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first_imgLook for the panel “Poetic Urbanisms: Artists Talks with Svetlana Boym, Brian House, and Jesse Shapins,” held 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Arts @ 29 Garden, entrance at 30 Chauncey St. A daytime visitor to Arts @ 29 Garden will feel the serenity of Harvard’s newest space for art making. It’s spacious, open, and sunny.But through Feb. 28, that serenity will be shaken a little by “Poetic Urbanisms,” the first formal art exhibit there. The show’s photographs, flickering moving images, projected text, and shelves of chained books reveal overlooked city spaces: curbsides, scaffolding, battered signage, and benches too inaccessible for sitting. The effect is creative unease, the dissonance that art often inspires.The exhibit, funded by a grant from the Harvard University Committee on the Arts, is in part the culmination of two years of courses taught by Svetlana Boym, a Harvard professor of comparative literature and member of the 2008 Harvard University Task Force on the Arts.Her courses explored archaeology as a metaphor for modernity, a quest to go beneath the surface of the modern city that drew on both art theory and art practice.The co-organizer of Boym’s exhibit is Jesse Shapins, a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a 10-year veteran of that hybrid pursuit, which he calls the “media archaeology of place.” Students in the courses, cameras or cell phones in hand, carried out the creative assignments now on display.The Russian-born Boym, who is the Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, teaches a related course this semester, CL 242: “Text, Image, Public Sphere.” She and her students gather once a week in a seminar room at 29 Garden St. to pore over readings by the great art theorists of the 20th century.Readings from Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Roland Barthes, and others pair academic rigor with art making.  “The students don’t just read,” said Boym. “They practice.” This “double movement between research and art” is important, she said, and encourages Arendt’s notion of “ passionate thinking,” a way of “thinking with experience” that Boym said preserves “wonder and surprise.”Pairing theory with practice is in tune with Arts @ 29 Garden.“Everything we do here is connected to the curriculum,” said Bess Paupeck, program manager at the new space.Along with its art and books, 29 Garden St. imparts an urban magic of its own, said Boym, and could easily be Harvard’s interface with the city around it. It was once a hotel, and later a police station, and today is largely graduate student housing. “The space has amazing potential” for showing contemporary art, she said, and adds significantly to Harvard’s art-making infrastructure. She hopes to have experimental art exhibits there once or twice a year.Boym introduced “Poetic Urbanisms” as a way to “discover the untold stories of our everyday environments.”The exhibit includes the work of 14 students, whose dictionary-like entries — with images, quotes, maps, and text — are in a book published for the opening, “Peripl-urban: A New Urban Language of Poetic Estrangement.” The term is from “periplum,” used by Ezra Pound in “Cantos” to describe a poet’s unconventional mapping of space and time.One page, mapped to a Cambridge address, shows a gritty curb marked with a slash of white paint. In the street is a crumpled cigarette pack. “To live,” adds a quote by Walter Benjamin, “means to leave traces.”For a look at the student work, and their alphabetical entries on overlooked urban places and concepts visit the site created by Shapins and New York media artist Brian House.“Poetic Urbanisms” also displays work by Boym, a media artist with an international audience.Along one wall is “Hydrant Images,” photographs in hanging plexiglas frames. Fire hydrants — unintentional urban sculptures of a kind — are paired with real and imagined text from immigrant narratives. It’s a doubling of estrangement that is both aesthetic and social.In noticing the accidental art of hydrants at all, said Boym, “I feel like a pioneer.”In “Phantasmagorias,” hanging plastic screens show shifting pictures captured by the “multiburst” feature on Boym’s digital camera, which creates what she calls “16-second art.” It includes the blur and fracture of subtle movement. “The act of touching is something we never see” in photographs, she said.Along another wall is “Portable Houses,” a series of urban photographs that play with reflections in windows, registering sadness, nostalgia, and surprise. In one, a peacock ambles improbably into a Manhattan alley. “I spent an afternoon following peacocks,” said Boym, and she had to slip away from academic meetings to do it.“Poetic Urbanisms” is on display through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays except Thursdays, or by appointment. For more information, email Bess Paupeck, at paupeck@fas.harvard.edu, or Svetlana Boym, at boym@fas.harvard.edu. last_img read more

first_imgBy David StooksburyUniversity of GeorgiaSpring will likely be drier than normal for most of Georgia. March will have wide swings in temperature. A late freeze or even a snow or an ice storm isn’t out of the question. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are common this time of year.Through most of this winter, Georgia’s climate was primarily a response to a neutral climate pattern. The neutral pattern is one of three climate patterns that have major influences on Georgia’s climate. The other two and better-known patterns are El Niño and La Niña.This past winter, Georgians have experienced a classic neutral winter with periods of very cold and very warm weather. Rainfall in neutral winters can be very dry, near normal or very wet. This winter has been a very dry one.Since the beginning of the year, the climate pattern has gradually shifted to a weak La Niña. This change is expected to have a major influence on the state’s spring climate. It is important to realize that knowing which climate pattern we are in gives us only the probabilities of what to expect. It can tell us how we might want to hedge our bets, so to speak. It isn’t a guarantee.Because the climate pattern is now in a weak La Niña, there is a very high chance that the coastal plain will experience a very dry spring. The chances of a very dry spring decrease into the northern piedmont. In the piedmont north of a Carrollton-to-Elberton line, near normal rainfall is the most likely outcome.In the mountains of north Georgia, there are no clear indications of what to expect rainfall wise over the next three months. If a consistent storm track occurs over the mountains, then the spring may be wet. However, if the storm track is just 50 to 100 miles north of Georgia, then the mountains will experience a dry spring. The good news is that typically under a weak La Niña – like we have now – the storm track has a tendency to be further south, which means the mountains might receive some beneficial rains.As far as temperatures are concerned, we can expect a continuation of a wide range, especially through the middle of April.The date of the last killing freeze, or 28 F or below, or the last frost has no relationship with the climate pattern. Knowing that Georgia is currently under the influence of a weak La Niña tells us nothing about when the last freeze will occur. Just as important, a warm March does not tell us anything about the likelihood of a late freeze. The 2007 Easter freeze is a prime example. March 2007 had been very warm and most plants had broken their dormancy. Then a devastating freeze hit in early April.Snow and ice storms are not unusual in Georgia during March. Additionally, March through May is a time when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are common. Because tornadoes can occur at anytime, day or night, all Georgians are encouraged to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, weather radio at home. NOAA weather radios can be purchased at most electronic stores, large discount stores and many grocery stores.last_img read more

first_imgWe know. you hit the outdoors to escape from the trappings of modern life. But sometimes, a little tech can enhance your outdoor experience. Here are our favorite high tech pieces of gear.THE TOP 10OneWheel +XR (featured)At this point, you’ve definitely seen the OneWheel in action—your hipster neighbor probably commutes to his co-working space on one. But the new model, XR, is a significant upgrade to the original technology. You get the same body-shifting start/go platform but the XR doubles the original model’s range, giving you 12-18 miles of freedom with a top speed of 19mph. It’s all thanks to the new Hypercore Motor, which uses NMC cells to increase the battery’s power without significantly increasing the weight. The new tech could turn OneWheel into a legitimate transportation option for a significant portion of the population. You can even connect your board to a smartphone app that tracks your ride and lets you share it with friends, so they can be jealous that you have a OneWheel and they don’t. $1799; onewheel.comAltra Timp IQA.T. thru-hikers have come to love Altra trail running shoes in recent years because of the large toe box, which provides plenty of room for the hiker’s swelling feet. Now, data-crunchers have a reason to convert to Altra. The Timp IQ takes Altra’s super cush and stable trail platform (which also features a zero drop from heel to forefoot) and imbeds it with foot bed sensors that provide info on your foot strike, cadence, impact rate and contact time. The data is uploaded to your phone and you can use the info to make your stride more efficient, increase speed and reduce injuries. It’s like having a running coach in the sole of your shoe. $199; altrarunning.comRyloThis mountable action camera shoots 4K video in 360 degrees, and it does it without that awkward bent screen that most other 360-degree cameras deliver. So, you get a legitimate full view of whatever scene you’re shooting. Even better, it’s easy to use, from the one-button shooting to the back-end editing, which allows you to point the camera while you’re editing the video, so you never miss the shot. The stabilization is unparalleled, and there’s a cool “follow” mode that allows you to track a single person or object throughout the video. You have to sandwich the camera in a case to make Rylo waterproof, and it pairs with your phone via a cord instead of Bluetooth, which feels antiquated until you see how quickly the hard connection works. $499; rylo.comBioLite SolarHome 620Got vanlife aspirations? Or maybe treehouse life? BioLite has introduced a self-contained solar light and charging kit that offers plug-n-play convenience to any off-grid scenario. The SolarHome 620 comes with a 6-watt solar panel, three daisy chain lights and a control box that controls the lights, charges your devices and plays radio and MP3 music. The solar panel will charge the whole system in about 7 hours of sunlight, and the lights offer 400 lumens that you can spread out into three different areas. There’s even a motion sensor option. And the whole thing packs into a shoebox. Dipping your toe into solar energy has never been easier. $149; bioliteenergy.comDJI Mavic Air droneYou can buy a good drone or you can buy a cheap drone, but you can’t buy a good cheap drone. At least, that used to be the unwritten rule until DJI introduced the Mavic Air, which offers professional-level capabilities at a consumer-friendly price. This tiny helicopter has 21 minutes of flight time and a 4-km transmission distance, so it can stay in the air for as long as you need in order to get that hero shot. And it has an advanced piloting system that lets the drone detect obstructions in real time and avoid them, so no more crashing into cliffs. It shoots 12 megapixel photos and has a panorama mode that captures 360-degree images. We like the user-friendly features like “active track,” which trains the camera on a specific subject. It’s also tiny, folding up into a pocket-sized helicopter. $800; dji.comEcoFlow RiverForget noisy gas generators, EcoFlow River is a next generation, clean energy power solution with a massive power output. The portable lithium ION battery holds 416 watt hours of power and has 11 different charging ports, from USB to AC-110volt to a 12volt car port. All in, you get a total output of 500 watts, so you can charge your drone, your laptop, your speaker…all at the same time. Recharge the River through a wall outlet or car in about eight hours, or connect it to EcoFlow’s solar panel and get a full charge in about 12 hours. It’s light and compact (11 pounds with a carrying handle) and features a digital display that shows you in real time the remaining battery capacity. The best part is that River will hold its charge for up to a year, so you can store it in the garage and forget about it until that storm knocks out your power line, or you have a car camping trip and you want to bring the blender, a mini-fridge and movie projector. $600; ecoflow.comSpot XCell phones are awesome…when they work. But if you want to get deep into the backcountry, you’re probably not going to have three bars and wifi. Spot X is a two-way satellite messenger that gives you the ability to communicate with your friends and family when your cell phone is just dead weight. Each Spot X comes with a US phone number and a full keyboard, so you can send and receive messages from just about anywhere. There’s even a tracking mode that allows your loved ones to follow your progress on Google maps. It has a 10-day battery life in continuous tracking mode, and there’s an emergency button that connects you directly to Search and Rescue. And you can get a monthly flex plan so you only have to pay for the service when you’re actually using it. And yes, it’ll even post to social. $249; findmespot.comThermacell Radius ZoneMosquitos can ruin a car camping trip in less time than it takes to set up your tent. Thermacell’s new Radius Zone is designed to give you a bug-free campsite (or patio, or backyard…). Hit the button and the Radius Zone emits Metofluthrin, a pesticide that’s been shown to repel up to 97% of mosquitos in field tests, giving you a 110-square feet repellent zone. No butane, no spray, no DEET, no nets…and no mosquitos. The rechargeable Radius Zone uses repellent refill pouches which last for 40 hours each, and the machine itself runs for six hours, giving you plenty of time for dinner and s’mores. $50; Thermacell.comSpecialized Turbo LevoAmerica is officially the only country left in the world that hasn’t fallen in love with e-bikes yet, but the brand new Turbo Levo might be the bike to win American hearts. The Turbo Levo uses the lightest, most powerful motor of any e-MTB on the market, with a range that’s been increased by 40% over last year’s model. Of course, there’s an app so you can control everything with your phone, but what you need to understand is that this is a legit bike that can handle legit terrain. The Turbo Levo is designed around the Stumpjumper frame, so the handling is precise. The battery is light and integrated (you can barely tell it’s an e-bike at first glance), and the different power modes let you fine tune how much pedal assist you want on the climb. This bike could eliminate the need for that shuttle truck or ski lift, allowing you to spin up the gravel roads and bomb the downhill on the same bike. And you’ll be smiling the entire time. Starting at $4,950; specialized.comSuunto TraverseThink the Apple Watch killed GPS watches? Think again. The Traverse has a bunch of features that will make it your go-to watch for trail pursuits, like topo maps and real time GPS navigation so you don’t have to keep pulling out your phone or paper map every time you come to a junction. We also like the “heatmap” function, which lets you explore popular runs, rides and ski routes in your area. You can save points along the way and re-trace your steps with a handy breadcrumb trail function. It even predicts the weather thanks to the built-in barometer, and tells you how much daylight you have. And it’s good-looking, so you don’t feel like a geek wearing it to the coffee shop. $419; suunto.comThe Other 10Outdoor Tech Chips 2.0Put the Chips 2.0 into the ear muffs of your favorite helmet and you’ve got tunes pumped from your phone straight into your lid. The sound is great, but we really love the Walkie-Talkie function that allows you to connect to friends with Chips 2.0 on the mountain without having to fish your phone out of your pocket. $129; outdoortechnology.comPoptical PopstormSpace in your pack is precious, but the sun is bright. Solution? Popticals, the world’s first wrap-around sunglasses that compact into themselves. Popticals use a micro-rail system that allows the frames to fold into themselves and fit inside a tiny case that keeps them safe. $209; popticals.comGoPure PuriBlocThe PuriBloc is a ceramic pod that collects impurities in tap water while releasing trace minerals. Drop a pod in your water bottle and let the all-organic ceramic go to work creating clean, great-tasting water. $25; gopurepod.comBioLite Fire PitBioLite gives the campfire a tech boost with this steel fire box with a rechargeable battery pack that fuels a series of 51 air-jets that feed oxygen into the flames. The result is a campfire that smokes less and burns better. Control the air jets with an app, and recharge your phone off the battery pack. $200; bioliteenergy.comCoolest CoolerThis cooler is better than your cooler. Not only does it keep ice cold for days, it has a built-in blender and Bluetooth speaker, so you can make daiquiris while having a dance party. $399; coolest.comBivystickThe Bivystick turns your smart phone into a satellite messenger, letting you text your loved ones or contact rescue services, and share your location on a topo map. It gives you detailed weather forecasts based on your location and works as a backup battery for your phone. And there’s no annual contract. $349; bivy.comOMATA OneThe OMATA One looks like an analog speedometer, but it’s actually a smart GPS bike computer that translates all of your ride data to your phone, and into your favorite fitness apps, like Strava. All the convenience of digital, with the look and feel of analog. $550; Omata.comPrinceton Tec SNAPOne light for every task—that’s the idea behind the SNAP, a modular headlamp that converts to a handlebar light, clips to a carabiner so you can hang it from a tent, and attaches to any magnetic surface. And it’s 200 lumens and made in the US. $40; princetontec.comZippo Heatbank 3Cold hands suck. The Heatbank 3 is a rechargeable hand warmer with dual-sided adjustable heat. It also serves as a power bank for your phone. $25; zippo.comlast_img read more

first_imgTo: Ms. Connie Stewart Program Administrator The Florida Bar 651 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2300 Fax # (850) 561-5825 < p>From: FL Bar # Name Address Phone # Fax # Please reserve ___ seats for me at the 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. The 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, hosted by the Federal Court Practice Committee, the Criminal Law Section and the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, will be held on June 24, 2004, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Florida Bar’s Annual Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.More than one dozen federal judges will be serving as panelists in the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. Those judges that have thus far committed to serve as panelists in the program include Judge Gerald Bar Tjoflat from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett, Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr., Judge William J. Castagna, Judge Mary S. Scriven and Judge Alexander L. Paskay from the Middle District of Florida; Judge Donald L. Graham, Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley, Judge Patricia A. Seitz, Judge Paul C. Huck, Judge Ursula Ungaro-Benages, Judge Adalberto Jordan and Judge Jose E. Martinez from the Southern District of Florida; and Judge Stephan P. Mickle from the Northern District of Florida. The Federal Judicial Roundtable Program affords a unique opportunity for practitioners to interface with the federal judiciary in an intimate and stimulating atmosphere. During the first portion of the program, roundtable discussions will be conducted among the judges and practitioners in small group settings. During the second part of the program, the judges will participate in a lively and informative panel discussion which will be moderated by retired Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, Tod Aronovitz, Esquire and Robert Josefsberg, Esquire. Immediately following the program a reception will be held for the judges, moderators and practitioners. < p> There is no admission fee to attend the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program, however, seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. In that regard, please complete and return the reservation form at your earliest convenience. < p> Finally, it is anticipated that 3.0 CLE credits will be awarded by The Florida Bar for attendance at the Federal Judicial Roundtable Program. < p> Please contact Committee Chair, Lawrence Goodman, Sub Committee Chairs Jerry Gewirtz and Eileen Parsons, and Florida Bar Liaison, Gerry Rose, for further information. TO MAKE A RESERVATION: Please mail, or fax, your reservation to Connie Stewart at the address below: NOTICE OF 2004 FEDERAL JUDICIAL ROUNDTABLE PROGRAM May 7, 2004 Notices Notice of 2004 Federal Judicial Roundtable Programlast_img read more

first_imgEXPO 2020 Dubai will be held under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and is expected to be the most visited EXPO exhibition that will bring together over 25 million people from more than 180 countries and provide access to the markets of Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and access to markets with a total of 3,2 billion consumers. The competition invites all those interested in offering the best creative and performance solution for the layout and content of the Croatian pavilion. In addition to the development of the conceptual design, the tender also includes its implementation, maintenance and uninstallation.  The EXPO World Exhibition, which is expected to feature over 25 million people from more than 180 countries, will take place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. The pavilion for the Croatian presentation for which the conceptual design is required will be located within the theme park “Mobility”, while the theme of the Croatian pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai will be “Mobility of the Mind”.  The tender is open until March 1, 2019, and the Croatian National Tourist Board will hold its oral presentation for interested bidders in mid-January. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia as the National Commissioner for Croatia’s participation in the EXPO, stated: “By participating in the upcoming 2020 exhibition in Dubai, Croatia will have the opportunity to present its economic, cultural, tourist and other potentials and show the world that even a relatively small country can contribute to enriching the world’s treasury of knowledge through innovation and creativity. That is why the National Committee of the Republic of Croatia for the World Exhibition EXPO chose the theme Mobility of Mind through which Croatia will be able to present itself as a country of innovative projects, ideas, inventions and creative individuals who, due to the desire for challenges and openness to the new, sometimes with little resources Recognition. I believe that through the announced tender we will find a bidder who will best translate this energy of Croatian minds into the conceptual design of our pavilion.” The tender for the selection of bidders for the design of the Croatian pavilion at the World Exhibition EXPO 2020 Dubai was published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Attachment: TENDER FOR SELECTION OF BIDDERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION OF THE CROATIAN PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 IN DUBAI, ITS IMPLEMENTATION, MAINTENANCE AND UNINSTALLATIONlast_img read more

first_imgSwiss airline Edelweiss Air renewed from 2.06. its line to Split and by the end of June will fly twice a week from Zurich, and from July it plans to fly five times a week. German airline Lufthansa announced in June the launch of flights to tourist destinations, including Split connecting Split Airport with Frankfurt and Munich. Namely, from June 20, the line Munich – Split will be introduced, once a week, every Saturday, and from June 27, the line Frankfurt – Split, also once a week, on Saturdays. Lufthansa will use A320 aircraft on routes to Split and Dubrovnik in accordance with demand and booking on each flight. KLM from 04.07.2020. re-establishes the route Amsterdam – Split – Amsterdam – every day, and on Sundays 2 flights – a total of 8 flights per week. German low-cost carrier Eurowings has resumed flights from Dusseldorf to Split since June 2, which is the second line after Stuttgart that this carrier has launched to Split Airport. From mid-June to early July, a number of flights to Split Airport are expected, so among the announced flights to Split are flights from Luxairtours, Transavia and EasyJet from Benelux, Transavia and easyJet from France, Condor from Germany, easyJet and Wizz Air from markets of Great Britain, and the flight of Croatia Airlines, which will connect Split with Rome from mid-June, has been confirmed. And an Austrian airline Austrian Airlines announced the relaunch of international lines. As of June 24, Austrian is introducing the Vienna-Split line, which will run four times a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays). In a recent statement, the company announced that it would initially operate its routes with smaller capacity aircraft. last_img read more

first_img“Svjesni smo da ljudi trebaju i žele ponovno putovati  te ćemo ovoga ljeta postupno nastavljati s našim letovima na 150 odredišta u Francuskoj, Europi i ostatku svijeta. Nakon ovog teškog razdoblja, veselimo se što ćemo ponovno moći dočekati naše putnike. Svo osoblje Air Francea, kako na terenu, tako i u zrakoplovu, jamči našim putnicima najvišu razinu zdravlja i sigurnosti “, rekla je direktorica Air Francea Anne Rigail. After the suspension of flights to Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik, caused by the corona virus pandemic, Air France is re-establishing flights to Croatian destinations. Air France plans to fly by the end of June with 20% of the usual capacity characteristic of this period. The flights will take place with 106 of the 224 aircraft in the Air France fleet. The flight schedule is subject to change and is subject to the necessary approval of the states., Emphasize from France France, and will take into account the current health and hygiene measures in different countries or destinations to which it flies. Passengers can postpone their flights for free, request a voucher or a refund.   Flight schedule from Paris to Zagreb starts from 01.07.2020, for Split 13.07.2020 while for Dubrovnik from 04.07.2020, reports from Air France. Ovisno o ukidanju ograničenja putovanja, nastavit će se s postepenim povećavanjem broja frekvencija i odredišta do 35% prvobitnog rasporeda letova u srpnju i do 40% u kolovozu. Povećava se i broj odredišta na 150 što čini  80% uobičajene mreže. last_img read more

first_imgChina will set up a “national security agency” in Hong Kong to oversee a forthcoming new law aimed at cracking down on dissent in the city, state media said on Saturday.The new law also would override any existing Hong Kong laws that may conflict with it once it is implemented, Xinhua news agency said in a report detailing the draft legislation.The report followed the conclusion of a meeting in Beijing of China’s top law-making committee that reviewed draft provisions aimed at snuffing out the pro-democracy movement that has rocked the semi-autonomous city.  If Hong Kong laws clash with the provisions of the upcoming legislation, the power of interpretation lies with the Standing Committee of China’s rubber-stamp national legislature, Xinhua added.’Beijing’s hand’ The city’s leader Carrie Lam said Saturday the government agreed with the proposal to establish “specialized departments in the police force and the department of justice” to safeguard national security.In a written statement she said the territory’s government “expressed gratitude” over Beijing’s handling of the situation.But Alvin Yeung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker, said the details on what will constitute a crime are “highly vague, which is of course, extremely worrying.” “More importantly, it is almost like Beijing’s hand is getting right in the center of the administrative and judicial reins of Hong Kong.”Leung also expressed alarm at Xinhua’s mention of a separate security “council” to be headed by the territory’s chief executive whose duties would include choosing judges to handle security cases.”What worries me more is if any judges, in the future, when they try the cases and in (rule) favor of the defendant, would those judges be removed? That could be possible,” he said.China’s parliament endorsed the planned legislation last month, sending the draft to the Standing Committee.The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Wednesday urged China to reconsider the proposed law, saying they had “grave concerns” it threatens Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.In response, senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said at a high-level meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”.Under a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement before Britain handed the territory back to China, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.Hong Kong has been convulsed by a year of huge and often violent rallies that began with an eventually aborted criminal extradition bill but morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability.Beijing says the national security law is needed to end the political unrest and restore stability. Xinhua said the Standing Committee would “soon finalize” the legislation.Topics : The fast-tracking of the bill — which is bypassing Hong Kong’s legislature — raised international concern that it will end the financial hub’s limited freedoms and usher in a new era of Communist-style repression.Xinhua gave no details on its make-up but opponents of Beijing’s control have repeatedly voiced fears that the final wording of the law will allow mainland security organs to openly establish a presence in Hong Kong.The future security agency would be established by China’s central government and would “supervise, guide, coordinate, and support” the maintenance of national security in the territory, Xinhua said.Xinhua said the eventual law would criminalize “secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and colluding with foreign and external forces to endanger national security.”last_img read more

first_imgMaguire is yet to return for pre-season (Picture: Getty)Maguire is yet to return to pre-season for Leicester having been given an extra week off after representing England in the Uefa Nations League.The 26-year-old is thought to be open to a move, but has not asked Leicester to leave.The latest development comes amid news Arsenal too have made an enquiry to sign Maguire.MORE: Arsenal enquire about Manchester United target Harry Maguire Comment Coral BarryWednesday 3 Jul 2019 5:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Leicester City tell Manchester United Harry Maguire will cost at least £90millioncenter_img Advertisement Leicester City are demanding £90m for the defender (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer is determined to build his United around young, homegrown talent and has identified Maguire as the man to rejuvenate his leaky defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the Foxes have made it clear United will need to pay a record fee to secure the services of Maguire.The £75m Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk stands as the record figure spent on a centre-back. Maguire is wanted by City and United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have been told Harry Maguire will cost at least £90million this summer, according to reports.The Red Devils reportedly made an improved offer of £70m for the centre-back on Tuesday, but Leicester City have denied they have received such a bid.The Telegraph claim Leicester will not accept a bid less than £90m for Maguire and have told United to raise their bid or forget about signing the England international.United have been locked in talks with Leicester, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to sign Maguire.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgArteta is attracted to Willian’s experience and winning mentality (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have tracked Willian before but the deal is now being led by Arteta, who believes he is an ‘ideal’ signing to bring into the squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Brazilian ticks a number of boxes, most notably that he would be an experienced head in an otherwise young – and, at times this season, naive – squad and can help those younger players develop and fulfil their potential.The second big reason is that Arteta feels Willian can add a winning mentality and culture to the squad.Although he watched from the sidelines as Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup last weekend, he has twice won the Premier League as well as the Europa League – finishing as the leading assister that season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite the speculation surrounding his future, Willian has continued to train as hard and diligently as ever and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard would have liked to keep him.But the former Shakhtar and Anzhi winger has now ruled out staying at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal’s offer – and the role outlined to him by Arteta – is now the one he favours most. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 4 Aug 2020 12:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares The Gunners’ swoop for free agent Willian is being driven by Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s move to snap up Willian on a free transfer is being driven by Mikel Arteta with the head coach eager to add the Chelsea winger’s experience to his young squad, according to reports.The 31-year-old is out of contract with the Blues this summer and has reportedly elected to join the Gunners after they offered him a three-year deal, with the move expected to be announced in the coming days.While there have been critics of the deal who suggest it has been pushed by the increasingly influential Kia Joorabchian, The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Arteta is, in fact, the main driving force. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Why Mikel Arteta pushed Arsenal bosses to sign Willian as Gunners close in on Chelsea star Willian out-scored all but two Arsenal players this season, Aubameyang and Lacazette (Getty)Moreover, Arsenal’s proposed salary is not the most lucrative Willian has been offered – with Inter Miami and another unnamed club offering more – but he is keen to work with Arteta and remain living in London.The connection with Arsenal technical director and compatriot Edu is also said to have played a role in Willian’s decision to pick Arsenal.Willian enjoyed a fine run of form after the season restart, scoring fives times and laying on three assists in his first six Premier League games back in action, ending the season with the most prolific campaign of his career.MORE: Willian to join Arsenal after rejecting late offers from Chelsea and Manchester UnitedMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta puts nine players up for sale including Hector BellerinFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more