Google reviewed all requests for user data and pushed back on “overly broad ones” to protect the privacy of users, it added.The Washington Post newspaper reported earlier on Friday that Google would stop responding directly to data requests from Hong Kong authorities, implying the company would now treat Hong Kong effectively the same as mainland China in such dealings.The national security law has drawn criticism from the administration of US President Donald Trump and further raised US-China tensions after Washington’s decision to end the former British colony’s special status under US law.Read also: Over 2,500 games removed from Apple’s China App Store after loophole shuts: Data firmGoogle notified Hong Kong police on Thursday that it would direct officials to pursue any requests for data through a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the United States, which involves routing through the US Justice Department, the Washington Post reported.In July, Facebook Inc, Google and Twitter Inc suspended processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong.Tech companies have long operated freely in Hong Kong, a financial hub where internet access has been unaffected by the firewall imposed in mainland China, which blocks Google, Twitter and Facebook.Topics : Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Friday it would no longer provide data in response to requests from Hong Kong authorities following the enactment of a new national security law imposed by China.The US tech giant had not produced any data since the sweeping new law took force in June and would not directly respond to such requests henceforth, it added.”As always, authorities outside the US may seek data needed for criminal investigations through diplomatic procedures,” Google said in an emailed statement.
BY ROSSEA LEDESMA Through science, the institution aims to replenish their numbers in the wild and promote a healthier environment where the sandfish are grown. Production of sandfish, from the hatchery to the farm, is being optimized at one of the leading institutions in sandfish research – the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) based in Tigbauan, Iloilo. Aside from their economic value, sandfish also play an important role in keeping the marine environment healthy. Sandfish regularly bury into the sediments every day from late afternoon until the early morning, as documented in a study by SEAFDEC/AQD sandfish expert Dr. Jon Altamirano and his team published in Fisheries Research in 2017. This “plowing” behavior helps mix available nutrients and oxygenate the sediments. Thankfully, sandfish is among the easiest to propagate of the tropical sea cucumbers because of established hatchery production techniques; thus, providing hope to alleviate the threat to their numbers in the wild. Because of these environment-friendly behaviors, sandfish and other sea cucumbers are often referred to as the earthworms of the sea. Because of the high demand for these expensive invertebrates, their natural population have drastically decreased in the recent decades. These creatures live in shallow sand flats and seagrass beds where gleaners can easily pick them up from among their close relatives, the starfishes and sea urchins. SANDFISH, or Holothuria scabra, is one of the most threatened tropical sea cucumbers because of its high price, reaching up to $1,600 per kilogram (approximately P80,800) when processed and dried into trepang or beche-de-mer which are used in exotic Asian cuisine and medicinal products. Sandfish also feed by grazing on the surface of the sediments, ingesting everything that can fit through its mouth – from small animals and plants, decaying matter, and even bacteria and sand particles. In effect, they re-work and transform all these materials in their gut and discharged as “useful” feces. The release of sandfish, which began in 2015, was part of SEAFDEC/AQD’s successful community-based sea ranching project which also released abalone beginning 2011 after years of social preparation. Just off the shores of Molocaboc Island in Sagay, Negros Occidental, overharvesting reduced stocks to a mere three sandfish per hectare prior to 2015. That number has grown by fortyfold since SEAFDEC/AQD released hatchery-grown sandfish in the area in 2015. A buried sandfish emerging to feed at the sea ranch site in Molocaboc Island, Sagay City, Negros Occidental. JP ALTAMIRANO A box of dried sea cucumbers sold at a store in Hong Kong for HK$4,280. JP ALTAMIRANO In another research published in 2012 by SEAFDEC/AQD’s visiting scientist Dr. Satoshi Watanabe and his team, sandfish juveniles in tanks grew much better when fed with detritus (organic matter from decomposing plants and animals) and shrimp feces collected from tiger shrimp culture ponds. Studies like this show that sandfish may also potentially help minimize wastes accumulation in some aquaculture systems./PN
“When the furlough scheme and the discussions around player salaries and taking pay cuts arose, my feeling was that was opportunistic on the part of government and actually very cynical,” Professor Simon Chadwick, Director of Eurasian Sport at Emlyon business school told AFP.“Within weeks the government had flipped again and suddenly this is important for national well-being, social cohesion and national identity, providing a diversion from the pandemic.“This was the government using football to achieve its own ends, rather than of football itself, or fans and the population.”– Mass audiences –Attention from politicians was certainly not welcomed by players, particularly as they set up a fund to generate funds for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).Hancock was accused of “deflecting” underfunding of the NHS by Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, while Newcastle’s Danny Rose said players’ health was being put at risk to boost the national mood.However, the pressure from government for free-to-air matches could yet have long-lasting benefits for the English top-flight.For the first time since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, the BBC will show four live games before the end of the season.Amazon and a Sky freeview channel will also bring more live games to a wider audience.Cricket and golf are among the sports to have suffered consequences of disappearing behind a paywall in the UK.“It is important that as many people as possible can access our games,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.By being beamed back to the masses on its return, the Premier League could ensure absence makes the heart grow fonder and increase its already massive following.Share on: WhatsApp premier leagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The green light for the Premier League’s return owes much to a political will for the national game to lift spirits in the country hardest hit by coronavirus in Europe.Suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain passed 50,000 according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week.Restrictions on personal freedoms remain in place, while plans to reopen schools to all pupils in England have been shelved until September.Yet, on Wednesday, Premier League stars will return to live action with the government revelling in its role to ensure 33 of the remaining 92 games of the season will be shown on free-to-air platforms.Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament last month that the return of live sport to television “could provide a much-needed boost to national morale”.On the day June 17 was set as the date for the Premier League’s return, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Sport, said football had a “special place in our national life.”– Furlough fury –However, the Premier League has not enjoyed such political backing throughout the course of the pandemic.In the early weeks of April as clubs scrambled to respond to a sudden drop in revenue, Liverpool and Tottenham were among the top-flight teams that signalled their intent to use the government’s furlough scheme for non-playing staff.The scheme, designed to protect jobs once lockdowns are lifted, has seen the government cover the cost of 80 percent of wages up to a maximum of 2,500 ($3,100) a month per employee.Yet, the sight of last season’s two Champions League finalists using tax payers’ money without cutting the wages of players provoked a furious reaction.Conservative MP Julian Knight accused the Premier League of a “moral vacuum.”At a daily news briefing at the height of the crisis, even Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Premier League players to “take a pay cut and play their part”.Both clubs bowed to the public pressure and quickly reversed their decision to use the scheme.
Stephen East (Moortown, Yorkshire), recently crowned English Seniors champion, is one of four new caps in the England team for the European Seniors Team Championship to be played at Sierra Golf Club in Poland on 2nd – 6th September. The other three are Clive Jones (Toulouse, France), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland) and Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire, IoW & CI). Completing the six-man team is Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O). East (image © Leaderboard Photography) has enjoyed remarkable success in his first year as a senior golfer. He won the English title at Matfen Hall in Northumberland in June which followed his victory in the Spanish Seniors at La Manga. Since then he hasn’t looked back, finishing runner-up in the British, Irish and Scottish Seniors and fourth in the European Seniors. All this follows a successful career in golf in which he was a stalwart for Yorkshire while he also won the English Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy three times, the European, British, Portuguese and Yorkshire Mid Amateur titles. Jones, another in his first year as a senior, has lived in France for the past 20 years after moving from Sussex. He won this year’s European Seniors title against a strong field, including East, by a shot in Spain in June and had two good round in the British. McLure, 56, is another enjoying success at a new level after a highly productive amateur career which included winning the Lytham Trophy. He is a former winner of the French Mid Amateur and three times the Durham Match Play champion when a member of Whickham. In the senior ranks last year, he won the Seniors County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa, finished second in the Welsh Seniors and third in the Scottish, while this year he again finished runner-up in Wales and equal third in the British Seniors. Mew, 61, has also enjoyed a distinguished amateur record, particularly in his home county of Hampshire. Again, the senior rank has opened a new career. He won the Senior County Champions Tournament in 2012 and this year has finished second in the Scottish Seniors, eighth in the European Seniors and 15th in the British. Latham, 56, was the man to beat last year when he became a senior. A stalwart of Hertfordshire golf for many years and then Lincolnshire, he had a meteoric rise through the senior ranks, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in last year’s European Seniors Team Championships. Although he hasn’t tasted victory this year, Latham finished fourth in defence of his English Seniors at Matfen Hall, sixth in the Scottish Seniors and equal 20th in the British. He was also selected in the GB&I team for the Concession Cup against the USA in Florida. Stracey, 60, is a former winner of the Irish and Welsh Seniors and was also selected for the Concession Cup. A senior international since 2009, he finished joint runner-up in this year’s English Seniors, equal fourth in the Welsh Seniors and tied eighth in the British Seniors. England has not won the European Team title since 2010 at Fairhaven. Last year in Hungary the team finished third. 22 Aug 2014 Senior champion East among four new caps in England team for Europeans