19 Oct
2020

Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.Trudeau took aim at Beijing’s record as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.”We will remain absolutely committed to working with our allies to ensure that China’s approach of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens alongside other citizens of other countries around the world is not viewed as a successful tactic by them,” Trudeau said at a press conference. Topics : He also mentioned Canada’s “concern for the protection of human rights and places like Hong Kong and… with the Uighurs.”He said that Canada would “continue to work with our fellow like-minded nations around the world, to impress upon China that its approach to internal affairs and global affairs is not on a particularly productive path for itself or for all of us.”Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been held in China for nearly two years and have been charged with spying.Canada’s ambassador to China obtained “virtual consular access” to Spavor and Kovrig over the weekend, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Saturday.Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and daughter of its founder. Meng was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with bank fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. She has been fighting extradition ever since.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

O’Connell focused on job in hand

first_img Captain O’Connell admitted his competitive spirit has underpinned a 13-year Test career as he gears up for his 100th Ireland cap against Wales on Saturday. Ireland can set a new national record with an 11th consecutive Test victory this weekend, and move within touching distance of a first Grand Slam since 2009. Ireland will not be “distracted by the bigger picture” of chasing Test records and the RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in Cardiff on Saturday, according to Paul O’Connell. O’Connell believes Wales will pose a bigger threat than England offered in Ireland’s 19-9 Dublin victory of March 1, so will fall back on boss Joe Schmidt’s now well-versed routine of shutting out the weekend’s wider context. “It’s very hard to keep winning: if you focus on a match-winning record or you focus on a championship, then you get distracted from what you need to do,” said O’Connell. “When we jog out onto the pitch tomorrow, it’s either going to be their kick-off or our kick-off and you’ll have a job to do. “And you just keep trying to repeat all those little jobs, trying to win as many of those little moments as you can, and that’s all you can do. “I enjoy that way of preparing, I know Joe prepares all his teams like that, but it’s probably something I’ve only stumbled on in recent times. “But it does avoid you getting distracted and it does avoid you suffering from maybe the pressure of the bigger picture. “While the England game was a great result I think there were a lot of things we would like to improve on. “I think England are a great side but I don’t think they played well against us and of all the teams Wales, later in the championship, playing at home in the Millennium Stadium – we’re going to come across a great side tomorrow that are probably going to play great as well. “That’s going to be a bigger challenge I think than England, given the performance they produced two weeks ago.” O’Connell’s Ireland peers have hailed the talisman Munster lock as better now than at any point in his career, despite his advancing years. The tight-five enforcer will equal Mick Galwey’s record as Ireland’s oldest captain at exactly 35 years and 145 days this weekend. O’Connell admitted experience has helped him hone his approach, but conceded his sheer will to win has kept him in the sport. “I’m very competitive, that would be my biggest strength,” said O’Connell. “I certainly can’t run over people or unlock defences with my footwork, or whatever, but I’m certainly very competitive. “I enjoy being part of a team and helping drive teams on, trying to make them successful and trying to get the best out of people. I’ve always enjoyed a leadership role whether I’ve been captain or not. “It’s part of my personality that’s featured in my rugby for most of my career. “And that probably has helped sustain my career, it’s never been a chore for me. “I think that happens to some guys maybe towards the end of their careers, but I’ve always enjoyed it and I still enjoy it. “I enjoy it more than ever and that’s probably one of the reasons I’m still playing. “I think there’s certain things about my game that continue to improve. “Physically I’m probably not where I was, but that’s the challenge I suppose – to try and get to where I was when I was 25 or 26. “I’m probably not there at the moment; I think there’s still work to do in that regard. “But there are other parts of it. I think experience certainly counts. I think it’s something you don’t have a lot of respect for when you’re young, but there is a lot to be said for it.” O’Connell scored a try on his Test debut, against Wales in the 2002 Six Nations. The seven-cap British and Irish Lions lock partnered Galwey that day, but cannot even remember scoring as he had played on after being knocked out. O’Connell pledged to park the nostalgia to face Wales though, prepared to look back on his career highlights at a later date. “It’s obviously a great honour, but it’s obviously something you look back at in time rather than dwelling on it now,” said O’Connell of joining Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and John Hayes in Ireland’s century club. “I think in some ways, your first cap is probably a more nerve-wracking experience I suppose. “I’ve been through it before, but it is a great honour and it’s a nice little group of Irish guys who have done it before that I’m joining, so I’m very honoured.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Officials launch page to file social distancing complaints about businesses

first_imgWith businesses reopening across Florida and social distance measures still in place, many are wondering how they can report businesses not enforcing executive orders to their customers.Officials have added a page on the My Florida license website where consumers can do just that.The website features a list of executive orders and a breakdown on what each one allows or prohibits.Users are encouraged to read through the orders before filing a complaint and explanation of that complaint.The website asks you to leave your name and email, however, you can always remain anonymous.Click here to visit the website MyFloridalicense.com.last_img

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16 Aug
2020

NBA free agency rumors: Carsen Edwards inking 4-year deal with Celtics

first_img Related News NBA free agency rumors: Rockets signing 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett to 1-year deal NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies want to move Andre Iguodala for first-round pick According to a league source the Celtics and 2nd round pick Carsen Edwards have come to terms on a guaranteed contract.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 13, 2019Edwards, 21, was selected by Boston with the No. 33 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The former Purdue standout has a reputation for being a prolific scorer, and he showcased his craft well throughout this year’s summer league in Las Vegas, Nevada.The 6-1 guard tallied 23 minutes per contest and averaged 18.0 points while shooting 52% from the field in four appearances with the Celtics. center_img Romeo Langford, Grant Williams and Tremont Waters were all drafted by Boston in June and are hoping to become rotation players, like Edwards. The departures of Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier and Al Horford could give each young player ample opportunity to contribute in 2019-20.The Celtics entered 2018-19 as the favorites to come out on top of the Eastern Conference but finished the year fourth in the standings. They were eliminated by the Bucks in the the second round of the playoffs in five games.Boston has an All-NBA talent in Kemba Walker, but it could have to develop its young core quickly to keep up in a rapidly improving field. Boston has seen all it needed to from Carsen Edwards.The Celtics are signing the rookie to a four-year, $4.5 million deal, according to a report from the Boston Globe, which cites an unidentified league source.last_img read more

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