China launches political policing task force: State media

first_imgThe main responsibility of the taskforce is to safeguard China’s political system. “Political security is related to national safety and people’s well-being,” according to the notes.Referencing the fight against coronavirus, the notes said a government can only guarantee its people’s safety if it maintains a stable political environment.The taskforce is part of the “Build a Peaceful China” coordination group set up in April and led by Guo Shengkun, China’s top law enforcement official.It’s launch comes after China’s parliament passed national security legislation for Hong Kong at the end of June which punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.Hong Kong has been rocked by large, and sometimes violent, pro-democracy protests since mid-2019.The new security laws have been criticized by pro-democracy activists, lawyers and foreign governments who fear it would be used to stifle dissent and undermine freedoms the former British colony was promised when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.The day after the law came into effect, one man was arrested for carrying a Hong Kong independence flag.  China has launched a special taskforce to ramp up political policing to maintain social stability, said the official Procuratorial Daily, the latest move to rein in dissent over Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus and protests in Hong Kong.The taskforce should “crack down on all kinds of infiltration, subversion, sabotage, violent terrorist activities, ethnic separatist activities, and extreme religious activities,” according to the undated notes from a meeting of the taskforce published in the paper on Monday.The news of the taskforce came on the same day that a Beijing law professor who has been an outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party and President Xi Jinping was taken away by authorities. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia farms see boom in online sales of sacrificial animals for Eid

first_imgMahir farm has sold 15,000 goats, sheep and cows via social media platforms ahead of the festival that starts on Friday, accounting for at least 80% of the season’s profit, Gaffar said.The animals at the farm are also certified as COVID-19 free and undergo daily health checks by a veterinarian, he said.Another farm owner in the area, Ahmad Risyad, said having online sales meant buyers did not have to visit his premises.And for one of his customers, buying livestock this way has clear advantages.”It’s safer to do the transaction online, and it is much cheaper,” said Reza Wibisono, 24, who received a delivery of sheep purchased online for 3.1 million rupiah ($214). As Indonesian Muslims prepare to celebrate the Eid al-Adha festival, farms are seeing a boom in online sales that limit the need for people to visit farms during the pandemic to buy the goats, sheep and cows traditionally sacrificed at this time.Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during religious festivals in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country when people typically gather in mosques and homes, or travel to their home towns.Mahir Farm launched online sales of livestock in 2018 and this year the farm near Bogor, south of the capital Jakarta, has seen sales surge 50% compared to 2019. Topics :center_img “We know that people rarely go out or they are worried about interacting with others during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Azmi Abdul Gaffar, 22, who is one of the farm’s owners.Indonesia has reported more than 100,000 coronavirus cases and over 4,800 fatalities, the highest toll in East Asia.”That’s why this [selling online] is an answer to the problem,” said Gaffar.During Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world traditionally purchase livestock and after slaughter the meat is distributed to poorer members of the community.last_img read more

Romero becomes youngest La Liga player

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv Real Mallorca forward Luka Romero became the youngest player to make his La Liga debut .He came off the bench in his side’s 2-0 defeat at Real Madrid on Wednesday. Aged 15 years and 229 days, Romero came on in the 83rd minute to break a record lasting over 80 years held by former Celta Vigo player Francisco Bao Rodríguez, known as Sanson, who made his first La Liga appearance in 1939 aged 15 and 255 days.Romero had been an unused substitute in Mallorca’s three previous matches since the season resumed this month after a three-month pause due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The son of Argentine lower league player Diego Romero, the forward was born in Mexico but represents Argentina at youth level and has been at Mallorca’s academy since age 10, having moved to Spain aged two.Tags: DebutLa LigaLuka RomeroReal Mallorcalast_img read more

Allardyce calls for Cardiff calm

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce has urged Cardiff to remain calm if they endure a troubled start to their debut Barclays Premier League season. Allardyce believes the newcomers should look to Southampton, who made a poor start to their return to the Premier League last season, for comfort if results go against them. “With the squad Cardiff have they’ll hopefully get the results they’re looking for. The challenge for them will be not getting too worried if they don’t start well,” he said. “The example of that is Southampton last season. Nigel Adkins eventually pulled them out of the bottom three superbly well. And his reward for that was the sack! “If it’s to be your first game in the Premier League, you’d want it at home, not away. “When we came up from the Championship we’d won more games away from home, but last season in the Premier League it was a huge task to pick up points away. “Your home form is what you need to get right to stay in the Premier League.” Cole finished the opener beautifully, collecting a pass from Matt Jarvis, turning and directing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net. The 31-year-old was otherwise wasteful, although Allardyce stresses that it was his movement that put him in positions to score. Joe Cole and Kevin Nolan were on target as the Hammers inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Welsh club, who were making their first appearance in the top flight since 1962. Cardiff have spent close to £30million in the transfer market this summer but failed to trouble goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen at any point as West Ham coasted to victory. Press Association “Joe Cole’s an England player, timing his runs and knowing where to run is what he’s all about,” he said. “To have the opportunity to get a hat-trick in the first 45 minutes, well his hardest chance was the one he scored from.” Cardiff manager Malky Mackay took heart from the Bluebirds’ performance, even though they had to wait until late in the match for their first real chance which was skied over the crossbar by substitute Nicky Maynard. Mackay accepts Allardyce’s point that their form at Cardiff City Stadium will determine their Premier League future. “We were a match for West Ham in terms of the overall ebb and flow of the game,” he said. “Sam knows what he’s talking about and it was always going to be a tough game at Upton Park. I’ve played here so I knew what it would be like. “We need to make our stadium a fortress and have to pick up as many points as we can on the road. We just have to be slightly better than we were.” last_img read more

Pochettino: Lloris going nowhere

first_img Press Association The 28-year-old, who last summer extended his deal to 2019, has made no secret of his desire to return to European football’s elite competition, but Pochettino does not worry that desire could see him push for a move to Manchester United. “There are a lot of rumours,” the Spurs head coach said. “Hugo is very happy to be here. “His commitment with the club is high. I think we need to be happy because if Manchester United want Lloris, it’s because he’s a great goalkeeper. “We have a very good goalkeeper, but Hugo has a contract here and he is happy here and he wants to get success here.” Put to Pochettino that Lloris has stated his desire to play Champions League football, he retorted: “Yes, but keen to play in the Champions League with Tottenham, not with another club. “He told me that ‘I want to play in the Champions League with Tottenham’. After in the interview, I don’t know.” Pochettino has not spoken to Lloris about staying at Spurs – “you don’t need to convince him to stay because he has a four-year contract” – and rejected the notion that he may have missed the season opener due to the talk over his future. The Spurs boss insisted the goalkeeper started from the bench as he was recovering from a fractured wrist, unlike United’s want-away goalkeeper David de Gea. Mauricio Pochettino is not expecting Hugo Lloris to go anywhere after the Tottenham captain told him he wants to help bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane. “No, no, no,” he said. “I didn’t take this decision because of all the rumours that happened. No, no, no. Hugo wasn’t ready. “Maybe if the game last week was Stoke City, he wouldn’t play, the same decision.” “I think that you misunderstand me. It is not about the injury. The player is not only one or two hands, one or two legs. It is about all. For me, he wasn’t fit to play 90 minutes.” Lloris is fit to replace back-up Michel Vorm in goal against Stoke on Saturday, when he will wear the captain’s armband. Pochettino confirmed the France international has succeeded Younes Kaboul as skipper, making him the third permanent Spurs captain since arriving nearly 15 months ago. Kaboul joined Sunderland this summer and Michael Dawson moved to Hull last year, with the Spurs boss laughing when the trend of captain’s leaving each summer was pointed out to him. “It is Hugo,” he said after saying the exit were merely a “co-incidence”. “Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane are the vice-captains. “It was common sense. I think that Hugo deserves to be the captain and after we have Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane. It’s a good reference for the group. It’s a very good mix.” It is three years since the France skipper swapped Lyon for north London, penning a four-year deal after arriving in a deal that could reach £11.9million. Upon signing, Lloris spoke of his confidence that Spurs could qualify for the Champions League, but three managers and three seasons on they have yet to do so. last_img read more

Starc repeats his hat-trick heroics

first_imgAUSTRALIA’s Mitchell Starc has made history by taking a second hat-trick in the same Sheffield Shield game.The paceman took the last three wickets of each innings, finishing with seven in total, as his New South Wales side beat Western Australia by 171 runs.(Scores: New South Wales 270 (Smith 76, Richardson 4-47) and 6 for 300 dec (Smith 127, Patterson 66) beat Western Australia 176 (Bancroft 76*, Starc 4-56) and 223 (S Marsh 91, Starc 3-41) by 171 runs.The 27-year-old becomes the first bowler to complete the feat in the same Shield match and is only the eighth player to do it in a first-class game.He is continuing his comeback from injury before the Ashes this winter.Starc missed Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in August with a foot problem.In his only other four-day game since returning, Starc took 10 wickets in the match, including 8-73 in the second innings, as NSW hammered South Australia.The first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on 23 November.TWO HAT-TRICKS IN ONE FIRST-CLASS MATCHAlfred Shaw – Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire, at Nottingham in 1884Albert Trott – Middlesex v Somerset, at Lord’s in 1907Jimmy Matthews – Australia v South Africa, at Old Trafford in 1912Charlie Parker – Gloucestershire v Middlesex, at Bristol in 1924Roland Jenkins – Worcestershire v Surrey, at Worcester in 1949Joginder Rao – Services v North Punjab, at Amritsar in 1963Amin Lakhani – Combined XI v Indians, at Multan in 1979Mitchell Starc – NSW v Western Australia, at Hurstville in 2017last_img read more

Consistency, leadership and total team effort, key to Jaguars’ success, says Crandon

first_img– Beat T&T Red Force by an innings and 81 runs in final roundGUYANA Jaguars’ head coach Esaun Crandon says consistency, leadership and an all-round team effort were responsible for his side’s dominant showing in the recently-concluded 2017-18 Digicel Regional First-Class four-day Championship.The Jaguars romped to their fourth consecutive title, and was by far the most dominant team.“We played consistent cricket, but having said that, it was a total team effort … the younger players in the squad also played a big part,” Crandon said.Crandon, the former national fast bowler added, “Yes, we played consistent cricket; yes, it was a total team effort; yes the younger players played their part, but the leadership skills of skipper Leon Johnson also played a major part in our success.“It is very evident from his body language and his constant interaction with the players. It is his confidence in the players’ ability which has helped them perform to their full potential and this is what gives them the belief.”Further, Crandon believes that preparation and the support received from his support staff, the general public and more importantly, the local governing body also played a pivotal role in the team’s success.Cricket West Indies director of cricket Jimmy Adams hands over the Man-of-the-Match award to Raymond Reifer.Meanwhile, Crandon pointed out that while winning is important, producing quality players is his ultimate goal. He noted that the revamped structure at the first-class level has allowed the game to be played in a more competitive environment.Further, the Guyana Jaguars feat has not gone unnoticed.Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Anand Sanasie congratulated the players for their hard work which has been reflected in their recent win and outstanding individual sperformances.Sanasie declared that the result was due to the close-knitted relationship between the players and their coaches.Meanwhile, the Jaguars completed an innings and 81 runs win over Trinidad and Tobago’s Red Force yesterday in the final round at the National Stadium, Providence.Resuming on 282-8, Jason Mohammed completed his eight first-class hundred before left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and Keemo Paul took the final two wickets.Permaul bowled Bryan Charles (15) while Paul bowled Anderson Phillip (11). Mohammed was left unbeaten on 103. Raymond Reifer was named Man-of-the-Match.Meanwhile, the defeat was the fourth on the trot for Red Force while Jaguars racked up their seventh win in 10 matches, to end the season unbeaten.last_img read more

Joseph’s struggles lead to 2nd-half benching by Boeheim in loss to Red Storm

first_imgKaleb Joseph has never played fewer minutes for Syracuse.He has also never missed so many 3-pointers or fueled so many opponent fast breaks. The freshman point guard played just 19 minutes in Syracuse’s (5-3) 69-57 loss to St. John’s (6-1) on Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. Just six of those came after halftime as Joseph had to sit between assistant coach Adrian Autry and head coach Jim Boeheim from the 13:35 mark in the second half until he subbed back in with four seconds left in the game.“Well, he’s got to learn that he’s a point guard, not a 3-point shooter,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “And he’s got to play defense.”With 11:53 left in the first half, Joseph bounced a high dribble in the middle of three St. John’s defenders. SJU guard D’Angelo Harrison stole the ball and laid it in at the other end to cut SU’s lead to 15-12.When Boeheim called timeout with 10:55 left in the half he pointed to the bench, then shouted “What are you doing?” at Joseph as he walked off the court. The head coach puffed his cheeks out in frustration before spending most of the ensuing timeout keeping his eyes locked on Joseph and subbing Ron Patterson into the game for the freshman.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe had missed a pair of 3s and turned the ball over once at that point. Joseph started the second half with a made 3 for his only points on a night would get only get worse for him.“Kaleb was 1-for-5 and I don’t want him shooting those,” Boeheim said.After the game Joseph didn’t specify what he and Boeheim talked about.Said Joseph: “We were just talking … nothing in particular.” Comments Published on December 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sergio Aguero knee injury needs scan

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero needs a scan to determine the extent of a knee injury sustained during Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 win against Southampton.The Argentina striker, 24, was carried off on a stretcher after collapsing following a challenge with Nathaniel Clyne after eight minutes.He attempted to get to his feet only to drop to the turf once again.Manager Roberto Mancini said: “At the moment we don’t know. We need to wait for the scan in two days.”Aguero scored the winning goal in the 3-2 victory over QPR on the final day of last season to secure the Premier League title.After joining in a £38m deal from Atletico Madrid last summer, he scored 23 Premier League goals in his debut season. Aguero, who was replaced by Edin Dzeko, started the match with Carlos Tevez in attack and Mancini also has Mario Balotelli to call on as a striker.Earlier this month, Mancini admitted defeat in his pursuit of Robin van Persie, who has subsequently joined Manchester United.last_img read more