Photo of the Day: Rice Terrace Sunset
Two farmers hunt for frogs at sunset.
Photo by Shawn Talbot; Honghe, China.
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China’s history and culture of food is one of the most diverse and vibrant in the world, but 21st century challenges threaten its food security. To feed its 1.3 billion citizens, China will have to reconcile these issues.
Lam Yik Fei photographed the Oct. 16 issue of Hong Kong newspaper the Apple Daily as it rolled off the presses, featuring a front page report on the alleged police beating of demonstrator and Civic Party member Ken Tsang, the subject of a four-minute news video that is unraveling more than two weeks of efforts to win back the hearts and minds of Hong Kong citizens.
Back at Apple Daily publisher Next Media Ltd., masked men and women have besieged the printing plant of the pro-protest newspaper, delaying delivery of the Apple Daily and other papers printed at the site. The group has been obstructing trucks and trying to inspect the newspapers, said Mark Simon, commercial director for Next Media.“They basically stand and yell,” Simon said. “They block our trucks from coming out, which delays us getting to the streets.” Simon said that he believed the protests were likely organized by people in mainland China.Photographer: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
As demonstrations in Hong Kong stretch well into its second week, we take a look back at protesters as they caught up on sleep throughout the occupied sites in Admiralty, Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
Hong Kong protest leaders on Oct. 8 said they will consider pulling out of discussions should the government continue to ignore their key political demands.
Student protesters are threatening to bring back the crowds that had paralyzed parts of central Hong Kong last week, after days of talks eased tensions in the streets. As the discussions hit a stumbling block, pressure increased on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying who yesterday had to refute a report that said he received money secretly from an Australian company.
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi, Brent Lewin, Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg
© 2014 Bloomberg Finance
With the PM2.5 spiking up above 400 (groan), it looks like the brief but beautiful autumn weather might be over in Beijing. Residents strapped on their masks and dusted-off their air purifiers this week, as a thick, yellow blanket of smog descended on the city. And this is only the beginning: winter is the worst time for Beijing air quality.
Breathing Beijing’s filthy air is enough to send any scientist to the drawing-board, and with the government’s willingness to fund, several inventors have come up with pretty wacky projects to tackle the problem. Here are some of the strangest ideas on offer: