Reporters on the Job
• Up in the Air: Correspondent Daria Vaisman ended up interviewing Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili in a helicopter. "An aide told me to meet the president at his house, and before I knew it, I had joined him and others on a trip to Batumi, where Mr. Saakashvili was promoting tourism."
Daria spent the day watching Saakashvili cut ribbons and visit with local officials. After dinner, she thought they would just head back home. "But Saakashvili turned to me and announced that they were going to play soccer, and would I like to watch? So we all went to a soccer field, and he and one of the governors soon began a pickup game with local young people and some well-known professional players."
Daria says Saakashvili seemed to enjoy himself. "He definitely was into it. People were very happy but didn't seem surprised. I thought maybe it was a photo op, but I looked around and there were no cameras there."
• Helping Children of Prisoners in China: A number of readers have asked how they can help children who live at the four villages started by Zhang Shuqin in China (see "Children of convicts, shunned in China, find friendly refuge," June 27, 2006). Two options for sending money are below.
To send a check:
Beijing Sun Village Consulting Center for Children Education/Banqiao, Zhaoquanying, Shunyi District/ Beijing, China/ 101300.
Attention: Zhang Shuqin
To wire money:
Name: Beijing Sun Village Children's Education Consultancy
Bank: Bank of China Beijing Shunyi Sub-Branch, Mapo District Office
Bank Address: No.11 Xiangyang West Street Mapo District/Shunyi Beijing/China
Swift Code: BKCHCNBJ110
Deputy world editor