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first_img‘Trigger warning’  Legal stumbling blocks Lawyer Lu Xiaoquan noted that sexual assault is not a crime on its own in Chinese law, although specific offences are punishable — including rape, indecency and child molestation.Child molestation for example attracts up to five years’ jail, and can rise to 15 years depending on the charges.But Lu said that challenges lie in filing a case, obtaining evidence, appealing and getting justice.In recent years, China has made moves to step up protection for minors.Last October, the country proposed changes to its child protection laws, including means to address sexual abuse and bullying. Yantai police have since set up a special working group, and state broadcaster CCTV reported Monday that central government officials have sent a joint supervision team to Shandong to oversee the case.The allegations sparked outrage across China, with many sharing their own encounters with sexual assault or harassment on its Twitter-like platform Weibo, in hopes of raising awareness or effecting change.  Topics :center_img A high-profile sexual assault investigation in China has prompted many to come forward online with similar experiences of abuse in a country where it remains tough to get justice for such crimes.A prominent Chinese lawyer who sat on the board of telecoms equipment maker ZTE stepped down last week after local media reported he was being investigated for sexually assaulting his teenage foster daughter — sparking heated discussion on social media with celebrities joining in the fray.Bao Yuming’s resignation, announced by ZTE on Friday, came a day after local authorities in the eastern Shandong province’s Yantai city said they reopened a sexual assault case involving an adoptive father surnamed Bao. A 20-year-old university student surnamed Wang questioned the lack of emphasis on sexual education in China.She told AFP that when she was around six, she would often be duped into having sex with an older teenage neighbor from her village in the central Hubei province.She only truly understood what happened after watching a film at an older age.”I kept dreaming that he would look me up again… Television shows often depict those who have been raped as dirty, unable to get married and unwanted, and I never dared tell my family about it,” she said.She was among some 94,000 people who posted under the hashtag “trigger warning” on Weibo.As of Monday evening, the topic had been read 210 million times.Another student surnamed Yu said Bao’s case made her recall her own experience with harassment — she was groped twice on public transport as a schoolgirl.”I wanted to turn around to scold him but didn’t dare to,” she wrote in a Weibo post, adding that she remembered wondering if he would threaten her with a knife.She told AFP: “I am just a student with no power and hope that the people who do, or everyone’s collective strength, can truly solve the problem and make society a better place.”Celebrities also spoke up in support of minors who have been abused.Award-winning actress Zhang Ziyi said in a Weibo post Friday: “Do you know why sexual assault of minors occurs again and again? They are exposed time and again but vanish each time… Without severe punishment.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) has seen an actuarial funding valuation boost of 10 percentage points on the back of strong investment returns and falling membership.The fund saw its 2013 triennial valuation funding level reach 91%, up from 81%, with most of the improvement coming from its equity, and in particular global equity, as annual returns hit 13.5%.The £4.8bn (€5.8bn) multi-employer defined benefit (DB) fund, formed out of the Greater London Pension Fund, also acts as a third-party administrator for local authority schemes.It said it made headway with its strong focus on liability management, running several data exercises to improve its modeling of life expectancy, scratching £8m off its liabilities in stopping overpayments. Chief executive Susan Martin said: “As a public sector fund, our membership is subject to change, and we have to understand and anticipate that, and adapt our asset-liability model accordingly.”Although the fund saw its actuarial funding reach 91%, its own more conservative measure using swaps +0% leaves funding at 61%.Martin said this would require the fund’s taking a more innovative approach to bridging the funding gap, particularly with its own measure of liabilities.Over the triennial period, the LPFA built up an in-house investment team to focus on direct investments.Martin said the LPFA was also going to continue expanding its illiquid portfolio via infrastructure pooling.The fund was initially one of the founding members of the Pension Infrastructure Platform (PIP), a flagship project from the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).However, the LPFA, along with two other large UK schemes, pulled out of the pooled infrastructure project after its cost and return projections became unviable.As a result, Martin said it was now looking towards co-investments with other schemes in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).“We are doing things ourselves, but we are also talking to other LGPS colleagues about a number of co-investments, and that’s the way we see the future,” she said.The fund’s current split in investment portfolio has around 55% of assets in liquid investments, and 30% in illiquid, which it uses to provide inflation cover, while returning around 15%.It also used several hedging products to maintain its exposure to interest rate and inflation risks.“We used to have an interest-rate hedge, which we removed in February last year, and realised a profit margin of £78m,” Martin said.“Outside of the triennial period, we have put in 25.5% of funds covered by interest-rate hedges.”Last year, the LPFA also merged its two funds into one.It has previously separated its active employers from its employers with closed DB schemes, under the assumption it would aid deficit reduction.However, Martin said, by combining the funds, it would further enable the LPFA to meet its future liabilities and close the funding gap, with further investment flexibility.last_img read more

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first_imgBouwinvest REIM posted an overall return of 8.8%, including currency effects due mainly to the appreciation of the US dollar against the euro.It said committed investment currently stood at €1.1bn, with more than €600m in its Dutch portfolio and more than €500m in its fund for listed and non-listed international investments.Over the course of 2014, its international portfolio increased to €2.4bn, returning 12.5%, excluding currency effects.Investments in North America performed best, with returns of 17.3% and 23% on non-listed and listed real estate, respectively.Property in Europe and Asia-Pacific returned 9.8% and 9%.The company’s €565m Office Fund delivered 0.1%, despite a direct return of 5.7%, while its occupancy rate dropped slightly to 89.9%.It reported a 1.8% profit for its €670m Retail Fund and said the occupancy rate rose to 94.4%.Bouwinvest said the fund benefited from a “substantial” increase in Amsterdam retail assets’ value, and that it had invested €57m in the sector last year and was planning to upgrade several existing assets.The €141m Hotel Fund, returning 6.5%, was the best-performing Dutch fund.The Hotel Fund is exclusively managed for BpfBouw, for reasons of diversification.The same goes for the new Healthcare Fund, which is expecting returns of approximately 7%, according to Van Hal.He said the care sector had “enormous” growth potential as a consequence of ageing populations increasing demand for sheltered accommodation and quality care.Currently, the Healthcare Fund is developing two projects worth €25m in total and preparing four new projects worth as much as €25m each.BpfBouw has issued a €300m mandate for the care fund.In its annual report, Bouwinvest said it lost 16.7% on holdings in building plots for 5,000 residential properties following “significant” write-offs.It also confirmed that it had €700m worth of future deals in the pipeline. Bouwinvest – the real estate investment-management division of BpfBouw, the €53bn pension fund for the Dutch building sector – has made a “breakthrough” in its efforts to attract external investors. In its 2014 annual report, it confirmed that four more pension funds had committed a combined €122.5m to its €2.7bn Residential Fund, which focuses on high-end non-regulated rental housing.Last year, Rabobank’s €20bn scheme invested €50m in the Residential Fund, which reported a 3.9% return on direct investments and a 1.2% return on indirect. Dick van Hal, director at Bouwinvest, which also received an AIFMD licence last year, said: “We are now reaping the benefits of our strategy of moving away from development activities and opening up investment to external players.”last_img read more

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first_img Waterfront development could be a ‘retirement bolt hole’ State’s Kardashian Palace stripped for sale MORE: Tenants set to gain all the power 7 Sidnell Street, Geebung, Qld 4034A post-war cottage in Brisbane’s popular middle ring has sold for over half a million dollars as buyers settle in to the ‘new normal’ with online auctions.The home at 7 Sidnell Street, Geebung, sold for $507,500 in online auction, with bidders casting their offers over the phone through agents while watching proceedings live on Facebook.center_img $17k brought an old Ipswich home back to life The home was built after World War 2 which means it could potentially be demolished with council approval.Agent Penny Johnson of Ray White Ascot had listed the home on realestate.com.au for “urgent sale”.“We had five registered bidders with really strong bidding from the start,” she said. “As soon as it hit the market I had really strong interest with over 14 private inspections.”Ms Johnson said buyers had acclimatised to the new selling rules. The city skyline as seen from the block.“Nothing’s really changed except that you can’t be at the property during the auction. With the social distancing rules, it’s not business as normal, but it is business as the new normal.”All up 19 bids were made on the home, with bidding opening at $430,000 which incidentally was $25,000 higher than the owner had bought it for in 2008. The kitchen is in original condition.Prices jumped in $10,000 lots until it hit $480,000 before a $5,000 offer was made, before jumping again in 10s to half a million dollars.The auction was then put on hold while discussion were had with the owner, with the property then being declared as “on the market”. At that point 10 bids were made, rising in $1,000 and at times $500 lots before hitting $507,500 where it sold.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe owner had bought the property for $405,000 in 2008. The home was described the home as having great potential, being high on the hill, with views of the city and allowing the buyer to gain a foothold in Brisbane’s up and coming middle ring. It even still has the old rotary clothesline in the backyard.“The possibilities are endless with this three bedroom post-war highest home on 599sq m,” was how Ms Johnson listed it, “high on the hill and catching the cool breezes.”“This property has views to the city that are just magnificent and there is room to capitalise on them by extending, renovating or even completely rebuilding.”It is generally only pre-war homes that have extra protections on them to prevent demolition, meaning with council approval, the 599sq m could be the site of a brand new home if wanted.The current house was perfectly liveable though dated, with three “good sized bedrooms, a centrally located original style kitchen and two separate living areas that both have city views”.Underneath the homes was good storage space too plus two lockup garages, plus the backyard was flat. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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first_imgThe guns were now in the custody of thepolice./PN The police conducted the raid on thestrength of an arrest warrant 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. ILOILO City – Police raided a house inBarangay Ledesma, Pototan, Iloilo, leading to the recovery of unlicensed guns. A .45-caliber pistol, a .22-caliberrifle and live bullets were recovered from 61-year-old Harly Dato-on, a policereport showed. center_img Dato-on was detained in the lockup cellof the municipal police station. Judge Domingo Casiple of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 68 issued the warrant, the report added. last_img read more

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first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The best time for drivers planning to chase IMCA inaugural’s Junior National Championship to get licenses purchased and minor release forms completed is right now. “With the start of the 2020 point season coming up for much of the country in the next month, we are recommending that drivers who plan to race for Junior National Championship honors get that paperwork done as soon as possible,” IMCA President Brett Root said.  Drivers between the ages of 14 and 18 in all eight IMCA divisions compete for the Junior National Championship, with point standings to be based on the best 20 finishes in their first 40 starts.  “Instead of buying licenses and filling out minor release paperwork at their local track,” he added, “we strongly suggest those drivers contact Director of Membership and Points Virginia Lindsey (319 472-2201 or vlindsey@imca.com) to get the process started as soon as possible.” “It will be much easier for everyone involved if those drivers contact Virginia at the home office and we can get the application process completed before they start racing and ensure these races count toward the Junior National Championship,” he emphasized. “Any minor not submitting the proper forms risks those events not counting toward the point standings.”center_img “We want every driver who wants to run for the Junior National Championship to be eligible to do so and we anticipate that many of them will start the new season racing at weekly and/or special events in the next four weeks,” Root said. Scholarship funds will be paid when drivers register for their first year of higher education. To be eligible for the Junior National Championship, drivers must turn 14 by Aug. 31 and must not turn 19 before May 31. While the Junior National Champion receives a trophy, ring and jacket, top 10 drivers in point standings all earn $500 scholarships applicable toward post-high school education.last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Last season, Chelsea received £51.7m from their Champions League exploits but income from UEFA for their European campaigns this term is expected to be around £36m, a drop of £16m. The exit from the Champions League before the knockout phase was costly – income from the group was £29.5m – with only around £6m to come from the Europa League. The prize for winning the Europa League is 5million euros (£4.25m) while half that amount goes to the runner-up, plus some bonuses and TV market-share money from the earlier knock-out rounds. In their annual figures for 2011/12, Chelsea recorded a £1.8m profit but that was helped both by the Champions League final income and a £28.8m profit on transfers. Last summer Chelsea spent £32m on Eden Hazard and £25m on Oscar, both of which fees will be taken in to account for the current financial year, plus the drop in income from European football. It means that Abramovich’s club are looking at significant losses again, though perhaps not on the scale of the £67.7m and £70.9m they reported in 2011 and 2010 respectively. That loss would not necessarily make the club in breach of UEFA’s financial fair play rules, which says clubs may lose no more than £36m over the three seasons up to 2014-15. There are a number of ways of writing off losses, including any investments in stadia or training facilities, and last year’s profit will also have helped enormously. In their annual report in November, Chelsea said they believe the club is in a “strong position” to meet the FFP rules. The Stamford Bridge club made a profit last season for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era, helped by their Champions League triumph, but that is not likely to be the case for the current year even if they beat Benfica in Amsterdam. Income from the Europa League is small compared to the riches that are handed over to Champions League-winning clubs and Chelsea also splashed out heavily on transfers last summer. Instead, what is likely to reduce the level of Chelsea’s losses are the new sponsorship deals signed last year, including one with Russian energy giant Gazprom worth a reported £18 million a season. center_img Chelsea’s income from their Europa League run will barely make a dent in their expected losses for the season despite making the final.last_img read more

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first_img “We’ve certainly been very good for the last three games before this. “That’s a wonderful standard to see. “What we need to do is alleviate a little bit this pressure on ourselves, by getting the goals that can do that. “It’s tough against the likes of Tottenham, but we just need to relieve a little bit more pressure on ourselves. “What gives me confidence is we have a really good group of players. “The training ground is a really good place to be, they feel it and they are as frustrated as anybody.” Norwich travel to Aston Villa on Sunday, where victory would propel them above the Villa Park men in the Premier League table. Goal-shy striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel produced a neat intervention to steal possession and set up the move that led to Norwich’s winner against Spurs. Hughton is now hopeful his £8.5million summer signing can start to repay that hefty price tag in goals as well as graft. After scoring on his Premier League debut Van Wolfswinkel has now gone 19 Norwich games without a goal. Hughton admits if that barren run ends, his side will pull away from the relegation scrap. “It’s been difficult for Ricky, but his performance on Sunday, that’s how he started the season, where he gave us good legs up front, working the channels in behind,” said Hughton. “At times Tottenham play a high line and we felt his maybe his running ability could just get beyond them. “Every striker wants to score goals, and being out injured for three months in your first season at a new club in a new division, it’s tough. “But I’m really pleased for him, for how he went.” The Canaries edged past Tottenham 1-0 at Carrow Road on Sunday to claim just their second league win in 12 attempts. Under-fire Hughton earned himself yet another stay of execution as Norwich manager with Sunday’s win, which lifted the Canaries four points clear of the relegation zone. Chris Hughton is refusing to put a number on Norwich’s points target to survive in the Barclays Premier League for fear of setting the bar too low. Chief executive David McNally’s revelation last week Norwich would be “delinquent” not to cast around for potential managerial replacements has heaped further pressure on Hughton. The former Newcastle boss shrugged off all the stress in the wake of Sunday’s victory, then refused to pinpoint a points tally to ensure Premier League safety. “We’ve all got our own private thoughts, but you almost don’t want to start thinking that way, because nobody really knows what it will take,” said Hughton. “Sometimes it’s better to think that way, because it makes you want to go into every game making sure that you give yourself the best chance of getting the result. “As much as I can say to you that it’s about our results, of course you’re always looking at the results around you, hoping that they go well for you. “But for the one weekend they might go well for you another weekend they won’t, so we’ve got to look after our own.” Robert Snodgrass’ cool finish secured victory over Spurs, with Hughton praising his players for their upbeat and confident approach through testing times. “We all accept that we’re getting into that vital part of the season where every result seems to be a big result,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_img“If you don’t know where your onions are from, don’t eat, serve, or sell them or any food prepared with them,” the CDC said Friday.The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat onions from Thomson International Inc.That advisory applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions.Some of the onions were sold at stores including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B, under various brand names.Several companies have recalled onions and foods made with the recalled onions, including chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza and diced raw onions, including Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle.Salmonella outbreak update: Do not eat, serve, or sell onions from Thomson International, Inc., or food made with them. This includes red, white, yellow, and sweet onions. 396 illnesses in 34 states. Read more: https://t.co/1uvWO6f6cZ pic.twitter.com/PXxCvSC3RN— CDC (@CDCgov) August 1, 2020 A salmonella outbreak said to be caused by onions is reportedly expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states, including Florida.At least 85 of those infected have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC went on to explain that people should check their homes for the recalled products and throw away the affected items.“Do not eat them or try to cook the onions or other food to make it safe,” the agency added.Signs of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps lasting between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria.Those under the age of 5, those over 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.In some cases, the infection can also spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and require hospitalization.The CDC is asking anyone with symptoms of salmonella poisoning to contact a doctor, write down what they ate the week before they became sick, report the illness to the health department and communicate with health investigators about their illness.Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.last_img read more

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first_imgNove Mesto (Czech Republic): Indian sprinter Hima Das extended her sensational run by claiming her fifth gold of the month as she returned to her pet 400m competition with a season-best time of 52.09s, in Nove Mesto on Saturday. The timing is slower than her personal best of 50.79 seconds, which she managed at the Jakarta Asian Games and she also narrowly missed out on the World Championships qualifying mark of 51.80.However, it was better than the timing of 52.88 seconds, which she managed earlier in the season. It was Hima’s fifth gold medal since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, she clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2.After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds.On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 while her fourth gold came at the Tabor Athletics Meet in the same country on Wednesday.It was first competition in 400m for the 19-year-old from Assam, fondly called the ‘Dhing Express’, in the 400m event since she struggled to finish the Asian Athletics Championship in April this year because of a back issue.Meanwhile, MP Jabir also won a gold in the 400-metre hurdles race, clocking 49.66 seconds but Mohammad Anas settled for a third-place finish in the 200m with a timing of 20.95 seconds.Winning a silver was Nirmal Noah Tom in the 200m event with a timing of 46.05s. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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