Thousands flee Hong Kong for UK, fearing China crackdown

first_imgHONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people from Hong Kong are fleeing their hometown since Beijing imposed a strict national security law on the territory last summer. Many say China’s encroachment on their way of life and civil liberties has become unbearable, and they want to seek a better future for their children abroad. An exodus has begun to Britain, with many taking advantage of a new immigration pathway that will allow up to 5 million eligible Hong Kongers to live, work and eventually settle in the U.K. Applications for the British National Overseas visa officially opened Sunday, and Britain’s government estimates that over 300,000 people will take up the offer of extended residency rights in the next five years. China responded by derecognizing U.K.-issued special travel documents.last_img read more

South Carolina Ports Authority Delivers Record Box Volumes in FY 2018

first_imgSouth Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has reported record container volumes handled during the 2018 fiscal year. SCPA’s container throughput was 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in FY 2018, an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year.What is more, the port authority saw 201,163 TEUs in June, the single highest month for container volume in SCPA’s history and a 10 percent increase over June 2017. June was a strong finish to the port’s fiscal year, which began in July.As measured in pier containers, or the number of boxes that moved across the docks of SCPA’s two container terminals, the port handled 115,696 containers in June and a total of 1.25 million containers in FY2018.“June container volumes were exceptional, marking the first time our port has handled more than 200,000 TEUs in a single month,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, commented.“We achieved the three highest months of container volume in the port’s history in March, May and June. As compared to FY2010, SCPA has grown by over 900,000 TEUs for a compound annual growth rate of seven percent. Such growth is a significant accomplishment that reflects a broad expansion of the port’s cargo base, the commitment of our staff and the overall success of our maritime community,” Newsome added.Established in 1942, SCPA owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. Last month, the port authority approved USD 277.6 million capital plan — the largest in SCPA’s history — for projects supporting terminal modernization, capacity increase and intermodal volume growth.last_img read more

Theresa M. Nobbe-Kadinger

first_imgTheresa M. Nobbe-Kadinger, age 81 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health.  The daughter of Christian and Magnalena (nee: Hartman) Nunlist was born on March 24, 1937 in Oldenburg, IN.Theresa married Alvin Nobbe on June 6, 1956 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  He passed away in 1982.  She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.She is survived by her daughters, Robin (Wayne) Tingle of Batesville and Mary (Roger) Collins of Batesville; sons, Dennis Nobbe of Mooresville and Matt (Marla) Nobbe of Batesville; daughter-in-law, Donna Andrus of Indianapolis; along with her sister Rita Schoentrup of Greensburg.In addition to her husband, Alvin, Theresa was preceded in death by her son, Marvin Nobbe, sisters, Rose Grueninger and Mary Stephens, plus her brothers, Al, Joe, Tony, George and Jerry Nunlist.Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00AM on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at St. Louis Catholic Church.  There are no visitation hours.  Rev. Stan Pondo officiating with burial to follow in the Holy Family Church Cemetery in Oldenburg.Memorials may be given in her memory to the Free Clinic in Batesville or Masses.  Meyers Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.   Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Dalung Reveals State Burial Plans for Keshi

first_imgIn a tentative burial plan, a night of tributes is to hold in Abuja while lying-in-state, church service and novelty football match in Benin City are to precede the final interment in Illah, his home town.The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, gave the hint when the children of the late coach called to officially inform and thank the federal government for the support given to the family since Keshi’s demise.Already, the minister is proposing a 20-man national committee for a state burial that will comprise family members, the Nigeria Football Federation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, stakeholders including coaches, administrators, ex footballers, the media and representatives of Delta and Edo states.Military and para-military bodies including the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and football supporters club are not going to be left out of the planning.Dalung commiserated with the children who lost both parents within six months and urged them to be strong in the Lord.“Coach Stephen Keshi will be remembered for his uncommon charisma, unrivaled leadership qualities and ability to command respect from players, peers and football enthusiasts.He was a national hero and would be given a befitting burial. In fact, Keshi belonged to the government and he will be buried by the federal government.“This committee will ensure a hitch-free burial and liaise between the government and the family to ensure that the best funeral is given to our hero,” revealed the minister in his comforting words to Keshi’s children.Dalung also revealed that a memo which will suggest ways of immortalising both Keshi and Coach Amodu Shaibu is to be presented at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.Meanwhile, Keshi’s children have praised the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nigeria Football Federation, the governments of Edo and Delta states, and the global football community, since the demise of the legend.A letter signed by Jennifer Keshi and addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, read: “The children of the late Stephen Keshi, Jennifer, Stephanie, Sophie, Stephen Olufemi Keshi and Stephen Keshi Jr, would like at this time to express our thanks and appreciation to the people of Nigeria, Africa, the Football community all over the world, most especially the Nigeria Football Federation, Edo and Delta state governments, our relative, friends and well-wishers who have surrounded us with their love and care in this period of bereavement.“We are deeply touched by the numerous calls, visits, prayers, words of encouragement and the show of willingness to be a part of the burial arrangements. Your acts of kindness and generosity have made our burden bearable. Thank you from the depths of our hearts.“Our late dad was not only a wonderful husband to a wonderful wife, he was a soccer icon. Our mother who passed on to glory few months ago, together they were the most precious people we ever had. Their parenting and love for us knew no bound. They protected us and shielded us and prepared us for life,” recalled the children in the letter to the NFF.Similarly, the Sports Committee of the House of Representatives has hailed the late Keshi as “a man of peace, a gentleman and a thoroughbred professional footballer and coach.”In a letter signed by its chairman, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan and addressed to NFF president Pinnick, the committee wrote: “The death of this great icon at this point of our history is a great shock to the committee and indeed the football community. The vacuum of his death will definitely be difficult to fill.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAt last, late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, is to be given a state burial befitting an icon who brought many laurels to Nigeria.The late ex-international who died on June 8 after winning Africa’s highest football honour twice as both player and coach, is being proposed for burial in his ancestral home of Illah, in Delta State, in the weekend of July 27- 29.last_img read more

Botswana stands in Uganda’s way at Netball World Youth Cup

first_imgPool C results & teamsJamaica     43    Cook Islands 41Botswana  72    Malaysia 26Cook Islands 41 Botswana 50Uganda     81    Malaysia 21 (see video bottom)BotswanaJamaicaCook IslandsMalaysiaUgandaGabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER |  Uganda’s She Pearls will come up against a high flying and unbeaten Botswana Under 21 side as the Netball World Youth Cup enters day 3 in Gabarone on Monday.Riding a wave of home support, Botswana destroyed Malaysia 72-26 on the opening night Saturday, then followed it with another convincing 50-41 victory over Cook Islands Sunday.As Team Botswana Vice captain Katlego Dipatelelo predicted pre-event, the Botswana side so far look good for a top eight finish. Victory over the highly ranked Ugandans will confirm their credentials.Dipatelelo said the team is stronger as a result of build-up tours to Australia and Singapore.“We have been travelling to South Africa for tournaments, we also travelled to Singapore and Australia as part of our preparation, and we played local teams and the men’s team so we get a bit of physique in our game,” Dipatelelo told the press before the event started.She said the tours have had a positive effect, with the team being able to adjust to various styles of play. “For us in Africa it’s always about running with the ball, but we have learnt how to play a more technical game where we put the ball in space without a lot of physique being involved.”Dipatelelo boasted that, “Our defence has improved mightily and our goal scoring range between 80 and 90 percent our interception at our defence part is above 10.” VIDEO: Uganda vs Malaysia Botswana event first for AfricaThis is the first time the  International Netball Federation (INF) has held an international event on the African continent.The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of netball competition for emerging players who are under 21 years of age and the INF has held an U21 international competition every four years since 1988.The tournament will feature 9 days of netball, 70 games in total and 20 countries are competing from across the five INF regions.The African countries competing are Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Share on: WhatsApp Botswana girls in pre-event action. They test Uganda today.Today – Netball World Youth CupUganda ?? vs Botswana ?? 3pmlast_img read more

2014 Thurston County Spring Sports Playoff Schedule

first_img4A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri-Cities)SinglesSydney Pham (Olympia) vs. Claire Behoskey (Eisenhower)All Topp (Olympia) vs. Sabrina Demerath (Inglemoor)DoublesRachel Kellson / Catty Zhang (Olympia) vs. Jill Louthlan / Kelsey Lenhart (Ferris (Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle)SinglesLauren Brandt (Tumwater) vs. Llezel Villanueva (Lindbergh)3A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri Cities)DoublesAinsley WInterrowd / Sidney Smith (North Thurston) vs. Caroline Dillion / Caroline Hamilton (Mercer Island) 3A Boys State TournamentFriday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri-Cities)DoublesJason Rush / Gabriel Agtarap (North Thurston) vs. Stuart Schachle / Cameron McDowell (Shorewood) Facebook1Tweet0Pin0BaseballThe T-Birds begin play in the 2A state tournament on May 24. Tennis 1A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30(West Valley High School, Yakima)SinglesAll Jo Vena (Tenino) vs. Samantha Weeks (Annie Wright)DoublesErin Engebreth / Natalie Hall (Tenino) vs. Tess Radlach / Amella Weeks (South Whidbey)2A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30 North Thurston High School senior Sidney Smith plays in the State 3A Doubles Tournament on May 30. Boys Soccer2A State TournamentFriday, May 30State semi-finalCapital vs. Sedro Wooley @ Sunset Chevrolet Stadium (Sumner), 8 p.m, 4A Boys State TournamentStanding at 5’2″, Olympia High School sophomore Ryan Adams (left) is one of the top players in the area and the number two singles player on the Bears tennis team. The number one player is freshmen Jamie Bautista.  Both play in in the State 4A Singles competition Friday May 30.Friday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri-Cities)SinglesJamie Bautista (Olympia) vs. Niko Convento (Graham-Kapowsin)Ryan Adams (Olympia) vs. Jason Lul (Newport)DoublesWill Berghoff / Wooten (Olympia) vs. Lawson / Jarvis (Gig Harbor) 1A State TournamentFriday, May 30State semi-finalRochester vs. Naches Valley @ County Field (Yakima) 7 p.m.2A State TournamentFriday, May 30State semi-finalTumwater vs. Lake Washington @ County Stadium (Yakima), 1 p.m. 2A Boys State TournamentFriday, May 30(Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle)SinglesTy Gentry (Capital) vs. Michael Manlon (East Valley)Jason Trinh (River Ridge) vs. Alan Kwiatowski (Lindbergh)David Granero (Tumwater) vs. Ehan Romney (Sammamish)DoublesTravis Miller / Doug Doenges (Capital) vs. Gabe Harris / Michael Carlton (Othello)Jimmy Do / Noah Durette (Black Hills) vs. Max Shmolotohka / Reece Gilbert (Sehome)Ryan Gudbranson / Nathan Eliason (Tumwater) vs. Sam Banya / ___ Banya (Lindbergh) Softball2A State TournamentFriday, May 30Tumwater vs. Fife @ Carlon Park (Selah) 10 a.m.Capital vs. Sequim @ Carlon Park (Selah) 12 p.m. Golf1B/2B Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29 (Oakbrook Golf Course, Lakewood)GirlsMackenzie Reeves (Northwest Christian)BoysAaron Fox (Northwest Christian)1A BoysWednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29(Lake Spanaway Golf Course)Deric Hawes (Rochester)Brock Hawes (Rochester)2A Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29Girls(The Classic, Puyallup)Kayla Monroe (Tumwater)Kelsey Wilder (Capital)Naomi Yamamoto (Capital)Alison Kwieciak (Capital)Mica Livingston (Capital)BoysBrent Chaplin competes Thursday May 29 in State Tournament Play.  Photo credit: Steve Hamilton(Chambers Bay, University Place)Jake Shier (Black Hills)Gabriel Barnes (Capital)Brent Chapin (Capital)Joel Christopher (Capital)Ryan Waldron (Black Hills)3A Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28-Thursday, May 29Girls(Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland)Audrey Marlatt (North Thurston)Mikayla Blumer (Timberline)Michaela Smith (Timberline)Rilee Vilanueva (Shelton)Amy Martin (Timberline)Kerry Johnson (Shelton)Boys  (Tri-Mountain Golf Course, Ridgefield)Grant Cation (Shelton)Mitchell DeAndre (Shelton)Dallas McClellen (North Thurston)Nick Guyer (Shelton)4A Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28-Thurstday, May 29Girls(Club Green Meadows, Vancouver)Tianna Ford (Yelm)Boys(Camas Meadows Golf Course, Camas)Nolan Backman (Olympia)last_img read more