Bracknell Shedding the ‘new’ look

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How the world reacted to Hong Kong’s new security law

first_imgAhead of the territory’s handover from Britain, authoritarian China guaranteed Hong Kong civil liberties — as well as judicial and legislative autonomy — until 2047 in a deal known as “One Country, Two Systems”.Here’s how the world has reacted to the new law: China’s sweeping national security law for Hong Kong has sharply divided opinion both inside the financial hub and beyond its borders.Beijing loyalists and China-friendly nations have hailed it.Many dissidents, rights groups and western governments have decried it as the end of the city’s free speech traditions and judicial autonomy. United Nations Twenty-seven countries — including Britain, France, Germany, Australia and Japan — issued a rare oral rebuke of China at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, describing “deep and growing concerns” over the new law.They urged China to reconsider, saying the law “undermines” the city’s freedoms.The signatories added that the law was imposed without the direct participation of Hong Kong’s people, its legislature or judiciary.Another 53 countries, led by China ally and fellow one-party state Cuba, announced support for the law at the Geneva meeting.”The legislative power on national security issues rests with [the] state, which in essence is not a human rights issue,” the statement said, according to Chinese state media. Hong Kong government and Beijing United States “Today marks a sad day for Hong Kong, and for freedom-loving people across China,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after the law was passed.”[China] promised 50 years of freedom to the Hong Kong people, and gave them only 23,” he said, adding further US countermeasures would be announced.Washington has previously announced Hong Kong no longer has sufficient autonomy from the mainland to justify special trade privileges.”Per President [Donald] Trump’s instruction, we will eliminate policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment, with few exceptions,” Pompeo added.In Congress, a group of bipartisan legislators tabled a bill that could provide refugee protection for Hong Kongers. Topics : BritainHong Kong’s former colonial master Britain described the law as a “grave step” and “deeply troubling”.But it said it needed more time to determine whether Beijing has breached its “One Country, Two Systems” promise.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has previously offered to extend visa rights to millions of Hong Kongers if the law was pushed through.Chris Patten, the last colonial governor of Hong Kong, called the law “the end” of “One Country, Two Systems”. “It is a flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration — a treaty lodged at the United Nations — and Hong Kong’s mini constitution, the Basic Law,” he added. Pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong Criticism poured in from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy figures.The Democratic Party said the legislation marked the end of “One Country, Two Systems” and “completely destroys Hong Kong’s judicial independence”.The Labor Party said it feared dissidents would share the same fate as those on the mainland who are frequently jailed under Beijing’s own national security laws.The Civic Party said the legislation replaces “rule of law” with “rule of men”.”This rule of terror might create a false appearance of controlled social order, but it completely loses Hong Kong people’s hearts,” the party said. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday described the security law as “the most significant development” since the city’s handover to China.Beijing described the law as a “sword” that would hang over the heads of lawbreakers after a year of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests.On Wednesday, Zhang Xiaoming, deputy of Beijing’s Hong Kong office, described threats of sanctions by foreign countries as “gangster logic”. He added Beijing could have simply applied mainland law had it wanted to abandon “One Country, Two Systems”.last_img read more

Medco begins piping gas from offshore Meliwis field in East Java

first_imgMedco CEO Roberto Lorato said the company was able to safely complete the project in four years’ time “despite operational and logistical challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The company’s stocks, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code MEDC, has increased by 2.17 percent as of 12:52 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB), as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), strengthened 1.01 percent.Medco initially planned to begin piping the gas in June, a month earlier than realized, according to Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas) records.The Meliwis Field is one of 12 upstream oil and gas projects slated to begin operations this year, most of which are gas projects, similar records show.Raising domestic gas production is one of the government’s many efforts to boost Indonesian exports and subsequently curb the country’s widening trade deficit, which continues to put pressure on the rupiah exchange rate.Topics : PT Medco Energi Internasional, Indonesia’s second-biggest homegrown oil and gas company, has begun piping natural gas from the Offshore Madura Block in East Java.The publicly listed company piped 20 million metric standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of gas from the Meliwis Field in the Madura Block on July 13, Medco said in a statement on Monday. The gas will be channeled through an 11 kilometer underwater pipe to industries in East Java. last_img read more

Govt mulling merger of state-owned Islamic banks to unify power, VP says

first_imgVice President Ma’ruf Amin has said the government is mulling merging several state-owned Islamic banks – banks that offer services that are sharia-compliant – to unify their power and boost their global rating.The state-owned Islamic banks in talks to be merged are PT Bank BRI Syariah, a subsidiary of Bank BRI, PT Bank Syariah Mandiri, a subsidiary of Bank Mandiri, and PT Bank BNI Syariah, a subsidiary of Bank BNI. In early July, State-Owned Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir detailed plans to merge the Islamic banks by February next year to provide more options to customers seeking sharia-compliant funding. However, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) deputy commissioner for banking, Teguh Supangkat, said in late July that the minister had not discussed the merger in-depth with the agency.The Vice President also said the government would improve the country’s halal industry and other Islamic financial services to support the goal of making Indonesia the center of the global Islamic economy.He noted that while Indonesia had become a reference for halal product certification, homemade halal products still trailed behind the global competition. Additionally, he said that maximizing Islamic social fund services, such as for zakat and waqf, could also uplift the national economy.However, Ma’ruf said the country was a leader in global sukuk (sharia-compliant bonds), claiming that the country’s sukuk surpassed those offered by the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia.Topics : The Vice President, who previously chaired the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), expressed hope the merger would also boost the national economy and speed up the economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”[The banks] have been in talks to strengthen [Islamic banks] because we don’t have a large Islamic bank that ranks in the top 20 internationally,” Ma’ruf said Thursday during a discussion hosted by news publication Media Indonesia.”We are also doing this so that we don’t have too many banks with small potentials,” he continued, expressing hope that a sizeable Islamic bank could also support the country’s domestic and foreign interest.Read also: Indonesia’s global bonds spike in popularity amid uncertainty: Mandiri Sekuritaslast_img read more

Tarpon Springs: Anclote River Dredging Project on the Way

first_imgCongressman Gus Bilirakis, representing the 12th District of Florida, has announced that the Anclote River dredging project is set to get underway by this summer, Tarpon Springs Patch reports.“I have been assured by the Army Corps of Engineers that the dredging work should start within the next few months,” said Bilirakis, who worked with state Representative Chris Sprowles, R-Palm Harbor, to secure $676,000 in state funds for the dredging project.In addition to the state appropriation, the city of Tarpon Springs is contributing $100,000 and Pinellas County is providing $300,000 through the Pennies for Pinellas tax.The initial funding from the state is enough to get the dredging project started and the city officials will likely have to request additional state funding, the Patch informs.The total project is expected to cost more than $5 million.The river has not been dredged since 1998. Over the years, the river bottom has filled in with silt, making it difficult for large boats to navigate.[mappress mapid=”25037″]last_img read more

Exmouth Tidal Defense Scheme Event Set for Next Week

first_imgExmouth residents will have a chance to learn more about the benefits of the Environment Agency’s £12 million tidal defense scheme at a drop-in event next week.The event is being held on Wednesday, 5 September, at Ocean on Queens Drive, EX8 2AY between 11am and 8pm.Rob Butler, project manager for the Environment Agency, said: “We have listened to feedback from the consultation events held in 2015 and 2016. We have designed a scheme that reduces tidal flood risk for many in Exmouth from a 4% chance to 0.5% chance in any given year.”The Environment Agency is working in partnership with East Devon District Council to deliver this important scheme.Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “East Devon District Council is totally committed to working with our partners, the Environment Agency and Devon County Council, to ensure the future flood defenses for Exmouth.”The scheme is being designed and will be built by civil engineering contractor Team Van Oord.It will include:Flood embankments and walls between the Withycombe Brook and Imperial recreation ground.Raised defenses between the Imperial recreation ground and Camperdown Terrace.Strengthening the existing seawall, improving drainage for water to drain back out to sea, flood gates and new set-back defenses along the landward side of the Esplanade.Following the public exhibition a planning application will be submitted to East Devon District Council, the local planning authority, in late September. If permission is granted construction will begin early in 2019 and should be complete by 2021.last_img read more

Taillevent readying for wind turbine installation off Taiwan

first_imgThe work will be carried out by Jan De Nul’s vessel Taillevent, which was reported earlier this year as having left the turbine installation at the German Trianel Windpark Borkum II for a project in Taiwan. The 109.2 MW Changhua Phase 1 project will comprise 21 Hitachi 5.2 MW offshore wind turbines with a downwind rotor.  Under the contract, Jan De Nul is responsible for the design, fabrication and installation of the foundations, the installation of the wind turbines, the supply and installation of the onshore and offshore cables, as well as for the upgrading of the substation. Hitachi is in charge of manufacturing, assembly, operation and maintenance, and other works related to the offshore wind turbines. According to a Notice to Mariners from Jan De Nul and Hitachi from 13 July, the vessel will be installing a total of 21 offshore wind turbines at coordinates that pinpoint a site off Fangyuan in the Changhua county, Taiwan. In April 2018, the Jan De Nul-Hitachi consortium was awarded a contract for Taiwan Power Company’s (TPC’s) 21-turbine Changhua Phase 1 offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Fangyuan and scheduled to be built by the end of this year. The onshore cable installation, subcontracted to Taiwanese company Star Energy Corporation, started back in 2018 and offshore cabling activities began in June this year. center_img According to AIS data, Taillevent is currently in the Singapore port. The wind turbine installation phase is marked as taking place from 15 July until 31 December, subject to weather conditions. Jan De Nul and Hitachi have issued a notice on the commencement of wind turbine installation works off the Taiwanese coast. The project’s four-legged jacket foundations and their associated pin piles have been transported to Taiwan over the past couple of months.last_img read more

Ten health benefits of sugarcane juice

first_img Share (Photo: The reason behind sugar cane being a popular drink during summers is because it gives an instant kick of energy and quenches the thirst. Sugar cane juice is good source of glucose which as we know, helps to re-hydrates the human body and gives it a boost of energy. So instead of your artificial energy drink, the next time you feel fatigued or dehydrated, consider drinking a glass of cane juice.2. Even though cane juice tastes very sweet and has high sugar content, it is good for diabetic patients. It contains natural sugar which has low glycemic index that prevents steep rise in blood glucose levels in diabetics, so it can act as a substitute of aerated drinks for them. However people with Type-2 diabetes should consume it in moderation and after consultation with their doctors.3. Sugarcane juice is considered an alkaline forming food because of the high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese in it. Diseases like cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment and that’s why studies show that it is effective in fighting against cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer.4. As sugar cane juice boosts protein levels in the body, it helps in maintaining the health of the kidney. Taken in a diluted form, with lime juice and coconut water, sugar cane juice helps in reducing the burning sensation which is commonly associated with urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, kidney stones and prostatitis.5. The antioxidants in sugarcane juice help to fighting against infections and boost the immunity system of the body. It also protects liver the liver against infections and helps in keeping the bilirubin levels in control. This is the reason that doctors advice drinking sugar cane juice to jaundice patients, as it is one of the few things that get digested without too much pressure on the liver and also helps in reducing the bilirubin levels.6. Sugar cane juice also acts a good digestive aid due to the presence of potassium. It helps in keeping the digestive system in good shape, prevents stomach infections and is considered to be particularly useful in treating the problem of constipation.7. Studies show that sugarcane juice protects against tooth decay and bad breath due to its high mineral content. So save yourself the next trip to the dentist and drink a glass of fresh sugarcane juice to get shiny white teeth.8. As I mentioned in a post regarding effects of nutrients on nails, deficiency of nutrients in the body can easily be noticed by looking at the health and condition of your nails. If you have brittle discolored nails that have white spots on them, then it’s time to add sugar cane juice in your diet. It contains everything to give you those strong shiny nails that would look pretty even without a nail polish.9. Sugarcane juice has been discovered to be great for those people who are struggling with febrile disorders. Febrile disorders are accountable for resulting in fevers, which can lead to seizures and loss of protein in the body. It is quite common in infants and children. Sugar cane juice helps in compensating the lost protein and helps in recovery.10. When it comes to healthy skin, alpha hydroxy acids are supposed to have a lot of benefits. They fight acne, reduce blemishes, prevent ageing and help in keeping the skin hydrated. One of the most effective alpha hydroxy acids is glycolic acid and sugarcane, is one of its few natural sources. Just apply sugar cane juice to your skin and let it dry or add it to your favourite face mask and scrub. Use it regularly to see the effect.While the advantages of sugarcane juice are many, it is essential to ensure that it is extracted in a hygienic manner. It’s also important to use and consume the juice as soon it extracted because it tends to get oxidized within 15 minutes.Source: timescaribbeanonline Share 1468 Views   2 comments Food & DiningHealthLettersLifestyleReader Bites Ten health benefits of sugarcane juice by: timescaribbeanonline – September 29, 2015center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Murder suspect falls

first_imgThe suspect was detained in theVictorias City police station’s lockup facility./PN BACOLOD City – The court recommendedno bail bond for the temporary liberty of a suspect arrested in Barangay 1,Victorias City, Negros Occidental.  The 28-year-old resident AngelinoFavorito Jr. – who faces a murder charge in Bulacan – was caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, a police reportshowed.     Favorito was listed as the No. 8 mostwanted person in the police station of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, the reportadded.   Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Dumlao II of the Regional Trial Court Branch 81 in Malolos,Bulacan dated Feb. 28, 2019. last_img

The Sherman hosts ‘Oktobeerfest 5k’ in September

first_imgBatesville, In. — The “Oktobeerfest 5k” will be held September 14 at the Sherman in Batesville. The event features competitive running and cold beverages. All proceeds benefit a mission trip to help those less fortunate in Kenya.It’s a great opportunity to enjoy downtown Batesville and support the members of Matthew 19:25 Mission Team.The run/walk begins and ends at The Sherman. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. and the run/walk begins at 6:30 p.m. From 7 p.m. to midnight it’s the “Oktobeerfest Post Race Party” with an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.The event is hosted by the What the Hill Running Club: Will run for beer.last_img