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Hong Kong government critic Jimmy Lai returns to court

first_imgHONG KONG (AP) — Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper founder Jimmy Lai has returned to court to contest an attempt by the government to keep him in jail while facing charges under a sweeping new national security law. No verdict was announced following the hearing Monday and Lai remains in custody. Lai was sent to the Court of Final Appeal in a prison van and entered through an inflatable tunnel as journalists sought to capture the scene. Lai was arrested last month in a sweep against pro-democracy activists accused over their involvement in 2019 anti-government protests. Lai was first refused bail, but released on appeal, leading to attacks on Hong Kong’s judiciary by the ruling Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily.last_img read more

Renovated home on tiny block sells for multi-million dollar price

Inside the stunning home at 39 Cochrane St, Paddington.Paddington has seen a major renovating trend, with mum and dad investors especially keen to undertake block splitting, with many blocks in the area sitting around 405sq m. Mr Argent said block size had not fazed buyers at all given the suburb’s proximity to the CBD.Before this sale, the most expensive 405 sqm block sale price recorded in Paddington was $2.05m at 34 Wilden St in March last year, while 43 Wilden St sold for $2.2m in 2013. Three other properties sold between $2.1-2.15m at 43 Prince St, 96 Howard St and 107 Howard St in 2011. The Cochran St property was a Paddington cottage that was extensively renovated. 39 Cochrane St Paddington Brisbane before and after shots of this renovated home for saleA STUNNING renovation project has become the most expensive home sold in Paddington so far this year.The home at 39 Cochrane St went under contract for more than $2.5 million after four days on the market.At that price the 405sq m block was also the smallest residential property to fetch a price tag above $2.5 million in the suburb. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201939 Cochrane St, Paddington.Paddington hit the million-dollar median mark this year, according to CoreLogic data.The home, which was expected to settle on July 12, tapped into a rising market for finished inner-city homes, according to agent Daniel Argent of Urban Property Agents.It was part of “a growing trend among buyers towards smaller blocks as they look for a low-maintenance lifestyle”, with the hottest properties being renovated homes that combined indoor-outdoor living styles. read more

Betty J. (Music) Updike, 90, of Brookville

first_imgBetty J. (Music) Updike, 90, of Brookville, Indiana, passed away at her residence July 10, 2020 surrounded by her family. Betty was born June 17, 1930 in Preble County, Ohio, to Benjamin and Virginia (Wood) Music. She graduated from Reily High School and later married Leroy Updike December 7, 1950 in Connersville, IndianaFormally, a hairdresser in her younger days, Betty was also the school cook for over 29 years at Mt. Carmel and Springfield schools. Betty was a devoted member of the Reily Presbyterian Church, the Springfield Home Ec Club, and the church’s Women’s Society.Betty was famously known for her delicious homemade pies and cooking loved by her family and friends. Additionally, Betty enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens and more than anything, spending time with her family and friends.Those surviving who will cherish Betty’s memory include her loving husband of almost 70 years, Leroy Updike; daughter, Connie (Bill) Southerland of Brookville; step-grandson, Tony Bruns of Arizona, several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Beverly Huls, and Jill Hofer Bruns; a sister, Helen Overholt, and two brothers, Robert and William Music.Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, July 15 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Tom Ramsey will officiate the funeral service on Thursday at 10 a.m. at Reily Presbyterian Church, Peoria Reily Road, Oxford.  Pall bearers are Bobby Beckett, Charlie Beckett, Dick Crawford, Dallas Dorrel, Kenny Dorrel, Mike Egbert, Chuck Music, Greg Skinner and Kenny Stone. Honorary bearers are Bill Southerland and Dustin Dorrel. Burial will follow in College Corner Cemetery.* All attending are encouraged to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing protocol.  If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Reily Presbyterian Church.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Betty Updike.last_img read more

Zak: Big Ten dumps girl next door for shot at prom queen

first_imgWith the announcement that the Big Ten will no longer play FCS schools, Wisconsin loses team\’s like Northern Iowa from its schedule in the future. The lone FCS school the Badgers will play in 2013 is Tennessee Tech.[/media-credit]In the world of athletic directors, the phrase “no news is good news” generally runs pretty true. If the head of the athletic department doesn’t have to set up a press conference and make an announcement, that usually means the department is sailing smoothly on open waters.The tides are easily maneuvered when coaches aren’t leaving, schools aren’t swapping conferences and alumni are donating what is considered “at least” enough. That is, until a Biele-monster tsunami comes crashing in.Although he didn’t hold a press conference, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez broke some news Tuesday evening, and contrary to the recent years of controversial Big Ten announcements, this news was great news.Alvarez announced Tuesday evening to WIBA-AM on his monthly radio show that the administrators of the now 14 schools constituting the Big Ten will no longer schedule football games against FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) opponents, the lesser-known, next-best version to the FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) of college football.After years of asking the neighbor girl to prom because, well, they had been friends for the longest time and both proximity and congeniality made her a great date, the Big Ten has finally decided to at least extend a worthy chase after the prom queen.The conference will now pursue that hot date by scheduling nonconference games solely against the current assemblage of 125 FBS teams. Frankly, the move could not have come at a better time.New entrants Maryland and Rutgers are on their way in and, besides sending a message to the nation, the Big Ten also made a statement to their easterly competitors of now and the future.Leave those cupcakes at your East Coast bakeries; we don’t want them here.The Big Ten is doing what it can to repair its image after a frightful season that witnessed an 8-5 team advance to the Rose Bowl and a week where zero teams were ranked in the Coaches Poll.At one point in 2012, the Big Ten, once an absolute pillar of tradition and success, was the laughing stock of the nation, a nation now currently known as the extended homeland of the SEC, which just happens to house a few other conferences.The word dominance doesn’t do justice. The last seven national championships, the top recruiting classes and the best coaches in college football all reside in the SEC. The best high school football players come from the southeastern region of the nation, by no surprise. Put simply, the SEC has become the measuring stick by which college football is defined.That single conference owns all the bragging rights, and as the little brother to the SEC over the past few years, the Big Ten doesn’t think it’s very fair.The chance to play against higher quality opponents should open the door a little wider for little brother. What was a sliver of light will soon become a crack, simply from a stronger schedule, or at least that’s the hope.Even if the scheduling decision doesn’t bring immediate effects in the form of crystal footballs, the Big Ten is jumping onto a wider, brighter stage. Games with bigger schools and bigger conferences will only bring prominence to a conference that, as of late, has slightly lost its grasp over a one-time hefty piece of the college football pie.But like most moves in collegiate athletics, this scheduling decision will not be a cut-and-dry regulation put in place tomorrow afternoon, this weekend or even next month. Football scheduling takes place years in advance and, at the moment, many Big Ten teams have FCS opponents scheduled through the next few seasons.Wisconsin, for one, has a game with FCS-opponent Tennessee Tech slotted for Sept. 7. Multiple other schools in the conference also must wait a few years to fully wipe the FCS from their schedules, so the easier prom date isn’t going away right now, but it’s getting kicked out of the Big Ten’s way. And that’s totally fine.Ask senior running back James White if he would rather earn a pair of touchdowns in a hard-fought game against Missouri or run for 200 yards and three scores in three quarters against Missouri State.Ask head coach Gary Andersen if he would like to showcase his new program against greater competition in an early-season game televised on ESPN.Ask your roommate if they would love to help Camp Randall reach its max in decibels after another Kenzel Doe punt return kills off an eventual upset.Hell, it even makes my job easier, because covering a Wisconsin-Arizona State one-point stalemate is far more enjoyable and exciting than a 70-3 drubbing of Austin Peay.So, at the outset, the decision looks almost flawless. Greater exposure, better reputation and superior competition seem like near-absolute byproducts. It’s a shame we’ve been waiting this long.Sean is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do you think the new scheduling decision will benefit the Big Ten? Let him know with an email to [email protected] or with a tweet to @sean_zak.last_img read more