China says Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai under ‘coercive measures’

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday said that Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai is under “coercive measures”, a euphemism for detention, after his daughter said Chinese police seized him last month.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang was speaking at a regular briefing in Beijing.

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Philippine President Duterte Orders All Marine Scientific Research Away from Benham Rise

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During a Cabinet meeting Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cessation of all foreign activities in the Philippine Rise or Benham Rise.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine Navy to chase out any foreign fishing or research vessel in the Philippine Rise, also known as Benham Rise, a Cabinet official said Tuesday.

According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Duterte ordered the halt of all marine explorations and studies by foreign scientists in the underwater plateau east of Luzon during the Cabinet meeting Monday evening.

“Let me be very clear about this: the Philippine Rise is ours and any insinuation that it is open to everybody should end with this declaration,” Duterte told his Cabinet members.

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The Navy was ordered to deploy vessels while the Air Force was tasked to conduct flyovers…

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From AP: Question: what can attorneys bill for or not bill for. How to dispute a legal bill

What attorneys can bill for (per billing rules at most large law firms):What attorneys can bill for (per billing rules at most large law firms):
Preparing pleadings 1 hour or $200 per page (attorneys should keep drafts day by day), depending on complexity.  Set a reasonable rate in advance with the attorney.
Put your attorney on a budget of expenditures per month or per task.
Legal Research:  Billing ok for:  Esoteric legal research .5 hrs to read a case, as long as cases are not unusually long .Attorneys should not bill for easy stuff they should already know like how to do an appeal brief, how to prepare a deed, how to prepare court forms, etc. Attorneys should save their list of cases they read if the client asks.
Reading or reviewing an email or pleading. Attorneys should only bill for actually writing a letter, motion or appeal brief and…

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Regulator calls on Google to ban ads for binary options, cryptocurrencies

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Canadian and US law enforcement have explained to Google how the advertising enables scammers to find victims, asked it to follow Facebook’s lead in barring the ads

February 6, 2018
This photo taken on December 28, 2016 in Vertou, western France, shows logos of US multinational technology company Google.  (AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE)
This photo taken on December 28, 2016 in Vertou, western France, shows logos of US multinational technology company Google. (AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE)

Following Facebook’s announcement last week that it was banning all advertising for binary options, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, a Canadian regulator has called on Google to do the same.

Jason Roy, a senior investigator at the Manitoba Securities Commission and chairman of Canada’s Binary Options Task Force, told The Times of Israel that “we’re very pleased with Facebook’s decision. My hope is that Google will enact a similar policy, where they specifically name products like binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies.”

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Danny Nicol: Civil Service Impartiality, Free Speech and the Nazi Comparison

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We appear to be witnessing an attempt to create a new taboo. Lord Turnbull, former Cabinet Secretary under Tony Blair, has likened accusations of bias on the part of Treasury officials to attempts to blame Jews, socialists, communists, liberals and civilians for Germany’s defeat in the First World War (“Brexit attacks on civil service are worthy of 1930s Germany”, The Observer, 3 February 2018). Lord Turnbull’s stern adjuration was swiftly parroted by Chuka Ummuna MP, who described attacks on the civil service as a dark and dangerous attack on democracy, with a strong whiff of the 1930s (“A direct threat to British democracy: Tory Brexiteers denounced by Labour MP”, The Independent, 3 February 2018). These views were expressed in response to Jacob Rees-Mogg MP’s accusation that Treasury officials were drawing up economic models deliberately to undermine Brexit.

So, one may not attack the civil service. This is on…

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This Week in Fostering

6 February 2018 In the News Round-up this week: We hear that the Fostering Stocktake is due to be published at any moment so keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates and look out for a full report shortly. But in the meantime here are a few interesting snippets from the last week; children missing education, social media; independent versus council fostering

Confusion over children missing education

More than 49,000 children in England were missing education during the 2016-17 school year according to data obtained by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) through Freedom of Information requests to all English local education authorities. But the NCB is calling for an urgent overhaul of the way this data is managed as the FOIs revealed significant variations between local authorities: two out of every 10,000 children missing education at one local authority and 419 per 10,000 at another. “The significant levels…

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Suffragettes won the Vote, But Fathers still seek JUSTICE, So Much 4 Equality!

British PM leads tributes

on centenary of women

winning right to vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May

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A Fathers4Justice campaigner has been jailed for six months for defacing a portrait of the Queen with paint in Westminster Abbey. 

Ralph Heimans' portrait of the Queen was commissioned to mark her 60 years on the throne

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