Japan to ease COVID-19 entry curbs on foreigners with resident visas: NHK

August 20, 2020

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to ease its COVID-19 entry restrictions on foreign nationals with resident visas from next month, public broadcaster NHK reported, after an outcry over the emotional and economic hardship that the measures are inflicting.

Re-entry will be permitted for visa holders including permanent residents and exchange students on condition that they undergo testing for the coronavirus and quarantine for 14 days, the same policy that now applies to Japanese citizens re-entering the country, NHK reported on Friday.

(Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

Global stocks, dollar rise with U.S. economic data

Global stocks, dollar rise with U.S. economic dataA jump in U.S. business activity and home sales helped push global equities and the dollar higher on Friday, counteracting earlier stock declines in Europe. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 hit record highs and the dollar broke an eight-week losing streak, gaining as weaker economic data in Europe weighed on the single currency. The fresh impetus came from a preliminary purchasing managers’ survey that showed U.S. business activity in August snapped back to the highest level since early 2019, data firm IHS Markit said.

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Android 11 phones will summon Android Auto wirelessly, no need to pull out your device – The Verge

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Featured at DNC: Convicted murderer and rapist

A video at the Democratic National Convention counted a convicted rapist-murderer as one of “America’s most impactful leaders.”

Donna Hylton delivered the line “promote the general welfare” in a montage of people reciting the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, reported American Thinker columnist Grant Baker.

Hylton was convicted for the kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of a 62-year-old Long Island real estate broker in 1986, Baker pointed out.

He noted that on Wednesday, reporters “bristled” after President Trump refused to disavow QAnon, the online conspiracy group that accuses the Democratic Party of shielding rapists and pedophiles for political purposes.

“This makes the choice to include Hylton alongside Joe Biden ill-timed and highlights the recent pattern of Democratic groups brushing off rape allegations and even convictions,” Baker wrote.

“Before receiving accolades for her work as an ‘impactful community leader,’ Donna Hylton and her gang of prostitutes had drugged real estate broker Thomas Vigliarolo, brought him to their Harlem apartment, and subjected him to a three week torture session which included starvation, beatings, burnings, and various forms of sexual torture leading to a gruesome murder,” he said.

“Hylton had raped Vigliarolo with a three-foot metal rod, later laughing it off, quipping ‘he was a homo anyway.’ Hylton had demanded ransom from the victim’s friend, planning on spending her cut on professional photos to launch a career in modeling. She was paroled in 2012, having served 26 years in prison.”

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Out of prison, Hylton soon became a Democratic activist and joined the Coalition for Woman Prisoners, which calls for the early release of prisoners.

She took part in the Women’s March in Washington.

Baker noted that her activism has resulted in a book deal, and a movie deal is in the works.


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At least 2 people have died fighting raging wildfires in Northern California

At least 2 people have died fighting raging wildfires in Northern CaliforniaAt least two people died on Wednesday while helping fight wildfires that are burning out of control in Northern California, officials said Thursday.NBC Bay Area reports that a Pacific Gas and Electric worker died while assisting firefighters battling the LNU Lightning Complex fires, a massive blaze that is actually several fires connected together in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, and Solano counties. A second man died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed as he dropped water on the Hills fire in the San Joaquin Valley. He worked for a private company contracted by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.There are more than 367 fires burning in the state, with many sparked by dry lightning strikes. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday said the state is “experiencing fires the likes of which we haven’t seen in many, many years,” and the state’s resources are stretched thin.The LNU Lightning Complex fires have destroyed more than 100 structures and are threatening more than 30,000 more, fire officials said Thursday. It is zero percent contained, with 587 firefighters on the scene.More stories from theweek.com 5 bitingly funny cartoons about the Democratic National Convention A confused Kirsten Dunst asks Kanye West why he put her on his campaign poster Joe Biden’s incomparable presidential odyssey

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‘I have no idea’: Trump baffled when questioned about ‘culture of lawlessness’ surrounding him

‘I have no idea’: Trump baffled when questioned about ‘culture of lawlessness’ surrounding himPresident Donald Trump appeared baffled when questioned why he is surrounded by a “culture of lawlessness” following the arrest of another one of his close associates.On Thursday Mr Trump was quizzed on his reaction to the arrest of his former advisor Steve Bannon, who was indicted the same day on conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering while raising money for a campaign to build the US-Mexico border wall.

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‘No apologies whatsoever!’ Chicago mayor defends ban on protests in HER neighborhood, vows to do anything to protect home & family

Progressive Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has insisted that a ban on demonstrations in her neighborhood is necessary to ward off any threats to her family, despite vocal support for citizens’ right to peacefully protest elsewhere.

The Chicago Police Department has ordered officers to bar protesters from Lightfoot’s Logan Square neighborhood and arrest any who refuse to leave, the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday, citing a recently surfaced police directive from July. Though the progressive Democrat mayor has frequently applauded “peaceful protests,” she argues the ban is needed for her own safety. 

“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis – on a daily basis – understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot told reporters when asked about the directive, though declined to outline any examples.

I’m not going to make any excuses for the fact that, given the threats I have personally received, given the threats to my home and my family, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they’re protected. I make no apologies whatsoever for that.

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Since a wave of mass demonstrations kicked off after the death of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement in Minneapolis, crowds of activists have gathered outside Lightfoot’s home on several occasions to protest police brutality and department funding. Following one event in late July that drew hundreds to the neighborhood, however, police have largely kept demonstrators away, apparently enforcing the CPD directive.

Through the weeks of unrest – which in Chicago has frequently descended into riots and looting – Lightfoot has vacillated between support and vocal condemnation of protesters. In a leaked recording of a conference call with city officials published in June, the mayor said Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez was “full of sh*t” when he voiced concerns about violent protests reaching residential neighborhoods. Yet just one day prior, the mayor issued a harsh statement slamming protests that had “devolved into criminal conduct,” saying some activists showed up “armed for all-out battle” with police, though she has continued to encourage “peaceful” demonstrations since.

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The order banning protests on Lightfoot’s block makes no distinction between peaceful and violent protest, however, saying the neighborhood “should be locked down” and that officers should immediately call for back-up at the first sign of a gathering. But despite a constant police presence around the mayor’s home, no arrests have been made on her block since the order was issued earlier this summer, with only two “public peace” violations reported there since July 21, according to city statistics cited by the Tribune.

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Trump blames California for wildfires, tells state 'you gotta clean your floors' – POLITICO

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Apple Accidentally Leaks Surprise New iPhone 12 Release – Forbes

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Chinese students in Australia head home as coronavirus upends study

August 20, 2020

By Swati Pandey and Loren Elliott

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Just a few months after arriving in Sydney for a planned two-year stay, university students Maggie Zhang and boyfriend Sunny Gu sat down to make a “pros and cons” list about life in Australia.

The list was very quickly unbalanced. On the positive side, staying to complete their Masters in Commerce at the University of Sydney would keep the couple, who had met in Australia, together.

Weighing down the other side of the equation was a host of negatives, almost all spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Their classes had moved online, making study harder and less interactive, many friends had already returned home and the relatively high cost of living in Sydney was biting.

“We really wanted to stay so it was a difficult decision to make,” Zhang told Reuters as she packed her suitcase on her final day in Australia this month.

The pair are part of an exodus from Australia of international students, the bulk of whom are from China, that is worrying officials in a country which boasts education as its fourth biggest export.

With Australia already sliding into its worst recession in almost a century, education leaders expect the disappearance of international students to cost billions of dollars. Data on how many international students have left the country this year is not yet available, but anecdotal evidence on departures and data on new enrolments paints a worrying picture.

New enrolments of international students, who generally make up about 20% of all university students in Australia, grew by an average of 10% over the past two years.

But growth in the first six months of this year was negligible as Australia closed its borders in March to all foreigners because of the pandemic.

The slowdown in foreign student enrolments mean Australian universities are facing a revenue hit of between A$3.1 billion and A$4.8 billion (£1.7 – £2.6 billion) this year alone, Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia, told Reuters.

New enrolments from China fell 8% in the first half of the year, compared with a gain of 4% across 2019, according to government data.

Further darkening the prospects for Australian universities, Beijing recently urged students going overseas to think carefully before choosing Australia, citing a spate of racist incidents targeting Asians during the pandemic.

The warning came after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in April told foreign students to go back to their home countries if they were unable to make ends meet during the pandemic, adding they weren’t entitled to any welfare payments.

Zhang and Gu, who met in a class tutorial last year, said the resulting diplomatic tensions weren’t a factor in their decision, which centred instead on isolation and its impact on their social life as well as studies.

“It’s a little bit frustrating (to) not participate in real life classes,” Zhang told Reuters while packing. “You can’t really talk with the professor or meet new friends. Of course, the tutorials are all online. It doesn’t have a feeling of participation. It’s not like school, I think.”

Shiyu Bao, who graduated from the University of Sydney in July with a degree in Public Relations, is desperately looking for permanent work before her student visa expires in September.

“It’s a race against time,” she told Reuters this month at an inner city cafe.

“A majority of my friends have gone back home but I really want to stay here,” said Bao, who is working part-time at a student organisation. “I have polished my resume and have applied for a few jobs but I’ve had no success so far. I’m willing to do even unpaid internships as long as I get to stay here.”

Zhang and Gu plan to return to Australia next year for their final semester if face-to-face classes resume.

“Online classes have lost the real meaning of studying abroad,” Gu said via WeChat this week from Guangzhou, where he is in two-week quarantine with Zhang before she returns to her hometown of Wuhan.

“I definitely hope everything will be normal in 2021. My family and I are looking forward to coming back for my graduation ceremony.

(Reporting by Swati Pandey and Loren Elliott; editing by Jane Wardell)