China, EU send strong signal for finishing investment deal talks by year’s end
China EU Photo:VCG China and the EU on Friday sent another strong signal that they are pushing to wrap up negotiations for a sweeping bilateral investment treaty (BIT) before year's end as planned and before US President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office in January, as senior officials held a "constructive" phone call on the negotiations. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke with Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy Valdis Dombrovskis, and the two sides had "constructive communication" over the negotiations for the BIT, the Xinhua News Agency reported. While the ...
YOURSAY | Umno strikes back, Bersatu on receiving end
YOURSAY | ‘If they can backstab Harapan and Dr M, why are they surprised if they themselves are backstabbed…’ Faizal Azumu loses MB confidence vote, vows smooth transition BusinessFirst: I thought there was to be no politicking due to the Covid-19 pandemic? Alas, Perikatan Nasional (PN), BN, and their supporters follow the principle "do as I say but not as I do". Anyway, this is to be expected since word on the ground is that even Umno trusts the honesty of Pakatan Harapan, including DAP, more than Bersatu. Of course, what do you expect when you are in a coalition with backstabbers? They had n...
My11Cirlce LPL 2020 Colombo Kings put an end to Jaffna’s winning streak | Daily FT
By Shamseer Jaleel reporting from Hambantota Colombo Kings put an end to the unbeaten run of Jaffna Stallions with a 6-wicket win in their My11circle Lanka Premier League 2020 T20 encounter, which was played under lights at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS) in Sooriyawewa yesterday. Colombo Kings won the toss and put the Jaffna Stallions up to bat on an unpredictable new wicket used at the Sooriyawewa ground. Jaffna opted to rest their senior players and bring in four changes for their team in a try-out option as they lead the points table with 4 wins. They opened the...
Daily Financial Times
Russell Wilson's NFL MVP campaign appears at a dead end. Does he have time to turn it around?
SEATTLE — DK Metcalf continues to do his part to help his quarterback. Yes, Metcalf’s performance Monday night — 10 catches for a career-high 177 yards — helped propel the Seahawks to a 23-17 victory in Philadelphia. After the game, Metcalf continued to lift up his quarterback, standing behind the mic and propping up Russell Wilson’s NFL MVP chase. “Russ for MVP,” Metcalf said, concluding his postgame news conference the same way he’s done throughout the season. When Metcalf began that sign-off early in the season, Wilson was in full-throttle #LetRussCook mode, and his MVP bandwagon was overfl...
The Seattle Times
Maina to remain in prison till end of his trial – Court
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered that the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Taskforce Team, Abulrasheed Maina, be remanded in prison till the end of his trial. Maina had jumped bail and fled to Niger Republic. He was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to continue his trial. He was produced in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday to continue his trial. The EFCC had asked the court that Maina be remanded in prison till the end of his trial, being that he had earlier jumped bail. Justice Okon Abang granted the request of the EFCC’s co...
Is this the end for reckless populism?
There is nothing wrong to participate in a sex party of any kind,” said a source in the European Parliament. “However, such kinds of meetings with many people are illegal under the coronavirus laws.” To be specific, 25 naked men attending a loud party above a gay bar in central Brussels is clearly against Belgium’s coronavirus laws, which allow no more than four people to meet indoors, so somebody called the police. At least three of those arrested were Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). It was particularly unfortunate for Jozsef Szajer. He’s a senior founding member of Hungary’s rulin...
The Bangkok Post
‘It’s not the end’: Protesters, politicians and NGOs react as Hong Kong court jails pro-democracy trio
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam have been sentenced to prison for organising and inciting an unauthorised assembly outside the police headquarters in Wan Chai last June.HKFP has rounded up reactions from activists, human rights groups, and local as well as international politicians.Activist Joshua WongIt’s not the end of the fight. Ahead of us is another challenging battleground. We’re now joining the battle in prison along with many brave protestors, less visible yet essential in the fight for democracy and freedom for HK.The tenacity of Hongkongers cont...
Hong Kong Free Press
Will Biden's presidency mean the end to political cults?
Cult of Bacchus. Image in Public Domain.It isn’t ideal to use a headline to ask a question.According to the readers over at Fark.com, if a headline asks a question that can be answered with either Yes or No, then the correct answer is No.If they’re correct, then we know the answer to this post’s headline.If the Cult of Donald Trump fades away, then another political cult could rise to take its place. The only unanswered question is which political party will produce the latter.No, political cults are not exclusively Republican phenomena.The reason that Donald Trump became the POTUS in the firs...
The Moderate Voice
Will Bunch: From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end
For a man who too often talked and occasionally governed more like a mob boss than like the 45th president of a democratic republic, it’s sadly fitting that the final days of Donald Trump’s White House are playing out like a closing montage from one of “The Godfather” movies.Cue the operatic aria, or maybe the piano riff from “Layla,” as the camera pans over the bloody pavement in a faraway village in Iran and the windshield of a sedan riddled with bullet holes, as a top nuclear scientist is brutally whacked just days after a not-so-secret sit-down between the crime bosses of Saudi Arabia and ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mike Bianchi: Too bad this amazing Orlando City season has to come to an end
No, it can’t be over, can it?Please don’t let it be over.Don’t let Orlando City’s amazing, trailblazing season come to an end.Don’t let the Lions go home just yet.They’ve been too much fun; they’ve spread too much joy; they’ve actually given us something to root for and rally around during this abysmal, awful pandemic-plagued year.“I could not be prouder of this group,” said first year coach and franchise savior Oscar Pareja. “It has been an honor for me to coach them.”But, sadly, Pareja’s fabulous first season is over by virtue of Orlando City’s 3-1 loss to the New England Revolution in the M...