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The deafening silence on China's human rights abuses13/2/2018
 Where is China headed in 2018? President Xi Jinping promised "world peace" for the new year - but his 2017 track record suggests otherwise. Remember the singular stain of the July death of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, surrounded by state security? Many condemned China's conduct, but such interventions are fewer and further between these days. Increasingly, abusive Chinese authorities are garnering international support for their principles and policies. Find the latest China news, photos, videos and featured stories on Shine News. SHINE provides trusted national and world news as well as local and regional perspectives.
In a single December week, the Chinese Communist Party hosted an international political forum in Beijing attended by representatives of political parties from democracies including New Zealand and the United States, seemingly unbothered that their hosts run an authoritarian, one-party state. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Council Information Office held an international symposium in Beijing on human rights - attended by United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a UN body that, unlike two dozen other UN agencies, is systematically denied the ability to operate in China.

 And China held another global information technology summit on connectivity - attended by Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, who in the US argues hard for privacy rights but in China lauds Beijing's plans for a "common future in cyberspace" despite rampant censorship and electronic surveillance. The term "normalising" is in heavy use these days, typically to mean the implicit or explicit acceptance of problematic behaviour. In diplomacy, it means two countries establishing formal diplomatic relations.But it's now also a perverse hybrid in contemporary international politics: individuals and institutions from parts of the world where human rights are generally protected aren't just cosying up to, but also increasingly publicly praising, their Chinese counterparts - while failing to defend the principles and institutions that underpin their very existence.

 In doing so, they enable a whitewash of an abusive regime, one with global aspirations to change and set the rules of modern political life. While it's true that many people across different realms - academia, business, politics - have, over the years, pushed the Chinese government to adopt international human rights standards and end its persecution of peaceful critics, few now stand against Beijing's intransigence. Many now choose to engage on Beijing's terms, even when doing so is perverse and even harmful to their interests. Will Apple still thrive if China's vision of state control of all sources of information and the use of artificial intelligence to monitor all citizens' behaviour becomes a reality? 
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Get Inspired by These Incredible Weight Loss13/2/2018
 Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you take in. You can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages, and increasing calories burned through physical activity.While that seems simple, it can be challenging to implement a practical, effective and sustainable weight-loss plan. But you don't have to do it alone.

Talk to your doctor, family and friends for support. Ask yourself if now is a good time and if you're ready to make some necessary changes. Also, plan smart: Anticipate how you'll handle situations that challenge your resolve and the inevitable minor setbacks. If you have serious health problems because of your weight, your doctor may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications for you. In this case, your doctor will discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks with you.But don't forget the bottom line: The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making changes in your diet and exercise habits.  Growing up, Kathleen Golding had always been overweight. By 21, she had turned to food as a "coping mechanism" while wrestling with anxiety and depression."I was stuck in a constant cycle of daily binging," the New Bern, North Carolina resident, whose highest weight was 331 lbs., tells PEOPLE.

 "I was eating fast food for every meal and enormous quantities each time." She finally decided to make a change and turned to gastric bypass surgery, which she underwent in June 2016.“For some reason, weight loss surgery is seen as 'cheating' or being weak, but for me, I found strength in being able to say 'I can’t do this on my own. I want to be healthy, but I need help,'" says Golding, now 26. After the surgery, the weight began to "melt off," says Golding, who eventually dropped 178 lbs.
 by making healthy dietary changes and exercising. Now, Golding says she is finally at peace with her body. "I have some loose skin and it definitely has its imperfections, but I worked hard for this body," says Golding, who also documented her weight loss journey on Instagram. "I spent so much time hating it but I’ve realized that this is the only body I’ve got and I’m going to take care of it." 
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