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Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon and prominent democracy activist Jimmy Lai under a national security law passed in late June for allegedly colluding with foreign forces, local media reported.

The arrest was reported by Apple Daily, the flagship newspaper under Lai’s media network Next Digital Ltd., as well as TVB. Seven people were arrested in total, including Lai’s two sons and other top members of Next Digital, Oriental Daily reported, citing unidentified people.

“The lawyers are on the way to the police station now,” Next Digital Group Director Mark Simon said in an email, following an earlier tweet that Lai had been arrested. Calls and emails placed to the Hong Kong Police went unanswered.

Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with foreign powers at this time.

— Mark Simon (@HKMarkSimon) August 9, 2020

China has called the security legislation, which bars subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, a “sword of Damocles” hanging over the heads of its most outspoken critics. It has prompted fears among activists and foreign governments that it will be used to silence basic freedoms in the city.

Lai’s media group and Apple Daily backed the protests for meaningful elections that rocked the city last year, but it’s been years since he was seen as playing a central role in Hong Kong’s democracy movement. Lai had earlier been arrested in February on suspicion of participating in an unlawful assembly in 2019 and intimidating a reporter two years before that, and was granted police bail.

The U.S. has led foreign governments in expressing concern over the law, saying Hong Kong could no longer be considered sufficiently autonomous from the mainland. It has revoked some special trading privileges, which help underpin the city’s reputation as an international business hub, and sanctioned Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as well …read more

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FILE – Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) and Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate a basket made against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 27, 2019. Doncic, Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith will rest against the Utah Jazz on Monday, the first game of a Mavericks back-to-back set. | Tony Gutierrez, AP

SALT LAKE CITY — The Dallas Mavericks will be without Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dorian Finney-Smith, against the Utah Jazz on Monday, the first game of a Mavericks back-to-back set.

“He’s a great basketball player, makes his teammates better, talented, really talented. One of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against.” Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on Mavericks star Luka Doncic.

If you look at this from the perspective of the Jazz needing to play against the best to gain more knowledge ahead of the playoffs, this development is not so great. If you look at it from the perspective of the Jazz needing to get another win under their belt and possibly continue experimenting with the rotation, this is great news for the Jazz, especially with Doncic out.

How good is Luka Doncic?

For the answer, look no further than what his coach, teammates, opposing coaches and the reigning league MVP are saying about the 21-year-old, 6-foot-7 Slovenian guard.

“He’s a great basketball player, makes his teammates better, talented, really talented.” Giannis Antetokounmpo said after the Dallas Mavericks beat the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime on Saturday. “One of the most talented guys I’ve ever played against.”

Doncic closed out Saturday with a game-high 36 points, a career-high 19 assists, 14 rebounds and just two turnovers. In just his second year in the league, he’s proven to be one of its most lethal players, especially with the ball in his hands.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, despite being around Doncic every day, is consistently in …read more

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The Lifeline program has been expanded to include cellphones.

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LEHI — For parents, the decision of when to give their child a mobile phone can be a vexing question with the challenges of social media, potential cyberbullying and pervasiveness of online child predators.

But a Lehi-based company is offering a solution that can give kids the technology they need to stay connected while also giving parents much-needed peace of mind.

Last week, Gabb Wireless introduced its second-generation kid-safe smartphone with numerous features to help keep them protected while also minimizing screen time. The Z2 Gabb Phone was developed for safe connectivity that urges children to live beyond the screen, explained Lance Black, vice president of marketing for Gabb Wireless.

“We position ourselves as the first phone. Our market or marketplaces is 8 to 15 (years old),” he said. “We’ve got data to show that kids who have Gabb phones spend 80%, less time on screens. We’re a strong believer that the thief of opportunity is distraction. If we’re less distracted, we can accomplish great things. So (have) less screen time and do more cool stuff.”

The Bluetooth capable phone includes 14 essential apps that encourage freedom from distractions such as the internet, games, social media and app stores, the company says. The device retails for about $100 with monthly plans ranging from $20 to $25.

“It’s got fingerprint security, so you can touch to open your phone and GPS capabilities so a child can locate the phone if they’ve lost it and also tracking by parents (to know) where the phone is,” he said. The new device will protect against screen addiction, cyberbullying, inappropriate content and online predators, he added.

“We protect kids on a safe phone, we connect families, we empower parents and we live beyond the screen,” Black said.

The company is also unveiling other products — including a smartwatch — and …read more

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Kearns quarterback Dakota Lynde (10) reaches toward the goal line while being held back by Olympus defensive backs Sawyer Peterson (26) and Ben Hawes (10) during a high school football game at Olympus High School in Holladay on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Heading into the 2020 season, Kearns is looking to win its fourth straight Region 2 championship. Last year, the Cougars cruised through the region, winning all six of their region games en route to the region crown. This year, Kearns head coach Matt Rickards thinks that the Cougars have enough talent to possibly make it four straight region championships.

“I think we have some talented players on our team for sure. They’ve done a lot of work in the offseason, as much as they can with the COVID situation. Our guys are focused when we’re in practice and engaged and ready to step up see some tough opponents and hopefully play well.” — Kearns coach Matt Rickards

“I think we have some talented players on our team for sure. They’ve done a lot of work in the offseason, as much as they can with the COVID situation. Our guys are focused when we’re in practice and engaged and ready to step up see some tough opponents and hopefully play well,” Rickards said.

Kearns, picked to win the region yet again in the Deseret News coaches straw poll, returns six starters on offense and three on defense. On offense, running back Naki Leha, who ran for 1,447 yards and 21 touchdowns will be huge for the Cougars. On defense, Kearns does’t have as many starters returning, but has a great linebacking core in Xavier Afatasi, Jeff Bassa and Joe Alusa, who combined for 130 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions …read more

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A demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C., during the influenza pandemic of 1918. | Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division via AP

SALT LAKE CITY — When the new coronavirus began ravaging the world, most people had no idea just how much damage a viral outbreak could do to the world’s health, wealth and social fabric.

But a 2004 book by John M. Barry titled “The Great Influenza” chronicles how the 1918-19 influenza outbreak became the deadliest pandemic in history, and it offers both insight and warnings about how to mitigate future pandemics, which the author concludes are inevitable.

It was the book former President George W. Bush reportedly read that caused him to charge Homeland Security personnel with formulating an ambitious pandemic response plan that included a national stockpile of face masks and ventilators, and a process to fast-track vaccines and other treatments in 2005.

While some of that became a reality, many of those things Barry warned about were not heeded, including allocating resources to vaccine development in U.S. labs and making sure all governments report viral and disease outbreaks accurately to the World Health Organization.

Among the issues he cited was the fact that China’s decision to “initially lie and hide” the 2003 SARS outbreak put the world at risk. He asserted that if WHO, led by the U.S., didn’t find a way to make sure all countries accurately report disease outbreaks, an influenza-like virus would, once again, sicken and kill record numbers of people, despite 100 years of medical advances.

The book provides details into everything from the rise of American medicine to how lingering effects of influenza could have led to President Woodrow Wilson’s abrupt decision to accept the Treaty of Versailles to end World War I when he’d consistently advocated for …read more

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Here’s an in-depth look at the Copper Hills Grizzlies football team heading into the 2020 season.

Note: Copper Hills finished with a 4-7 overall record in 2019 and was sixth in Region 3 with a 0-5 record. It was RPI seed No. 21 in the 6A playoffs, and was eliminated by Hunter 57-12 in first round.

WEST JORDAN — With a bunch of seniors and returning starters, Copper Hills coach Corey Dodds said he should be excited about the season.

Make no mistake, he is excited about this year’s group, but trying to compete in Region 3 is extremely difficult.

“This region is a monster,” said Dodds.

In five Region 3 games last year, Copper Hills was blown out in every game, and shut out three times. Dodds is optimistic that with eight returning contributors on defense and seven more on offense, his team will be both physically and mentally ready to compete in Region 3.

The reality of Copper Hills’ region situation is why the UHSAA’s switch to an RPI playoff qualification system, which allows all teams to make the playoffs, was so beneficial.

Where it’s located geographically, Copper Hills is surrounded by great football programs, and cracking the top four in region has been impossible. As a result, Copper Hills’ last playoff appearance prior to last year was 2004.

Even though it was blown out by Hunter in the first round, the players got the benefit of an extra week of practice and got to taste what playoff football is all about.

Region is no longer the only focus. Success in Game 1 is just as important as Game 10, which is why Dodds said last year’s four preseason wins were a great step, as they helped the program earn a No. 21 RPI seed for the playoffs — not a dead-last No. 27 seed.

Dodds …read more

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Swamp Thing

Can you believe it’s only been a year since Jenelle Evans was fired from Teen Mom 2?

So many things have happened since then — arrests, restraining orders, assaults.

It’s been more drama than many people see in a lifetime, but this is Jenelle we’re talking about.

And it just wouldn’t be right if her life wasn’t one awful, never-ending train wreck.

So anyway, Jenelle was fired from the show last year after her husband, David Eason, brutally killed her dog.

Not only did MTV cut ties with her, but local authorities also got involved — police opened an investigation and CPS temporarily removed the children from their care.

It took about six weeks for the kids to be returned to them and a little longer for the investigation to be dropped, but MTV stuck to their guns.

Jenelle hasn’t filmed anything with them since, and although there have been rumors that she may come back in some way, it’s looking increasingly clear that she’ll never been on Teen Mom again.

She did reportedly have a meeting with the network last fall, and shortly after that she left David and moved to Nashville — the popular theory is that David was the big reason she was fired, so she left him to try to get her job back.

But early this year she was back in North Carolina, trying to make it work with David and telling her followers that she was working on all kinds of new and exciting projects.

She’s been promising for a while now that she’s coming back to TV, whether it’s on some other network or a service like Netflix, but obviously nothing has ever come of that.

And that’s unfortunate, because like … how else is she going to get money?

Nathan Griffith once called Jenelle “trailer trash who hit …read more

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Here’s an in-depth look at the Murray Spartans football team heading into the 2020 season.

Note: Murray finished with an 8-4 overall record in 2019 and was fourth in Region 6 with a 3-3 record. It was RPI seed No. 13 in the 5A playoffs, and was eliminated by Olympus 49-7 in second round.

MURRAY — After years of struggling with poor results, the Murray football program strung together a very successful eight-win season in 2019. The hope is that last season was a sign of what’s to come. However, replicating or improving upon last season’s success won’t be a walk in the park for the Spartans as they have no starters returning from last season.

In order to maintain the pace set last season, Murray is installing a new offensive system. This new offense will focus on using RPOs and spread formations to exploit and attack opposing defenses. Head coach Todd Thompson thinks that the players seem to be adapting to the new system well.

“Our offensive coordinator has worked with them consistently. We were able to get a camp in and do some 7-on-7. It’s been pretty good for them to work and rep it and it’s come along pretty well,” said Thompson.

The new offense better click because Murray will require a lot offensively if it hopes to compete with region foes like Olympus and Brighton.

Unlike the offense, no changes will be made to the defensive schemes. This will likely serve as a benefit to the defensive starters as they look to replace a defense that had two all-state players in Autjoe Soe and Owen Madsen. Coach Thompson feels confident in his players and their ability to fill the empty shoes.

“We do have guys who are capable. They didn’t start, but they got significant reps last year. It’s …read more

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