International firm Hogan Lovells has agreed a partnership with Chinese firm Fujian Fidelity Law Firm, making use of the Shanghai tree trade zone.Fidelity, which has seven offices nationwide, has around 170 lawyers and specialises in mergers and acquisitions, insolvency and liquidation, as well as real estate and construction work.Andrew McGinty and Zhen Feng, partners in Shanghai’s existing Shanghai office, will lead the relationship and promote joint services from the firms. Shanghai’s free trade zone was set up in 2013 as part of new rules that allow foreign law firms in China to team up with local firms.Previously, foreign lawyers were not able to participate directly in China’s legal affairs and foreign firms were allowed to set up only a branch or a representative office.Under the free trade zone’s rules, a foreign firm in the zone can agree a partnership with a Chinese law firm to mutually dispatch lawyers to the other firm.Last year, international firm Baker & McKenzie became the first to use the zone by teaming up with FenXun Partners.Steve Immelt, chief executive of Hogan Lovells said: ‘Asia is critical to our global strategy and the Shanghai FTZ offers an exciting opportunity to expand our service offering in the region. We are excited about the prospects of our collaboration with Fidelity.’Wang Ping, managing partner at Fidelity’s Shanghai office, said establishing an office in the free trade zone was a critical step toward Fidelity becoming a large and significant national firm. ‘We are very honored to be launching an association with Hogan Lovells, as we’ll be able to draw on each other’s strengths to fully realise our potential and to offer our clients a high-quality, professional, and seamless service,’ he added.
BASKETBALL teams from the provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, and Guimaras are set to spearhead the Guimaras Basketball Pocket Tournament starting today at the Guimaras State College Covered Gym.Tournament organizer Richard Gabayoyo told Panay News that the two-day invitational basketball pocket tournament aims to showcase the developing sports program of Guimaras.“We want to show that Guimaras is serious in promoting various sports in the island province,” Gabayoyo said. “We already started it with volleyball and now we have basketball. We will soon organize events for other sports.”Morning games at GSC Gym will feature Guimaras-Antique at 8 a.m., followed by Aklan-Iloilo match at 9:30 a.m., while afternoon matches will be at Sibunag town where Antique battles Iloilo at 1 p.m. followed by Aklan-Guimaras tiff at 2:30 p.m. The elimination round closes on Sunday morning with Aklan taking on Antique followed by the Guimaras-Iloilo battle. Championship is slated in the afternoon for the top two teams after the eliminations.“As the director of this tournament, we are inviting everyone to witness this thrilling competition. Let us support our own sports programs and discover potential talents who will banner our province in various sports tournaments,” Gabayoyo said.He added: “We’re thankful for this opportunity and we want the public knows that Guimaras sports will be active this year onwards. We are hopeful that this event will become institutionalize.”/PN
Related TopicsAvon LakeBerea Midpark Berea-MidparkBycznski 2-4-9Cupach 3-0-9Siggers 3-1-8Holland 2-3-7Finkovich 2-0-6Vega 2-0-4Levesque 1-1-3Mills 0-2-2Avon LakeBall 6-3-17Marsh 5-2-12Sidloski 4-4-12Russell 3-0-8Schraff 1-1-3Bologna 0-2-2Butrey 0-2-2Vittardi 1-0-2 by Don [email protected] LAKE, OHIO– Avon Lake continued their late-season surge, defeating Berea-Midpark 58-48 in a Southwestern Conference game on Tuesday evening. The Shoremen (12-8, 10-6 SWC) have won four of their last five games. Berea-Midpark (7-12, 5-11 SWC) has dropped four straight.Other than the third quarter, the game was evenly played. Avon Lake, behind two late 3-point shots by sophomore guard Tanner Russell, stretched a narrow two-point halftime edge to an 11-point lead after three quarters. The Shoremen converted 10-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.Avon Lake was celebrating senior night, and senior guard Jordan Ball made his final regular season home game a memorable one. He topped all scorers with 17 points. Two sophomores, Nick Marsh and Nate Sidloski, also got in on the fun, scoring 12 points each for the Shoremen.Berea-Midpark, playing almost exclusively with underclassmen in the latter part of the season, got nine points each from junior Trevor Bycznski and sophomore Jordan Cupach. AVON LAKE1312151858 1Q2Q3Q4QFINAL BEREA-MIDPARK111261948 NEO HS Staff
Paris: For the Tour de France, one of the last of the summer’s major sports events still standing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the stop-watch is ticking. While the Tokyo Olympics, the Euros, tennis and golf majors and the Giro d’Italia have already been postponed or even cancelled, the Tour is still scheduled to start on June 27. Christian Prudhomme, the Tour director, made clear that before the race he wants “two months of exposure for the riders.” That means training rides and races and with most prospective competitors confined, the chances of their getting back on the road by late April look slim.The race also needs France to end its lockdown, not just so the riders can ride but because the Tour attracts 10 to 12 million spectators who stand by the roads to watch. Last week, when he announced the postponement of the Dauphine, an eight-day Tour warm-up stage race in the southeast of France due to start on May 31, Prudhomme said: “The most important word in Tour de France is France, and health concerns come first.”The situation across Europe suggests that a postponement is increasingly likely. Prudhomme is not prepared to discuss alternative plans in public, but he told AFP last week: “As of today, the dates of the Tour de France are maintained. But it would be a lie to say that we are not studying other hypotheses.”Banned fansBehind the scenes, AFP has learned, the organisers have sounded out cycling teams as well as French politicians and broadcasters about a postponement to August. Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu talked of banning spectators. But the idea seems to have died. The Tour is fuelled by its fans and it would be hard to prevent people coming out of their houses when the race passes by. Welshman Geraint Thomas, the winner in 2018, and Julian Alaphilippe, France’s hero of the 2019 Tour after wearing the leader’s jersey for 14 days, used almost identical words.The organisers have sounded out cycling teams as well as French politicians and broadcasters about a postponement to August. (Image credit: Getty Images)”Without the fans, it wouldn’t be the Tour de France,” was how Thomas put it. Many politicians from towns along the route have echoed the sentiment. The Tour is a festive and symbolic event. Raphael Geminiani, who raced the Tour in 1947, said if the Tour went ahead it could bring France back to life. “This period of confinement will hurt our morale for some time. We will need a cure and a Tour de France would help give us a sense of stability,” the 94-year-old told French sports daily L’Equipe.For the sport, the Tour is a priority both financially and for the visibility it offers. “The Tour represents around 60 per cent of earnings in a season,” French team AG2R boss Vincent Lavenu said. Some are even prepared to contemplate the worst. Bernard Hinault, a five-time winner of the event, told an affiliate of Radio France: “250 races around the world have been cancelled. So why not the Tour de France?” The fallout would be international. “Without the Tour de France, cycling would have a very big problem,” Ralph Denk, boss of the German Bora team, told German daily Die Welt.Also Read | Paralympic Committee Faces ‘Cash Flow’ Issue, Will Not Go To IOC For HelpPatrick Lefevere, the head of the Deceuninck team, faced with the reduction in investment from his main sponsor, agreed. “If the Tour were not to be raced, it would be a hard blow that (Tour organisers) ASO could probably absorb, but not the teams,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. “It could bring down the whole model on which our sport is built.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop. “I like asking questions like, ‘What are you getting in next?’ ‘What is new?’ and ‘What is the most popular now?’ If it is early (in the season), you may learn a lot that puts you ahead of the masses in designs and trends.”The most important factor in plant shopping, however, is the health of the plant, McKinnon said.“As one nurseryman I trust says: ‘Don’t accept ugly plants.’ And he doesn’t give refunds.”How can you tell if a plant is diseased, pest-ridden or beyond its prime?“Look for any unusual brown, black or gray spotting on the foliage,” said Rizanino (Riz) Reyes, a landscape designer and owner of RHR Horticulture in Shoreline, Wash., a Seattle suburb.“Any dead sections that are beyond just grooming to make it look good should be avoided,” he said. Also avoid plants “that may be unusually red or sickly yellow looking.”It’s a good idea to check plant roots at the nursery. It’s risky to buy plants that are root-bound, too wet or too dry, although that may mean removing them from the pot to examine them.“If you politely ask a garden center staff member, any reputable retail center should stand by their product and allow you to do it, or they may do it for you,” Reyes said.Other plant-buying-like-a-pro tips:— Shop by price and shop the sales. Find out when new plants are usually delivered and displayed. “Try to have a relationship with the nursery owner or staff,” McKinnon said.— Bare-root, container grown, or balled and burlapped? “Bare-root plats have not had a chance to get root-bound in a pot, and you can see what you’re buying,” McKinnon said. “Both are definite advantages.”— Work from a plan. “I recommend having a general list so you avoid too many impulse buys on plants that may not end up getting planted or worse, get forgotten,” Reyes said.— Annuals vs. perennials: “Perennials come back and can look great the year-’round,” Reyes said. “Annuals provide traffic-stopping impact and remarkable color. You save and have the most incredible garden by integrating both.”— Buying tropicals and houseplants: “Take care in transporting these from the store to your vehicle as some may be very sensitive to the cold,” Reyes said. “Plant them right away or keep them cool but not frozen. Keep them watered and moist.”— Choosing bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes: “Look for plump, firm bulbs,” Reyes said. “Usually, the bigger the better. Hardy bulbs like lilies are ready to plant as soon as possible. For dahlias and other tender bulbs, wait until after frost to plant or pot them up and start indoors.”Online:For more about buying healthy plants, see suggestions from Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: https://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/Garden/choosing.htmYou can contact Dean Fosdick at [email protected] 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.