Chinese authorities take over closed US consulate in Chengdu

first_imgTensionsTensions have soared between the world’s two biggest economic powers on a range of fronts including trade, China’s handling of the novel coronavirus and a tough new security law for Hong Kong, with US officials warning of a “new tyranny” from China.The last Chinese diplomats left the Houston consulate last Friday, with officials there seen loading large sacks of documents and other items onto trucks, and throwing some in bins.Beijing said Saturday that US agents “forcibly” entered the Houston consulate, which it said was “China’s national property”.Its statement warned that “China will make a proper and necessary response in this regard”.Nationalistic tabloid the Global Times warned in an editorial Monday that if Washington was “determined to push China-US ties in the worst direction… the 21st century will be darker and even more explosive than the Cold War era”.It said the rising tensions could lead to “unprecedented catastrophe”. Chinese authorities took over the United States consulate in Chengdu on Monday, the foreign ministry said, days after Beijing ordered it to close in retaliation for the shuttering of its mission in Houston.Earlier in the morning state broadcaster CCTV showed footage of the American flag being lowered, after diplomatic tensions soared between the two powers with both alleging the other had endangered national security.Beijing later confirmed the consulate had closed at 10am (0200 GMT). “Afterwards, Chinese authorities entered through the front entrance and took it over,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.Relations deteriorated in recent weeks in a Cold War-style standoff, with the Chengdu mission Friday ordered to shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston, Texas.Both consulates closed 72 hours after the original order was made.The road leading to the Chengdu mission was closed on Monday, with police and cordons blocking the way. State media reported that staff members had left the compound at around 6 am Monday morning.Over the weekend, removal trucks entered the site and cleaners were seen carting large black rubbish bags from the consulate, and on Saturday AFP reporters saw workers removing the US insignia from the front of the building.A constant stream of onlookers in the city of 16.5 million flowed past the building over the weekend, many taking photos.The US consulate in the city covered China’s southwest, including Tibet. Many Tibetans accuse the central government of religious repression and eroding their culture.Beijing says closing the consulate was a “legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable measures by the United States”, and has alleged that staff at the diplomatic mission endangered China’s security and interests.Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters that some US staff in the Chengdu consulate “were engaged in activities outside of their capacity, interfered in China’s internal affairs, and endangered China’s security and interests”.Washington officials, meanwhile, said there had been unacceptable efforts by the Chinese consulate in Houston to steal US corporate secrets and proprietary medical and scientific research. Topics :last_img read more

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Report calls for more schemes to promote partial transfer option

first_imgMeanwhile, a survey by LCP of over 100 occupational pension schemes revealed that 22% of schemes now offer a partial transfer option, up from about 15% in 2017. It also found that partial transfers were not the preserve of large schemes: two-thirds of the schemes in the survey offering partial transfers had assets under £500m.However, where partial transfers have been offered, initial take-up has often been low, partly because this option needed to be effectively communicated in a clear and timely way.Ford’s UK pension scheme last year announced plans to introduce partial transfers.“Our research shows that growing numbers of schemes are offering partial transfers, but many more could make this option available to their members.” Jonathan Camfield, partner at LCPJonathan Camfield, partner at LCP and co-author of the report, said: “Our research shows that growing numbers of schemes are offering partial transfers, but many more could make this option available to their members. “Although there are technical and practical issues which schemes would need to address, large and small schemes have already demonstrated that these can be overcome.”He added that greater access to partial transfers would also benefit schemes by reducing risks in the DB transfer process.According to the report, a benefit of partial over full transfers for schemes was that partial transfers would reduce overall liabilities but in a way that would minimise any risk of a challenge from (ex) members who might otherwise blame the scheme if things worked out badly post-transfer.  “For the employer,” the report added, “current and former employees are likely to welcome the new flexibility without them being exposed to the risks associated with a full transfer; Pension Protection Fund levy bills and the cost of de-risking are also likely to be reduced as the scale of scheme liabilities falls as a result of partial transfers.” The report’s authors called on government and regulators to encourage schemes to offer the option of a partial transfer. The Financial Conduct Authority is currently consulting on the issue. Defined benefit (DB) pension schemes should proactively consider introducing partial transfers as an option for members, according to a policy paper from mutual insurer Royal London and consultancy LCP. According to the research report, entitled “Best of both worlds?”, an estimated 500,000 members had already transferred well over £60bn (€66bn) out of DB schemes since April 2015, when the new pension freedoms were introduced. The vast majority had given up all of their rights in the DB scheme in exchange for a lump sum transfer into a defined contribution (DC) arrangement.“But for some individuals, such as those whose entire lifetime pension right lie in a single DB scheme, a better option might be a partial transfer, combining some continued level of guaranteed income from the DB scheme with a more modest transferred lump sum,” the authors said.A Royal London survey of around 350 financial advisers found that while some clients who might have taken full transfers might in future only take partial transfers, there would be many others who did not take a transfer at all but who would now be likely to consider a partial transfer.last_img read more

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Scandlines’ Hybrid Ferry to Get Norsepower’s Rotor Sail

first_imgFerry operator Scandlines has signed an agreement with Norsepower to install the auxiliary wind propulsion system Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/V Copenhagen, a hybrid passenger ferry.Operating between Rostock in Germany and Gedser in Denmark, the M/V Copenhagen combines diesel and battery power.With the addition of Norsepower’s technology, the ferry will further reduce its emissions.As informed, preparations for the retrofit will take place in November 2019 with the installation scheduled for Q2 2020. M/V Copenhagen is set to be retrofitted with one large-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 30 meters in height and 5 meters in diameter.The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to thrust a ship. It is the first data-verified and commercially operational auxiliary wind propulsion technology for the global maritime industry.When wind conditions are favorable, it enables the electric propulsion thrusters and center propel to be throttled back, reducing emissions – while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Because it generates supplementary thrust from wind, the solution is compatible with all other emissions saving technologies.The route between Gedser to the north and Rostock to the south is almost perpendicular to the prevailing wind from the west, giving Scandlines favorable conditions for using Rotor Sails on the ferry crossing.“By installing a Rotor Sail, we can reduce CO2 emissions on the Rostock-Gedser route by four to five per cent,” Søren Poulsgaard Jensen, Scandlines CEO, commented.German Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) welcomed Scandlines’ decision to further reduce CO2 emissions.“NABU welcomes Scandlines’ various efforts towards sustainable shipping. With rotors besides hybrid drives, the company sets new standards in terms of integrating different technical solutions to mitigate especially climate and air pollution emissions. To reach the Paris climate goals, more corporate responsibility by other shipping companies is needed,” Malte Siegert, Head of Environmental Policy at NABU, said.Commenting on the deal, Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower said: “We are proud to be partnering with Scandlines as we work towards a modern era of auxiliary wind propulsion for the global maritime fleet, while supporting shipping’s transition to a low-carbon future.”Since 2013, Scandlines has invested more than EUR 300 million (about USD 335 million) in building and retrofitting ferries from conventional diesel-driven to hybrid ferries. With more than 43,000 departures on eight ferries, Scandlines transported 7.4 million passengers, 1.8 million cars and more than 700,000 freight units and 36,000 busses on the routes Puttgarden-Rødby and Rostock-Gedser in 2018.last_img read more

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Cathy J. (Lee) Walker, 61

first_imgCathy J. (Lee) Walker, 61 of Greensburg, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Orlando, FL. Cathy was born on July 14, 1955 in Greensburg, the daughter of Charles and Barbara (Dillow) Lee. She married James Walker on January 23, 1989 in Florida and he survives.Other survivors include her two sons – Eric Shafer of Greensburg and Philip Shafer of Kissimmee, FL; Her parents; her siblings – Eddy (Ronda) Lee, Gary (Becky) Lee, Lisa (Willie) Wilson, Lori (John) Wilson and Angie (Tim) Stapp all of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jamie Shafer.Cathy worked various jobs throughout her life including radio DJ for WTRE, a job placement company in Florida that hired for Disney and an auction company in Florida. She was a licensed auctioneer, avid pianist and a member of the Greensburg Wesleyan Church.Visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 4PM – 7PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10:30AM on Wednesday, May 24 also at the funeral home with Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

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Arsenal table new contract offer to Aubameyang

first_img While Arsenal are set for tough times regarding their finances, the Gunners have in fact offered Aubameyang a new deal – but whether he signs it is another matter. read also:Arsenal chiefs identify Osimhen as Aubameyang’s replacement Auba is 30, and will likely be assessing Arsenal’s chances of winning silverware as his career begins to wind down. A summer exit is perhaps the most likely option, but nothing is set in stone. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… L’Equipe says Aubameyang’s situation at Arsenal is well known by now. The club captain is yet to sign a contract extension and, with his current deal up in 2021, Arsenal will have to consider selling him or risk losing him on a free next summer.Advertisement Arsenal have tabled a new contract offer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthAll Who Were Alive In The 1980’s Will Get Shivers When See ThisThe Woman The Whole Muslim World Is Proud Of7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldEver Wonder What Keanu Reeves Spends His Paychecks On?last_img read more

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Fergie hints at director role

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson will “probably” become a Manchester United director when he steps down as the club’s manager. The 71-year-old Scot, who took up the reins at Old Trafford in 1986, had planned to retire in 2002, but had a change of heart and has not looked back since. “There’s no getting rid of me. I will probably become a director,” said Ferguson, who has guided the Red Devils to a host of titles including 12 Premier League crowns, two Champions League trophies and five FA Cups. Speaking about his retirement day in an interview with new twentyfour7 Football magazine, quoted in The Sun, Ferguson said: “Nobody knows. Neither do I. It won’t be a doctor that tells me to quit!” On the topic of appointing his successor, he said: “They’ll ask me. But I think it’ll be a club decision, not mine.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Siren and Slade in Sprint battle

first_img Sea Siren struck three times at the highest level when trained by John O’Shea in Australia and made a pleasing debut for Aidan O’Brien’s stable when landing the Listed Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse a month ago. The Eddie Lynam-trained Slade Power is a significant threat in this six-furlong Group Three, however, having progressed with each start this season, most recently running a blinder behind Lethal Force at Newmarket. Multiple Group One-winning mare Sea Siren and July Cup third Slade Power face off in an intriguing battle for the Paypal Supporting Irish Autism Action Phoenix Sprint Stakes at the Curragh. Lynam said: “We have to give Sea Siren six pounds and she is a very good mare, but my fellow is in good form and I’m very happy with him.” Ken Condon is anticipating a bold show from In Salutem, runner-up in a conditions race at Naas last week. Condon said: “He should have a better record than he has. He has only one win to his name but he probably should have three. He flatters to deceive at times. He has always done nice homework but hasn’t really translated it on to the racecourse. I know he is going to be an outsider on Sunday but I think putting in him a better race might see him in a better light.” David Marnane declared Dandy Boy and Red Dubawi, but relies on the former as Red Dubawi ran at Tipperary on Friday evening. Dandy Boy makes his first start since finishing down the field in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Marnane said: “He’s had a break since Ascot and he will appreciate the ground and the trip. It is a hot race but I’m hoping for a good solid run from him.” Andrew Oliver’s Sendmylovetorose looks to build on a promising comeback run at Galway, while Michael Dods sends Mass Rally on the trip from Britain. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Germany’s Ozil out of Ireland clash with knee injury

first_imgGerman midfielder Mesut Ozil has been ruled out of the upcoming European Championship qualifier with Ireland with a knee injury. Press Association Ozil played the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, but reported for international duty with the complaint, Today the German Football Association (DFB) announced on its official website that the play-maker is likely to be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks with the injury. center_img “The MRI examination today at National Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich revealed a partial rupture of the outer band of the left knee joint,” the statement read. “The treatment is conservative, with six weeks of immobilisation of the knee joint. Mesut Ozil is likely to be (out for) 10 to 12 weeks.” Ozil had with complaints with his left knee when he met up with the German team in Frankfurt and on this morning he travelled to Munich to undergo an MRI examination where the extent of the problem was revealed. Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle was also absent from training this morning as he continues a personal training plan inside the team hotel in Frankfurt. last_img read more

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Alewife Run Paddle slated for Saturday

first_imgORLAND — The Alewife Run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village is slated for Saturday as part of the Orland River Day festivities.Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francouer of Castine Kayak will lead canoeists and kayakers from the Alamoosook Lake beach at 8 a.m. for a leisurely 3.5-mile (less than two-hour) paddle down the Narramissic River, arriving in the village in time for the parade.One short portage around a dam is involved. Castine Kayak will rent and deliver a kayak for $20. To reserve a spot, contact Castine Kayak at 866-3506, or castinekayak@gmail.com.The special festival price is $25 per person. For details on catching the shuttle and more, call Domina at 469-6929 or visit www.greatpondtrust.org.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThere also will be a free rescue and rolling demonstration at 11:30 a.m. on the Narramissic River waterfront. Maine Sea Kayak Guides from Castine Kayak will demonstrate those safety techniques.A kayak capsize and rescue workshop also will be offered from 12:30-2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Football News Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal Derby Clash Ends In a Goalless Draw

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kolkata: Defending champions Mohun Bagan dished out a dominant display but were held to a goalless draw by East Bengal in the high-voltage derby of the Calcutta Football League Premier Division A in Kolkata on Sunday. Mohun Bagan, undoubtedly, were the superior team with Joseba Beitia brilliantly leading the attack in a 4-4-1-1 formation but VP Suhair let the team down missing a couple of sitters in what was the season’s first Kolkata derby at the Salt Lake Stadium. East Bengal midfield looked unorganised especially in the first-half but their defence manned by Marti Crespi did not give any chance to their arch-rivals to come out with a point.  East Bengal now have seven points from four matches to occupy fourth place in the table. The defending champions, on the other hand, are languishing in the relegation zone at ninth spot with five points from four outings in the 12-team standings.  A fortnight ago, Suhair had scored an extra-time brace at the same venue to guide Mohun Bagan to the Durand Cup final but he seemed to have a bad day in office on Sunday. The best chance Suhair got was in the hour’s mark when he found himself at the handshaking distance of East Bengal goal but only to shoot wayward.  Then again in the 43rd minute, Suhair surged in with East Bengal defence nowhere in sight as he attempted a grounded shot from inside the box but it went straight to East Bengal goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte.  Alexander Romario could have killed the game in the 91st minute after he received a curling cross from Beitia but he failed to find the back of the net. The earliest chance Mohun Bagan got was in the 15th minute when captain Gurjinder Singh’s header from a swinging freekick by Beitia went outside the far-post. It was an end-to-end action in the second half with East Bengal pressing the attack but a goal eluded them as well.  In the 59th minute, Ralte found himself in the close range but could not connect well with Debjit Majumder out of position. Moments later, Mohun Bagan had their best chance in the first hour’s play but Suhair missed the target just in front of the goal. It was Ashutosh Mehta who gave a fine low cross from the right which needed a simple tap-in but Suhair squandered the sitter.  With 20 minutes left on the clock, East Bengal coach Alejandro Menendez brought on his key players, Jaime Santos and Bidyasagar Singh, but they too failed to make any impact. In the second half stoppage time, Beitia once again set it up with a curling cross but substitute Alexander Romario failed to make it count in what was their last chance. East Bengal now have seven points from four matches.Mohun Bagan are languishing in the relegation zone at ninth spot.Mohun Bagan are the current defending champions.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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