first_imgHome Energy Lawmakers Request RFS Waiver Lawmakers Request RFS Waiver SHARE Facebook Twitter More than 150 members of the U.S. House have asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for the rest of the year in order to help ease corn supply concerns and protect American consumers, livestock producers and the economy. The request follows on the heels of a petition asking the agency to grant a waiver of the RFS in whole or in part for the remainder of 2012 and part of 2013. That petition was filed by a coalition of livestock and poultry organizations including the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC praised the group of lawmakers – led by Virginia’s Bob Goodlatte, Steve Womack of Arkansas and North Carolina’s Mike McIntyre – for requesting the waiver to help livestock and poultry producers weather the worst drought in more than 50 years. But Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says calls to waive the RFS are premature and void of justification.In 2012 – the RFS requires the production of 13.2-billion gallons of corn-based ethanol. That amount rises to 13.8-billion in 2013. To reach those levels – NPPC says the ethanol industry will use about 4.7-billion and 4.9-billion bushels respectively of the nation’s corn. The drought is expected to reduce corn yields – with some forecasters estimating a harvest of 11.8-billion bushels of corn. NPPC President-elect Randy Spronk says the lawmakers behind the waiver request recognize that the expected low crop yields – coupled with pressures on corn usage from federal energy policy – will devastate livestock and poultry producers.RFA’s Dinneen says the RFS is working – and knee-jerk reactions to acts of God will not provide the kind of relief some are seeking. He says the RFS contains a great deal of flexibility – allowing obligated parties to meet RFS requirements in a variety of ways other than blending physical gallons of ethanol. Dinneen says the market is taking advantage of that flexibility – pointing out that domestic ethanol demand for corn has fallen nearly 15-percent and production has dropped in the last six weeks. Dinneen says waiving the RFS will not make it rain, bring pastures to life or meaningfully lower corn prices. He says grain will be produced her at home and abroad – and ultimately the market will ration demand.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleSkillman says New Attitude at State FairNext articleIndiana Winery Wins Wine of the Year Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 2, 2012 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_img By Andy Eubank – Sep 30, 2013 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana Soybean Harvest Edges Past Corn Harvest Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Soybean Harvest Edges Past Corn Harvest Mild weather and little rain allowed more farmers to begin harvesting corn and soybeans across the state, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Harvesting of soybeans jumped slightly ahead of corn this week, with the corn harvest running about one week behind the 5-year average, as some farmers are giving corn more time to dry down. The fourth cutting of hay has begun or will begin shortly, with reports of hay in good condition. Winter wheat planting has also started in some parts of the state, and fall tillage and chemical applications are underway in fields that are open.FIELD CROPS REPORTThere were 6.2 days suitable for field work during the week. Ninety-five percent of the corn acreage is in the dent stage compared with 100 percent last year and 95 percent for the 5-year average. Sixty-six percent of the corn acreage is mature compared with 90 percent last year and 68 percent for the 5-year average. Thirteen percent of the corn crop has been harvested compared with 34 percent last year and 22 percent for the 5-year average. By area 72 percent of the corn crop is mature in the north, 63 percent in the central region, and 61 percent in the south. Corn condition is rated 65 percent good to excellent compared with 11 percent last year at this time. Moisture content of harvested corn is averaging about 23 percent.Eighty percent of the soybean acreage is shedding leaves compared with 87 percent last year and 79 percent for the 5-year average. Sixteen percent of the soybean acreage has been harvested compared to 17 percent last year and 19 percent for the 5-year average. By area 86 percent of the soybean acreage is shedding leaves in the north, 84 percent in the central region, and 65 percent in the south. Soybean condition is now rated 60 percent good to excellent compared with 29 percent last year. Moisture content of harvested soybeans is averaging about 13 percent.LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORTLivestock were in mostly good condition due to the relatively mild temperatures. Pasture condition was rated 26 percent good to excellent compared with 24 percent last year at this time.Source: NASS Previous articleUSDA Pegs Corn and Soybean Stocks Down 17 Percent from Year AgoNext articleFFA Sees Membership Increase Andy Eubanklast_img read more

first_img SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – May 24, 2018 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency officials met today to discuss ways to increase ethanol usage and to address refiner concerns about volatility in the market for biofuel credits. An Agri-Pulse report says the meeting followed months of discussions at the White House on the issue. It also follows months of concerns over the way EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is overseeing the program. The ethanol industry is pressing the EPA to finally move forward with issuing a vapor pressure waiver that will allow E15 to be sold all year.Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says President Trump promised to protect the statutory targets under the RFS. “We support Secretary Perdue’s efforts to ensure the EPA upholds the commitment to rural families,” Skor says, “and there’s no reason to delay or attach unrelated gimmicks to benefit a few refinery owners.” The meeting comes as Marathon, the nation’s second-largest refining company, is seeking a waiver from the RFS blending requirements. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the Marathon request shows that the “embarrassing loophole,” as he calls the RFS waiver authority, needs to be fixed. Home Energy USDA-EPA Discuss Year-Round E15 Previous articleIndy Drivers Meet Indiana Dairy and Possible Soybean Replant on the HAT Thursday Morning EditionNext articleDairyland Seed Poised for Growth as North Central Corn Belt Regional Seed Company Hoosier Ag Today USDA-EPA Discuss Year-Round E15last_img read more

first_img SHARE Home Commentary Commentary: A Matter of Balance By Gary Truitt – Aug 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter By Gary TruittIn our world of extremes, the concept of balance has been lost. Today, something is either right or wrong, offensive or acceptable. There are only two opposite solutions to a problem or position on an issue. Perhaps this is a result of our digital age where everything is made up of 0s and 1s, not 0.5. This is the case for an important agricultural issue currently in the headlines.Of late, the ethanol industry has been obsessed with the issue of small refiner waivers. This is not a new program but has been part of the Renewable Fuels Standard since the beginning. At first, the EPA only granted these waivers to refineries facing bankruptcy.  In 2017, a court ruled that the agency was too strict and should grant the waivers to those facing “significant economic hardship” from complying with the terms of the RFS. The EPA then started granting more waivers, and that caught the attention of the renewable fuels sector.Ethanol groups charged the agency was granting waivers to refineries that were profitable and that it was just a way for the oil industry to avoid blending less ethanol. There may be some truth to this charge on the surface. The agency announced 31 small refinery waivers Friday afternoon. Yet, in recent weeks, the rhetoric has become more shrill and has moved from some waivers are bad to all waivers are bad. “Small refinery exemptions continue to transform the RFS into a voluntary program for roughly one-third of the nation’s refineries,” said Scott Richman, Chief Economist of the Renewable Fuels Association.A lot of the coverage of this issue in the ag media has been a bit one-sided. Most of us support ethanol and, perhaps, have been too quick to jump on the bandwagon and not as circumspect as we should have been. This was brought to my attention by a small, farmer-owned refinery that pointed out how these waivers have helped them actually increase ethanol blending. They pointed out that the waiver program can have some positive benefits for the ethanol sector and for the rural economy that is served by some smaller refineries.When we aired a story that presented both sides of the issue, we got some blow back from the ethanol sector which did not like us mentioning the other side of the story. This leads me back to the issue of balance.The ag industry is a very interconnected industry. Ethanol producers depend on refiners, just as livestock producers depend on corn producers. We in agriculture are far too quick to throw stones at each other.  Small farmers don’t like big farmers; livestock producers complain when grain prices go up; and regional differences continue to divide the dairy industry. A bit more tolerance and understanding would better serve us all.It is certainly true that the oil industry, in general, is not a friend of renewable energy and has exerted its considerable political clout and extensive financial resources to stifle the growth of ethanol. In this they have been abetted by some sectors of the ag industry.  So a strong fight to increase the biofuels share of the fuel tank must continue. However, this should not include throwing some of our friends under the bus.The RFS is good policy if administered fairly and properly. The EPA has a history of making rulings based on what group has the most political clout or is making the most noise.  This has resulted in policy by litigation as both sides take the agency to court. A bit more balance is needed in the administration of the RFS and in the ag media’s coverage of it. Facebook Twitter Commentary: A Matter of Balance SHARE Previous articleIndiana Grown Under New Leadership Just in Time for their Marketplace at the FairNext articleBig Cheese Portrays Dairy Farmers as Super Heroes Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_img Little Change in Latest WASDE Report Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Mar 9, 2021 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Little Change in Latest WASDE Report SHARE Previous articleHAT Market Analysis for 3/9/21 with Arlan Suderman, StoneXNext articleIndiana Dairy Farmers Celebrate National School Breakfast Week NAFB News Service The Department of Agriculture’s latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand report offered little change from February estimates.Released Tuesday, this month’s 2020/21 U.S. corn supply and use outlook is unchanged from last month. The projected season-average farm price is unchanged at $4.30 per bushel.U.S. soybean supply and use projections for 2020/21 are mostly unchanged this month. With soybean crush and exports projected at 2.20 billion bushels and 2.25 billion bushels, respectively, ending stocks remain at 120 million bushels, down 405 million from last year’s record. The U.S. season-average soybean price is projected at $11.15 per bushel, unchanged from last month.Although current cash prices are significantly higher, prices received through January have averaged just over $10.00 per bushel, reflecting forward pricing at lower prices. The supply and demand outlook for 2020/21 U.S. wheat is mostly unchanged this month, but there are offsetting by-class changes to exports and imports. The season-average farm price is unchanged at $5.00 per bushel.last_img read more

first_imgTCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Twitter printMessiah Bright dribbles down the field. Courtesy: GoFrogs.comThe TCU soccer team tied with the Iowa State Cyclones 2-2 in overtime to open Big 12 play.The scoring began early with Iowa State senior forward Klasey Medelberg shooting a high shot that went right under the crossbar to give the team the lead in the fifth minute.The Horned Frogs kept the game close until halftime and came out firing in the second half with Messiah Bright scoring her third goal of the season in the 47th minute to tie the game at one.“I know we can battle back,” said head coach Eric Bell. “I know we can be a good team.”Iowa State pulled the lead right back 10 minutes later when sophomore Kassi Ginther scored on a corner kick to give the Cyclones a 2-1 lead.TCU’s 32 total shots, the second time this season they’ve surpassed 30 attempts, payed off in the 68th minute when Yazmeen Ryan tied the game with a penalty kick goal.The game then went to overtime where the Horned Frogs out-shot the Cyclones 8-0 but were unable to get the game winning goal across.“Soccer is an interesting game because you can dominate on the score sheet and still lose or tie the game,” said Bell. “We weren’t as cutthroat as we needed to be from an attacking perspective and we had one too many miscues defensively.”The Horned Frogs still have yet to lose a game at home this season and will look to continue that streak when they take on West Virginia Sunday at 1 p.m.We did show some resiliency, but we didn’t quite get to the peak of the mountain,” said Bell. “We have to be better and hopefully we will be on Sunday.” Benton McDonald + posts Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases ReddIt Facebook Previous articleEquestrian Wins Season Opener, 14-1, Over Texas TechNext articlePatterson: ‘Robinson’s 2018 possesses potential to mirror Andy Dalton’s 2007’ Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Messiah Bright dribbles down the field against Stephen F. Austin on August 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of Benton McDonald Linkedin Linkedin Benton McDonald Facebook Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Benton McDonald Benton McDonald read more

first_imgJack Wallace Twitter Linkedin Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special TCU News Now 4/28/2021 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallace Jack Wallace printJack and Noah continue their 2020/21 NFL Exit Interview series with a review of the previous season of the AFC South, covering the Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. We’ll continue making these through the week before the 2021 NFL Draft! Follow us @BlanketCovPod on Twitter and @blanketcoveragepodcast on Instagram for more news and updates!Timestamps:0:00-15:05 – Tennessee Titans15:05-24:00 – Indianapolis Colts24:00-33:00 – Houston Texans33:00-END – Jacksonville Jaguars Facebook Jack Wallace ReddIt + posts 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East TAGSAFC Southblanket coverageexit interviewsfootballHouston TexansIndianapolis Coltsjack wallaceJacksonville JaguarsNFLnoah parkerpodcastsport analysissport newssportsTennessee Titans Twitter Facebook Jack Wallace Previous articleWomen’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to BaylorNext articleHoroscope: March 13, 2021 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Linkedin 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Westlast_img read more

first_imgReddIt TCU extends use of campus recreation center as shelter for students Twitter Facebook Skye Moreno printA new variant of the coronavirus is now said to be the most common in the U.S.The COVID-19 variant which was first identified in Britain is now the most common strain in the U.S., according to the Washington Post. The variant now accounts for about 27 percent of cases in the U.S. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the new strain is formally known as “B.1.1.7” and is shown to be “more transmissible and infectious among younger Americans.”Although many Americans are continuing to be vaccinated, Walensky encouraged states with rising cases to “suspend youth sport activities to slow the spread of the virus.”Police sergeant testifies during Derek Chauvin trialIn this image from video, witness Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Court TV)Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jody Stiger testified that former police officer Derek Chauvin used “deadly force” when he used his knee as a neck restraint, according to CNN.Stiger, a use-of-force expert, said Chauvin’s actions constituted deadly force “because he was in the prone position, he was not resisting, he was handcuffed, he was not attempting to evade, he was not attempting to resist. And the pressure that was being caused by the bodyweight could cause positional asphyxia which could cause death.”Chauvin stands trial for the murder of Floyd during an arrest last May. St. Louis elects first Black female mayor Voter Marissa Perry, left, high-fives St. Louis mayoral candidate Tishaura Jones after casting her vote at Lexington Elementary School, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones won the city’s mayoral election Tuesday and will be sworn in on April 20, according to NBC News. Jones is known for her advocacy in how the criminal justice system can fix its “arrest and incarcerate” model. During her victory speech, she said, “I told you when I was running that we aren’t done avoiding tough conversations. We are done ignoring the racism that has held our city and our region back.”Jones will replace Mayor Lyda Krewson, who is the city’s first female mayor. President Joe Biden announces new deadline for COVID-19 vaccine eligibilityPresident Joe Biden delivers remarks about vaccinations, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that April 19 would mark the newest deadline for adult eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccines, according to CBS News. Many states have already opened eligibility for the vaccinations to those 16 and older while 12 states are set to do so by the April 19 deadline. Despite Biden’s announcement, it is unclear whether or not this means that vaccine rollout is faster or if there are new plans to get more Americans vaccinated. Biden said that although more people are getting vaccinated, they should still be cautious as there are new variants quickly spreading. “Let me explain it in a single word: Time. Time. Even moving at the record speed we’re moving at, we’re not even halfway through vaccinating over 300 million Americans. This is going to take time,” he said. Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature In this March 19, 2021, photo, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leads President Joe Biden into the room for a COVID-19 briefing at the headquarters for the CDC Atlanta. Walensky is making an impassioned plea to Americans not to let their guard down in the fight against COVID-19. She warned on March 29 of a potential “fourth wave” of the virus. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) TCU traditions and history Skye Moreno Previous articleeBay launches on-campus marketplace exclusively for TCU students and communityNext articleDixon reflects on miracle buzzer beater against Texas in 1986 Skye Moreno RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Race & Reconciliation chair hopes upcoming hip hop masterclass can provide perspectivecenter_img ReddIt Skye Moreno Skye Moreno Facebook Linkedin What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Linkedin New platform launched to ease scholarship finding process for current TCU students + posts Skye Moreno What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more

first_imgReddIt Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Linkedin ReddIt + posts Twitter Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Banks Previous articleOpen House: FinaleNext article2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Banks Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021center_img Tamia Banks printA baby born today has a Sun in Taurus and a Moon in Virgo until 12:05 p.m., when the Moon enters Libra.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, April 24, 2021:Tolerant, dependable and warmhearted, friends and family know they can rely on you. This year, you help others stand on their own two feet. Professional success will be yours due to the consistently high quality of your output. Start a long-term savings plan, and your financial goals will be set in motion. If single, be discriminating but not too picky. If attached, let your partner make decisions. GEMINI is versatile.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult Facebook Twitter Facebook Tamia Banks ARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Start the day with a physical activity that gets your juices flowing. Get involved with a cause that touches you on a personal level. If you cannot give volunteer time, make a donation that fits your budget. Tonight: Chips and dips.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★Take advantage of free time and warmer weather. Children and grandchildren set today’s schedule and will enliven anything you do. Take a car, bus or train ride somewhere you have never been. Make it an adventure. Tonight: Pet love.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Family matters dominate the day. Discussions range from the division of chores to vacation planning. Master the art of compromise, and you’ll wind up on the same page. Start gathering photographs, DVDs and other memorabilia for a future reunion. Tonight: Outdoor dining.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★Take a break from listening to news. Download a podcast that makes you laugh on your walk or run. Catch up with someone who lives nearby over coffee or tea. Make a plan to visit more often. Tonight: Play dance music.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★Impulsive financial transactions could work against you, so think twice before making investments or doing online shopping. Stay centered and calm, and your conservative instincts will lead you in the right direction. Get outside and avoid temptation. Tonight: Stream a concert.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★Take advantage of the positive effect you have on others. People want to be around you and absorb your knowledge. It’s the perfect time to mentor others and pass down skills that you have learned from teachers. Tonight: Relax at home.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★Keep a journal for deep thoughts and observations. Referring to them will give clarity on a situation. Replenish energy you expended all week. Do things at a snail’s pace and make no excuses for it. Tonight: Reminisce with a school pal.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★Talk to an old friend who has a business proposal to pitch to you. Listen intently before making any comments and don’t make a spontaneous decision. This could become a project you can develop together. Tonight: Download an audio book.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★★A social invitation from a colleague or someone you met at an event comes as a surprise. Change around your schedule if you must. This could be a golden opportunity to network with the “right” people. Tonight: Organize your files.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★A new meetup group or book club sparks your interest. The subject matter is stimulating and right up your alley. If you join, it could lead to heading a meeting and choosing the material. Explore it further. Tonight: Romantic date night.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★Financial investments you made a while ago could be on the upswing. Don’t give in to the temptation of moving money around. If you have doubts, consult a professional who will steer you in the right direction. Tonight: Mystery novel.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★You could be called upon to mediate a situation with kid gloves. Your ability to defuse an argument will be noticed by someone who you respect. Surprise someone you love with a gift that has sentimental value. Tonight: Enjoy sweet dreams.Born today: Painter Willem de Kooning (1904), author Sue Grafton (1940), singer Kelly Clarkson (1982) Linkedin Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: April 28, 2021last_img read more

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of former arts critic on Liuyang News after 16 years in prison, on 22 February 2006. But torture and long spells in solitary confinement have left him mentally ill and unable to recognise his family. During the 1989 student demonstrations, he hurled ink at Mao Zedong’s portrait in Tiananmen Square and wrote articles in support of free expression. to go further News Help by sharing this information February 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who was driven mad in prison freed after 16 years Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders notes the release of arts critic, Yu Dongyue, imprisoned after the June 1989 student demonstrations, who has left jail a broken man, driven mad after being tortured and held for long periods in solitary confinement.And in an act which the press freedom organisation described as “the last word in cynicism” the authorities have just re-arrested his former student companion, Yu Zhijian, for “subversion”.”We are, of course, pleased to learn that Yu Dongyue is finally free. We hope that he will be able to regain a little serenity in returning to his family, after 16 years of imprisonment, “it said.”Yu’s physical and psychological state demonstrates the full atrocity of the Chinese prison system, which destroys lives to gag dissident voices,” said Reporters Without Borders, calling for the release of the 70 prisoners of opinion still in jail for taking part in the 1989 pro-democracy movement.Yu Dongyue, now 38, left prison N°1 in Hunan southern China on 22 February and was taken home to Shegang in Hunan, accompanied by his brother, Yu Xiyue.”He does not recognise me and we cannot understand one another,” his brother told Reuters news agency. His mother, Wu Pinghua said on the phone that she was very happy her son was coming home again, but added, “He is mentally ill and it will be a burden to take care of him.”center_img News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Yu has very serious mental problems after spending at least six months in a cell measuring less than 3 metres square, followed by two years in solitary confinement. He was regularly tortured.One former fellow inmate, Lu Decheng, said the journalist would kneel down whenever he saw a warden and would lick the ground, covered in people’s spit. He added that warders had tied Yu to an electricity post and left him out in the full sun for several days.Journalist and art critic on Liuyang News, Yu was sentenced by the Beijing people’s intermediate municipal court to 20 years in prison and five years loss of political rights on 11 July 1989 on charges of “sabotage” and “counter-revolutionary propaganda”. On 23 May 1989, he hurled egg shells full of red paint at Mao Zedong’s portrait in Tiananmen Square. The authorities were also displeased by his articles in support of free expression and for his avant-garde opinions on artistic matters.His sentence was reduced by two years in 2000 after he “sincerely expressed his repentance and his wish to re-educate himself” and a second time by 15 months in 2003. Despite repeated pleas by his family for his release “on medical grounds”, the authorities decided in August 2005 to delay his release date to 22 February 2006.His two friends, Lu Decheng and Yu Zhijian, who were with him on 23 May 1989, had already been freed earlier.Yu Zhijian has just been rearrested for taking part in a rotating hunger strike in support of a human rights lawyer being threatened by the government. His family has been informed of his arrest and the charge of “subversion” that has been made against him. He had been freed in March 2000 after 11 years in prison.Lu Decheng, a former bus conductor, is currently being detained in Thailand. He should be able to leave for Canada, on 14 March 2006, under a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement programme, despite repeated calls from the Chinese government for him to be returned to China. Organisation Receive email alerts News Newslast_img read more

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