the First Energy Stadium, then play their final group game against Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rivals, Trinidad and Tobago, on June 26 at the Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas.Golden Jaguars team: Matthew Briggs, Terell Ondaan, Jordan Dover, Liam Gordon, Quillan Roberts, Sam Cox, Neil Danns, , Emery Welshman, Keanu Marsh-Brown, Ronayne Marsh-Brown, Callum Harriott, Anthony Jeffery, Pernell Shultz, Warren Creavalle, Elliot Bonds, Terrence Vancooten, Kevin Layne, Stephen Duke-McKenna, Sheldon Holder, Daniel Wilson, Akel Clarke and Alex Murray.last_img read more

Rakeem Christmas receives 2nd-team All-American honors from USA Today

first_imgSyracuse forward Rakeem Christmas has been named a second-team All-American by USA Today, the site announced Wednesday morning.Christmas received third-team All-American honors from Sporting News on Tuesday, but USA Today sportswriters Nicole Auerbach and Eric Prisbell tabbed Christmas one group higher. The senior led the Orange with 17.5 points per game, 9.1 rebounds per contest and 2.5 blocks per game this season.Christmas was also named to the Atlantic Coast Conference first team by the league’s coaches, as well as receiving honors for the ACC’s most improved player and Co-Defensive Player of the Year from the coaches.He’s joined on the USA Today second team by Utah’s Delon Wright, Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon and Wichita State’s Ron Baker.Here’s the entire list of postseason awards handed out by USA Today on Wednesday morning:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFIRST TEAMC Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, Sr.C Jahlil Okafor, Duke, Fr.G Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, Sr.C Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, Jr.G D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State, Fr.SECOND TEAMG Delon Wright, Utah, Sr.F Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, Fr.G Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia, Jr.F Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse, Sr.G Ron Baker, Wichita State, Jr.THIRD TEAMG Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga, Sr.F Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa, Sr.F Stanley Johnson, Arizona, Fr.F Bobby Portis, Arkansas, Soph.G Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, Jr.Player of the Year: C Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, Sr.Freshman of the Year: C Jahlil Okafor, Duke, Fr.Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky Comments Published on March 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

1xBet named as international presenting partner for Serie A

first_img Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 Share 1xBet has been named International Presenting Partner of Italy’s Serie A from 2018 to 2021, covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.The announcement follows Interregional Sports Group’s (ISG) renewal of the International Presenting Sponsor (IPS) rights for Italy’s top football league – a category that ISG introduced to the market for the first time in the 2015/16 season.“We are delighted to have 1xBet as a partner,” said ISG joint Chairman Simon Burgess. “We are confident that Serie A will enable 1xBet to boost its brand courtesy of a direct link with its target audience.”As part of the agreement, 1xBet will be featured in all match graphics, idents and virtual goal mat advertising across every live Serie A game, on all platforms that are broadcast in the regions covered in the terms of the deal.In addition, 1xBet will have extensive use of on and off-line assets, and will launch activation programmes alongside the league in each of its territories.A spokesman for 1xBet said: “We are proud to have signed a partnership agreement for the next three seasons, and we hope that we will make a tangible contribution to the development of Italian football as well as giving the fans the best betting experience.”The announcement comes just a few days after ISG went to market with the first stage of its ground-breaking betting partner package for Formula 1, which was formally unveiled at this year’s Betting on Sports conference. LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Aurum cements place in gaming industry with rebrand

first_img Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share Reconciliation specialist Aurum Solutions has reiterated its place in the gaming industry after confirming a rebrand and the launch of its new website.The site, which will include a dedicated gaming section, will offer information on the ways in which Aurum helps automate reconciliations to ‘improve accuracy and compliance’.Phil Hall, Director of Aurum Solutions, explained: “Our new website contains a dedicated Gaming page making our presence in the industry clear. It is our focus to keep bringing financial services technology and best-practices to the Gaming Industry.”The Aurum Gaming platform supports gaming operators in upholding compliance measures when it comes to payments. By importing data from multiple PSPs, payment gateways, aggregators and gaming platforms, Aurum will allow operators to create ‘a well-defined audit trail’.The full audit-trail, alongside industry-specific reporting and dashboard technology, will help gaming operators meet complex regulatory requirements.It comes at a time when betting and gaming companies face increasing pressure to ensure that they are operating in accordance with protocols outlined by regulators such as the UK Gambling Commission. Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more