Trump signs law backing HK protesters

first_imgAn anti-government protester holds a tear gas canister during a protest in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 20. REUTERS/TYRONE SIU/FILE PHOTO Trump also signed a second bill, whichbans the export of crowd-control munitions to the police in the Chinese-ruledcity.   “(The bills) are being enacted in thehope that leaders and representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able toamicably settle their differences, leading to long-term peace and prosperityfor all,” Trump said.(BBC) The Human Rights and Democracy Actmandates an annual review, to check if Hong Kong has enough autonomy to justifyits special status with the US.center_img China’s foreign ministry said it wouldtake “firm counter measures.” HONG KONG – United States (US)President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill on Wednesday that supportspro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.  last_img read more

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Bilic backs Payet to improve squad

first_imgSlaven Bilic has backed new recruit Dimitri Payet to “make every player better than they actually are” at West Ham. Hammers boss Bilic hailed the £11million summer capture from Marseille as his “number one target” but admitted he will chase two more Upton Park additions. France playmaker Payet is set for his full competitive debut as West Ham host Astra Giurgui in Thursday night’s Europa League third qualifying round. Press Association Former Arsenal star Song spent last season on loan at West Ham but faces three months on the sidelines with ankle trouble. The 27-year-old is locked in negotiations over the length of a potential Hammers contract, with Barcelona ready to let him leave on a free transfer. West Ham have also been linked with a £12million bid for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow – with Bilic refusing to bide his time as he seeks further squad improvements. “That is very tricky because you can’t wait that long,” said Bilic when asked if securing Europa League football would boost West Ham bargaining power. “So we will have to risk one way or another. “Like any other manager you put your players on the sheet and you go ‘we are ok, we are ok’. “But considering that this is the Premier League and we might play in Europe and the Premier League is very tough and very long then of course I would like to have one or two. “But we are not talking about five, six, seven or whatever. “I am happy with my team and squad, we might need one or two. “You have to spend. You have to be clever of course but even Einstein would have to spend money. “So of course there is a budget and fair play so you have to calculate and do it. “I have done it with big help from the chairman and the board and the scouts and my staff. “We bought really good players. We didn’t buy players to just add numbers.” The former Croatia manager conceded West Ham cannot hang fire on transfer plans while they fight to secure European football for the season ahead. “It’s still early days but Dimitri it’s not only my opinion but I know so far he’s not only a great player, he’s a great professional, he’s a good lad,” said Bilic. “He has mixed already. He’s the kind of player I thought we really needed, that’s going to make every player better than they actually are. “He’s got everything. He likes to take responsibility. “He was my number one target and I am grateful to chairman that we got him. And it was done like that – not in four weeks. “He’s doing really well at the moment. Not only him but all the guys but you ask about him. “It may go a bit up and down. But we’re going to help him and he’s going to help us.” Bilic remains confident West Ham can yet complete a permanent deal to bring Barcelona midfielder Alex Song back to Upton Park for the season ahead. last_img read more

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Football adds depth during Early Signing Period

first_imgUSC football entered Wednesday’s Early National Signing Day in an unfamiliar position. The Trojans have been struggling to attract the best high school seniors, coming in at 25th in ESPN’s 2019 football class rankings. Wednesday’s events certainly didn’t shoot the Trojans up the rankings, but USC did leave with a few key victories as they welcomed 18 signees.USC needed to shore up an offensive line that allowed 27 sacks in 2018, and succeeded with the signing of tackle Jason Rodriguez from Oak Hills High School in Hesperia, California. The four-star Rodriguez is USC’s highest-rated signee of the early period and boasts a monstrous 6-foot-6, 326-pound frame. The Trojans also added three-star offensive guard Tilini Livai from Narbonne in Harbor City.“We were really excited to get this young man and what he brings to the table with size,” head coach Clay Helton said about Rodriguez. “He’s one that could step in and help us with depth immediately.”The leading signee early in the day was four-star cornerback Max Williams from Junipero Serra High School in nearby Gardena. The second signee after three-star quarterback Kedon Slovis, Williams was not the only defensive back who signed with the Trojans. Three-star safety Briton Allen from IMG Academy in Florida will provide greater depth for a safety position that was depleted due to injuries in 2018, while three-star cornerback Trey Davis will come down from Washington to battle for playing time.“One of the more special athletes, we thought, out of the city,” Helton said of Williams. “[He has] the ability to play corner or nickel and is very quick-twitch.”The Trojans gained a pair of four-star tight ends in Jude Wolfe from St. John Bosco and Ethan Rae from Orange Lutheran. Both standing at least 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, the duo present new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury with a greater number of red zone options moving forward. Helton said that he thought of both as among the best in the country at their position and that the team planned on using them as in-line tight ends because of their athleticism and ball skills.USC also added to its strongest position: wide receiver. Four-star Drake London out of Moorpark should become a familiar face on campus as a two-sport recruit for both the football and basketball teams. Munir McClain, a three-star receiver from JSerra Catholic in San Juan Capistrano, will join his brother Abdul-Malik, who served as a freshman linebacker for the Trojans this season. Three-star running back Kenan Christon out of Madison High School in San Diego will join the talented group of running backs.The Trojans added three linebackers to an already solid group. The highlight is four-star Maninoa Tufonu, who joins fellow Hawaiian freshman Palaie Gaoteote at inside linebacker. In addition, the Trojans secured three-star recruits Ralen Goforth from Bosco and Stanley Ta’ufo’ou from Grace Brethren in Simi Valley.Four-star Centennial defensive end Drake Jackson’s announcement that he would be committing to USC rather than Pac-12 South rival Arizona State marked a huge win for a Trojan defensive line that sought to replace departing senior linebacker Porter Gustin. Three-stars Nick Figueroa out of Riverside C.C. and Gino Quinones out of Hawaii join Jackson at the defensive end.“[He has] one of the unique body types that is out there, kind of a hybrid outside linebacker and defensive end,” Helton said about Jackson. “He can stand up or put his hand on the ground, he’s a really unique pass rusher.” Four-star running back Jordan Wilmore from Lawndale and three-star defensive tackle Dejon Benton from Pittsburg round out the Trojans’ early class, although Wilmore has not signed his letter of intent yet, according to 247 Sports.ESPN now ranks USC’s 2019 class 23rd in the nation, still a far cry from the top-ten finishes of the last couple of years. Still without a five-star recruit, the Trojans are the favorites to secure a pair of top wide receivers in Mater Dei’s Bru McCoy and Orange Lutheran’s Kyle Ford.last_img read more

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Rafa Benitez ‘to be sacked today’ claim Spanish press as Real Madrid board hold meeting

first_imgReal Madrid’s board of directors are holding a meeting on Monday, with the future of manager Rafa Benitez said to be in the balance.Spain’s Radio Marca have been reporting rumours that the former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea manager will be fired this afternoon, with an official announcement expected at 4.30pm GMT (5.30pm local time in Madrid).Those rumours have now been either reinforced or repeated by the rest of the Spanish media, with Marca and AS both claiming that Benitez has gone.Zinedine Zidane is reportedly to replace him, with Santiago Sori apparently to be the assistant manager.Benitez has been under fire for months, with Real’s poor form and patchy results leading fans to boo his side repeatedly.On Sunday, Real were held to a 2-2 draw by Gary Neville’s Valencia side, Benitez’s men having a man sent off as they let slip a 2-1 lead late in the second half. Radio Marca’s own Tweet simply read that the board of directors “is meeting this afternoon. The future of Benitez is up in the air more than ever.”However, the station also retweeted a claim by Spanish journalist Carlos Sanchez Blas that, “Benitez is out of Real Madrid. The club will communicate the news this afternoon, everything is ready for it to be announced at 17:30.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Luol Deng understands being placed on inactive list

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The move marked the latest sign on how Lakers coach Luke Walton has accelerated his shift toward developing his young players. It also marked the latest sign of the Lakers’ stock plummeting on reserve forward Luol Deng, whose four-year, $72 million deal has yielded only a 7.6 points per game average on a career-low 38.6 percent shooting in his 13th NBA season.Walton put Deng on the inactive list during the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday at Staples Center for a simple reason. As Walton put it, “We’re trying to get looks at all the young guys that we can.”“I totally understand what we’re doing,” Deng told Southern California News Group. “He wants the guys to be in situations where they learn and play minutes. It’s always about what we’re trying to do. Why am I going to be on the bench if I’m not playing?”Deng originally lost his starting spot on Feb. 6 against New York in favor of rookie forward Brandon Ingram. After averaging 4.1 points on 27.8 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes in seven games off the bench, Deng sat out Tuesday’s game against Charlotte because of a coach’s decision. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton cited the need to play Ingram, third-year guard Jordan Clarkson, newly acquired guard Tyler Ennis (from Houston) and newly acquired guard/forward David Nwaba (signed to 10-day contract). It is not clear what Deng’s status will be when the Lakers (19-43) host the New Orleans Pelicans (24-38) on Sunday at Staples Center, or if either Walton or Deng would be open toward him playing on even more reduced minutes. “He wants to play the young guys, so I’m not going to play,” Deng said. “So there’s no point of being on the active roster and sit on the bench. He’s got to keep all the guys he’s going to play and evaluate.” Different viewpointsThe words sounded puzzling, both for the substance and in how Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell delivered them. Of all the factors that led to the Lakers’ double-digit loss on Friday to the Boston Celtics, Russell refused to chalk it up to the team’s youth. Instead, he cited something indicting for any professional sports team. “I feel like we stopped playing,” Russell said, “stopped competing.”center_img Walton and his players have occasionally lamented the team’s effort this season. But not against the Lakers’ heated rival. “I don’t agree with that,” Walton said of Russell’s assessment. “I thought our team did show up to play. I think Boston is a very good team and was executing and making their shots. When we hit adversity, that’s when we crumbled.”Walton pulled his starters three minutes into the second half after becoming frustrated with the team’s stagnant offense. Later, the Lakers’ reserves helped chip away a 31-point deficit down to 15 entering the fourth quarter. While the Lakers have occasionally lamented their effort this season, they frequently admit they have struggled with handling adversity. “When people go on runs, we can’t put our head down and start losing our minds and try to do it on our own,” said Clarkson, who scored all of his 20 points in the second half. “We have to come together and push through that. This league and these games, it’ll go up and down. You have to fight through those runs. That’s how you build yourself up.” last_img read more

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BiH names squad for a friendly Match with USA and Mexico

first_imgHead coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) national soccer team Robert Prosinecki announced Tuesday a 28-man squad for a friendly match against the national team of the United States of America (USA) and Mexico.The match against the USA will be played on Jan.28 in Los Angeles and the one against Mexico on Jan.31 in San Antonio.National teams of BiH and the USA met only once on August 14. 2013, in Sarajevo, when the visiting team won 4:3 at the friendly match. BiH and the USA did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. So far, BiH and Mexico have met three times, twice Mexico won and BiH once.Full Squad:Kenan Piric, Ibrahim Sehic, Nemanja Trkulja, Darko Todorovic, Srdan Stanic, Daniel Graovac, Marko Mihojevic, Almir Bekic, Muhamed Besic, Besim Serbecic, Elvis Saric, Dino Besirevic, Zoran Kvrzic, Stjepan Loncar, Marijan Cavar, Goran Zakaric, Ognjen Todorovic, Nemanja Bilbija, Luka Menalo, Amer Ordagic, Elvir Koljic, Armin Hodzic, Jasmin Mesanovic, Mersudin Ahmetovic, Adnan Secerovic, Haris Medunjanin, Tomislav Tomic and Toni Sunjic.last_img read more

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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich unhappy with Marcus Morris’ unprofessional behavior in free agency

first_imgPopovich addressed Morris’ decision Monday during San Antonio’s media availability, blasting Morris for how he handled the situation and how much of a loss it was to trade away Davis.“It was more than difficult to lose Davis,” Popovich told reporters. “Let’s just say that was an unfortunate situation that was handled unprofessionally on a couple of different levels. We made that move to make the signing that we did and got blindsided. Related News Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was unhappy with Marcus Morris’ unprofessional behavior in “blindsiding” the Spurs during free agency. Morris reportedly had a deal in place to join the Spurs over the summer, but at the last minute signed with the Knicks on a one-year deal. San Antonio, meanwhile, had traded Davis Bertans to the Wizards to make room for Morris under the cap. Morris revisited the topic again Monday, admitting his “free agency didn’t go as planned.”“A lot of the specifics came off a lot of unknown — unknown situations,” Morris said. “I kind of committed very early.”Marcus Morris says his free agency didn’t go like he planned and that he committed early. He cited “unknown” issues. He committed to the Spurs but then signed with the Knicks. Says he wanted to be closer to Philly, his hometown. pic.twitter.com/H72YRC0ERW— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) September 30, 2019Morris, selected by the Rockets in the first round of the 2011 draft, averaged 13.9 points on 44.7 percent shooting with 6.1 rebounds last season in his second season with Boston. Damian Lillard fires back at Shaq with new diss track: ‘Kobe won you them rings though’ Draymond Green confident Warriors can reach 6th straight NBA Finals 76ers star Joel Embiid eyes MVP after heartbreaking season; Ben Simmons ready to shoot “Davis was a special player as we all know, and he was young and getting better and better. So, yeah, we hated losing him.”And Popovich on losing Davis Bertans and the Marcus Morris situation … said it was handled “unprofessionally on a couple different level” #Spurs #Knicks @TheAthleticNBA pic.twitter.com/rNomm3H5KJ— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) September 30, 2019Morris initially said in July that he still has a “good relationship” with the Spurs, adding that “the first thing that I did when I knew I would be going another direction, I called and made sure they knew.”last_img read more

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Kailondo Faces Negligent Homicide Charge

first_imgMore than seven months after a boat ride left the former managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) Dan Orogun’s dead by drowning, the Monrovia City Court yesterday brought a charge of “Negligent Homicide” against George Kailondo, a businessman who Orogun’s family claimed is responsible for his death.Dressed in a gray coat suit at yesterday’s hearing, Kailondo, himself a lawyer, was made to sit on the prisoner bench for hours before he was allowed to go back home at which time he has posted US$10,000 bail bond.Orogun, a Nigerian national, died during a boating accident on January 26, this year at the Barracuda Marine Resort, off the ELWA/Robertsfield highway. The boat belonged to Kailondo.A media report quoted Kailondo after the incident, saying the banker had drowned, while on a cruise to celebrate his (Kailondo’s) wedding anniversary.But the family in opposition claimed that Mr. Orogun had earlier gone with his wife and children to Kailondo’s house to honor to celebrate the day with him.Negligent homicide is the killing of another person through gross negligence or without malice. It often includes death that is the result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle, which includes, among other things, the operation of a boat.It is characterized as a death caused by conduct that grossly deviated from ordinary care. It may be charged as a lesser-included offense of manslaughter. It is sometimes referred to as “involuntary manslaughter.”Although, details of Orogun‘s family complaint were not available in court yesterday, sources claimed that their action was as a direct result of contradicting statement made by Kailondo regarding Orogun’s death.A source quoted a conversation allegedly held between Kailondo and a journalist that, “Orogun committed suicide.”It was not established in court yesterday as to whether these were some of the evidences the Orogun family is relying on to press charges against Kailondo. It was also not clear whether several other charges were added to the negligent homicide that compelled Kailondo to seek a bail of US$10,000.Prior to Kailondo’s negligent homicide charge, officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have reported no foul to the cause of Orogun’s death, due to the look of the dead body at the time it was retrieved from the beach.Besides, the Orogun family has also requested for an autopsy, but it was not clear whether the autopsy was conducted and results later released to the family.It is now the court that would provide answer as to whether or not Kailondo was responsible for the death of his onetime friend Orogun. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgRegular readers of my MP Report will recall my updates throughout the past several years on the progress of Terrane Metals in getting the Mount Milligan gold and copper Mine, located west of Mackenzie (150 km northwest of Prince George), underway.Like myself, I know that many local representatives, officials and constituents can attest to the hard work undertaken by Terrane’s Glen Wonders and Rob Pease in consulting extensively and inclusively on every aspect of the mine with municipalities, First Nations communities and federal and provincial fisheries and environment officials.Their diligence and perseverance has paid off as Terrane announced in June that they are ready to begin the first phase of construction on Mount Milligan.  Aside from the local jobs created by the 600-person construction camp, Mount Milligan will provide 400 direct permanent jobs and tremendous long-term economic benefits for our entire region!Meanwhile, south of Prince George, 500 direct and 1,200 indirect jobs are expected annually as Taseko Mine’s Prosperity gold and copper mine continues to overcome regulatory obstacles.Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Mining:  The Great Northern Hope for BC”As usual it’s been another busy, and all too short, summer. In fact I think I would be speaking for most Canadians (not all, because there are those crazy outdoor winter sports fanatics out there) when I say that if only summer lasted twice as long, Canada would be twice as good as the best country on earth!One blessing though is that whenever winter does come this year, it will bring welcome relief from the forest fires and smoke!- Advertisement -And the fires this summer have demonstrated yet again how vulnerable our forests are due to the ravages of the Mountain Pine Beetle.  We’ve also seen how vulnerable our agriculture industry is due to the worst drought in decades.   Adding to this are the ongoing challenges arising from the global economic downturn.All the more reason why NOW is the time for all of us to rally round the next great hope for an even brighter future for much of northern British Columbia … I speak of the mining industry.Statistics Canada reports that natural resources, including mining, was one of the best performing sectors nationwide with a 5.5 percent increase in employment between July 2009 and July 2010.Advertisement Leadership in economic development and environmental stewardship is evident across the mining industry here in British Columbia.On July 18th, I was privileged to visit the Imperial Metals Red Chris Mine site in northwest B.C.  Hosted by Murray Edwards, Pierre Lebel, Brian Kynoch and Byng Giraud, myself, provincial Minister Bill Bennett and a group of local politicians and First Nation leaders were given unencumbered access to their entire operation perched atop a mountain due south of Dease Lake.  And the opportunity to ask any relevant questions we chose.We came away with a NEW appreciation for the NEW mining industry of the 21st century.  An industry not only committed to providing the people of our region with good paying, long-lasting jobs, but also dedicated to protecting our environment.If you care about the economic benefits that mining can provide, NOW is the time to voice your support!last_img read more

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