China fines comedy troupe $2m for joke about the military

The quip, which likened the behaviour of a comedian's dogs to military conduct, irked authorities.

They said Shanghai Xiaoguo Culture Media Co and comic Li Haoshi had "humiliated the people's army".

BBC reports the company accepted the penalty and terminated Mr Li's contract.

The offending remark was made during a stand-up performance in Beijing on Saturday, when Mr Li alluded to two canines he had adopted which were chasing a squirrel.

Samoa Police issue 582 fines during lockdown

Chair of the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC), Agafili Shem Leo said according to chart, majority of the fines were issued in the month of April.

He added that 389 official warnings were also issued by the Police throughout the same period.

During the lockdown hours from 10pm to 6am in the morning, only authorized vehicles and private vehicles for patients with dialysis were authorized to drive on the road.

SOE Order 78 on penalties:

Samoa police fine hundreds for flouting Covid rules

Assistant Police Commissioner Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo confirmed on TV1Samoa that people have been fined or $US38 each for not wearing face masks in public.

Auapa'au said close to 500 fines have been given for breaches to lockdown rules since March 17 when community transmission was detected.

Businesses have been fined for opening and for selling alcohol and at least one church has been fined for holding a service during lockdown.

Auapa'au said more than 100 people have been fined for travelling around during the curfew from 10pm until 6am.

Twenty fines to be issued over No 10 lockdown parties

The Met police will not be saying who is fined or which events the fixed penalty notices relate to.

However, Downing Street has said before that it would confirm if the prime minister was facing a fine.

Fixed penalty notices are a sanction for breaking the law, and mean a fine, which needs to be paid within 28 days, or contested.

If someone chooses to contest the fine, the police will then review the case and decide whether to withdraw the fine or take the matter to court.

Samoa to fine people who don't adhere to Covid-19 restrictions

Lockdown requirements include restricting public gatherings to no more than five people.

Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said individuals would be fined $US45 for their first offence and $US245 for a repeat.

Fines for organisations - including churches - are $US2,080, increasing to $US2,916.

Tuila'epa said people breaching the lockdown requirement would have the offence lodged as a criminal record which would affect overseas travel.

NRL stand firm over fines


The governing body confirmed the Sharks would be slugged $30,000 and the Sea Eagles $20,000 after Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and Manly's Trent Barrett both lashed the whistleblowers after their week-one finals exits.

Both clubs appealed their penalties after they were handed down a fortnight ago, however NRL head of football Brian Canavan said neither would be granted reductions in their fines.

"Given the seriousness of the breaches - and the need for the integrity of the game to be maintained - it was decided that the penalties should stand," Canavan said.

Vietnamese Blue boat captains fined US$1.4 million

Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer imposed the fine in default of four years imprisonment to Captains Do Van Va, Vo Van Vi and Nguyen Nguyen last Friday.

The court said if the captains failed to pay the fines within 30 days they will serve four years in prison.

Solomon Star reports a two year imprisonment term was also imposed to run concurrently with the in default sentence.

The time the three captains spent in custody was also taken into account.

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