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UK offers Hong Kongers citizenship in response to China

first_imgAbout 300,000 Hong Kongers have BNO passports and another 2.6 million are eligible to apply.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Britain’s offer also extended to dependents of those with BNO status but refused to be drawn about how many would apply.Hong Kong was under UK jurisdiction until Britain handed it to China in 1997 with a guarantee that Beijing would preserve the city’s judicial and legislative autonomy for 50 years.But critics say the new law — passed by Beijing’s rubber-stamp parliament this week without its text being released to the public — tests the limits of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle that formally entered international law in 1984.Britain’s last Hong Kong governor, Chris Patten, called details of the legislation unveiled overnight were “even worse than I expected”.”It is Orwellian stuff,” Patten told the BBC.”It does go wider and further than anybody had feared.”Britain’s response to China’s legislation offers a much smoother pathway to UK citizenship for millions of Hong Kongers.Raab said Hong Kongers with BNO status and their dependents would first have the right to work or study in Britain for five years.They would then have the right to apply for settled status then possible citizenship.He said there would be “no quotas” and described the entire system as “bespoke”.”This is a grave and deeply disturbing step,” he said of the Chinese law.”China through this national security legislation is not living up to its promises to the people of Hong Kong. We will live up to our promises to them,” he told lawmakers.Britain had opened itself up to closer  relations with China as it sought out trading partners after ending its decades-long membership in the European Union this year.Johnson’s government also irritated the US administration in January by allowing the private Chinese telecoms group Huawei to unroll Britain’s speedy new data network.But Britain is now studying ways it can cut Huawei out of its system entirely and build up an alliance of European and Asian providers that reduces China’s dominance in the field.British condemnation of the Chinese law has spanned the political divide and seen London’s Asia-focused HSBC group come under political assault for openly backing it last month.Raab did not mention the bank by name but noted: “The rights and the freedoms and our responsibilities in this country to the people of Hong Kong should not be sacrificed on the altar of bankers’ bonuses”.HSBC offered support for the law after public pressure from a pro-Beijing figure in Hong Kong who pointed to the bank’s reliance on business in China. Topics : “We stand for rules and obligations,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament just hours after China made its first arrest in Hong Kong under the new legislation.”And we think that is the scientific basis for our international relations and the enactment, and deposition of this national security law constitutes a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”Johnson said London had warned Beijing that it would introduce a new route for those with British National Overseas status to enter the UK.”And that is precisely what we will do now,” he told lawmakers.center_img Britain on Wednesday extended Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to China’s sweeping new security law for the former UK territory.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement represents the most direct international response to legislation that has been roundly condemned by Western allies.It comes during a London review of its entire range of relations with Beijing, including its decision to allow China’s Huawei help build Britain new 5G data network.last_img read more

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California registers highest number of COVID-19 cases in US

first_imgHe warned that the increase in infections was a reminder of “the magnitude of impact that this virus continues to have.”Newsom said the state registered 12,807 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, a record high.Hospitalizations have also dramatically increased, with more than 7,000 people in the hospital as of Monday and more than 2,000 in intensive care.California was initially touted as an example for its handling of the pandemic, imposing the first lockdowns in the country.But after beginning to loosen restrictions at the end of May, the state weeks later was forced to rollback reopenings in various sectors — including for restaurants, bars, hairdressers and movie theatres — as the number of infections surged. California on Wednesday reported the highest number of coronavirus infections of any state, surpassing New York, as the pandemic continues to hammer the western state with nearly 415,000 confirmed cases.State health officials said of the 413,576 people infected, 7,870 have died since the onset of the outbreak, with the virus killing 115 people on Tuesday alone.The total number of cases is about 4,700 higher than the overall number of infections in New York, which became an epicenter of America’s coronavirus crisis in the spring. New York’s total death toll of 25,068 remains the highest in the nation. But the state has seen a huge decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the last two months.Officials stressed that in comparing numbers, one must consider the fact that California has the largest population in the country — nearly 40 million — which is more than double that of New York.California Governor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the spike in infections could be explained by the reopening of key sectors of the economy.”So it’s not surprising now in some respects, as we’ve begun to reopen key sectors of our economy, people continue to mix and people continue to come in close contact with others that may have contracted this disease, that our numbers would start to go up,” he told reporters.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Norwegian sovereign fund should act on tax transparency, MPs say

first_imgWhile the publication of an expectation document is not a foregone conclusion, the government has previously heeded unanimous recommendations by the finance committee.The committee previously called for NBIM to publish an expectation document on human rights, which it released in February.NBIM is not averse to examining tax affairs and last year analysed the corporate governance risk associated with a number of its holdings, including their tax affairs, according to the fund’s 2015 responsible investment report. The committee further called on the government to examine the holding structures used by NBIM to invest in real estate and report on the manager’s approach as part of the 2016 year-end annual report on the management of the sovereign fund, due to be published in the spring of 2017.MPs said it was important the “advantages and disadvantages” of different organisational structures be properly explored, noting the NBIM’s previous commitment to look at grouping its real estate holdings into regional Norwegian-owned holding companies.In a letter to the Ministry of Finance in November last year, NBIM chief executive Yngve Slyngstad and central bank governor Øystein Olsen explained the use of subsidiaries to manage its real estate exposure.Their letter states: “Investing through subsidiaries is the most common way of organising unlisted real estate investments and serves to make the investments more marketable.“The Bank is currently exploring the possibility of grouping its subsidiaries into regional holding structures for Europe, the US and Asia.“In this context, we are considering whether it would be appropriate to use Norwegian rather than foreign holding companies.”The letter also calls for the GPFG’s real estate allocation to be raised to 10% – a request unheeded by the government, which instead opted for a 7% upper limit. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund should encourage companies within its portfolio to be more transparent about their tax affairs, according to the country’s Parliament.In a report by the Storting’s cross-party finance committee, its 18 members unanimously backed a call for Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to publish details of how it expects companies to conduct their tax affairs.In a chapter of the report examining the existence of tax havens, the committee said it believed improving reporting and tax transparency requirements for companies in which the NOK7.1trn (€763bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) invested would “counteract” the secrecy prevalent in some jurisdictions.It added that increased transparency would result in better-functioning financial markets and therefore urged the Norwegian government to have NBIM draft an expectation document on tax affairs.last_img read more

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Youth Council saddened by death of Ardenne student

first_img Share The members of the National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYCJ) wish to express sincere our condolences to the bereaved family, friends and the wider school community of Ayala Bennett of Ardenne High School who died on Sunday October 30, 2011.Ayala is the 2010 recipient of the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Humanities. Ayala topped the region by achieving Grade one (1) in Eleven (11) subjects including six Humanities subjects, Caribbean History, English B, French, Geography, Social Studies and Spanish. The 18-year-old Ardenne sixth former, was known for her love of poetry. She was diagnosed with cancer and died hours after her mother; Sharon Wright made an impassioned appeal on radio for blood to continue her treatment and before the hosting of the “Seh Sup’m” benefit concert to raise funds on her behalf. The concert featured rare performances from Professor Mervyn Morris, renowned poet and former university lecturer and ‘Friends of Ayala’, which included Ayala’s schoolmates at Ardenne. They performed some her favourite pieces including some of Ayala’s poetry and accompanied by Live Music.While we are overcome with grief at the passing of the 18 year old Ardenne youth, we note and celebrate her achievements in the area of academia which should send a clear signal to others that much can be accomplished through discipline, hard work and perseverance. Her life and achievements serve as a blueprint for achieving success in the face of very difficult circumstances. Press Release Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Youth Council saddened by death of Ardenne student by: – November 7, 2011 46 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

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Riviere eyes France call-up

first_imgEmmanuel Riviere is hoping Newcastle can help him force his way into the France squad. Press Association The 24-year-old striker, who completed his move to St James’ Park late on Wednesday night, has represented his country at under-21 level, but is determined to follow new club-mates Moussa Sissoko and Remy Cabella into Didier Deschamps’ senior squad. Riviere told nufcTV: “For that too, I signed here. I want to get into the France team. “I want to adapt quickly to the Premier League because the Premier League is not Ligue 1. Ligue 1 is different. “I want to work hard to adapt fast to the Premier League and play at Newcastle.” Riviere has been drafted in to plug a sizeable gap left by the departures of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, and he admits he had no hesitation in accepting Alan Pardew’s offer of employment. He said: “When Newcastle phoned me, I said yes directly because Newcastle is a big club with many fans, with a big manager. I said yes directly. “It was an easy decision, I made my choice quickly. When I was told Newcastle, I said yes directly.” In an ideal world, Riviere would have spoken to former Toulouse team-mate Sissoko before making his decision, but the midfielder was otherwise occupied at the time. Riviere said: “No, I didn’t speak to him because he was at the World Cup and I didn’t want to disturb him because he was concentrating on that. “But I asked people about Newcastle and everybody told me it’s a good club.” Riviere, who will be among the Magpies party which jets out to New Zealand for a week-long trip this weekend, arrived in England hoping to follow in the footsteps of his footballing hero. “My hero is Thierry Henry,” he said. “Thierry Henry is my idol because he is from the French West Indies – me too. He’s my hero. “I am a striker, fast, strong and I score goals. I think my characteristics are good for the Premier League.” last_img read more

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Test of maturity for Kohli and Smith in Ranchi

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Keeping a lid on emotion will be nearly as important as executing game plans for both India and Australia when the world’s top two teams continue their captivating series with the third Test in Ranchi tomorrow.Sparks will always fly when two teams who play similarly aggressive cricket clash on the field, but Steve Smith’s “brain fade” during Australia’s defeat in Bengaluru has injected an extra layer of acrimony into the four-match series.The Australia captain’s glance to the dressing room when he was deciding whether to review an umpiring decision drew an explosive response from his counterpart Virat Kohli, whom many consider more Australian in temperament than Indian.The cricket boards sprang to the defence of their respective captains and former players did their bit in fanning the fire until the International Cricket Council (ICC) stepped in to douse it.The boards, comrades-in-arms in many a battle at the ICC, have since agreed a truce and brokered a meeting between Kohli and Smith before the match at the brand new Test venue of Ranchi, the hometown of Kohli’s predecessor MS Dhoni.Virat Kohli“When you’ve got a caged lion they’re going to come out pretty hard. That’s what happened in the Bangalore Test and we expect it for the rest of the tour,” said Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who owes his place in the side to his aggressive chatter behind the stumps.“The change from the first Test to the second Test was probably the initial shock (but) Indian teams are always quite aggressive. Dhoni was a different captain to Kohli, but that’s just personality.”With Australia just one win away from retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy after their victory in the Pune opener, Smith’s focus will be on maintaining the pressure on India’s illustrious batting order.The tourists received a body blow when pace spearhead Mitchell Starc returned home with a fractured foot and Pat Cummins will have big shoes to fill if he gets the nod to play his second Test after more than five years in the wilderness.For the hosts, Murali Vijay appears to have recovered from a shoulder injury and is primed to join Lokesh Rahul at the top of the order after stopgap opener Abhinav Mukund looked at sea in Bengaluru.In the backdrop of the prevailing mood in the series, the David Warner-Ravichandran Ashwin duel will be another interesting sub-plot to the Ranchi Test.Off-spinner Ashwin has dismissed Warner nine times in 23 Test innings and the Australia opener is mulling playing the reverse-sweep more frequently to upset the joint-highest wicket-taker of the series.Once a hotheaded young firebrand, Warner has taken on a more statesmanlike bearing since being handed the Australia vice-captaincy and has vowed not to respond to verbal volleys on the field.Kohli and Smith will be expected to display the same maturity when play gets underway tomorrow.last_img read more

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CHAN Qualifier: Benin Republic With A First-Leg Advantage Over Togo

first_imgThe first leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification at Stade de Kégué, Lomé, saw the home team settle for a disappointing 1-1 draw against Benin.Marcellin Koukpo scored the opener for Squirrels of Benin in the 44th minute to secure a first half win which was canceled by Togo’s Sewonou Koidjo in the 47th minute. Both teams created chances, but none could find a winner before the end of what was a pleasurable contest.The return leg will take place on the 23 July 2017, at Stade de l’Amitié, Cotonou.A win for Benin is crucial to advance to the second round of the qualification, but the delight is even if the game ends in a scoreless draw, they’d advance at the expense of the Hawks.The winner of this two-legged tie would take on Nigeria, 2014 bronze medalists in a final playoff game for a place in CHAN 2018 with the first leg taking place on the weekend of 11th – 13th August, and the return leg on Saturday, 19th August.Other CHAN first leg results:Gambia 0-0 MaliGuinea-Bissau 1-3 GuineaLiberia 0-2 MauritaniaSierra Leone 1-1 SenegalRelatedlast_img read more

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Bosnignore: Bryant turns back the clock in his final game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Then it happened.With all of Los Angeles pushing him from behind, Kobe lifted up, wiggled a little bit, curled under his defender and sank a 10-footer with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.All of Staples Center erupted.• PHOTOS: This is what Kobe’s final game looked like through our photo lens“Once the game got going a little bit I was able to settle down,” he said. It was on.Boy, was it on.As if dialing back the clock to 2003, Kobe Bean Bryant pieced together a vintage Kobe montage.One that wouldn’t be complete until he dropped 60 points against the Utah Jazz, including the eventual game winner, in the most spectacular going away party sports has ever witnessed.One that left a star-studded crowd in shaking their heads in awe.And left the rest of the sports world watching in utter amazement.“Historical,” his coach, Byron Scott said.And after all the championships and all the records and all the memories, even the man himself was left wondering if what happened really just happened.“I can’t believe this actually happened, to be honest,” he said. “I’m still in shock about it.”It started with just over five minutes left in the first quarter.A 16-foot pull up jumper.Then a reverse layup into the teeth of the Utah Jazz defense for an and-one.The crowd went nuts.Next came a 20-foot jumper.Nothing but net.Then a deep 3-pointer.Bang.Four minutes, 15 glorious points by Kobe.All of a sudden Staples Center came to life as if it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals.• RELATED: Lakers’ Kobe Bryant offers vintage performance in career finale• HEISLER: Kobe Bryant now has a legacyAnd if you closed your eyes for a second and dreamed a little bit, that wasn’t Roy Hibbert playing center alongside Kobe, it was Shaquille O’Neal.And Pau Gasol was in for Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell turned into Derrick Fisher.The Lakers were no longer a 17-win disaster headed to their third consecutive NBA lottery, it was the eve of another playoff run and they were gearing up for a three-peat. Staples Center wasn’t a place to avoid on a Lakers game night, it was the hottest ticket in town providing the biggest stage for the greatest show in the NBA.And Kobe Bryant wasn’t closing in on middle age or playing the final game of his career alongside a bunch of teammates nearly half his age, he was a 26-year-old star in the prime of his career and all of Los Angeles was painted in Purple and Gold promise.Even Kobe found himself being transported to another time.“It was a constant balance of accepting the moment and digesting the moment,” he said.Alas, this wasn’t Hollywood, it was downtown Los Angeles.And no matter how much we wanted to turn back the clock to younger days and brighter times to the spry, explosive, dominant Kobe Bryant we all remember, reality stepped in like Dikembe Mutombo to swat our daydream away like he would a lazy lay up.The year was 2016, not 2003.Kobe Bryant was 37, not 25.And we are saying goodbye, not see you later.It happens like that, no matter how much we want to tell Father Time to take a hike.The next time Staples Center opens to the Lakers, Kobe will be off somewhere closing an international endorsement in China or dining in his beloved Italy, not trying to build the bridge that will transport the Lakers back to greatness.Maybe a new star will be in his place. Kevin Durant, maybe. The Lakers have $60 million to spend and you figure someone will take a chunk of it.But just to make sure we don’t forget too soon what we’ve been witness to the last 20 years, Kobe kept turning back the clock a little bit.Ever the showman, and fully intent on giving L.A. and the world one more glimpse of greatness, he’d drive the lane for a tough layup or pull up for a jumper or glide across the baseline, spin in the air and drop kiss a floater off the glass that caught just enough rim to fall for a bucket.Or square up Joe Engles at the 3-point line, stare him down as if he was about to dribble-drive to his right, only to lift up and sink a 3-pointer with Engles’ outstretched hands a half inch from Kobe’s face. Boom.By the end of the third quarter, Kobe was up to 37 points.What, did you really think he was going to slide into retirement without trying to rip someone’s heart out? Talk about sweet goodbye.“Surreal,” is how he described it. “It’s hard to describe. It’s almost like youre in a fog. Everything is moving so slow yet so fast. It’s just like a dream. This is a dream.”Points 38, 39 and 40 came on a 3-pointer early in the third.Another 3 pushed him to 43 with eight minutes left. All of a sudden 50 points was in sight.And a special night was turning spectacular.With the crowd at the edge of its seat every time Kobe touched the ball, Kobe went to work.It took everything he had, not to mention 50 shots and going nearly the entire second half without taking a rest, but just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter he kissed an arching floater off the glass for his 50th and 51st points.“There were times I drove to the basket and my legs were like, what are you nuts?” he said. “And I’d throw it up and it went in and I was like, ‘Thank you God.’”Then came back with a midrange jumper and his was up to 53.A 3-pointer gave him 56 points.Lo and behold, the Lakers were within striking distance.Legs dead tired, Kobe pulled up and sank a 15 footer to get to 58 points and put the Lakers up, 97-96.And with 14.8 seconds he sank two free throws for 60 points and a 99-96 Lakers.Kobe was pulled with 4.1 seconds remaining, the Lakers leading, 101-96.It was a storybook ending. An unfathomable dream of a finish.“I gave this game everything I had,” he said.It was pure Kobe.And it wasn’t even 2003.center_img On the final night of his illustrious career, after what seemed like a year’s worth of farewells and celebrations and congratulatory speeches spanning everyone from Justin Timberlake to Taylor Swift, Kobe Bryant clanked the first four shots he attempted.“Little bit of nerves,” he would say later.Like a bunch of anxious parents watching their kid struggle when they desperately want them to succeed, the soldout crowd at Staples Center moaned and groaned and grimaced with each miss. Through their body language, it was as if they were trying to will the ball into the hoop.Imagine that, after all those years carrying the Lakers and Los Angeles to five NBA Titles and an infinite loop of highlight reel plays and game-winning shots and legendary moments, it was L.A.’s turn to hoist Kobe onto its shoulders and carry their hero.last_img read more

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For a match BiH-Greece – 10,200 tickets will be available

first_imgBiH Football Federation said that 10,200 tickets will be available to buy for the match BiH-Greece which is being played on 22 March in Zenica, on Bilino Polje Stadium.According to applications they’ve received, the interest of spectators from BiH and abroad is several times higher than the number of available tickets, but standards of FIFA must be respected so the number of tickets will not be changed.Ticket sale will be organised in all larger places in BiH, and the list of places will be known soon. The tickets will be in sale by 10 March, said BiH Football Federation.last_img read more

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Kemal Mešić is Only B&H Representative at World Championship in Sopot

first_imgAt the upcoming World Indoor Athletics Championships, which will be held from 7 to 9 March in Sopot, Poland, shot putter Kemal Mešić will be the only B&H representative who will defend the B&H colors.The 29 year old member of the athletic club Sarajevo will compete with the standard he achieved last year-20.37 m.He opened a successful season last week with a win at the international athletic meeting in Virginia, where he won first place with a result of 20.02 m.The qualifications for the shot put are scheduled for Friday, 7 March, and the final of the program is on the same day in the afternoon.The best B&H athlete Hamza Alić, who won a silver medal last year at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, will miss the competition in Sopot, after deciding that focus on preparations for the European Championship in Zurich from 12 to 17 August.(Source: Fena)last_img read more