(WASHINGTON) #Coronavirus Business Report: U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring: The nation has now recovered roughly one-third of the 22 million jobs it lost to the #pandemic recession #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport – July.02: And with confirmed coronavirus cases spiking across the Sun Belt states, a range of evidence suggests that a job market recovery may be stalling: In those states and elsewhere, some restaurants, bars and other retailers that had re-opened are being forced to close again.The re-closings are keeping layoffs elevated:

#Coronavirus Employment Report: US Adds 4.8-million jobs in June and unemployment rate fell to 11.1% as jobs market improves for 2nd month according to FactSet:

The number of Americans who sought unemployment benefits barely fell last week to 1.47 million: Though that weekly figure has declined steadily since peaking in late March, it’s still more than double the pre-pandemic peak set in 1982: And the total number of people receiving jobless aid remains at a sizeable 19 million.

California has re-closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining across most of the state: Florida has also re-closed bars and beaches. Texas has reversed some of its efforts to reopen its economy.

New York has paused its plans to allow indoor dining.Credit and debit card data tracked by JPMorgan Chase show that consumers reduced their spending last week after having increased it steadily in late April and May: The reversal has occurred both in states that have reported surges in COVID-19 and in less affected states, said Jesse Edgerton, an economist at J.P. Morgan.Nationwide, card spending fell nearly 13% last week compared with a year ago: That’s worse than the previous week, when year-over-year card spending had fallen just under 10%.And Kronos, which produces time management software, has found that in the past two weeks, growth in the number of shifts worked has slowed in the Southeast and is now rising at just half the rate of the Northeast.“The pace of recovery is starting to slow,” said Dave Gilbertson, an executive at Kronos. “We are expecting to see more of a plateauing over the next couple of months.”Thursday’s jobs report is based on data gathered in the second week of June, which helps explain why the figures reflect an improving trend.

Last week’s plateau in work shifts will instead affect the July jobs figures, to be released in early August: McDonald’s has paused its reopening efforts nationwide, and Apple says it will re-close 30 more of its U.S. stores, on top of 47 that it had already shut down for a second time.Economists have long warned that the economic benefits of allowing businesses to reopen would prove short-lived if the virus wasn’t brought under control.

Until most Americans feel confident enough to dine out, travel, shop or congregate in groups without fear of infection, restaurants, hotels and retailers will lack enough customer demand to justify rehiring all their previous workers: Still, some bright spots in the economy have emerged in recent weeks. Manufacturers expanded in June after three months of shrinking, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group, said Wednesday.

New orders are flowing in, and factories are adding more jobs, the ISM said.And record-low mortgage rates are encouraging more home buyers: Purchases of new homes rose sharply in May. And a measure of signed contracts to buy existing homes soared by a record amount, a sign that sales should rebound after falling for three straight months according to data provider FactSet:

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(USA) #Coronavirus Report: Newport Beach City Council voted that the cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach will close their shores on Fourth of July, officials announced Wednesday in an emergency meeting and will commence at 22:00hrs on July.03: and reopen at 06:00am on July.05: #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.02: Previously, the city had said it would keep its beaches open for regular hours during the holiday weekend but would not allow professional fireworks displays, street parades or festivals: The Huntington Beach City Council also held an emergency meeting Wednesday evening and voted 6 to 1 to shut access to their shores, including Huntington, Sunset and Harbour beaches, as well as all parking lots on July.04: Both cities gave authority to their city managers to decide whether to close the beaches on July.03: and July.05: as well, if deemed necessary:

#Coronavirus Report: Newport Beach City Council vote in favour of the closure of three cities beaches on July.04: at an emergency meeting: KTLA.Com/

KTLA https://bitly.com/31FSstI

Seal Beach shores, the pier, pier restrooms, playgrounds and volleyball courts will also close at 10 p.m: Friday and are set to reopen at sunrise Sunday.“However, if it is believed the reopening will be detrimental to the health of the community, the City may elect to keep these areas closed until further notice,” the Seal Beach Police Department said in a written statement.

The decisions come after Orange County health officials ordered all bars to close Wednesday, after the county reported its highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases and a spike in hospitalisations: There were 570 new cases and five deaths reported countywide Wednesday, bringing the total to 14,413 reported cases and 345 deaths.Nearby Laguna Beach announced Tuesday it would close its beaches on July 4th, with the option to extend to July 5th, in an effort to curb spread of the novel coronavirus.

Los Angeles and Ventura counties also shuttered shores for the holiday weekend: Also on Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Orange County and 18 others to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, cardrooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums. Newport Beach reopened its beaches for active recreation in early May, a week after Newsom ordered all Orange County shores to close to the public to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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(LIMA, Peru.) #Coronavirus Report: Lockdown lifted after 106-days as long-lines formed at bus stops, food markets and shopping centers in the capital Wednesday as people left their homes en masse to go to work as #COVID19 lockdown ended in many parts of the country but with warning that 400-cases were still being reported daily #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.02: For the first time in months, food vendors offered breakfasts for 50 cents from street carts covered in clear plastic in Lima’s historic centre: Vendors hawked face shields and disinfectants outside crowded public markets……………………..City workers cleaned statues with jets of water.“God always accompanies me,” said 73-year-old newspaper deliverer Segundina Lolo when asked if she feared the virus with infection rates in the country still high and scientists warning against ending three months of strict stay-at-home orders too soon:

#Coronavirus Report: Lockdown lifted after 106-days in Peru as long-lines-formed outside shops and markets with warning that 400-new-cases per day are still being reported:

Peru has been hit hard by the coronavirus and is still reporting 400 new confirmed cases a day: Until recently it had been following international advice on dealing with the pandemic but the measures didn’t stop one of the world’s worst outbreaks: The Andean country is also facing one of the worst econonic forecasts, with the World Bank projecting a 12% drop in GDP in 2020:

The 106-day lockdown devastated Peru’s economy, causing thousands of businesses to go under and unemployment to soar: Many of the jobless and poor turned to selling goods in the street to survive despite the stay-at-home orders. An estimated 70% of Peru’s work force is employed in the informal economy.President Martin Vizcarra said the goal of easing the lockdown is to “reactivate the economy” and generate jobs.

Shopping centers reopened a week ago.Vizcarra said if the virus returns in force “the most severe measure would be to resume quarantine, but it would be the last option.”Lockdown measures have been lifted in Lima and other parts of the country where authorities say the rate of virus transmission is decreasing: But tough measures will remain in place in seven regions in central Peru where infections are on the rise.

Health Minister Víctor Zamora told the newspaper La República the lockdown that began March 16 saved 145,000 lives and prevented more than a million hospitalizations.“It would have been a real massacre without quarantine,” Zamora said.With more than 285,000 confirmed infections, Peru has the seventh highest case count in the world……………………It has reported 9,677 deaths from #COVID19 , the disease that can be caused by the coronavirus:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: LAPD REPORT: City leaders voted 12-2 Wednesday to slash the budget by $150 mi llion, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America’s reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: About two-thirds of the funding was earmarked for police overtime and will be used to provide services and programs for communities of colour, including a youth summer jobs program: The City Council’s 12-2 vote will drop the number of officers from 9,988 as of last month to 9,757 by next summer, abandoning a goal of 10,000 officers touted by political leaders and only reached in 2013:

LAPD Report: City leaders vote 12-2 in favour of budget cut to police officers of $150-million on Wednesday LAT.Com/

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-30/lausd-unified-budget-school-police-reopening

“This is a step forward, supporting minority communities in ways in which they deserve — with respect, dignity and an even playing field,” Councilman Curren Price said: It’s a big change in the nation’s second largest city, where the 1992 acquittal of white officers in the beating of black driver Rodney King set off violent unrest that has been compared to the chaos during some protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.Other cities around the country also have cut police budgets or are moving to do so, including an effort in Minneapolis to disband the city’s force. New York City lawmakers approved an austere budget Wednesday that will shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services in the coming year.

In California, liberal Berkeley passed a budget Wednesday that cuts $9.2 million from police, while Oakland leaders last week slashed $14.6 million from law enforcement and they are considering steeper reductions: The Los Angeles vote reduces the LAPD’s nearly $2 billion budget. Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti had proposed increasing it in April to help preserve the staffing level of 10,000 officers before facing intense pushback after Floyd’s death invigorated a nationwide campaign to “defund” police.

There was no immediate comment from the LAPD: However, Police Chief Michel Moore tweeted Wednesday night that “we remain as resolved as ever to the conversation around reform, and continuing to walk forward together.”“The success of the city’s future is grounded in bridging the divide, and we will never stop working to do just that,” he wrote.In a statement last month, Moore had said the cut would require “a top-to-bottom assessment, including how we go about our most basic operations” and said the department already had begun to identify potential cost savings and service reductions.

The move comes a day after the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District voted to immediately cut its school police budget by a third: The $70 million budget for the force of more than 470 officers will be reduced by about $25 million and the money dedicated to “support African American student achievement to the extent of the law,” according to the resolution.Some 65 officers will be laid off and nearly 40 vacant positions won’t be filled, Police Chief Todd Chamberlain told the school board. He resigned Wednesday…………………..The school board also called for officers to give up their uniforms and patrol off campus

Board President Richard Vladovic opposed the move on safety grounds, urging a delay.“We’re walking right into this without knowing where we’re going, and how we’re going to get there,” Vladovic said: Mass protests nationwide have demanded shrinking or eliminating police departments, with activists saying police disproportionately arrest Black people and are seen as repressive figures rather than protectors in communities of color.“We need to rethink what it is that makes people safer and makes communities stronger,” the City Council resolution said. “We cannot just look at the police in isolation. There is no doubt that communities of colour suffer disproportionately from negative interactions………

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: LAPD REPORT: Police are investigating a fatal stabbing at a Metro train station in downtown LA Thursday morning: The incident was reported at the Pico Station located in the 1200 block of Flower Street #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: Video from the scene showed investigators standing on the train tracks near a canopy: A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed one person was killed in a stabbing: No information about the victim has been released:

The Pico Station serves the Los Angeles Metro Rail systems A (Blue) and E (Expo) lines.Trains were not stopping at the Pico Station as a result of the investigation, Metro tweeted.A/E LINE (BLUE/EXPO): Trains SKIP Pico Station due to police activity. pic.twitter.com/4ULanh6YgB— LA Metro Rider Alerts (@metrolaalerts) July 2, 2020: https://bitly.com/3f5uiMY

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(LONDON) NCA Operation Venetic Report: Organised Encrypted Crime Group EncroChat Dismantled with 746-Arrests , 77-firearms, 2-tonnes-of-drugs and £54-million in cash so far and there were 60,000 users worldwide a nd around 10,000 users in the UK – the sole use was for coordinating and planning the distribution o f illicit commodities, money laundering and plotting to kill rival criminals #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: UK law enforcement has made a massive breakthrough in the fight against serious and organised crime after the takedown of a bespoke encrypted global communication service used exclusively by criminals: EncroChat was one of the largest providers of encrypted communications and offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service, but an international law enforcement team cracked the company’s encryption…………………..There were 60,000 users worldwide and around 10,000 users in the UK – the sole use was for coordinating and planning the distribution of illicit commodities, money laundering and plotting to kill rival criminals:

NCA & National Police Force Report: Smashing thousands of criminal conspiracies after infiltration on encrypted communication platform EncroChat in UK’s biggest ever law enforcement operation leading to 746-arrests, firearms and £54-million:

Operation Venetic - NCA officers breaking door down

Since 2016, the National Crime Agency has been working with international law enforcement agencies to target EncroChat and other encrypted criminal communication platforms by sharing technical expertise and intelligence: Two months ago this collaboration resulted in partners in France and the Netherlands infiltrating the platform……………….The data harvested was shared via Europol……………………Unbeknown to users the NCA and the police have been monitoring their every move since then under Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response…………Simultaneously, European law enforcement agencies have also been targeting organised crime groups……………….The EncroChat servers have now been shut down:

Operation Venetic is the biggest and most significant operation of its kind in the UK:

Operation Venetic arrests infographic - 746 suspects arrested

The NCA, Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) and police forces have punched huge holes in the UK organised crime network so far by arresting 746 suspects and seizing:

  • Over £54million in criminal cash
  • 77 firearms, including an AK47 assault rifle, sub machine guns, handguns, four grenades, and over 1,800 rounds of ammunition
  • More than two tonnes of Class A and B drugs
  • Over 28 million Etizolam pills (street Valium) from an illicit laboratory
  • 55 high value cars, and 73 luxury watches

In addition, a specialist NCA team, working closely with policing partners, has prevented rival gangs carrying out kidnappings and executions on the UK’s streets by successfully mitigating over 200 threats to life: Organised crime groups in the UK have been using EncroChat, communicating freely believing the technology made them secure. The criminal group behind EncroChat operated from outside the UK.

On 13 June EncroChat realised the platform had been penetrated and sent a message to its users urging them to throw away their handsets: The phones – which have pre-loaded apps for instant messaging, the ability to make VOIP calls and a kill code which wipes them remotely – have no other conventional smart phone functionality and cost around £1,500 for a six-month contract.

And recent messages from some of the UK handsets included:

  • “This year the police are winning.”
  • “NCA as u know well are sophisticated and relentless.”
  • “If NCA then we have a big problem.”
  • “The police are having a field day.”

The NCA created the technology and specialist data exploitation capabilities required to process the EncroChat data, and help identify and locate offenders by analysing millions of messages and hundreds of thousands of images: Intelligence packages were disseminated to NCA operational teams, ROCUs, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Police Scotland, Metropolitan Police, Border Force, the Prison Service, and HMRC to develop and launch investigations. The highest-harm organised crime groups were prioritised, with officers working tirelessly to attribute the handles to real world identities:

The Crown Prosecution Service is leading all the Operation Venetic prosecutions:

NCA Director of Investigations Nikki Holland, said: “The infiltration of this command and control communication platform for the UK’s criminal marketplace is like having an inside person in every top organised crime group in the country: “This is the broadest and deepest ever UK operation into serious organised crime……………“The NCA is proud to have led the UK part of this operation, working in partnership with policing and other agencies. The results have been outstanding but this is just the start…………..“A dedicated team of over 500 NCA officers has been working on Operation Venetic night and day, and thousands more across policing. And it’s all been made possible because of superb work with our international partners…………….“Together we’ve protected the public by arresting middle-tier criminals and the kingpins, the so-called iconic untouchables who have evaded law enforcement for years, and now we have the evidence to prosecute them…………“The NCA plays a key role in international efforts to combat encrypted comms. I’d say to any criminal who uses an encrypted phone, you should be very, very worried.”

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for serious organised crime, Chief Constable Steve Jupp, said: “This unique operation has specifically focussed on those thought to be involved in the highest levels of organised crime and drugs supply across the UK: “I want to emphasise that this work is the culmination of meticulous planning to tackle the most serious and organised crimes groups that have been working in our communities………………..“Serious organised crime is complex but working together with our Regional Organised Crimes Units and the National Crime Agency we have achieved an unparalleled victory against the kingpin criminals whose criminal activity and violence intimidates and exploits the most vulnerable………..“By dismantling these groups, we have saved countless lives and protected communities across the UK…………..“Every UK police force has worked together to carry out these warrants, and I’m extremely proud of their hard work and determination which doesn’t stop here…………………“This sort of activity is just one aspect of our continued fight to tackle serious and organised crime. I hope this sends a clear message to the public of our determination to rid communities of this sort of criminalisation.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “This operation demonstrates that criminals will not get away with using encrypted devices to plot vile crimes under the radar: “The NCA’s relentless targeting of these gangs has helped to keep us all safe. I congratulate them and law enforcement partners on this significant achievement……….“I will continue working closely with the NCA and others to tackle the use of such devices – giving them the resources, powers and tools they need to keep our country safe.”

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(NEW HAMPSHIRE) JUST IN: Jeffrey Epstein Report: Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday morning by the FBI in connection with the investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter: The six charges include enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and two counts of perjury #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: Maxwell was taken into custody and is expected to appear in court later Thursday, the source said: Maxwell, the longtime friend of Epstein, has been under investigation for facilitating Epstein’s recruitment of young girls and women. Maxwell has been named in multiple lawsuits by women who said they have been abused by Epstein.Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing:

Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI on Thursday morning: KTLA & BBC News reports

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005Getty ImagesJeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in New York in 2005

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, an ex-girlfriend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, is facing charges in the US after being arrested by the FBI: The six charges include enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and two counts of perjury.

She was reportedly arrested in New Hampshire and is due in federal court later: She has denied any involvement in or knowledge of Epstein’s alleged sexual misconduct:

Epstein died in prison on 10 August as he awaited, without the chance of bail, his trial on sex trafficking charges: He was arrested last year in New York following allegations that he was running a network of underage girls – some as young as 14 – for sex. His death was determined to be suicide.

What are the charges?

She is charged with conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity; and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity: There are also two counts of perjury. The charge sheet says she “repeatedly lied when questioned about her conduct, including in relation to some of the minor victims”.

What is the background?

Some of Epstein’s alleged victims say Ms Maxwell brought them into his circle to be sexually abused by him and his friends: One of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, has accused Ms Maxwell of recruiting her as a masseuse to the financier at the age of 15……….Details of that allegation against Ms Maxwell emerged in documents unsealed by a US judge last August in a 2015 defamation case………..Other women have also made allegations that Ms Maxwell was involved. One, Sarah Ransome, told the BBC’s Panorama that Ms Maxwell “controlled the girls. She was like the Madam”.

Ms Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing:

Earlier this year Ms Maxwell sued Epstein’s estate seeking reimbursementfor legal fees and security costs. She “receives regular threats to her life and safety”, court documents in that case said.

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?

Ms Maxwell is the daughter of late British media mogul Robert Maxwell: A well-connected socialite, she is said to have introduced Epstein to many of her wealthy and powerful friends, including Bill Clinton and the Duke of York (who was accused in the court papers of touching a woman at Jeffrey Epstein’s US home, although the court subsequently struck out allegations against the duke)…………….Buckingham Palace has said that “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”…………..Ms Maxwell has mostly been out of public view since 2016: In a BBC interview last year, the Duke of York said he had met up with Ms Maxwell last year, before Epstein was arrested and charged.

However they did not discuss Epstein, he said:

Last month a US prosecutor said Prince Andrew had “sought to falsely portray himself” as eager to cooperate with the inquiry into Epstein.

US attorney Geoffrey Berman said Prince Andrew had “repeatedly declined our request” to schedule an interview…………..The duke’s lawyers previously rejected claims he had not co-operated, saying he offered to help three times…………………..Prince Andrew stepped away from royal duties last year after an interview he gave to the BBC about his relationship with Epstein.

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(BOSTON, Mass.) Operation Predator Report: Arrest and charge on Wednesday of man on July.01: in receipt and possession of ‘ child pornography ‘ after a joint investigation by ICE/HSI/FBI/and the Bourn e, Massachusetts, Police Department #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, and the Bourne, Massachusetts, Police Department: Bryan C. Mileikis, 33, of Bourne, Massachusetts, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Mileikis made an initial appearance via videoconference in federal court July.01:

Predator Report: Massachusetts man charged with child pornography offences on July.01:

According to the charging documents, on June 11, 2019, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Mileikis’ home and seized an iPhone belonging to Mileikis: A forensic examination of the phone revealed images and videos depicting child pornography.

The charge of receipt of child pornography provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of $250,000: The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form: Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196………………..Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

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(LONDON) MET REPORT: Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a five-year-old girl in Mitcham on Tues.30:June: after officers were called to an incident and found her with knife wounds together with two other people injured: Post Mortem still to be carried out formally and police ask for anyone with any information to come forward #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: While formal identification has not yet taken place, investigating officers are confident the victim is Sayagi Sivanantham: Police were called to an address on Monarch Parade in Mitcham at 16:00hrs on Tuesday, 30 June to a report of two people injured: Officers attended and found a woman and a girl suffering from knife wounds……………..Sayagi was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service where she was subsequently pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course………..A 35-year-old woman had also suffered a knife injury……….She was also taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition at this time……………Officers remain in attendance at the hospital…………Sayagi’s next of kin are aware and are being supported by specially trained officers……………..It is believed that all parties involved were known to each other………………Although no formal arrest has been made, at this early stage, police are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident………………Enquiries into the circumstances continue to be led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide)

MET Report: Murder investigation launched after death of five-year-old girl from Mitcham who suffered knife wounds and sadly died:

Detective Chief Inspector Justin Howick said: “This is a tragic incident and we are working very hard to fully understand what has happened. Whilst I know the effects of this incident will, understandably, shock and sadden the local community, please be reassured that we are not seeking anyone else in connection with Sayagi’s death and there is no cause for the community to be fearful or alarmed: “I would like to hear from anyone who feels they may have information that could assist our investigation.”

Superintendent Richard Smith, from the Met’s South West Command Unit, said:
“Today a family are grieving for their little girl, and we are doing everything we can to support them. This terrible incident has left a family distraught and the local community in shock. I would like to pay tribute to the police officers and ambulance service colleagues who responded to this frightening situation and thank them for working so hard to try and save Sayagi. She will remain in our thoughts.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD5109/30JUN. They can also call the incident room on 0208 785 8244…………..To give information 100% anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

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(LONDON) MET Latest Report: Detectives investigating the murders of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in Wembley have arrested and charged an 18yr-old-man on Wed.01: and will appear in court on July.02: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: Danyal Hussein, 18 (10.05.02), of Guy Barnett Grove, SE3 will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 2 July) charged with: Hussein was arrested at his home address in the early hours of Wednesday, 1 July and subsequently charged as above:

= the murder of Bibaa Henry;
= the murder of Nicole Smallman;
= possession of an offensive weapon.

This follows an investigation by homicide detectives from Specialist Crime. Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) are investigating, with the assistance of officers from the North West Command Unit: The 18-year-old was arrested at an address in south London on suspicion of both murders. He was taken into custody where he remains:

Met Report: Arrest made in Wembley over double murder investigation and will appear in court on July.02:

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, who is leading the investigation at Specialist Crime, said: “This investigation into the awful death of two sisters is of course a priority for the MPS and my officers have been working around the clock to identify the person responsible: “Given the significance of this development, we visited the family in person today to inform them of the arrest. Our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time…………..“A team of forensic officers have been a constant presence at the park over the last few weeks carrying out meticulous fingertip searches at what is a vast and complex crime scene. Whilst that work has now concluded, smaller searches in outer areas of the park will continue. To date officers have recovered more than 1,000 exhibits – including property belonging to both Nicole and Bibaa, collected hours of CCTV and visited hundreds of homes and businesses. And those enquiries remain ongoing…………“I would continue to appeal to the public to come forward with any information they feel may be relevant to our investigation.”

North West BCU Commander Roy Smith said: “I would like to thank the local community for their support both with the investigation and the police activity at and around the scene. I know that colleagues from across the Met have been working tirelessly on this investigation. My officers will remain on patrol in the local area providing continued reassurance – please do stop and speak with them if you have any questions or concerns”………..Police were called to Fryent Park, off Slough Lane, at 13:08hrs on Sunday, 7 June to a report of two women found unresponsive…………Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and they were pronounced dead at the scene…………They were sisters, Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, who lived in Harrow and Brent respectively……….Enquiries established that they died in the early hours of Saturday, 6 June………..A post-mortem examination conducted on Tuesday, 9 June gave the cause of death for both women as stab wounds.

Bibaa and Nicole were stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday, 6 June at Fryent Park, off Slough Lane, where they had spent the evening celebrating Bibaa’s 46th birthday: Police were called to the park at 13:08hrs on Sunday, 7 June to a report of two women found unresponsive………….Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and they were pronounced dead at the scene………………They were sisters, Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, who lived in Harrow and Brent respectively…………….A post-mortem examination conducted on Tuesday, 9 June gave the cause of death for both women as stab wounds………………Nicole and Bibaa were in a group of people who congregated in the park from around 19:40hrs on Friday, 5 June to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday.

Gradually people are believed to have left throughout the evening; by around 00:30hrs only Nicole and Bibaa remained: The last contact they are believed to have had with family and friends was at 01:05hrs. They were in good spirits and taking selfie pictures, listening to music and dancing with fairy lights until at least 01:13hrs. Calls to the victims at around 02:30hrs went unanswered: Both Nicole and Bibaa were reported as missing to police late on Saturday, 6 June when they did not return home; before they were discovered on Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4205, via 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 3160/7Jun. Alternatively information can be provided online via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS19Z02-PO1. We also have access to interpreters who can assist if English is not your first language: Information can be provided with 100 per cent anonymity to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: July.02: 2020:

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#AceSecurityReport Mobile phones are vulnerable because of 2G that allows eavesdropping and spoofing and does not allow users to switch it off but using encrypted messaging can alleviate the problem #AceSecurityDesk report

#AceSecurityReport – July.02: Security researchers have been talking about the vulnerabilities in 2G for years. 2G technology, which at one point underpinned the entire cellular communications network, is widely known to be vulnerable to eavesdropping and spoofing. But even though its insecurities are well-known and it has quickly become archaic, many people still rely on it as the main mobile technology, especially in rural areas: Even as carriers start rolling out the fifth generation of mobile communications, known as 5G, 2G technology is still supported by modern smartphones: The manufacturers of operating systems for smartphones (e.g. Apple, Google, and Samsung) are in the perfect position to solve this problem by allowing users to switch off 2G:

Your Phone Is Vulnerable Because of 2G, But it Doesn’t Have to Be by Utilising Encrypted Messaging Services Such as Telegram that has Double Encryption or Signal Recommended by EFF.Org/

2G is the second generation of mobile communications, created in 1991: It’s an old technology that at the time did not consider certain risk scenarios to protect its users. As years have gone, many vulnerabilities have been discovered in 2G and it’s companion SS7.

The primary problem with 2G stems from two facts: First, it uses weak encryption between the tower and device that can be cracked in real time by an attacker to intercept calls or text messages. In fact, the attacker can do this passively without ever transmitting a single packet. The second problem with 2G is that there is no authentication of the tower to the phone, which means that anyone can seamlessly impersonate a real 2G tower and your phone will never be the wiser.

Cell-site simulators sometimes work this way: They can exploit security flaws in 2G in order to intercept your communications. Even though many of the security flaws in 2G have been fixed in 4G, more advanced cell-site simulators can take advantage of remaining flaws to downgrade your connection to 2G, making your phone susceptible to the above attacks. This makes every user vulnerable—from journalists and activists to medical professionals, government officials, and law enforcement.

How do we fix it?

3G, 4G, and 5G deployments fix the worst vulnerabilities in 2G that allow for cell-site simulators to eavesdrop on SMS text messages and phone calls (though there are still some vulnerabilities left to fix Unfortunately, many people worldwide still depend on 2G networks. Therefore, brand-new, top-of-the-line phones on the market today—such as Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and the iPhone 11—still support 2G technology……………..And the vast majority of these smartphones don’t give users any way to switch off 2G support…………….That means these modern 3G and 4G phones are still vulnerable to being downgraded to 2G.

The simplest solution for users is to use encrypted messaging such as Signal whenever possible: But a better solution would be to be able to switch 2G off entirely so the connection can’t be downgraded. Unfortunately, this is not an option in iPhones or most Android Phones.

Apple, Google, and Samsung should allow users to choose to switch 2G off in order to better protect ourselves: Ideally, smartphone OS makers would block 2G by default and allow users to turn it back on if they need it for connectivity in a remote area: Either way, with this simple action, Apple, Google, and Samsung could protect millions of their users from the worst harms of cell-site simulators.

#AceSecurityDesk report …………….Published: July.02: 2020:

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(BEIJING, China.) JUST IN: #HINI Swine Flu Study Report: A new strain of the virus is spreading silently in workers on pig farms and should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another #pandemic, a tea m of scientists says in a new study #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.02: A new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus is spreading silently in workers on pig farms in China and should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic, a team of scientists says in a new study: H1N1 is highly transmissible and spread around the world in 2009, killing about 285,000 people and morphing into seasonal flu:


Organic Consumers Association News Headlines: https://bitly.com/2CRyK3N
The newer strain, known as G4 EA H1N1, has been common on China’s pig farms since 2016 and replicates efficiently in human airways, according to the study published Monday: So far, it has infected some people without causing disease, but health experts fear that could change without warning.

#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: July.02: 2020:

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: Gunmen killed at least 24 people at a drug rehabilitation facility in the central cit y of Irapuato, police said on Wednesday, in what was a second attack in just a month underlining the governm ent’s challenge in fulfilling its pledge to stop gang violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: Police in the city in Guanajuato state said the unidentified attackers also shot and wounded seven people in what was the second attack at an Irapuato rehab centre in the past month: Photos from the scene shared by police with reporters showed at least 11 prone and bloodied bodies in a room:

Gunmen attack Mexican drug rehab center killing 24 on Wednesday Reuters reports

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Police said in a statement that three of the wounded were in grave condition, and that the facility was not formally registered: Social media videos following the incident showed ambulances on site and several dozen people described as relatives of the victims clustered on the street.

‘ Guanajuato’s Attorney General Carlos Zamarripa said he had designated a specialized team to investigate the killing, which he called a “cowardly criminal act,” while Governor Diego Sinhue called for a joint effort from federal and state authorities to tackle violence: The attack was one of the worst mass slayings since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office 19 months ago pledging to reduce record levels of violence………But homicides hit a new record last year and are trending higher still in 2020. ……….Guanajuato, a major carmaking hub, has become one of the principal flashpoints of criminal violence in Mexico, ravaged by a turf war between the local Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel ‘

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.02: 2020: Reuters: Reporting by Dave Graham, Uriel Sanchez, Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo; Editing by Grant McCool, Robert Birsel

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(WASHINGTON) Press Release Statement: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Revocation of Hong Kong Special Status #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.02: With the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of new security measures on Hong Kong, the risk that sensitive U.S. technology will be diverted to the People’s Liberation Army or Ministry of State Security has increased, all while undermining the territory’s autonomy. Those are risks the U.S. refuses to accept and have resulted in the revocation of Hong Kong’s special status:

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Revocation of Hong Kong Special Status

Monday, June 29, 2020: ⇒ Suspension of License Exceptions for Hong Kong

Commerce Department regulations affording preferential treatment to Hong Kong over China, including the availability of export license exceptions, are suspended:

Further actions to eliminate differential treatment are also being evaluated: We urge Beijing to immediately reverse course and fulfill the promises it has made to the people of Hong Kong and the world.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: July.02: 2020:

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(CALIFORNIA) JUST IN: Gas tax climbed 50.5 cents a gallon as another increase went into effect on Wednesday: The state’s excise tax rose 3.2 cents per gallon, bringing the total to 50.5 cents. Including feder al and other taxes, motorists are paying 79 cents in taxes per gallon at the pump — the highest in t he nation, according to the American Petroleum Institute #AceFinanceDesk report

#AceFinanceReport- July.01: After the latest spike, California’s gas tax is double the national average of 25 cents, API reported.The state’s excise tax has been steadily rising almost every year thanks to Senate Bill 1, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in April 2017: It increased 12 cents on Nov. 1, 2017, and then another 5.6 cents on July 1, 2019: The taxes and fees are expected to raise more than $5 billion in revenue annually to help pay for transportation costs such as road maintenance and repairs: In addition, SB 1 imposes a $100 vehicle registration fee on zero-emissions vehicles starting Wednesday:

Four other states — Illinois, Nebraska, South Carolina and Virginia — also enacted an increase on state gas taxes on July 1, according to fuel pricing website GasBuddy.com.“Increasing gas taxes is not uncommon. What makes this year different is what the coronavirus has done to the economy,” a blog post on GasBuddy.com read. “Many are questioning the timing of these increases given that millions of people have lost their jobs. This especially rings true in California, the state with the highest gas taxes causing the Golden State to be the priciest place to fill up.”While California typically has the most expensive gasoline in the country, that dubious distinction now goes to Hawaii, which — as of Wednesday — had an average of $3.21 a gallon, according to AAA.

The Golden State’s gas prices were the second highest in the country, at an average of $3.07: Even with the new tax tacked on, prices at the pump are still well below what they were one year ago, when a gallon of regular unleaded averaged $3.75.

That’s true across the country ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, which will see the cheapest gas prices across since 2004: “While gasoline demand has continued to rebound, there is anxiety about the recent surge in new coronavirus cases in the U.S., and that could prevent gas prices from seeing a continued rebound. However, we’re currently in the midst of the lowest summer gas prices we’ve seen in some 15 years,” Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.com., said in a blog post.

Still, gasoline costs overall have started to climb again after prices plummeted across the U.S. due to declining demand that began as states instituted stay-at-home orders back in March to deal with the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic: By early May, California’s average hit $2.74 before prices began a steady climb again.

#AceNewsDesk reports, [Jul 1, 2020 at 18:31] via KTLA https://t.me/acenewsgroup/1020399

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) #Coronavirus Report: Gov.Newsom Halts Testing citing costs after it launched a multimillion-dollar state initiative in April to bring #COVID19 testing to the people and places with the least access such as rural towns and disadvantaged inner-city neighbourhoods according to LA Times #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.01: California is now halting its expansion, citing costs, even as the state is getting walloped by record-setting spikes in new infections and double-digit increases in hospitalisations.The state will no longer fund new testing sites, despite pleas from counties for additional assistance — and it has closed some locations and moved them elsewhere. It also has threatened to pull testing out of under-utilised sites, according to nearly two dozen interviews with county public health officials:

While it’s early in the process, some winners and losers have emerged: El Dorado County, east of Sacramento, lost its testing site in the town of Shingle Springs in June because it couldn’t fill enough appointment slots, while Fresno County gained a site that had been pulled from elsewhere, said its health officer, Dr. Rais Vohra: Read the full story on: LATimes.com

#AceNewsDesk reports, [Jul 1, 2020 at 15:44] https://t.me/acenewsgroup/1020395

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) JUST IN: Police will stop making public the mug shots of people who have been arrest ed online, unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereot ypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.01: San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online: The policy takes effect Wednesday…………………….Booking photos are taken when someone is arrested………..They are often made public whether or not the person is prosecuted for the alleged crime, which undermines the presumption of innocence and helps perpetuate stereotypes:

KTLA: https://bitly.com/38jXtJR

Jack Glaser, a public policy professor at the University of California Berkeley who researches racial stereotyping and whose work Scott consulted, said data shows Black people who are arrested are more likely to have their cases dismissed by prosecutors: But the mug shots live on.Numerous websites post photos of mug shots online, regardless of whether anyone was convicted of a crime, and then charge a fee to those who want their photo taken down.

The phenomenon prompted California’s attorney general to charge one of the biggest operators with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft: That contributes to Americans making an unfair association between people of color and crime, Scott said.“This is just one small step but we hope this will be something that others might consider doing as well,” he said,Large cities like Los Angeles and New York already have policies against releasing booking photos but make exceptions.

For example, the New York Police Department, the nation’s largest, releases information on arrests but doesn’t put out mug shots unless investigators believe that will prompt more witnesses to come forward or aid in finding a suspect: In San Francisco, the only exceptions will be if a crime suspect poses a threat or if officers need help locating a suspect or an at-risk person, Scott said…………Under the policy, the release of photos or information on a person who is arrested will also require approval from the police department’s public relations team:

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(USA) EFF REPORT: Visa applicants to the US are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories and as of May:2019 they are required to register their ‘ Social Media Accounts ‘ with government: State Dept Says Approx 14.7-Million People Will be Affected by this New Policy Each Year #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.01: Visa applicants to the United States are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories. And as of May 2019, they are required to register their social media accounts with the U.S. government: According to the State Department, approximately 14.7 million people will be affected by this new policy each year:

Special thanks to legal intern Rachel Sommers, who was the lead author of this post.

EFF recently filed an amicus brief in Doc Society v. Pompeo, a case challenging this “Registration Requirement” under the First Amendment. The plaintiffs in the case, two U.S.-based documentary film organizations that regularly collaborate with non-U.S. filmmakers and other international partners, argue that the Registration Requirement violates the expressive and associational rights of both their non-U.S.-based and U.S.-based members and partners. After the government filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, we filed our brief in district court in support of the plaintiffs’ opposition to dismissal:

In our brief, we argue that the Registration Requirement invades privacy and chills free speech and association of both visa applicants and those in their social networks, including U.S. persons, despite the fact that the policy targets only publicly available information: This is amplified by the staggering number of social media users affected and the vast amounts of personal information they publicly share—both intentionally and unintentionally—on their social media accounts.

Social media profiles paint alarmingly detailed pictures of their users’ personal lives. By monitoring applicants’ social media profiles, the government can obtain information that it otherwise would not have access to through the visa application process: For example, visa applicants are not required to disclose their political views. However, applicants might choose to post their beliefs on their social media profiles. Those seeking to conceal such information might still be exposed by comments and tags made by other users. And due to the complex interactions of social media networks, studies have shown that personal information about users such as sexual orientation can reliably be inferred even when the user doesn’t expressly share that information. Although consular officers might be instructed to ignore this information, it is not unreasonable to fear that it might influence their decisions anyway:

Just as other users’ online activity can reveal information about visa applicants, so too can visa applicants’ online activity reveal information about other users, including U.S. persons: For example, if a visa applicant tags another user in a political rant or posts photographs of themselves and the other user at a political rally, government officials might correctly infer that the other user shares the applicant’s political beliefs. In fact, one study demonstrated that it is possible to accurately predict personal information about those who do not use any form of social media based solely on personal information and contact lists shared by those who do. The government’s surveillance of visa applicants’ social media profiles thus facilitates the surveillance of millions—if not billions—more people.

Because social media users have privacy interests in their public social media profiles, government surveillance of digital content risks chilling free speech: If visa applicants know that the government can glean vast amounts of personal information about them from their profiles—or that their anonymous or pseudonymous accounts can be linked to their real-world identities—they will be inclined to engage in self-censorship. Many will likely curtail or alter their behavior online—or even disengage from social media altogether. Importantly, because of the interconnected nature of social media, these chilling effects extend to those in visa applicants’ social networks, including U.S. persons.

Studies confirm these chilling effects. Citizen Lab found that 62 percent of survey respondents would be less likely to “speak or write about certain topics online” if they knew that the government was engaged in online surveillance: A Pew Research Center survey found that 34 percent of its survey respondents who were aware of the online surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden had taken at least one step to shield their information from the government, including using social media less often, uninstalling certain apps, and avoiding the use of certain terms in their digital communications.

One might be tempted to argue that concerned applicants can simply set their accounts to private: Some users choose to share their personal information—including their names, locations, photographs, relationships, interests, and opinions—with the public writ large. But others do so unintentionally. Given the difficulties associated with navigating privacy settings within and across platforms and the fact that privacy settings often change without warning, there is good reason to believe that many users publicly share more personal information than they think they do. Moreover, some applicants might fear that setting their accounts to private will negatively impact their applications. Others—especially those using social media anonymously or pseudonymously—might be loath to maximize their privacy settings because they use their platforms with the specific intention of reaching large audiences.

These chilling effects are further strengthened by the broad scope of the Registration Requirement, which allows the government to continue surveilling applicants’ social media profiles once the application process is over: Personal information obtained from those profiles can also be collected and stored in government databases for decades. And that information can be shared with other domestic and foreign governmental entities, as well as current and prospective employers and other third parties. It is no wonder, then, that social media users might severely limit or change the way they use social media.

Secrecy should not be a prerequisite for privacy—and the review and collection by the government of personal information that is clearly outside the scope of the visa application process creates unwarranted chilling effects on both visa applicants and their social media associates, including U.S. persons. We hope that the D.C. district court denies the government’s motion to dismiss the case and ultimately strikes down the Registration Requirement as unconstitutional under the First Amendment…..

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published July 01, 2020 at 12:59AM

(KASHMIR) JUST IN: At least one Indian soldier killed and one civilian when terrorists attacked a convoy in Sopore area on Wednesday morning at a road opening party held by ‘ Central Reserve Police Force ‘ at a checkpoint #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.01: At least one soldier and a civilian were killed and three other security personnel were injured after a group of terrorists attacked a convoy in the Sopore area of Kashmir on Wednesday morning: According to a senior paramilitary forces official, the terrorists had attacked a road opening party held by the Central Reserve Police Force while they were placing a checkpoint along with Jammu and Kashmir police personnel on the Sopore Bypass highway:

Terrorists Kill Indian Soldier and Civilian Bystander in Kashmir Attack Sputnik.Com/

“We lost one Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and a civilian. Three other CRPF personnel have been shifted to hospital for treatment. They are said to be in critical condition,” Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said:

The area has been sealed off and a search operation was launched soon after the attack, he added. Indian Army officials and police have also reached the spot: “Our officials have rescued a three year old boy, whose lost his father (the civilian) in the attack. They had come out to fetch milk in the morning, when the attack took place,” Singh added.

Over the last few weeks, security forces and terrorists have been involved in several gun fights throughout Jammu and Kashmir: According to official data, more than 130 terrorists have been killed so far this year.

In another incident, one terrorist was killed in a failed infiltration bid in Keri Area along the Line of Control early in the morning: Sources said a group of terrorists was spotted 400 metres inside the Indian side of the Line of Control. “The group was fired upon, and one was killed: An AK-47 with two magazines was recovered,” army sources said.

India and Pakistan have been accusing each other of sponsoring terrorism – and both have denied these allegations: On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan accused India of being behind the Monday Karachi Stock Market attack, in which three people were killed: However, India categorically rejected the allegation and rejected the statement as “absurd”.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: July.01: 2020:

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(HONG KONG) JUST IN: Beijing’s New National Security Law Report: Police make their first arrest of a protestor carrying a ‘ flag calling for independence ‘ after the law was introduced on Tues day HK Police said on Facebook that over 30-people were arrested but these are unconfirmed #AceNewsDesk repo rt

#AceNewsReport – July.01: The man was arrested after police had issued multiple warnings to the crowd at a protest in the city’s Causeway Bay shopping district that they might be in violation of the law, according to a police statement on Twitter: Details of the arrest were not immediately available: Hong Kong police said on Facebook they had arrested over 30 people on various charges, from unlawful assembly to the violation of the national security law: After CHINA PASSES HONG KONG SECURITY LAW AMID GLOBAL OPPOSITION on Tuesday: The law’s passage Tuesday further blurs the distinction between the legal systems of semi-autonomous Hong Kong, which maintained aspects of British law after the 1997 handover, and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Critics say the law effectively ends the “one country, two systems” framework under which Hong Kong was promised a high degree of autonomy.

The law directly targets some of the actions of anti-government protesters last year, which included attacks on government offices and police stations, damage to subway stations, and the shutdown of the city’s international airport: Acts of vandalism against government facilities or public transit can be prosecuted as subversion or terrorism, while anyone taking part in activities deemed as secessionist would also be in violation of the new law:

Hong Kong police make arrests under new security law

The law makes secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities illegal, as well as foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs

Associated PressPublished 55 mins ago

Photo: May James/HKFP.

Hong Kong security law: 180 arrests, tear gas, pepper balls and water cannon as protesters ignore police ban: https://t.me/hongkongfp/11377
Hong Kong Free Press, [Jul 1, 2020 at 13:20] https://hongkongfp.com/2020/07/01/hong-kong-security-law-180-arrests-tear-gas-pepper-balls-and-water-cannon-as-protesters-ignore-police-ban/

#PoliceState – A female driver bursts into tears when being intercepted and her car driven away by riot police: Around 13:30 today (July 1), police blocked off the road from Great George Street to Victoria Park………….In the meantime, a black car drove through the police cordon line without stopping…………………The car was later intercepted and the female driver being yanked outside the car for inquiry.

Looked utterly flustered, the driver queried riot police, “Who are you all? How can you do these to people?” She was then dragged to the other side of the car to open the trunk for further police investigation……………..She later burst into tear and begged riot police to return her belongings, as she saw her car being driven away by an officer:

Source: Sing the Press
#Jul1 #HKProtest #NationalSecurityLaw
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/23138
📡Guardians of Hong Kong, [Jul 1, 2020 at 12:47]
19:32 | #CausewayBay
Police fired pepper balls continuously and wielded baton at reporters outside Times Square. Many reporters on site felt sick after having exposed to the pepperspray.

Source: Hang Seng University SU Editorial Board

#Jul1 #1July #PoliceState #FailedState #NationalSecurityLaw
https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/23140
📡Guardians of Hong Kong, [Jul 1, 2020 at 12:56]
Police Disperse by Attacking Reporters with Pepperspray and Pepper Balls

The law, imposed by China after last year’s anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous territory, took effect Tuesday at 11 p.m. (1500 GMT) The law makes secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities illegal, as well as foreign intervention in the city’s internal affairs. Any person taking part in secessionist activities, such as shouting slogans or holding up banners and flags urging for the city’s independence, is in violation of the law regardless of whether violence is used.

Police spray pepper spray towards protesters in Causeway Bay during the annual handover march in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just one day after China enacted a nationwide lockdown on protestors: The most serious offenders, such as those deemed to be masterminds behind the crimes, could receive a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. Lesser offenders could receive jail terms of up to three years, short-term detention or restriction.

Hong Kong’s leader strongly endorsed the new law in her speech marking Wednesday’s 23rd anniversary of the territory’s handover from colonial Britain: “The enactment of the national law is regarded as the most significant development in the relationship between the central authorities and the HKSAR since Hong Kong’s return to the motherland,” chief executive Carrie Lam said in a speech, following a flag raising ceremony and the playing of China’s national anthem: “It is also an essential and timely decision for restoring stability in Hong Kong,” she said: A pro-democracy political party, The League of Social Democrats, organised a protest march during the flag-raising ceremony. About a dozen participants chanted slogans echoing demands from protesters last year for political reform and an investigation into accusation of police abuse:

A reporter is helped by police and others after being with sprayed pepper spray in Causeway Bay before the annual handover march in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July. 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just: Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said in a news conference that the new law did not abide by rule of law and was a dire warning to the free press: “This would tell you that they want not just to get us, but to intimidate us into inaction, into a catatonic state,” Mo said: As CHINA TO IMPOSE VISA RESTRICTIONS ON US INDIVIDUALS OVER HONG KONG

Hong Kong’s police force had said they would consider as illegal any flag or banner raised by protesters deemed to be promoting Hong Kong’s separation from China or expressing support for independence for Tibet, Xinjiang and the self-governing island democracy of Taiwan that China claims as its own: Police will use a new purple flag to warn protesters if they display banners or shout slogans that may constitute a crime under the law and could be arrested and prosecuted for violating it.

Concerns have also been raised over the fate of key opposition figures, some of whom have already been charged for taking part in protests, as well as the disqualification of candidates for the Legislative Council elections scheduled for September: Schools, social groups, media outlets, websites and others unspecified will be monitored and their national security awareness will be raised, according to the law’s text, while China’s central government will have authority over the activities of foreign non-governmental organisations and media outlets in Hong Kong: It says central government bodies in Hong Kong will take over in “complicated cases” and when there is a serious threat to national security. Local authorities are barred from interfering with central government bodies operating in Hong Kong while they are carrying out their duties, according to the text.

Photo: May James/HKFP.

‘ Police set up parameter line to control movements of protesters during a protest in Causeway Bay before the annual handover march in Hong Kong, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Hong Kong marked the 23rd anniversary of its handover to China in 1997, and just as the legislation was mandated under Hong Kong’s local constitution but an earlier attempt to pass it in the city’s legislative body in 2003 was shelved in the face of massive public opposition. Having lost patience, Beijing finally decided to circumvent the Hong Kong legislature and have it passed Tuesday by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament ‘

President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order putting the law into effect and it has been added to the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitution: In Beijing, the executive deputy director of the Cabinet’s Hong Kong affairs office said Hong Kong people were allowed to criticize the ruling Communist Party but could not turn those complaints “into actions.”……………“I think the opposition fronts in Hong Kong should seriously reflect on themselves and make some adjustment,” Zhang Xiaoming told reporters Wednesday…………..The law’s passage comes after Hong Kong’s legislature in early June approved a contentious bill making it illegal to insult the Chinese national anthem.

The new laws have deepened concerns abroad about Hong Kong’s future: The U.S. is moving to end special trade terms given to the territory. The Trump administration has also said it will bar defence exports to Hong Kong and will soon require licenses for the sale of items that have both civilian and military uses.

Congress has also moved to impose sanctions on people deemed connected to political repression in Hong Kong, including police officials, while Britain has said it could offer residency and possible citizenship to about 3 million of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million people:

China has said it will impose visa restrictions on Americans it sees as interfering over Hong Kong: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the threat of a visa ban as a sign of “how Beijing refuses to take responsibility for its own choices” and said the law’s adoption “destroys the territory’s autonomy and one of China’s greatest achievements.”

‘ Beijing’s “paranoia and fear of its own people’s aspirations have led it to eviscerate the very foundation of the territory’s success,” Pompeo said in a statement ‘

Taiwan on Wednesday opened an office to facilitate migration from Hong Kong: The establishment of the office is “not only a statement on Taiwan’s support to Hong Kong’s democracy and freedom, but also highlights our determination to care for Hong Kong people,” said Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council minister Chen Ming-tong at a ribbon-cutting ceremony:

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