Hong Kong police refused to comment on the charges.But China’s ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, appeared to confirm and defend the charges.”All these law enforcement actions are taken according to the law,” Cui said in response to a question at the Aspen Security Forum.”Anybody, if they violate the law, they should be punished. That’s it. It doesn’t matter what kind of political views they might have.”China in late June passed a security law that bans subversion and other perceived offenses in the financial hub, sending a chill through a city that witnessed wide and occasionally destructive pro-democracy protests last year.The United States has denounced the law and said it would end special treatment for Hong Kong, to which Beijing promised freedoms before Britain handed back the territory in 1997. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday vowed to protect Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners who have fled the city and denounced China after Beijing said that police had ordered the arrests of overseas activists.”The Chinese Communist Party cannot tolerate the free thinking of its own people, and increasingly is trying to extend its reach outside China’s borders,” Pompeo said in a statement.”The United States and other free nations will continue to protect our peoples from the long arm of Beijing’s authoritarianism.” In an accompanying tweet, Pompeo said that Washington “condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to prosecute pro-democracy advocates resident outside of China, including in the United States.”Chinese state media said late Friday that Hong Kong police had ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile on suspicion of violating a tough new security law.One of them, Samuel Chu, head of the Washington-based Hong Kong Democracy Council, wrote on Twitter that he has been a US citizen for 25 years.The most prominent person targeted was 27-year-old campaigner Nathan Law, who recently fled Hong Kong for Britain and called the charges against him “trumped up.” Topics :
CANDIDATE Master, Anthony Drayton, defied a prolonged period of inactivity to retain his form and carted off the spoils in the inaugural Caribbean Chess Cup, staged in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 28 to December 3.Drayton, who once held the prestigious National Junior (chess) Championship title, participated in the senior category, the Open segment, which attracted players with less than 2100 rating points.The astute Drayton suffered a slight setback after dropping an early game to Trinidadian Frank Sears, but rebounded to win all of his other sets to amass 8 points. His nemesis, Sears, closed off the second podium spot on 7 points.Trinidadian player WIM Gabrielle Johnson occupied the third-place spot while Barbadian Phillip Corbin sealed off the prestigious positions in fourth place.Drayton is now ranked #4 with rating points of 1903. The tournament attracted 37 players from several Caribbean countries.
Heading into Wednesday night’s men’s basketball intrastate affair with UW-Milwaukee, there was one particular player the Wisconsin defense put in its crosshairs.Forward Anthony Hill, who led the Panthers with 14.9 points and 6.18 rebounds per game prior to yesterday night’s matchup, needed to have a quiet day for the Badgers to win comfortably.The damage done by UW-M’s big man: 0-8 shooting from the field, 3-6 from the line and five rebounds. Hardly any damage at all.Hill had his hands full all night as he was marked by Wisconsin’s senior forward Keaton Nankivil, who never allowed Hill to relax, harassing him down low and forcing two turnovers from Hill in the process.Coming off of a lackluster game against South Dakota on Saturday in which Nankivil played just seven minutes – enough time for only one stat point, that of a rebound – Nankivil’s defensive effort fueled the Badgers to their 61-40 win against the Panthers.Nankivil finished one rebound shy of his first career double-double, contributing 10 points in the process as well as three blocks – two of which on the same play – and two steals.Afterward, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan had to dig pretty deep in order to find something to criticize the Madison native for.“Well the boards and also on the job he did on Hill and on his help, his shooting… his one sock wasn’t quite as high as the other, he was unbalanced when he got dressed,” joked Ryan. “Other than that he had a pretty good night.”The Panther offense relies on a solid inside performance from Hill, a physical 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior. He received the ball plenty of times down low at the game’s beginning but found limited opportunities to put any points on the board with the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Nankivil standing in his way.Nankivil’s early success in the paint deflated Hill quickly and was never able to have an impact on the game. He didn’t score until about 11:30 left in the second half and began to show signs of frustration after nothing would go in the paint.“Well [Hill] got touches,” UW-M head coach Rob Jeter said. “I think some of their earlier post touches were some of the ones that were our best opportunities to maybe get to the free throw line. Then as we got into the middle part of the game, I think he got a little discouraged, started taking some shots that weren’t as strong.”“Keaton Nankivil did a nice job of staying between him and the basket.”On the offensive side, Nankivil made the Panthers grimace whenever they applied more pressure on forward Jon Leuer or point guard Jordan Taylor.Nankivil capitalized on several wide-open mid-range jumpers after sneaking into an open lane to be fed the ball for an open look. The senior shot 5-6 on the night – his only miffed attempt coming from beyond the arc.“A lot of my offense is based on finding what’s open when Jordan and Jon attract so much attention,” Nankivil said. “I feel like a lot of my baskets tonight were a couple guards go to double on Jon or they create something and I would just try to find an open seam where I [could] just catch and shoot and make an easy shot.”For a team that doesn’t necessarily strive to put flashy numbers on the scoreboard, Nankivil’s performance on defense provided a nice boost for the Wisconsin offense.After starting the game with an unsatisfactory shooting performance, the Badgers managed to finish the contest with 46 percent of their shots going down.“For me, and as a team, it’s just such a confidence builder to know that you’re doing something right on one end, keep the energy up and go do it on the other end,” Nankivil said. “I think for us, as such a defensive-minded team, it definitely works that way.”
Shani Davis of the U.S., center, puts on the prototype of the official US Speedskating suit, while coach Ryan Shimabukuro checks his phone prior to a training session at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They were touted as the fastest speedskating suits in the world.Now the U.S. is dumping the high-tech attire after a dismal start to the Sochi Olympics.Kevin Haley, vice president of innovation for suit developer Under Armour, told The Associated Press on Friday the Americans had received permission to go back to the suits they used while posting impressive results on the fall World Cup circuit and at the U.S. Olympic trials in December.The change begins Saturday with the men’s 1,500 meters, when Shani Davis hopes to make up for a disappointing performance in his first race at Sochi. Under Armour was busy altering the logo on the old suits, so it conforms with International Olympic Committee regulations.“We want to put the athletes in the best possible position when they’re stepping on the ice to be 100 percent confident in their ability to capture a spot on the podium,” Haley said by phone from Baltimore.The change was a stunning reversal after the Americans arrived in Sochi proclaiming they had a suit that would give them a technological edge over rival countries such as the Netherlands.Instead, the Dutch have dominated through the first six races, winning 12 of a possible 18 medals, including four golds. The Americans have yet to finish higher than seventh; Davis and female stars Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe have all been major disappointments.While Haley expressed confidence in the new suit, saying all the data proved it should produce faster times, he said the company agreed to the change because a few athletes felt it was actually a drag on their times.“If they have one less thing to be distracted by,” Haley said, “that should give them a little bit of an advantage.”The new skinsuits, developed with help from aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin and unveiled just before the Sochi Olympics, had definitely become a major distraction.Even though several coaches and athletes defended the technology, it was clear that U.S. Speedskating needed to change things up to make sure this didn’t become a total bust of a Winter Games.“Morale is down right now,” said Joey Mantia, another of the U.S. skaters in the 1,500.The new suit, known as “Mach 39,” has become a convenient explanation for the American woes, since they were unveiled so late in the game, without giving the skaters a chance to wear them in competition.Even before the Olympics began, the designer of the Dutch suits expressed skepticism about the American claims. Bert van der Tuuk said he even tested some of the elements used in the U.S. suit — rivets, seams, bumps and a diagonal zipper to cut down on drag — and found they provided no significant edge.Others backed the new suits. Haley said the majority of the team wanted to stick with it, but the change was made to make sure everyone was comfortable. ISU rules require the entire team to wear the same suit.“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is the most scientific suit in the whole world,” said U.S. skater Patrick Meek. “These guys make F-16 fighter jets. If they can invade Afghanistan and Iraq, they can build a speedskating suit.”The Dutch athletes began testing their own new suits during the World Cup season and were allowed to use them at the country’s highly competitive Olympic trials.U.S. coach Kip Carpenter said there are plenty of plausible reasons for the U.S. woes beyond the suits.“The human factor is by far the largest piece out there,” said Carpenter, a former skater and Olympic medalist. “There’s not an athlete out there who is slowing down a second per lap because of the suit they’re in. What is it: a parachute on their back?”Another U.S. coach, Matt Kooreman, questioned whether the team peaked too soon and became complacent after their impressive World Cup showings.“Did we lay off the gas after it looked like things were going well?” he said. “I’m sure the Dutch went back home after those North American World Cups and were really in attack mode.”Before going back to the old suit, Under Armour attempted some low-tech alterations to the new model.“They did adjust one part on the back, but it was just putting rubber over the mesh there,” Richardson said after a disappointing performance in the 1,000, a race she dominated during the World Cup season. “It had no effect really.”Looking to become the first male speedskater to win the same event at three straight games, Davis finished eighth in the 1,000 on Wednesday — the first indication that something might be seriously wrong with the U.S. preparation.On Thursday, Richardson was seventh and Bowe eighth over the same distance for the women, another staggering blow given Richardson had won three World Cup events this season and Bowe took the other with a world-record time.“It’s sad,” Mantia said. “I almost cried … watching that race.”Davis, a two-time silver medalist in the 1,500, was attempting to remain confident despite all the turmoil surrounding the suits.“I didn’t come all this way to start having doubts,” he said, trying to muster a smile after his off-day workout. “I trained really hard. I’m focused. I’m feeling good. I’m going to go out there and do the best I can. That’s all I can do.”When it came to the new suits, he was more guarded with his words.“Suit or no suit, I’ve got to go out there and try to win,” he said.As a U.S. Speedskating media official tried to hustle Davis out of the mixed zone, he stopped to answer another question.“It’s not their fault,” he told the official, indicating he didn’t mind the reporters’ questions on the suits, which clearly have become a major issue within the team.Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at all.Michel Mulder, who led a Dutch sweep of the medals in the men’s 500, offered another explanation.“It could also be,” he said of the Americans, “that they were just outclassed here.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963
0Shares0000The Botswana national women U20 football team has pulled out of the return leg against Kenya who hammered them 7-1 away.Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29- The Botswana national women’s football team has withdrawn from their 2018 Under-20 World Cup qualification return leg against Kenya’s Harambee Starlets which was slated for August 5 in Machakos.According to a communiqué from the Botswana Football Association signed by the Chief Executive Officer Ookeditse Malesu, the team has pull out due to lack of funds. “The team will not travel to Kenya for the return leg on August 5 in Nairobi. The Association has financial constraints hence is unable to continue with the participation in the tournament,” the letter reads in part.“Having considered all the available options, and in accordance with the required notices of withdrawal, the FA has resolved that the women’s Under-20 team will be withdrawn from the qualifiers.”Kenya had won the first leg 7-1 last week and put one foot into the second round of qualification, with Botswana being faced with a mountain to climb.The junior Starlets will now shift their attention to the next qualification phase where they are scheduled to play Ethiopia. They will face the neighbors in the first leg in Addis Ababa on September 15 before playing the return fixture on September 29.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
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