Divorce, harassment and organ donors: China to debate new civil code

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

Divorce ‘cooling-off period’ A proposed — and controversial — rule to require a spouse suing their partner in court for a divorce to have a “30-day cooling-off period” could be scrapped, a top Chinese official said last week. Here is a look at key highlights of the proposed law: Topics : What’s missing? The draft code omits any reference to “family planning” — the current policy which limits couples to having only two children — although experts have cautioned that this does not mean decades of controversial family-planning rules will be scrapped.Legalizing same-sex marriage was among the top suggestions made by the Chinese public when lawmakers solicited opinions on how to amend the civil code last year. But the current draft still defines marriage as “a union between a man and a woman”.Separately, lawmakers are also working on a biosecurity law and a draft revision to the animal epidemic prevention law — key legislation in response to the coronavirus outbreak.China has already banned the sale of wildlife — except for medicinal purposes — after the virus was linked to consuming wild animals.These last two laws are still open for public comments until June 13, meaning they will not be ready for approval during the upcoming parliamentary session. Protection against land grabs In China, land can only be owned by the state or collective organizations. Private individuals or businesses can only buy the right to use land for up to 70 years.Local governments are allowed to expropriate land or revoke land-use rights for projects that serve the “public interest”, and have abused this power in the past.The new private property guidelines have narrowed the interpretation of “public interest” to prevent abusive land grabs.It also makes it mandatory for local governments to make public announcements on “all acts taken by the state in relation to private property”, thus making land transactions more transparent. The current draft of China’s civil code says all couples seeking a divorce must “deliberate on their decision” for a month.But this might be amended when China’s parliament meets next week, a spokesperson for the legislative affairs committee of the National People’s Congress told China Women’s Daily, after a massive public backlash against the rule.Several lawmakers have said the cooling-off periods shouldn’t apply to cases involving domestic violence, bigamy, marital rape or other rights violations.The waiting period would still apply to couples applying to dissolve their marriage through mutual consent.”Reckless divorces are an increasingly common phenomenon that’s not conducive to family stability,” the spokesperson said. Privacy protections The code could see China defining for the first time what privacy means for its 1.4 billion citizens. The current draft says private information counts as anything an individual is “not willing to be made known to other persons” and prohibits businesses, individuals — and even the government — from accessing such information without consent. But the current draft civil code leaves loopholes, according to Lester Ross, legal advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce in China and partner at law firm WilmerHale.It does not specifically list information such as an individual’s accounts and passwords, medical history, financial data, communications records, marital status or religion as personal information that needs to be protected.A more comprehensive privacy protection law is expected to be drafted within the next five years, Ross said. Sexual harassment, organ donations A few other key moves in the civil code include expanding the definition of “sexual harassment” to include being groped at the workplace or being assaulted by a teacher on campus — key demands from China’s scuttled #Metoo movement.The code also proposes allowing people to donate the organs of dead relatives. The move comes in response to a massive shortage of organ donors after China stopped the controversial practice of harvesting organs from prisoners.  Divorce, sexual harassment, organ donations, privacy: China’s sweeping first-ever civil code will be debated at its annual parliament meeting in Beijing this week.The rubber-stamp legislature rarely rejects bills, and this law has been in the works since 2017.If adopted, many laws currently regulating aspects of life in China from marriage to adoption will be completely or partially abolished and replaced by the new civil code. read more

Man arrested over fatal shooting in Kentucky park at center of protests

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgPolice arrested a man over a weekend shooting that killed one person in a park in Louisville, Kentucky that has become a center for protests against the police killing of a Black woman in her home in March.The suspect taken into custody had opened fire at a crowd in Jefferson Square Park late on Saturday.He was wounded in the shooting himself and taken to a hospital in police custody, Assistant Police Chief Robert Schroeder told a press briefing on Sunday. Topics : Officers entered her apartment bearing a “no-knock” arrest warrant. One of the three officers involved in her shooting was fired last week.Taylor’s killing drew renewed attention after the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African-American man killed after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while detaining him in Minneapolis.The two incidents and others have become a rallying cry in nationwide protests against police brutality and racial bias in the US criminal justice system.center_img “The man has been participating in the protest since the beginning and he had been arrested a couple of times in the past several weeks,” Schroeder said.He said the suspect had been repeatedly asked by other people in the park to leave due to his disruptive behavior.Police said on Saturday homicide detectives were investigating the shooting. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said he was saddened by the incident.The park has been a focal point of protests against the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was killed in a hail of gunfire when drug investigators burst into her home in Louisville on March 13.last_img read more

LVG: Players should take credit

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img United dropped to 10th in the standings, but five months on, the tables have turned. United are third, one point above City after a run of five straight league wins. Van Gaal is often viewed as something of an egotist, but he rejected the opportunity to take credit for his team’s recent improvement. “The key are the players,” the United boss told MUTV when asked for the reason behind the improvement. “The players are developing themselves in the process we have done with each other, and I believe it is not only the last five matches. “In more than 20 games we have only lost two times. It is a long row of matches. “You have very good performances and you have also bad performances but at the end the result is good and the key is always the players. They have to do it at the right time. There is always resistance. “We have one more point than City now, and we are one point behind second in the table (Arsenal) so that speaks for themselves.” United played with flair, width and purpose in their recent wins over Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa. Manager Louis van Gaal has played down his role in Manchester United’s revival, insisting his players should take all the credit for the form that has seen them jump above Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s derby. Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney have formed a lethal front three while Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera have given the midfield a balanced and productive look. Van Gaal has resisted the temptation to recall Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, keeping the expensive pair on the bench, and his only change to the starting line up during those three games came when Marcos Rojo replaced the ill Chris Smalling for the Villa game. Van Gaal has not ruled out making changes to his team though and he says Di Maria has been pushing himself hard in training this week. “Yes. Of course,” Van Gaal said when asked if he was facing a dilemma over Di Maria. “Every player is pushing, not only Angel di Maria, every player who is training in the first squad because they want to do their utmost best. “I played in training on Friday 11 against 11 and the white team was very good and the white team was not the basic line-up so they are pushing always. “And I like that. I said that to all the players that I like the fighting spirit of every player. “Never change a winning team is an English expression but I have always my eyes open. “It is not always like that, never changing a team.” One name certain to be on Van Gaal’s team sheet is Wayne Rooney. The United captain has found the net five times in his last six matches for the club and has scored a record 11 goals in Manchester derbies. The most notable of those 11 goals, of course, came in 2011 when he grabbed the win for United at Old Trafford with a stunning bicycle kick. “It’s a game you always enjoy winning and hate losing,” Rooney told United Review. Rooney believes the derby has had an extra edge to it since Sheikh Mansour took over City in 2008. “In the first few years after I came here City were never a threat to the title or to us,” he added. “Over the last four or five years the rivalry has got a lot fiercer because we’ve been challenging for the same trophies. “That’s given the fixture that extra bit of spice because you know that when the games come around they could have a big impact on your challenge for trophies. So there is an edge to them more than there was before.” Van Gaal’s first Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium last November was one to forget for the Dutchman. He was all smiles before kick-off, even agreeing to requests for selfies from the City fans, but the day ended in disappointment as United lost 1-0 after playing 51 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of Chris Smalling. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tricia Munroe appointed first GFF Women’s Development Officer

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday announced the appointment of Lady Jaguars former national team captain Tricia Munroe as the federation’s first Women’s Development Officer, a landmark move for the progress of women’s football in Guyana and a central part of the delivery of the new, national football development strategy.In a release, the GFF said the creation of a dedicated, full-time women’s football position within the Federation’s Technical Department opens up a range of exciting possibilities for the development and organisation of the sport across the country, including improved leagues and competitions.The GFF added that Munroe’s appointment will pave the way for an increased number of female coaching and refereeing activities, more programmes for girls’ football, and greater support for the nationwide GFF-Scotiabank Academy Training Centres, as well as an enhanced youth and senior national team programme.“I want to see women’s football grow more, as much as the men’s game, and get the attention it deserves,” said Munroe, who played in central defence for the Lady Jaguars for more than a decade during the 1990s and 2000s.“I hope that I can encourage more former players to get involved in the work of the GFF, so that we can harness their skills and passion to inspire the next generation of players, coaches, referees and administrators as we develop the sport,” Munroe saidMunroe, who has also served as assistant coach at Fruta Conquerors, will be based at GFF headquarters in Georgetown as part of the newly-expanded Technical Department, run by Technical Director Ian Greenwood.The expanded department features a Youth Development Officer, a Coach Education and Development Officer, a Schools Development Officer, a Technical Secretary, nine regional Technical Development Officers and 14 part-time Youth Development Coaches.“As the GFF works aggressively to expand the scope and impact of our football development programmes, we are delighted to be able to bring Tricia on board to help us take girls’ and women’s football to the next level in Guyana,” Technical Director Greenwood highlighted.Greenwood also pointed out, “Tricia is fully aware of the challenges that women’s football faces in Guyana, and she is bursting with the ideas and energy that we are looking for, as the GFF works to break down those barriers, through greater investment and a specific focus on the needs of women’s football, from grassroots to elite level.”The GFF said that they are actively recruiting more women in football governance and management positions in a concerted effort to change the culture of football in Guyana. This includes three positions for women on the nine-member Executive Committee – Thandi McAllister, Carmel Williams and Magzene Stewart – and GFF General Secretary Althea Scipio and GFF Deputy General Secretary (acting) Rennella Bourne..Two of the GFF’s nine, full-time Technical Development Officer positions are also occupied by women – Akilah Castello (Upper Demerara FA) and Leah Smith (Bartica FA).last_img read more

Nolan pleased with Clonakenny preparations

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgClonakenny selector Seamus Nolan says theres a great attitude in the club this year and they have garnered strength from a big panel.He feels that winning the county final was fairytale stuff and that now they have focused and are looking to reach the Munster finallast_img

Tipp ladies resume NFL campaign today

Posted On Sep 9 2020 by

first_imgShane Ronayne’s side – who’ve got a 100 per cent record so far – travel to Offaly for their fifth Division 3 match of the season this afternoon.Throw-in in Ballycumber is at 3 o’clock.There’ll be updates from there on Tipp FM.last_img

Palm Beach charity aids students in back-to-school shopping

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by

first_imgTake Stock in Children student recipients and organizational members The Take Stock in Children charity based in Palm Beach County has given some students a new breath of life. At least for this season’s back to school objective. Palm Beach Lakes High School senior Ja’maar Nelson got that chance recently, thanks to Take Stock in Children’s ninth annual Back to School Shopping Event at the Target store in Royal Palm Beach.“This was a wonderful experience, it felt like Dr. Avossa really cared about helping me get what I needed,” Nelson said, after getting assistance from the county’s school superintendent, Dr. Robert Avossa , with picking out clothes and supplies. “With all the stuff I purchased, I’m ready, I could start school tomorrow!”$200 per studentTwenty Take Stock in Children high school students were given $200 each and a budget sheet to shop. A mentor accompanied them as they shopped for school supplies and clothing. For most of these students, this was the first time they shopped by themselves to get the items they need for an upcoming school year. The mentor shoppers helped the students make the best use of their funds.Dr. Eddie Ruiz, Palm Beach County’s Assistant School Superintendent for Student Services, Equity, and Access was also on hand for the event, teaming up with another high school student for back to school shopping.Kids get to see people care“This is my favorite event of the year,” said Nancy Stellway, Executive Director of Take Stock Palm Beach. “The kids get to see that people care about them, and they learn about budgeting.”Established 1995 Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a variety of services to students. Services include providing college scholarships and caring volunteer mentors. The organization’s comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school, and include helping students transition into college.last_img read more

“Fresh” horse racing setup on LeoVegas gets Timeform data boost

Posted On Aug 30 2020 by

first_img Submit Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Smoother ‘Next Off’ navigation, a clearer race overview and more detailed information about previous performances for each runner are just some of the improvements made to the horse racing coverage on LeoVegas.This is after LeoVegas implemented the new racing client from Kambi and improved race data from Timeform, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair.Timeform specialises in collecting, analysing and packaging horse racing data and content for its customers. The revamped horse racing coverage on LeoVegas was released on 7 March, just a few days before the start of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.Bradley Callus, Sports Manager in Growth Markets for LeoVegas, made the following comments about the new horse racing setup.“The fresh new horse racing section on LeoVegas is complete with all the information, stats and form you need for a day at the races,” he said. “Once the punter has chosen the race they want to bet on, they are taken to the full race card with more available markets to bet on.“It is also significantly easier for the punter to move between one race and another, with each race categorised according to country, date and meeting.“The timing of this new product rollout was a clear indication of our new racing focus, inspired in part by our successful Cheltenham debut last year. In particular, the separated ‘Next Off’ navigation proved a real hit with our players during a busy week for LeoVegas.”The LeoVegas sportsbook is powered by Kambi, who saw two of its other clients, Unibet and 888, lead the way for overround % at Cheltenham 2018 according to Oddschecker insights on EGR Intel.The Festival was a big loss-maker for the sports betting industry after a succession of short-priced favourites, many of them Irish-trained, raced to victory over the four days of action. Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Stefon Diggs injury update: Vikings WR (knee) to play vs. Patriots, report says

Posted On Aug 27 2020 by

first_imgThe Vikings could also get a boost with the return of Xavier Rhodes. The veteran cornerback, also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, was limited during his first practice Friday and will work out again pregame to determine whether he can play.The Patriots (8-3) are slated to host the Vikings (6-4-1) at 4:25 p.m. ET. Stefon Diggs is ready to make his return.According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source, the Vikings wide receiver is expected to suit up Sunday against the Patriots. Receiver duo of Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen ‘have a lot in common’ as Vikings’ one-two punch Diggs, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury, missed practice most of the week but worked out for the first time Friday on a limited basis. He also dealt with a rib injury earlier this season. The 24-year-old has 58 catches for 587 yards and four touchdowns this season. Related Newslast_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. coach Jill Ellis praises Carli Lloyd after two-goal performance

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgVeteran Carli Lloyd led the U.S. to a 3-0 win over Chile as she scored two goals to help the Americans advance to the last 16. Lloyd, who has been outspoken about her role of coming off the bench as a super-sub, earned a starting spot in Sunday’s game and she put on a strong record-setting performance, proving she still has a lot left in her tank. 🗣 Carli Lloyd scores when she wants!The U.S. Women’s National Team lead Chile 3-0 in the first half. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/eySZlNrfA0— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 16, 2019Not only did Lloyd make a significant impact for the Americans, she also created a piece of history in the process. With her first goal in the 11th minute, Lloyd became the first player to score in six consecutive Women’s World Cup appearances. When she scored again in the 35th minute, she became the oldest woman to score more than once in a single World Cup match. “Carli — that’s why she’s playing — because she comes in and makes differences,” Ellis explained. Lloyd has made it clear she wants to start, but she also understands that she needs to play in a role that’s best for the team.  Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis praised the co-captain, though she admitted she expects nothing less from the star forward. “A great performance. Both goals from her were fantastic,” Ellis told reporters. “It was a great strike. She’s so dangerous on set pieces. I dropped her in the midfield as well and love the versatility of her. But would I expect less? No, because I know who it is. I’m just really, really pleased for Carli — obviously, for what she brings to the team but also happy for her and to celebrate tonight with her.”  Related Newscenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s big win over Chile “Every player wants to play maximum minutes and every player should want that,” Ellis said of Lloyd’s desire to play more. “Even the goalkeepers that didn’t play today I think you ask them that question, they’re going to say ‘I’m ready, I’m prepared to play.’ And that’s what you want as a coach. “The important thing for us is that our players are ready to do any role and the fact that she’s now scored three goals is awesome, fantastic. She’s ready, energized and I don’t think she could be in a better spot in terms of that. But I also know Carli is ready to do whatever it takes for this team. It’s a great problem. You want to have hot forwards in tournaments and they’re scoring goals which is a good feeling for them and so I’m happy.”The USWNT will play its final game Thursday against Sweden, with kickoff set for 3 p.m. ET.last_img read more