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Live: NRL frontrunners Storm face struggling Titans in Melbourne

Round 23 of the NRL wraps up with the Storm hosting the Titans in Melbourne, before the Sea Eagles travel to Canberra to face the Raiders. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

Source: ABC News | 25 Aug 2019 | 3:55 pm(NZT)

Iran-US tensions and Strait of Hormuz mission are 'quite separate' for Australia: Minister

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Australia's decision to join the US-led mission to keep shipping lanes open does not play into broader US pressure against Iran.

Source: ABC News | 25 Aug 2019 | 3:39 pm(NZT)

The cat came back - five years after going missing

A Masterton family have been reunited with their long-lost cat five years after it went missing.Lisa Pederson initially believed there'd been a mistake when she received a call from a vet in the Porirua suburb of Whitby informing...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 3:06 pm(NZT)

70-year-old man dragged from car and robbed in Hastings during test drive

Three young people are being sought by police after a 70-year-old man was bashed and robbed of a car while taking a prospective female vehicle buyer for a test drive in Hastings.The attack happened about 2.30pm on Saturday when...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 3:04 pm(NZT)

Herald afternoon quiz: August 25

Test your brains with the Herald's afternoon quiz. Be sure to check on nzherald.co.nz tomorrow for another trivia fix. Android users please click here ‌ To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK HERE.

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 3:03 pm(NZT)

Live: Dogs face the Crows in Ballarat

The Bulldogs and Crows kick off an AFL Sunday in Ballarat, then the Tigers and Lions clash at the MCG and the Power host Freo, as the last round before finals comes to a close. Follow the live scores, stats and commentary.

Source: ABC News | 25 Aug 2019 | 2:39 pm(NZT)

Hundreds of people turn out for Bayfair underpass protest

Hundreds of people have turned out for a protest to save the Bayfair underpass. The protest, called "Hands Off Our Underpass", is happening between 1.30pm and 2.30pm today at the current site of the Bayfair underpass. People...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 2:15 pm(NZT)

Late night door-knock worries Auckland dad: 'We don't have a clue what their intention was'

A terrifying late night door-knock has left an Auckland family suffering sleepless nights. Blockhouse Bay dad Shivam Verma is urging people to stay vigilant after a stranger loudly knocked on the door of his family home in the early...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 2:00 pm(NZT)

Fallen tree completely blocking State Highway 1

State Highway 1 is currently completely blocked just south of Tūrangi due to a tree falling on the road.Police have asked that motorists avoid the area or delay travel if possible.

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 1:09 pm(NZT)

'An absolute icon': Wellington community rallies around busker after theft

Wellingtonians have come together to help Colin Martiens, the busker who had his music gear stolen from his usual spot outside Timezone in Courtenay Place last night.Colin is a beloved member of the Wellington community and everyone...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 11:28 am(NZT)

'Don't blow it': Judge to teen who raided Westshore dairy

The eldest of a group of young teens who stole a light truck car from Gisborne and drove to Napier to rob a dairy has been spared a jail sentence by a judge putting his faith in the youth's attempts to redeem himself.In Napier District...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 11:20 am(NZT)

Ministry for Culture and Heritage reports serious digital privacy security breach

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a major government security breach is "very disappointing" after private details of hundreds of young New Zealanders, including passports, birth certificates and drivers' licence details, were exposed...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 10:44 am(NZT)

Maternity wing at Hawke's Bay Hospital reopened after chemical spill

Hawke's Bay Hospital's maternity wing has been reopened after a chemical spill.Fire services were called to the scene at 9.15am on Sunday and said they had closed the wing temporarily as they worked to clear it in a safe manner.They...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 10:39 am(NZT)

'I got my strength from her,' 11 year-old cancer survivor's mother talks about her strong daughter

Havelock North girl Matilda Kersjes was just seven when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2015.Her family's life was turned upside down in an instant.Within five hours, she'd gone from being sick, to being...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 9:56 am(NZT)

Two people injured after car drives off Southern Motorway and into a house

Two people have been injured after a car drove off an Auckland motorway and into a house.Police received a report of a car going off the Southern Motorway, down a bank and into a house on Clayton Ave in Otara, about 9.15am.St...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 9:55 am(NZT)

'Hard to believe': Thieves steal busker's music equipment in Wellington

Thieves allegedly stole the music equipment of a beloved Wellington busker.The incident reportedly took place in Courtenay Place on Saturday night. The Wellington community has taken to social media to express shock that someone...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 8:59 am(NZT)

Man injured in shooting near K Rd, central Auckland

A man has been hospitalised with a gunshot wound after a shooting in Auckland's CBD early this morning.Police were called to the incident on Cross St near Karangahape Rd about 1.45am.Officers are still investigating what happened...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 8:32 am(NZT)

Man dies after serious assault in Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland

A man has died after a serious assault in Ōtāhuhu last night.Emergency services were called to the incident on Sturges Ave about 9.20pm.A scene guard remains in place as police continue to investigate.Last night a...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 6:49 am(NZT)

Two motorcycle riders critically injured after crash in Waihi

Two people have been critically injured following a crash between two motorbikes in Waihi.Emergency services were called to the crash on Dobson St about 12.50am.Both riders were transported to hospital in a critical condition.The...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 6:41 am(NZT)

Auckland in with chance to break wet weather record - MetService

The most depressing of records could be heading sodden Auckland's way this week, with weather experts unable to rule out the chance of a shower every day until at least Thursday — a day after the previous record of 28 days in a month...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Herald morning quiz: August 25

Test your brains with the Herald 's morning quiz. Be sure to check on nzherald.co.nz this afternoon for another trivia fix. Android users please click here ‌ To challenge yourself with more quizzes, CLICK H...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 25 Aug 2019 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Catholic Church calls for Ihumātao solution, urges Jacinda Ardern to visit

The Catholic Church is joining other organisations in calling on Jacinda Ardern to visit Ihumātao.Demonstrators continue to occupy the south Auckland housing development site.The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 24 Aug 2019 | 11:54 pm(NZT)

Westland mayor: Fox Glacier road will reopen

The mayor of Westland is confident the access road to Fox Glacier will reopen, despite officials deciding to close it indefinitely.An engineering report commissioned by the Department of Conservation and the NZ Transport Agency...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - National | 24 Aug 2019 | 11:41 pm(NZT)

10 die as rain, mudslides hit Sichuan

Ten people are dead and 27 missing after heavy downpours and mudslides battered a county in the southwestern Sichuan Province, local authorities said yesterday. One missing person in Wenchuan County, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, was confirmed dead, according to the emergency management bureau of Aba. As of yesterday afternoon, 27 people remained missing after seven were found earlier in the day, said the bureau. The county police authorities have released names of the missing, calling on the public to help find them.Regions in Wenchuan received rain of up to 65 millimeters on Tuesday, with eight towns being ravaged by flooding and mudslides.The prefecture has sent 1,630 rescue workers to search for the missing and trapped people after the rain-triggered disasters. Over 90 percent of residents in Wenchuan were affected. More than 100,000 people require evacuation and emergency assistance.Flooding and mudslides have damaged roads and bridges, and destroyed and inundated over 2,200 houses. They also destroyed drinking water pipelines running more than 115 kilometers, affecting more than 58,000 people.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Lining up at the yurt for medical help

As his sheepdog kept barking, Tielik Adil looked up and saw several white dots on a faraway hillside moving closer. He whipped the horse around and bowed to his guests in a yurt with a warm greeting.With the help of an interpreter, the guests in white gowns laid their medical instruments down and started their work with eyesight checks and blood pressure monitoring for Adil and his family, and asked some questions.The team of doctors travels around grasslands in Tacheng Prefecture in northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and gives treatment to local herders. They are from China Medical University, thousands of miles away in the northeastern province of Liaoning.Li Nuo, a team member and a gastroenterologist at the Fourth Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University in the provincial capital Shenyang, has made two visits to villages in the pastoral region during his 50 days in Xinjiang.“If not for the grassroots trips in Xinjiang, I would never have thought of the difficulties for those herdsmen to see a doctor,” Li said.Bordering Kazakhstan, the village where Adil lives sits in Toli County at the northwest tip of China and has a population of 595 people. Every year, about two-thirds of the villagers migrate to a summer pasture in Tasti, some 60 kilometers to the west of the county seat.It usually takes the herders more than five hours to drive out of the mountains to the hospitals in Toli, or one to two days on horseback, even up to half a month on rainy days.“I was thinking about getting a checkup in the county seat,” said Mulsal Mazi, a 61-year-old who suffers from perennial hypertension and often experiences dizziness and headaches. “I feel lucky that they come to visit us.”Liaoning paired with the remote stock-raising village in 2017 and has provided medical aid to the latter ever since, bringing medicines and health care services to the herders there.During the past two years, batches of medical teams from Liaoning have left their footprints on 207 villages, traveling more than 4,000 kilometers.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Team brings space travel closer

Chinese scientists have conducted experiments on pulsar navigation with an X-ray space telescope, and the technology could be used in future deep space exploration and interplanetary or interstellar travel.The experiments were conducted on the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, dubbed Insight, which was sent into space on June 15, 2017, to observe black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, by scientists from the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The positioning accuracy in the experiments reached 10 kilometers, further verifying the feasibility of autonomous navigation of spacecraft by using pulsars, which lays a foundation for future practical application in deep space exploration, said scientists.An article about the experiments was published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement on Wednesday.Insight carries several detectors including a high-energy X-ray telescope, a medium-energy X-ray telescope and a low-energy X-ray telescope.Through more than two years of operation, Insight has observed many black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts. In addition, the in-orbit demonstration of the X-ray pulsar navigation technique has been carried out, said Zheng Shijie, the principal investigator of the pulsar navigation demonstration.More and more space probes are exploring the solar system and Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are going deeper into space. Being far away from Earth, they cannot use the global navigation satellite systems. These spacecraft mainly depend instead on radio technologies which have many limitations.A new way to navigatePulsar navigation, an autonomous navigation technology, is receiving more and more attention as it is less dependent on the support of ground equipment and meets the continuous navigation requirements for deep space exploration, Zheng said.“X-ray pulsar navigation is a new type of autonomous navigation method,” said Zheng, adding that “it uses the periodic pulse signals from pulsars, the distant celestial objects in the universe, providing navigation and timing services for spacecraft in space.”Pulsars, a kind of rapidly rotating neutron star, are produced in supernova explosions. They are found to be highly magnetized, emitting two beams of electromagnetic radiation. This radiation can be observed only when the beam of emission is pointing toward Earth. It is much the same as how a lighthouse can be seen only when the light is pointed at an observer.To date, scientists have discovered more than 2,000 pulsars. The Milky Way is thought to have around 100 million of them.They are also called “cosmic-lighthouses” because of their long-term timing stability comparable to atomic clocks on Earth.By detecting the periodic pulse signals of pulsars, a spacecraft can autonomously determine its orbit parameters, said scientists.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Govt moves to safeguard personal rights

A NEW draft of the personal rights section of the civil code was submitted yesterday to the bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for a third reading.In a chapter on privacy and personal information protection, the draft revised the definition of personal information by including a person’s email address and whereabouts, in addition to name, birth date, address, ID card and telephone numbers, among others.In a move to better protect privacy, the draft proposed in a new clause banning any organization or individual from searching, entering, spying on and filming others’ hotel rooms or other private spaces, unless otherwise prescribed by law or with the rights holder’s consent.The new draft has also gone a step further in regulating scientific studies related to human genes or embryos by banning such activities from “harming public interests.”Those who conduct medical or scientific studies on human genes or embryos shall abide by laws, rules and relevant regulations, the new draft said.People’s health shall not be harmed, ethical and moral standards shall not be violated and public interest shall not be harmed, it added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Big team is off to Russia for WorldSkills

China yesterday sent its largest delegation yet to compete in the 45th WorldSkills Competition which opened yesterday in Kazan in Russia.The 63 young professionals will compete in all 56 programs. They are part of a 210-strong delegation which also includes experts, interpreters and staff.The Chinese contestants — 54 men and nine women — have an average age of 21 with the youngest under 18.Forty-two are from universities, vocational and technical colleges and schools as well as job training organizations, 14 are teachers and seven are company employees.Compared with previous delegations from China, this one has a larger percentage of college students.Zhang Lixin, head of the professional capabilities building department of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, said China is more ready and more competitive than ever. “Our delegation expects to win medals in those programs in which we’re traditionally good at, and especially on the programs of welding, computer numerical control milling and car painting we’re striving for gold,” he said.The number of Shanghai contestants is a record 10.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Personal data of HK officers leaked online

THE Hong Kong police said yesterday that the personal data of a total of 1,614 police officers and their family members were illegally released online since June. Swalikh Mohammed, Superintendent of Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong police, said at a press conference that the disclosed data included names, identity card numbers, birthdays, phone numbers, home addresses, and even pictures of the children of police officers, and information about their schools and classes. Mohammed said that quite a number of the police officers and their family members were disturbed after the data disclosure, such as receiving annoying phone messages and threatening letters. Some of the police quarters were defaced and damaged by bricks. Some people even broke into the police dormitory buildings, leaving words like “misfortunes must come to your wife and children” on the wall, he said. Mohammed said it is worrying that some online discussions have turned into violent acts in real world. Some radical and extreme remarks on the Internet incited others to commit crimes such as making bombs and using petrol bombs to damage the police stations and harm the officers. He emphasized that the laws of Hong Kong can be applied to Internet crimes and the police will thoroughly investigate into these cases. A total of 16 people were arrested for unlawful disclosure of information and unlawful obtain information since June, said the police.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Consulate staffer solicited prostitutes

A Chinese employee of Britain’s Hong Kong Consulate has been detained by Shenzhen police for soliciting prostitutes, Global Times reported yesterday citing Shenzhen police. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday confirmed that the 28-year-old Hong Kong resident was given a 15-day administrative detention for violating the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Penalties for Administration of Public Security. Shenzhen police added that the police did not inform the detainee’s family on his request, according to the report.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Xi stresses anti-poverty efforts during inspection tour of Gansu

CHINESE President Xi Jinping has underscored efforts to push forward poverty alleviation, promote high-quality development, enhance environmental protection, and ensure and improve people’s well-being. Xi made the remarks during his inspection tour of northwest China’s Gansu Province from Monday till yesterday. During the tour, Xi called for confidence, innovation, concrete actions and solidarity in building a beautiful and prosperous Gansu. Touring the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang on Monday morning, Xi stressed efforts to pass on the world cultural heritage through generations. At the Dunhuang Academy, Xi hailed the Dunhuang culture as a result of the long-term cultural exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese civilization and other civilizations, and called for more efforts in cultural exchanges. Xi emphasized the need for the study of Dunhuang culture to serve the Belt and Road Initiative and further promote cultural exchanges between China and countries along the Belt and Road. Visiting the Jiayu Pass on Tuesday morning, Xi said the Great Wall is an important symbol of the Chinese nation and the Chinese civilization. Efforts should be made to better explore the cultural value of the Great Wall and enhance preservation, he said. At a revolutionary memorial site in Gaotai County, Xi hailed the Red Army’s heroism and the spirit of dedication to the Party and the people, which he said are the CPC’s tradition that must be carried on. Visiting a vocational school in Shandan County, Xi said vocational education has a great prospect and called for training of more skilled personnel for the development of China’s western region. At a horse ranch in Shandan, Xi observed the pasture and horse herding and heard a report on the ecological protection of the Qilian Mountains. Xi emphasized the role of environmental protection in high-quality development, urging proper balance of the relationship between production and environment, active development of eco-friendly and sustainable industries, and better protection of the grassland resources. Visiting Gulang County on Wednesday, Xi went to a community of rural residents relocated from environmentally vulnerable and impoverished areas. He noted that the CPC serves the people and works for the people, and the happiness of the people is what the CPC pursues. While lifting people out of poverty was the first step, efforts should be made to ensure the relocated residents can settle down, have jobs, earn money and lead better lives, he said. Xi then visited an afforestation area and learned about the efforts and progress in desertification control. He called for the promotion of the spirit of turning a desert into an oasis, as well as perseverance and sustained efforts in building a beautiful China. In provincial capital Lanzhou, Xi heard a briefing on the protection of the Yellow River and urged Gansu to shoulder its key task of ecological restoration, water and soil conservation, and pollution control at the upper reaches of the river.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

‘Serious difficulties’ in Canada ties

CHINA yesterday accused Canada of worsening bilateral relations after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to stand up to China amid deepening diplomatic and trade disputes. The two countries have been locked in a feud since last December when Canada detained top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. On Wednesday, Trudeau pushed back against Beijing in a speech that promised to “always defend Canadians and Canadian interests” and to not “back down.” “At present, China-Canadian relations are facing serious difficulties,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. “The responsibility lies entirely on the Canadian side,” he said. “We urge the Canadian side to reflect on its mistakes,” Geng said, adding that Canada should “immediately” release Meng. “We have also noticed that the Canadian side has repeatedly made false comments on Hong Kong affairs and we demand Canada stop its wrongdoings,” Geng added. The spokesperson emphasized that Hong Kong is a part of China, and its affairs are China’s internal affairs, which allow no intervention by any foreign country. Relations between Canada and China tumbled over the arrest of Meng on a US extradition request related to alleged Iran sanctions. China has arrested Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig suspected of harming national security.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 23 Aug 2019 | 4:10 am(NZT)

Access to markets in FTZs to be eased

CHINA’S State Council decid­ed yesterday to further ease market access by promoting separation of permits from business licenses in pilot free trade zones. From December 1, the country will carry out trial programs of separating operation permits from business licenses in all pilot FTZs, according to a state­ment released after a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keq­iang yesterday. The move, in a bid to level the playing field for all mar­ket entities, is conducive to improvements of the busi­ness environment, said the statement. “The reform ... is an im­portant step in transforming government functions and improving the business en­vironment.” Li said. The separation is also one of the forceful measures to stabilize employment, ac­cording to the meeting. China will further cut the red tape concerning 523 items related to business operation permits set by the central government, the meeting decided. Thirteen items of approval concerning foreign trade will be canceled. More items of approval will be simplified, require short­er time for approval or have a longer period of validity. The government will strengthen its supervision and improve its service to enterprises, while mature practices of the reform will be promoted nationwide in a timely manner, according to the statement.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Beijing and books

The 26th Beijing International Book Fair opened yesterday with a focus on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. More than 2,600 exhibitors are taking part, displaying over 300,000 books. Some 1,600 overseas exhibitors from 95 countries and regions, including 30 countries along the Belt and Road, are taking part. Portugal and Kazakhstan are participating for the first time. Romania is the guest of honor.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Scrap arms sales to Taiwan, US told

CHINA yesterday urged the United States to immediately cancel the planned arms sales to Taiwan, saying China will take all necessary measures to defend its own interests including imposing sanctions on US companies involved in the planned sales. The US Defense Department yesterday officially notified the US Congress of the plan to sell 66 F-16 fighters and relevant equipment worth around US$8 billion to Taiwan and to provide support. “China firmly opposes the plan and has lodged solemn representations and protests to the US side,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a press briefing. The US arms sales plan seriously violated international laws and basic norms governing international relations, as well as the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, especially the August 17 Communique, Geng said. “(Such a move) constitutes severe interference in China’s internal affairs, and undermines China’s sovereignty and security interests.” The spokesman said the Taiwan question concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is associated with China’s core interests. “China has firm determination to safeguard its own national sovereignty, unity and security.” Geng urged the US side to abide by the one-China principle and relevant provisions laid out in the three China-US joint communiques, “immediately cancel the aforementioned arms sales plan, cease arms sales to Taiwan and sever military ties with the island.” “Otherwise, all the ensuing consequences will be borne by the US side,” Geng added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

A noble tombstone

A TOMBSTONE dating back more than 1,200 years has been found in the northern Hebei Province, local authorities said yesterday. The tombstone, found in Houguotun Village in Qinghe County, is 36 centimeters tall, 36 centimeters wide and 8.5 centimeters thick, with an inscription of 573 characters. The epitaph records the history of the wife of a Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) official who died at 24. It also praises the woman’s looks and noble moral character.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Computer congress

The World Computer Congress will be held from September 9 to 11 in Changsha, capital of the central Hunan Province. So far, more than 1,300 people from companies around the world, including IBM, Microsoft and from institutions and government departments have applied to attend.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

In a quiet fishing village, a cup of tea and a beacon of peace for HK

Nestling in the labyrinthine seafood market of the quiet Lei Yue Mun fishing village in Hong Kong, a snug little tea restaurant has unexpectedly become a beacon of courage for ordinary Hong Kong people seeking peace amid the recent chaos.After she posted pictures backing up Hong Kong police against some radical protesters at the end of June, Kate Lee, the owner of the tea restaurant, found her conscience took a heavy toll on her family business.Confronted with threats and insults from anti-police radicals, Lee refused to knuckle under. And her bravery has inspired more Hong Kong people to speak out against violence.Had Lee chosen to steer clear of the tumult roiling Hong Kong for weeks, the tranquility of her life would have continued.Since June, Hong Kong has been roiled by violent protests. Although the police exercised restraint, some well-organized radical protesters continually assaulted their line of defense with bricks, home-made spears, vision-harming lasers and even petrol bombs.Concerned about the stability of Hong Kong, Lee went to a rally against violence in late June and voiced her support to the police on social media.Then, scare phone calls started and Lee became a target of online bullying.To the insult of Lee, who always prides herself on the quality of food in her tea restaurant, a lot of negative comments suddenly emerged on major online food platforms against her business.To punish Lee, protesters angered by her public support for police even made malicious complaints to the Labor Department about alleged illegal employment in the restaurant.At the age of 51, the single mother takes care of her family business all on her own.“I don’t understand why supporting Hong Kong police, who laboriously maintain law and order, could become a sin to some people here,” she said.Despite admonishments from her friends to keep a low profile, Lee ascended the stage of a large-scale anti-violence rally early August, sharing her story and calling for more Hong Kong residents to speak out their support to the police.This time, her bravery and conscience resonated with Hong Kong society, and support for her kept pouring in.On a scorching Tuesday afternoon in mid-August, a 75-year-old Hong Kong resident surnamed Yu traveled almost 50 kilometers from Tin Shui Wai, in the northwestern Hong Kong, to Lee’s tea restaurant.It took him over two hours to get there.Residing far away from the bustling metropolis, Yu said he could not attend any previous rallies supporting the police due to his age and the grueling travel.“But I have to come here and show my support to Lee,” he said. “It broke my heart to see an honorable woman being insulted and bullied just because she spoke out the truth against violence.”For years, Lee has routinely taken one day off on Tuesday. When she came back to check the tea restaurant that day, she was greeted by strangers traveling across Hong Kong to show their support.“I want to hug her for her bravery, thank her for speaking out for us and support her in this heartbreaking campaign against violence,” a woman surnamed Yeung said.Standing tentatively outside Lee’s tea restaurant, a Hong Kong resident surnamed Chan, who lived in the neighboring area of Lam Tin, smiled bashfully and said he would better stay outside for a while.“I’m here to support Lee but I need to calm down first,” Chan said.Like Lee, Chan was also a victim swept into the sinister vortex of anti-police sentiment in Hong Kong.“I used to remain neutral in what happened between protesters and the police,” he said.“However, after I questioned on social media apparently misleading reports by some Hong Kong media, I was targeted brutally by those in favor of violence.”Chan said he believed there were still many in Hong Kong who choose to stay silent.“I understand those people’s concerns but we are standing at a crossroads where the future of Hong Kong is in jeopardy,” he said. “We cannot stay silent anymore.”For a Hong Kong resident surnamed Chow, staying in silence was never an option. “The chaos now in the Hong Kong society is abnormal and Lee’s public support to the police is just and reflects her conscience,” Chow said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Unique experiment

Chinese researchers have completed an in-situ detection experiment on near-space atmospheric turbulence in the northwestern Qinghai Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region, Science and Technology Daily said yesterday.The energy and mass exchange and the pollutants transport and diffusion in the atmosphere are closely related to atmospheric turbulence. The atmospheric turbulence in-situ detection device is used to study the influence of near space atmospheric thermal turbulence on mass exchange.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

British consulate staffer detained in HK

A Chinese employee of Britain’s Hong Kong Consulate has been detained by Shenzhen police for violating the law, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang confirmed at a regular press conference yesterday. Geng said the staff member was given a 15-day administrative detention for violating the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Penalties for Administration of Public Security. “The employee is a resident of Hong Kong SAR, but not a UK citizen. Therefore, this is totally an internal affair,” Geng added. He recently said the British side has made a series of erroneous remarks on Hong Kong-related issues. “China has publicly expressed its solemn position on Hong Kong issues and has also made solemn representations to the British side.” “We would like to urge the British side to stop pointing fingers and stroke the rumors on the Hong Kong issue,” the spokesman added.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Waste smuggling

Customs officers in the coastal city of Dalian in the northeast Liaoning Province intercepted 28.08 tons of smuggled waste and arrested three suspects on Tuesday. Dalian Customs said the suspects were smuggling waste batteries and used mechanical and electronic products from Hong Kong. Investigations showed that the gang had so far smuggled more than 290 tons of electronic waste.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Guideline issued on disruptive school acts

CHINESE authorities have promised to crack down on acts that disrupt school order and law-based settlement of disputes over school accidents. Such acts include attacking people, intentionally damaging public properties, putting up banners on campus, blocking school gates, and stalking school officials, according to the guideline jointly issued by five departments including the Ministry of Education, the Supreme People’s Court and the Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday. The acts may be conducted by students’ family members in disputes over school-related accidents, often to force schools to pay compensation. “Acts that disrupt school order have put undue pressure on schools which might thereafter refrain from normal physical education, extra-curricular activities, and evaluation of students,” said Deng Chuanhuai, director of the Department of Policies and Regulations of the Ministry of Education. This has affected quality education and the education environment, and must be resolved with greater efforts, he added. The guideline called for an improved mechanism to prevent and respond to school accidents as well as handle school order disturbance with strict law enforcement. Schools are required to establish an insurance-based compensation mechanism.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

China hosts Japan, South Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

THE foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing yesterday at a time of tense relations between Tokyo and Seoul over trade. In talks with Japan’s Taro Kono and South Korea’s Kang Kyung-wha, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China will work with the two countries to maintain multilateralism and free trade and commit to the region’s stability. China also used the trilateral meeting to reiterate its opposi­tion to either Japan or South Korea playing host to new US intermediate-range ballis­tic missiles that Washington plans to deploy to the region as soon as possible after leav­ing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty earlier this month. China has also said it will punish any country that does so, and Chinese state media said Wang brought up the issue in separate meetings with Kono and Kang on Tuesday. The meetings also gave Japan and South Korea a chance to hold bilateral talks on easing their recent tensions. Ties between Japan and South Korea have been strained since Japan tightened export controls on key materials for South Ko­rea’s semiconductor industry and decided to downgrade the nation’s trade status. Seoul accuses Tokyo of weap­onizing trade to retaliate for political rows over wartime history. The row threatens to upset economic security in northeast Asia, as well as Washington’s hopes for military cooperation between its two treaty allies. While Taro called for coopera­tion among the three despite the feud, Kang attacked Japan over its export controls, according to Japanese news reports. At a news conference, however, both sides appeared eager to down­play the dispute. “It is inevitable that some­times the bilateral relations among us have some difficul­ties,” Kono said. “The three of us have im­portant responsibility for the stability and prosperity of the region and the whole world and the cooperation among us will definitely make major contribu­tions in this regard.” Kang said the Japan-South Korea dispute shouldn’t be allowed to affect trilateral relations. “In order that the three-way cooperation can be developed in a stable way without being af­fected by the bilateral relations, we should enrich the contents of the exchanges among the three countries and let the people of the three countries feel the benefit from such cooperation,” Kang said. Despite their close economic interdependence, ties between the three have often been fraught over trade frictions, the role of the US and linger­ing resentment over Japan’s colonial legacy and World War II aggression. Jun Saito, Kono’s spokesman for the China trip, said Kono ex­pressed his deep concern about the situation in Hong Kong, where protesters have been fac­ing off against police for more than two months. “He expressed his strong expectations that the situation will be under control as soon as possible. “He said he considered it im­portant that under ‘one country, two systems,’ a free and open Hong Kong should enjoy pros­perity,” Saito said. Kono said the two sides also discussed arrangements for a state visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping next year.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

Canada’s ethics commissioner says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured the country’s former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company in a conflict of interest case

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 7:39 am(NZT)

UN experts: Mali peace signatories failed to accelerate deal

U.N. experts say signatories to a 2015 peace agreement in Mali have failed to accelerate its implementation as promised amid growing rivalries and popular resentment against the deal, and increasing attacks by militants in Mali and neighboring countries

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 7:23 am(NZT)

Yemen official: No talks before separatists leave Aden

A top Yemeni official says separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates should withdraw from areas they seized in the port city of Aden before his government engages in talks with them

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 7:05 am(NZT)

Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Scientists say tiny bits of plastic are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long distances to some of the remotest corners of the planet

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 6:53 am(NZT)

A jailed Saudi activist was told she would be released if she denied being tortured, her family says. She refused.

Loujain al-Hathloul has been detained for more than a year.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 6:50 am(NZT)

Italian court suspends Salvini’s ban on migrant rescue ship

An Italian court has upheld an appeal by the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms, suspending the Italian Interior Ministry’s decision to ban the ship from entering Italian waters

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 6:48 am(NZT)

New Puerto Rico governor finally overcoming challenges

Puerto Rico’s new governor appears to be finally overcoming challenges to her authority following weeks of political turmoil on the U.S. territory, with key members of the majority New Progressive Party expressing support

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 6:26 am(NZT)

U.S. officials shield Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence projects in review of foreign aid

Aid advocates criticized the move for attempting to protect the pet projects of the president’s inner circle.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 5:47 am(NZT)

I sacrificed a sheep for feminism — in honor of my mother 

It’s hard to celebrate Eid as a woman alone in traditional West Africa.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 4:00 am(NZT)

New Zealand vowed to silence the alleged Christchurch killer’s hateful speech. But a letter he wrote was posted to 4chan.

New Zealand's corrections department officials said the letter should never have left Auckland Prison.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 3:52 am(NZT)

After airport mayhem, Hong Kong protesters face tipping point in battle for hearts and minds

Demonstrators apologized after violent clashes, while two Chinese men swarmed by a mob were hailed on the mainland as heroes.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 2:35 am(NZT)

Hong Kong protesters apologize, face tipping point after demonstrations at airport turned violent

Protesters sought sympathy and forgiveness as they fought to regain control over a narrative that seemed to be tilting in Beijing’s favor for the first time.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 2:35 am(NZT)

Chinese police chief fired after his Porsche-driving wife explodes in road rage incident

Video showed the woman, dressed like something out of Vogue magazine, yelling at and then slapping a hapless driver who got in the way of her illegal maneuver.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 2:04 am(NZT)

Chinese police chief fired after his Porsche-driving wife explodes in road rage incident

Video showed the woman slapping a hapless driver who got in the way of her illegal maneuver.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 2:04 am(NZT)

Captured ISIS fighters get short sentences and art therapy in Syria

The Syrian Kurds hope leniency will boost reconciliation and prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 1:00 am(NZT)

Swedish court finds rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault but orders no prison time

Swedish authorities arrested the rapper and two of his associates in early July.

Source: World | 15 Aug 2019 | 12:55 am(NZT)

Why Kashmir may see increased violence after the revocation of Article 370

Here are the longstanding tensions -- and potential new ones.

Source: World | 14 Aug 2019 | 11:58 pm(NZT)

Same-sex penguin couples keep adopting eggs, and the Berlin Zoo is celebrating

The two 10-year-old males are the latest in a long succession of same-sex penguins that have coupled-up to adopt eggs around the world.

Source: World | 14 Aug 2019 | 10:59 pm(NZT)

China is threatening to use force in Hong Kong — and hoping threats will suffice

Beijing wants the protests to stop, without the optics of its troops in Asia’s financial capital.

Source: World | 14 Aug 2019 | 10:11 pm(NZT)

Here’s why Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is still in power

More sanctions aren’t likely to topple him.

Source: World | 14 Aug 2019 | 10:00 pm(NZT)


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