US, China to hold top-level talks on tensions: Reports

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet a top Chinese official in Hawaii Wednesday in the powers’ first senior-level talks since tensions skyrocketed over the coronavirus pandemic, reports said.Pompeo will hold talks with senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi, The South China Morning Post said, quoting an unnamed source.Politico and CNN also reported on plans for the meeting. CNN said it would take place at Hickam Air Force Base next to Pearl Harbor. Topics : Trump, under fire at home over his response to the pandemic, has pointed to China’s early suppression of news of the virus when it emerged in the metropolis of Wuhan.Pompeo has sought to popularize a theory, discounted by most mainstream scientists, that the virus came from a laboratory in Wuhan — not a market that butchered exotic animals, as widely believed.While Trump has described Chinese President Xi Jinping in friendly terms, his administration has increasingly cast the Asian power as an enemy, with candidates from his Republican Party running advertisements harshly critical of Beijing ahead of November elections.The Trump administration has also taken measures in response to China’s push for a new security law in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy activists fear an erosion of the financial hub’s guaranteed freedoms.And Trump is expected soon to sign into a law an act, widely supported in Congress, that would lay out sanctions against Chinese officials over alleged abuses in the western region of Xinjiang.Activists and witnesses say that at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims have been detained in a massive brainwashing campaign. China says it is providing vocational training to discourage Islamic extremism.China has recently hit back by criticizing the United States over racism and police brutality following widespread protests over the killing of George Floyd — including US police’s use of force to disperse a peaceful demonstration outside the White House.Yang, a veteran force behind Chinese foreign policy, also held a quiet meeting in August, in New York, to discuss tensions.center_img The State Department did not comment on the reports. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that “more information will be given when available,” saying only that the two countries were “maintaining communications via diplomatic channels,” according to the state-run Global Times.It will be the most senior in-person meeting between the two nations since January when Vice Premier Liu He met President Donald Trump at the White House to sign the first phase of a deal aimed at ending soaring trade tensions.But friction has sharply intensified since then as the Trump administration, with Pompeo leading the charge, seeks to blame China for COVID-19.last_img read more

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Alcohol reforms ‘watered down’

first_imgNZ Herald 12 Dec 2012The long road to reforming New Zealand’s alcohol laws has ended amid bitter protests that the legislation was a pale imitation of the landmark Law Commission report it was based on. MPs passed the reforms yesterday, which means that in 12 months’ time bars will have to close earlier, alcohol promotions will be limited and parents will have to give express consent to allow minors to drink. Justice Minister Judith Collins said the reforms struck a sensible balance by reducing the serious harm caused by alcohol without penalising people who drank responsibly. She said it would not be the full answer and New Zealanders needed to take responsibility for their drinking habits. The third reading of the bill marked the end of a long debate on alcohol laws which was sparked by the Labour Government in 2008. The Law Commission carried out a two-year investigation, which included commissioners observing binge drinking firsthand in downtown areas. It provided 153 recommendations for the government in 2010, most crucially a 50 per cent tax increase on alcohol and a higher purchase age. The National-led Government immediately dismissed a tax hike, and a higher purchase age was shot down by MPs in a conscience vote in September.The changesConsent Parents or guardians must give consent for minors to drink. It will be a criminal offence (with $2000 penalty) to supply alcohol without such consent.RTDs A voluntary code to be created by industry. Government will have the power to restrict the sale of RTDs if no code is forthcoming.Hours Bars, clubs and restaurants to close between 4am and 8am, and stores from 11pm to 7am.Age Buying age remains at 18. Alcohol given to 18 and 19-year-olds in a private setting must be supplied responsibly.ID A criminal offence for using a fake ID, or lending ID to someone knowing it is for buying alcohol.Shops Convenience stores banned from selling beer, wine and spirits. Some will be allowed to sell other alcohol.Supermarkets Alcohol displays and promotions limited to a single, non-prominent area.Councils Will have power to formulate policies on opening hours, ban alcohol outlets near schools, or impose conditions on licensed venues.Licensing Fees determined by associated “risk” of venue – capacity, opening hours, and record. Bars or managers who sell to drunks and/or those underage three times in three years will lose their licence or manager’s certificate.Advertising Further restrictions, including on the promotion of free alcohol outside bars and advertising discounts of 25% or more at off-licence premises.Price A minimum price regime is being investigated.* all changes listed come into force in 12 months’ timehttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10853482last_img read more

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FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea face Ndidi’s Leicester, Arsenal, others know foes

first_img Loading… 12-time winners Manchester United could face Norwich City if they overcome Wayne Rooney’s Derby County on Thursday after the Canaries knocked out Tottenham with a 4-2 penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw in normal time. Despite their struggles in the league, Pep Guardiola’s men are bidding for the treble following their win in the Carabao Cup final last weekend. Holders Manchester City will take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park after Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the game to see off Sheffield Wednesday. Arsenal sealed their path through to the last-eight with a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Portsmouth on Monday night and will take on high-flying Sheffield United in the next round. Chelsea’s reward for beating Liverpool is a tricky clash against Wilfred Ndidi’s Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Frank Lampard’s side put in an impressive display during a 2-0 win against the Reds at Stamford Bridge and will face the Foxes in the last-eight after they beat Birmingham 1-0. Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone Baffled20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Read Also: Dier confronts fans’ in the stand as Tottenham crash out of FA CupNewcastle are through to this stage of the competition for the first time in 12 years but former City defender Micah Richards says Guardiola will be pleased with the draw. ‘We can’t be that harsh on Newcastle,’ said Richards. ‘My old manager Steve Bruce, he’ll have them compact, they’ll be up for it but it’s a good draw for City’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Child ID app for Apple and Android

first_imgThe FBI now has a Child ID app for Apple IOS and Android Devices. The app provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing. The application, which works on most Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, allows users to store up-to-date images and physical descriptions—like height, weight, birthmarks, etc.—that could help responders in the event of an emergency. The information is stored only on your device and not with your mobile provider or the FBI.The Child ID App also includes helpful tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.last_img read more

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Southampton boss Koeman backs Virgil van Dijk to get even better

first_imgSouthampton defender Virgil van Dijk starred at both ends of the pitch against Swansea and boss Ronald Koeman believes he will get even better. Press Association Van Dijk, a £13million deadline-day signing from Celtic, headed Saints’ opening goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win at St Mary’s. The Dutchman also kept Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis so quiet he was hauled off at half-time, and then did a similar job on substitute Eder in the second half. Dusan Tadic added the second goal with the aid of a deflection just after half-time and Sadio Mane slotted in the third on the hour. Gylfi Sigurdsson grabbed a late consolation from the penalty spot after Jose Fonte tripped Neil Taylor, but Swansea were never at the races to the annoyance of manager Garry Monk. “We were not at the right levels,” he said. “We are making errors which is uncharacteristic because we’ve shown already this season the standards we can reach. “We have to be consistent. The last two away games have just not been good enough. It’s up to me to assess things and make sure they are right for the next game away.” Koeman said: “One of his qualities is he is a good header of the ball. He is also defensively strong and his personality is important for the team. “He’s only 24, it’s his first season in the Premier League and he will get better.” Van Dijk was a regular goalscorer for Celtic, hitting the net 15 times in two seasons, and he was thrilled to get off the mark in England. He shook off marker Jack Cork in the 10th minute to powerfully head in James Ward-Prowse’s corner at the near post. “I’m very pleased,” he told Saints’ official website. “It’s been a dream come true already by playing in the Premier League. “But scoring my first goal feels amazing and to get the three points as well makes it even better. “If you look at my height I should be dangerous every time. We practice it a lot. It was the perfect example, I think, of a great corner and finish. It’s been very good and I’m very happy with it. “It’s a very important win. It’s good to get the win, especially at home against a team who is competing with us for a European place.” last_img read more

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Ellsworth boys’ swim team wins season-opener

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Postscenter_img Bio Ellsworth freshman Austin Baron swims in the first meet of the season on Friday at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA.PHOTO BY STACEY HOLMESELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ swim team finished first in its season-opening meet Friday at the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA.Ellsworth coach Jim Goodman said 140 boys and girls were present on deck. They each averaged 3.2 events.“The meet was a chance for all swimmers on all the teams to swim something,” Goodman said. “Even for an exhibition swimmer to swim and get a time that counts.”Goodman said for Ellsworth, six out of eight boys and two of 11 girls have already qualified for states by time in at least one individual event.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“As a coach, I am very proud of the performance and efforts by all the swimmers, and especially the EHS swimmers,” Goodman said. “They have worked very well and hard during the first two weeks of the season, and this meet is a great start.”The Ellsworth boys won with 124 points. John Bapst placed second with 91, Hampden Academy was third with 57 and George Stevens Academy was fourth with 24.The Ellsworth boys took first in the following events:200-yard medley relay: Jack McKechnie, Cooper Holmes, Sam Alvarado, Brian Whalley, 1:57.48200-yard freestyle: Holmes in 1:56.85200-yard IM: Talor Hamilton, 2:05.4850-yard freestyle: Alvarado, 24.91100-yard butterfly: Hamilton, 54.87500-yard freestyle: Alvarado, 5:09.05100-yard backstroke: Holmes, 57.29100-yard breaststroke: Hayden Sattler, 1:08.99400-yard freestyle relay: Hamilton, Sattler, Alvarado, Holmes, 3:34.01For the girls, GSA won four events and placed third with 64.5 points.John Bapst placed first with 111 points, Hampden Academy, was second with 74 points and Ellsworth was fourth with 58.5 points.The GSA girls took first in the following:200-yard medley relay: Emma Larson-Whittaker, Maya Pelletier, Ava Sealander and Karina Steenberg, 2:14.10200-yard freestyle: GSA’s Larson-Whittaker, 2:24.28100-yard butterfly: GSA’s Sealander, 1:06.82100-yard breaststroke: GSA’s Sealander, 1:20.29The Ellsworth girls took fist in one event:100-yard freestyle: Leah Stevens, 1:06.04Ellsworth and GSA will compete again on Thursday at the Down East Family YMCA in a double-dual meet against John Bapst.Full Results EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title

first_imgBy Alan Baldwin(Reuters)-ABU DHABI,(Reuters)-Germany’s Nico Rosberg celebrated his first Formula One world championship yesterday after finishing runner-up in a tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix won by Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton amid accusations of ‘dirty tricks’.After all the suspense and expectation, Hamilton chalked up his 10th win of the season, and fourth in a row, but was powerless to do anything about the championship outcome despite making every effort.His attempt to push Rosberg into the clutches of those behind him, by deliberately slowing the pace in the closing laps to the concern of team bosses, produced a nail-biting finish with the top four separated by just 1.6 seconds.“Lewis, this is Paddy we need you to pick up the pace to win this race,” the team’s technical head Paddy Lowe told the Briton over the team radio.“Right now, I’m losing the world championship so I’m not bothered if I’m going to lose the race,” replied Hamilton, who crossed the line 0.4 seconds ahead of Rosberg with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third and a further 0.4 behind.The frosty atmosphere between the pair as they waited for the podium ceremony spoke volumes, with Rosberg hoisting the sport’s 86-year-old commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone into the air but ignoring Hamilton.There was minimal eye contact between them, let alone a handshake.The hug, the handshakes and a word of congratulation, eventually came on the podium.“That was definitely not the most enjoyable race I’ve ever had… really not very enjoyable those last laps,” said Rosberg in podium interviews conducted by former F1 racer David Coulthard.“I’m glad it’s over, and I am ecstatic.“It was really intense and tough out there.”Rosberg, who had needed only to finish in the top three to be sure of the title, settled into second at the start as Hamilton streaked clear but the Briton’s strategy was immediately apparent.He made little effort to build up a commanding lead, knowing that his only hope of becoming Britain’s first four-times champion depended on denying Rosberg clear air and allowing rivals to get close enough to pass.“It was tricky at the end there with Lewis playing some dirty tricks,” commented four-times champion Vettel over the radio.Rosberg, who becomes his country’s third champion after Michael Schumacher and Vettel, held his nerve and position just as he has throughout a season in which he has insisted on taking one race at a time.As he crossed the line, the son of 1982 title-winner Keke Rosberg let out a whoop of relief and joy as he became only the second son of a world champion, after Britain’s Damon Hill, to take the crown.In another emotional touch, the tearful 31-year-old’s wife Vivian spoke to him over the team radio on his slowing down lap to tell him how proud she was. His own pride was equally evident.“I am very proud to have done the same feat as my dad achieved, he is going to be coming in half an hour I think,” said Rosberg, whose father was not at the circuit and has been present for only his home Monaco Grand Prix this year.At the same time, Hamilton knew he would have to explain himself to unimpressed team bosses.“We first have to speak to him to get an explanation,” said non-executive chairman Niki Lauda. “We tried to tell him the danger was coming because Vettel had the fastest car at the end. Thank god it worked out in the end.”Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, another remarkable race for the Dutch teenager who spun at the start and fought back from last place. His Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo was fifth.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup England vs Pakistan Oval ODI abandoned due to wet outfield and rain

first_imgEngland and Pakistan will play five ODIs before the ICC Cricket World Cup.England will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30.England is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup on May 30 vs South Africa. highlights This time, the rain break was long and despite the weather clearing, there were some patches on the outfield which worried the umpires. The wet patches and the heavy outfield resulted in a prolonged delay and after one hour, the match was called off. England will now take on Pakistan in the second ODI of the series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and the weather is expected to be much clearer.England is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1999 while they will also host the five-Test Ashes series against Australia immediately after the tournament. England will start the campaign against South Africa at The Oval on May 30 and the hosts will be aiming to win the World Cup in front of their home fans for the first time after ending up on the losing side in the finals for three editions. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is less than four weeks away and the contests between England and Pakistan are important for both teams in their preparation. However, the first ODI at the Kennington Oval in London was marred by rain and a wet outfield as the match ended in a no-result. The start of the match was itself delayed due to a persistent drizzle and the game was reduced to 47 overs per side. England won the toss and chose to bowl and Jofra Archer showed his mettle. In a fiery opening spell, Archer troubled both Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman with pace, bounce and swing. After building the pressure, Archer accounted for Zaman for 3 as the batsman edged to Joe Root at slip. His first spell read 4-2-6-1.Babar Azam and Imam tried to steady the ship and both looked to play out the tough conditions but Liam Plunkett got rid of the in-form Azam for 10 as Pakistan struggled. Imam and Haris Sohail batted confidently but another sharp rain break for 30 minutes reduced the match to 41 overs per side. After resumption, Jos Buttler missed Sohail’s stumping off Adil Rashid but the heavens opened up yet again.last_img read more

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Manohar resigns as ICC chairman citing personal reasons

first_imgSHASHANK Manohar stepped down as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with immediate effect on March 15. The former Board of Cricket Control in India (BBCI) president cited personal reasons behind his decision to resign from the top job.The 59-year-old was elected unopposed as ICC’s first independent chairman in May 2016 and had signed to serve a two-year term. However, Manohar decided to end his time with cricket’s governing body and offered his resignation to chief executive David Richardson.In his resignation letter, he thanked all the directors, the management and staff for supporting him during his tenure as ICC chairman.“I have tried to do my best and have tried to be fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board and in matters related to Member Boards along with the able support of all directors,” Manohar wrote, according to ESPN Cricinfo.“However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence I am tendering my resignation as Chairman with immediate effect. I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and Staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights in future,” he added.Manohar’s role as the ICC chief saw him being responsible to reduce the influence the Big Three – the BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) – had on the governing body. He served as BCCI president from 2008 to 2011 and was re-elected in October 2015, following the passing of former president Jagmohan Dalmiya.last_img read more

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