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“Huang Qi did what any Chinese citizen would have done in his place”

first_imgNews Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific After speaking yesterday with Zeng Li, the wife of imprisoned cyber-dissident Huang Qi, Reporters Without Borders today publishes a transcript of her comments, in which she describes his arrest as “unfair and unacceptable.” “Huang is the victim of the Chinese judicial system’s lack of independence,” Reporters Without Borders said. News Chronology 中国 – “黄琦所做的一切不过是任何在他位置上的中国公民都会做的事”无国界记者发表被囚禁三个月的网络异见者黄琦之妻的呼吁。 RSF_en “Huang Qi is a cyber-dissident and online journalist who has fought hard in recent years so that the inhabitants of Sichuan can have access to better information. He has exposed the injustices they have suffered, and none of his articles has been disputed by the authorities. During the earthquake, his work helped to improve the humanitarian situation. He did everything he could to get equipment where it was needed and to help transport relief aid. He did what any Chinese citizen would have done. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Various political leaders and the government have said on several occasions that the human rights situation would improve in China. But the authorities have not kept their promises and they maintain their repressive policies towards freedom of expression. And now they have taken Huang Qi’s freedom of expression away from him. It is absurd. After speaking yesterday with Zeng Li, the wife of imprisoned cyber-dissident Huang Qi, Reporters Without Borders today publishes a transcript of her comments, in which she appeals to the international community and describes his arrest as “unfair and unacceptable.”Huang has been held since 10 June in Chengdu, the capital of the western province of Sichuan, for posting articles on his website 64Tianwang (www.64tianwang.com) about the humanitarian situation in the province after the 12 May earthquake and how international aid was mismanaged by the local authorities.“Huang is the victim of the Chinese judicial system’s lack of independence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The proceedings are not advancing and his family has no choice but to wait until the authorities deign to look at his case. His lawyer’s requests to see him are being denied, he has not been able to get any medical treatment although his health is deteriorating, and no date has been set for his trial. We support his wife’s appeal and we reiterate our call for his release.”Huang was charged three weeks ago, on 18 July, with “illegal possession of state secrets” but he will not be allowed his first meeting with his lawyer until 18 September.The following is a transcript of Zeng’s comments (to be heard in Chinese). April 27, 2021 Find out more 1999: Creation of the 64Tianwang website, with the original aim of posting information about people missing in Sichuan province. Huang Qi still has very violent headaches as a result of the mistreatment and torture he underwent the last time he was imprisoned. He is being held in the absence of any valid legal grounds and he is being treated in an inhumane manner that violates the basic principle of human dignity. Within Huang Qi’s family, we worry a lot about his health. Thanks to Reporters Without Borders, we hope this appeal will be heard and diplomatic means will be deployed to end this situation.” News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation 2005 : Huang Qi is free20 May 2008: Huang posts an article on the 64Tianwang site criticising the Chinese media’s coverage of the earthquake: “The reports we are seeing are biased. In reality, it is very difficult for NGOs to deliver food aid. They are obliged to go through government channels. The government is using its propaganda to portray itself as a saviour to little avail. Few citizens trust the government because of the corruptions scandals that already occurred during similar disasters in the past.” 2000 – 2005: Huang is arrested on 3 June 2000 and is given a five-year prison sentence on a “subversion” charge for posting articles on his website about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre that were written by exiled dissidents. He is tortured while held in Nanchong high security prison.2003: Reporters Without Borders and French journalist Patrick Poivre d’Arvor meet his wife and son in Chengdu (see “I know my husband is innocent” interview).2004 : Reporters Without Borders awards Huang its “Cyber-Freedom” prize for defending free expression and human rights online. 10 June 2008: Huang is arrested by three policemen in Chengdu and is held in the city’s main prison.10 July 2008: The police confirm to his family that the results of their investigation have been passed to the prosecutor’s office, which now has three months to reach a decision.18 July 2008: Huang is formally charged with “illegal possession of state secrets” (see the official document).18 September 2008: Huang will be allowed to see his lawyer, Mo Shaoping, for the first time. All of Mo’s requests to see him have until now been refused. to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts September 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Huang Qi did what any Chinese citizen would have done in his place” China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Follow the news on China Huang Qi posted articles on his website that included statements by parents who lost their children when schools collapsed during the earthquake. This is what fueled the anger of the authorities and it was for this reason that he was arrested. He is charged with ‘illegal possession of state secrets.’ It is a totally unfair and unacceptable decision. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Authoritarianism prevents press freedom progress in much of Asia

first_img Receive email alerts October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authoritarianism prevents press freedom progress in much of Asia Asia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News to go further Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents Graph_Asie-2.xlsVND.MS-EXCEL – 136 KB June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News Fiji falls furthest, but big advance by Maldives Political power grabs dealt press freedom a great disservice again this year. A military coup caused Fiji (152nd) to fall 73 places. Soldiers moved into Fijian news rooms for several weeks and censored articles before they were published, while foreign journalists were deported. In Thailand, the endless clashes between “yellow shirts” and “red shirts” had a very negative impact on the press’s ability to work. As a result, the kingdom is now 130th.The authoritarianism of existing governments, for example in Sri Lanka (162nd) and Malaysia (131st), prevented journalists from properly covering sensitive subjects such as corruption or human rights abuses. The Sri Lankan government had a journalist sentenced to 20 years in prison and forced dozens of others to flee the country. In Malaysia, the interior ministry imposed censorship or self-censorship by threatening media with the withdrawal of their licence or threatening journalists with a spell in prison.War and terrorism wrought havoc and exposed journalists to great danger. Afghanistan (149th) is sapped not only by Taliban violence and death threats, but also by unjustified arrests by the security forces. Despite having dynamic news media, Pakistan (159th) is crippled by murders of journalists and the aggressiveness of both the Taliban and sectors of the military. It shared (with Somalia) the world record for journalists killed during the period under review.The Asian countries that least respected press freedom were, predictably, North Korea, one of the “infernal trio” at the bottom of the rankings, Burma, which still suffers from prior censorship and imprisonment, and Laos, an unchanging dictatorship where no privately-owned media are permitted.The media in China (168th) are evolving rapidly along with the rest of the country but it continues to have a very poor ranking because of the frequency of imprisonment, especially in Tibet, Internet censorship and the nepotism of the central and provincial authorities. Similarly in Vietnam (166th), the ruling Communist Party targets journalists, bloggers and press freedom activists over what they write about its concessions to China.In the good news section, Maldives (51st) climbed 53 places thanks to a successful democratic transition while Bhutan (70th) rose another four places thanks to further efforts in favour of media diversity.Asia’s few democracies are well placed in the rankings. New Zealand (13th), Australia (16th) and Japan (17th) are all in the top 20. Respect for press freedom and the lack of targeted violence against journalists enable these three countries to be regional leaders.South Korea (69th) and Taiwan (59th) fell far this year. South Korea plummeted 22 places because of the arrests of several journalists and bloggers and the conservative government’s attempts to control critical media. The new ruling party in Taiwan tried to interfere in state and privately-owned media while violence by certain activists further undermined press freedom.Two Asian countries were included in the index for the first time: Papua New Guinea (56th), which obtained a very respectable ranking for a developing country, and the Sultanate of Brunei (155th), which came in the bottom third because of the absence of an independent press. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Organisation last_img read more

Brood of Abandoned Hens Flock to Animal Shelter

first_img Business News Community News Brood of Abandoned Hens Flock to Animal Shelter The Pasadena Humane Society seeks owner of chickens dumped in a wash From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 21, 2017 | 1:34 pm Top of the News Rhode IslandThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is searching for the person or persons who abandoned six female chickens in a wash in La Crescenta. The chickens were reported by a Good Samaritan who found them in an open cage. By the time PHS Animal Control arrived on the scene the chickens had traveled out of the cage and were making their way towards the street.All six hens were located and safety transported back the Pasadena Humane Society where they underwent medical evaluations. The chickens appear to be eating well, but are thin with missing feathers. Their beaks are worn down and some have bodily injuries. The Pasadena Humane Society hopes the chickens will make a full recovery with a healthy diet and medical intervention and will be placed up for adoption along with the other chickens at the shelter.“We are grateful that someone found these abandoned chickens when they did,” says Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “They may have not survived the night in an area frequented by native wildlife.”Chickens can be great addition to your family, but be sure you are ready for the commitment. Chickens require regular care to stay healthy and safe. Backyard coops should be fully enclosed to protect chickens from predators. The coops should contain a feed and water area, as well as a nest box for the hens. Chickens need to be fed daily and manure removed regularly. Finding an exotics, avian or livestock veterinarian is also a must for anyone considering bringing home chickens.“As backyard chickens become more and more common, they have become regular visitors at our shelter,” adds Bank. “People don’t always associate chickens with animal shelters, but I assure you we usually have at least one available for adoption at any given time.”Each city and county have their own rules and regulations regarding chicken ownership. Please consult your city’s ordinances before adopting a chicken.To report any information regarding the six abandoned chickens, animal cruelty, or for more information about adopting chickens, visit pasadenahumane.org.About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCAThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization that provides care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The organization is dedicated to promoting humane treatment and compassionate care for all animals. The animals in its care come from 11 animal control contract cities, as well as partner shelters across the Los Angeles area and beyond. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA also offers lifesaving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets in homes. To learn more, visit pasadenahumane.org. Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Energy healing workshop in Limerick

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Advertisement TAGSAngel TimeslimerickSoulways Therapy Twitter NewsLocal NewsEnergy healing workshop in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 28, 2015 1230 Previous articleLimerick hotelier sets sights on tourism growth targetsNext articleHope is on the menu at Adare luncheon Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Email Printcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ANGEL Times on Limerick’s Thomas Street will host a primordial energy healing workshop from Soulways Therapy on Thursday, March 5.  Primordial energy healing involves looking at beliefs that are intermeshed energetically with our inner maternal and paternal archetypes. This city workshop will use somatic meditation and energetic healing tools to clear old inherited belief systems. The workshop will run from 7 to 8pm and tickets cost €15. For more details log onto www.soulwaystherapy.com WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

Locklar’s Friends Will “Keep the Bluegrass Going”

first_img Friends of the late Rex Locklar have come together to continue the bluegrass tradition Locklar began 50 years age in the tucked away community of Henderson in rural Pike County.Pete Austin, Bobby Jackson and Shelby Cardile are committed to Locklar’s legacy and to keeping the bluegrass tradition alive and, how better to do that than to “keep the bluegrass going.”“We weren’t about to let the bluegrass tradition that Mr. Rex stared die,” Austin said. “And, the best way to keep it going was with bluegrass jamborees.” “Not a dime of the money will got anybody’s pocket,” he said. “All 100 percent will go into the park. The building has been taken down and the kitchen has been converted to the stage. All the wiring is new and the grounds have been improved. A lot has been done and all the work has been volunteer. We just appreciate Mr. Wiley Locklar letting us continue to have the bluegrass jamborees at the park. This is where bluegrass grows.” Sponsored Content Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip You Might Like ‘Swim to End Cancer’ honors Asselstine’s dad Most of those who are dedicated supporters of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising campaign have good reasons…. read more By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Published 12:01 am Friday, April 8, 2016 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Old Rex’s Memorial Bluegrass Jamboree got underway last night at the Henderson Music Park and will continue through Saturday.Jam sessions will pop up all around the park day and night throughout the weekend.  Today’s stage shows will be from 6 until 9 p.m. and, from 1 until 5 p.m. Saturday. Following a Saturday supper break, the stage entertainment will be from 6 until 9 p.m. when the jam sessions will crank back up and there will be no stopping time.“Several well-known bands have donated their talents to Old Rex’s Memorial Bluegrass Festival,” Austin said. “The Henderson Connection, The Benton Brothers, Hatchet Creek and Homeward Bound are some of the bands that will be on stage. Latest Stories A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday for members of the Rex’s bluegrass family who died during 2015.“We’re are keeping the bluegrass jamboree just the way Mr. Rex had it set up,” Austin said. And, that includes at the gate.“The entrance fee is a donation to the restoration of the bluegrass music park,” Austin said. “Just give what you can or what you want. And, we’ll do like Mr. Rex did. If you had money, he’d charge you at the gate. If you didn’t he’d let you in anyway. The Old Rex Memorial Bluegrass Jamboree is to keep bluegrass going and to keep our bluegrass family together and to bring in new members.”Austin said all of money taken in at the jamboree will be for the renovation project and the upkeep of the park. Locklar’s Friends Will “Keep the Bluegrass Going” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Washington nursing home could face fines for allegedly mishandling virus spread

first_imgABC News(SEATTLE) — A Seattle-area nursing home that became the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Washington could face $611,000 in fines and possible loss of government funding for violating federal guidelines put in place to stop the spread of infection, according to a letter sent to the facility by federal investigators.Life Care Center of Kirkland was the scene of one of the first and most-deadly coronavirus outbreaks last month, with 81 residents infected and 34 deaths.Federal inspectors who visited the facility March 16 found “serious deficiencies” that constituted “immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety,” according to documents first reported by The Washington Post and provided to ABC News by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the governmental organization that conducted the inspection. Violations included failure to have an emergency physician service available 24 hours a day, failure to have an infection surveillance program and failure to provide quality care to residents during a respiratory outbreak.One nurse interviewed as part of the inspection told investigators, according to the documents, that she had concerns about fast-spreading respiratory infections in the facility as early as Feb. 12, but that the infection was not reported because medical providers mistakenly believed it was the flu. Life Care Center of Kirkland did not respond to a request for comment.Since the outbreak at Kirkland, nursing homes and their elderly residents have feared exposure to COVID-19. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 400 nursing homes in the nation had at least one positive case. And a growing list of homes around the country, including those in Maryland, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey and Florida have been quickly overwhelmed by the rapid spread of the virus among residents.In most cases nursing home officials reported seeing elderly residents, many with preexisting medical conditions or weaker immune systems, simply unable to fend off the highly contagious virus no matter how hard the staff tried to isolate those with symptoms. Some seniors at Kirkland and other facilities have managed to recover from COVID19, but the virus has been especially hard to fight because, in early stages, many of those who are contagious show no outward signs of illness.But nursing homes also have a well-documented history of difficulty controlling infections, and public records show many with an extensive history of inspection failures. According to a Kaiser Health News survey of federal records, 9,372 nursing homes, or 61%, were cited for one or more infection-control deficiency since 2017. The surveyed looked at almost 15,000 federally skilled nursing homes that take Medicare or Medicaid by analyzing data compiled from Medicare’s nursing home compare database.Despite the finding, the analysis said that only 1% of those violations were met with any sort of fine from the federal agency responsible for policing the homes, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.As the situation at Kirkland worsened in early March, the agency announced fresh plans to “focus their facility inspections exclusively on issues related to infection control” and said those efforts would begin with nursing homes and hospitals. On March 23, the agency’s administrator, Seema Verma, said her inspectors were prepared “to respond to emerging threats to nursing home resident safety, such as that which the Coronavirus poses.”In 2019, prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the Trump administration took steps to scale back nursing home regulations, including rules that would require all nursing homes to have an infection preventionist on staff, according to the federal register. Congressional Democrats raised concerns about the proposed moves in March.“The administrations efforts to weaken nursing home oversight leaves seniors more likely to be in the care of facilities that are unprepared for an emerging infections disease, such as COVID-19,” reads a letter written by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Richard Neal, D-Mass., on March 4. “The outbreak of COVID-19 at the Life Care Center of Kirkland demonstrates the tragic consequences of emerging infections diseases for nursing home residents and underscores the need for robust emergency preparedness and infection control requirements and response.”At the Life Care Center of Kirkland, where families are still recovering from a tragedy of unimaginable scale, federal inspectors said in a letter sent to the nursing home that it was being issued a $13,585 per day fine, effective Feb. 12 and continuing through March 27, for a total of $611,325.The total amount is subject to change depending on how well Kirkland does in correcting its non-compliance in the coming months. If corrections aren’t made by Sept. 16, Kirkland also risks losing its access to federal funds.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Visit Old Ironsides Online!

first_img View post tag: Tour View post tag: News by topic Visit Old Ironsides Online! Google Maps published a complete 360-degree virtual experience of USS Constitution on Tuesday, Jan 20.Using Street View technology, Google Maps photographed the ship in fall 2014 to create an online 360-degree virtual experience of touring Constitution in preparation for the ship’s scheduled dry dock restoration period, which begins in March 2015.Cmdr. Sean Kearns, Constitution’s 73rd commanding officer, said:The timing was ideal. It enabled Google to photograph the ship pierside in her normal fully-rigged configuration before we down-rig the ship and move her into dry dock for restoration work.The 217-year-old warship is scheduled to undergo nearly three-years of restoration work during which time ‘Old Ironsides’ will have her copper siding replaced, along with major restorations to areas of the ship’s hull, interior, and stern.Deanna Yick, Google Maps Street View program manager, said:Adding interior imagery of the USS Constitution to Google Maps was the next step towards providing the most accurate, useful and comprehensive map of the world. We hope this encourages curious observers to visit this historic ship in person one day.The virtual tour allows the public to view and experience the ship as she traditionally looks, fully-rigged at her berth at pier 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard.Kearns added:This effort is particularly exciting because not only will it allow the public to go on a virtual tour to areas of the ship that will not be accessible while Old Ironsides is in dry dock, it will also bring this virtual tour experience to millions of people worldwide who might otherwise never get the chance to visit the ship in person.USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year.[mappress mapid=”14922″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: now View post tag: americas January 21, 2015 View post tag: available Back to overview,Home naval-today Visit Old Ironsides Online! View post tag: Navy View post tag: Old Ironsides View post tag: USS Constitution View post tag: Naval View post tag: virtual Share this articlelast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“Herbert entrusts me with the ’secret’ recipe. In truth, it’s simple, containing just three ingredients: smelt flour, which gives the bread a lovely nutty flavour; Cornish sea salt and water”Smelt? Not spelt? Jasper Gerard of The Telegraph’s whiffy take on BB columnist Tom Herbert’s ’record’ £12 loaf”There is a truly absurd spelt-enriched breakfast cereal marketed by Food for Life Co, under the name Ezekiel 4:9. It takes its name from the biblical verse that instructs the Prophet Ezekiel: ’Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof.’ The word ’fitches’ is held by Food for Life to be the same as spelt. What the cereal marketing chaps seem to have overlooked is Ezekiel 4:12: ’Thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man.’ ’Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles,’ says the Lord. It’s not a recipe for healthy living at all”Christopher Howse, also in The Telegraph (maybe Jasper Gerard was right after all)”I really like the cakes and other sweets, donuts are my favorite”ambitious American Donna Simpson, who has set herself a target to become the world’s fattest woman by nearly doubling her weight to 1,000lb in two years, offers an unremarkable insight into her dietlast_img read more

In my world

first_imgDavid Powell, Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of BakersIf an event has received wide media coverage, the question is often asked as to where/which planet you have been on if you are not aware of it.I have just returned from the frozen Arctic with no sight of a ship, plane or indeed habitation, let alone phone or email access for several weeks. But even I have heard the reports about substantial increases in raw materials such as a 20% increase in animal food prices leading to a 10% increase in food prices, and a British wheat farmer making a windfall £300,000 profit by selling 1,500 tons of ’yet to be harvested’ wheat by selling it to a commodity broker, so hedge funds and the like can play the market.Since Russia announced it was stopping wheat exports, the event which started this saga, the price of wheat has fallen from its peak by £25/ton and is still substantially lower than 2007. A national miller increases the price of flour by £89.37, which would equate to a 10p per loaf increase. The largest bakery retailer claims it doesn’t envisage substantial rises driven by the price of wheat, due to high world stocks.Even if you are not yet confused, you are undoubtedly worried about where all this is leading. I am no ecomomist or wheat expert far from it. But I sense that we are in for an extended period of price turbulence. While some of the issues noted above sound and are serious, in real terms they are minor blips on the longer-term world stage. The driving factors are world-scale: climate change; the drought that has reduced the Russian harvest, while perversely, flooding has reduced the US/Canadian harvest; the increasing use of agricrops to produce ethanol in a mistaken belief that this will help, yet if all of Europe’s agricultural land went to producing ethanol, it would lower European oil consumption by a whole 10%!Perhaps the biggest issue, though, is the change in diet of the 1.3 billion Chinese. As their consumption of meat rapidly accelerates forecasts predict a 35% increase by 2015 the demand for animal feed, primarily wheat and maize, will accelerate much faster. It takes 9kg of feed to produce 1kg of beef! Don’t even mention water supply in this bigger picture, as there will be insufficient water long before oil stocks begin to run low.So the trend in raw material prices is only going one way upwards! Please don’t think the current increases can be ridden out or absorbed; food prices need to rise.last_img read more

Watch Members Of Lettuce & Friends Perform ‘MJ vs. Stevie Wonder’ Tribute To Close Out Jazz Fest

first_imgIn what’s become a beloved annual event, members of Lettuce and Wil Blades took the stage at the sold out Howlin’ Wolf for an loving take on the music of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to close out the ten days of non-stop music mayhem that is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Lettuce’s Eric “Benny” Bloom showed off his MC skills as well as his outstanding trumpet talents throughout the night, telling jokes and sharing stories about drawing inspiration from these two great musicians. Bloom’s bandmates, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and Adam Deitch kept things cooking on the guitar and drums respectively, while occasional Lettuce member Nigel Hall showed off some skills on the bass guitar and vocals. Bloom’s Shady Horns sax-playing partner Ryan Zoidis popped up for some powerful licks, while Wil Blades kept the organ pumping all night long.Check out some of the highlights from this special evening, captured by our own Rex Thomson for this one-of-a-kind performance.Love Having You AroundHuman NatureAnother StarRock With YouMan In The MirrorWorking Day & NightSetlist: Michael Jackson vs. Stevie Wonder at The Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans, LA – 5/1/16:Setlist: The Way You Make Me Feel, Love Having You Around, Human Nature, Have a Talk With God, PYT, Off The Wall, Another Star, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Rock With You, Man In The MirrorEncore: Working Day & Nightlast_img read more