Hong Kong: the Attack on the Chinese Regime’s Mouthpiece Xinhua does not serve the cause of journalism

first_img ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses News June 7, 2021 Find out more News On Saturday November 2nd, the lobby of China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district was set on fire and several windows and glass doors were smashed. The fire was later controlled and no casualties were reported. Xinhua (New China) News Agency, which is closely controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, is notorious as the mouthpiece of the Beijing regime.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) nevertheless firmly condemns this attack that could have had dramatic consequences. “It is normal to oppose the activities of Xinhua, which serves the interests of the Chinese State and not those of the public, however the act of setting fire on its premises does not serve in any way the cause of journalism,” says Cédric Alviani, head of RSF East Asia Bureau, who expressed the concern that this incident “could serve as an excuse for new attacks against independent journalists.”Since the beginning of the protests in June, there have been numerous cases of abuse against the media in Hong Kong, mostly perpetrated by the law enforcement or pro-Beijing gangs. The demonstrations originally started against an Extradition Bill which has since been withdrawn. Protesters’ demands have now evolved into calls for democratic reforms.In the RSF World Press Freedom Index, Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, has plummeted from 18th in 2002 to 73rd this year. PHOTO: ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arson attack against China’s mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency last weekend in Hong Kong that could serve as an excuse for new attacks against independent journalists. Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom November 4, 2019 – Updated on November 6, 2019 Hong Kong: the Attack on the Chinese Regime’s Mouthpiece Xinhua does not serve the cause of journalism Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Organisation Newslast_img read more

Fans on Twitter hail Brentford’s on-loan star

first_imgThe praise Sergi Canos has been getting for his performances for Brentford has not gone unnoticed by fans of his parent club Liverpool.Canos, who joined the Bees on loan in the summer, scored in the 3-0 win at home to Wolves and continues to impress.Many Liverpool fans on Twitter believe the 19-year-old could be in contention for a first-team place at Anfield before long. That Sergi Canos scores or sets one up every week, get him back— Joey (@joe_obrien444) February 24, 2016Sergi Canos looks brilliant, maybe we don’t really need to sign a new winger— IndoLiverpoolFC (@IndoLiverpoolfc) February 24, 2016So this Sergi Canos is a sharp little footballer then.— Derek Kuyt (@HazyDream_) February 24, 2016Canos bagging a goal and an assist looks a promising young lad— Jack (@jslfcx) February 23, 2016Ah Sergi Canos scored, good lad— LFC Dane_89 (@LFCDane_89) February 23, 2016Unsurprisingly, Brentford fans are also delighted with his contribution, and that of Chelsea loanee John Swift.Really enjoyed that last night – confidence allowed us to play the way we can. Good tempo, played higher up pitch, adding Canos helped.— Thorne in the Side (@ThorneintheSide) February 24, 2016Played well tonight & was good to get a win special mention to swift & canos who were excellent #brentfordfc— Gary BFC (@garybees10) February 23, 2016Really happy with the win today, Bees❤️🐝❤️ well deserved, congrats to Swifty and Canos❤️— oKAY then [SDMN] (@kaylasidemen) February 23, 2016Simply play canos and we will win. Him and Judge together are class.— Aaron Dacosta (@AaronBfcDacosta) February 23, 2016Good game Bees. Well played Canos and Swift. #brentfordfc #BEESWWFC— David.Ilett (@Yid_Bee) February 23, 2016Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Winter meeting chatter: Sugar is sweet, prices are sour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the 2016 Winter Agronomy Meetings for Seed Consultants there were major parts of the discussion that resonated throughout Ohio, including the need to be creative in order to be profitable this year. As farmers at the meetings put sugar in their coffee, agronomists were suggesting putting sugar on their fields.“With commodity prices and input cost being where they are right now, growers need to find ways to increase yields while keeping overhead down,” said Mike Earley, Director of Replicated Testing for Seed Consultants. “Our years of testing show that farmers can get those results by applying foliar applications of sugar to corn and soybeans at for $2.50 an acre versus $30 to $40 for fungicide, and we are getting huge returns on investment.”This sugar application is done at the V5 to V6 stage on corn and R1 on soybeans at 5 pounds per acre.“Some do choose to put that sugar on with fungicide or you can put it on with your last application of herbicides,” Earley said. “Overall, it is a very economical way to increase yields.”During their testing of sugar as part of a field script, Seed Consultants has seen yield bumps up to 30 bushels to the acre in corn and a 3-4 bushel increase in soybeans. That’s still a nice return on a minimal investment and something more and more of Seed Consultants’ customers are willing take a look at, in a year when convincing farmers to add anything to the cost of production is a challenge.“Most of the farmers I am talking with are trying to find any way possible to trim the fat heading into planting season,” said Dan Fox, a seedsman with Seed Consultants. “Now that some comfortable years for income are well behind us, producers are really fine tuning their bottom line to try to keep their operations in the black.”Due to rising taxes on farm land, rent prices aren’t showing much mercy on that balance sheet and Fox said that some producers will want to cut fertilizer first, which may be the easiest thing to do but it is the wrong thing to do for a successful 2016 crop.last_img read more

Study finds red meat exports deliver excellent returns to U.S. corn producers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) commissioned a study aimed at quantifying the value delivered to U.S. corn producers through exports of beef, pork and lamb. The independent study was conducted by World Perspectives, a leading agricultural consulting firm.“What we tried to do in this report was to see how red meat exports affect the price of a bushel of corn, the amount of corn that is used and the use of DDGs,” said Dave Juday, World Perspectives senior analyst. “USDA’s baseline projections show that corn use over the next 10 years for feeding domestic livestock will grow 17%.”Using those same projections, food use is expected to decrease by 2%  and biofuels use will go down by 3%.“Clearly what is driving the market is feed use and herd expansion and what’s driving that is exports,” Juday said. “One out of every 3 additional pounds of U.S. beef produced over the next 10 years will go to the export market and one out of every 2.75 pounds of additional pork produced over the next 10 years will also go to the export market.”On a per-head basis, 800-pound calves fed to 1,360 pounds each consume 35 bushels of corn and 806 pounds of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Each 12-pound pig finished to 284 pounds consumes 11 bushels of corn, 37 pounds of DDGS and 136 pounds of soybean meal.World Perspectives analyzed feed rations and U.S. livestock production practices to establish feed use and then used beef and pork export data to determine the amount of consumption attributable to red meat exports, finding that 2015 exports accounted for:·         355 million bushels (or 2.1 million acres) of corn·         $1.3 billion in value to corn·         1.48 million tons of DDGS (169 million bushel equivalent)·         $205.4 million in value to DDGS·         11.7 million tons (or 3.1 million acres) of combined corn and DDGS fedLooking ahead, red meat exports’ positive impact on the corn sector looks even stronger. The study projects that indirect exports of corn through red meat exports will grow from 355.5 million bushels in 2015 to 482.4 million bushels in 2025, an increase of nearly one-third. Indirect exports of DDGS would jump from 1.48 million tons in 2015 to 2.14 million tons in 2025, a 44% increase. Over the next 10 years, the value of red meat exports to corn is estimated to be about $16.1 billion.“Instead of a season average annual price of $3.60 a bushel for corn, it would’ve been about $3.15 a bushel, or a $6 billion difference for the corn industry,” Juday said. “Eighty-three percent of corn is produced by the top 10 states, so if you divide that $16.1 billion among those states you can see the kind of impact that is going to have on local economies.”last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played better

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri on Brighton win: We could’ve played betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt they weren’t at their best for victory at Brighton.Eden Hazard set up Pedro’s opener and then scored the second in a deserved victory at Brighton, which ended in a closer game than it looked like it would for much of the afternoon after Solly March pulled a goal back.”We could have won better because we played very well for 60 minutes,” said Sarri.”We conceded a goal in a moment in which we were in full control of the match. My mind was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the last five minutes with long balls into our box. We are not a physical team.”With the substitutions I tried to have more physical impact in the last five minutes, but it was clear it was really very difficult in the last five minutes. But we could have won better.”Sarri added: “When we have the feeling of being in full control of the match, we are dangerous to ourselves. We know that we suddenly lowered the level of application and attention.”Their goal was the first situation in our box for 30 minutes. We were a bit unlucky, but the feeling when we have confidence and are sure we are in control of the match, is that we are dangerous to ourselves.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd academy chief Butt: We must blood youngsters under Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Butt: We must blood youngsters under Solskjaerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNicky Butt believes that his Manchester United youth players must make the step up to the first team.Butt is of the belief that a United youth player should always get a shot with the first team.And with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge until the end of the season, Butt hopes the likes of Angel Gomes will get their chances.”If you ask any Manchester United fan, or Ed Woodward, or the owners, or the manager, they want players in the first-team,” Butt said to the Daily Express.”That’s my job. That’s the job of the academy coaches – to get players into the first-team.”I think it’s something that fans will demand, the club will demand, the owners and the board will demand and the manager as well.”The academy is the lifeblood of the club and the home-bred players are the ones that help the superstars all around the world embed themselves into our culture and become Manchester United people.”I think that’s the most important thing.” last_img read more

Crown seeks prison time for disgraced exQuebec construction mogul Tony Accurso

first_imgLAVAL, – One-time Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso should receive a five-year prison term and be ordered to pay $1.6 million, the Crown prosecutor said Thursday.Accurso’s lawyer, however, suggested his client receive a more lenient punishment and serve a suspended sentence in the community.A jury on Monday found Accurso, 66, guilty on five charges including fraud and corruption after deliberating for seven days.The case against him involved a municipal corruption scheme between 1996 and 2010 run by former Laval, Que., mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, who pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.Vaillancourt oversaw a kickback system in which construction companies would pay officials in exchange for public contracts.Superior Court Justice James Brunton noted during the hearing that another co-accused in the case, Rene Mergl, who was also a construction entrepreneur, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.Brunton said Mergl had played an important role in co-ordinating the collusion at one time in the city just north of Montreal.“Going from 18 months to five years, can the court do that while respecting the principles of proportionality and parity (of sentences)?” Brunton asked prosecutor Richard Rougeau.Rougeau said he understood the court’s concerns, but added that Accurso’s companies accounted for 25 per cent of the contracts handed out by the city of Laval.The $1.6 million being sought by the Crown represents two per cent of the value of the contracts awarded to Accurso’s firms that authorities believe was paid in kickbacks to city officials.Defence lawyer Marc Labelle said paying that amount will be difficult given his client’s precarious financial and legal situation.Accurso has about $10 million left from the sale of his companies and is being sued by Laval for $21 million in addition to fines levied against him by federal and provincial authorities.He also renounced $4.4 that was owed to him by Laval for contracts.“It the sky doesn’t clear up, Mr. Accurso will go bankrupt, perhaps as early as in July … He may be worth a lot, but he may also be worth nothing,” Labelle said.At his trial, Accurso denied any involvement in the scheme and testified he was not aware of any such system in place.The system of collusion and corruption was put in place by Vaillancourt and his client “did not create this system, it was imposed,” Labelle said, adding Accurso had no choice but comply.Labelle noted that because of the size of his construction firms, no others could have legitimately competed with Accurso.“If there had not been a system of mandatory collusion in that city, Mr. Accurso would have made a lot more money,” Labelle said.Brunton is to render a sentence July 5.last_img read more

Scheer backs Brexit despite chaos says its giving Britain back control of

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says his support for Britain’s departure from the European Union is undiminished, despite the chaos Brexit has sown in British politics.The United Kingdom was plunged into uncertainty Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May’s new Brexit deal with Europe met a rash of criticism. Two cabinet ministers resigned, the British pound fell sharply, and part of May’s own Conservative caucus was trying to take her out. All over a negotiated deal for Britain to leave the European Union that critics say will leave the country bound to rules made by the European Union but without a say in how those rules are made.Scheer said his support for Britain’s move out of the EU rests not on economics or the practicalities of trade but rather on the principle of sovereignty.“I do believe that the U.K. over the years has given up a tremendous amount of sovereignty,” he said in an interview. “The bureaucratic nature of the EU, the different levels of government, the fact that court decisions in the U.K. can be appealed to a higher level of court in Europe, those are all things I don’t think Canadians would ever accept for ourselves.”The British voted to leave the European Union by 52 per cent to 48 per cent. But exactly how Britain should leave Europe hasn’t been settled and time is running out.If Britain and the EU can’t agree on terms for Britain’s departure, the country will be propelled out of the union in March with no rules for how goods or money or people will move across Britain’s border. Under a “hard Brexit,” Britain and the remaining EU countries will be bound together by just the most basic of global treaties.Scheer published an op-ed in June 2016, supporting the idea of Brexit just before the British voted. He said he hasn’t followed the twists and turns of the Brexit negotiations all that closely but he still firmly believes Britain should leave the European Union because he doesn’t think nations should give up important decision-making powers to citizens of other countries.While some international agreements give their participants shared influence or create dispute-settlement mechanisms, neither is the same as having an entirely new level of government where people in other countries can dictate what happens in your own, Scheer said.“There is a difference between influence and direct control,” he said. “I don’t think that if Justin Trudeau came back from the NAFTA negotiations with a new clause — ‘Oh, by the way, there’s going to be a new legislature that Americans will send members to that will pass laws that will bind Canada’ — I don’t believe Canada would ever go for that.”Scheer acknowledged Canada has signed comprehensive trade agreements recently with Europe and with Asia, and now a new North American trade agreement is on the table. But regardless whether Conservatives or Liberals were negotiating, Canadians insisted on the supremacy of Parliament and Canadian courts in Canadian affairs, he said.Despite his skepticism of the European Union, Scheer said he’s a free-trader and warned that Canadians can’t ignore the rise of anti-free trade rhetoric in many countries, including the United States.“The takeaway from this last round of trade negotiations and what’s going on in the world is we can’t assume the case for free trade is made and then leave it alone. We have to be vigilant against protectionism and be constantly making the argument for free trade,” he said.“There will always be those that may not believe in those arguments so we have to be very proactive that Canada is always touting the benefits of free trade, not just to Canadians but to Americans, so it is less likely for protectionist policies to take hold in countries we trade with.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Patrice Bergeron Is Doing It All — Except You Know Putting The

The Frank J. Selke Award is given to the NHL forward who most demonstrates a high level of proficiency at both ends of the ice — responsible in his own zone, productive in his opponent’s. Boston Bruins center iceman Patrice Bergeron has won three of the last five Selkes, effectively taking the torch from Pavel Datsyuk as the league’s best two-way forward.Bergeron is not going to win the Selke this year. It’s not because he’s shirking responsibilities on defense — he’s a plus-1 on a team that can’t score — he has simply stopped being productive on the other end. More than a quarter of the way into the season, Bergeron has just eight points (four goals, four assists). But point production doesn’t tell the whole story — Bergeron is actually having a very good season. He just can’t seem to put the puck into the other team’s net.Among NHL players who’ve taken more than 400 faceoffs this season, Patrice Bergeron’s 58.6 win percentage ranks fourth. His Corsi For Percentage of 63.1 percent — a score above 50 implies a player’s team controls the puck more than 50 percent of the time that player is on the ice — is the best in the league among skaters who take a regular shift. His Fenwick For Percentage of 62.4 percent — Fenwick is another proxy for a team’s puck possession against a given player’s ice time — is third only to his linemates Brad Marchand (63 percent) and David Pastrnak (62.7 percent). And yet despite downright sterling possession metrics — faceoff percentage included — Bergeron is scoring at a historically low clip.Bergeron’s eight points in 23 games is good for an anemic .35 points per game — not great for a guy who’s used to scoring points in three of every four games he plays (entering the 2016-17 season, Bergeron had notched 618 points in 820 games). Somewhat bizarrely, linemates Marchand and Pastrnak are each having historically great seasons. Marchand is on pace to notch around 70 points — this would be a career high — and Pastrnak is on pace to tally close to 50 goals, which would shatter his previous high of 15. How is it that the wingers of the Bruins’ top line are each scoring at a hellacious pace while their centerman is struggling to find the stats sheet?It’s not like Bergeron isn’t getting his shots. Entering this season, Bergeron had averaged 2.8 shots per game for his career — in 2016-17, he’s taking 3.5. (It’s hard to tell exactly where those shots are coming from because, somewhat confoundingly, no one is doing a great job of keeping up-to-date shot charts, but it’s hard to imagine that Bergeron, who’s a centerman, is taking the bulk of his shots from outside his preferred slot/high slot region.) Bergeron’s four goals on 80 shots is good for a career-low shot percentage of 5. For reference, he entered the 2016-17 season with a career shot percentage of 10.3. While that’s not the shot percentage of a world-beating sniper, it’s still pretty damn good.Bergeron’s shots-per-goal ratio is necessarily up, too. He usually scores on every 9.9 shots he takes — this season, that number has swelled to 20. His power-play scoring percentage is also down from last year — 25 percent this season vs. 37.5 percent from last. He scored more than a third of his 32 goals in 2015-16 on the man advantage but is only on pace to net just under four on the power play this season.Something is amiss. But what?Part of Bergeron’s scoring dearth might be because of hot goaltending. In the seven games, Bergeron has taken five or more shots and not scored, opposing goalies have a combined save percentage of .931. Take Jake Allen’s .909 and Robin Lehner’s .921 out of the mix, and that combined save percentage rises to .940. If that were an individual goalie’s stat line, it would be good for the third-best mark in the NHL. Some of Bergeron’s drought must be related to the quality of goaltending he’s faced — and some of it could just be due to that beast the hockey gods call “puck luck.”The law of averages and his historical performance and his league-best possession metrics all dictate that Bergeron will right the ship. But the Bruins go as their alternate captain goes, and for a team that’s struggling to score this season — they rank 23rd in goals scored per game — it’s imperative for Bergeron to right that ship sooner than later. Otherwise, they risk missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year, which is something that hasn’t happened since a dismal stretch between 1959 and 1967 saw them miss out on postseason hockey for eight straight seasons.Some second-year guy named Bobby Orr helped end that eight-year slide in 1967-68. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they don’t currently have the second coming of Orr in their system. For now, it’s on their beloved alternate captain to start appearing on the stats sheet. read more

Gee adheres to students seating gripes hopes for louder environment at Schott

Despite continuous requests for more student seating in the Horseshoe, OSU President E. Gordon Gee said he wants to see more support for other Buckeye sports before he will consider upping the allotment of student football tickets.   With that goal in mind, the university announced in late August it will move 800 of the student seats at the Schottenstein Center from behind the baskets to behind the benches and scorer’s table for some men’s basketball games in the upcoming season. “We need to create an environment in which our basketball programs have the same kind of intensity as our football program or other things,” Gee told The Lantern on Oct. 6. “So we needed to make the change, too, because the students made a very important point to me, ‘Well you know if you’re just sitting behind there and (they) have you sitting there in the middle, you’re not a very good fan, Mr. President.’” Gee took the students’ words to heart, as he and fellow faculty members will vacate their previous seats behind the benches for all-Big Ten contests and an additional non-conference game this season to make room for what Gee hopes to be a more boisterous NutHouse student section.     “Now I have every expectation that we’re going to have a ring of fire around our court and I’ll be very disappointed if every game is not sold out by our students,” Gee said. So far, so good. When men’s basketball tickets were released last week, tickets sold out in two hours. Although the 1,400 tickets available to students this year were a drop from last year’s total, senior forward David Lighty said the move could provide a big boost for the team. “I think that’s going to help us out a lot,” Lighty said. “We feed off the crowd. Big plays happen and they are loud and rowdy. … That’s just going to get us excited. I think it’s going to be a good thing for us.” Schools such as the University of Michigan and Michigan State University already have a similar type of seating arrangement. Lighty said he is glad OSU pulled the trigger on the adjustment. “You go to Michigan State and they have a whole student section in the bottom bowl, and my parents are sitting with the students going crazy,” Lighty said. “It’s a more suitable atmosphere for college basketball and something that gives the fan a better experience and makes them want to come and get more excited.” As the students move closer to the action than ever before, senior guard Jon Diebler said he hopes they will have the arena rocking.    “I think we have a great student fan base,” Diebler said. “I think they are excited about the new seating because I think they might feel more into the game instead of being on the ends.” Having become accustomed to verbal lashings from opposing student sections, junior guard William Buford said he hopes the seating change will entice the Buckeye students to return the favor to visiting squads.       “I don’t really pay attention to them too much, but I hope that it will mess with the opposite team,” Buford said. “We get dogged everywhere we go, so they need to do something.” read more