California Governor Gavin Newsom pardoned three immigrants who faced the risk of deportation on Friday, The Associated Press reported. Each had been charged with crimes 19 years ago. The pardon will assist the three in avoiding deportation to Cambodia or Vietnam. Aside from the three facing deportation, Newsom also pardoned John DiFrenna, who was given probation for, after being charged with drug possession with intent to sell in 1990. DiFrenna received a certificate of rehabilitation in 1990 from a Superior Court of California in 2018, according to The Sacramento Bee. Deportation efforts against Southeast Asian immigrants have increased under President Donald Trump. According to The Sacramento Bee, ICE reported 110 people deported to Cambodia in 2018, a significant jump from 29 people in 2017. Saman Pho faced risk of being deported to Cambodia, after being convicted of attempted murder 25 years ago. After serving 12 years in prison, Pho was detained by ICE briefly. A recent rally and … [Read more...] about California Governor Gavin Newsom Pardons 3 Immigrants Subject to Deportation to Southeast Asia
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Thousands of bonsai and natural stone art works created by both local and foreign artisans are being showcased at the Asia-Pacific Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition which is currently underway at the Suoi Tien Amusement Park in HCM City. For this year’s event up to 1,000 bonsai and natural landscape art works, in addition to 250 natural stone art works known as Suiseki, are on display for visitors to view. The main aim of the exhibition is to honour the hard-working spirit and unlimited creativity that local and foreign artisans from across the world display. The occasion also offers a platform during which artists can present their unique bonsai art works to the public and exchange their experiences with one another. Throughout the exhibition a wide range of activities are taking place, including a photo contest of images featuring bonsai trees, a workshop displaying the best of global and Vietnamese bonsai, along with sightseeing tours of the southern city. The … [Read more...] about Thousands of bonsai go on show at Asia-Pacific Exhibition
While giant rallies in Caracas may be drawing the world's attention ahead of Venezuelan presidential election, the global significance of the vote can be found hundreds of miles to the east in the oil-soaked Orinoco Belt. According to studies, Venezuela has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become number one in the world for proven oil reserves, largely thanks to the heavy crude found in this vast alluvial plain. Whether this multi-trillion dollar asset is controlled by Hugo Chávez or the opposition challenger, Henrique Capriles, will influence which countries and companies are given the priority to exploit them and how much drivers around the world pay at the pump. According to a report this year by BP, Venezuela has reserves of 296.5bn barrels, about 10% more than Saudi Arabia and 18% of the global total. At the country's current levels of production, this would last about 100 years. If Chávez wins – as most polls suggest – he has promised to ramp up production and … [Read more...] about Venezuela election result set to upset global oil politics
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia aims to bring in a new law to protect personal data by next year as it follows in the footsteps of Southeast Asian neighbors such as Singapore and also the European Union, the country’s new communications minister told Reuters. The government had a “roadmap to data sovereignty” to reflect the growing importance of data and planned to establish the new law in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy urgently, said Communications Minister Johnny G. Plate. “We’ve discussed this...and parliament has agreed in a meeting with us that it will become a priority law in 2020,” Plate said in an interview late on Friday. The minister, who was sworn in last month, said existing rules to protect data were spread across many laws and needed to be brought together under one law. The move comes amid wider regional efforts by Southeast Asian governments to demand action from global tech giants on content regulation and … [Read more...] about Indonesia needs to urgently establish data protection law: minister
Startups and tech companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Gojek, Bird and Compass operate in many cities and often multiple countries, and they typically have a repeatable playbook for each time they arrive in a new place. What Gojek, the food delivery and rides startup in Southeast Asia, learns about optimal pay for couriers in Jakarta can translate, at least in part, to Ho Chi Minh City. Airbnb's experience in navigating local bureaucracies has been honed from its experience in hundreds of cities around the world. That's not necessarily true for the people, industries and policy makers with whom these companies work. The Gojek courier in Ho Chi Minh City doesn't necessarily know how to avoid the pitfalls his counterparts in Jakarta already encountered. A city planner in New York may not have the luxury of learning from a counterpart in Paris what taxes or guardrails were effective for Airbnb rentals in that city. The companies are armed with centralized knowledge and act consistently based … [Read more...] about Startups like Uber and Airbnb have all the data. You do not.