HK police arrest stabbing suspect, Pence slams China’s ‘betrayal’ of 1997 deal

first_imgHong Kong police arrested a 24-year-old man at the airport early on Thursday on suspicion of stabbing and wounding an officer during a demonstration against a new national security law imposed by Beijing on the financial hub.The arrest followed protests on Wednesday in which police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people as demonstrators defied the sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent in the former British colony.There were no signs of protests on Thursday. US Vice President Mike Pence said the new law was a betrayal of the Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong’s future after it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.”The national security law that China passed and now is imposing on Hong Kong is a – it’s a betrayal of the international agreement that they signed, and ultimately it’s unacceptable to freedom-loving people around the world,” he told CNBC on Thursday.Hong Kong police posted pictures on Twitter from Wednesday’s disturbances showing on officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by “rioters holding sharp objects”. The suspects fled while bystanders offered no help, the police said.A police spokesman said the arrested man was surnamed Wong but could not confirm whether he was leaving Hong Kong or working at the airport. Media, citing unidentified sources, said the suspect was on board a Cathay Pacific flight to London due to depart just before midnight. A witness said three police vehicles drove towards a gate as a Cathay Pacific plane was preparing to take off and about 10 riot police ran up the bridge to the aircraft.The suspect held an expired British National (Overseas) passport, a special status which provides a route to citizenship, the source told the Cable TV station.Cathay Pacific did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying on Wednesday posted on Facebook that a bounty of HK$500,000 ($64,500) would be offered to anyone helping catch the fugitive.China’s parliament adopted the security law in response to protests last year triggered by fears Beijing was stifling the city’s freedoms and threatening its judicial independence, guaranteed by a “one country, two systems” formula agreed when it returned to China.Beijing denies interfering.Hong Kong and Beijing officials have said the law is vital to plug holes in national security defences exposed by the protests, pointing to the city’s failure to pass such laws by itself as required under its mini-constitution, the Basic Law.Another unfulfilled constitutional requirement for Hong Kong is to introduce universal suffrage, the protesters’ main demand.Diplomatic tension The new law punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. It will also see mainland security agencies in Hong Kong for the first time and allows extradition to the mainland for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.Ten of the arrests made on Wednesday involved violations of the new law, police said, with most of the 360 or so others involved illegal assembly and other offences.Demosisto, a pro-democracy group led by Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, disbanded on Tuesday, hours after China’s parliament passed the legislation. Prominent group member Nathan Law said on Thursday he had left the territory.”I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,” he said on Facebook. “Based on risk assessment, I shall not reveal too much about my personal whereabouts and situation now… I do not know the date of my return.”Simon Cheng, who worked for the British consulate in Hong Kong for almost two years until he fled after he said he was tortured by China’s secret police, said activists were discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to keep the flame of democracy alive.In the latest diplomatic tension over the law, China said Britain would bear all consequences for any offer to Hong Kong citizens of a path to settlement.China also denounced the United States after the US House of Representatives passed legislation that would penalise banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement the national security law in Hong Kong.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the United States “must stop advancing the bill, let alone sign it or implement” it.Democratically ruled and Chinese-claimed Taiwan advised its citizens to avoid unnecessary visits to or transit through Hong Kong, Macau or mainland China. Britain and Canada have also updated their travel advisories for Hong Kong, warning their citizens of detention risks.Apparently seeking to allay fears that judges for national security cases would be cherry-picked by Hong Kong’s unpopular, pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma said they would be appointed on the basis of judicial and professional qualities, rather than politics.Hong Kong’s independent judiciary, one of many freedoms guaranteed when it returned to Chinese rule, has long been considered key to its success as a glittering global financial hub.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mother charged with murder after fatally beating toddler over a dirty diaper

first_imgA mother from Georgia has been charged with murder after she fatally beat her toddler because he spoiled his diaper.The incident was reported Friday evening in Coweta County.Officials say they were contacted an area hospital after the child’s mother 23-year-old Trinity Pittman, brought her son into the emergency room with serious injuries that did not match up with the story she told them.According to the report, Pittman told officials that her 20-month-old son was injured after he fell off of a trampoline earlier in the day but did not take him to the hospital until he woke up from a nap and began vomiting and had trouble breathing.When investigators began questioning Pittman she then confessed that she hit the child several times because she was angry that he spoiled his diaper.She is now being held at an area jail without bond.last_img read more

Miami woman arrested for biting boyfriend’s penis

first_imgA Miami woman was arrested after biting her boyfriend’s penis “out of frustration.”Police charged 33-year-old Esperanza Gomez with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery.On Wednesday, Gomez and her boyfriend were drinking before she left the couple’s apartment and returned with a female friend, police said.The group continued to drink until the friend left the couple’s apartment.Shortly after, Gomez reportedly became enraged and accused her boyfriend of wanting to have sex with her friend.She began screaming at her boyfriend before threatening him with a knife.The boyfriend had minor injuries, including red marks and redness on his chest, police said.No other information has been released at this time.last_img read more

Florida Waitress Receives $2,000 Christmas Eve Tip

first_imgA Florida waitress who had just emptied her bank account to pay for a car repair received quite a Christmas gift from some regulars with whom she had shared her financial issues.Lynette Baio, who has worked at the Speggtacular in Clearwater for five years, says the couple left her a $2,000 check on Christmas Eve.Last month, she spent $2,000 on a car repair, and told the couple about it recently, with the holidays approaching. When they came back for dinner on Christmas Eve, they left the check as a tip, with a message that reads, “Merry Christmas and restore your savings. God bless you.”“They started to walk out and I picked it up and I was like, ‘What?’ and I started crying and he started crying and she starting crying and it was just totally amazing,” Baio says.Baio used the unexpected tip to buy gifts for family members and friends.“It’s a Christmas miracle to me,” she adds.last_img read more

Great White Sharks are Florida’s Newest Snow Birds

first_imgThere are at least five great white sharks hanging out off the coast of Florida for the winter like water-logged snow birds.A great white shark, first tagged in Nova Scotia, is now hanging out off the coast of Florida.Unama’ki, a 15-foot female weighing more than 2,000 pounds, pinged off Panama City Beach on Saturday night.Ocearch has been following Unama’ki since 2019 when crews tagged her off Scaterie Island, Nova Scotia. She’s traveled more than 2700 miles since then.Unama’ki is the biggest white shark currently pinging on the shark tracker, Ocearch said.In fact, there are five great white sharks near Key West or west of that area.They include: Nova, male, 11 feet, 6 inches, 1186 lbs. (Last ping: Feb. 4) Brunswick, male, 8 feet, 9 inches, 431 lbs. (Last ping: Jan. 27) Helena, female, 12 feet, 5 inches, 1314 lbs. (Last ping: Feb. 1) Ironbound, male, 21 feet, 4 inches, 994 lbs. (Last ping, Jan. 5)You can track the sharks using the Ocearch Shark Tracker.last_img read more