Who said the Chinese never speak out?

first_img Follow the news on China News Twitter and bloggersJournalists detained by the authorities are often helped by the fact that their lawyers and relatives use their blogs or Twitter to circulate information about developments in the judicial proceedings against them and to rally support.“I say what I want, and if I cannot talk then I am being stifled to death,” lawyer and blogger Lan Zhixue posted on Twitter on 14 September. “The right of expression is the basis of all the other rights,” he added. His blog’s address: http://blog.sina.com.cn/lanzhixue1“Justice will not be easily rendered so Xie Chaoping needs us to keep following his case,” Xie’s lawyer, Zhou Ze, posted on his blog after Xie’s release. Zhou has been very conscientious about updating his blog as he is aware of the importance of online support for his client. The address of Zhou’s blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/zhouzeVoices that cross borders“It is important for an author not to censor himself, it is important for him to express his thoughts,” censored writer Liao Yiwu said in an interview for Deutsche Welle after finally being allowed to visit Europe. “Unfortunately, there is too much self-censorship in China because authors above all want to be published.”Liao said only writers and some journalists are able to freely express what the people experience because the authorities cannot accept any accurate portrayal of the country’s reality. Liao does not regard himself as a dissident but all of his works have been censored by the authorities. He spent four years in jail for a poem called “Massacre” about the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests.Chinese journalists who have moved abroad often continue to actively support fellow journalists who have stayed behind and to work at keep news and information flowing. Read a Reporters Without Borders interview with a radio journalist: http://en.rsf.org/china-radio-journalist-talks-about-14-09-2010,38351.htmlSupport for human rights activistsThe fate of human rights activists is very rarely mentioned in the Chinese media because of the draconian censorship of all stories relating to dissidents, but they can count on certain journalists and bloggers to circulate information about their activities online.“One thing is sure, as long as democracy is not fully respected in China, I will not stop fighting and my democratic convictions will never change,” writer and political dissident Chen Shuqing said the day he was recently released after four years in prison. A member of the banned China Democracy Party, Chen was jailed on a charge of “inciting the overthrow of the state.” His statements have never been published in the Chinese media but they have circulated online.Self-trained lawyer and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng’s release earlier this month was not mentioned in the Chinese media but it was reported online. “I have not changed one iota,” said Chen, despite still being under constant police surveillance. His statements were rapidly reported in Mandarin on Twitter, to which thousands of Chinese journalists and Internet users have access thanks to proxy software that circumvents censorship.After four years and three months in prison, Chen plants to resume defending the legal rights of his fellow citizens as he did in the past, when he campaigned against forced abortions and sterilisation. More information about Chen: http://en.rsf.org/petition-olympic-prisoners,34043.htmlPloy, distraction or glimmer of hope?Launched by the authorities on 8 September, Zhitong Zhongnanhai (Direct line to the Zhongnanhai) gets its name from the central Beijing district where the government has their headquarters. It is intended to be a way for the public to send messages to the leadership. By 13 September, no fewer than 23,000 comments had been left for President Hu alone on such subjects as rent increases, corruption, pollution and violations of civil liberties.But this window of expression is subject to 26 rules. Cyber-citizens may not, for example, post comments that could endanger the state’s honour and interests, incite abuses of the right of association or assembly, or incite illegal demonstrations liable to destabilise the social order.Those that send this kind of message can be punished by having their IP address permanently withdrawn. But messages cannot be sent to this government address from IP addresses located outside China. And they cannot be sent anonymously from Internet cafés either, as Internet café users are now routinely asked to show ID.Despite the risks, critical comments manage to get through. “When will prices fall? The only things that do not rise are wages!” or “Comrade Hu, isn’t it interesting to note that I have left so many messages and all of them have been harmonised?” an Internet user posted on the new Zhitong Zhongnanhai website. “Can’t you let us tell the truth?” The website’s address: http://cpc.people.com.cn/GB/191862/191865/index.htmlA battle not lost in advance, but far from wonWhile there is no shortage of examples of successful support campaigns, there are still many cases of journalists and bloggers who have been the victims of ill-treatments.“You will be punished in kind,” a member of the Guobao (public security squad) told Liu Shasha, a young Beijing resident and blogger who was interviewed by a French journalist about her arrest in July. “They put me on my back and began pouring water on the sacks placed over my head. I could not breathe, it was awful,” Liu said. “Then they removed the sacks and put a cloth soaked in spicy oil under my nose. Then they began pouring water on me again to make me asphyxiate. I couldn’t take it anymore and I said I would make a statement.”“They sat me in a chair with my hands and feet tied and asked me: ‘Who did you contact today?’ I replied that I was going to file a complaint against them. They responded by throwing me to the ground, this time on batons, to make the treatment more painful, and they resumed the water torture session.”What was this young woman’s crime? She had urged people on Twitter to place wreaths outside the building that houses the Chinese Internet firm Sohu after it reportedly eliminated the blogs of hundreds of free speech activists. Read Liu’s story (in French): http://www.ecrans.fr/Chine-blogs-et-chatiments,10872.htmlAround 100 journalists, bloggers, Internet users and human rights activists are currently detained in China.“He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a brave man”Chinese proverbThe Great Wall of censorship continues to rise higher and higher around the Middle Kingdom’s readers, listeners, viewers and Internet users. But the defenders of press freedom manage to climb it or circumvent it. If the efforts of all these people are united, victory will be theirs. It is up to governments, corporations and Internet users in the democratic countries to give them unwavering support.Courage! More recently, stories of an imaginary lizard called Yake (Ya Ke Xi in Mandarin) have circulated in response to a Chinese New Year show on state TV that showed Uyghurs from the troubled western province of Xinjiang singing the government’s praises and repeating that the Communist Party Central Committee’s policies were “good” (“yakexi” in Uyghur). ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further Puns and cartoons – new weapons against censorshipThe Chinese love plays on words. Their language lends itself to punning as it has lots of homophones.Internet users have been attacking the online censors with humour and creativity for years. The resistance against censorship has come above all to be represented by a mythical creature called the “Cao Ni Ma” (Grass Mud Horse), a homonym for “Screw Your Mother.” Internet users mock the Party’s censorship by posting bogus animal reports and songs about the Cao Ni Ma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKx1aenJK08&feature=player_embedded Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific September 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who said the Chinese never speak out? Organisation Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison “The Beijing police chief apologised to me, the magazine Caijing and all the journalists,” Caijing deputy editor Luo Changping wrote on Twitter on 21 September. Luo, who was arrested by the Beijing police for a story headlined “Security companies given special task of intercepting petitioners,” said the police finally promised not to prosecute anyone in connection with the article. To follow Luo on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lianyueJournalists sticking togetherThese positive developments were the result of public support, which is having an increasing impact on the Chinese authorities. In some cases, this “agitation” was initiated by news media or informal groups of journalists in certain regions.“The Internet’s development opens up new possibilities,” Xiao Jianfeng, the editor of Hunan Ribao (Hunan Daily), wrote after the authorities closed down an online discussion forum that was appreciated by many journalists. “If a website is closed, another is created elsewhere. The government is mistaken. Suppressing and closing websites is not a good method. It should instead try to solve the problems.”Launched by Nanfang Dushi Bao, a newspaper based in southern China, the Dushibao Lianmeng (Association of Metropolitan Journalists) website was used by the staff of 13 local newspapers for exchanging information and discussing issues.Some of the debates on Dushibao Lianmeng, such as the one about the residence permit system known as the “hukou,” upset some Communist Party leaders. The journalists had all called for the abolition of the system, which discriminates against rural residents working in the cities. The Propaganda Department recommended closing the forum in the conclusions of its March investigation into this “incident.”Ye Du, a journalist based in the southern city of Guangzhou who belonged to the forum, said mutual assistance among news media is quietly growing in China despite new regulations. For example, if a newspaper cannot report a local story because it has been censored by the provincial authorities, a newspaper from another province may take on the job of covering it. While regretting the forum’s closure, most of its participants think its disappearance will have little impact on press freedom as another one will soon spring up in its place.“The police do not have the right to arrest journalists without reason,” said the banner displayed by ten journalists in Yichun, a northeastern city near the Russian border, on 28 August. They were protesting against the detention of four fellow-journalists, who had been arrested by the local authorities while covering a plane crash in which 42 people were killed. The ten journalists staged two silent and anonymous demonstrations outside the local Propaganda Department office. The images of the protest circulated immediately online. The detained journalists were freed in the afternoon and received apologies from the local authorities. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Shocked by the crudeness of this propaganda when the situation in Xinjiang is so problematic, humorists invented a lizard (“xi” in Mandarin) called Yake who patrols and censors the Internet and symbolises Central Committee policies. According to its creators, Yake is now dying out in Russia (after a golden era there) but is still thriving in Cuba, North Korea and China. Yake, who has a forked tongue, feeds on river crabs (“he xie” in Mandarin). “He xie” is a homonym of the word for “harmonising,” President Hu Jintao’s political leitmotiv and a government euphemism for censorship.In all, Chinese bloggers and Internet users have invented about ten creatures to represent China’s online censors.Cartoons are also increasingly being put into the service of media freedom. When Xie Chaoping, the author of the book about the Sanmenxia dam, was detained, lots of cartoons appeared in support of the campaign for his release. The electronic Great Wall around China is getting taller and more effective. The government still controls most of the print media. Communist Party and government leaders continue to order arrests of journalists, bloggers and intellectuals. Directives from the Central Propaganda Department and local officials trample on media freedom.But, with perseverance and courage, journalists, Internet users, bloggers, artists, lawyers and intellectuals are managing to open breaches in China’s censorship. In recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders has noted a series of encouraging victories by these tireless free speech activists.It is up to the Chinese above all to wage the fight against censorship in China, but they need the support of the international blogosphere and information sector companies. The fight for free expression in a country that is now a major international power also needs significant solidarity gestures.That is why Reporters Without Borders is supporting Chinese intellectual Liu Xiaobo’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize. A staunch defender of free expression who was given an 11-year jail sentence for helping to draft the Charter 08 manifesto, Liu Xiaobo embodies the peaceful and selfless struggle for freedom being waged by activists in China and many other parts of the world.Effective protestsRecent events in China suggest that a turning point is being reached in the possibilities for effective action by journalists and Internet users against repression and censorship.“I will never regret writing this book,” Xie Chaoping claimed when he was freed on 17 September after being detained for several weeks in the central province of Shaanxi for writing about the Sanmenxia dam. He was released for lack of evidence after winning a strong show of support from the Chinese public. More information: http://en.rsf.org/china-journalist-arrested-for-writing-07-09-2010,38299…“I wrote the truth,” said Economic Observer reporter Qiu Ziming at the end of July after the authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang withdrew the libel charges they had brought against him for accusing a local battery manufacturer of improper practices. When Qiu went into hiding and protested his innocence in his blog, he won an enormous amount of support online and was transformed into an Internet hero. More information about Qiu: http://en.rsf.org/china-business-reporter-taken-off-most-03-08-2010,3806… April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Coffee Concert: The Adderbury Ensemble playing Vaughan-Williams and Mozart

first_imgby Robin Thompson Last Sunday, the Adderbury Ensemble performed at the Holywell Music Room coffee concert. The group was formed in 1986, and after initially performing solely in the north Oxfordshire village of Adderbury, now performs throughout Europe. It also helped to set up the Oxford coffee concert series, and will record two CDs in 2008. Next Sunday’s coffee concert at the Holywell Music Room is at 11.15am, where the Cremona string quartet will be playing quartets by Beethoven and Bartok (tickets available from Tickets Oxford 01865 305305). Holywell Music Room, 3rd February 2008 The second and final piece of the concert was Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor, k. 516. Despite being well played, its tragic and grave nature made it unremarkable after the Vaughan-Williams. center_img The concert opened with Vaughan-Williams’ ‘Phantasy’ quintet, a work for strings that is much less well-known than several of his other works written just after the end of the First World War. His love of the viola is clear from the opening theme of the first movement, and, judging by the audience’s excited chatter at the end the piece, the rendition was very well received. Every Sunday morning at the Holywell Music Room some of Britain’s finest musicians come to display their talents. Yet whilst the concert venue is often full, very few students are present. Perhaps few students are interested in classical music? But this is hard to believe with hundreds across the university involved with various choirs, orchestras and other ensembles. Then, maybe students cannot afford to go and see concerts? However, the £8 entry fee (including coffee at the King’s Arms following the concert) is a small one in comparison to the amount spent on nights out to clubs. last_img read more

Paralympic gold for Natalie

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material RecordsHe believes the number of records set in the Olympic Games indicates that the track in Beijing is fast, and that the possibility of breaking records is good. After leading the South African Olympic team into the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing on 8 August, she was elected to lead the SA Paralympic team into the same stadium on 6 September. Du Toit qualified for the final with a world record in the heats and then lowered that mark to one minute and 6.74 seconds to take victory. The International Association of Athletics Associations banned him from the Games after conducting tests on his “blades”, which they ruled gave him an unfair advantage. Du Toit, who finished 16th in the open water swimming marathon at the Olympics last month, is aiming for five gold medals in the Paralympics. Four years ago, in Athens, she claimed five golds and one silver. South African swimmer Natalie du Toit made history on Saturday when she became the first person to carry a country’s flag at the opening ceremony of both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. Unfortunately, the case had taken a big chunk out of Pistorius’ training time and he failed to meet the qualifying standards for the Olympics, but he plans to qualify for London 2012. As two of the most recognisable and famous athletes at the Paralympics, Du Toit and Oscar Pistorius will spearhead South Africa’s Paralympic challenge. Earlier in the year, Pistorius’ attempts to qualify to run the 400 metres at the Olympic Games was a story that captured headlines all around the world. Gold!She went part of the way to achieving her goal on the weekend when she captured gold in the 100 metres butterfly, thus ensuring that South Africa’s Paralympians will fare better than their able-bodied counterparts, who returned from Beijing with only a silver medal, won by Khotso Mokoena in the long jump. 8 September 2008 “The Blade Runner”, who won a gold and a bronze in Athens, is aiming for a clean sweep of the 100, 200, and 400 metres sprints. He is the world record holder in all three events, but Pistorius is hoping to lower his 400-metre mark in Beijing. Pistorius, who was second in the 400 metres in the SA National Championships in 2007, says he has a different focus when competing against abled-bodied athletes – his aim, then, is to win. At the Paralympics, his aim is to better his previous best performances. CourtPistorius challenged the findings and, after conducting independent tests, took his case to the Court for Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne. The court found in his favour and he was cleared to run at the Olympics.last_img read more

SA space agency a step closer

first_img“Some of the projects it will co-ordinate include the Square Kilometre Array bid, the Southern African Large Telescope, and South Africa’s second indigenous satellite, SumbandilaSat,” the department said. The Act, first published in the Government Gazette on 15 December last year, is seen as a step in the right direction, given the country’s rich heritage of involvement in modern astronomy, which dates back to 1685, when the first temporary observatory was established in the Cape. National Space Strategy President Kgalema Motlanthe last month signed into law the South African National Space Agency Bill, which could see South Africa setting up its own space agency later this year to pull together all space-related activities in the country under a single organisation. Establishing a board “The board will advise the minister on any matter relating to space affairs that may influence the functions of the agency, monitor the research priorities and programmes of the agency and, after consultation with the minister, establish or dissolve any of the agency’s organisational divisions.” The agency will also implement the National Space Strategy, which was approved by the Cabinet in December 2008, to stimulate the capability to place South Africa among the leading nations in the innovative utilisation of space science and technology. The agency is also expected to bring together the work of several institutions and harness their capacities to leverage billions of rands to boost the economy and create more jobs.center_img “The agency must facilitate the development of space missions, develop technological platforms, and acquire, assimilate and disseminate space satellite data for any organ of state.” “The agency will promote the peaceful use of outer space; foster research in astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics; foster international cooperation in space-related activities; and advance scientific, engineering and technological competencies through human capital development and outreach programmes,” the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement last month. SAinfo reporter 9 February 2009 According to the department, the first step towards the establishment of the agency will be to appoint a board of between 10 and 15 members, a CEO who is an ex officio member, and a chairperson appointed by the minister of science and technology. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA’s growth potential ‘underestimated’

first_img5 July 2012 South Africa has great growth potential compared to most countries, but people underestimate it, Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus said on Wednesday night.“We have a lot going for us … We have the ability to be a haven for people who need it,” she said at a function in Sandton, Johannesburg.“South Africa is a place for real growth opportunity … and right now in terms of inflows … almost R55-billion has come in.”In comparison, Europe was not growing and this could affect South Africa as 29 percent of its manufactured goods was exported there. If Europe stops buying, South Africa suffers, she said.Proper leadership was needed to maintain and improve South Africa’s growth so as to not follow in the footsteps of Europe and other declining economies.“Many people think leadership is a position … or office or title. It’s none of those.“Leadership isn’t someone at the top of the tree. Leadership is each one of us … when you serve the whole, you serve yourself.”She noted that a lot needed to done to build the future citizens wanted for themselves and the country.“The future is what we envision and what we work towards,” said the governor.“Yes we have challenges … but we have created jobs. It’s just not at the level you want.”The more businesses strove for knowledge and skills, the better South Africa would be.“The outcome is determined by what we do.”Training and “maintaining” youth was important, she said, as young people were turned away by employers because they lacked experience.“We have to get people working, give them experience and help them get their foot in the door.”Sapalast_img read more

A look at soil health in the farm bill

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseBill Richards has been concerned with the health of his soil for a long time.For more than 40 years, Richards and his family have used no-till to reduce costs and limit soil and nutrient runoff on their Pickaway County farm. Richards has also spent countless hours educating his fellow farmers about the importance of managing their land in a productive way while still protecting the environment. He served as the chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service from 1990 to 1993 as well.“In the late 1950s the agronomists were telling us there was no reason to till other than weed control. Ohio is the cradle of no-till because at Wooster we had Dr. [Glover] Triplett and Dr. [David] Van Doren who started the original no-till research. There was a group that got started and I was sort of the ring-leader, trying these things to make them work on a farm level,” Richards said. “It is a change. It is different management and a different culture. We have a culture carrying over from the plow of the old days where farms should look neat and clean and the soil should be turned over. We fell in love with big tractors and big horsepower. It is hard to get farmers to change, but when the prices get down near the variable costs of production, farmers are going to be looking for a way to produce more efficiently. When we started no-till, our mission was to save fuel and machinery costs — we had no idea about the soil improvement and the erosion reduction we’d see. We learned very quickly that with no-till we could spread over many more acres, but we haven’t progressed like we should. Other countries like Brazil, Argentina, Australia that do not have the price structure like we have here have adopted no-till at a much greater rate than we have here in the U.S.”For Richards and many others reducing and eliminating tillage has changed the way they farm and view the soil.“No-till has been a revolution in the way we farm and those using it long term are really benefitting. Then when you add cover crops you really can see the benefits. One of the problems is that we are not doing a good job of measuring those benefits. We have to be able to prove that we are really benefitting and lowering the risk of farming,” Richards said. “No-till is not the only conservation practice, but it is the easiest and the best and the fastest way to raise productivity and make row-crop production much more efficient. We have been taught that it is all about yield, but it is how much money you have left over at the end of the year that really counts. Some years for us, no-till has lost us money, but over time it has made up money. No-till farmers benefit long term and our tenants also really benefit from that soil improvement from no-till.”Today, no-till is seen as an important component of conservation and (maybe more importantly) improving soil health that is more often being considered in the ongoing 2018 Farm Bill discussions.“Back in the ’85 Farm Bill they tied conservation to agricultural payments for the farms. That got a great jump in no-till because no-till was the fastest easiest and most profitable way to meet those standards. That sort of slipped away,” Richards said. “That is something that will probably be looked at very carefully in this upcoming farm bill. There is going to be a big push to tie conservation to crop insurance and that will bring no-till to the front again.“What responsibility are we willing to accept in return for low-cost crop insurance? I think that is going to be one of the issues in the farm bill that will cause some discomfort in the countryside. I think we have the duty and moral responsibility to use the best conservation technology available to control erosion, improve soil and water quality and increase productivity in the production of food fiber and energy for the long term benefits of people all over the world.”Richards and others have speculated that soil health requirements for participation in the crop insurance program could be a future farm bill possibility. In the initial version of the 2018 Farm Bill released by the House Ag Committee in April the crop insurance program was virtually unchanged from the previous farm bill, though as more is learned about the complexities of measuring and improving soil health, there is greater likelihood that soil health will work its way into the farm bill.But what exactly is soil health? The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service defines it as: the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Every farmer knows that some soils are healthier than others but there is still plenty to learn about why and how.Jim Hoorman, an NRCS soil health specialist based in Ohio, outlined four key principles of improving soil health.“The first one is minimizing your soil disturbance. When you till the soil, you are burning up your organic matter and we have lost 50% of our organic matter in most of our soils. The second principle is to maximize the amount of live roots. You want to feed the microbes and we know that where we have live roots we will get 1,000 or 2,000 times more microbes,” Hoorman said. “The third principle is rotate your crops and maximize surface residue. You rotate crops to minimize problems with insects and diseases and you want to keep surface residue to protect the soil from erosion. You also want to increase your biodiversity above ground and below ground. The more species you have out there, the more soil life you will have and the healthier the soil system will be. Those are the key principles we are promoting at the Soil Health Division of the Natural Resource Conservation Service.”Improving soil health is certainly not an overnight process, Hoorman said.“Many times we have to crawl before we walk or run. A lot of these farms started with no-till and later added cover crops. The best place to start with cover crops is after wheat because you have several months for things to grow. Other great places to start are after a hay crop or maybe after some CRP ground. As guys go along they learn more about equipment, seeding rates and management,” Hoorman said. “It is also important to get cover crops out early by using shorter season corn and soybeans so you can get your cover crops planted, growing in the fall and get more roots.”More farmers are finding that healthier soils will ultimately produce better yields with fewer inputs, though there are often short-term yield sacrifices for long-term gains for improved soil health and farm profitability. This is one factor that makes the soil health advantages hard to quantify and more challenging to incorporate into federal farm programs.Jim Moseley, former U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy secretary, was on a panel with Richards and others at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in March and said he was hoping soil health would be a bigger part of the farm bill discussion this time around.“I have been kind of disappointed in the discussion of the farm bill in the last year and a half. It has been about maintaining the status quo,” Moseley said. “We have had an unprecedented amount of new information and enthusiasm beginning to come forth in this area of soil health. If you have this beginning to sweep across the landscape with farmers I guess I expected there would be something innovative that would come out of this legislation to move us forward a little bit and that just hasn’t happened.”One bit of soil health progress in terms of federal policy Moseley highlighted, however, could develop with the March 1 introduction of the Agriculture Data Act of 2018. The legislation would aggregate and anonymize the vast amount of farmer data that the U.S. Department of Agriculture already manages, making it accessible to land-grant university researchers while maintaining producer privacy. There will likely be a push to include a version of the Agricultural Data Act of 2018 in the next farm bill with one goal being to potentially develop future policy based on gaining a better understanding of the benefits of soil health.“The world of big data is sweeping across agriculture so we can make better decisions. That is in the private sector, but in the public sector it is difficult to access the wealth of data in the RMA, FSA and NASS. We have worked on this project for a year and a half there has been legislation introduced to collate and access the data so we can do a better job of giving answers to some tough questions,” Moseley said. “What is the linkage between the farmers doing good conservation practices related to their net profitability? Individuals are trying to make that correlation but their data sets are hard to come by. USDA holds real data. You can take the real data and synthesize it into a real solution. Once you get that then you can begin to develop policy around it.”And, beyond policy development, the lessons potentially learned through the research made possible through the Agricultural Data Act of 2018 could add credence and incentive at the farm level to focus on improving soil health outside of federal policy. Proof of profitability is a powerful incentive.“The No. 1 question about conservation from farmers is, ‘How is it going to help me with profitability?’ Big picture, there are three things that help with profitability and production: genetics, technology and the third leg to that soil for us to feed the growing population is soil health,” Moseley said. “Without soil health we have an unstable stool. If we are absent soil health we don’t get there.”last_img read more

If What You Are Doing Was Working

first_imgIf your dream client could produce the results they need without your help, they’d already be producing those results.If your competitor, the company and people serving them now, could help them produce those results, they’d have already done so.If the financial investment your dream client was making was enough for them to be completely satisfied, that financial investment would be the right amount.If continuing to do things the way they’ve always done was going get them where they wanted to go, you wouldn’t have found your dream client where you found them.No doubt, you agree with these ideas. Your experience tells you that they are true. You know that if your dream client really wants what they want, they’re going to need to change, and maybe more than they think.What’s harder to see is, however, is how much we are like our clients.Take a Look At YourselfIf what you are doing right now was producing the results you want, you’d already be producing those results, wouldn’t you?If your client acquisition efforts were enough to get you the clients you need, you’d have those clients. If what you are doing here isn’t getting you those clients, what do you need to change?If the way you sell was enough to command the investment you require, you’d have no trouble acquiring that investment. If how you sell isn’t working to allow you to capture the appropriate share of the value you create, you need to change the way you sell.If you want to be a change agent, then you first have to be able to make changes yourself. When you recognize how difficult this is for you, you’ll know why it’s so difficult for your clients.Your potential exceeds anything you can imagine, and it’s your job to reach that potential, an impossible feat, but one worth pursuing. What do you have to change to get closer to your full potential?last_img read more

Ateneo bounces back, brushes off Lyceum for 2nd win

first_imgMOST READ “Definitely we’re happy about the win and it’s always good to win,” said Lady Eagles captain Bea De Leon. “I think we started out really slow, really poorly and the energy on the court on the second set was very slow but we picked it up.”“The third set was still close but I knew my teammates were alive so I knew we could hold on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaddie Madayag led all Ateneo with nine points while De Leon, Pauline Gaston, and Jules Samonte had eight points apiece.Although Ateneo trailed, 36-26, in scoring spikes, it made up for the lost points with 12 service aces and enjoyed the 31 errors committed by the Lady Pirates. Rocelyn Hongria had a game-high 12 points for Lyceum. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beermen hold off Picanto behind Fajardo’s 41 points FILE — Maddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo got back to its winning ways in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after dumping Lyceum in three sets, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles, who lost to Far Eastern University in four sets, improved to 2-1 and claimed sole possession of the second spot in Group A while the Lady Pirates slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action

first_imgBefore the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister.“Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we’re the only ones left,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Ighot and operations assistant Neil Tibajares miss their old Christmas Day routine, but helping spread holiday cheer more than makes up for that.“You give up time with your family, but you get to make PBA fans happy,” said Tibajares.That’s what everyone in Team PBA focuses mostly on: How to help fans maximize their Christmas experience with the league.“There are a few people who will be sad that I have to work on Christmas Day but compare that to the thousands who become happy because they get to watch the PBA on Christmas Day,” said Ancheta. “If these people choose to spend their Christmas with the PBA, who am I to complain?”Flores added: “Every time I see families, friends together at Christmas time during games, I feel thankful. In our own small way, we get to bring them together, put smiles on their faces while watching a basketball game.”It’s this kind of thinking that makes it easy for Team PBA members to endure being away from family on Christmas Day. It is this attitude that helps them work tirelessly to make sure fans enjoy their Dec. 25.But at the core of that thinking, at the heart of that attitude lies something else.Imagine: After running around venues making sure fans get to maximize their day in the PBA, ensuring the media gets everything it needs for a seamless coverage, making sure action after breathless action gets posted on social media, Team PBA huddles back to their own dugout with no applause to usher them off the court.When the lights fade and the cheering is reduced to distant echoes in an empty coliseum, there are no long queues of adoring fans eager hungry for autographs and photo-ops.And yet, the happiness in their faces is unmistakable. Marcial, the indefatigable communications and external affairs director who is currently the league’s officer-in-charge, understands perfectly why. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “For me, the PBA is no longer work. It’s our passion,” he said. “This is what we want. This is the PBA. What else is there to want?”As far as Team PBA’s dedication to their passion? Nothing else. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Premier Volleyball League spikes inaugural season with 3 conferences, 3 champions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed But they’re out there grinding—for the sake of fans who take time out to spend Christmas Day soaking in the country’s finest basketball brand and, in the case of media bureau staff members Flores and Hazel Ancheta, those who couldn’t make it.“We cut videos of games that are posted on Instagram,” said Ancheta.Talk among NBA old-timers is that Red Auerbach didn’t want the Boston Celtics playing on the 25th at home because it deprived arena workers of a chance to spend Christmas with their families.The PBA office employees have no choice. No matter what team gets assigned to play on Christmas, they show up and make sure operations run smoothly.“It’s fulfilling because you get to give something back to fans,” said Rouselle Ighot, the league’s in-venue and events officer who supervises activities for sponsors and fans.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on.Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and “sharing drinks with friends” on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the needs of sports journalists. If the game calls for it, Marcial steps on the court to intervene when things go out of hand between teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIn the Philippine Basketball Association, teams normally get booked for Christmas Day matches if: a. They are Barangay Ginebra, b. They are Barangay Ginebra’s designated foe, or c. They serve as the opening match in a doubleheader featuring Barangay Ginebra.But there is another team that works on Christmas Day, only its members never make the highlight reel. They do not walk to the court showered in thunderous applause. And neither are there names called out in booming fashion over the public address system.last_img read more

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first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Inquirer Sports resumes its report on personalities and events that made 2017 a year to remember.2023 FIBA WORLD CUPThe Philippines won the hosting rights to the 2023 Fiba World Cup after the Fiba (international basketball association) Central Board approved the country’s three-nation bid with Japan and Indonesia this December in Mies, Switzerland. The three hosts earned outright World Cup berths.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ CLYDE MONDILLAAt 24, Mondilla emerged as the new ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit champion after sweeping the last two legs of the circuit, including the P3-million The Players Championship last September.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCOLLEGE BASKETBALLFierce rivals Ateneo and La Salle starred in another epic UAAP Finals showdown. But the Blue Eagles came out triumphant this time with Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto and Isaac Go taking charge in dethroning the Green Archers, 88-86, in the do-or-die Game 3. In the NCAA, San Beda completed a finals sweep to bag its 10th championship in 12 years. Robert Bolick led the Red Lions in upsetting the Lyceum Pirates who won all 18 elimination games. (To be continued) Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues June Mar Fajardo. Photo from Fiba.comJUNE MAR FAJARDOCementing his status as the best basketball player of his generation, the 28-year-old Fajardo claimed his fourth straight PBA Most Valuable Player award. The 6-foot-10 slotman, aside from powering San Miguel Beer to the Philippine Cup last March and the Commissioner’s Cup last July, helped Gilas Pilipinas stay unbeaten in two games in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Obiena puts SEA Games tragedy behind him View commentslast_img read more