AmyKerk/iStock(NEW YORK) — An expert who has been working with the Boy Scouts revealed that there may have been as many as 7,819 sexually abusive troop leaders and volunteers in the storied organization, according to newly released court documents.More than 7,800 individuals allegedly abused 12,254 victims, according to the court testimony.These figures were released Tuesday by attorney Jeff Anderson, whose firm regularly represents victims of sexual abuse and has been involved in numerous clerical sexual abuse cases.The new testimony was entered into the court record as part of a January trial about child sex abuse at a Minnesota children’s theater company.One of the expert witnesses who testified was Dr. Janet Warren, who is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia’s medical school.Warren testified that she has been “on private contract” with the Boy Scouts of America for the past five years, evaluating its handling of sexual abuse within the organization from 1944 through 2016.Warren testified that she and her team worked with the group’s ineligible volunteer files, which have sometimes been referred to as perversion files.In her January court appearance, Warren said that she and her team have coded through all of those files, determining that there were “7,819 perpetrators who they believe were involved in sexually abusing a child.”“From reviewing all these files, we identified 12,254 victims,” Warren said.Anderson publicly released those numbers at a news conference in New York Tuesday, saying 130 of those perpetrators are in New York and could face legal repercussions. In August, the state’s Child Victims Act, passed earlier this year, will allow a one-year period for any and all claims of sexual abuse from any time period to be brought forth in spite of existing statutes of limitations.“The disclosure made by Dr. Janet Warren really sounded the alarm to us,” Anderson said.The Boy Scouts of America released a statement after the disclosure, expressing sympathy for the victims and noting the work the organization has done to protect children.“We care deeply about all victims of child abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice,” the organization said in a statement to ABC News. “Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children.”The organization confirmed it has maintained the Volunteer Screening Database since the 1920s and “at no time have we ever knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth, and we mandate that all leaders, volunteers and staff members nationwide immediately report any abuse allegation to law enforcement.”In the statement, officials also confirmed that Warren has worked with the Boy Scouts of America since 2013 to conduct ongoing research about the database and provide recommendations for improvement.The existence of the abuse database is not new but the scope of the abuse is. In 2012, more than 14,000 pages of documents relating to abuse by 1,247 scout leaders was released in connection to a case in Oregon. That same year, The Los Angeles Times created a database detailing about 5,000 men and a small number of women tied to the Boy Scouts who were expelled in connection to sexual abuse.Warren’s number shows a significant jump in that number and Anderson is calling for the Boy Scouts of America to make the list public.“This is information that the Boy Scouts has and has had for several years… [and is still] keeping secret today,” Anderson said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Edward Albee(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) View Comments Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright Edward Albee died at his home in Montauk on September 16 at the age of 88, according to his longtime personal assistant, Jakob Holder. He passed away peacefully following a short illness.Albee wrote more than 30 plays, including Zoo Story, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox, Fam and Yam, The American Dream, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Tiny Alice, Box and Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, All Over, Listening, Counting the Ways, The Three Arms, Finding the Sun, Marriage Play, Fragments, The Play About the Baby, Occupant, At Home at the Zoo and Me, Myself and I.His play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, which was a titanic achievement that went on to become an iconic film, won a Tony Award as did his later work The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? Meanwhile, A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women were all awarded Pulitzer Prizes. He was a member of the Dramatist Guild Council and president of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, he was awarded a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.Several years ago, before undergoing extensive surgery, Albee penned the following note to be issued at the time of his death: “To all of you who have made my being alive so wonderful, so exciting and so full, my thanks and all my love.”
The team includes, Amanda Schacher, Gwen McCrory, Sara Tolles, Olivia Kelly, Tehya Colbeck, Aurora Dool, Abby Majeski, Brianne Stefani, Eden Bellman, Tess Gordon, Simone Hildebrand, Lily Taylor, Olivia Bezaire, Ally Nicholson, Annouk Prud’Homme.Also attending the meet from the Glacier Team were Ella Keelan, Ashlynn D’Alessandris, Kylee Dyck, Suki Simmington, Mercedes Majeski, Chloe Diotte, Kate May and Raven Sperling. Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Team took the recent Great West Gym Fest competition in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho by storm, winning 49 medals along with a pair of team championships.The competition attracted 43 clubs from across the United States and Canada bringing the total number of competitors to 1400, so this was not minor accomplishment for the Heritage City Club.Mallard’s Source for sports is always looking to spotlight local athletes, and was quick to select the Glacier squad, Team of the Week.
Doug O’Neill7310111214%45%$469,152 SONGBIRD MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAYThe countdown to the much-anticipated three-year-old debut of undefeated champion Songbird is underway in earnest.The Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly of 2015 drew post position six in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, one of four graded stakes on an attractive and challenging nine-race card set to unfold in summer-like weather with temperatures in the 80s.“It seems like she drew a good post and we’re excited about getting her back to the races,” said Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for the Fox Hill Farm of Rick Porter.“We got everything in with her training that we wanted; we were lucky with the weather in that regard.”The Las Virgenes: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 1-5; and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1. FLAMBOYANT NO LONGSHOT THIS TIME IN SAN MARCOSFlamboyant lit up the tote board when he got up by a neck at 46-1 under Brice Blanc in the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt will be a substantially shorter price when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at a mile-and-a-quarter on turf.Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Jan. 29 in a bullet 1:13.20 with French-born Blanc aboard.“He’s a nice work horse,” Gallagher said of the five-year-old gelding. “He didn’t go too fast or too slow and he acts like he’ll go a mile and a quarter.”So Gallagher wouldn’t mind a French-bred horse winning for an Irish-bred trainer?“No,” he said. “Winning is all I want to do.”The field for the San Marcos: Gaga A, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; Class Leader, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Chiropractor, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Southern Freedom, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Power Foot, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Hay Dude, David C. Lopez, 5-2; Abbey Vale, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Quick Casablanca, Tyler Baze, 15-1; and Big Cazanova, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1. CAT BURGLAR A SLEEPER IN SAN ANTONIO STAKESCat Burglar sneaks in to Saturday’s $500,000 San Antonio Stakes under the radar in quest of his first stakes win for owner Michael Lund Petersen and trainer Bob Baffert.The six-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song doesn’t have the glowing credentials of Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who was not entered in the Grade II San Antonio for older horses at 1 1/8 miles, or even those of Hoppertunity, who was entered, but assuredly Cat Burglar is better than an empty stall.Dortmund and Hoppertunity are both trained by Baffert.The chestnut Cat’s Burglar won an overnight race under Rafael Bejarano on Jan. 8, his first start in nearly five months, and has knocked on the door in graded stakes. Twice he was third in the Grade III Pimlico Special and ran third in the Grade II Brooklyn at Belmont in 2014.“He’s got speed and I think he can go the distance,” Bejarano said. “He was beaten less than a length in the Brooklyn, and that was at a mile and a half. He should be all right, and he should move forward off his last race.”In 14 career starts, Cat Burglar has won four, with four seconds and three thirds, with earnings of $334,400.The field for the San Antonio, race seven: Cat Burglar, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Imperative, Mike Smith, 5-2; and El Kabeir, Gary Stevens, 6-1. Victor Espinoza353829%37%$477,060 Richard Baltas4876315%33%$477,274 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 31) Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 Kristin Mulhall2052125%40%$193,610 Mike Puype383728%32%$172,380 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 JOCKEYS ANNUAL CHARITY GAME ON FEB. 11The 49th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played a week from tonight on Thursday, Feb. 11, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, a number of active riders are expected to participate, including: Saul Arias, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Abel Lezcano, Kayla Stra, Chantal Sutherland, David Lopez, Edwin Maldonado, Gonzalo Nicolas, Martin Pedroza, Geena Lattanzio, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Alonso Quinonez, Joe Talamo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.TVG’s Kurt Hoover, who will be reporting live from Santa Anita on Thursday, will coach the jockeys for the 15th consecutive year.“We’ve got Desormeaux back,” said Hoover. “And as good as Drayden Van Dyke was last year, that’s all we need, believe me.”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia. Brayan Pena2030015%15%$51,750 Philip D’Amato5512101122%60%$778,210 Steve Knapp1631219%38%$99,290 Agapito Delgadillo4065515%40%$160,412 Mario Gutierrez919161010%38%$520,624 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Drayden Van Dyke6577911%35%$429,824 Robertino Diodoro1334123%62%$96,340 Rafael Bejarano992122921%53%$1,073,120 Mark Glatt4155212%29%$257,270 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 Michael Machowsky1833317%50%$157,806 Peter Miller6193715%31%$332,790 Tyler Baze11712211410%40%$660,292 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Edwin Maldonado82137916%35%$523,110 William Spawr1965132%63%$154,442 Bob Baffert4587918%53%$500,740 Martin Pedroza4664213%26%$156,390 Gary Stevens3044313%37%$561,810 ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAYCAT BURGLAR TIPTOES INTO SAN ANTONIO STAKESI WILL SCORE TACKLES MOR SPIRIT IN ROBERT LEWISFLAMBOYANT OUT TO PROVE HE’S THE REAL DEALSANTA ANITA RIDERS’ CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 John Sadler3555314%37%$230,770 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Patrick Gallagher1742324%53%$267,768 Fernando Perez85951411%33%$468,056 Alex Solis1430321%43%$193,018 Jeff Bonde1952326%53%$121,360 David Lopez871781520%46%$525,326 Alonso Quinonez504738%28%$184,820 Steven Miyadi3057517%57%$178,744 Ron Ellis1831217%33%$91,810 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo10013131413%40%$625,054 Jerry Hollendorfer6556118%34%$344,966 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 SONGBIRD STABLEMATE I WILL SCORE IN LEWISI Will Score has two things in common with Songbird: he’s unbeaten and he’s trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.Other than that, the three-year-old son of Roman Ruler has much to prove to be mentioned in the same breath with the champion Songbird, but Hollendorfer is optimistic about the colt’s future.“We think he’s a horse with some promise, so we look for him to run a good race,” Hollendorfer said, speaking of Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes.I Will Score, who has won his only two starts, both sprints, will go two turns for the first time in the Lewis. He has two bullet works at Santa Anita since taking a first condition allowance here on Jan. 3.The field for the Lewis, which goes as race four: Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; I Will Score, Mike Smith, 5-2; Dressed in Hermes, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 8-1; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 5-1. Flavien Prat961671417%39%$798,088 FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Om worked five furlongs on the main track Thursday in a minute flat under Gary Stevens for Dan Hendricks, who has his sights on the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on grass Feb. 13 . . . Three-time champion Beholder galloped on the main track Thursday for Richard Mandella . . . Trainer Carla Gaines reports that undefeated Cal-bred Smokey Image came out of his smashing 8 ½-lenghth triumph in the California Cup Derby in excellent shape and at this stage is being pointed to the Grade III, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes against open company on March 12 . . . Jockeys Santiago Gonzalez and Tiago Pereira have been suspended an additional day (Feb. 6) for riding in more than one designated race while under suspension . . . A reminder about previously made announcements that on Super Bowl Sunday, Santa Anita will not offer guaranteed pools. However, the lucrative guarantees will continue today and Friday, as the Late Pick 4 both days has guaranteed pools of $300,000. Saturday, the Late Pick 4 will be guaranteed at $500,000 and the Pick Six pool at $150,000 . . . DRF/NTRA National Handicapping champion Paul Matties, who won $800,000 and an Eclipse Award, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. There will be no seminar on Super Bowl Sunday. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Garcia5476813%39%$458,844 Kenneth Black830038%38%$230,250
LAS VEGAS — Logan Couture scored with 1:40 left in overtime to lift the Sharks to one of their biggest road wins this season, as they beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.Couture scored on a breakaway after a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic. His first shot was stopped, but he followed it up and the puck trickled behind Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.Goalie Aaron Dell made 37 saves for the Sharks, including four in overtime. Fleury made five saves in overtime. …
28 March 2007South Africa is to build a R125-million, 1 500-seat call centre incorporating office, training and recreational space to boost the global competitiveness of the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.Coega Development Corporation spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga-Vika said the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Park, covering five hectares and including training facilities, lounges, a cafeteria and a restaurant, would be the first of its kind in South Africa.“The building will be built in segments, with the first 500 seats being available towards the second quarter of 2008, where the remaining 1 000 seats will be available towards the end of 2008,” Qinga-Vika said.The BPO Park will be situated in Coega’s business service precinct, next to workers’ residential areas, and will replace a 200-seater call centre currently in operation.Business process outsourcing has been identified as a priority sector under the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA).“The multiple-tenants building brings with it direct job opportunities of up to 1 800 call centre agents after completion and hundreds of jobs during construction phase,” Qinga-Vika said.Coega property development manager Waseem Mustapha said the building could accommodate numerous different investors. Coega, he said, would be responsible for the overall management of the building, that is designed to cater for various scenarios.He said Coega was in discussion with several potential foreign investors, and that construction on the BPO Park was expected to start in May.Source: BuaNews
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Government#NYT#web The National Archives says it plans to add additional functionality in the coming year, including the ability to zoom into images and pan through the archives’ holdings. The National Archives and Records Administration launches an Online Public Access prototype today, making available to the public millions of digitized government records. The effort is part of the National Archives’ plan to provide better online services and better access to historical government documents.The Online Public Access prototype provides access to and information about the National Archives’ records. It is a centralized mean to search and display information from multiple National Archives resources. “People have asked us for a Google-like search,” says the National Archives’ Pam Wright, “which I think this really provides.” Currently, the prototype contains all the data from the Archival Research Catalog and several series from the Access to Archival Databases – around 10.9 million electronic records. In addition, the new search engine provides access to 1 million records from the Electronic Records Archives, which aren’t available elsewhere online.It isn’t simply the breadth of the collection that makes this a great tool; it’s the presentation of the information. The digital copy of the item is large and central, and all the pertinent catalog information is also easy to read. audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Now they’re together again in the starting lineup.Lue will unveil Cleveland’s new lineup — Wade, Rose, James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love — on Tuesday night in an exhibition against Chicago, Wade’s team last season. The 12-time All-Star will replace J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLue said Smith didn’t have any problem moving into a new role on Cleveland’s second unit, which will also include Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver and Jeff Green and is liable to undergo numerous modifications throughout the season.It’s a big change for Smith, who has been a major contributor the past three seasons for the defending Eastern Conference champions. “They all can push it out on the break if they rebound the basketball,” he said. “Guys who can make plays, good cutters, good slashers. We also can space the floor. We have a lot of weapons. We just gotta put them all together so they all play well together.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade, right, watches his shot as LeBron James takes a shot during warmups before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Scott R. Galvin)CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade signed as a free agent with the Cavaliers without being promised a starting job.He’s got one anyway.After toying with other lineup combinations, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland’s remodeled backcourt. Wade recently signed a one-year contract with the Cavs, reuniting with LeBron James in Cleveland after the two superstars spent four seasons together in Miami.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “He was fine,” Lue said of Smith, who missed 36 games last season after undergoing surgery on a broken thumb. “It’s tough, you’ve been in position where you went to three straight Finals and you’ve been the starting 2-guard. But like I said, it’s about sacrifice if you want to win. J.R. was great about it. Just knows he has to have a different role right now so we’ll see how it works.”Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland’s second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to move the 35-year-old in the starting lineup along with James, who has been slowed by a sprained ankle.Wade and James have developed a unique chemistry on the floor, where they are able to move separately and in unison. Lue wanted to take advantage of that bond and will team them up again.“Just something we’re going to do to start the season and see how it works,” he said.Lue’s biggest challenge will be keeping everyone happy with their playing time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing with all the talent at his disposal.As for his starting five, Lue loves the group’s versatility.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Read Next
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits beaten FA Cup opponents Lincoln City forced him into major halftime changes.Silva took off Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the break and replaced them with Andre Gomes and Cenk Tosun, in a sign of how tough Lincoln were making it.”In that moment, I felt we needed a player like Andre,” Silva said.”We completely controlled the game with the ball and were creating problems for them but when they score we started to have some doubts in our build-up and we needed Andre in that moment.”About the situation with Dominic, it was the moment for us to give Cenk the chance to show his quality.”Lincoln brought nearly 5,500 fans to the tie with Goodison almost sold-out and Silva thanked the home support.”Some words for our fans also,” he said.”When you play against Lincoln at home, and with big respect for our opponent, we nearly sold out the stadium and that shows us how important the competition is.”We knew that before the match and they proved and show to us again that is important and the enthusiasm they have when we play in this competition. Congratulations to them.”
Hong Kong’s economic growth slowed in the latest quarter and the government warned it could face headwinds from U.S.-Chinese trade tension and higher interest rates.Government data Friday showed the Chinese territory’s economy expanded by 2.9 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 3.5 per cent.Exports rose 5 per cent over a year earlier, but the government said the impact of trade tension and weaker global demand “has begun to surface” and is “likely to become more apparent in the near-term.”The government said Hong Kong also faces a drag from higher interest rates. The Hong Kong dollar has a fixed exchange rate with the U.S. dollar, which requires the central bank to raise interest rates along with the U.S. Federal Reserve even though economic growth is slowing.The Associated Press