(LONDON) Transgender Sport Report: A comprehensive U.K report into transgender participation in sport determined Thursday trans men who identify as women retain distinct physiological advantages when competing in female categories, even if they suppress testosterone levels #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.02: Such is the competitive advantage the report urges consideration be given to adopting “universal” or “open” categories in order to protect female-only competition, while allowing transgender participation after concluding men who identify as women do retain physique, stamina and strength advantages.

#AceDailyNews says according to the report that followed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer where transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard made history by competing in the women’s +87kg weightlifting: Hubbard became the first openly transgender athlete to compete at a Games in a different gender category to the one in which they were born.

Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon warms up before competing in her F35-39 sprint semi-final during the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Masters Championship, in Manchester on October 19, 2019. - Transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon has defended her right to compete in women's sport despite accepting trans athletes may retain a physical …

Laurel Hubbard of Team New Zealand competes during the weightlifting – Women’s 87kg+ Group A on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Laurel Hubbard of Team New Zealand competes during the Weightlifting - Women's 87kg+ Group A on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo International Forum. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Hubbard ultimately failed to record a single successful lift in the women’s +87kg weightlifting, crashing out of the competition in the process.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the study from UK Sport, Sport England, Sport Wales, Sport Scotland and Sport Northern Ireland states testosterone suppression does little to dilute the physical advantages of trans women in female sport.

As a result, say the sports councils, it is not possible to guarantee safety and competitive fairness in some activities. The report outlines:

Long-term evidence indicates that males have numerous physical advantages in sport compared with females, and this is recognised in law….

Current research indicates that testosterone suppression does not negate this physical advantage over females and so cannot guarantee competitive fairness and/or safety.

The long-awaited document is based on interviews with 300 people and 175 organisations and took 18 months to compile.

It attempts to bring clarity to a vexed area for competitors and administrators alike.Matt Perdie

The guidance covers community activities up to national level, and does not apply to international, professional or elite level competition.

It noted different criteria may be applicable depending on the sport, and the focus could vary between inclusion, competitive fairness and safety.

That advice directly opposes those administrations seeking to ban transgender participation outright.

Four states are in the process of advancing laws that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in the categories they “identify” with, according to reports. https://t.co/wYgOPuBqwb

— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 13, 2021

“Sport must be a place where everyone can be themselves, where everyone can take part and where everyone is treated with kindness, dignity and respect,” the report added.

Earlier this year U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona backed biological men who say they are “transgender women” to compete against biological women, as Breitbart News reported.

Cardona spoke with ESPN about the issue, which has caused 33 states as of April 2021 to craft legislation to protect women from unfair competition based on the federal statute Title IX, which prohibits discrimination against women based on their biological sex.

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(BEIJING) Press Freedom Report: Harrasment and Attacks on Foreign Journalists in China casts a dark cloud over their on need for ‘world stage role’ in the Winter Olympics #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.02: Western journalists reported on these heroic efforts to save lives and shared the videos on Twitter. With similar intense floods occurring in Germany and Belgium, much of the foreign coverage of the Henan floods noted that they were a part of a worldwide pattern of intense and extreme flooding, most likely exacerbated by climate change….

#AceDailyNews says its not the latest weather and storm clouds that may cause a ‘dark cloud’ over Beijing’s up and coming 2022 Winter Olympics but their constant attacks on social media and press journalists that will scupper their want for ‘Global Stage Role’ showing the world what they want you to see but not the real unvarnished truth …..

H.K.Opinion: After promises during the 2008 Olympics, “[f]ew could have imagined the CCP stooping to the level of running campaigns against individual news reporters and outlets, resulting in harassment and death threats against foreign reporters,” writes William Nee.

by Guest Contributor09:00, 2 August 2021

By William Nee 

As the rains fell, videos of unimaginable devastation and heroic rescue efforts poured on to social media. In one video, a person sprinted through waist-deep water to save a child rapidly floating downstream. In another video, a group of people formed a human chain to cross the street despite fast-flowing currents, saving elderly people who might have died had they been alone.

But curiously, Western reporters on the ground in Henan experienced hostility, even as the Western media largely framed the floods within the context of factual descriptions of damage and climate change.

One reporter for Deutsche Welle, Mathias Boelinger, was encircled by a crowd as he reported from one of the worst hit parts of Zhengzhou. People in the crowd angrily told him to get out of China and accused him of spreading rumours. 

However, it turned out that the angry crowd thought Boelinger was Robin Brant, a BBC reporter. In March, Chinese Communist Party social media accounts and Chinese diplomats launched a large, coordinated social media campaign to discredit Brant and the BBC, after the BBC published a detailed report on extralegal detention in Xinjiang, which included firsthand allegations of rape by male camp guards.  LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Alice Su. Photo: Twitter Screenshot.

Ten men encircled this “Brant”, who was actually Boelinger, and blocked him from leaving the scene. The tense, and potentially violent, standoff was only defused when another journalist, Alice Su of the Los Angeles Times, clarified that Boelinger was not, in fact, Brant. 

A targeted campaign

However, subsequent posts by prominent nationalists on Weibo directed anger at both Boelinger and Su, calling them “anti-China” and “rumour-mongering attackers of China” and asking for them to be investigated. 

More importantly, the Weibo account of the Henan Communist Youth League, in a post that generated at least 6.2K likes, asked users to report Brant if they found him “creating rumours” in Henan.  One post said, “our group has 400 people right now…everybody is competing for the first kill!”

In other words, even though Brant was not on the scene, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) fueled a xenophobic social media campaign to incite locals, who were grieved and emotional after days of hardship and loss, to go on a witch-hunt and find a foreigner who was supposedly out to destroy the reputation of the city and of China. There were real death threats made.

But why did CCP outlets in Henan encourage suspicion of the foreign media right after the floods? 

On one level, it could be that local authorities simply wanted to limit critical reporting about the floods and about the authorities’ missteps. After all, it wasn’t just Boelinger and Su who experienced hostility at the scene. 

reporter on the scene from AP said he was reported to police. And a journalist from Al-Jazeera said crowds yelled at her when she started to film and that there were Weibo posts urging people not to be interviewed by foreign media outlets.BBC’s Robin Brant. Photo: BBC Screenshot.

But regardless, it is unlikely that these journalists would have experienced such hostility if it weren’t against a backdrop of the toxic campaign against the BBC and foreign media more generally. On almost any day, one can browse nationalist outlets like the Global Times or Guancha and see articles railing against the “Western media” and their allegedly biased coverage of China. It’s a theme that is also taken up by China’s assertive “Wolf Warrior” diplomats. 

Obviously, given China’s massive censorship system, repeating non-stop that the foreign media cannot be trusted is a clever tactic, since Beijing can effectively inoculate its population against the hard truths that may only be reported through the foreign press.  

The Western press can’t be trusted. It’s all lies. Move on.

While the discrediting of foreign media has been happening for years, the personal nature of the campaigns against particular foreign reporters is arguably new. But, sadly, these nationalist campaigns are part of a bigger pattern to silence diverse voices. 

In April, nationalist “Red Vs” helped in getting many prominent Chinese feminists banned on social media sites Weibo and Douban, and in June, many of the same nationalists targeted the WeChat accounts of LGBTQ university clubs

A shadow on the Beijing Olympics

The nexus of xenophobic and personalised social media campaigns targeting foreign journalists violates human rights. The right to freedom of expression encompasses the notion of a free press, the ability of journalist to report without harassment, and the right of a citizen to impart and receive information across national boundaries.Beijing Olympics. Photo: Wikimedia commons. 

Twenty years ago, in its bid for the Olympics, China promised that there would be “no restrictions on media reporting and movement of journalists up to and including the Olympic Games”. Optimists assumed that respect for freedom of expression would gradually grow in China. Pessimists thought reporting restrictions would continue.  

Few could have imagined the CCP stooping to the level of running campaigns against individual news reporters and outlets, resulting in harassment and death threats against foreign reporters.

It is long past time for China to respect the right to freedom of expression, and for foreign governments and the IOC to raise the alarm bells about the deteriorating situation that global journalists will find themselves in once again in just a few months, at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. 


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US condemns ‘harassment’ of foreign journalists in China

“The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” a US State Department spokesperson said.

H.K.F.P Report:

by AFP09:00, 31 July 2021″The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” a US State Department spokesperson said. 

The United States is “deeply concerned” over the harassment and intimidation of foreign correspondents covering deadly floods in China, a State Department spokesman said Thursday.

His remarks came less than 24 hours after Beijing accused the BBC of broadcasting “fake news” about last week’s devastating flooding in the central province of Henan, and as the British broadcaster said its journalists had been subjected to hostility. US Department of State headquarters. Photo: Wikicommons.

“The United States is deeply concerned with the increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of US and other foreign journalists in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including foreign journalists covering the devastation and loss of life caused by recent floods in Henan,” State Department spokesman Ned Price in a statement.

“The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” Price said. 

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had earlier on Thursday called the BBC a “Fake News Broadcasting Company” that has “attacked and smeared China, seriously deviating from journalistic standards.” 

The BBC has said its reporters covering the deluge had been subjected to online vitriol, while other outlets had been harassed on the ground in “attacks which continue to endanger foreign journalists.”BBC’s Robin Brand. Photo: BBC Screenshot.

The BBC reported on last week’s floods in the city of Zhengzhou which left 14 people dead and more than 500 commuters trapped when the city’s subway system flooded during rush hour just as sensitivity towards any negative portrayal of China mounts.

Reporters from AFP were forced by hostile Zhengzhou residents to delete footage and were surrounded by dozens of men while reporting on a submerged traffic tunnel.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Zhao refuted the US State Department criticism and accused Washington of “blatant double standards and hegemonic bullying”.

Zhao said the US had previously expelled Chinese journalists and imposed “discriminatory restrictions” on them and called for Washington to “reflect on itself and stop its constant attacks on China”.Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Zhao Lijian. File photo: China MFA.

Press freedom groups say the space for overseas reporters to operate in China is tightening, with journalists followed on the streets, suffering harassment online and refused visas. 

In his statement Thursday, Price urged China to not curtail press access to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 

“We call on the PRC to act as a responsible nation hoping to welcome foreign media and the world for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games,” his statement said.

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(TOKYO) #Coronavirus Report: Japan has declared a third #COVID19 related state of emergency for the capital and three western prefectures, just three months ahead of the Olympics which is due to start #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Apr.24: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 through May 11, as the coronavirus variant first identified in the UK spreads in the four prefectures:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Japan declares third COVID-19 state of emergency, just three months before Olympics as the U.K. variant spreads into Tokyo and 4-prefectures’

Posted Yesterday at 9:25pm, updated 9h ago

A Japanese man holding up a sign which says "Stay Home"
Pandemic prevention measures such as staying at home and wearing masks remain optional.(Reuters: Issei Kato)

Daily infections in Japan briefly dipped in March, but have since risen to exceed 5,000 by Wednesday: Osaka recorded 1,162 new COVID-19 cases Friday, while Tokyo had 759.

Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be like no other, with athletes required to wear a mask at all times unless they are eating or sleeping and organisers wanting people to show their support by only clapping, not by chanting or singing.Read more

The step is largely intended to be “short and intensive” to stop people from traveling and spreading the virus during Japan’s “Golden Week” holidays, from late April through the first week of May, Mr Suga said.

“I sincerely apologise for causing trouble for many people again,” said Mr Suga, who earlier had pledged to do his utmost to prevent a third emergency.

This latest state of emergency comes only a month after an earlier emergency ended in the Tokyo area.

Experts, municipal leaders call for stronger prevention measures

A crowded restaurant in Tokyo with people outside in face masks
Restaurants are obliged to operate with shorterned hours under the state of emergency.(ABC News: Jake Sturmer)

Japan, which has had about half a million cases and 10,000 deaths, has not enforced lockdowns.

Mask-wearing, staying home and other COVID-safe measures for the public remain non-mandatory, and experts worry if they will be followed.

The state of emergency now allows prefectural governors to issue binding orders for businesses to shorten hours or close in exchange for daily compensation of up to 200,000 yen ($2,393), while imposing fines of up to 300,000 yen ($3,589) for violators.

There are also shutdown requirements for bars, department stores, shopping centres, theme parks, theatres and museums.

Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes.

But people are becoming impatient and less cooperative and have largely ignored the ongoing measures as infections have accelerated.

This has prompted experts and local leaders to urgently call for tougher steps. 

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura, who on Tuesday requested the emergency, said the semi-emergency measures were not working and hospitals were overflowing with patients.

COVID-19 treatment is largely limited to a handful of public-run hospitals, while many small private institutions are not assisting or even prepared to mobilise for infectious diseases.

The Japanese Government has also been criticised for a slow vaccine rollout, with only a tiny fraction of the population innoculated.

Mr Suga said he would ensure enough vaccines are delivered to local municipalities so all of the country’s 36 million senior citizens can receive their second shots by the end of July — a month behind an earlier schedule.

Suga says IOC is the reason why the Olympics is still going ahead

A person in a white t-shirt bearing the Tokyo Olympics logo holding the golden Olympic torch
Japan has already postponed its Olympics by a year because of the pandemic.(AP: Thanassis Stavrakis)

The May 11 deadline for the latest round of emergency measures occurs ahead of an expected visit by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, triggering speculation that the government is prioritsing the Olympic schedule over people’s health.

Mr Suga said Japan had no choice but to follow the IOC decision to hold the games.

“The IOC has the authority to decide and the IOC has already decided to hold the Tokyo Olympics,” Mr Suga said.

“We aim to hold the games while taking strong measures to protect people’s lives from the further spread of infections.”

Yoshihide Suga in a suit and tie wearing a white mask speaks infront of microphones
Mr Suga had earlier tried to prevent another state of emergency.(AP: Koji Sasahara)

Mr Suga has been reluctant to hurt the already pandemic-damaged economy and faced criticism for being slow to take virus measures.

Japan’s inoculation campaign lags behind many countries, with imported vaccines in short supply while its attempts to develop its own vaccines are still in the early stages.

Inoculations started in mid-February but progress has been slow amid shortages of vaccines and healthcare workers.

The rapid increase in patients flooding hospitals has raised concerns of a further staff shortage and delay in vaccinations.

AP

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: Apr.24: 2021:

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‘ Self-Defence Forces of `Japan ‘ will Launch Squad to fight Cyber-Attacks ‘

#AceSecurityNews – JAPAN – March 25 – The Self-Defence Forces of Japan will launch on Wednesday the first squad to fight cyber-attacks on the country’s most important information resources, Itar-Tass – reported.

Ninety experts are expected to join the new department at the first stage.

In 2015, a special cyber security centre will be established.

A week ago, Tokyo faced a full-on cyber-attack across government departments in a drill aimed at bolstering national security as the country gears up to host the 2020 Olympics, Reuters said.

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#Sochi : ” UN Condemns Attacks on LGBT Community ahead of Olympics”

#AceWorldNews says UN chief condemns attacks on the LGBT community ahead of Olympics
The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, has used a speech ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi to condemn attacks on the LGBT community, the Guardian reported.

Addressing the IOC, the UN secretary-general highlighted the fact that the theme of the UN’s human rights day last December was “sport comes out against homophobia.” Speaking to reporters after his address, Ban said he appreciated the assurances of President Vladimir Putin that “there will be no discrimination and that people with different sexual orientation are welcome to compete and enjoy this Olympic Games.”

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Russia Sochi: "Putin Assures Group of International Journalist's that Athlete's, Spectator's and LGBT are Welcome in Russia"

#AceWorldNews says according to latest RT News President Vladimir Putin has reassured a group of international journalists that athletes and spectators would have no problems at the Sochi Olympics in a discussion dominated by questions on Russia’s “gay propaganda” law and security.

While visiting Sochi ahead of the Winter Games, the Russian president shared his vision of the coming Olympics with journalists from America’s ABC News, Britain’s BBC, China’s CCTV, and the IOC’s own Around the Rings agency, as well as with Russia’s Channel One and Rossiya-1 TV channels.

“None of the guests of the Sochi Olympics will have any problems,” Putin said.

Despite Putin saying that the Olympics were meant to “depoliticize the most pressing international issues,” the majority of questions he had to answer dealt with politics, with much of the interview time being devoted to dispelling fears that LGBT visitors to Sochi would face any discrimination.

Putin reiterated that LGBT community representatives were absolutely welcome in Russia.

Full Interview from the Kremlin: http://kremlin.ru/news/20080

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#AceWorldNews says Russian lawmakers have introduced a new…

#AceWorldNews says Russian lawmakers have introduced a new bill that, once passed, would increase the punishment for terrorist activities to life in prison.

The sponsors of the bill also aim to increase the punishment for a number of terrorist related activities from 10 to 20 years in prison. Some of the proposed amendments to the articles of the Criminal Code will alter the punishment to life imprisonment. Presently, Russian law provides that the acts of terrorism are punished with up to 20 years in prison only if they cause the loss of human life or involve the use of nuclear or radioactive materials and devices.

The new amendments introduce sentences of up to 20 years or even life sentences for “organizing and committing crimes of a terrorist nature and for organizing financial terrorism,” Irina Yarovaya, the head of the Duma Security Committee, told the Interfax news agency.The MP said she expected the Duma to consider the new amendments “as a priority,” as the country has witnessed a number of terrorist attacks.

Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Andrey Lugovoy told Ria Novosti, that the proposed amendments will not only toughen the punishment for those committing terrorist acts, but would also seek tougher sentences for people involved in their preparation and training, as well as propaganda of such extremist activities.

Lugovoy added that the bill proposes to exclude any possibility of softer punishment for a terrorist crime, such as a suspended sentence. The statute of limitations will not apply to terrorist crimes.

Duma deputies also seek to expand the mandate of the FSB, the Russian security service, to allow it not only to check identity documents, but also to carry out searches on suspected citizens and vehicles.

“Now we are increasing their powers and they will be able to not only check documents but also to search people and to inspect vehicles,” Lugovoy said.

To combat the financing of terrorism, lawmakers seek to reduce the sum of one-time money transfers using internet payment systems, from 40 thousand rubles to one thousand, and also seek to introduce necessary ID checks at the time of the transaction for both the sender and the receiver of the funds.

New responsibilities for Internet providers:

Another set of amendments concerns the federal law on information and data protection. It obliges all companies and private persons that organize the spreading of information or data exchange between users on the internet to keep logs of all user activities for six months, and provide the information to law enforcers in a way described by federal laws.

In December, two suicide bombings in a railway station and a trolley bus in the southern city of Volgograd killed 34 people. Three police officers were killed in a car bombing in December in the resort city of Pyatigorsk.

Ahead of February’s Winter Olympics a number of preventative terrorism measures have been introduced to protect spectators in Sochi. Starting last Saturday, airport passengers have also been banned from having any type of liquids in their carry-on luggage.

To provide security for spectators, Russia will deploy surveillance drones, which will be used for the first time at the Olympics in Sochi. In addition, two sonar systems to detect submarines and protect the Olympics from a seaborne terror attack will be used.

More than 40,000 police will be on duty, and more than 5,000 surveillance cameras installed across the city to help the counter-terrorism effort.

“All security is in place. And I want to assure you that despite the global threat of terrorism, here in Sochi everybody will be protected,” the head of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, told RT.

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The Real Cost To People Of The Olympics

The Evening Standard profiles residents on the Carpenters Estate in Stratford who fear they will be relocated after the London Olympics. The paper notes that Newham Council plans to demolish the estate and sell it to developers to regenerate the area.

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2012 Reasons To Add This Extension – The Olympics Blocker

2012 Reasons To Add This Extension – The Olympics Blocker

Had enough of all that Olympics and need a rest! Then add an extension called ” Olwimpics” and block keywords! Should suit LOCOG as they wanted to expunge certain words from our life,in favour of their profits! Also available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari! 

There are 2012 reasons to add this extension!    

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