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first_imgAnson Chan outlined her hopes for her country on Thursday during remarks that included both harsh criticisms of China and what she called its “potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world.”Chan, the former chief secretary for administration for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, delivered the Rama S. Mehta Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Chan, who earned the moniker “Iron Lady” of East Asia during her government tenure, has long been a champion of democracy and gender equality. (She was one of the first two women to join the Hong Kong civil service in 1962.) During her talk, she criticized a number of China’s programs and policies, including its 1979 one-child procreation policy, an initiative she said fostered the country’s “deep-seated prejudice for male children,” and led to “a dangerous gender imbalance.”“My first hope,” said Chan, “is that all Chinese women and girls will soon enjoy the rights and benefits and opportunities available to their wealthier, urban-dwelling sisters,” and that the “birth of a baby girl will be celebrated as warmly as that of a boy.”While many countries, including the United States, worry that China’s rapidly expanding economy is also “driving growth in its military power,” Chan said she hoped future U.S.-China relations would be characterized “more by trust and less by suspicion.”“The fact that China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. securities should not be seen as a threat,” she said. “It speaks for China’s confidence in U.S. government institutions, and the long-term reliability of the U.S. dollar as the world’s leading convertible currency.”Chan called for “constructive engagement” between the nations, founded on strong cultural and economic ties. She pointed out that the United States is China’s second-largest trading partner after the European Union, and the thousands of Chinese graduate students studying in U.S. universities have become important contributors to “post-graduate research in many fields.”Chan urged the two nations, the world’s leading producers of greenhouse gases, to combat global warming. We need “enhanced, bilateral cooperation to protect the environment,” she said.But Chan acknowledged that her pride in China, and its commitment to “hard work” and inherent “entrepreneurial spirit,” hasn’t blinded her to the country’s troubling social and political record.Greed and corruption are rampant in local and regional government, she said, and while the booming economy has lifted millions out of poverty in recent years, the gap between rich and poor continues to widen.Harsh limits on freedom of speech and severe punishments for dissent are the norm, and power rests firmly in the hands of a few hundred privileged families, said Chan.“One of my most cherished hopes for my country is that, over time, China can evolve peacefully to a nation where basic human rights are guaranteed and where every individual has an equal right and opportunity to influence how and by whom he or she is governed,” she said.Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen (from left) speaks with Anson Chan and Harvard President Drew Faust prior to the lecture.Part of that evolution includes fostering close economic and cultural ties with democracies. Hong Kong, with its rule of law, independent judiciary, freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, and zero tolerance for corruption, can and should be an example for China, said Chan.Chan addressed the concern of many Hong Kongese who fear that officials in Beijing will take an increasingly hard line in the administrative region. The area has operated under a “one country, two systems” agreement since 1997, when Great Britain relinquished control to China. Since then, Hong Kong has maintained a significant degree of autonomy, including control of its own economic and political systems.Recently, however, Beijing has tried to impose stricter reforms, including a failed attempt to implement a national education program in Hong Kong’s primary and secondary schools last year. Young students and concerned parents took to the streets and protested by the hundreds of thousands, successfully blocking the initiative, said Chan. “They do not wish their children to be brainwashed and indoctrinated in schools, because, in their view, education is the last line of defense.”Chan said she trusts that spirit would prevail as Hong Kong pushes for universal suffrage in 2017, a move that she hopes will inspire greater openness in China.“There is no doubt in my mind that Hong Kong can play a key role in helping to chart a course toward a more democratic government on the mainland,” she said.The annual Mehta lecture, established by the late Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith and his wife, Catherine, brings to campus “outstanding women leaders in the arts, public affairs, or science, who possess a deep understanding of the problems faced by women in the developing countries,” said Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen, who introduced the talk.last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 285 Views   no discussions Tweet Food & DiningLifestyleNewsRegional Jamaican chef wins Food Network’s Chopped by: Jamaica Observer – February 24, 2016 Sharecenter_img Share Share Andre FowlesKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican-born Andre Fowles was victorious on Tuesday when he lined up on the Food Network’s highly acclaimed series Chopped.With Caribbean cuisine as the focus of Tuesday night’s flavour-filled show, he walked away as the winner.Fowles, who is currently the resident sous-chef at Miss Lily’s — an authentic, vibrant Jamaican restaurant in New York — left Jamaica in 2014.Prior to joining the team at Miss Lily’s, Fowles worked for two years as chef de partie under the tutelage of Martin Maginley, multi-award-winning chef at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas. He also worked at Kingston’s celebrated Mac’s Chop House under the celebrated Mario Machado.Originally from Kingston, Fowles attended Donald Quarrie High School and was trained at the Runaway Bay HEART Academy. He credits his grandmother, Veronica Davis, affectionately called ‘Mama Cherry’ for his foray into the culinary arena.last_img read more

first_imgBatesville, In. — A question to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has led to the discovery of a scam. The invoice for $345.50 was from County Connection Marketing in Hurst, Texas for advertising.Workers at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce were able to protect the local business and determine the scam has been reported in Tennessee, Michigan, Texas and Indiana.Executive director of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Anna Ibold says, “If an invoice for chamber activities is sent it will originate from the Batesville address, and if another company is ever used it would be a local business.”last_img read more

first_img Sherwood made it four wins from a possible five in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday when his Tottenham team beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead, but it was Toronto-bound Defoe who ultimately settled the match, firing home from inside the Palace box 15 minutes after his introduction as a second-half substitute. Dembele admits Spurs need to up their game in the coming weeks against better opposition if they are to maintain their push for Champions League qualification. The Belgian said: “Against other teams we would have lost the game. “It’s difficult to know why we started so slow. We were not good in the first half. “We played sloppy balls. We weren’t concentrated. In the dressing room the gaffer told us (at half-time) we needed to concentrate more and work harder and I think we did.” Still, with Spurs having dropped just two points from their five league games under Sherwood, Dembele thinks Tottenham are looking good in their quest for Champions League football. This week has been the first time that Sherwood has had five days to get his ideas across to his players because of the hectic nature of the festive period. Dembele has been impressed with the 44-year-old, whose only previous experience in management came with Tottenham’s development squad. “He gives us a lot of confidence,” Dembele said of Sherwood. “Everyone likes this. “We didn’t have a lot of time to train too much together because of the amount of games but you can see already that our style is good. “He tells us to attack more but not with too much risk. “But we still need to do better first half and if we do that then we can do some great things in the second half of the season.” While Tottenham’s win kept them in touch with the hunt for a top-four place, Palace slumped to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. Results and performances have improved under Tony Pulis, though, so Yannick Bolasie is confident the south London club will avoid the drop. “We have been at the bottom of the table before and the boys are not discouraged,” the winger said. “Our next game is at home against Stoke – the gaffer’s former team – so I am sure he will be fired up for it and the boys will be as well.” Bolasie also backed Puncheon to get over his terrible penalty miss. “Jason is all right,” Bolasie added. “He doesn’t really get down. I think he will be quickly back to himself again.” Mousa Dembele admits Tottenham will miss Jermain Defoe when he leaves, but the midfielder is confident that the north London club are set for a strong finish under Tim Sherwood. Spurs confirmed on Friday that Defoe will leave White Hart Lane for Toronto FC at the end of February. The 31-year-old, for whom Toronto will pay over £8million, has been a peripheral figure at Tottenham this season, but Dembele is still not looking forward to seeing the player depart. “For us he’s very important. I think everyone knows his quality and of course we will miss him, for sure,” the midfielder said. “It was nice for him to score, though. We are happy for him.” Spurs looked unlikely to claim what turned out to be their fifth home win of the campaign after a poor showing in the first half. Palace should have gone ahead in the eighth minute when Dembele clattered into Marouane Chamakh inside the Spurs box. Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot, but Jason Puncheon failed miserably from 12 yards, blasting his effort high and wide of Hugo Lloris’ goal. Palace continued to dominate for the remainder of the first half, and they were unlucky to come away from the game with nothing. Press Associationlast_img read more