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Chinese Students In Australia

Australian universities are overly dependent on Chinese students Natasha Robinson. The risks are primarily financial. The University of Sydney is atop the list, with fees from Chinese students totalling $500 million dollars in 2017. A sudden large percentage decline could be catastrophic.

An aerial rows seated graduation students colourful sashes black academic robes. PHOTO: Chinese nationals now account cent students Australian universities. (ABC News: Danielle Bonica) RELATED STORY: study university foreign students: solution language gapRELATED STORY: When large numbers students started failing, alarm bells began ringing academicsRELATED STORY: Chinese students coaxed cheating Government plans crackdown A downturn number students China catastrophic Australian universities force taxpayers prop budgets nation oldest sandstone institutions. Key points In Australia higher education sector generated $ billion University Sydney tops list institutions dependent fees Chinese students — fifth total revenue Universities reject criticism overexposed Chinese student market That warning Salvatore Babones, adjunct scholar Centre Independent Studies, likens exposure Australian universities China student market risks big banks faced global financial crisis. Associate Professor Babones said. Australian universities treated Chinese students cash cows international student market. relied Chinese students expansion funding. Australian universities extraordinarily exposed Chinese market, extraordinarily mean Australian universities multiple several times number Chinese students comparable university world. At levels exposure, small percentage declines Chinese student numbers induce significant financial hardship universities struggle meet fixed costs infrastructure permanent staff salaries midst revenue shortfall.

Top Australian universities named paper published today Centre Independent Studies, Associate Professor Babones calculates massive revenue reaped top-tier Australian universities international students. University Sydney atop list, fees Chinese students totalling $500 million dollars — fifth total nual revenue. Students walk path University New South Wales. PHOTO: Australian universities dependent Chinese students revenue, according Salvatore Bobones, adjunct scholar Centre Independent Studies. (AAP: Dean Lewins) total stock plant equipment Australian universities increased almost cent University Sydney key management personnel compensation rose cent same period. University Melbourne, Australian National University, University NSW, University Technology Sydney, University Adelaide University Queensland overexposed Chinese student market, according Associate Professor Babones. If were ASX-listed companies, regulators diversify risk, least divulge risk, said. But public entities able hide behind shield government let know risks taking, responsibly work reduce. In global financial crisis world governments bailed biggest banks were big fail. failure bank caused rupture financial system. Right now problem Australia big universities big fail. You let major metropolitan university bankrupt, major metropolitan universities trading knowledge. taking loans making long-term commitments staff students based projected revenues moment notice disappear macroeconomic event involving China Chinese currency.

Students treated cash cows Abbey Shi international student studying arts law University Sydney. She many Chinese families made huge sacrifices send children university Australia. Abbey standing park University Sydney, smiling wearing black jacket white shirt. PHOTO: Abbey Shi says many Chinese families make large sacrifices send children Australian universities. (ABC News: Elena De Bruijne) I think, personally speaking, really lucky parents make huge sacrifice, know lot peers studying universities families do, Ms Shi said. Some sell properties back China order afford kids studying Australia. But Ms Shi students were always supported arrived university Australia. I think point Australian universities treat international students cash cows campus. oftentimes offer little support received education life. Universities reject criticism overexposed Chinese student market. Universities Australia chair Deborah Terry regulators assessed vast majority Australian universities being low-risk financial position. As not-for-profit public education institutions, universities prudently manage taxpayer funds — extensive expertise doing so, said. Universities give constant careful attention future trends student recruitment, nurture diversity across regions, part business planning. Australian universities maintain high admissions standards strong academic rigour — high academic standards safeguard quality attract international students. Read more: I study university foreign students: solution language gap When large numbers students started failing, alarm bells started ringing academics Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan universities' financial position strong. department monitors financial performance position each university nual basis, said. Government been working sector strengthen English language requirements international students tightening regulations, improving data capture increasing scrutiny visa applicants' English language proficiency. regulator Australian universities, Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), monitors universities' level exposure Babones Chinese student market.

TEQSA chief executive Anthony McClaran patterns reliance certain markets issues regulator monitored conducted nual risk assessments universities education providers, including private colleges. I think occasionally patterns over-concentration either international students generally students country, circumstances always recommend diversification possible, Mr McClaran said. As December Australia hosting nearly 00,000 international higher education students. 400,000 higher education students came countries study Australia 8. International students account roughly cent students Australian university campuses, approximately cent students now attending Australian university hail China. total number international higher education students Australian institutions nearly doubled more tripled 002. Australia higher education providers generated $ billion revenue $19 billion in 2008. billion 008. Admission standards questioned Exposure single international student markets issue Associate Professor Babones identifies problem Australian universities. He alleges Australian universities routinely compromise admissions standards accommodate international students, preparatory programs students lower English language skills functioning back-door entry students meet admissions standards.

His report sandstone institutions students partial command English language complete preparatory program private provider beforehand. A student walks toward quadrangle University Sydney. PHOTO:University Sydney topped list universities dependent fees Chinese nationals. (AAP: Paul Miller) Admission standards been lowered way Australian universities make extra money farming students out, often farming private providers order let around English language requirements ordinarily place study chosen degrees, Associate Professor Babones report said. What universities doing now recruiting less less qualified international students mad effort keep international enrolments growing simply sustainable. Associate Professor Babones universities should required report detailed student numbers country, implement plans reduce reliance international students, particularly students single country. University Sydney statement maintained high entry standards place income diversification strategy. We've already seen increase students USA Canada working increase number students India South-East Asia, university spokesperson said. A spokesperson Australian National University always maintained highest English language academic standards comes admissions. Australian National University research-intensive university continues secure half revenue high-quality research activities outputs.
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China Wants Total Control of the South China Sea

World politics is a complex issue. Conflict occurs when one side underestimates the other party. Both want control over something. It could be influence or it could be complete dominance of a region. China wants the South China Sea as it own. This is despite the fact that its southern part extends far from the mainland.

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even his outspoken standards philippine president rodrigo duterte’s account conversation he had his chinese counterpart xi jinping startling meeting two leaders beijing may 201 subject turned philippines would seek drill oil part south china sea claimed both countries duterte said he given blunt warning china’s president xi’s response me ‘we’re friends we don’t want quarrel you we want maintain presence warm relationship but you force issue we’ll go war duterte recounted year later duterte asked response news china had landed long-range bombers south china sea paracel islands - milestone suggests people liberation army air force easily make short hop southeast asia its new airstrips what’s point questioning planes there land not duterte responded his refusal condemn china’s military buildup underlines china success subduing its rivals south china sea 201 china has expanded artificial islands reefs sea subsequently installed network runways missile launchers barracks communications facilities military advances have led many wonder beijing has already established unassailable control disputed waters brunei malaysia philippines taiwan vietnam.

have overlapping claims parts south china sea its islands – claims looking increasingly forlorn wake china’s military buildup china winning de facto control nearly entire south china sea including activities resources despite surrounding southeast asian states respective legal rights entitlements international law said jay batongbacal director university philippines institute maritime affairs law sea stake huge commercial military leverage comes controlling world’s important shipping lanes trillion worth trade passes each year u.s secretary defense james mattis insists china faces consequences militarization south china sea he says being done purposes intimidation coercion there consequences continue come home roost speak china they not find way work more collaboratively nations mattis said june shangri-la dialogue singapore security conference organized london-based international institute strategic studies mac thornberry chairman u.s house armed services committee added u.s naval presence means china not have free hand south china sea think you see more more nations working together affirm freedom navigation south china sea international waters thornberry told nikkei asian review but consequences left unsaid mattis suggested there little prospect forcing china give its growing network military facilities dotting sea.

we know nobody ready invade he said u.s defense secretary james mattis talked indo-pacific strategy his june speech shangri-la dialogue singapore photo simon roughneen gregory poling director asia maritime transparency initiative u.s.-based center strategic international studies said there reasonable basis u.s military force push china off its outposts nor would country region support effort u.s pushback far has included disinviting china major pacific naval exercise continues carry so-called freedom navigation operations fonops recent took place may 2 followed u.s military aircraft flying paracel islands early june move prompted countercharge militarization u.s china foreign ministry china regards fonops sabre-rattling challenge sovereignty according lt gen he lei beijing lead representative singapore conference he restated government position troops weapons islands south china sea describing deployments assertion sovereignty said allegations militarization were hyped u.s philippine defense secretary delfin lorenzana stopped short endorsing fonops but told nikkei asian review belief sea lanes should left open free contrast duterte reluctance confront china his predecessor president benigno aquino frequently outspoken china increasing control sea he pressed case beijing arbitration tribunal 201 protracted naval stand-off year around scarborough shoal rock claimed both countries lying 120 nautical miles off luzon coast mid-201 tribunal dismissed china’s expansive nine-dash line claim much south china sea.

its artificial island-building expansion tribunal said contravened 1 united nations convention law sea unclos duterte said he would not flaunt tribunal outcome contrast his campaign pledge assert country sovereignty - he even vowed ride jet ski china artificial islands plant philippine flag there manila hopes significant chinese investment roads rail ports part beijing belt road initiative multicontinent plan outlining china-backed infrastructure upgrades filipino activists rally outside chinese consulate manila february protest beijing continued reclamation activities south china sea © reuters defense secretary lorenzana emphasized remarks media singapore good relations china remain priority regardless bilateral disputes natural us befriend neighbor we cannot avoid dealing china they near many filipinos including me have chinese blood philippines u.s treaty ally there growing doubts american navy would protect them conflict china something duterte brusque critic u.s has questioned publicly mattis former president barack obama his secretary state hillary clinton sidestepped question issue singapore saying reason why public figures not want give specific answers complex issues see shifting us policy leaves asian allies sea us china trade barbs south china sea island-building american evasiveness reminder philippines u.s not risk war china its old ally debatable filipinos believe u.s have its back conflict china batongbacal university philippines said duterte repeated statements reliability u.s ally.

tends undermine further duterte reticence has left vietnam sole claimant willing speak discussing recent developments south china sea vietnamese defense minister gen ngo xuan lich told singapore conference circumstances we excuse militarization deploying weapons military hardware disputed areas regional commitments lich did not name-check china his speech but described serious breach sovereignty another country violates international laws complicates situation negatively affects regional peace stability security well hindering oil gas projects waters close vietnam china navy has several years harassed vietnamese fishing boats - around philippines - continues occupy islands seized vietnam nearly five decades ago 201 anti-china riots kicked off across vietnam china placed oil rig south china sea waters claimed hanoi early june there were demonstrations proposals protesters claimed give chinese businesses favored access so-called special economic zones vietnam lan tay gas platform operated rosneft vietnam sits south china sea off vietnamese coast china has been hindering vietnam oil exploration activities sea © reuters vietnam response potential isolation has been cautious dalliance u.s late 201 shortly election donald trump u.s president american warships docked vietnam cam ranh bay naval base first visit former antagonists normalized ties 19 landmark followed march year arrival u.s aircraft carrier central vietnam city danang hanoi recently called greater japanese involvement region maritime disputes perhaps signalling interest wider effort counter china but unlike philippines vietnam china single party communist-run state not u.s treaty.

ally historical ideological differences mean there limits closely vietnam align u.s think there good momentum defense cooperation u.s but don't think would immediately mean jumping ‘american camp ’ whatever means said huong le thu senior analyst australian strategic policy institute bollywood hollywood u.s has sought widen array countries hopes join countering china’s rising influence his 12-day swing asia late 201 trump peppered his speeches references indo-pacific dispensing long established asia-pacific label favor more expansive term first used japan indo-pacific then mentioned u.s national security strategy published soon trump’s asia trip - document alleged china aims challenge american power using economic inducements penalties influence operations implied military threats persuade states heed its political security agenda three days his singapore speech mattis announced hawaii u.s pacific command would renamed indo-pacific command describing expanded theater stretching bollywood hollywood mattis later added gravitas cinematic catchphrase saying singapore standing shoulder shoulder india asean treaty allies partners america seeks build indo-pacific sovereignty territorial integrity safeguarded - promise freedom fulfilled prosperity prevails trump administration clearly hopes greater indian involvement its efforts counter china growing influence kori schake deputy director-general international institute strategic studies said indo-pacific yet established part lexicon implications term clear india asian power countries adopting term encouraging india greater cooperation maintaining maritime commons indian pacific oceans said schake former u.s state department official indian prime minister narendra modi addresses shangri-la dialogue annual security conference singapore june photo simon roughneen modi enthusiastically echoed american rhetoric shared vision open stable secure prosperous indo-pacific.

he described natural region - countering wonder area stretching bollywood hollywood vast disparate cast geopolitical fact ground but modi heaped praise china despite its border dispute india increasingly close economic ties pakistan india neighbor nuclear rival cooperation expanding trade growing we have displayed maturity wisdom managing issues ensuring peaceful border modi said china foreign ministry described modi speech positive its military delegation singapore conference gloated india u.s have different understandings different interpretations indo-pacific china first domestically designed built aircraft carrier © kyodo perhaps surprise then china rivals south china sea not yet regard nascent indo-pacific alliance-building something pin their hopes comes control sea we witnessing great power shift toward asia-pacific indo-pacific strategy belt road initiative series country grouping region lich said cautioning outcomes region world somewhat yet unveiled lich philippine counterpart even more circumspect particularly regarding indo-pacific concept have study more lorenzana said new construct area nikkei staff writers mikhail flores manila atsushi tomiyama hanoi contributed article see why china determined connect southeast asia rail south korea rail dreams face harsh realities silver tsunami ten nonagenarians shaped asia 201 get unique insights asia dynamic market world try months offer ends january 31st read next asia insight china emerges wild card elections across asia opinion duterte elusive chinese investment bonanza you trade war trump hails tremendous success china talks economy vietnam first privately owned airport opens business nissan ghosn crisis prosecutors probe source ghosn extra 20m collateral recommended get insights asia inbox sign connect us

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Ace Electric Vehicles to Make Battery Car in Australia

Electric autos are the eventual fate of the car business. Sales worldwide reached 1.5 million vehicles in the first quarter of this year. Australia is lagging behind other countries. There are only 4,000 of these cars on roads in this country. However, there could be an ACE up its sleeve. + tie ace say electric he vehicles let make of battery of car on australia if + $ aye ace stay electric was vehicles hi make by battery pad car at australia up $ % of ace run electric hi vehicles ho make ha battery on car or australia to % ~ do ace play electric yet vehicles oh make so battery do car up australia at ~ 0 market on tesla on on manufacturing on build on aussie on assembled on components on 0 ! market or tesla or or manufacturing or build or aussie or assembled or components or kilowatt or or designed or powered or ute or ! * market in tesla in manufacturing in build in aussie in assembled in components in kilowatt in in designed in powered in ute in . in news in mia in ode in noles in email in april in magazine in contact in plans in free in smoke in policy in part in vehicle in music in movies in address in enter in estimates in profit in beats in america in bank in aluminium in shakes in sanctions in rusal in world in years in ways in company in australian in electronic in worth in net in save in css in notify in reply in resigns in writer in prices in canberra in kilometres in hour in terms in privacy in editorial in bella in nikki in cena in john in range in small in sources in sales in sportsman in celebrities in * cars = market tesla manufacturing build aussie assembled components kilowatt designed ute . news cars mia ode noles email april magazine contact plans free smoke policy part vehicle music movies address enter estimates profit beats america bank aluminium shakes sanctions rusal world years ways company australian year electronic worth net save css notify reply resigns writer prices canberra kilometres hour terms privacy editorial bella nikki cena john range small sources sales sportsman celebrities = || manufacture, produce, parts, electricity, power, plant, factory, china, wheels, motor, |
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High United States Debt is a Problem

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Dingo is a Mystery to Science

Science: Dingo dog came to Australia via Southeast Asian seafarers.
Archaeological evidence shows that dingoes arrived in Australia 4,000 years ago.  There is no mystery as to who brought them.  Southeast Asian seafarers did land in Australia to get fresh water and herbs to treat constipation.
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Dingo in Australia
The dingo is common across the world today, all the way from India to the Pacific islands.  In news videos you see dogs roaming about the street in the background that are absolutely identical to the dingo, same upright tail, same color coat.
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Dingo in India
People chosen as the distributor of the dingo are the Lapita who moved eastward out into the pacific.  This choice is just for convenience.  It is definitely wrong.  The dog is common everywhere.  Let's face it, Timor is so close to Australia that sailors obviously landed here, often.

Genetic evidence places the origin of dingoes in China.  This is only where the breed began.  It rapidly spread to every country in Asia and Southeast Asia.  The dog is definitely a meat eater though.  It does not have the capacity to digest starch, so it is said that they did not live with agricultural people.  But weren't the Chinese mainly farmers 4,000 years ago?  They still are!  Dingoes are ancestors of modern dogs, not the other way around.
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Polluted Air Should be Monitored

Biology: monitoring of levels of polluted in the air is needed.
Want to lose weight? Just stop breathing. It is as easy as that. Pregnant rats in China got fat because they breathed in polluted air.  People face the same problem.  Babies being born fatter may be desired.  However, it could indicate a lifetime of illness for those living in polluted regions.

The rat's cholesterol went through the roof. They also became insulin resistant with diabetes just a short way down the track. Livers and lungs were inflamed. The longer they breathed the bad air, the fatter they got. Baby rats from the pregnant females were much sicker.
Polluted air in Chinese city
Inflammation per se is directly related to obesity which is a precursor to diabetes, or even synonymous with it. Cancer, stroke and heart attacks are related to bad air. Poor health from polluted air is not just a Chinese problem. Western countries do not monitor bad air very intensely. A case in point is Brisbane in Australia where it is measured at three sites well away from the city centre.

Pressure is mounting to set up a federally funded monitoring system so people can keep their stay in polluted areas to a minimum. Factories continue to ignore guidelines at their whim. Australia did have enforced regulations in the 1990s,
but monitoring was stopped.
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The World's Rice Originated in Australia

Rice came from Asia, more specifically China, right? You would be wrong. Genetic tests on rice grown today show it come from northern Australia. It was clean, uncontaminated and has been pinned down to Cape York in Queensland.
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Originally, it was growing wild in the tropics, an unusal place for rice as we associate it with wet conditions all year round. The real question is how did it get to Asia? Obviously, people from Asia came to Australia and took it home.

The Middle East is the cradle of Mankind. For rice it is Australia. Wild rice growing there today is more genetically diverse than anywhere else in the world. Asian domestic and wild rice is inbred. Australian rice is wild. It grows there today unchanged by human intervention. This took place 7,000 years ago.

Australian rice will be the basis of research to improve world food production. It holds the genetic keys to open the door very wide indeed. Modern rice varieties are just little sparks from the fire of the Australian native gene pool. The introduction of genes from Australia is vital to feed the growing world population.
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Dog Saves Food

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New Chinese Theme Park for Australia?

A theme park is to be built at Warnervale in New South Wales. It is not your usual holiday inspired park like Marine World or Disney World. The name of the new entertainment precinct is not yet known, but it will be devoted solely to things Chinese. Buddhist

It is aimed more at Chinese tourists than Australians. A panda paradise, thanksgiving temple and treasure ship are expected to draw the customers. A massive half a billion dollars is dedicated to the project.

The rather odd name of "Chappypie China Time" is being put forward as the preferred choice by Chinese developers. This choice will not go down well with Australians. It is awkward and doesn't translate well into Australian culture.

It will based on "old" China, not the present totalitarian state. Things such as a copy of the Forbidden City, thousand-hand Guanyin and dragon boats will be the main theme.  Developers say it will rival Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. However, these are thing quintessentially Australia. How can a Chinese project be marketed as an Australian icon?

The Wyong Shire Council insisted that the park must have rides to make it relevant to Australian customers. Disney has also said that legal action will follow if the word "Disney" is in the park's name. The move by the Chinese consortium comes as a bit of a shock to Disney which says there is no local market there for such a huge investment.

Such a project could be a ruse to build a thanksgiving temple. This will be the first thing constructed. It could also be the last. Local people would not want such as large temple built near to them. Councillors should be wary of the "easy out" clause in the contract.
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We Have Never Had It So Good - Maybe

According to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey we have never been able to buy so much with our income. Over the last decade income inequality has hardly changed, Wages have risen faster than inflation. Of course, we know that announced inflation is lower than real price rises.

Although Australia's debt is low compared to other developed countries, less than half of Australians believe this. Despite the good times, many are feeling down and depressed feeling that the country is not doing well economically. This is probably due to the negative political arena at the moment with any bad news being blown out of proportion, with political blame and counter denials being kept uppermost in people's minds.

We should be happy but the minority, politicians, are pulling us down. Things are certainly changing now with Chinese demand for primary products falling as well as prices producers receive. The new government, in September, will have to deal with rising unemployment. There isn't much doubt about this. Pressure to reign in national debt will mean job cuts in the public sector, and reduced government spending will push up unemployment.

The job market has structurally changed over the last 10 years. More people are in part-time and casual employment, good for business bad for job security. Welfare is being cut and will fall further as politicians take larger income rises for themselves and a "couldn't care less" attitude to the poor. Charities are feeding more of the less well off than they ever did before.

While incomes have remained the same, wealth inequality has risen. This continues as wealth is solidly held and increased by a few. The top 1 per cent have assets of $5 million. The bottom 10 per cent enjoy less that $10,000. Some of these have no assets at all.

Good times are not for everyone apparently.  We should be laughing or at least smiling.  If you are poor and without a job or assets you have to grin or grimace and bear it.  No help for you mate either today or in the future.
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Pink Dolphin Will Soon Be Lost

Pink dolphins who live off the coast of China are in serious decline. In 2003 there were 158 of them. Now that figure has fallen below 78. The numbers are estimates because they are always on the move.

Samuel Hung chairman of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society says government action is needed to save the species. The dolphins bring tourists to Hong Kong so there is private money that could be used, though major government funding was needed to take effect immediately.

Waters near Hong Kong are polluted and young dolphins die from toxins in their mother's milk. It accumulates in seawater. Dolphins right across the world are getting diseases from pollution. Industrial fishing also kills thousands every year.

A new species of dolphin has been found off the southern coast of Australia. The Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australia) is in small numbers due to polluted runoff into the sea. The mysterious problem of dolphin beachings continues. Noise of the modern world is blamed for this. Too many humans encroaching on the dolphins' natural domain is unstoppable. In coming decades some species will be lost forever.
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New Illicit Drugs Are Frequently Created

The world is in crisis. Illegal drugs that permanently damage users are easily purchased online. Recent research shows that when those under 16 years of age take marijuana regularly, particularly the cultivated strong variety, they are irreparably set back for the rest of their lives. Schizophrenia, is common. Furthermore, There is up to 55 per cent reduction in memory recall and decision making skills. A problem not given much importance is lung disease from smoking marijuana.

Dangerous psychoactive drugs are being developed. They are very pure and untested on humans. Some are highly toxic. Because they are new there are no laws restricting their supply, so they can be openly sold in Australia. Buying drugs online is virtually anonymous. The law has limited mechanisms for checking sales.

Several new chemicals are combined into a very dangerous brew. Some normal antidepressants are also added. The affects of drug interaction is unknown. Products are not checked for consistency. A brand bought one week can be completely different the next. Being legal in the short time does not make "home produced" drugs safe. Users believe that the new drugs are created in Australia. This in really not the case. Most are developed in China and India. These producers are untrackable. They do not use local currency. Barter is commonly practised.

Despite the wide choice of drugs, cannabis is the preferred substance of abuse. It is easily ingested by smoking, but it has a very strong smell that lingers for a long time after use. Police know when a person has smoked the illegal substance when they smell it. The chances of being caught are high.
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Obesity Is Out of Control

Capitalism is a good thing - or so we believe. The world is getting more obese. Large international companies that produce high-sugar, high-fat products are buying out local distribution firms in developing countries to dominate the market.

More than a Quarter of China's population is obese. Twenty years ago each Chinese person consumed only two teaspoons of sugar a day. Currently, China keeps a sugar bank, The government is terrified that a sugar shortage will lead to social unrest.

Mexico is becoming fatter than any other nation on Earth. Coca Cola practises price segmentation. In cities where income is higher, coke costs more than average. Poor rural regions get coca cola at a much cheaper price. Young children suffer from malnutrition while their parents are overweight.

Sugar and fat consumed regularly is a killer. Diabetes is increasing at a rapid rate. In developing countries medical care is poor, so diabetes goes untreated and people die. There can only be one result from this: countries will legislate to stop the sale of the "wrong" food. Having a coke as a treat is okay, but having coke every time one eats leads to disaster. Getting the younger generation to go back to eating nourishing vegetables is going to be a major problem. You can change a person's behavior temporarily. To change what people feel they have a right to is impossible.
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Development Is Tied to the Availability of Water

Karl Marx said that Mankind developed through political and economic stages. Scientists have proved that he may have been partially correct, but the key to human progress is water.

Professor Terje Tvedt of Norway says "that water has played a unique and fundamental role in shaping societies throughout human history." Scientists have made a mistake by ignoring the presence and impact of natural resources on human development. All societies need water. A society cannot operate without it. You can try to control it. Yet water appears and disappears as it pleases according to the flow of nature.

Why did the industrial revolution happen in Britain and not in China or India? The reason it occurred was the capacity to move goods via canals. Furthermore, production of grains and cotton products by the power of water mills created a need for bulk transport of goods. British rivers were clear. Boats could move quickly through them. Unlike rivers elsewhere which were silted up.

There-in lies the problem of economic development. Not all countries today have developed transportation and water supply systems. A concept called the "water footprint" is being examined. The footprint is the amount of water required to make the goods and services in an area plus water polluted and evaporated per unit of time. Under this system Australia becomes the world's largest exporter of virtual water, with Europe being the greatest importer.
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