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Hong Kong leader vows education overhaul after protests

first_imgTopics : Protests rekindle Hong Kong was convulsed by seven straight months of often-violent youth-led pro-democracy protests last year, with millions hitting the streets.More than 8,000 people have been arrested — around 17 percent of them secondary school students.The mass arrests and the coronavirus pandemic ushered in a period of enforced calm.But with the finance hub successfully tackling its COVID-19 outbreak — and social distancing measures easing — small protests have bubbled up.On Sunday, riot police chased flash-mob protesters through multiple shopping malls.They later used pepper spray and batons against protesters, bystanders and journalists in the district of Mong Kok.Police said 230 people were arrested throughout the day, aged between 12 and 65.”Police condemn protestors for disregarding the Government’s disease prevention and control measures, and participating in or organizing prohibited group gatherings,” the force said in a statement on Monday.Lam has resisted calls for universal suffrage or an independent inquiry into the police’s handling of the protests.In the New Year, she vowed to heal the divisions coursing through Hong Kong, but her administration has offered little in the way of reconciliation or a political solution.Arrests and prosecutions have continued apace, while Beijing’s offices in the city sparked a constitutional row last month by announcing a greater say in how Hong Kong is run. Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader on Monday vowed to overhaul the city’s education system, arguing its liberal studies curriculum helped fuel last year’s violent pro-democracy protests.Chief Executive Carrie Lam described the current secondary school program as a “chicken coop without a roof” and said her government would soon unveil their plans.”In terms of handling the subject of liberal studies in the future, we will definitely make things clear to the public within this year,” she told the pro-government Ta Kung Pao newspaper in an interview published Monday. Hong Kong has some of Asia’s best schools and universities with academic freedoms unseen in mainland China.Liberal studies was introduced in 2009 as a way to foster critical thinking with schools allowed to choose how they teach it.But it has become a bete noire for Chinese state media and pro-Beijing politicians who have called for more patriotic education.In Monday’s interview, Lam said she felt the classes allowed teachers to push their political biases and that greater oversight by the government was now needed. Her comments are likely to inflame those Hong Kongers who fear Beijing is chipping away at the freedoms that make the city a major international draw as political tensions rise once more.With the backing of Beijing, Hong Kong’s government is pushing ahead with a bill that outlaws insulting China’s national anthem and leading pro-establishment figures are lobbying for an anti-sedition law.The government says new legislation is needed to curb snowballing support — especially among younger Hong Kongers — for democracy and greater autonomy from China.Opponents say the laws will cut back on free speech and do little to heal the city’s festering divides.last_img read more

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Fairground Fun Park replacing State Fair time slot for 2020

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The State Fair may be canceled, but there is a new event scheduled to take place during that time. Yesterday, The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event center announced on social media The Fairgrounds Fun Park coming to Indianapolis this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park presented by Indiana 811 will occur from July 31 through September 7 in Indianapolis at the Fairgrounds. The event will feature rides, games, and Midway Food. Early bird tickets are available by clicking here. After many complaints on social media about the State Fair being canceled and this event happening at that same time, organizers responded by stating, “the Indiana State Fair is a complex event that attracts over 850,000 guests, including vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, performers and more, spread throughout a 200+ acre campus. Due to this complexity and the impact of COVID-19 on our event, the 2020 State Fair was canceled in June. We are thankful that our partners at North American Midway Entertainment have found a way to provide a simplified event at our facility this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park will be a completely new experience, with rides, games, and food stands lining our iconic Main Street.”last_img read more

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Windies players told me India didn’t want to see Pakistan qualify for semi-finals: Mushtaq Ahmed

first_img“I WAS working with the West Indies squad at last year’s World Cup. After India’s loss to England, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell said to me, Mushy, India didn’t want to see Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals,” Mushtaq Ahmed told  Pakistani news channel ARY SportsAll-rounder Ben Stokes talking about India’s run-chase against England in the 2019 World Cup in his book has taken a new turn now with former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed saying that West Indies players had told him after watching the game that India lost the game to stop Pakistan from entering the knockout stages.Stokes has denied the claims that in his latest book “Ben Stokes on Fire”, he suggested that India deliberately lost to England at the 2019 World Cup in the round-robin stage.Former Pakistan bowler Sikander Bakht recently claimed on Twitter that Stokes, in his book, has said that India lost intentionally to England to remove Pakistan from the World Cup. “Ben Stokes writes in his book that India lost to England deliberately to remove Pakistan from world Cup 19 and we predicted it,” Bakht tweeted.In response to Bakht’s tweet, a Twitter user asked where has Stokes made such comments. In response to the user’s question, the star England all-rounder himself responded: “You won’t find it cause I have never said it… it’s called “twisting of words” or “click bait”.”IANS has also reviewed the book and there was no such mention. In his book, Stokes does talk about the approach of the Indians in that chase and how it was surprising to see them looking to keep wickets in the kitty and take the game to the backend.Stokes, in fact, also speaks about how this might no longer be the smart way of approaching the game as the required run-rate starts piling up and it starts impacting those that come in at the fall of a wicket.(Reprinted from Hindustan Tines)last_img read more

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