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Savage Chinese diner assault – calls for punishment

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Footage portraying a group of men attacking women patrons at a Tangshan restaurant in China went viral earlier this week

The horror attack sparked global outrage, with many calling for punishment of the perpetrators.

Video shows one of the men approcahing a woman at the restaurant at around 2:40 am, he then strikes her with force when she pushes him away.

The confrontation got worse when additional men began attacking the woman as well as other women at the restaurant.

Will this be dealt with properly considering there is physical proof?

Yaqiu Wang from Human Rights Watch spoke exclusively to tickerNEWS.

She says that the government announced that several perpetrators have been arrested and will be held accountable for the attack as a result of the footage serving as proof.

“I think it was because first of all, it was captured by surveillance camera, secondly, there was this uproar on the Chinese internet and people demanding those people to be brought to justice,” Wang says.

She says that the woman who was attacked was lucky that there was CCTV which captured the assault.

“I’m sure this happened to a lot of other women in China, but those assaults were never captured by surveillance camera and never went viral online, and the police never took action.”

What is the broader issue here?

Wang says that this is a case of gander-based violence.

“It’s definitely not limited to China, it’s an issue across the globe,” she says.

Saying that it is evident that the Chinese goverment has plenty of power to address issues that it wants to, but it doesn’t seem interested in tackling this kind of problems.

“This state has so much power … [and] capability to address gender-based violence, just the government is not doing it.”

YAQIU WANG, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

China only made domestic violence punishable by law in March 2016 and before 2001, physical abuse was not even grounds for divorce.

Wang says that the enforcement of such laws in China is inadequate.

“People still online complaining about it, they call the police and the police come and nothing results from that, or they went through the court system, then let’s say, the judge imprisoned … the man for days fewer than the woman spent in the hospital,” she says.

“So I mean, there is law, but the law is not well enforced.”

China’s growing influence over the future generation

As Hong Kong becomes less of an independent territory and transitions into a region of China, school students are being taught the state was never a British colony.

New reports say school textbooks now adopt the Beijing narrative and declare the British government “only ever exercised colonial rule” in Hong Kong.

The books claims that China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong was never disrupted.

This change to the textbooks is an exmaple of Beijing’s tightening ideological controls.

“This is just fits into the broader trend that … Beijing is taking more and more control over Hong Kong,” Wang says.

“It’s creating a new narrative about Hong Kong’s history.”

YAQIU WANG, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Wang says that the Chinese government employs such schemes to sway the population.

“Erasing the real history, creating a new narrative about what happened in the past has always been one of the foundational tactics by the Chinese government to control the country.”

Should there be more protection for the younger generation moving forward?

“Yes, but you know, how do you do it?” says Wang.

She says the Chinese governement has always censored information that may shed a different light on the narrative dictated by the government to the public.

The government conceals the true history and events in fear of losing power over the people of China.

Resorting to distribution of misleading education, especially to the younger generation, and propaganda in attempts to maintain authoritarian control in the country.

Danaya Malenda contributed to this report.

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Gun violence epidemic – are the cries of millions falling on deaf ears?

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Gun violence is continuing to soar throughout the United States, with mass shootings taking innocent lives and dominating news headlines day after day

ticker’s Brittany Coles was joined by senior fellow at the U.S. Studies Centre, Bruce Wolpe and journalist and commentator, Misha Zelinsky.

On May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York, 10 people were killed when a white supremacist stormed a supermarket.

Just days later, 19 children and two teachers lost their lives after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

On the day Americans are supposed to celebrate their freedom and independence, seven people were shot dead by a 21-year-old man.

And this is just to name a few.

Rallies for gun reform have been held right around the country, with protestors in Washington, New York and other major cities calling on lawmakers to act.

But with gun violence only increasing and gun sales only going up and up, are the cries of millions falling on deaf ears?

Activities once considered normal are now plagued by fear thanks to the gun culture, the panelists speak on the gun epidemic across America.

How many more policy makers, celebrities, local authorities have to take to the stand to call for tighter gun restrictions to help (as Kamala Harris phrased it) “end this horror”?

March for our Lives was formed back in 2018 after a shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The activist group helped force Republicans in Florida to enact reforms including raising the age to buy long guns and enact a three-day gap between purchase and access.

Does this prove that activism does work?

Just a few weeks ago, March for our Lives happened on the very street of the Highland Park shooting.

A stark reminder a mass shooting can occur anywhere.

“And we got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are – because you have been forced to have to take it seriously,” VP Kamala Harris told Highland Park residents.

“The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community,” Harris continued. “And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop.”

Harris also told Americans “we have to be smarter as a country”

There’s been over 300 mass shooting so far, From Uvalde to Chicago this year.

Biden signed the first significant federal bill on gun safety in decades, but that was just days after the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to carry a handgun in public… so what does “be smarter” mean now?

Viewed over 2 million times this is the viral moment from Philadelphia on the night of the Fourth of July of people running away from an active shooter while fireworks celebrate the country are going off in the background.. with the tweet captioned ‘america is a horror story’

National anthem playing, screams from Americans in the birthplace of their nation, it seems like the active shooter is the new symbol of the fourth of July.

The NRA are a powerful lobby group – there’s a long way to come when it comes to efficient gun reform to combat violence and crime in the states.

One thing is clear – activities once considered normal and care-free are now plagued by fear, propaganda-driven acceptance of gun ownership.

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Does Boeing have a safety problem?

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With two crashes of the 737 Max and ongoing production problems with the 787, former employees are asking whether Boeing has a safety problem

Boeing is the biggest name in aviation. “If it aint Boeing”, as the saying goes. But today Boeing is the most scrutinised company in aviation history.

The separate crashes of the 737 Max. Production problems with the 787 Dreamliner.

Some blame management all the way back to the merger with McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s. Boeing is still one of the largest and most important companies in the US.

But past employees are pointing to a toxic safety culture.

Ticker spoke with Geoffrey Thomas from Airline Ratings, and aviation analyst Jordan Chong.

Boeing safety report

Boeing has published its 2022 Chief Aerospace Safety Officer Report which reveals a host of major changes to sharpen focus and improve culture.

The report covers four main areas; Strengthening Engineering, Enhanced Oversight Mechanisms, Safety Management System Implementation, Investing in a Safer Industry and Fostering Transparency and Openness.

The report is an extremely important document and thus we have decided to reproduce in full as under, bolding important facts and numbers.

Enhanced Oversight Mechanisms

Boeing has made fundamental changes to enhance oversight of safety processes and procedures, and strengthen accountability, transparency and collaboration across the company.

In August 2019, Boeing’s Board of Directors established an Aerospace Safety Committee (ASC) to increase the effectiveness of its oversight of safety in all aspects of operations, including engineering, design, development, manufacturing, production, maintenance and delivery of products and services. The ASC is comprised of independent directors with relevant knowledge and experience. Learn more about their responsibilities here.

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What is causing Australia’s flood crisis?

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Twenty Australians have lost their lives in floods this year, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts

For the third time this year, floods have battered Australia’s largest city.

Some areas have received eight months of rain in just four days.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says some parts of New South Wales have seen 800mm alone. For perspective, Greater London receives this type of rainfall over the course of a year.

There are more than 100 evacuation orders across Greater Sydney for the current emergency.

It’s the typical narrative for disasters like these, where a cesspit of data floods headlines.

It comes as the BOM confirms this season’s La Niña has ended, so what is causing these floods?

Divulging the data

The Indian Ocean Dipole is a technical term for the differences in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean.

This phenomenon is likely to shift ‘negative’ over the coming months.

This means “warmer waters concentrate near Australia, leading to above average winter–spring rainfall as more moisture is available to weather systems crossing the continent,” according to the BOM.

“We have seen some of these impacted communities being hit by floods for a third and fourth time in 18 months, which is extremely distressing to the residents of these communities.”

Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt

Meanwhile, the SAM refers to the Southern Annular Mode. This is a term used for the non-seasonal, north-south movement of the strong westerly winds.

When the SAM is in the ‘positive’ phase, it directs more moisture-filled air into eastern Australia.

The BOM says this is “driving above average rainfall and more east coast lows”.

This has forced a cargo ship to remain at anchor by the ferocious conditions off the coast of Sydney.

In fact, this happened 15 years ago when storms grounded the Pasha Bulker—a 40,000 tonne bulk carrier ship.

The Pasha Bulker stranded off the coast of Newcastle.

Is this climate change in action?

It is difficult to link any single flood to climate change. But many climate models suggest Australia will repeatedly fall victim to climate change.

Critically, these areas have been battered by heavy rains in recent months. The La Niña has also saturated the ground and filled dams. These are some of the crucial factors that lead to flash flooding.

“Similarly, we’re now working hard together to make sure that impacted communities get the financial and other assistance they need as soon as possible,” Senator Murray Watt says.

Sydney’s bustling population has pushed development into low-lying areas, which also places residents at an increased risk.

A boat passes under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as heavy rain batters the city.

Greg Mullins is the leader of the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group, who recently met with Australia’s new government.

“There is absolutely no doubt extreme weather events are being intensified because of climate change.”

“The science is very clear that we’re seeing wild fluctuations between periods of flood and fire, because of warming. On the East Coast of Australia in the last 18 months we’ve now had four major floods,” he says.

Senator Watt says he is committed to learning from past natural hazards, which turn into disasters when they intersect with vulnerable communities, devastate infrastructure, and lead to economic consequences.

This occurred when over 400 people were killed when deluge swept through South Africa in April.

“It’s time for the world to wake up and take real action on climate change. Communities having to deal with flood event after flood event is absolutely affecting our response and recovery,” Mullins says.

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