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Well it seems like it was bound to happen, the LZR swimsuits worn by 94% of the gold medalists and on 23 of the 25 record breakers in Beijing have now been restricted. Fina has stipulated swimsuits should not cover the neck and must not extend past the shoulders and ankles.
“…matters came to a head in December when 17 world records tumbled at the European Short-Course Championships with the sight of swimmers squeezing into more than one suit in an attempt to compress their bodies and trap air for buoyancy dismaying many observers.”
So I guess I won’t be buying one now. I doubt that it would have really helped me this morning anyway. It makes little difference how fast your suit is if you’re hanging on the wall.
In forthright remarks on the intertwined nature of US and Chinese finances, Wen told a news conference he was “worried” about Beijing’s holdings of American government debt. Analysts believe China has $1trn (£716bn) of US treasury bills in its coffers, implying a delicate balance between two powers whose fortunes are interlinked.
“We have lent a huge amount of money to the US. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” In rare comments on another country’s financial health, he added: “I’d like to take this opportunity here to implore the United States … to honour its words, stay a credible nation and ensure the safety of Chinese assets.”
I’m worried too Wen.
McClatchy Newspapers) adds this:
Still, Wen’s criticism reflects a misunderstanding of China’s own risks. In questioning the U.S. ability to make good on its debts, China threatens to undermine the value of the very assets it’s holding.
“In a formal sense, China has lent money to the United States because they bought our Treasury paper … but in reality China is holding its international reserves, its international cash, in the safest place possible because that is in its best interests,” Keidel said of China’s dollar reserves. “The U.S. has a long track record of financial responsibility to guard against the kind of inflation that would threaten” China’s holdings.
The flap over Wen’s remarks also underscores how interconnected the world’s two economic engines have become.
“It shows us how interlinked our economies are and long term, if China did start selling Treasuries, it could be hurting itself, since the value of the rest of the Treasuries could go down,” Schrage said. “We’re really in the same boat on many of these issues.”
China’s Xinhua News agency didn’t exactly ignore today’s 50th anniversary. It was briefly mentioned in an otherwise rosy travelogue:
LHASA, March 10 (Xinhua) — Norbu Lingka, in western Lhasa, was the last residence for the 14th Dalai Lama before he started his life in exile following a failed armed rebellion in 1959.
Traces of the turmoil have faded over the past five decades in the fast-changing Tibet and can hardly be spotted in the tranquility of early spring in the garden park.
And buried somewhere near the end:
Fifty yeas ago, the upper ruling class in Tibet staged an armed rebellion to preserve serfdom and theocracy and the Norbu Lingka was the location of the rebellion headquarters.
And China Daily gives us this when China on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of a proposed US congressional resolution on Tibet:
As this year marks the 50th anniversary of end of feudal serfdom in Tibet, Ma said,”The democratic reforms are the widest, most profound and most comprehensive social reforms in Tibetan history, blazing a new path for Tibet’s prosperity.”
In March 1959, the Chinese government dissolved the aristocratic local government of Tibet and freed more than 1 million serfs.
“Over the past 50 years, Tibet has undergone profound changes in the political, economic and cultural sectors and the millions of serfs have become the new owners of Tibet,” Ma said.
So everything there is great – right?
All Things Considered, January 16, 2009 · In February and March 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, traveled throughout India. Nearly 50 years after that visit, staff at All India Radio discovered a message taped by Doctor King. In it, he emphasizes his intellectual debt to Mahatma Gandhi’s message of nonviolent social action.
Bill Merchant is the man responsible for 1,100 miles of voluntary frozen torture known as the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
(photo: Joshua Borough for The New York Times)
“People need to come into it knowing that it’s unlike anything else, in that you really could get hurt out there. You really are on your own.”
By eliminating overnight stops and tripling the distance, organizers of the invitational reimagined the race as a largely unattended free-for-all intended to restore a sense of adventure.
About 90 percent of the entrants have dropped out along the trail.