The Conspiracy of Silence-Part I-V
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President Obama's Re-election Bid: the $1 Billion Candidate?
Washington, D.C: April 2, 2011:
President Obama is on the verge of making a very important announcement -- one that we all probably could have predicted -- that he wants to keep his job as leader of the free world.
President Obama is expected to send an e-mail message to supporters as early as next week and file his official papers with the Federal Election Commission, effectively announcing his re-election bid, unidentified Democratic officials who are familiar with the president's plans said Saturday.
The timing makes sense, as Obama has a large fundraiser scheduled in Chicago in a week and a half. The president also managed to raise $1.5 million at a fundraiser held in New York City last week.
Some believe that Obama, who has a true knack for raising election money, may cross the threshold and could become the first $1 billion presidential candidate.
During his 2008 election campaign, Obama managed to raise a whopping $750 million.
Meanwhile, a laundry list of Republicans, from governors to former governors, senators and television personalities are laying the groundwork for a possible presidential bid.
There are plenty of "potential" Republican candidates already being touted in the media -- though not one has officially declared that he or she will take on the incumbent. This has given everyone from Donald Trump to Michele Bachmann plenty of attention.
And some Republicans have even said they are afraid to step up to the plate. "They are saying that they're afraid, publicly," ABC News Political Director Amy Walter said. "When you're the one candidate who has the Republican label on, everybody starts throwing darts at you."
His staff, however, may be working on fundraising and messaging efforts for the 2012 bid.



Washington, DC -: In the recent opinion poll of over sixty ranking historians in this country ranked Abe Lincoln as the highest ranked president in the history of our country
To see the ranking of the other 42 presidents
click here. Our current president, President Barrack Obama was not included in this poll.







A Year After Last September's Panic, Geithner Says It's Time to Phase Out Economic Rescue Programs


Washington, D.C.September 10,2009: Treasury Secretary Says 'Signs of Early Progress' Means It's Time to Readjust the Strategy'.
With the country's economy improving and the financial system showing signs of repair, the time has come to start winding down government programs put in place to rescue the nation from recession, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Thursday.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, before the Congressional Oversight Panel.
"Because of these signs of early progress, we are now in a position to start to adjust our strategy," Geithner told the Congressional Oversight Panel hearing today.
"As we enter this new phase, we have to begin winding down programs that are no longer necessary and that, by design, are less needed, less important, as the economy recovers," he said.
Accordingly, some Federal Reserve lending programs have already started to be phased down, the FDIC's program to guarantee senior debt has seen a drop in usage, Treasury's money-market guarantee program will be allowed to end later this month, having earned more than $1 billion in income, and a contingency fund of $750 billion put into President Obama's budget will not be used.



European News:

L'AQUILA, Italy, April 7, 2009:
"Italy Will Build a New Town From Rubble," PM Silvio Berlusconi pledged at a news conference today.
One person was reported dead after a major aftershock struck in the evening near the Italian town of L'Aquila, as residents continued to come to terms with losses from Monday's devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake.
Tremors following huge quake are making race to find survivors more dangerous.
Residents reportedly fled shelters and already damaged buildings when the aftershock struck, sending chunks of concrete falling into the streets.
The "Catastrophe in Abruzzo," as it is being called, has so far claimed 235 lives, according the rescue coordination center of l'Aquila.
But amidst the grim increase in the casualty count, there were signs that the rescue operations were still yielding survivors who had managed to stay alive despite having been trapped in the rubble for over 40 hours.
One young woman, Eleonora Calesini, a 20 year-old student, was pulled out at 21:30 local time from a five-floor building on via Poggio all'Aquila where she lived with other female students. She was reported to be in good condition and was taken by helicopter to hospital.
It was an incredible stroke of luck for the young student - Eleonora suffers from hearing problems and there were fears that her condition would make finding her all the more difficult. She would have been unable to listen out for signs that attempts were being made to rescue her as she removes her hearing aid every night.
The latest temblor, rated a 5.6 by the United States Geological Survey, was felt as far away as Rome. It did not deter rescue efforts, however, as teams continued to sift through the rubble in hopes of finding survivors.
Thunderstorms and as many as 300 aftershocks have posed extra challenges to the round-the-clock rescue effort.
So far, 150 people have been pulled out of the rubble alive. Of the hundreds injured, 100 cases are serious, Mr. Berlusconi said.So far, 150 people have been pulled out of the rubble alive. Of the hundreds injured, 100 cases are serious, Berlusconi said. So far, 150 people have been pulled out of the rubble alive. Of the hundreds injured, 100 cases are serious, Berlusconi said.
Berlusconi also said that 34 people are still missing and are known to be buried under rubble.




Governments in the European Union are exploring what to do after the Irish Republic's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty to reform the expanded EU.
France and Germany have described the No vote in the referendum as a serious blow but have urged the EU to press ahead with the project.
European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said the treaty was not dead.
But Czech President Vaclav Klaus said the treaty was finished, since any further ratification was impossible. His is a lone voice among EU leaders, but his views will probably resonate with many European voters who did not get a say in a referendum, says the BBC's Oana Lungescu in Brussels.
The third failed referendum on an EU treaty in three years can only be seen as a serious blow to the EU's credibility at home and abroad, our correspondent adds.







Middle-East
Afghanistan-Kandhar, April 2, 2011:


Violent protests in Afghanistan flared for a second day today, enflamed by outrage over the burning of a Quran by Florida pastor Terry Jones. More Video Watch: Protest Over Koran Burning Turns Deadly Watch: Terry Jones on U.N. Staffers' Deaths Watch: Interview With Pastor Terry Jones: Part 1Nine protesters were killed today in Kandahar, where hundreds marched holding copies of the Quran when security forces shot into the air to disperse the crowd. Zalmai Ayubi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said it is unclear how the protestors were killed. "Some wicked and destructive people placed themselves amongst the protesters and started rioting throughout the entire Kandahar city. The enemies of the people and country also burned down the furniture and a bus at a ladies' high school in Kandahar and destroyed some other properties," said a statement from the governor's office, according to The Associated Press. Anger over Terry Jones' burning of the Quran began on Friday in the town of Mazar-i-Sharif, when 11 people were killed -- including seven United Nations workers -- at a United Nations compound. Jones oversaw the burning of a Quran last month and said he did not feel responsible for the protests.







INDIA:New Delhi-December 25, 2010:
President Obama has broken his much publicized promise to the Indian Prime minister Mr. Manmohan Singh, that the US will reduce its trade barriers protectionist legislation between their two countries, to facilitate the movement of goods, professionals, investors and business travelers.
However the US Congress, with the approval of the Whitehouse, has been recently drafting legislation to impose higher visa fees for Indian professionals, H1B, L1 visas. In addition the US government is also proposing a 2% tax on all imports from India.
The Indian Union Commerce and Industry minister Mr. Anand Sharma has sent a strong protest to his US counterpart, US Representative, Mr. Ron Kirk. He has also given strong indication that India might retaliate against such US 'Protectionist' actions.
Mr. Sharma also indicated that it will send a negative signal to Indian investors, who have remained fairly committed to partnering with American Companies and have supported jobs in the US, even at the peak of the US economic crisis.
Editorial Comment: Further proof that the Congress and the White House not only break their promise with their own people, through phony legislations like the TARP Law, and a Health Law legislation that contrary to the US news media, lacks the President's signature, and as such is not worth the paper it is printed on, but also do like wise in their dealings with the World community triggering backlashes that further undermine the US economy. The quicker such elected officials are removed from office, the better off will it be for the US economy.
S.Frank-CEO, USA News & Information Service-an On Line National News Medium.


Indian-The New World Chess Champion

NEW DELHI:
The simplicity of Viswanathan Anand is far from simple to understand. Most celebrity sportspersons either do not remain grounded as they probably were before attaining success or choose to be different to suit the worldly ways. Meet Anand even for a moment and he charms you with his ways and leaves you wondering why not all celebrities cannot be like him.

Humility is an integral part of Anands nature and it is hard to miss. Whether he is obliging his fans at the airport, photographers at the hotel lobby, playing chess with select school children or answering questions from the media that just cannot get enough of him, the 38-year-old is surely a Grand master in handling all kinds of situations.

Increasingly, people have come to believe that Anand is indeed the greatest Indian sportsperson ever. But that does not affect the champion. Honestly, I dont think about it. I still have the hunger and feel that I am still in that enjoying stage. I cannot look for a big picture every while. I dont need to. It seems I can just go to the next tournament and get excited about that. Thats good enough, somehow, says Anand.

Sitting for lunch at a South Indian speciality restaurant, Anand enjoys everything from piping hot rasam, to curd-rice to one-yard coffee. "Its pretty good here," says Anand as he reaches for a second helping of curd-rice. A smiling Aruna gives her approval and says, "every time we have some guests at home (the Anands live at Collado Mediano, near Madrid), by the fifth day you can find them relishing curd-rice."

Having regained the World title late last month and played a few club games in Istanbul, Anand is on a vacation in India till mid-November. "The people (in India) make it very special for me. It is time to be with family, meet my friends and just chill. Of course, the next four or five days (in Chennai) will be busy (with a number of felicitation functions lined up). Keeping with his simple ways, Anand has been working with several Indian players, including K. Sasikiran, Sandipan Chanda, P. Konguvel, V. Saravanan and M.R. Venkatesh. In fact, young player R. Ashwath was part of the group that shared ideas with Anand before the World Championship in Mexico City. Chanda comes up with interesting ideas. They were very useful and I used one against Boris Gelfand (in Mexico City). It is always great to look for new ideas. It is good to surprise your opponents at the right moment, you know. I have been collaborating for a while with some of our players, is his simple explanation. Interesting take.

Suggest the idea of a possible Challenge Match against Garry Kasparov, the former world No.1 who retired from the sport in 2005 to pursue a career in Russian politics, and Anand has an interesting take.
It will be interesting if he returns. I am open to it. I can assure that it will be less physically damaging to him than his present occupation," said Anand with a smile, hinting at the assault on Kasparov in 2005 and arrest following anti-Putin protests in Moscow this April.

Anand is one of the few sportspersons who can speak on the impact of growing economy and the rising Sensex on Indian sports. "Generally, a stronger economy means everyone will have more resources. But beyond that I really dont see any correlation. You have countries which dont do well in some sports but do exceptionally well in other disciplines. Everything else being equal, youll prefer to be born in a country with more resources. Thats clear." For sure, Anand knows how to keep things simple and remain simple.




First Indian moon mission blasts off

Chennai-October 22, 2008:
India has sent its first unmanned space mission to the moon, becoming the third Asian country to have put a satellite into orbit. Chandrayaan-1, which means moon craft, blasted off from the southern city of Sriharikota. India has sent its first unmanned space mission to the moon, becoming the third Asian country to have put a satellite into orbit. Chandrayaan-1, which means moon craft, blasted off from the southern city of Sriharikota.
The main aim of the mission, which is supposed to last two years, is to explore the moon's south pole, which has not been done before. Chandrayaan-1 will orbit the moon at a distance of 100 km from the planet's surface. It will map a three-dimensional atlas and conduct a mineralogical mapping.
Apart from its scientific value to the country, the mission is meant to send a message to the world that India has the will and expertise to explore space. The mission is positioning itself as part of a future global space programme and is looking to put an Indian on the moon.
There are going to be collaborations, and this particular mission is going to improve our credibility and announce to the world that we have arrived, Indian astronaught Rakesh Sharma said.
In 1984 Sharma created history by descending back to Earth in a Soviet-made module. Today, just hours before the blast-off of the first moon mission, the excitement in India is also running high.
The main aim of the mission, which is supposed to last two years, is to explore the moon's south pole, which has not been done before. Chandrayaan-1 will orbit the moon at a distance of 100 km from the planet's surface. It will map a three-dimensional atlas and conduct a mineralogical mapping.
Apart from its scientific value to the country, the mission is meant to send a message to the world that India has the will and expertise to explore space. The mission is positioning itself as part of a future global space programme and is looking to put an Indian on the moon.
There are going to be collaborations, and this particular mission is going to improve our credibility and announce to the world that we have arrived, Indian astronaught Rakesh Sharma said.
In 1984 Sharma created history by descending back to Earth in a Soviet-made module. Today, just hours before the blast-off of the first moon mission, the excitement in India is also running high.






RUSSIA & FAR EAST News:

Russia's Putin, Medvedev to declare their wealth :


MOSCOW, March 24, 2009
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will fully declare their income and property holdings as part of an anti-corruption drive, government spokesmen said on Tuesday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) speaks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in Sochi March 23, 2009.
Medvedev, who made fighting graft a campaign pledge when running for election last year, will be the first Russian president to make his full property declaration public.
Senior officials in his administration, including Putin and members of his government, will also be obliged to report property by an April 1 deadline.
"Declarations of the president and his wife will be posted on the Kremlin website," spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said.
"Members of the cabinet -- the deputy prime ministers and ministers -- will be led by the prime minister in declaring their 2008 incomes as well as the property they own by April 1," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Interfax reported.
Corruption is deeply embedded in Russian society and successive leaders have tried, unsuccessfully, to stamp it out. In its 2008 index ranking countries from the cleanest to the most corrupt, Transparency International placed Russia equal 147th, alongside Kenya, Syria and Bangladesh.
Legislation proposed by Medvedev and passed in December bars officials from accepting gifts worth more than 3,000 roubles ($90) and force bureaucrats to inform state bodies if they plan to join commercial firms in which they may have vested interests.
Last year Medvedev complained that official jobs were often simply put up for sale to the highest bidder.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin earns 11% more than President Medvedev
Dmitry Medvedev, statements released as part of an anti-corruption
drive show. Mr Putin earned 4.6m roubles ($137,000; 93,000) in 2008.
(Editor's Comment: Every one knows, but no one utters the simple fact that Corruption is the prime cause for the financial collapse in the US. When Asian relatively New Democracies like India can whiz by at 9% GDP we are chugging along close to the negative territory.

Mr. Obama who spoke so eloquently about corruption and the influence of money in US Government has not even started looking into the corruption, fraud and insider swindling within the institutions we are bailing out with trillions of Dollars of Tax payers funds .
Few billion dollars of these funds have already vanished without any trace. It will be a good idea to investigate and see whether at the same time there have been sudden increases in the Account Balances of the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the RNC (Republican National Committee.) We can follow the Russian example and have our democratically elected Present President and the Immediate past president, annually declare their net worth for the last five years.)



The Seven Wonders of Russia :


RUSSIA-MOSCOW: Russia has summed up the results of the national contest devoted to most beautiful places in the country. Seven Wonders of Russia were announced on June 12, during the celebration of Russias Day on Moscows Red Square.
Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basils Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.
The Seven Wonders of Russia contest was organized in the autumn of 2007 by several media outlets of Russia to attract the public attention to the need of recreating and preserving unique historical, cultural and natural objects in Russia. Russia has summed up the results of the national contest devoted to most beautiful places in the country. Seven Wonders of Russia were announced on June 12, during the celebration of Russias Day on Moscows Red Square. Seven Wonders of Russia include: The Valley of Geysers in the Kamchatka region, Lake Baikal, the complex of palaces in Peterhof, Columns of Erosion in the Komi Republic, Saint Basils Cathedral in Moscow, Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Statue of Motherland in Volgograd and Mount Elbrus.
The Seven Wonders of Russia contest was organized in the autumn of 2007 by several media outlets of Russia to attract the public attention to the need of recreating and preserving unique historical, cultural and natural objects in Russia.
More than 25 million people took part in the online voting to select the winners. The first stage of the voting ended with the selection of 49 biggest places of interest in the country. Fourteen of them were left on the list after the second stage of the contest.
The Valley of Geysers is the only geyser field in Eurasia (apart from the Mutnovsky geyser field) and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This 6 km long basin with approximately ninety geysers and many hot springs is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, predominantly on the left bank of the ever-deepening Geysernaya River, into which geothermal waters flow from a relatively young strato-volcano, Kikhpinych. It is part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, which, in turn, is incorporated into the World Heritage Site "Volcanoes of Kamchatka". The valley is difficult to reach, with helicopters providing the only feasible means of transport.
Peterhof, originally named Peterhof, the Dutch for "Peter's Court," is a municipal town within Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of Saint Petersburg on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland (population 64,791 (2002 census)). It hosts one of two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University. A series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles", is also situated there. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Baikal is located in Southern Siberia in Russia, near the city of Irkutsk. It is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia". It's famous for holding a volume of water larger than that of all the North American Great Lakes combined
More than 25 million people took part in the online voting to select the winners. The first stage of the voting ended with the selection of 49 biggest places of interest in the country. Fourteen of them were left on the list after the second stage of the contest.
The Valley of Geysers is the only geyser field in Eurasia (apart from the Mutnovsky geyser field) and the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This 6 km long basin with approximately ninety geysers and many hot springs is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, predominantly on the left bank of the ever-deepening Geysernaya River, into which geothermal waters flow from a relatively young strato-volcano, Kikhpinych. It is part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, which, in turn, is incorporated into the World Heritage Site "Volcanoes of Kamchatka". The valley is difficult to reach, with helicopters providing the only feasible means of transport.
Peterhof, originally named Peterhof, the Dutch for "Peter's Court," is a municipal town within Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of Saint Petersburg on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland (population 64,791 (2002 census)). It hosts one of two campuses of Saint Petersburg State University. A series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and sometimes called the "Russian Versailles", is also situated there. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lake Baikal is located in Southern Siberia in Russia, near the city of Irkutsk. It is also known as the "Blue Eye of Siberia". It's famous for holding a volume of water larger than that of all the North American Great Lakes combined
At 1,637 meters (5,371 ft), Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately twenty percent of the world's total surface fresh water. Like Lake Tanganyika, Lake Baikal was formed in an ancient rift valley and therefore is long and crescent-shaped with a surface area (31,500 km) less than half that of Lake Superior or Lake Victoria. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. More than 25 million years old, it is the oldest lake in the world. At 1,637 meters (5,371 ft), Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, holding approximately twenty percent of the world's total surface fresh water. Like Lake Tanganyika, Lake Baikal was formed in an ancient rift valley and therefore is long and crescent-shaped with a surface area (31,500 km) less than half that of Lake Superior or Lake Victoria. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. More than 25 million years old, it is the oldest lake in the world. The Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, better known as the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed, or Saint Basil's Cathedral is a multi-tented church on the Red Square in Moscow that also features distinctive onion domes. The cathedral is traditionally perceived as symbolic of the unique position of Russia between Europe and Asia.
The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the Terrible) Moscow to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ (yurodivy Vassily Blazhenny), a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named.
Saint Basil's is located at the southeast end of Red Square, just across from the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin. Not particularly large, it consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The cathedral's design follows that of contemporary tented churches, notably those of Ascension in Kolomenskoye (1530) and of St John the Baptist's Decapitation in Dyakovo (1547).
The interior of the cathedral is a collection of separate chapels, each filled with beautiful icons, medieval painted walls, and varying artwork on the top inside of the domes. The feeling is intimate and varied, in contrast to Western cathedrals which usually consist of a massive nave with one artistic style.
Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in southern Russia. The name in Russian means "tumulus of Mamai".
The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a decisive Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.
Mount Elbrus is a mountain located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, near the border of Georgia, in the northern Iranian plateau. A strato-volcano that has lain dormant for about 2,000 years, it is the highest mountain in the Caucasus. Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) and can be considered to be the highest mountain in Europe; it is also the highest point of Russia. The east summit is slightly lower: 5,621 meters (18,442 ft).
The Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin on the Moat, better known as the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed, or Saint Basil's Cathedral is a multi-tented church on the Red Square in Moscow that also features distinctive onion domes. The cathedral is traditionally perceived as symbolic of the unique position of Russia between Europe and Asia. The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan IV (also known as Ivan the Terrible) Moscow to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ (yurodivy Vassily Blazhenny), a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named. Saint Basil's is located at the southeast end of Red Square, just across from the Spasskaya Tower of the Kremlin. Not particularly large, it consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The cathedral's design follows that of contemporary tented churches, notably those of Ascension in Kolomenskoye (1530) and of St John the Baptist's Decapitation in Dyakovo (1547). The interior of the cathedral is a collection of separate chapels, each filled with beautiful icons, medieval painted walls, and varying artwork on the top inside of the domes. The feeling is intimate and varied, in contrast to Western cathedrals which usually consist of a massive nave with one artistic style.
Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in southern Russia. The name in Russian means "tumulus of Mamai".
The Mamayev Kurgan features a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a decisive Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue of the Mother Motherland formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.
Mount Elbrus is a mountain located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, near the border of Georgia, in the northern Iranian plateau. A strato-volcano that has lain dormant for about 2,000 years, it is the highest mountain in the Caucasus. Mt. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) and can be considered to be the highest mountain in Europe; it is also the highest point of Russia. The east summit is slightly lower: 5,621 meters (18,442 ft).






China:



Beijing, China :
New media rules reflect open policy
China issued new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents on its territory on Friday, allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments.China issued new rules on reporting activities by foreign correspondents on its territory on Friday, allowing them to interview without application to foreign affairs departments.
"The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a late night press conference.
The conference began 15 minutes before the expiry of the temporary Olympic rules, which were introduced on January 1, 2007 and removed media restrictions on foreign reporters during the Beijing Games.
"In the form of a long-lasting law, the 23-item new rules make that temporary arrangement a standard practice," Liu said.
"The new regulations are significantly different from those issued in 1990," spokesman said.
Foreign reporters wishing to interview organizations or individuals in China no longer need to be received and accompanied by the Chinese organizations, Liu said.
It canceled an item in the old version that asked foreign reporters to get approval from the local government's foreign affairs department when they wanted to do reporting in the regions open to them.
The new rules also lifted an item asking them to get approval from the Foreign Ministry when they wanted to visit the regions not open to them and register at the police.
"Foreign reporters still need to ask for permission to do reporting in Tibet and other areas that are off-limits to foreign reporters, like some military facilities," Liu said.
The 17th item of the new rules said foreign reporters need to gain agreement from the person or organization to be interviewed while they are working in China.
"The new rules follow the major principles and spirits of the media regulations introduced for the Beijing Olympics," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said at a late night press conference.



Science & Technology:

Turn Your Car Into a Plug-In Hybrid:


Even Toyota Prius owners are cringing at today's gas prices. New conversion kits offer the potential for 100 miles per gallon and more.
Soon drivers will be able to get at least double the gas mileage of a Toyota Prius hybrid, thanks to a spate of new aftermarket kits that convert any car into a plug-in electric vehicle. But they'll have to pay upwards of $10,000 to do so.
Auto manufacturers are at least a year or two away from launching the next generation of hybrids, called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), that recharge by plugging into a wall outlet. But battery companies are ready to start selling aftermarket kits within the next few months that convert hybrids, and in some cases regular vehicles, into plug-in electric cars.
A123Systems, an automotive technology company and battery supplier based in Watertown, Mass., is now taking orders on its website for a Hymotion L5 conversion kit, which turns a Toyota Prius into a plug-in electric car. The kit works with Prius model years 2004 through 2008 and adds a special, range-extending lithium-ion battery to the Prius' existing drivetrain.
Using A123's plug-in system, the Prius, which normally runs only short distances at slow speeds on electric power alone, will have added battery power to extend its electric-only range and boost gas mileage to more than 100 miles per gallon. The Prius normally gets an estimated 46 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
Even if electricity costs as much as 15 cents per kilowatt hour, fully charging the 5 kilowatt-hour battery to run up to 40 miles would cost less than a dollar.

The Hymotion L5 kit, due this fall, costs $9,995 plus a $400 destination fee and includes a three-year warranty and installation at an authorized dealer. Buyers must put down a $1,000 deposit on A123's website and the company schedules a date to install the kit at one of the dealers, which currently include Westboro Toyota in Boston, Fitzgerald Toyota in Washington, D.C., Denny Hecker Automotive Group in Minneapolis, Minn., Toyota of Hollywood in Los Angeles, Green Gears/Pat's Garage in San Francisco, and Green Car Company in Seattle.A123 expects to add more authorized dealers. In late August.
Poulsen Hybrid, based in Shelton, Conn., and run by Ulrik Poulsen, CEO of Bridgeport Magnetics, plans to offer a $7,000 conversion kit that turns any conventional car into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by mounting small electric motors onto the rear wheels.
The Poulsen system also uses a lithium-ion battery pack and will double a car's gas mileage, says Poulsen, the system's creator.
The company hasn't released data on how far the system will go on a single charge, but charging it would also cost less than a dollar, he says.
The company's website says owners can install the Poulsen Hybird conversion kit themselves in about 3 or 4 hours. But Poulsen is working to set up a network of authorized installers, which will market the kit and install it for an estimated fee of around $500 to $600.
Poulsen hopes to have at least four authorized installers by the fall, including ones in California, Florida, Washington and possibly Connecticut.
VS Composites' $4,000 Electrocharger, due in 2009, also works with any conventional car, including ones whose engines have a turbocharger or supercharger -- good news for car enthusiasts, who seek out such engines for the added power and acceleration they bring. The Electrocharger improves fuel economy in city driving by almost 60 percent by replacing a vehicle's alternator with an electric generator, says Michael Van Steenburg, of VS Composites, based in Selma, Texas.
Although the Electrocharger will be cheaper upfront than the Poulsen plug-in hybrid system, it will cost from $3 to $5 to juice the Electrocharger for a 50-mile range. The Electrocharger can be installed by any mechanic, Van Steenburg says. "The connectors are color coded and unique for each connection. Our plan is to work with licensed installers who have been educated on all aspects of the system. Since installation takes about 3 hours, most professional service shops would charge about $180 to $225 for the install."
Any plug-in hybrid, whether created using an aftermarket conversion kit or built by a major automaker -- like General Motors' Saturn Vue Hybrid expected for 2009, and Chevrolet Volt expected in 2010 -- would cost roughly 2 cents per mile to run, compared with about 10 cents per mile for a traditional car, says Philip Gott, director of automotive consulting at research firm Global Insight.
It would take 8 years to pay off the $10,000 premium of an electric system driving 40 miles a day and saving 8 cents per mile, Gott says, which is longer than most people want to own a car. "But people buy these things to make an environmental statement," he says.
One concern for the conversion kits is their reliability and whether they would void a vehicle's original factory warranty. In this regard, plug-in hybrids built by automakers are a safer bet than conversion kits, Gott says. "Typically, kits don't have a national service and infrastructure."
Toyota, which has announced plans to bring plug-in electric vehicles to market by 2010, is skeptical of the conversion kits. "While A123's test results sound encouraging, we are still concerned that a conversion of this type may push some components beyond their design parameters or cause other parts or systems to fail," says Bill Kwong, a Toyota spokesperson. "We don't know if occupant safety may be compromised by the modifications."





HEALTH TALK:

Experts Update Food Pyramid for Older Adults

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A nearly decade-old food guide pyramid for older adults has gotten a makeover to make it more user-friendly and to emphasize the special dietary needs of people older than 70.
Published in the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the Modified MyPyramid for Older Adults stresses that older people should be careful to get enough fiber, calcium and vitamins D and B-12.It also emphasizes the importance of regular exercise and adequate fluid intake.
Since older Americans are typically not as Web-savvy as younger generations, the Tufts researchers created a new version of their food pyramid that contains more graphics and underscores the importance of certain nutrients for older adults.
For example, a flag at the top of the pyramid reminds older people that they may need to take supplements of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B-12 in addition to what they get from food.
"Adults over the age of 70 have unique dietary needs," Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein, the lead author of the report, said in a statement.
Older adults' calorie needs usually decline because they are less physically active than they once were, Lichtenstein explained. As they eat less food, it becomes even more important to choose nutrient-rich fare, like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and high-fiber whole grains.
The new pyramid points out that packaged versions of fruits and vegetables -- frozen vegetables and canned or dried fruit, for instance -- might be good alternatives to fresh varieties for some older adults.
"These choices are easier to prepare and have a longer shelf life, minimizing waste," Lichtenstein explained. "Such factors are important to consider when arthritis kicks in or dark, cold days mean it is less likely someone will go out to replenish their refrigerator stores."






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