Defying China, Hong Kongers rush to buy pro-democracy newspaper

first_imgTopics : Hong Kongers rushed to buy copies of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily on Tuesday in a show of support for its owner, who was arrested a day earlier as police rounded up critics of China.A crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has gathered pace since China imposed a sweeping security law in June, with opposition politicians disqualified and activists arrested for social media posts.The moves have provoked outrage in the West and fear for millions in the city who last year took to the streets to protest Beijing’s tightening grip on the semi-autonomous city.  The newspaper’s front page showed a picture of Lai being led away in handcuffs with a headline — in typical lurid red characters — that said “Apple will fight on”.Dozens of people lined up in Mong Kok and around the city to buy the paper, including a woman who bought 16 copies and gave her name as Chan.”Hong Kong is a place with press freedom, but the police now suppress press freedom in a high-profile way. I feel very angry,” she said.Hong Kongers had on Monday immediately shown their support by buying shares in Lai’s media company, sending its stock value soaring. The buying spree continued on Tuesday morning, with the company’s value increasing more than 600 percent since Lai’s arrest. ‘Eviscerated’ Hong Kong’s new national security law criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces.The most serious crimes under the law, which was introduced on June 30 and is not supposed to be retroactive, carry up to life in jail.Its broadly worded provisions criminalized certain political speech overnight, such as advocating sanctions, and greater autonomy or independence for Hong Kong.Similar laws are used on the authoritarian mainland to snuff out opposition.Lai, 71, was held on charges including colluding with foreign forces, as well as fraud, in an operation targeting his Next Digital publishing group.Among the others arrested were two of Lai’s sons, young pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow and Wilson Li, a former activist who describes himself as a freelance journalist working for Britain’s ITV News.Even as police were conducting interrogations, Beijing hailed Lai’s arrest, declaring him an “anti-China rabble-rouser” who conspired with foreigners to “stir up chaos”.Critics believe the law has ended the key liberties and autonomy that Beijing promised Hong Kong could keep after its 1997 handover by Britain.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with Lai last year, said he was “deeply troubled” by reports of Lai’s arrest.Pompeo described it as “further proof” that Chinese authorities have “eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms and eroded the rights of its people”.The United States had last week already imposed sanctions on a group of Chinese and Hong Kong officials — including city leader Carrie Lam — in response to the crackdown.China condemned the sanctions as “barbarous” and imposed retaliatory sanctions on some senior American politicians and leading human rights campaigners.In a late-night briefing, police said those arrested were part of a group that had previously lobbied for foreign sanctions.”After the national security law came into force, this group was still active,” senior superintendent Li Kwai-wah told reporters. In one of the most dramatic days of the crackdown, media tycoon Jimmy Lai was among 10 people detained under the new law on Monday as around 200 police officers searched the newsroom of his tabloid, which is unapologetically critical of Beijing.In a show of solidarity for Lai, people in the city rushed to buy Tuesday’s Apple Daily, with the newspaper saying it had upped its print run to 550,000 from its normal circulation of 70,000.One restaurant owner bought 50 copies at a news stand in the commercial district of Mong Kok, saying he planned to give them away for free.”Since the government doesn’t allow Apple Daily to survive, then we as Hong Kongers have to save it ourselves,” the man, who gave his surname as Ng, told AFP.last_img read more

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Konami slots arrive on European shores for the first time

first_imgShare Leading gaming solutions and services provider Nektan Plc has signed a landmark deal with Spin Games LLC, becoming the first European supplier of Spin Games-licensed content, including the highly anticipated Konami video slots.Immensely popular titles, such as China Shores, will also be made available on the continent for the first time. Spin Games, a world-renowned HTML5 Remote Gaming Server, has integrated content from premium US land-based suppliers such as Konami, Everi, Incredible Technologies and Grand Vision Gaming. The Spin Games ROC is being integrated into Nektan’s Evolve Lite platform as part of the deal. The portfolio of games will initially go live with Videoslots, before being made available to Nektan’s expanding network of operating partners and white label casinos.  CEO and Founder of Spin Games Kent Young said: “We are thrilled to have signed a deal to bring our exceptional range of games to Europe for the first time. We have been very impressed with the power and flexibility of Nektan’s platform, and we look forward to working closely with them as we continue to build on our potential.”Nektan Commercial Director Claire Osborne added: “We are hugely excited to be the first provider to bring Konami titles to European regulated markets, and this agreement with Spin Games will allow us to expand our excellent range of content with an industry leading partner.  This deal represents a major step forward as we continue to deliver a B2B gaming platform offering unique and bespoke content.” Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020last_img read more

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Ohio State vs. Michigan odds, prediction, betting trends for The Game on Fox

first_imgNo. 2 Ohio State (11-0) travels to Michigan Stadium to face No. 10 Michigan in the latest chapter of The Game. The Buckeyes are looking to continue their perfect season and hand the rival Wolverines their eighth straight loss in the series. Game time is scheduled for noon ET on Fox.This will be the first-time experience for Ohio State coach Ryan Day. He was the offensive coordinator the last two seasons, but this is a rivalry game that can define a coach’s legacy. The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense (49.4) and scoring defense (10.5), but this has always been the game that defines their season. WEEK 14 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadMichigan coach Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 against the rival Buckeyes as a head coach, but the Wolverines are peaking at the right time. Shea Patterson has nine touchdown passes in his last two games, and the Wolverines have won by an average margin of 30 points over their last four games.But you can throw those records out the window. “The Game” is on, and Michigan and Ohio State should be another classic. With that in mind, here’s everything you need for Saturday’s matchup:Ohio State vs. Michigan oddsSpread: Ohio State -9Point total: 55.5Moneyline: Ohio State -110, Michigan -110Ohio State is a 9-point favorite, according to odds at Sportsbook Review, and 60 percent of the wagering has come in favor of the Buckeyes.Ohio State vs. Michigan all-time seriesMichigan leads the all-time series 51-47-4, but Ohio State has roared back into the rivalry by winning the last seven meetings and 16 of the last 19 since 2000, including last year’s 62-39 blowout victory at Ohio Stadium.Three trends to know— Ohio State is 7-3 against the spread this season, but they have failed to cover each of the last two weeks against Rutgers and Penn State. The Buckeyes are 3-1 against the spread as road favorites.— The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings in Ann Arbor by an average of 13.7 points per game. Ohio State averages 38.3 points per game in those meetings.— The Wolverines are 0-8 as an underdog under Jim Harbaugh, and that includes a 1-1 against-the-spread record as a home underdog. Michigan is 30-4 at home under Harbaugh, but two of those losses are to Ohio State.WEEK 14 PROJECTIONS: Bowls | PlayoffThree things to watchPatterson lets looseOhio State has the No. 1 pass defense in the FBS at 126.2 yards per game, and defensive end Chase Young is a game-plan wrecker who leads the nation with 16.5 sacks. Expect Harbaugh to go right at that with Patterson, who has grown comfortable in offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ offense. That has peaked the last two weeks with 750 passing yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. Patterson took six sacks in those two games, so he will have to avoid the fatal turnover with little margin for error.Justin Fields factorMichigan ranks second in the Big Ten in pass defense (161.1), and this is the most aggressive defense the Buckeyes will face. Dwayne Haskins cut up Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown’s defense with crossing routes last year, and Fields offers the added dimension in the running game. The Wolverines have allowed just nine passing touchdowns this season, but they have been a little more giving against the run (14 touchdowns). If the Wolverines can slow down the 1-2 punch of Fields and J.K. Dobbins in the backfield, then they will have a chance.Nico Collins vs. Jeff OkudahWatch the matchup between Michigan receiver Nico Collins — who leads the Wolverines with 20.9 yards per catch — and Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah, who has three interceptions this season. Michigan’s receivers have to win one-on-ones with the Buckeyes’ secondary consistently and quickly to take the pressure off Patterson. The Wolverines had some success with that last season before the game got out of hand.Stat that mattersIt still comes down to running the ball and stopping the run in “The Game.” In the last four meetings, Ohio State averages 47.3 attempts for 262.5 rushing yards per game — an average of 5.6 yards per carry. Michigan averages 36 attempts for 102.3 yards per carry, an average of 2.8 yards per carry. The Wolverines need to be able to establish a running game in order to Ohio State down on both sides to have a chance. MORE: Ohio State, Michigan fans a perfect match with life-saving kidney transplantOhio State vs. Michigan predictionThis could play out like the 2017 game, where Michigan took a 14-0 lead before the Buckeyes settled in and tied the score at halftime. Patterson will make a few big plays in the passing game, but Young and a deep defensive line will eventually get home and force some errant throws. Ohio State will wear on the Wolverines with a relentless running game, and Dobbins will break the game open in the second half. The Buckeyes will take on one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to complete a perfect 12-0 regular season.Final score: Ohio State 36, Michigan 24last_img read more

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