Japan fans hail Hong Kong ‘Goddess of Democracy’ Chow

first_imgShe has been dubbed the “Goddess of Democracy” and found fans among politicians and actors. There is little doubt that Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow is big in Japan.The 23-year-old’s arrest this week was headline news and lit up social media in Japan, far eclipsing the detention of other high-profile figures under Hong Kong’s new national security law.Media-savvy, telegenic and fluent in Japanese to boot, Chow has managed to cut through the relative apathy with which foreign affairs are sometimes regarded in Japan, winning unprecedented attention for Beijing’s crackdown on her home city. Twitter, tunes and takoyaki Chow’s popularity in Japan stems in large part from a savvy campaign directed at the country, which includes running a Japanese-language Twitter account with more than 470,000 followers and appearing in Japanese media.Her language skills have given her rare unmediated access to the Japanese public, and she has endeared herself to many with her love of anime and J-pop music.Chow was released on bail on Tuesday, and told reporters — in Japanese — that the song “Fukyowaon” by J-pop group Keyakizaka46 was playing in her head while she was detained.She also paid tribute to the support she received from Japan, saying in a YouTube live stream that she “felt Japanese people were cheering for her during the arrest”.Chow is also a fan of Japanese food, even sharing pictures of her failed attempts at the popular octopus ball dish takoyaki.Last year, she made Forbes Japan’s list of the 50 most influential social media accounts in the country, alongside a group of mostly Japanese celebrities and public figures.For all her popularity, it is unclear if Chow has had much influence on Japanese government policy.Chief spokesman Yoshihide Suga has made no specific comment on her arrest, though the government has expressed more general concern over the application of the national security law, which outlaws subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion in the semi-autonomous city.Japan had been in the process of rehabilitating ties with Beijing, with Chinese President Xi Jinping previously scheduled to make a state visit this year to cement the warming relations.But the visit has been delayed, seemingly indefinitely, and while the government has blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the decision, there has been growing discomfort among some Japanese lawmakers about the country’s relationship with Beijing. Topics :center_img After her arrest this week, the Japanese hashtags “#FreeAgnes” and “#I protest against the arrest of Agnes Chow” quickly went viral, with public figures from across the country’s political spectrum, as well as writers and actors, tweeting their support.Veteran ruling party lawmaker Akihisa Nagashima posted a string of tweets on the arrest, saying Chow had “spent her entire youth for the freedom and democracy of Hong Kong”.Opposition lawmaker Renho, who uses one name, actress Sayaka Akimoto and sports writer Hirotada Ototake were among others who hailed the activist and condemned her arrest.”She’s young but she’s brave,” one Twitter user wrote, with many praising Chow’s Japanese language ability.last_img read more

PensionDanmark secures DKK200m compensation after VAT win

first_imgUnder EU legislation, investment funds where the asset owner solely holds the risk, and assets are investment spread over numerous securities, are exempt from VAT for administration and investment services.ATP and PensionDanmark began challenging the Skatteministeriet in 1992 on the basis the pure-DC funds it operates match the requirement.After disputed rulings and appeals from both side over 22 years, the ECJ ruled all pure-DC funds in the EU should be exempt from tax, causing alterations to tax law in Denmark and other DC markets, such as the UK.PensionDanmark CFO Anders Brunn said: “Today, we are both pleased and relieved it has literally paid off to continue this case for so many years.“More importantly, this will benefit our members through even lower administration fees.”The decision in March last year was a landmark ruling for the European DC industry, with the ECJ agreeing DC funds should receive identical tax treatments as some investment funds.In its ruling, the ECJ said member states should exempt VAT on DC funds without prejudice, although after proving they met risk-bearing criteria.It listed the following charges to be exempt: “Transactions, including negotiation, concerning deposit and current accounts, payments, transfers, debts, cheques and other negotiable instruments, but excluding debt collection and factoring and management of special investment funds as defined by member states.”However, other VAT compensation disagreements remain in Europe.Dutch engineering firm PPG challenged its tax authority regarding VAT paid on investment costs for the defined benefit (DB) pension scheme it sponsors.The ECJ ruled in its favour, agreeing pension schemes were an employer responsibility, and that investment and administration costs incurred were business costs and thus VAT exempt.The UK’s tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), began re-thinking its stance on VAT for pension funds after the ATP and PPG victories.It previously revealed interpretations that potentially increased tax liability for sponsors before retreating after significant opposition and pressure.A separate case brought by the UK Wheels Common investment fund and the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) against HMRC failed in the ECJ on the basis DB schemes did not share enough characteristics with SIVs to be VAT-exempt. PensionDanmark has received more than DKK200m (€26m) in value-added tax (VAT) compensation after its victory over the Danish government in the European Court of Justice (ECJ).The DKK170bn labour market pension fund argued that defined contribution (DC) schemes shared enough characteristics with special investment vehicles (SIV) to be exempt from VAT charges on administration and investment management services, counter to the view of the Danish tax authority (Skatteministeriet).The ECJ ruled in PensionDanmark’s favour, with the tax authority now settling with the scheme to the tune of DKK200m plus interest.ATP took the legal case on behalf of PensionDanmark as it believed it should not be charging its client VAT for services.last_img read more

NDE Offshore to Inspect German Offshore HVDC Platforms

first_imgSiemens has awarded offshore services provider NDE Offshore AB with a contract to carry out structural and subsea inspections on four HVDC platforms in the German North Sea.The contract covers visual inspections and multibeam surveys on BorWin II, HelWin I, HelWin II and SylWin I.NDE Offshore will use the vessel Edda Fonn for the project.The inspections will be performed using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).The grid connections are owned by German-Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT.last_img

Annual Warrior Competition Aims To Improve Cohesion Amongst Special Forces

first_imgThe world’s top anti-terrorism forces have gathered in Jordan to showcase their skills. They include teams from China and the United States.last_img

Man dies in Jefferson County ORV accident

first_imgHanover, IN —Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that claimed the life of the operator.Sunday evening officers were dispatched to the 7000 block of South River Bottom Road in Hanover, in Jefferson County. Cory Garver, 35, of Madison, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jefferson County coroner.Initial investigation determined Garver was operating his side-by-side ORV north on River Bottom Road when he came to a curve. Tire marks indicated the ORV was braking before the curve and continued off the roadway where the vehicle turned sideways, flipped and struck a tree. Garver was wearing a seat belt, but not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.last_img

Pat Fahy thrilled with Morning Assembly comeback run

first_img “I’ve never bullied him to get to this stage. We have eased him back to get where we are, and he has a number of options now including at Haydock over an extra mile, and the Bobbyjo back here. “Davy (Russell) liked him, and he should improve from that. However, the ground is the key and it probably won’t last like that for much longer.” Pat Fahy expects Morning Assembly to make plenty of progress after finishing a narrow second on his return from a long lay-off at Fairyhouse on Saturday. Having his first run since April 2014, Morning Assembly was beaten just a head in a rated chase, leaving Fahy to consider the next target for his Grade One-placed chaser. Fahy said: “I’m extremely happy with that. I felt coming here if he was involved over the last few fences I’d be happy, but to battle back the way he did was great. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Djokovic Beats Federer to Reach Paris Masters Final

first_imgNovak Djokovic says his thrilling three-set epic with Roger Federer at the Paris Masters was “one of the best” between the pair. In their 47th meeting, the Serb beat Federer 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 7-6 (7-3) to reach today’s final.Djokovic, who will return to world number one tomorrow (Monday), will face Karen Khachanov after the Russian defeated Dominic Thiem.“It was a spectacular match,” Djokovic told Sky Sports. “We went toe-to-toe.” Novak-Djokovic He added: “We’ve had some epic matches but clearly this is one of the best, in terms of the level of play. Along with the Wimbledon semi-final against Nadal, it’s surely the most exciting match this season.”The 31-year-old, now unbeaten in 22 matches, is a four-time winner of the Paris Masters. A win today will see him draw level with Spain’s Rafael Nadal on 33 career Masters titles.Swiss third seed Federer, chasing his 100th career title, seemed to be back to his best in yesterday’s semi-final and looked stronger as the match wore on.The 37-year-old spurned set point in the first set tie-break and could only watch as Djokovic took the early advantage, roaring with emotion following a one hour 14 minute epic.But, with nothing separating the two in the second, Federer finally broke Djokovic to win the set and restore parity – the first service break of the match.Federer hit several sublime backhand shots down the line in the deciding set but Djokovic’s serve was dominant, although the Serb grew frustrated as the set wore on, his opponent standing resolute.The third set tie-break proved Federer’s undoing as he found himself unable to answer Djokovic, allowing the Serb to seal victory in three hours and two minutes.“Novak is obviously on a roll. You can feel it. At the end it came down to a few things here and there,” said Federer.RESULTS & FIXTURESBournemouth 1 – 2 Man UnitedCardiff City 0 – 1 Leicester CityEverton 3 – 1 BrightonNewcastle 1 – 0 WatfordWest Ham 4 – 2 BurnleyArsenal 1 – 1 LiverpoolWolves 2 – 3 TottenhamMan City v Southampton 4pmChelsea v Crystal Palace 5pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New-look squads ready for rematch

first_imgNobody likes losing at home, and it’s even worse to be blown out. That’s exactly what the Ohio State Buckeyes did to the Wisconsin Badgers when they visited the Kohl Center last month.Wisconsin (18-8, 7-6 Big Ten) was embarrassed at home, losing by 23 points. Standout guard Jolene Anderson was the team’s only player in double figures, scoring 25 points.”The first time we played them, it was one and done,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “We took very fast shots. Our shot selection was poor. The poor shot selection filters through the team. If you get one in double figures, you’re lucky. We need some balanced scoring.””Obviously Jolene’s an awesome player,” freshman forward Mariah Dunham said. “She’s got a nose for the ball. We just all need to be around her and help her out when she’s working her butt off. We all need to step up our games.”Unlike the Badgers, the Buckeyes (23-1, 12-0 Big Ten) have not tasted defeat on their home court this year, posting a dominant 14-0 on the season. Dunham says her team realizes what Ohio State has been able to do at home, but they are ready for the test.”It’s definitely a challenge, but you’ve just got to rise up to the challenge,” Dunham said. “We just gotta compete. It is another game, but at the same time, we’re playing for something this year. It’s not just to get by. We definitely need to bring our game.”Stone hopes to learn lessons not only from the team’s prior meeting with OSU, but also from an earlier matchup with Indiana, in which her squad was forced into 20 turnovers. In both games, her players lacked patience on offense and found themselves forcing bad shots.”We’re a different team now,” Stone said. “I think we’re a little bit more patient offensively; we’re not taking as quick of shots. I think [there were] lessons learned at Indiana in terms of pressure defense causing us to have turnovers and then [taking] quick shots to try to get back in it. I think we’ve learned our lesson from that game.”The No. 4 Buckeyes will be without senior guard Brandie Hoskins, the team’s second leading scorer, who ranks eighth in the conference in scoring average with 14.3 points per game. Hoskins suffered a foot injury in the team’s game against Minnesota last Thursday and is out for the remainder of the season.”They’re still certainly very talented,” Stone said. “Certainly, she’s been instrumental in their success, and she’ll be a great professional player. “I would say that Brandie was their emotional leader. … They’re a little bit different, but they’re very, very talented. Their depth is a key reason as to why they’re as successful as they are.”Without Hoskins in the lineup for Jim Foster’s team, Ohio State will look for center Jessica Davenport to carry the load. The 6-foot-5 senior leads the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 19 points a game. Her defense is equally as intimidating, where she blocks 3.3 shots per game — the fifth best in the country. “She’s got a long wingspan, and she posts the block really strong,” UW forward Caitlin Gibson said. “She’s a target for them. She’s just an amazing player, and they work well together as a team, too.”Without Hoskins, however, Stone sees opportunities for other Buckeye players besides Davenport to step up and make an impact.”I think they always rely on Davenport,” Stone said. “I think they’re now relying on other people to fill the gaps. (Sophomore forward) Star Allen has picked up that area. Obviously, (junior guard) Marscilla Packer is unbelievable from 3-point range. They’ve got some nice depth inside. They’re balanced and they’re well-coached. We’re going to go in there full-strength and do the best that we can.”Realizing that the team came out flat in their previous game against the high-scoring Buckeyes, Dunham feels the Badgers’ mentality in this game will make the difference.”We just need to play team basketball,” Dunham said. “We definitely have to run the floor, and we definitely have to actually play defense this time. Last time we didn’t really accomplish any of our goals.”Tonight’s game will give the Badgers a chance to make a statement and perhaps even come away with an upset victory on the road.”The way we’re playing, I feel very good about our team and our chances,” Stone said. “We play to win every game we play.”last_img read more

Beat writers unanimous in Syracuse-North Carolina predictions

first_imgNo. 9 Syracuse (7-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) travels to No. 18 North Carolina (7-4, 1-2) to wrap up SU’s regular-season conference slate. The Orange have won two-straight  and are coming off a rout of Cornell last Tuesday. Here’s how our beat writers predict the SU-UNC matchup to shake out. Michael McCleary (7-3)Blue sings the BluesSyracuse 15, North Carolina 11Syracuse’s regular-season ACC finale is a long ways away from central New York, but that probably won’t matter. The Orange have proven over the course of the season that this is a game it should win. On paper, the Tar Heels are a formidable opponent for the Orange. A No. 12 ranking in scoring offense and and No. 22-ranked defense and a 7-4 record nearly mirror SU’s standing. That won’t matter. Syracuse took two top-5 offenses over the past two games and made them look almost ineffective. It’s stormed back for huge offensive performances against top-ranked defenses. The Orange will continue its season-long trend,  finish the season strong after a bizarre opening stretch and get one step closer to a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament.Andrew Graham (6-4)Ceilings and roofsSyracuse 14, North Carolina 10AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Syracuse’s regular-season ACC finale, a win moves the needle closer to a No. 2 or No. 3 seed while a loss almost certainly dooms SU to the play-in game. Hence, I think the Orange start hot like they did against Cornell and make this one pretty simple, albeit closer. North Carolina is a bit enigmatic in that, though it’s roster is young, it’s just as talented as any team in the conference. SU players warned about this, and not overlooking younger players. But after back-to-back smotherings of top offenses, I feel like the Orange is finally on a roll for good. The defense and Drake Porter have been on the same wavelength since Notre Dame and the offense has come into its own of late. Syracuse gets a critical conference win on Saturday.Nick Alvarez (5-5)Turning HeelSyracuse 14, North Carolina 8Reason dictates that Syracuse should win this game. At points this season, though, that rationale had led to SU’s biggest losses, see Notre Dame and Colgate. But with a top-three seed in the ACC tournament on the line, the Orange should handle North Carolina. In the last two weeks, SU has handled top-tier offenses thanks to Nick Mellen and Tyson Bomberry. Expect that to happen again on Saturday to UNC’s top-15 attack. If Syracuse’s pregame warmup switch continues to pan out and it can avoid another slow start, then SU should win its third-straight. Comments Published on April 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Betway grows esports portfolio with ESL partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Share Online bookmaker Betway has confirmed that it has extended its partnership with ESLGaming (ESL), which will see the operator continue to act as the exclusive sponsor of ESL’s largest flagship events. The extension, which includes a clause to renew the partnership after one year, will give the operator exclusive “behind the scenes” access, in addition to VIP hospitality, in-stream and in-stadia branding, as well as host of experiential and digital assets.Adam Savinson, Head of esports at Betway, commented: “ESL are among the elite event organizers across the global esports landscape, so we’re delighted to extend this relationship following another successful year for all involved. “At Betway we remain committed to reaching and entertaining even more esports fans around the globe.”The bookmaker will continue to sponsor the largest CS:GO events on the circuit, including IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne and Season 9 and 10 of the ESL Pro League, among many others. Bernhard Mogk, SVP of Global Sales & Business Development at ESL, celebrated the extended partnership: “We are glad to continue our partnership with such a strong and reliable partner like Betway. Having Betway as a truly global partner, across various CS:GO tournaments and leagues, creates benefits for fans all over the world.”Betway has recently announced that it would also be sponsoring German esports team Berlin International Gaming (BIG), growing the operator’s esports portfolio.last_img read more