Chinese media slams Australia as ‘offshore prison’ in drugs row

first_imgHorton dethroned Yang as the 400 metres freestyle Olympic champion at the weekend, prompting the Chinese athlete to break down in tears.Before the confrontation in the pool, Horton was asked how he felt about doping violators Yang and South Korean Park Tae-Hwan competing at the Games, and responded, “I don’t have time or respect for drug cheats”.Yang is a popular hero in China, despite his repeated brushes with controversy — which include serving a drugs suspension in secret in 2014 — and the comments lit up nationalistic sentiment online and in print.The Global Times newspaper, which is close to the ruling Communist Party, published an op-ed under a pen name associated with its chief editor blasting Horton’s “cynical smugness”.It said Australia should feel embarrassed by the swimmer’s “disgraceful” victory.”In many serious essays written by Westerners, Australia is mentioned as a country at the fringes of civilisation.”It went on, referencing Australia’s “early history as Britain’s offshore prison”.”This suggests that no one should be surprised at uncivilised acts emanating from the country,” it concluded.Angry Chinese journalists confronted Horton in Rio to ask why he had used such terminology, and the Australian did not mince his words.”I used the word drugs cheat because he tested positive,” replied Horton, setting the tone for an explosive press conference and prompting Chinese officials to demand an apology.Thousands of social media users also demanded Horton say sorry, posting with the hashtag #SunYangDontCry on China’s Twitter-like Weibo service after footage of Yang sobbing uncontrollably in the media zone went viral.”For the peaceful co-existence of China and Australia, I hereby wish Horton to win swimming titles at the next Paralympics,” one user wrote, blasting the Australian as “mentally handicapped”.The Australian Olympic Committee stood by the gold medallist and issued a statement defending the 20-year-old.”He has spoken out in support of clean athletes. This is something he feels strongly about and good luck to him,” the statement said.Yang’s three-month doping ban in 2014 — for taking a banned stimulant he said was for a heart complaint — was only announced after he had completed it.He returned to the pool today to post the quickest time in the 200m freestyle heats, and refused to take the criticism lying down.”I’m clean. I’ve proved I’m clean. I don’t think we need to concern ourselves with the Australian’s mind tricks,” Yang said.AFPlast_img read more

Introducing the flight search geeks that make Skys

first_imgIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work **1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**I’m in charge of the team that gathers all the flight prices that you find on Skyscanner.2. What kind of flight geek are you?Geeky geek/price geek.3. What best generally describes your travel style:I’m a wanderer, I’ll go anywhere, anytime.4. What’s your ideal holidayDespite living in Edinburgh by choice, I love the sun. Couple that with good food, and I’ve got the perfect holiday. Other things depend on my mood; sometimes I like to learn about the history of a place, sometimes I’m more drawn by the nightlife, and often I just want to lie around all day on the beach. Berlin is one of my favourite destinations.5. Who’s your ideal travel companion? My girlfriend, Sarah.6. Do you fly with children?No.7. How do you decide where you want to go?We get an idea of the kind of holiday we want, shortlist some places we would like to visit, and then start browsing Skyscanner for cheap prices.8. How do you decide when you want to go?Skyscanner browse views all the way!9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?It annoys me when websites don’t give accurate information.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to improve things?My team and I work tirelessly to eliminate all inaccuracies from the site. We are always testing and responding to user feedback to make sure that all the prices we show are as accurate as possible.11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?The wide array of budget airline options available, coupled with the browse views, allow me to drill down on the price I want, every time.12. What’s your dream feature?I would love to see browse views with a matrix of return prices – outbound dates along the top and return dates down the side.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner (not necessarily travel) and why? – I love reading about the IT industry as, at heart, I am a computer geek. I always use if I’m looking for cheap accommodation.14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?I am ashamed of nothing! I am proud to say that I do maths for fun, and program computers to relax.15. Worst travel experience?I endured the worst hangover of my life on a 23 hour bus ride from New Orleans to the south of Florida.Meet more Flight Search GeeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Ewan GrayIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workFlight Geek of the Week – Bjørn StevensonFlight Geek of the Week – Bjørn Stevensonlast_img read more