Volkswagen has defended its decision to continue operating a car plant in Xinjiang, a Chinese region mired in allegations of large-scale human rights abuses by the state.Evidence that hundreds of thousands of Uighurs and other minorities are being detained in camps, or used as forced labour in factories, has led some multinational companies to cut ties with the region, despite China’s insistence that the claims are untrue.- Advertisement – The BBC’s John Sudworth spoke to VW’s CEO Stephan Wollenstein, who said they do “not have forced labour” at their factory in Uruqmi.Read more: – Advertisement – China Muslims: Volkswagen says ‘no forced labour’ at Xinjiang plant – Advertisement –
NZ Herald 21 November 2013A bleak picture of Kiwi children’s health is being painted at a paediatric conference this week, with experts warning that pandering parents are fuelling childhood obesity, and poor oral health is affecting their learning.The research, to be presented at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand’s 65th annual scientific meeting in Dunedin, comes as a new analysis reveals childhood health is slipping worldwide, with children unable to run as fast or far as their parents could when they were young.The study showed the decline in fitness was levelling off in Australia and New Zealand – but the research at this week’s conference suggests parents should still be concerned about their children’s health.A study from Otago University’s department of human nutrition found parents who pandered to fussy eaters were more likely to have obese offspring.Dr Jill Haszard, who will present her findings today, said the biggest problem in childhood obesity was the way parents fed their kids.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11160392
…Freezing Ice Tonight Followed By Potential Blizzard ConditionsSaturday Evening Into Sunday….We are looking at two separate wintry weather impact eventsacross portions of Iowa. The impact for tonight into Saturdaymorning will be freezing ice potential. The location of thegreatest icing potential may shift slightly, so this advisory maybe more “dynamic” than most advisories typically are. Winds shouldbe light during this event, so impacts will be precipitation-driven. A more potent system will impact Iowa Saturday eveningInto Sunday. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday evening,precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy attimes. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up acrossportions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system.There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of thisnarrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds toincrease across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This willcause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzardconditions especially in rural areas.IAZ004>007-015>017-023-024-232300-/O.EXT.KDMX.WS.A.0004.190223T2100Z-190225T0000Z/Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Pocahontas-Humboldt-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha,Mason City, Clear Lake, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda,Gilmore City, and Humboldt407 AM CST Fri Feb 22 2019…WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOONTHROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…* WHAT…Blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.* WHERE…Northwestern to north-central Iowa.* WHEN…From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is apotential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds andextremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditionsand make travel very dangerous.