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|Parents are demanding a ban on the popular "toothpick crossbow" that uses toothpicks as arrows Womens Curt Schilling Jersey , some so powerful that they can pierce a gypsum board, Beijing Morning Post reports.
The palm-sized toy is highly popular among primary and middle school students. In one experiment shown in an online video, it pierced not only balloons, newspapers and cardboard boxes Womens Luis Gonzalez Jersey , but also pork and gypsum boards three meters away. Its shooting range can exceed 20 meters, the paper said.
Thousands such crossbows of various style and color are being sold online at prices ranging from 10 yuan ($1.4) to 100 yuan depending on the material and quality, it was said. They can also be used to shoot steel needles and iron nails.
Some online sellers offer toothpicks, cotton swabs and metal needles free of charge to attract customers. Buyers commented that the crossbows were "powerful" and loved by children. Some wrote they intend to shoot birds Womens Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , snails and even neighbors' pigeons.
Online instructions teach users to "improve" their crossbows so they can shoot 10 toothpicks at a time, the paper revealed.
Parents were shocked after watching the online videos. A father surnamed Lu said the toothpick crossbow should never be labeled as a toy or appear in schools or land in the hands of minors.
"It would be a lifelong regret if a toothpick rips into an eye," he stated.
Continuing the break with State of the Union tradition, President Barack Obama will spend most of the coming week previewing more of the proposals he will outline in the address Womens Zack Greinke Jersey , including on identity theft, electronic privacy and cybersecurity, the White House announced Saturday.
Obama will use a Monday event at the Federal Trade Commission to lay out the next steps of a plan to tackle identity theft and improve consumer and student privacy. It follows a plan Obama announced last October to tighten security for the debit cards that transmit federal benefits to millions of Americans.
After holding his first meeting of the new year with the top leaders in Congress on Tuesday, Obama will discuss cybersecurity Womens Randy Johnson Jersey , including ways of getting the private sector and federal government to voluntarily share more cybersecurity information. He'll do so at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a part of the Department of Homeland Security that shares information among the public and private sectors.
Obama's focus on cybersecurity follows the recent hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. The president and other senior administration officials blame North Korea for the crippling attack, which disclosed confidential company emails and business files and included threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters until Sony agreed to cancel the Christmas release of its film "The Interview." The comedy depicts an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Sony eventually released the film online and in a small number of theaters.
On Wednesday, Obama will be in Iowa to talk about making affordable Curt Schilling Authentic Jersey , high-speed Internet more available nationwide.
Traditionally, the White House closely guards the details of plans to be offered in the State of the Union until just before the president delivers the nationally televised address.
But in a bid to generate excitement for the speech as he begins the next-to-last year of his presidency, Obama began previewing new initiatives during the week, including programs to boost homeownership by reducing mortgage insurance premiums and increase access to higher education by paying for the first two years of community college for Americans who meet certain criteria.
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Vice President Joe Biden is also pitching in with the previews. He travels to Norfolk, Virginia, on Thursday to announce new funding to help train people to work in the cybersecurity industry Zack Greinke Authentic Jersey , the White House said.
Obama's State of the Union address is scheduled for Jan. 20.
SYDNEY， Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Rio Tinto Ltd.'s seeking of a new pricing mechanism for its iron ore with Chinese customers is justified given the dramatic lift in coking coal prices， chief executive Jean-Sebastian Jacques believes.
Rio Tinto is currently in negotiations with steel makers Baosteel Group and Shougang Group over a new pricing mechanism for its Australian ore， however the key customers haven't yet agreed to the terms.
Speaking via video link from Singapore to a Chinese media delegation visiting Rio's iron ore operations center in Perth， Jacques defended the company's position as steel makers manage the burden of higher coking coal prices "very carefully." Coking coal has jumped 300 percent to more than 300 U.S. dollars over the past 12-months.
"They are looking for high quality iron ore products， and therefore the demand for high quality iron ore products is very high，" Jacques said.
"What Rio Tinto is doing is to say for those specific products where the supplydemand balance is unbalanced， and then the price mechanism should kick in.
"Therefore our product -- because it's helping with the managing of the blast furnace -- should attract a premium."
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