Food supply change raises price hike fear

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?we_cat=4&art_id=161641&sid=45250130&con_type=1&d_str=20150925&fc=8

About 20 billion yuan (HK$24.3 billion) worth of fresh produce suitable for export to Hong Kong will instead be sold in the mainland next year, raising fears of price hikes locally.The new arrangement, according to a brand promotion center under the Ministry of Commerce, is designed to help exporters sell some of their produce in the domestic market if there is an adequate supply in Hong Kong.

The first batch of such products which include meat, poultry, eggs, milk, vegetables and rice will go to 600,000 people living in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta.

The center said that under the scheme, products for domestic consumption from the exporters will be subject to the same, if not higher, standards for export to Hong Kong or overseas.

Yuen Cheung, chairman of the Imported Vegetable Wholesale Merchants Association, said the mainland supplies about 90 percent of the vegetables consumed in Hong Kong.

Supply is usually adequate but the situation could change during bad weather. He said prices could go up if some of the produce is diverted to mainland markets.

Kowloon Fruit and Vegetable Merchants Association vice chairman Cheung Chi-cheung said the new initiative will have a limited impact.

People’s Daily Gansu bureau chief Lin Zhibo signaled the need for change when he wrote on Weibo: “For long periods of time, we have left the best food for export and supply to Hong Kong and Macau. This is discrimination against the mainland people.”

He said mainland standards should be unified with export standards.

AMY NIP

the left’s road to pedophilia: Baby’s First Dildo -courtesy of the Transgender Movement

https://archive.is/9l9Nt

Occasionally the subject of a post leaves me speechless. This is one of those posts. Dildos for 4 year old girls, marketed by a “genderqueer” woman in San Francisco named Den Kirkwood Tucker.

It would appear this project has some affiliation with Gender Spectrum, the organization involved in public school programming to elementary school children. See for yourself below. Read the article that brought this campaign to my attention here: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/more-than-just-undies-the-smallest-details-are-the-most-important-for-parents-of-transgender-kids/story-fnet08ui-1227539339418

Maryam Namazie: Secular activist barred from speaking at Warwick University over fears of ‘inciting hatred’ against Muslim students

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/maryam-namazie-secular-activist-barred-from-speaking-at-warwick-university-over-fears-of-inciting-10517296.html

A prominent secularist and activist has been barred from speaking at a student union event due to fears her speech would “incite hatred” against Muslim students.

Maryam Namazie had been booked by the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists (WASH) group to speak about secularism to Warwick University’s Student Union on 28 October.

However, the group was notified last month that Ms Namazie’s speech had been cancelled. The decision has led campaigners to raise concerns about student bodies across the UK thwarting freedom of speech on their campuses.

The union said that “after researching both [Ms Namazie] and her organisation, a number of flags have been raised. We have a duty of care to conduct a risk assessment for each speaker who wishes to come to campus”.

Articles written by Ms Namazie indicated she was “highly inflammatory” and “could incite hatred on campus”, according to the union.

Ms Namazie, who fled Iran with her family in 1980 after the revolution, said she was likely to have spoken about apostasy, blasphemy and nudity in the age of Isis. She told The Independentshe was “angry” her talk had been blocked.

“They’re basically labelling me a racist and an extremist for speaking out against Islam and Islamism,” she said.

“If people like me who fled an Islamist regime can’t speak out about my opposition to the far-right Islamic movement, if I can’t criticise Islam… that leaves very [few] options for me as a dissenter because the only thing I have is my freedom of expression.

“If anyone is inciting hatred, it’s the Islamists who are threatening people like me just for deciding we want to be atheist, just because we don’t want to toe the line.”

Ms Namazie, who considers herself an anti-racist campaigner, added: “To try to censor me, does a double disservice to those people who are dissenting by denying people like me the only opportunity we have to speak.”