Hong Kong, the former British colony, has been simmering under protests since February 2019 against Chinese government's decision to bring in the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 which allows criminals from the semi-autonomous region to be extradited to mainland China. People are out on streets following the publication of the now withdrawn bill, against China's systemic erosion of the region's judicial system and the right to protest under "one nation, two system" agreement. The protests have now turned into a movement with demonstrators coming up with further demands of complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, withdrawal of the description "riot" used on June 12 protests, an amnesty for all arrested protesters, an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, universal suffrage in elections for Hong Kong's chief executive (the territory's leader) and Legislative Council, and resignation of Hong Kong leader … [Read more...] about A Timeline of Hong Kong protests: Where are they heading to?
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Paolo drops speakership bid, endorses Ungab DAVAO CITY –, Philippines — This city’s third district Rep. Isidro Ungab has just strengthened his bid to become speaker of the House of Representatives. President Duterte’s son Paolo, a representative of this city, has joined the party formed by his sister, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in supporting Ungab’s bid for speaker. Paolo, who had threatened to seek the speaker’s post himself, said he discussed the matter with President Duterte last Thursday. They agreed that the time has not yet come for Paolo, a neophyte congressman, to lead the House. “I can still help his administration from the House in a different capacity,” Paolo said in a statement yesterday. Earlier, the neophyte House member was reported to have formed the Davao Coalition in the House, where members have crossed party lines as the race for speaker intensifies … [Read more...] about Paolo drops speakership bid, endorses Ungab
From stunning beaches and elephant sanctuaries to adventurous underwater activities, Southeast Asia is home to remote regions whose beauty is largely undiscovered. This rise in interest for more secluded destinations is evident, with Klook seeing a 299 per cent increase in bookings to remote Southeast Asian destinations by Hong Kong users. Klook has compiled a list showcasing some of the best remote experiences that the region has to offer. THAILAND While Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket continue to hog the spotlight, the country is also home to secret hideaways which offer adventurous activities. On the secluded island of Koh Chang, visitors can look forward to crisp white-sand beaches, snorkelling and admiring the lush rainforests from above with a treetop walk. North of Bangkok lies Sukhothai where visitors can explore the town's rich history on a bike tour and enjoy an overdue spa day. According to Klook, Hua Hin is one of the most popular remote destinations in the region, … [Read more...] about Where are the 6 best remote getaways in Southeast Asia?
REUTERS: When Jelena Ostapenko cracked a backhand down the line to win the French Open in 2017, it flew with a sound that seemed to herald a new star in women's sport.For two glorious weeks the grinning youngster had swung her lime green racket with abandon, her plaited ponytail swinging side-to-side as she ousted increasingly impressive challengers day-by-day.Initially, there had been nothing to suggest she would go deep at Roland Garros, much less shake up the world of women's tennis. Certainly not in her first match when she laboured past a little-known American in three unremarkable sets.But Ostapenko grew in stature by the round. By the middle of the tournament she had beaten a Grand Slam champion, Sam Stosur, and in the quarter-finals she biffed a player who had once been world number one, Caroline Wozniacki.In the final, she threw caution to a warm wind and walloped an incredible 54 clean winners - a figure which matched precisely her error count - to beat Simona Halep and … [Read more...] about Where are they now? Ostapenko’s back with hope but high hurdles
NEW DELHI: Boxing must quickly fix "controversies" surrounding the sport to keep its Olympic place when a decision is made next month, leading international coach Santiago Nieva said on Tuesday (Apr 30).The International Olympic Committee is to deliver its verdict on May 22 on whether to keep boxing at the 2020 Tokyo Games.Nieva, director of the Indian men's and women's teams and a senior member of the AIBA international federation coaches commission, said he was "worried" about the looming decision."I think they will find a way but ... in boxing we tend to exaggerate our importance for the Olympic movement," the Swedish coach told AFP."We think that we are so pure, one of the oldest, but for other people who are not into boxing, they see it more from a commercial and political standpoint."They don't want controversies, they don't want scandals at the Olympics and boxing is giving controversies over and over again," said Nieva.The IOC froze boxing's preparations for next year's Games … [Read more...] about Boxing must end controversies to end Olympic threat: Coach