Hong Kong Activists Joshua Wong & Agnes Chow Jailed For Defying Beijing 2020/12/02 12:02:20 Zero Hedge
Hong Kong Activists Joshua Wong & Agnes Chow Jailed For Defying Beijing Tyler Durden Wed, 12/02/2020 - 07:02 In the latest act of repression from the Hong Kong government, which recently presided over the expulsion of pro-democracy 'opposition' lawmakers from its Legislative Council, activists Agnes Chow and Joshua Wong have been sentenced to prison time for their roles in the 2019 pro-democracy movement. Wong on Wednesday was sentenced to 13.5 months in jail, while Chow was given 10 months. The former student leaders, along with another activist named Ivan Lam, who also received a short prison sentenced, pleaded guilty last week to charges related to a protest on June 21, 2019, just one of dozens of chaotic street protests/skirmishes between demonstrators and the HK Police. They stood accused of organizing, taking part in and inciting others to participate in an unauthorized assembly. They had faced maximum sentences of five years. Wong also faced other protest-related charges tied to "unauthorized" assemblies in October 2019 and on June 4, 2020, when Hong Kongers gathered to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre, officially known in China as "the June 4th incident".
Political commentators Jones & Sherson 2020/11/08 22:50:04 Radio New Zealand
Neale, Trish and Kathryn take a look at the make-up of the new cabinet, what the special votes have yielded, National's reshuffle and they examine implications the US election result has for New Zealand. Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations. Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.
Special votes counted in NZ, implications significant for some 2020/11/05 18:02:30 Radio New Zealand
In light of the blistering US election campaign, you could be forgiven for forgetting there are Still undecided seats in New Zealand's Parliament after our election less than three weeks ago. Later today the results of an estimated 480-thousand special ballots are due to be released, about 17 per cent of the country's total vote. These include votes not on the printed electoral role, overseas votes, and ballots cast from an electorate they're not enrolled in… the implications could be significant: The Maori Party's return to Parliament hinges on the 415 vote lead that Rawiri Waititi has over the incumbent Tamati Coffey in Waiariki. And the Whangarei seat remains in the balance, with National's Shane Reti leading Labour's Emily Henderson by a mere 162 votes. There are a six other electorates that were won on election night by fewer than 1000 votes and of course a number of list MPs who may lose or gain with the specials. Joining Nathan Rarere to talk through all the possibilities is Victoria University Political lecturer Bryce Edwards.
Interior Min. hosts COVID-19 Combat, Prevention HQ’s meeting 2020/11/02 19:30:00 Mehr News Agency English
TEHRAN, Nov. 02 (MNA) – The meeting of National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters was held at the venue of Interior Ministry on Monday in the presence of Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani fazli and Health Minister Saeed Namaki.
National backs Kiwi Trump staffer Chris Liddell for top OECD post, Green Party urges rejection 2020/10/27 02:45:32 Stuff
The Green Party says Chris Liddell should be rejected but National is fully behind his nomination to head the OECD.
Sir Ronald Harwood obituary 2020/09/09 12:25:51 The Guardian
Playwright and screenwriter whose hit play, The Dresser, drew on his experiences of working with the actor-manager Donald Wolfit Ronald Harwood, who has died aged 85, was an indefatigably hard-working playwright, novelist and screenwriter, who won an Oscar for best screenplay for The Pianist (2002), his adaptation of Władysław Szpilman’s book about surviving the Warsaw ghetto. He first made a serious impression with his best-known play, The Dresser (1980), which drew on his experience of working with the actor-manager Donald Wolfit in the 1950s. It was the turning point in his professional fortunes, charting the uneasy relationship between a big star and his essential amanuensis that was in itself a dramatisation of a biographer’s role. The premiere at the Royal Exchange in Manchester in March 1980 was a climactic moment in the history of a new venue that, as a sort of “national theatre of the north”, challenged the southern hegemony of the RSC and the National on the South Bank under Peter Hall .
National tops Q3 profit estimates as credit loss provisions fall - BNN Bloomberg 2020/08/26 10:52:41 BNN Bloomberg
National Bank of Canada's profit was steady in its fiscal third quarter as the bank set aside far less cash for loans that could go bad.
India to see intense rainfall in next 5 days 2020/08/25 16:23:29 Economic Times India
Twelve rain-related deaths were reported in Gujarat and four from Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, even as very heavy downpour was predicted in the east, north and the central parts of the country over the next five days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said a low pressure area (cyclonic circulation) over north Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood was very likely to move west-northwestwards during the period as it issued a red alert for Odisha for August 26 and for Chhattisgarh, a day later. Incessant rainfall disrupted normal life in Odisha, and 1,400 people were evacuated from inundated areas in Gujarat during the day, while over 1,000 villages remained affected by floods in 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh. In the national capital, the IMD issued an alert for "moderate to heavy" rains over the next three days, and the Yamuna river was flowing precariously close to the warning mark in the city. No fresh areas were inundated by floodwaters for the third consecutive day in Bihar, where 83.62 lakh people across 16 districts were reeling under the impact of the deluge.
Jacinda Adern headed for stomping election victory - MacroBusiness 2020/08/10 23:30:59 Macro Business
After recording more than 100 days of COVID-free bliss, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern is headed for a stomping victory at next month’s general election: In July support for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party was at 53.5% down 1% since June, but still more than double the support for National on 26.5%, down
New Zealand opposition in disarray as election nears – can 'Crusher' Collins fix it? 2020/07/24 20:00:35 The Guardian
Hopes were high when Judith Collins assumed the leadership of National, but after a horror week the challenge facing her party seems huge With an arched eyebrow and a ready stash of her sardonic remarks – “if life was fair I’d be 5’10” and a gorgeous Slovakian model” – Judith Collins confidently assumed leadership of New Zealand’s centre-right opposition party. A politician whose leadership ambitions have been stymied for years, she was, commentators said, the only chance to turn around the flagging fortunes of the National party against the juggernaut of Jacinda Ardern, the wildly popular Labour prime minister, with an election less than two months away. Continue reading…
Covid-19 leak: National MP Hamish Walker paying 'ultimate price' over privacy breach, Todd Muller says 2020/07/08 04:41:04 Flipboard
National MP Hamish Walker will resign at the election over his involvement in a leak of Covid-19 patient information to media.
JPMorgan Chase Regulatory Capital Update 2020/06/29 21:15:00 Business Wire
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) (“JPMorgan Chase” or the “Firm”) announced today that it has completed the 2020 Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (“CCAR”) stress test process. Information can be found on the Firm’s Investor Relations website at www.jpmorganchase.com/press-releases. The Firm also announced today that it has released the results of its company-run 2020 Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, National
Government confident about passage of Finance Bill 2020/06/29 02:41:37 Business Recorder
ISLAMABAD: The battle lines were drawn on Sunday as the government vowed to get the budget passed from National…
Can New Zealand's National party reinvent itself under Todd Muller? | Jennifer Curtin 2020/05/23 01:38:16 The Guardian
The new opposition leader must win back centrist voters, just four months out from the election It was never a foregone conclusion, but with three poll results in the last three weeks putting National’s support at around 30%, the chances of Bridges remaining as leader were increasingly slim. By 1pm on 22 May, the parliamentary National party had sealed his, and deputy Paula Bennett’s, fate. The new leader, Todd Muller, now faces the unenviable task of clawing back the centre right voters who appear, for now, to have deserted National in droves. Continue reading…