Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating which two Japanese reporters received from Chinese policeyesterday. The press freedom organisation also deplores the government’s decision to break its promise to allow the foreign news media to report freely in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating which two Japanese reporters received from Chinese policeyesterday. The press freedom organisation also deplores the government’s decision to break its promise to allow the foreign news media to report freely in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. “These latest incidents are indicative of the hostility displayed by many members of the Chinese security forces, an hostility fueled in recent months by official campaigns against the foreign media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities have apologized for the beating but they must also punish those responsible.” The organisation added: “We fear that this inability to tolerate foreign reporters will result in more incidents, for which the IOC will share the blame because it took so long to request guarantees for the safety of the media.”Masami Kawakita, a photographer with the daily Chunichi Shimbun, and Shinji Katsuta, a reporter with Nippon Television Network, were arrested by paramilitary police in Kashgar, in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, and were taken to an official hotel, where they were beaten and their equipment was broken. One of the journalists was pinned to the ground while a policeman squeezed his head under his boot. They were released two hours later with minor injuries. Sixteen police officers were killed earlier yesterday in Kashgar in an attack with a explosives which the authorities blamed on a radical Uyghur group.The two journalists’ employers condemn the beatings, while the Japanese government said it would make an official protest. The Xinhua government news agency said the authorities had apologized. The Beijing municipal government meanwhile announced today that the foreign news media will have to apply 24 hours in advance in order to carry out interviews on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This is a regrettable step backwards that violates both the January 2007 rules lifting reporting restrictions on the foreign media, and the promises made by the organisers of the Beijing games that the foreign media would be able to broadcast live from the square. The new restriction was announced in the form of a notice posted on the Beijing government website (http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/BeijingInfo/NewsUpdate/BeijingNews/t987900.htm) saying: “To maintain a good order of reporting activities at the square, Chinese and foreign journalists are advised to make telephone appointments with the Administration Committee of Tiananmen Area.”Police yesterday dispersed a group of Beijing families near the square when they tried to talk to foreign journalists about the inadequate compensation they had received after being evicted from their homes to make way for Olympic installations. ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China August 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Japanese reporters beaten by police in Xinjiang, new reporting restrictions imposed in Beijing RSF_en News News News to go further News Receive email alerts China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more
Sailing Cuppers LMH, starting out as pre event favourites, held their composure and secured their first sailing cuppers win in recent years. Fourteen college teams made the short trip to Farmoor reservoir only to be faced with a flat calm lake. Thankfully, a light but consistent breeze filled in. Racing then got underway in four leagues and the fourteen teams were whittled down to just four for the knockout stage. The wind remained light but conditions were perfect for this two boat team racing event. LMH dispatched of a strong St Hugh’s team in the first semi-final with some well executed team racing on the first upwind leg. The second semi- final was somewhat closer and looked to be going Worcester’s way before a late turn of speed from the Lincoln team led them through to the final. Lincoln provided formidable opposition in a scrappy final, which saw four penalty spins awarded in just one race. Amidst the frantic team racing and heated debate from Lincoln, LMH held their nerve, and took home the cuppers trophy.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004
By Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaAs the seasons shift and people spend more time indoors, so do rodents. A University of Georgia wildlife specialist says you can rid your home of those uninvited winter guests.The first step is to make sure your intruders are rodents. Michael Mengak, a specialist with the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, says watch for:• Droppings. Mouse droppings are the size of rice grains. Rat droppings are the size of raisins.• Tracks. Scatter baking flour or powder on the floor along walls or attic or basement. Put a cracker with peanut butter in the center of the path. Check for tracks the next day.• Burrows. Outdoors, look in weedy places around plants, under boards and doghouses and near garbage cans.• Gnawings. A little hole with chewed edges is a sure sign.• Nests. They are often found in boxes, drawers, toolboxes, basements and attics.• Odor. A musty, urine-like odor often indicates mice are present, not rats.Listen, too, for scratching in the walls or attics at night.If you have rodents, the next step is to get rid of them. Act fast, though.“One pair of breeding mice can potentially lead to millions more in a year,” he said. “Although they don’t actually reproduce this quickly in nature, mice can breed at 30-day intervals, beginning when female mice are only two months old. So you must keep working to get rid of them.”Mengak recommends using traps, not poison baits. “Poisons are more dangerous to children and pets, and poisoned rodents don’t die immediately,” he said. “Instead, they usually crawl into an inaccessible space in a wall or behind appliances, die and then smell awful.”Place traps in rooms, attics, basements and garages. Put them along walls, in cupboards, in drawers or on countertops. Mice don’t venture out into a room or open space. Well-fed mice may live for weeks in one corner of a room or attic. Don’t expect it to travel more than 10 feet to find a trap. Rat traps are larger. Place them where children and pets are not likely to trigger them, he said. A dozen rat traps should work for one home. Remember, rats are smarter and harder to catch than mice.Set traps with the bait treadle across its path at a right angle to the wall. The best baits are peanut butter, bacon, cooked chicken or anything with a strong odor, he said. Using two traps back-to-back with one facing in each direction is effective.Snap traps are easy to set and inexpensive. Multi-catch traps work fine but are more expensive. Sticky traps are good for mice but will likely not hold a large rat. Set traps for a few weeks to make sure you get all rodents.Poison baits should only be used outside the home and away from pets and children. Make a bait box. Get a sturdy wood, metal or cardboard container. For rats, cut 3-inch diameter holes in opposite sides of the container at ground level. Cut smaller holes for mice.Fill a smaller container with a pound of poison bait and put it inside the bait box. Add bait each day to keep it full. Don’t let the rodents empty the bait container. They must feed each day, or they will not die.Don’t leave bait out longer than four weeks. Unattended bait will spoil, mold or cause a poisoning accident. If after a few weeks rats and mice are no longer feeding at the bait station, remove unused bait and save it in clean, tightly sealed, labeled containers. Use disposable gloves to handle the bait or dead rodents.Mengak warns homeowners not to buy the latest gizmo guaranteed to rid homes of rodents. Homemade products generally do not work either. Don’t use homemade chemicals or products not labeled for rat or mouse poison. Don’t use arsenic, mercury, strychnine or other similar products. Read and follow all label instructions on the poison box or packaging.Only licensed operators should use fumigants or gas cartridges. Never use fumigants or gas inside structures or dwellings where humans or pets will be exposed.For more information on rats and mice, visit the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ publication, “Rats and Mice: Get Them Out of Your House and Yard,” at pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C970/C970.html.
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana’s children face many significant health issues, with our opioid crisis and an alarming increase in nicotine use being two of the most urgent. Our state needs all its children to be healthy and have the opportunity to become the strong workforce and leaders of tomorrow.Children are often the unseen victims of the opioid crisis, with kids of all ages both directly and indirectly affected. Family and community opioid abuse often affects younger children, while older youth may combat opioid addiction themselves. Hoosier children whose parents struggle with substance use disorder are more likely to experience abuse or neglect than other children.Research shows a clear connection between parents’ substance abuse and child maltreatment, and the number of Indiana kids negatively affected by substance use disorder is growing. Parental substance abuse is the primary factor in more than half (52.2%) of Indiana cases where a child was removed from their home. The addictions crisis also has contributed to a crisis in foster care for the state, with the number of children in foster care having risen 50.2 percent from 2012 to 2015.Although we may not hear as much about Indiana’s alarmingly high rates of tobacco use, the toll it is taking on our kids is no less dire. The use of any type of tobacco product is unsafe for young people. Experts agree that whether a teen smokes or vapes, the nicotine is both addictive and damaging to their developing brains.Youth are sensitive to nicotine addiction and feel dependence earlier than adults. Each year, over 3,500 Hoosier children under 18 become new daily smokers. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start before age 18, and three out of four teen smokers become adult smokers. The brain continues developing until age 25 and adolescent use of products containing nicotine can harm the part of the brain responsible for mood, learning, and impulse control.Today, the most commonly used tobacco product among teens are e-cigarettes. When adolescents use vaping products, they are both more likely to use cigarettes, and more likely to increase their use of cigarettes and vaping products over time. Teens who would otherwise be deterred from tobacco cigarettes may be attracted to e-cigarettes because of their unique qualities such as flavorings, design, and perceived social acceptance. The top reasons why teens use e-cigarettes are the use of the product by a friend of family member, availability of flavors, and the belief that vaping is less harmful than other forms of tobacco.Smoking and substance use are just two of the health issues impacting young Hoosiers – overall, we rank 34th in kids health. We can, and must, do better. We will not change these trends without investing in our kids and our communities. Distressingly, we are 49th out of the 50 states in per-capita spending on public health issues like smoking, drug addiction and obesity.The Indiana Youth Institute is part of a broad coalition of health, business and youth leaders that are coming together around a plan that calls for improving health outcomes by raising the state cigarette tax as part of next year’s biennial budget. A $2 increase in the state cigarette tax—which is currently under $1 and even lower than Kentucky—would significantly lower the appeal of cigarettes to young, price-sensitive people. It also would generate $360 million in the first year alone that could go toward funding opioid treatment and prevention, educating and protecting youth from e-cigarettes and smoking, addressing our state’s infant mortality concerns and strengthening the Healthy Indiana Plan.Kids and families benefit from these initiatives. We have the potential to move from bottom ten states in public health spending to the top 10. By raising cigarette user fees in next year’s budget, we can make meaningful and transformative investments to improve our kids’ health.Our kids are our future. They have limitless potential. Let’s ensure they have the good health needed to become Indiana’s next generation of citizens, innovators, and leaders.