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A New Zealand couple from Chesterfield, Derbyshire have won the battle to name their four-month-old son “Lucifer” after a registrar tried stopping them from choosing the name which is often used as a moniker for the Devil.

Dan, who is a plant hire company boss had lodged a complaint over the way he and his wife were treated after visiting the council office for the registration following its reopening after months of lockdown.

Couple win battle to name their son
He said;

“We were really excited to go and get him registered but the woman looked at us in utter disgust.

“She told us he would never be able to get a job, and that teachers wouldn’t want to teach him.

“I tried to explain that we are not religious people, and Lucifer in Greek means ‘light-bringer’ and ‘morning’ but she wouldn’t listen.

“She even told us that it was illegal to name a child that in New Zealand and that maybe we could name him something else but refer to him as Lucifer at home.”

Couple win battle to name their son

Following the couple’s insistence on naming their son “Lucifer”, they were asked to leave the room while the official checked if she was allowed to register the boy with the Satanic title.

Dan added:

“We were gobsmacked with her behaviour.

“Eventually she did it, but it was through gritted teeth.

“Honestly, we just thought it was a nice name . . . a unique one. We didn’t expect to get so much grief about it.”

New Zealand, which has tougher restrictions on naming children, has Lucifer on a list of banned names published in 2013, along with “Christ” and royal titles such as “King”, “Prince” and “Princess”. A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said the registrar had done the right thing by raising her concerns about the couple’s choice of name before allowing it.

The spokesperson said;

“Our registrar felt it was her duty to ensure the couple were aware the name Lucifer had negative connotations and that their son may encounter issues with the name through his life due to its associations.”

The registrar contacted the General Register Office for further guidance, and an official at the General Register Office agreed she had acted correctly in advising the parents “with the best interests of the child in mind”.

The spokesperson further said;

“Despite the advice, the couple said they still wished to proceed and name their son Lucifer, and the registrar continued with the registration.

“We apologise if they were offended but it is the job of our registrars to advise in these matters as sometimes people are not aware of certain meanings or associations around certain names.”

 

Chinese consulate in Houston was hiding scientist working for Chinese military -FBI alleges after closing consulate

US Federal investigators have revealed that China’s consulate in San Francisco has been hiding a Chinese scientist accused of visa fraud amid tensions between the United States and China following the abrupt closure of Beijing’s consulate in Houston by the US Government.

According to the FBI, Tang Juan, a researcher focusing on biology, lied about her connection to the Chinese military in order to obtain entry into the US and has since avoided arrest by taking refuge in the Chinese consulate.

She was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to depart the US for China.

Chinese consulate in Houston was hiding scientist working for Chinese military -FBI alleges after closing consulate

According to court filings, Tang was charged on June 26 with one count of visa fraud after the FBI alleged she concealed her connection to China’s military in her visa application, but FBI investigators “discovered photographs of her in the uniform of the Civilian Cadre of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA)” and that she had been employed as a researcher at the Fourth Military Medical University (FMMU).

During an interview with FBI agents on June 20, “Tang denied serving in the Chinese military, claimed she did not know the meaning of the insignia on her uniform, and that wearing a military uniform was required for attendance at FMMU because it was a military school,” her attorneys wrote in a court filing.

But when the FBI searched her residence and electronic media, they allegedly “found further evidence of Tang’s PLA affiliation.”

After her interview with the FBI, Tang allegedly fled to the San Francisco consulate, “where the FBI assesses she has remained.”

Prosecutors also claim there are other Chinese scientists in the US and they are part of a “program conducted by the PLA — and specifically, FMMU or associated institutions — to send military scientists to the United States on false pretenses with false covers or false statements about their true employment.”

“There exists evidence in at least one of these cases of a military scientist copying or stealing information from American institutions at the direction of military superiors in China,” prosecutors said.

“There additionally exists evidence of the PRC (People’s Republic of China) government instructing these individuals to destroy evidence and in coordinating efforts regarding the departure of these individuals from the United States, particularly following the charges filed against Xin Wang in this district on June 7, 2020.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, reacting to Wang’s arrest called it “blatant political persecution.”

“As far as I know, Wang Xin does research in the field of cardiovascular diseases. I don’t see how that could ever threaten US national interest or security,” she said, adding that “recently many Chinese citizens were questioned for a long time by American law enforcement officials while leaving the US, and the digital devices they carried were also examined.”

After the US government shut down the US consulate in Houston, Chian promised to respond, with state media suggesting the shutting down of one of the US’ numerous diplomatic missions within China.

The decision to shut down the Houston consulate comes a day after US prosecutors charged two alleged Chinese hackers over a “sweeping global computer intrusion campaign” that they say was supported by the country’s government and aimed at coronavirus treatment and vaccine research.

The US State Department earlier accused China of having “engaged for years in massive illegal spying and influence operations” and that those “activities have increased markedly in scale and scope over the past few years.”

On Twitter, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the Houston consulate was a “central node of the Communist Party’s vast network of spies.”

 

China orders US consulate in Chengdu to cease operations in retaliation for Houston closure

China has ordered the closure of the United States consulate in Chengdu, China, days after the US announced the forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas.

Relations between the US and China is at an all time low as both nations squabble over the Covid-19 pandemic, trade, treatment of muslims and racial minorities in Xianjing, security law in Hong Kong and US ties with Taiwan.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday July 24, said US diplomats in China had been notified Friday morning that Beijing was revoking the license for the Chengdu consulate in China’s southwest, which has been ordered to “stop all business and activities.”

The statement adds that the US had “unilaterally provoked the incident” by ordering the closure of the Houston office, an action Beijing said “seriously violated international law and the basic norms of international relations.”

“The current situation between China and the United States is something China does not want to see, and the responsibility rests entirely with the United States,” the foreign ministry said.

“We once again urge the US to immediately revoke the erroneous decision to create necessary conditions for the return of bilateral relations to normal.”

On Twitter, Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said the order was “a legitimate and necessary response to the unilateral provocative move by the US to demand the closure of China’s Consulate General in Houston.”

Chengdu, the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan province, is an important diplomatic outpost for the US, as it covers a large portion of China.