Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Hong KongAsia – Pacific to go further Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? News Condemning the parcel bomb explosion that yesterday injured two employees of the Hong Kong-based newspaper Ming Pao, Reporters Without Borders today urged the authorities not to rule out any possible motives in their investigation. The parcel bomb, addressed to the Chinese-language daily’s editor, Cheung Kin-Bor, is the first of its kind in Hong Kong.“It is very worrying that such methods worthy of crime organisations or terrorist groups are now being used against the Hong Kong press,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is up to the government to restore confidence by arresting those responsible, while the press must protest against this attempt to intimidate it.”Gift-wrapped and accompanied by flowers, the package contained a battery and a few grammes of explosive. It went off at 2 p.m. yesterday when opened by a secretary, Cheung Kin-Bor, 45, who sustained facial injuries. She is hospitalised and in a stable condition. Another employee suffered smoke inhalation.An anonymous letter inside the package referred to the “good news” published by the newspaper in mid-October and demanded the transfer of 3 million euros to the bank account of a Hong Kong charity. It also asked the newspaper to post a receipt on its website within three days to show it had made the transfer.“Do not ignore this, it is not a joke,” the letter said. “And unworthy as you are, you should not forget that you are responsible for the safety of your staff (…) The next time, the punishment will be harsher.”Cheung said he did not know why Ming Pao was the target of this kind of blackmail. He said he stood by his newspaper and stressed his commitment to press freedom.The Hong Kong government has condemned the attack. Chief executive Donald Tsang has undertaken to ensure that those responsible are arrested. RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television News Follow the news on Hong Kong Organisation November 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two newspaper employees hurt by parcel bomb explosion Hong KongAsia – Pacific News May 26, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out more
By Dialogo February 24, 2009 Salvadorian government announced the celebration next Saturday of a “patriotic holiday”, in honor of more than 3,700 soldiers who served in Iraq between August 2003 and last December, to be divided into eleven groups. The Minister of Interior, Juan Miguel Bolanos, told the news conference that the event, which will be attended by President Elías Antonio Saca, will begin around 09:00 local time (15.00 GMT) at the “Jorge Magico Gonzalez” stadium, in San Salvador, and huge crowds are expected. According to the Deputy Minister of Defense and Public Safety, Admiral Marco Antonio Palacios, the ceremony will be “an act of gratitude to over 3,700 soldiers” who engaged in humanitarian work to “alleviate the suffering of thousands of people who are fighting to strengthen the democracy.” Saca will grant awards to the XI Contingent of Cuscatlan Battalion, which is composed of 200 soldiers who returned home last February 7, after working in Iraq and the assistance program offered by El Salvador to the Arab nation for six months till December 31, 2008. Then, the President will honor all the participants of the mission, which began in August 2003 with the deployment of 360 participants. From the second to the ninth contingents the groups grew to 380 members, the tenth was down to 300 and the last to 200, all assigned to work for a semester in humanitarian and reconstruction work in Iraq. Some of the personnel redeployed with the military groups to Iraq several times. Cuscatlan Battalion, formed by personnel specialized in various areas, lost five of their members and about twenty of them were injured during their missions to Iraq, mostly by the explosions of handmade roadside bombs. The XI Contingent left for Iraq in August 2008 under the command of Colonel César Adonai Acosta Bonilla and developed their work at Camp Delta, in the city of Al Kut, a province of Wasit. The Deputy Minister of Defense said, that the forthcoming February 28 celebration ” is a civic event, where our youth must be represented because that were young Salvadoran soldiers who were representing democracy, freedom and peace” in Iraq. Social organizations and the Catholic Church have repeatedly expressed their opposition to sending Salvadoran troops to Iraq in support of the coalition of nations led by the United States.
NAFCU this week will discuss the latest legislative and regulatory news during its “2Q Advocacy Update” member call-in on Wednesday featuring House Financial Services Committee member Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., and will follow a Senate hearing on protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, among others.Mulvaney, who last year introduced a bill that would require NCUA to hold yearly budget hearings and release its draft budgets for comment, will speak to NAFCU members at the top of the June 29 member-only call. Attendees will also hear from NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and other senior staff. Wednesday’s free call-in will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern; registration is required.Also this week:The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging on Tuesday will hold a hearing on the costs and options of small business health care.The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship on Wednesday will discuss the consequences of dwindling start-up activity. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Science with a little effort and a good idea can also be a very attractive tourist content: at the same time educational, but also fun.Krapina-Zagorje County has been richer for another park since April. This time it is not a green area, but a pioneering project of an enthusiast in science. Luka Veverec, the originator of the project, opened the first Science Park in Croatia in his family yard in Oroslavlje.Six years ago, this enthusiast started designing and performing educational and entertaining exhibits. So far, he has had about 30 presentations in Croatia and Slovenia, where he had the opportunity to present to the public what exactly it is about. Also, in his travels throughout the region, Veverec has established cooperation with 28 cities, domestic and abroad in which the exhibits are placed.With the performance of the First Science Park itself, Veverec started two years ago. In his yard, on an area of 5.000 square meters, he placed 25 exhibits in the field of mathematics, physics and psychology. In the next phase, which according to the best projections of the initiators should be in a maximum of a year and a half, the Park would become richer for so many more exhibits. Space, notes Veverec, has never been a problem because it has more than 12.000+ square meters of usable area. The planned range of topics in the near future should also cover the fields of astronomy and chemistry.It should be noted that this project arose primarily from Squirrel’s passion for the natural sciences.”I have always been attracted to projects like this and at one point it became clear to me that I had the necessary resources to realize the idea. I had the necessary knowledge, but also a capable team composed of designers, architects and mechanics. We all deeply believe in this idea and want to keep working on our storySaid this creative builder.The idea was gradually built on three initial exhibits with which Veverec and his team toured most of Croatia and Slovenia. Also, they exhibited at numerous festivals and events, and wherever they went in passers-by aroused interest. Each of the exhibits is interactive – it must be listened to, measured or touched in order to fulfill its basic function: to explain a certain scientific principle. Thanks to their spontaneity and ease of answering complicated questions through the game, the exhibits quickly gathered a large number of fans – both in the younger and older population.”On paper, science seems pretty hard. So in our Park we decided to spice up the story a bit and show how science and learning can really be fun”, Added Veverec.The proximity of the capital, which is only half an hour away and Varaždin, about 45 minutes away, the proximity of spas and a rich offer of quality hospitality, simply fit this innovative story in the context of local and wider, in the context of continental tourism. Due to its excellent transport links, the park is in a great location, and it is emphasized by its unique idea.The park communicates with the public through its network pages i social networks, and this is supported by the media attention that the exhibits caused wherever they appeared. The media, Veverec pointed out, are very happy to respond to their presentations. Also, numerous recommendations, of which we can single out that of the Office of the President or various scientific and educational institutions, have opened the door to the market, but also to funds.”The first phase of implementation was financed with 40.000 kuna from the Ministry of Tourism after passing the Tender from the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” and 100.000 kuna from Zagrebačka banka where we competed among 274 projects among the best in the Tender “My Zaba start”, the rest is credit indebtedness. In this, the second phase, we intend to turn to funds”, Explained Veverec.Reactions to the Park are great. Since April, the Science Park has been visited by many domestic tourists, but also foreigners – Slovenes, Cubans and Japanese, while the increasing media exposure has resulted in increasing public interest.Finally, we must admit that this is an exceptional and praiseworthy example of how science can be packaged into a very attractive tourist content.
Denmark’s biggest commercial pension provider PFA is taking over labour-market pension fund Bankpension, as consolidation in the country’s pensions sector tightens.Financial sector fund Bankpension and PFA said they agreed a framework for a merger, with PFA as the surviving company.The common aim of the merger is to achieve positive synergies for the benefit of customers in both businesses, the organisations said.Niels Erik Jakobsen, chair of Bankpension’s supervisory board, said: “The supervisory and management boards of Bankpension believe a merger with PFA holds greater long-term benefits for Bankpension members than if Bankpension continues as an independent institution.” The merger will see Bankpension’s DKK21bn (€2.8bn) in assets under management added to PFA’s DKK552bn.Bankpension, founded in 1912, has DKK800m in annual contributions, 50 member companies and 17,000 individual members.PFA and Bankpension have held in-depth talks over the last few months on how the two could continue as a common pension company under the direction of PFA.Discussions had been based on, among other things, a due-diligence process that had shown the strength of the two companies, they said.Allan Polack, PFA’s group chief executive, who came to PFA earlier this year, said: “We look forward to uniting the strengths between the two pension companies, which are both built on strong relationships and their connection with members and customers.”Although PFA is a commercial enterprise, it is customer-owned.The two parties said they would aim to carry out the merger in 2016.Bankpension was recently criticised by the financial regulator Finanstilsynet on several counts following a regular inspection, being told in particular that it had to be more explicit about its investment stance and sharpen its focus on a fairer treatment of policyholders.Pension funds and providers in Denmark have been joining forces in various ways over the last few years, as pressure from increasing regulation coupled with low interest rates, as well as the competitive need to keep costs down, have made it harder for smaller funds to survive.The big commercial providers, Danica Pension and PFA Pension, have been particularly active in seeking to take over independent labour-market pension funds.In September 2014, Bankpension’s longstanding chief executive Niels-Ole Ravn left suddenly, with Jakobsen commenting that the pension fund’s future would contain challenges of “a different character.”Last year, however, three labour-market pension funds – doctors’ fund Lægernes Pension, engineers’ fund DIP and lawyers and economists’ pension fund JØP – publicly rejected suggestions they should merge with a large provider. They said pensions were too important to become the object of a competition providers’ expansion ambitions and argued that it would be a very bad business move for their customers if they allowed themselves to be taken over.
The White House’s coronavirus pandemic task force held another briefing late Wednesday afternoon, as the Senate agreed to a $2 trillion economic stimulus package.President Trump expressed his support for the bill, saying he would immediately sign it. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his “expectation is that this bill passes tonight” and checks could be in the mail within three weeksIt would provide tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and business tax-relief provisions, in addition to checks for most Americans.The President added that he hopes parts of the nation will be able to return to work and school soon, possibly by Easter. He approved major disaster declarations on Wednesday for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida.According to the commander-in-chief, testing capacity is growing “exponentially,” while the gap continues to close between the number of people who need the tests and those available for them.https://t.co/U6l7jrRQMW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020 The President also said, “Our country was built to get back to work. We don’t have a country where they say, ‘Hey, let’s close it down for two years.’ We can’t do that. It’s not our country.”In terms of how long a stimulus could sustain the U.S. economy, Trump replied, “Hopefully a long time. We’ll see. If we have to go back, we’ll go back.”Wednesday marks day 10 of the 15-day period of the White House’s “15 Days To Slow The Spread initiative.” The President said Wednesday, “we’ll be speaking to everybody” about what follows and that “it’ll be an interesting period of time.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of the inevitability of a second wave of COVID-19 unless proper protocol is followed, basing the concern on projections in other countries that have already endured cycles of the virus.
The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons know first hand the importance of rallying around the fight against cancer. Which is why the team was right there, leading the way at the 2011 Terry Fox Run, Nelson edition, Sunday at the Lakeside waterfront. Not only is the team eager to improve the physical and psychological well being of people specifically with breast cancer, it also wants to raise community awareness of breast cancer survivorship. So well done ladies and thanks for all your hard work to raise awareness to help defeat all cancers.Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to help in any way they can by saluting the ladies with Team of the Week status. The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons include, back row, L-R, Marg McCauly, Cath Little, Dawn Jacobsen, Wendy Hughes, Sandy Price, Lauretta Bullanoff, Lorna Maxwell, Janet Stephenson, Holly Reid, Judy Sheppard and Rebecca George. Front, Judith Deon, Pat Glackin, Linda Hoffmann, Marlene Pozin, Betty Radcliffe, Bobbie Maras, Suzanne McPherson, Pat Gibson and Sylvia Smith.
Avant a sophomore form Chandler, Ariz., owns a 3.42 grade-point average as a business major. Through 18 rounds this spring, Avant averaged a 74.5 per round and finished tied for 21st-place at the MVC Championships. He carded 12 rounds of 75 or less and posted a 76.1 stroke average in 30 rounds. SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University Tommi Avant was named Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team honorable mention, announced by the league office on Friday (May 5). To be eligible for nominations to the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams, nominees must own a cumulative GPA of 3.20 based on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve and have played in at least 75 percent of its team’s matches. Student-athletes also must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution and have completed at least one full academic year at their respective institution. Print Friendly Version
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