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Under Beijing’s watchful eye, Joshua Wong treads fine line

first_imgNot a day goes by without Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong wondering how long it will be before the police’s new national security unit comes for him.The 23-year-old is the city’s most high-profile political dissident, and has twice been jailed for leading anti-government protests in the city.But since Beijing imposed a draconian new security law in July, the stakes have risen significantly. Video games and political dramasWong described a delicate balancing act between his public political life, and his private persona — but believes his prominence does provide some protection.”Being a high-profile activist, sometimes when the regime needs to target you, they also have a bit more hesitation,” Wong said.He describes himself as a big fan of the Japanese robot franchise Gundam, a self-confessed bad driver and an avid watcher of US political drama “House of Cards”.Wong is also a fan of the popular online game “Animal Crossing”, but even that has become entangled with politics.When Hong Kong fans of the game festooned their virtual islands with pro-democracy imagery, the product was promptly pulled from mainland Chinese app stores.Many users blamed Wong, a sign of the vitriol he has long endured in the increasingly polarized city.Last month he and a friend went dog walking, and were tailed by an SUV, whose occupants got out to film and berate him, calling him a “traitor”.”They even scolded the dog,” he recalled.But Wong says he has no plans to scale back his activism.”It seems to be a zero sum game,” he said.”If they choose not to arrest me, I may still be in Hong Kong, but if they choose to arrest me, I may be extradited to China immediately.”And that’s the end.”Topics : Legal firewall toppled One of the many provisions of the new security law was to allow mainland security agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time, and they moved into a requisitioned luxury hotel days after the legislation passed in June.Wong says he is not clear whether those now regularly following him are Hong Kong police or mainland agents. He has mostly stopped taking public transport — instead asking friends to be his drivers or bodyguards — and has upgraded security on his digital devices.”Freedom, privacy and safety are no longer taken for granted in Hong Kong since the law was implemented,” he remarked.Beijing’s security law was designed to stamp out the huge and often violent pro-democracy protests that convulsed Hong Kong last year.It targets acts deemed to be secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion and Beijing has described it as a “sword” hanging over the heads of its opponents as it pushes to return stability.Critics say it has blanketed the city in fear, and UN rights experts warned its broad wording posed a serious risk to Hong Kong’s freedoms.Wong knows he is a prime target.Having spent most of his teenage years leading protests he has been dubbed a leading “anti-China rabble-rouser” by Beijing.The security law has already swept up two of his closest comrades.Fellow former student leader Nathan Law has fled to Britain and is now wanted for national security crimes according to Chinese state media. Agnes Chow — who has led protests alongside Wong since they were just 15 — is one of 22 people arrested under the new law so far. She has been released on bail. “Every day when I sleep, I can’t imagine when will the police storm into my home,” Wong told AFP.”The question for every activist is how much private life is still left?”How much time we can spend with our friends before the day Beijing arrests us with the national security law?”Wong knew the law would dramatically alter the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms, which China pledged to protect until 2047 under the handover deal with Britain.  And it wasn’t long before he saw firsthand how his own daily life had changed.In mid-July he was on his way to submit his candidacy to stand in local elections — an application rejected because of his political views — when he noticed a convoy of at least six vehicles following him.”It’s like one of those Hollywood movies,” Wong recalled. “The drivers even held the walkie-talkies to co-ordinate.”last_img read more


October 19, 2020 0

Uninhabitable bargain home attracts potential buyers

first_imgThe agent happily admits buyers enter this property at their own risk but that doesn’t seem to be putting people off this termite-damaged Queensland home that has been declared uninhabitable.This termite-damaged home will be auctioned on Saturday.The ad for the Raintrees Court property in Buderim bluntly spells out the property’s structural flaws which include termite damage to 75% of the whole house. At least eight of the property’s 32 trusses have confirmed termite damage.“We’ve had over 100 groups through the property, which is probably the busiest listing I have had in years,” says marketing agent Grant Smith of Century 21 Grant Smith Property on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.Investment: Why buying an ugly house can be a great investmentMany potential buyers are attracted to the bargain which could give new meaning to the term renovator’s delight.“It is scheduled to sell potentially, depending on the bidding on the day, below land value,” Smith says.The median sale price for houses in Buderim is $575,000.The current owners discovered the termite damage while renovating the property.The current owners bought the house about two years ago and discovered the extent of the damage during a renovation. The house was deemed uninhabitable by an insurance company 18 months ago.“They (the owners) really love the location, they want to re-purchase in the area, but they’re not in a position to rebuild the house themselves,” Smith says.Those wishing to view it are required to sign a legal liability form.He says the sale should be a warning to all home owners to have their houses thoroughly checked for termite damage.The listing photos clearly show the extent of the termite damage.The insurance company estimates the repair job could cost between $180,000-$200,000.  Most buyers are more interested in tearing down the home and starting again, with a few local builders expressing an interest in undertaking the fiddly and expensive work to maintain the four-bedroom home.Interest in this house has been strong, despite the fact that those wishing to view it are required to sign a legal liability form.“Because it’s deemed uninhabitable it can’t be insured. And because it’s had structural damage from termites, that’s left us in a position to say it’s basically an ‘enter at your own risk’…It’s been a fascinating property to market, ” says Smith.“It’s predominantly locals who have seen the opportunity and gone ‘fantastic’,” says Smith.The pool is fine, says Smith.While the house will need to be either bulldozed or completely re-worked, the pool out the back is structurally sound.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“The pool is perfectly fine…You can buy a block of dirt and a pool,” says Smith.The Buderim house sits on a 684sqm block and includes 35m of adjoining council parkland which makes it a “stunning block”, says Smith.The auction will be held at 10am this Saturday and bidders need to provide 5% for the deposit. It’s a strict cash unconditional sale with a 30-day settlement.The unusual sale has attracted good local media interest, Smith says.Selling vs renovating: Which is right for you?But it’s not the only property that has attracted bargain hunters, in May an asbestos-ridden house in Little Bay in Sydney sold for $1,881,000.A Surry Hills terrace home with an outdoor toilet recently sold for $1.685 million.In February, another “completely uninhabitable” Surry Hills home sold for over $1 million. The owner, Natalie Wood, had died in the house and her body was discovered eight years later.last_img read more


October 6, 2020 0

Dutch regulator orders liquidation of Alcatel-Lucent pension fund

first_imgThe Dutch regulator has ordered the liquidation of Alcatel-Lucent’s €711m local pension fund due to underfunding at the closed scheme at the time the sponsor terminated its contract in 2012.The pension fund should have been liquidated at the time, in accordance with the Pensions Act; however, it was allowed to postpone the liquidation after it sued its former sponsor for recovery payments.Last March, Cor Zeeman, the pension fund’s chairman, said the scheme wanted to place its assets within a new ‘general pension fund’, or APF.At the time, he pointed out that participants were too young for the pension fund to join an insurer, as indexation would no longer be granted. He also pointed out that merging with another pension fund would entail a rights cut, due to the scheme’s relatively low funding of 101%.In the meantime, the introduction of the APF was postponed from 1 July 2015 to 1 January 2016.In its 2014 annual report, the scheme said the regulator rejected giving the pension fund any additional “leeway”.According to the pension fund, the regulator also argued that joining an APF would fail to improve the scheme’s risk profile.The pension fund declined to comment while talks with the regulator were still ongoing, while the regulator, as a matter of policy, does not comment on individual pension funds.The scheme’s annual report made clear that the Pensioenfonds Alcatel-Lucent had already been in touch with insurers and industry-wide pension funds.It is still awaiting the outcome of an appeal regarding recovery payment from its former sponsor.The pension fund’s coverage ratio now stands at 98%.At year-end, it had 4,168 participants.last_img read more


September 29, 2020 0

LIAT warns of possible flight cancellations due to impending storm

first_img 151 Views   no discussions Share Share Regional airline LIAT has placed customers on notice that it could be forced to cancel flights on Sunday August 23, Monday August 24 and Tuesday August 25 due to the impending passage of Tropical Storm Danny.The carrier said customers affected by the disruptions who wish to rebook for a later date will be allowed to do so without change fees or fare differences for a period of two weeks from the date of their original scheduled travel.Following the two-week grace period, passengers will be required to pay applicable fare and change fees when re-booking, LIAT said.LIAT is also advising that passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to disruption caused by weather conditions that they will not be provided with meals, transportation or hotel accommodation.LIAT said it regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of the passage of the storm. Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT warns of possible flight cancellations due to impending storm by: Caribbean News Service – August 19, 2015last_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Government should get to know Haitians before giving them passport

first_img Share Share Share LocalNews Government should get to know Haitians before giving them passport by: – August 15, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img 30 Views   no discussions Tweet Passport of the Commonwealth of Dominica.President of the Dominica Haiti Friendship Association Frantso Moise is calling on the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica to conduct research on Haitian nationals before issuing passports to them.There have been reports of Haitian nationals presenting false documents to the Immigration Department when applying for work permits. Mr. Moise says this research would assist the Government in determining who should be issued a Dominican passport.“Before the Government gives a Haitian a paper, or a citizen or a resident; get to know the person. That’s why we want the Government to work with us, if the Government does not open its doors to me then I am still going to have a little issue. When the person goes for residency they can send them to our Association or call us to find out who that person is, where he comes from and if the person should be given a passport,” he said.Mr. Moise is asking the Government to consider that there are many Haitian nationals in the country who are employed and complying with the laws of the land and should be dealt with on an individual basis.“It’s not because Peter was doing bad and John goes for his papers means he should not get it. If John is behaving himself and doing well in the country then he should be given his documents,” Mr. Moise said.President of the Dominica Haiti Friendship Association, Mr. Frantso Moise.Meantime the President urges all Haitian nationals residing in Dominica who are bent on committing crimes and causing others to receive unfair treatment to cease this behaviour.The Association is organizing a second meeting scheduled for the 28th of August and invites all Haitian nationals to attend and voice their concerns.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


September 26, 2020 0

Cash, phone lost to robbers

first_imgOfficers of the Dingle police stationwere still trying to identify the suspects as of this writing./PN The still unidentified robbers took RaulSabi’s P2,000 cash and a cellphone, a police report showed. ILOILO City – A man has been robbed ofcash and cellphone in Barangay Abangay, Dingle, Iloilo At gunpoint, the armed man ordered Sabito hand over his money and mobile device. The suspect sped away after. Sabi, a 30-year-old resident of the saidvillage, told the police he was just standing along the road on Thursday when fourmotorcycle-riding armed men stopped next to him. last_img read more


September 25, 2020 0

BFN gets Olympafrica’s approval

first_imgBadminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has received the approval of the Board of Olympafrica for the inclusion of badminton as one of the sports in the curriculum of its University of Portharcourt (Uniport) Center in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Olympafrica is a Sporting Organisation established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cater to the sporting and educational development of youths in Africa. It has its headquarters in Dakar, Senegal and the Center in Uniport is one of its affiliates. In a letter dated 6th December 2019, the BFN had written to appeal and make a case for the inclusion of badminton as one of the sports in the Center’s curriculum. The Federation’s appeal was hinged on the fact that the center has been the camping venue for the senior national badminton team during its preparations for recent continental engagements where the team performed very well. The Federation was of the belief that the formal inclusion of the sport in the Center’s curriculum will greatly enhance its growth and development in the country.Advertisement It was therefore with great pleasure and appreciation that the Federation received the approval of the Olympafrica Uniport Center’s Board in a letter dated 28th May 2020 signed by Dr. C.E. Agi. The approval read in part; “It gives me great joy to inform you Sir that the Olympafrica Center of the University of Port Harcourt has been given permission by the Board of the Sports Institute to start a Badminton Academy.” The larger implication of this development portends a great improvement in the growth of the game in Nigeria. The center currently has a total number of six (6) sports officially in its curriculum. With badminton coming on as the 7th sport. The inclusion will be in line with one of the key agendas of the present BFN Board which is Grassroots Development. read also:Dare congratulates Solaja on African women Badminton award The President of the BFN, Francis Orbih Esq. was ecstatic on receiving the Olympafrica approval. In his words “this is one of the numerous achievements of the current BFN Board that has grassroots development of badminton as one of its main goals. Having a standard badminton academy in a standard sporting facility like the Olympafrica Uniport center will be a major boost for the growth and development of badminton in Nigeria”. He said the Federation will take advantage of this development in its quest for repositioning badminton for sustainable growth. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kids11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Loading… last_img read more


September 24, 2020 0

Late pass pays off for Wernette

first_imgChad Wernette was the Friday IMCA Modified winner at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo by Steve Marsh)By Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (June 29) – Chad Wernette made his final move to the front in the waning laps in winning Friday’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Speedway.Garrett Bennett led the opening lap before Mitchell Hunt took his turn at the point. Hunt led the majority of the event but Wernette refused to let Hunt get away.For numerous laps, Wernette and Hunt swapped the lead position. With just a few laps remaining, the Sheridan driver cleared Hunt to earn a victory lane visit for the first time this season.Hunt, Matt Szecsodi, Nate Jones and Kody Johnson completed the top five.last_img read more


September 23, 2020 0

Indiana GOP sends Indiana Democrats FEC Candidate guide

first_imgStatewide — On Tuesday, Indiana Republican Party Executive Director Matthew Huckleby mailed, via the United States Postal Service, a copy of the Federal Elections Commission’s (FEC) candidate guide to the Indiana Democratic Party. They allege this action was spurred when Representative Greg Pence’s Democratic opponent, Jeannine Lee Lake, solicited campaign donations from the audience of national news network MSNBC, even though she wasn’t a registered candidate with the FEC.The GOP is claiming Lake raised six figures from her media appearances, but that Lake has yet to file a personal financial statement or second-quarter fundraising reports with the FEC. In response, Lake stated, “I’m thrilled they’re finally giving us statewide ‘attention.’ We’ve been delayed but we’ve done nothing wrong.”If you would like to read the details of the FEC guide, click here.last_img read more


September 23, 2020 0

Fortune: Januzaj reminds me of Ronaldo

first_img Sir Alex Ferguson, who described Ronaldo as the most gifted player he had worked with, molded the Portuguese into the superstar who moved on to be a sensation for Real Madrid. Fortune knows Januzaj has a long way to go before he can match the achievements of Ronaldo, but he thinks the midfielder is on the right track. “If Adnan can follow what Ronaldo did it would be unbelievable for himself and the club,” Fortune said. “Adnan has exactly the same mentality (as Ronaldo). “I don’t think Ronaldo lacks confidence, and that is why he is one of the best players in the world. Adnan still has a long way to go, he has had a fantastic start though and I wish him the best. “The self-belief and confidence set him apart from the other young players I saw at United a couple of years ago and even though he is playing at a higher level now, he has the same mentality. “He is a fantastic player and there is more to come from him. “Once he gets a few more games under his belt you will see an even better performance from him.” Januzaj’s early performances have been so impressive that Roy Hodgson is monitoring the player in the hope he may one day pledge his allegiance to England. Januzaj, who is eligible to play for several nations, put on another sterling display on Tuesday night, winning a penalty in United’s 4-0 win over Norwich in the Capital One Cup. The victory means David Moyes’ men are now unbeaten in six matches, and Fortune sees reason for optimism after such a difficult beginning to the Scot’s reign. “It has been a tough start,” said Fortune, who played 126 times for the Red Devils. “But I am sure the other teams will drop points. There is a lot of confidence within the team and now hopefully we can go on a good run and by Christmas or January we are up there not far behind (leaders) Arsenal.” Quinton Fortune sees glimpses of Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United rising star Adnan Januzaj. Press Association United may have had a difficult start to the season, but Januzaj has hit the ground running in his first campaign with the senior squad. The 18-year-old scored twice on his first start, against Sunderland, and has featured eight times for the Barclays Premier League champions this season following his promotion from the reserves. Fortune trained with United’s second string last year while he was taking his training badges and he identified Januzaj’s potential straight away. The South African immediately saw similarities to his former United team-mate Ronaldo in the teenager, spotting the talent and confidence to take on some of the best players around. Fortune, who is supporting the Manchester United Foundation Chevrolet Trax eBay auction, said: “Everyone around the club knew that he was special. “He was making so much progress and when he went to train with the first team, some of those lads were talking about him. “He has so much belief and confidence in his own ability and that’s hard to see in young players these days. He reminds me of Ronaldo when he arrived. “He believes in himself and that takes you far in this game. He has great talent and he is a level-headed guy. “He is doing incredibly well, he is already one of the key players in the team and hopefully that will continue.” Fortune was four years into a seven-year stint at United when Ronaldo walked through the door at Carrington to train with his new team-mates for the first time. last_img read more


September 21, 2020 0