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China congress targets HK unrest, premier warns of economic peril

first_imgTopics : Economic uncertainty Although numbers have dwindled, China is still recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak that first appeared in central China late last year and spread globally — sparking accusations Beijing had mishandled its initial response, leading to nearly 330,000 deaths and economic carnage worldwide.The pandemic has also sent US-China tensions spiraling to new heights, with Trump this week saying Beijing was responsible for “mass worldwide killing”.China’s economic growth shrank 6.8 percent in the first quarter because of the virus, its first contraction in decades.Li had originally been expected to announce a 2020 growth target of around six percent — but the pandemic has scrambled expectations, leaving millions of Chinese jobless and imperiling countless businesses.In a statement published after the speech finished, the government announced it would increase its military budget by 6.6 percent in the year.The budget will be set at 1.268 trillion yuan ($178 billion) for the year — the second biggest in the world after the US but continuing a trend of slowing increases.China’s rapidly growing and modernizing armed forces are a source of concern in the United States and neighboring Asian countries nervous about Beijing’s rise.The NPC’s highly choreographed annual meetings are conducted amid great pomp aimed at underlining Communist Party control, but this the session was delayed more than two months as China struggled with the coronavirus outbreak, and reduced to only a week.The session began with a minute’s silence for the country’s coronavirus victims. China moved to impose a controversial security law on Hong Kong at the opening of its annual parliamentary session on Friday, with Premier Li Keqiang also warning of the “immense” economic challenges caused by the coronavirus.Li’s opening speech to the 3,000-member National People’s Congress (NPC) is China’s version of the US president’s “state of the union” address, and he went straight into the threat posed by the pandemic that emerged on Chinese soil.”At present, the epidemic has not yet come to an end, while the tasks we face in promoting development are immense,” Li told mask-wearing delegates in Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, while also touting China’s success in suppressing the contagion. The draft proposal, to be debated by Beijing’s top leaders, will “guard against, stop and punish any separatism, subversion of the national regime, terrorist group activities and such behaviors that seriously harm national security”.It would authorize Chinese lawmakers to directly enact long-delayed Hong Kong security legislation itself at a future date, rather than leaving it up to the territory’s administration.China has made clear it wants legislation passed after Hong Kong was rocked by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year.Wang Chen, deputy chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, told delegates Beijing must “take powerful measures to lawfully prevent, stop and punish” anti-China forces in Hong Kong.A bid to enact such legislation in 2003 was shelved after half a million people took to the streets in protest. But the controversial initiative has been put back on the table in recent years as the pro-democracy movement has gained pace.”This is the end of Hong Kong, this is the end of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, make no mistake about it,” Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok told reporters, referring to China’s description of the territory’s status.”One Country, Two Systems” gives Beijing ultimate political sway over Hong Kong but allows the former British colony to retain liberties unseen elsewhere in China.”Xi Jinping is burning Hong Kong,” said Lee Cheuk-yan, Hong Kong’s Labor Party leader, referring to the Chinese president.Stocks tumbled in the city Friday on news of the security law move.US President Donald Trump promised to respond “very strongly” once details emerge, and US senators introduced legislation to impose sanctions on any entity involved in curbing Hong Kong’s autonomy.Targets could include police who crack down on demonstrators, Chinese officials involving in Hong Kong policy, and banks that conduct transactions with anyone who infringes on its freedoms.center_img Hong Kong under siegeThe most controversial move at this year’s NPC is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong — immediately denounced by the US and pro-democracy figures in the financial hub who called it a death sentence for the territory’s unique freedoms. Citing “great uncertainty” ahead, Li took the rare move of refraining from announcing a 2020 growth target for China’s coronavirus-battered economy, offering only a vague promise to address mounting joblessness and improve living standards.last_img read more

Moses can’t wait to start after first training at San Siro Stadium

first_imgFormer Super Eagles winger and Inter Milan loanee Victor Moses is not only happy following his re-union with former Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte but eager to begin in earnest The former Wigan Athletic ace participated in the first training Friday and appears in a hurry to begin the business of showcasing his skills at the San Siro Stadium. Taking to the social media, Moses who made over 38 appearances for the Super Eagles with 12 goals to his credit before calling it quits, informed his followers and fans “Getting to work First training session” Victor Moses stretches and he prepares for debut at the San Siro Moses who is embarking on his fifth loan spell having previously been to Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham and Fenerbahçe is venturing into Seria A the third which will be the third league he will be playing in.  The former England junior international has now criss-crossed through three leagues English premier league, Turkish league and the Seria A.Advertisement Moses who has already been handed the number 11 shirt same shirt compatriot Nwankwo Kanu donned while playing for the side between 1996 and 1999. Inter currently occupy the second position on the Seria A table with 47 points in 20 matches. Antonio Conte who happy to again team up with Moses, is likely to throw him into Sunday’s home clash against visiting Cagliari. Read AlsoEriksen set to join Victor Moses at Inter The visitors who are 6th on the log, go into Sunday’s match fresh from a 2-2 draw against Brescia and 4-1 defeat by the same inter in the Copa Italia. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

Indiana flu deaths top 100, Tamiflu in high demand

first_imgBatesville, In. — For the first time in more than 10 years, flu activity has been reported in all 48 contiguous states. With more than two months left in the flu season, Indiana has reported 107 flu-related deaths.Sixty-two percent of cases in Indiana are reported in resident between 5 and 24-years-old. More than 75 percent of the 107 deaths have occurred in resident 65-years-old and up.Officials from the Centers for Disease Control say get a flu shot, maintain proper hand and respiratory hygiene, cover your cough and if you are suffering from symptoms including a fever stay home until the fever has broken.TreatmentFor people suffering from influenza A or B, two-weeks and older and suffering symptoms for less than 48-hours Tamilfu is an option.Tamiflu is an antiviral drug that prevents the flu virus from multiplying in the body and reduces symptoms. It can be used in a prevention program but is not a substitute for the flu vaccine.CDC officials report demand for Tamiflu is up 640 percent compared to same period last year. Localized shortages have been reported at some pharmacies. Although the manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, and major pharmacy chains noted there is not a shortage of the antiviral, the increased demand has led some pharmacies to run out of the drug for several days.last_img read more

Atlético and Valencia look at the young Mustafa Kapi

first_imgHis representative Necdet Ergezer told AS the contacts he has had with the Spanish clubs. The Turkish agent described the approaches as an investment regarding the future: “Mustafa Kapi is a free player, we can sign with any club for the summer. There is only a reasonable price for the training compensation that has to be paid. The managers of the Spanish clubs They have contacted us through Kapi. Atlético seemed very interested before the coronavirus pandemic crisis. They also call us from Valencia, Villarreal, Celta de Vigo, Real Sociedad because they know the player’s transfer conditions. His style is very suitable for the Spanish league. “ Several teams in the Spanish league follow in the footsteps of young Mustafa Kapi, the very young talent of Galatasaray. At only 17 years old, he is one of the young men with the most projection in the Turkish youth academy. A versatile player, he can perform in various positions in midfield. His favorite position is that of a midfielder, but of an offensive nature. You can also occupy the right wing or the attacking midfielder. Galatasaray youth squad, is now on the sidelines of the first team because he did not accept the renewal that Galatasaray has offered him. His contract expires on June 30, so he can sign as a free player from that date with the team he wants.Kapi attracts attention for his technique and intelligence on the field, he has also become the youngest player to play in the first team in an official match in the history of Galatasaray. He did so when he was 16 years old, he entered the game in the final minutes of the match against Sivasspor in the Turkish league on December 22, 2018. The midfielder has stated that his goal is to play at the highest level of European football, in one of the big leagues, and for this reason he has not renewed the contract with his club.last_img read more