REUTERS: The Premier League reaffirmed its commitment to its anti-racism campaign on Tuesday, which it said was not political, although it was "aware of the risk posed by groups that seek to hijack popular causes and campaigns". The league issued a statement after its chief executive Richard Masters was grilled by British lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday about its support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. At the hearing of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Committee, Masters defended players' and clubs' collective decision to wear 'Black Lives Matter' on their shirts, describing the cause as a moral one. When the league restarted this month after a three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all players had "Black Lives Matter" on their shirts instead of their names in the opening round of games. They have continued to take a knee before kickoff in support of BLM. "The Premier League offered this backing as we wholly agree with the players' … [Read more...] about Premier League says support for Black Lives Matter not political
SINGAPORE: The Misuse of Drugs Act will be amended this year to regulate new psychoactive substances (NPS) based on their potential to produce a psychoactive effect, Minister of State for Home Affairs Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim on Monday (Mar 1). Such substances are intended to mimic the effects of controlled drugs, said the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on its website, adding that they have unknown toxicology effects and are as addictive and harmful as controlled drugs. These substances are currently listed either individually or by their core molecular structure and substitution patterns in the Misuse of Drugs Act. “Currently, because of how NPS are listed in the Misuse of Drugs Act there may be a time lag from detecting to listing a novel NPS,” said Associate Professor Faishal. Amending the Act to regulate such substances based on their potential to produce a psychoactive effect will allow the CNB to take swifter enforcement action, he said. The CNB identified new … [Read more...] about Misuse of Drugs Act to be amended to better regulate new psychoactive substances
LONDON: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has condemned as 'stupid' those who say players like Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling should focus on football rather than speaking out on social issues. Manchester United and England forward Rashford has campaigned successfully for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays. City forward Sterling, also an established England international, has backed anti-racism protests after the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. "Maybe stupid people don’t believe that you are a human being," said Guardiola ahead of the Premier League restart against Arsenal on Wednesday. "We can have an opinion the same like a doctor or even a politician. We are humans. Why should we not say our opinions to be a better society? What Raheem Sterling has done many times or players in our club, Michael Rashford or whoever. "Of course they have to use their platform to make a better society," continued … [Read more...] about Guardiola backs Rashford and Sterling against ‘stupid’ critics
SINGAPORE: A new Commissioner of Prisons will be appointed on Sep 28, taking over the current role from Mr Desmond Chin, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced Monday (Jun 15). Ms Shie Yong Lee, 48, is currently the Deputy Commissioner of Prisons. She will be appointed Commissioner of Prisons (Designate) on Jul 17 before becoming the first woman to be appointed Commissioner of Prisons in September. Ms Shie has worked with the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) for 25 years, said MHA, and has held various key appointments including Chief of Staff and Commander of Cluster B at Changi Prison Complex. "Ms Shie will continue the transformation of the correctional landscape through the innovative use of technology, as well as through partnership with the community and public agencies," MHA said. Mr Daniel Tan, who is currently the Director (Planning and Organisation) at the Singapore Police Force will be appointed Deputy Commissioner of Prisons on Jul 17. Mr Chin began his career as … [Read more...] about Singapore Prison Service to appoint first female Commissioner
ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The controversy swirling around Gov. Andrew Cuomo even has some Democrats calling for his resignation. That puts a spotlight on the woman who would succeed him: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul . READ MORE: Former Aide Refuses To Accept Gov. Cuomo’s Apology Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation; Gov. Stays Silent To Reporters’ Questions In her seventh year as lieutenant governor, Hochul has forged a reputation as personable and tireless, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. If there’s a ribbon to be cut anywhere in New York, she seems to be there with a smile. “Indefatigable. I’ve never seen anyone with her energy,” Livingston County Democratic Chair Judith Hunter told Aiello. Hunter called Hochul an “exceptional public servant.” After 15 years in Buffalo-area local politics, Hochul was elected to Congress, winning a 2011 special election and doing well with Republican voters. Cuomo picked her as lieutenant governor in 2014, and she beat back a primary … [Read more...] about Who Is Cuomo’s Possible Successor, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul?