John Vickers explains plans for the Blue Abyss
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John Vickers explains plans for the Blue Abyss
Hong Kong's pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily said on Sunday the freezing of its assets in a national security probe had left the newspaper with cash for "only a few weeks" of normal operations and it may struggle to pay staff wages. The newspaper, whose chief editor and chief executive have been detained under the new security law and whose offices were raided by 500 police officers on Thursday, said the announcement was made in a management meeting on Friday. Three companies related to Apple Daily are also being prosecuted for collusion with a foreign country and authorities have frozen HK$18 million ($2.3 million) of their assets.
Tokyo 2020 organisers threw open the doors of the Olympic Village to the media on Sunday, showcasing virus upgrades including a fever clinic just over a month before the Games begin.
The Taliban said on Sunday they were committed to peace talks, adding they wanted a "genuine Islamic system" in Afghanistan that would make provisions for women's rights in line with cultural traditions and religious rules. Officials have raised concerns over the stalling negotiations and have said the Taliban has not yet submitted a written peace proposal that could be used as a starting point for substantive talks. "We understand that the world and Afghans have queries and questions about the form of the system to be established following withdrawal of foreign troops," said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban's political office, in the statement, adding the issues were best addressed during negotiations in Doha.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Facing the daunting task of keeping the world's largest sporting event safe, some emergency medicine officers overseeing Tokyo Olympic venues are calling on the organisers to bar spectators over risks of a jump in COVID-19 cases. Organisers are to decide as soon as Monday whether to allow domestic spectators into the stadiums for the Games, which were delayed by a year due to the pandemic and now set to start in about a month. Foreign spectators have already been banned.
Japan's Naoya Inoue knocked Michael Dasmarinas down three times in three rounds to easily retain his WBA and IBF belts in a bantamweight world title bout on Saturday night.
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Australia’s suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world’s most secretive democracies. Last week, a former Australian spy was convicted over his unconfirmed role as a whistleblower who revealed an espionage operation against the government of East Timor. It’s the latest high-profile case in a national system in which secrecy laws, some dating back to the colonial era, are routinely used to suppress information.
There is no subtelty to Bryson DeChambeau's game plan as he seeks to defend his U.S. Open crown. With rare exceptions, the ferocious-swinging DeChambeau bashes his drives as far as he possibly can, knowing that as long as he stays in-bounds he should be okay. "When I miss it, because I hit it pretty far, I'm going to miss it off line quite a bit," DeChambeau said after shooting a bogey-free three-under-par 68 to move within two shots of leaders Louis Oosthuizen, Russell Henley and Mackenzie Hughes.
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One person died and an another was injured after a pickup truck ran into a crowd of spectators at a Pride parade in south Florida on Saturday, local authorities said.Police have apprehended the truck driver responsible for the crash at the festival in Fort Lauderdale, Mayor Dean Trantalis told Miami television station WSVN.The intention of the driver remains unknown, police said, but Trantalis described the crash as a deliberate attack on the LGBTQ community, WSVN said.The report said the driver, who has not been publicly identified, acted like he was part of the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade and accelerated suddenly after being asked to move up."The investigation into this incident is active and we are considering and evaluating all possibilities," Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Ali Adamson said in a statement, adding that the police were working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The victims, both male, were transported to a local medical center where one was pronounced dead and the other is expected to survive, the statement said."Due to a tragic event, the Stonewall Pride Parade has been canceled but the festival events will continue," Wilton Manors Police Department said in a tweet.Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in the parade, tweeted that she was safe, though she was "deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured."
On the weekend marking World Refugee Day, one word that was on the tip of asylum seeker Andy Molina's tongue was 'happy'. On Friday the 27-year-old Honduran and his daughter would cross the border from Mexico into Texas. Molina spoke of plans to reunite with his wife and older son in the United States, after two years of separation. They had left Honduras several months before Molina, and entered the U.S. separately. But a Trump-era program forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for court decisions, often in the dangerous northern cities. Molina and his 10-year-old daughter Eleana became stuck in Mexico for more than a year. He says he left Honduras out of concern for his children. There he was forced to pay a so-called 'war tax' to gangs, who threatened to kill him if he did not comply. Now shortly before crossing the border, Molina says he just wants to focus on the positive. He was one of a group of 74 people allowed into the U.S. to pursue asylum applications over the weekend.Cuban citizen Amelin Acosta was another."It has been a complicated process. Many delays, a lot of anxiety, nerves waiting for answers to be given to us. Today is the long-awaited day."After President Joe Biden took office, he began rolling back Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols. Of the thousands of asylum seekers gathered in Mexico under that policy, more than 95% were allowed to entered the U.S. to pursue their cases. Hand-in-hand, Molina and his daughter crossed the border into Texas on Friday. Acosta and her family were right behind them. She says she is hopeful for a new opportunity for them to improve their lives in a free country.
The U.N. representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into the ecosystem. The Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl sank off on Thursday a month after catching fire, raising concerns about a possible environmental disaster. The U.N. said it was coordinating international efforts and helping Sri Lanka in assessing the damage, recovery efforts and preventing such disasters in the future.
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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper has enough cash on hand to continue operating as normal only for a couple of weeks, according to a person familiar.
Defenceman Ryan Pulock made a desperation save in the dying seconds with the net empty as the New York Islanders held on to beat Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday in game four of their NHL playoff semi-final series.
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A bear charged at a biker on a trail in Kamloops, British Columbia, on June 7, nearly causing a collision.Philippe Schlesser’s GoPro captured a bear running alongside the bike trail. Moments later, a bear runs towards Schlesser, almost colliding with his bike.Schlesser told Storyful that he made clicking sounds with his mouth to “deter any wildlife like deer, bears”.“Looking at the footage later on, I noticed that the bear was running in parallel with my direction. I got scared, the bear got scared, and we both went our ways,” Schlesser said. Credit: Philippe Schlesser via Storyful
It is easy to get an inferiority complex playing with brawny Bryson DeChambeau, but Christiaan Bezuidenhout managed to stay in his own lane as he played his own game to remain on the edge of contention at the U.S. Open on Saturday. South African Bezuidenhout goes into Sunday's final round four strokes from the lead, certainly not among the favorites. "I know my game plan, so I just want to stick to that," Bezuidenhout told Reuters after a steady one-under-par 70 that left him equal ninth at Torrey Pines.
On the day that Brazil surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, thousands took to the streets to express their anger at the government's handling of the pandemic.Protests were staged on Saturday in at least 44 cities in 20 states across the country. The protesters accuse President Jair Bolsonaro of genocide in his pandemic response and they want him out of office.His government has refused to back social distancing measures and the country has been slow to acquire vaccines.Pharmaceutical maker Pfizer said it got no response to early offers to sell vaccines to the government between August and November last year.This female protester says she has lost friends and people have become orphans, fatherless, motherless and childless because of Bolsanaro.And the outlook remains stark.Health Ministry data shows that just 11% of Brazilians are fully vaccinated and 29% have received a first dose.Epidemiologists warn that, with winter arriving in the southern hemisphere and new variants of the coronavirus circulating, deaths will continue to mount even if immunizations gain steam.Intensive care units are already running close to capacity across the country.This week, new confirmed cases in Brazil accelerated to more than 70,000 per day on average.Brazil has the world's second highest death toll after the United States.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 13 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in a thrilling game-seven overtime on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.