Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

first_imgChina has bristled at widespread global criticism of the law and Australia’s move to provide safe haven to some Hong Kong citizens was expected to worsen already rising tensions between the two.Beijing in recent months has imposed tariffs on some Australian imports and impeded trade in other key commodities in response to Australian steps to counter Chinese interference in the country.China, Australia’s biggest trade partner and a competitor for influence in the Pacific, was notably infuriated when Canberra led calls for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand is also reviewing its relationship with Hong Kong because of the new law, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said, “including extradition arrangements, controls on exports of strategic goods, and travel advice”. “Australia is adjusting its laws, our sovereign laws, our sovereign immigration program, things that we have responsibility for and jurisdiction over, to reflect the changes that we’re seeing take place there,” he said during a press conference.Foreign Minister Marise Payne said China’s moves in Hong Kong were discussed earlier Thursday with Australia’s so-called “Five Eyes” security partners — New Zealand, the United States, Britain, and Canada.Morrison’s announcement came a day after China opened a new office in Hong Kong for its security agents to oversee implementation of the law targeting acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion.The law, which followed sometimes-violent pro-democracy protests, is the most radical change in Hong Kong’s freedoms since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997 under an agreement designed to preserve its freedoms for 50 years. Australia on Thursday offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong, in a risky challenge to China over its crackdown on dissent in the city.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was also suspending its extradition agreement with the city and in addition to extending the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers already in the country, threw open the door to thousands more to start a new life Down Under.Morrison said the decisions were taken in response to the imposition by China last week of a tough new security law in Hong Kong, which he said “constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances” for the semi-autonomous territory. Topics : Permanent residency pathway Morrison brushed aside questions about whether the challenge over Hong Kong would likely lead to further Chinese retaliation.”We will make decisions about what’s in our interests, and we will make decisions about our laws and our advisories, and we will do that rationally and soberly and consistently,” he said.Under the new measures, 10,000 Hong Kong citizens and residents in Australia on student or temporary work visas will be allowed to remain in the country for an additional five years.”If you’re a temporary visa holder, your visa will be extended to an additional five years from today, in addition to the time you’ve already been in Australia, with a pathway to permanent residency at the end of that period,” Morrison said.The five-year visa and possible permanent residency were also offered to Hong Kong entrepreneurs or skilled workers who wish to relocate to Australia in the future.”If there are businesses that wish to relocate to Australia, creating jobs, bringing investment, creating opportunities for Australia, then we will be very proactive in seeking to encourage that,” he said.The move echoed Australia’s response to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown when Canberra offered refuge to thousands of Chinese students and their families.But it contrasts with the current conservative government’s policy of restricting immigration.Morrison said he did not expect a rush of new visa applications from Hong Kongers, in part due to coronavirus travel restrictions.And he added that it would be “very disappointing” if China tried to prevent Hong Kong citizens from taking advantage of the offer.Australia has already warned its citizens of the risk of detention under the new security law.Shortly before Morrison’s announcement, the foreign ministry warned Australians in Hong Kong of the risk of detention under the new security law.last_img read more

On and off the field, Ange Bradley works to empower players

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 11:03 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] Comments Ange Bradley wants her players to be a part of something bigger.She wants them to have NCAA Championship rings on their fingers, like her 2015 team. She wants them to walk into a job interview and talk about their experiences being part of a team. She wants them to be successful on the field so that they can be successful off it.“My why is to help empower the women that I coach,” Bradley said, “so that when they go into the workforce, they’re prepared to compete with any man for any position.”Bradley, one of the just two woman head coaches at Syracuse (6-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast), has created an environment for her players predicated on women’s empowerment. For the Orange, who haven’t won a conference game this year, her message to players off the field is as clear as her teachings on it.Leadership skills, teamwork and how to be strong as a woman are all things goalie Borg van der Velde said she’s learned from Bradley and fully expects to need beyond college. Bradley tells her players to fight for their places. Bradley, freshman Laura Graziosi said, is teaching her players that women can compete with men after college.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn Bradley’s 12 seasons coaching Syracuse, many of those players have seen on-field success — final four appearances, one national title — but that’s not all Bradley wants to prepare her players for.Senior Roos Weers sees Bradley as a life coach on top of her field hockey coach. In her four years at SU, she said she feels she’s changed as a person. A lot of that is due to Bradley.Bradley, Weers said, knows how to “push all the right buttons” to motivate her players.“She’s very big in character and in the way you present in life,” Weers said.Still tied at one at the end of two overtime periods against Penn on Sept. 23, the game went to a shootout. Bradley and her team huddled up. She asked for volunteers. Weers, Claire Webb and Carolin Hoffmann all stepped up.Bradley often allows her players to step up in big moments of the game. Before taking a penalty corner, Weers said the team similarly huddles and, after a suggestion on which play to use from Bradley, they decide who will take the ball out of the circle and who gets to shoot. Players volunteer whenever they’re feeling good.“She wants us to be strong and tough, like all the time,” Graziosi said.Mental strength is something freshman Kira Wimbert has already learned from Bradley. The idea of not giving up and staying strong mentally has helped Wimbert in school. When something is hard, she stays mentally tough and finishes through. Similarly, during a game when it’s getting hard, players apply that mental toughness to get through the game.Said Bradley: “That’s my whole mission as a coach.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more