Union Bank of India Announces Excellent Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017         
Highlights  of  Union Bank of India's Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017  

CASA     25.1 per cent YoY
Non Interest Income      `  ` 1414 crore  (up 36 per cent YoY) 
Savings Deposit     27.6 per cent YoY
Operating Profit     ` ` 2057 crore (up 26.5 per cent YoY) 
CASA Share      35.5 per cent 
Net Profit        ` 117 crore (up 7.3 per cent QoQ) 
RAM* Sector      14.8 per cent YoY
CRAR       12.01 per cent 
RAM* Share       55.4 per cent
Tier I      9.24 per cent 

 The growth in Deposits was driven by Savings Deposits, which grew by 27.6 per cent on YoY basis.
 Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent against 48.28 per cent on YoY basis.

 Capital Adequacy Ratio (Basel III) improved to 12.01 per cent compared to 10.75 per cent a year ago. * (Retail, Agriculture & MSME share in domestic advances) 

Global Business grew by 10.5 per cent to `670971 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `607280 crore as on June 30, 2016. Domestic business grew by 10.0 per cent to `635233 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `577473 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Total deposit of the bank grew from `338727 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `375796 crore as on June 30, 2017 showing growth of 10.9 per cent. 
Financial Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017 
CASA deposits grew by 25.1 per cent to `133412 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `106604 crore as on June 30, 2016.   CASA share in total deposits improved to 35.5 per cent as on June 30, 2017 compared to 31.5 per cent as on June 30, 2016. Average CASA ratio also increased by 430 basis points (bps) to 33.5 per cent on YoY basis.  Savings Deposit registered YoY growth of 27.6 per cent.  A total of 8.70 lakh CASA accounts were opened during April-June 2017, out of which 8.38 lakh were Savings Bank Accounts (excl. BSBDA/BSBDS accounts).   The Bank’s Global Advances grew by 9.9 per cent (YoY) to `295175 crore as on June 30, 2017 from `268553 crore as on June 30, 2016.  Due to encouraging growth of 14.8 per cent in RAM (Retail, Agriculture & MSME) sector, Domestic Advances increased by 9.4 per cent from `242935 crore as on June 30, 2016 to `265683 crore as on June 30, 2017. 

Financial Performance for the quarter ended June 2017

Domestic Net Interest Margin (NIM) stood at 2.20 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 2.36 per cent for April -June 2016. Global NIM for April -June 2017 stood at 2.06 per cent as against 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017 quarter. It was 2.28 per cent a year ago.    Yield on funds stood at 6.94 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 7.94 per cent for April-June 2016 and 7.35 per cent for January-March 2017.   Cost of funds stood at 5.03 per cent for April -June 2017 as against 5.82 per cent for April-June 2016 and 5.24 per cent for January-March 2017.  Net Interest Income for April-June 2017 increased by 6.7 per cent to `2243 crore from `2103 crore for April-June 2016. It was `2387 crore during January-March 2017.  Non Interest Income for April-June 2017 stood at `1414 crore, showing increase of 36.0 per cent over April-June 2016.   Operating profit increased by 26.5 per cent to `2057 crore during April-June 2017 over `1626 crore during April-June 2016 and was `2134 crore during January-March 2017.  Net Profit for April-June 2017 sequentially increased to `117 crore from `109 crore in January-March 2017.  Cost to income ratio improved to 43.79 per cent for April -June 2017 from 48.28 per cent for April-June 2016 and it was 44.32 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on average assets (annualised) stood at 0.10 per cent for April-June 2017 as against 0.17 per cent for April-June 2016 and 0.10 per cent for January-March 2017.  Return on equity (annualised) stood at 2.46 per cent in April -June 2017 as against 3.36 per cent for April -June 2016 and 2.27 per cent for January-March 2017.  Earnings per share (annualised) stood at `6.78 in April -June 2017 as against `9.69 for April -June 2016 and `6.33 for January-March 2017.

Asset Quality
Gross NPA stood at 12.63 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.17 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.   Net NPA ratio stood at 7.47 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 6.57 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 6.16 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  Provision Coverage Ratio stood at 51.13 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 51.41 per cent as on March 31, 2017. It was 49.99 per cent as on June 30, 2016.  

Capital Adequacy

Capital Adequacy ratio of the Bank under Basel III improved to 12.01 per cent as on June 30, 2017 as against 11.79 per cent as on March 31, 2017 and 10.75 per cent as on June 30, 2016 compared to minimum regulatory requirement of 10.25 per cent.  The Tier I ratio as of June 30, 2017 is 9.24 per cent, within which Common Equity Tier 1 ratio is 7.73 per cent compared to regulatory minimum of 6.75 per cent. 

Digital Initiatives

The Bank has been pioneer in taking various digital initiatives and continuously launched various digital products for enhancing the customer services. Following are some of the key achievements during the quarter:
 66 per cent growth in mobile banking users on YoY basis.  U-Mobile transaction volume doubled from June 2016.  90 per cent growth in number of PoS terminals on YoY basis.  7th largest presence in banking industry and 3rd largest presence amongst all PSU banks within short span of time in Social media.  Trendsetter on Social media channels by taking various initiatives like Live streaming, Digital Education Series – #KyaAapJanteHai etc.   67 per cent share of “transactions through digital channels” in “overall transactions”. 

Financial Inclusion:

Under the Pradhan Manrti Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the the Bank has more than 69 lakh accounts having a balance of `1270 crore.   48.91 lakh Rupay Card issued under PMJDY as on June 30, 2017.

Total enrollment under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Atal Pension Yojana (APJ) increased to 30.1 lakh, 12.8 lakh and 2.21 lakh respectively.  The Bank financed `696 crore in 33433 accounts under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, including an amount of `211 crore to 7964 beneficiaries through a specific scheme for financing of light commercial vehicle during April–June 2017. 


The Bank has 4286 branches as of June 30, 2017 including 4 overseas branches at Hong Kong, DIFC (Dubai), Antwerp (Belgium) and Sydney (Australia). In addition, the Bank has representative offices at Shanghai, Beijing and Abu Dhabi. The Bank also operates in United Kingdom through its wholly owned subsidiary, Union Bank of India (UK) Ltd.   Total number of ATMs stood at 7574 including 1685 talking ATMs as of June 30, 2017. ATM to branch ratio stood at 1.77. 

Awards & Accolades during FY 2017-18 (April-June)

Skoch Award 
Skoch Order of merit Award – Operational Customer Relationship Management (OCRM)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Unified Payment Interface(UPI)
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Green PIN solution for Debit cards 
Skoch Financial Technology Award - Union Digi Gaon
Skoch Financial Inclusion Award for Financial Inclusion

          Indian girl’s finish 4th in Asian Rugby 7s        

by Shrutee K/DNS
Mumbai, August 7: The Indian Girls’ Under-20 rugby team performed creditably well to clinch the fourth position at the Asia Rugby U-20 Girls Sevens Series which was held at the Kings Park Stadium, Hong Kong, China on August 4 & 5, 2017. The team participated under the aegis of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the governing body for the sport of Rugby in India and was supported by Societe Generale, the financial partner of Rugby India. The tournament was played on a round-robin league basis.
Playing against heavyweights, the Indian girl’s put up some impressive performances winning three of the six matches and finished among the top 4 from out of the 7 participating countries, namely China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, India and hosts Hong Kong. The formidable and more experienced Chinese girls were crowned champions.
The Rugby India Girls played well but came up short against some stiff competition on the first day. They lost the opening match against Thailand (0-36) but won the second defeating Malaysia (10-0). The Indian girls suffered two more defeats, losing to China (0-32) and Hong Kong 0-39).
After a tough start to the tournament, the girls turned things around on the second day, registering two successive victories. Both matches went down to the wire but the girls handled the pressure well. First the Indian girls overcame Singapore 10-5 and later beat Uzbekistan 22-15.
We are extremely proud of the team’s performance at this tournament. It just goes to show that the future of women’s rugby in India is in safe hands.
The India team: RuchiShetty – Captain (Maharashtra), GargeeWalekar (Maharashtra), NeelamPatil (Maharashtra), RiaBisht (Delhi), Rajani Sabar (Odisha), BasantiPangi (Odisha), Manjulata Pradhan (Odisha), KabitaKasturi (Odisha), Chanda Oraon (West Bengal), Swapna Oraon (West Bengal), Suman Oraon (West Bengal), Punam Oraon (West Bengal).
The final Rankings: 1. China, 2. Thailand, 3. Hong Kong, 4. India, 5. Singapore, 6. Malaysia, 7. Uzbekistan
Performance of the Indian U20 Girls Rugby Team
Day One –4th August, 2017
Day Two- 5th August, 2017


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About Rugby India : Rugby India, founded in 1998, is the sole governing body for the sport of Rugby in India. Recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sport, Govt. of India, Rugby India is a full member of World Rugby, Asia Rugby and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The body is responsible for the growth & development of the sport of Rugby across the country from the grassroots to the high performance level.
IRFU is the sole governing body of all formats of the sport of Rugby in India for all genders and ages. The formats included are as follows: Rugby Union, Fifteen-a-Side Rugby, Seven-a-Side Rugby, 10-a-Side Rugby, 12-a-Side Rugby, Touch Rugby, Non-Contact Rugby - Tag Rugby, Flag Rugby, Beach Rugby, Snow Rugby, Wheelchair Rugby, Underwater Rugby.
Rugby has been included in the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) for all age-groups (U14, U17 & U19 boys & girls) and the National University Games for both Men & Women, under the aegis of the Associationof Indian Universities (AIU), The sport is also a part of the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) and played by the Paramilitary & Police Forces.
Rugby in India has a rich history and heritage and dates back to 1872. However, only over the last decade has the sport seen a major rise in following and Rugby India has been instrumental in garnering this interest across the country. There has been a significant growth and increase in participation numbers and currently, within India, over 120 Rugby Clubs are affiliated to our State and Districts Associations with competitive Rugby, for both Men & Women, being actively played across 24 States in India.

          The "CityTree" - 'Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.' (no replies)        
'..the "CityTree", a mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air, has been popping up in cities around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong.'

'(CNN) Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.

It causes seven million premature deaths a year, making it the largest single environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization.

In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living in areas where pollution is monitored are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. And given that by 2050 two thirds of the global population will be urban, cleaning up our cities' air is a matter of urgency.

One well-established way to reduce air pollutants is to plant trees, as their leaves catch and absorb harmful particulates.

But planting new trees is not always a viable option.

That's why the "CityTree", a mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air, has been popping up in cities around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong.

Moss is in the air

Each CityTree is just under 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide and 2.19 meters deep, available in two versions: with or without a bench. A display is included for information or advertising.

Berlin-based Green City Solutions claims its invention has the environmental benefit of up to 275 actual trees.

But the CityTree isn't, in fact, a tree at all -- it's a moss culture.

"Moss cultures have a much larger leaf surface area than any other plant. That means we can capture more pollutants," said Zhengliang Wu, co-founder of Green City Solutions.


So far, around 20 CityTrees have been successfully installed, with each costing about $25,000.


Wu also argued that the CityTree is just one piece of a larger puzzle.

"Our ultimate goal is to incorporate technology from the CityTree into existing buildings," he said.

"We dream of creating a climate infrastructure so we can regulate what kind of air and also what kind of temperature we have in a city." '

- By Chris Giles, This 'tree' has the environmental benefits of a forest, June 8, 2017


'..to Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2030'

'..committed to 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050.'

'The future of shipping is, without a doubt, silent and emission free.'

(Global Infrastructure Upgrade) - Mexico's former president: Global infrastructure needs an upgrade

'Thorium reactor: cleaner, safer and sustainable nuclear energy within sight'

'..reductions in air pollution and lower costs .. moving to low-carbon electricity generation..'

Crowdfunding Focus Fusion (since May 6, 2014) - 'Focus Fusion: Clean Energy For All'

(Fusion Power) - LPP Focus Fusion 1; '..FF-1 results are right now far ahead..'

June, 2017 - 'Renewable sources of energy have generated more electricity than coal and gas in Great Britain..'

           The Grain Issue in China: Domestic and International Perspectives.         
Ash, Robert (1997) 'The Grain Issue in China: Domestic and International Perspectives.' In: Kueh/M, Y, (ed.), China Review 1997. The Chinese University Press (Hong Kong), pp. 135-160.
          PS Vita's Twitter app shown off in Hong Kong, we go hands-on (video)        
Here's a little souvenir for Twitter addicts eyeing the upcoming PS Vita: at today's debut event in Hong Kong, we got to see said console's Twitter app in action for the very first time, and we were also fortunate enough to get some exclusive hands-on time with Sony's in-house software. As you can see in our video after the break, the overall design feels very much in line with Twitter's standard ID: the same shade of blue, the usual tabs on the left column, slick elastic scrolling in the timelines, and support for geotagging, hash tags plus photo attachment while tweeting. No surprises here, but hey, the app worked well for us.

That said, we were told that the app wasn't quite finished yet, and Sony still couldn't confirm whether this -- along with the other dedicated apps like Skype, Foursquare and Facebook -- will be ready for download by the time the Vita launches in Hong Kong on December 23rd (just a tad later than Japan's launch on the 17th). In case you're wondering, the Vita there will cost HK$2,280 (US$290) for the WiFi version and HK$2,780 (US$360) for the 3G flavor, both unsubsidized but cheaper than their Japanese counterparts. Of course, given that the console isn't region-locked, feel free to go do some shopping in Hong Kong then -- just save some for the locals, OK? Also, check out our gallery below for some close-up shots of the Vita's music and video apps.

¿Para qué sirve un reinado de belleza? Los reinados son muy útiles porque no sirven para nada. Nos sirven para no pensar... y bueno nos enseñan que existe Filipinas y que queda en Asia. Dan espectáculo, enseñan que Confucio se inventó la confusión (Señorita Panamá 2009) "y también del mismo y en el sentido contrario" (Señorita Antioquia 2008). Y los reinados nos recuerdan que "estamos para darnos cariño, para darnos amor" (Señorita Antioquia 2008). Esto tratando de emular un sistema de citas digno de los reinados. Claro pero tienen la utilidad de trascender la psicología geográfica mundial... ¿En serio hay un país que se llama Filipinas? La gente en Colombia -quizás en el mundo- aprende de geopolítica, geografía e historia haciendo chismografía sobre reinados de belleza. Así que más allá del reinado y del "ese país existe" hablemos de Filipinas...

Geografía psicológica de las tragedias

Geografía Filipina y Sistema Político...
Sí gente que en común padece una arbitrariedad llamada Colombia, hay un país que se llama Filipinas, son 7107 islas al sur del mar de China y al norte de Malasia e Indonesia. En total ocupan un área de 300.000 Km2 y su población es de 100 millones de habitantes. Fueron colonia española y de Estados Unidos. Idiomas oficiales Tagalo e Inglés, pero hablan otros como el Cebuano (que allá conocen como Bisaya). Entre sus islas se transportan en ferry. 
Mapa de Filipinas
Política y economía...
Filipinas tiene la mitad del ingreso per cápita de Colombia.  Su moneda el Peso Filipino PHP es alrededor de 70 COP. El Peso Colombiano se ha devaluado también frente al PHP. Pero en todo caso, los salarios en Filipinas siguen siendo inferiores a los de Colombia. En general me parece un país barato. Al igual que Colombia el excesivo presupuesto público en Filipinas también desaparece. ¿Por qué? Porque al igual que en Colombia en Filipinas los políticos son "honestos"... Sin embargo, en Filipinas los únicos ricos son los políticos que "honestamente" se aprovechan del Pondo público. Bueno, las celebridades también tienen plata allá...

Tienen una economía altamente proteccionista que prácticamente prohíbe los negocios de los extranjeros. Ningún extranjero puede adquirir propiedad raíz. Los casos comunes de jurisprudencia en propiedad es si un extranjero que compra a través de un filipino pueden transferir legítimamente propiedad a un tercero. Lo que, contrario a mis amigos de izquierda, es para mí la razón por la cual no tienen el desarrollo de Hong Kong, Singapur o Malasia. Filipinas es uno de los pocos países que no le exige Visa a los colombianos...claro si no siguen poniendo estupideces en redes sociales. Por culpa de algunos colombianos es que a otros nos da vergüenza mostrar el pasaporte. 

Esa arbitrariedad llamada estado también genera problemas políticos en Asia. Hay un problema de aguas territoriales como Colombia. Colombia lo tiene con Nicaragua, algo la verdad relativamente fácil de lidiar. Pero ¿con quién tiene ese diferendo limítrofe Filipinas? ¡Con China! Un país conquistador y con un poder fuerte. En Filipinas por su pobreza y pequeño ejército tienen miedo al imperialismo del gobierno Chino. Por eso la pregunta de las bases militares. 

¿Actitud conspirativa...?
Contrario a la cultura colombiana, en Filipinas no ven robos improvisados en cada esquina. Para ellos básicamente se trató de una situación muy incómoda, y un error de buena fe lo que pasó en el reinado. Si fuera lo contrario ¿cómo sería la actitud de este país sudaca?

Cultura y religión...
Los filipinos tienen un respeto por los mayores, algo común en la cultura asiática. A todo hombre mayor se le dice kuya y a toda mujer mayor ate. Su lenguaje utilizando la palabra po cambia a una expresión más educada. Por ejemplo, Salamat po es más educado que sólo salamat. Eso significa "gracias". En Colombia no hay respeto por los mayores sino por los cartones...

Algunas palabras o curiosidades

Kumustá ... Viene el español ¿Cómo está? Y es el saludo.
Paki Significa por favor
Pagbati Significa "feliticationes"
Ako ay mula sa Kolombiya: Significa soy de Colombia en Tagalo.
Paano mo sabihin? Cómo se dice?
Mahal kita... Te quiero o te amo...
Oo Sí
Hindi No
Ang babae Mujer
Ang lalaki hombre
Ang pusa Gato
Ang tubig agua
Ang = el/la/los/las
ng= de (de pertenencia)
sa= de (de procedencia)

Es un idioma en el que uno ve muchas a, muchas m y n, muchas g y muchas p. Tienen una letra que es la ng que para mí suena como una ñ, aunque para ellos es más dulce.

Es quizás el único país mayoritariamente cristiano de Asia con amplia influencia católica, aunque hay otras iglesias...

Es muy curioso porque la influencia española en Filipinas duró más que en Colombia. ¿Por qué no hablan entonces español? ¿Por qué conservaron sus idiomas regionales pero aceptaron la religión? Si los españoles eran... lo que todo el mundo piensa... ¿No debería ser Filipinas un país donde se hablara español? 

¿Qué piensan de Colombia?
Pero tranquilos que en Filipinas también desconocen de Colombia. Pero, a diferencia de Filipinas, Colombia es un país mucho más "x". Ellos creen que latinoamérica es como México. Aunque tienen razón porque latinoamérica es mera telenovela. Empezando por la política colombiana entre Uribe y Santos. Semejante divorcio no habría podido ser anticipado por ningún guionista mexicano. Y pase a Venezuela con Maduro y sus llantos "ya no les doy casa porque han roto mi corazón. A quien mi comandante nombró desde su corazón". Siga con Ecuador y "van a matar al Presidente". Y sobre latinoamérica no entienden el chiste de que el papa es el único Argentino humilde jajaja...

También insisten en que hay una gran diferencia entre los ojos de los asiáticos. Claro, de la misma manera que no somos mexicanos. No es lo mismo los ojos de un chino, de un japonés y de un coreano... Ni los de un rolo... Para nosotros todos son chinos. Encuentre las diferencias...

En Colombia pensamos que Manila es el componente de un sobre. No, Manila es la capital de Filipinas. El sobre efectivamente es hecho con cáñamo que se cultivaba en la región de Manila.

A diferencia del orgullo de acá, ellos creen que las mujeres latinas son las más bonitas. ¿Por qué? ¡Porque suelen ganarse los reinados de belleza! Y puede que Ariadna no haya quedado de primera, pero había dos colombianas en ese escenario...

En fin... qué importa quién gane el reinado. Hay mujeres lindas aquí y allá, 17.000 km de distancia, idiomas, culturas, creencias y economía deben unirnos en aquel gran trasfondo de humanidad. Somos humanos, dejemos de compararnos y recordemos como dijo la señorita Antioquia "estamos para darnos cariño, para darnos amor". Que Confucio no invente la confusión y conozcamos más allá de las diferencias las similitudes que tienen dos países tan extraños como Colombia y Filipinas...  

          Cage Homes        
I found this story over at CNN, its about cage homes in Hong Kong.  If you haven’t heard about these, they are essentially bunkbeds that are sealed off with cage wire so that people can lock them when they aren’t there.  They are the size of a
          Financial Reform in China: what next? [Audio]        
Speaker(s): Howard Davies | Three of China's big four banks are now quoted on the Hong Kong exchange. Full World Trade Organisation membership is around the corner, but some in China are now calling for a halt in the reform programme. What can we expect in the next year?
          end of the year list        

Hola friends! This year Microphones were not as active as usual due to many reasons, but we still listen a lot of music and always eager to share is with other souls through this world. Here is the list of albums we love and enjoy, music that gives inspiration and peaceful feeling of the life flow. No particular order, no ranks, just good vibes delivered by amazing artist all around the globe. Enjoy!

Braeyden Jae — Fog Mirror (Whited Sepulchre)
Ant'lrd — Sleep Drive (Whited Sepulchre)
Josephine Foster — No More Lamps in the Morning (Fire America)
Deep Magic & Mohave Triangles — Split (Diatom Bath)
Matthewdavid's Mindflight — Trust the Guide and Glide (Leaving Records)
Thousand Foot Whale Claw — Cosmic Winds (Constellation Tatsu)
Gamardah Fungus — Herbs And Potions (Flaming Pines)
Cloudsound — Static Sense & Wonder Stasis (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)
Saåad — Verdaillon (In Paradisum)
Pandelindio & Bird People — Sporal Dispersal (Frente Al Fuego)
Les Halles — Transient + Sentient (Not Not Fun)
alineko — summer of love (ПANΘEON)
David Colohan — Hill of the Moon (Was Ist Das?)
Sarah Davachi — Dominions (Jaz Records)
David Parsons — Puja (Gterma)
Grykë Pyje — Fragments of High Sensitivity (Ikuisuus / Hyster Tapes)
Bear Bones, Lay Low — Hacia La Luz (Self-released)
Alone in the Hollow Garden — Receiving the 17 Daggers of Light (Self-released)
SONM — embody (Pearly Snowdrift)
Mathias Grassow & Closing The Eternity — Untitled tape (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ)
Directorsound — Sun Suites For a Rising Moon (ШАΛАШ)
Useless — HEXA (Terminal Dream)
TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL — 植物波 - p l a n t w a v e (Adhesive Sounds)
Hong Kong Express — Hong Kong Express (TKX)
Hybrid Palms — Pacific Image (Sounds of the Dawn)
Lunaria — All is Dream (Sounds of the Dawn)
Julia Bloop — Bllop (Rotifer Cassettes)
Guenter Schlienz — Augenblicke (Sacred Phrases)
Guenter Schlienz ‎— Book of Dreams (Cosmic Winnetou)
Mårble — Looking for Marine Iguana (Echotourist)
Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal — Versatile Ambience (Ehse Records)
555 — Thee Omega Seed (MJMJ Records)
Kyle Landstra — Variables of Resolve (Moog Music)
Sunmoonstar & Inner Travels — Split tape (Scenic Rhythms)
Inner Travels — Clear Seeing (Inner Islands)
More Future Suffering — Self-titled (Winter Sea Label)
You C + Foresteppe — Seven Sleepers (ШАΛАШ)
A.Shark — 45 (Ominor Records)
Stag Hare — Velvet & Bone (Inner Islands)
Channelers — Space Makes Clearing (Inner Islands)
Ashan — Death is the New Life (Heavy Mess)
Sister Grotto — Blindside (Heavy Mess)
Eva Geist — Äquator System (Elestial Sound)
Tuluum Shimmering — Where the Turquoise Spring Sings Among Pebbles (Self-released)
Sun Cycles — It Cuts the Plow Reins (Psychic Troubles Tapes)
Paa Annandalii — Cavernous Fruits (Rotifer) 
Bird People — Down of the Hamsa (Eiderdown)
Чайник Болотных Богов — Гранатовый Сон (GV Sound)
Matthew Barlow — Sound Meditations (Sounds of the Dawn)
Jöns — Music For Euronews (Strategic Tape Reserve)

Support the artists and the labels, share music with friends, play your favourite tapes to Christmas tree!
Have a great year ahead! We wish you love & good vibes!

~ sincerely yours, microphones in the the trees team ~ 

          Kisah Sukses PT. Al Ma'soem        
Sang Pendiri PT. Ma’soem yaitu H. Ma'soem mulai merintis usahanya sejak awal 1950-an dengan berdagang keliling lukisan dan kerajinan tangan khas Cipacing disekitar wilayah edarnya meliputi Tasikmalaya hingga Kota Bandung. Setelah sukses dengan usaha jualan lukisan dan kerajinan beliau mulai usaha lain yakni beternak bebek dan membuka usaha toko kelontongan. Toko kelontongan inilah cikal bakal dari usaha jual beli bahan bakar minyak (BBM) PT Ma’soem bermula yaitu dengan hanya bermodal dua tangki H. Ma’soem mulai berdagang minyak tanah. Perkembangan toko kelontongan ini sangat baik, karena permintaan minyak tanah ke tokonya berkembang sangat pesat semula pembeli hanya penjajal namun hanya dengan waktu yang singkat H. Ma’soem kemudian menjadi agen yang dipercaya membeli langsung ke BPM (Baatafache Petroleum Mijhn) atau kini dikenal sebagai Pertamina dan berkembang hingga pada 1958.
Setelah usahanya mulai berkembang, H. Ma’soem mendirikan SPBU pertamanya di daerah Dangdeur Rancaekek Bandung.

Pada tahun 1963 SPBUnya dipercaya mengangkut solar dan minyak diesel untuk keperluan projek PLTA Jatiluhur dan pabrik-pabrik lain di Jawa Barat. Ia lantas mengembangkan usahanya hingga merambah ke bidang-bidang lain. Pada 1964 H. Ma’soem merambah bisnis tekstil yang memproduksi kain sarung, namun kurang berkembang baik. Selain itu, ia juga membuka usaha jual beli kendaraan ke Singapura dan Hong Kong. Usaha tersebut gagal dan ditutup namun meski gagal, H. Ma’soem pantang menyerah. Seteleh gagal H. Ma’soem membangun pabrik es di daerah Jawa barat, dari Limbangan, Rancaekek, Jatiwangi, hingga Cikajang dan Padalarang. Ia juga mendirikan toko sepatu di Cirebon dan Alun-alun Kota Bandung. Semua ini gagal dan ditutup, kecuali pabrik es yang ada di Dangdeur Rancaekek.

Kunci kesuksesan dari H. Ma’some adalah istrinya yang setia mendampingi beliau saat sukacita maupun dukacita ketika berusaha dagang ini. Demikian halnya saat masih hidup, Hj. Siti (istri H. Ma’some). Dikemukakannya,"Ibu mah sekadar ketitipan karunia dari Allah SWT., antara lain anak-anak. Ibu membesarkan anak-anak dan bantu-bantu sedikit apa yang bisa Ibu lakukan ketika Bapak dagang." Sungguh, pernyataan sederhana dari pasangan suami istri inilah, rupa-rupanya yang patut dicermati tatkala menelaah kesuksesan bisnis Grup Ma’soem. Di dalam Grup Ma’soem, almarhum Hj. Siti Aisyah Ma’soem (79) sempat diamanahkan sebagai Komisaris Utama PT Ma’soem, Ketua Pembina Yayasan Pendidikan Al Ma’soem, anggota Dewan Syariah BPRS PNM Al Ma’some. Ibu Hj. Siti Aisyah tidak pernah meminta istana yang mewah, emas berlian yang melimpah kepada suaminya, beliau hanya meminta tempat tinggal yang sederhana, tepatnya di Dangdeur-Rancaekek Bandung, akan tetapi, bisa kita lihat sekarang, yayasan Pendidikan Al Ma’soem yang berdiri megah yang banyak menghasilkan siswa siswi dan mahasiswa yang berprestasi serta berahlaqul karimah. Usahanya, ternyata menyerap banyak tenaga kerja baik di lingkungan Rancaekek maupun wilayah lain di Jawa Barat.

Sumber : http://aans-success.blogspot.com/2007/11/kisah-sukses-pt-al-masoem.html
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          Breezy Summer Days in White        

When I first saw these stunning pictures of Simone Rocha's SS11 collection on the popular style blog Love Aesthetics, I guess you could say that I had something of a fashion Proustian moment. In case you don't know, (as I didn't until recently when we did this at uni) a Proustian moment or memory is when something you encounter evokes recollections of the past without conscious effort. In other words, involuntary memory. It could be caused by a smell (the most powerful evocation of memory that we have), a taste, or just anything that triggers off a sense of powerful, unexpected memory or recollection. The term was coined by the French author Marcel Proust. It's like when you catch a whiff of perfume or aftershave that your ex used to wear, and suddenly you are overcome with the feelings that you had when you were with that person, and you feel as though you are right back in that time, in that compartmentalized  memory inside your head that you thought you'd closed the chapter on, that you thought was well and truly preserved as merely a memory, that you'd never have to revisit again. It's like you jumped right back into a photograph from the past, and just for that one moment, when you can smell that fragrance, the past is alive again, and you are there, back in that time, feeling that onslaught of forgotten emotions, back in that place you thought you'd put way back on a dusty shelf in your memory, far in the recesses of your mind.

Well, seeing these photos didn't exactly give off the fragrance of youth or the taste of childhood, but they did take me back to a time, in that summer in 2006 that I mentioned in 'Acid Brights and Summer Rain', when I had an all-white outfit that I accessorized with bright, fuchsia pink lips. I think that that summer was so special to me, not just because it was a time of happiness and of hazy, adolescent dreaming, but because it was also around the time that I really started to discover real fashion. Before that, I had always been a tall, skinny, insecure teen who thought that 'fashion' meant piling on as much bronzer as I could, getting out as much flesh as was decently possible, and trying my absolute hardest to look like the 'popular' girls in school. It was when I got to the age of seventeen that I started to question this desperate desire to blend into the crowd and look like everybody else.

I had discovered Sex and the City at the age of sixteen, and had watched, awed, as Carrie pranced the streets in tutus, outrageous hats, look-at-me knee-high socks and sometimes even ball gowns, with a confidence that made it seem like she owned the city. I had discovered Dita Von Teese, and realized that not only did staying out of the sun and remaining pale-skinned prevent you from premature aging and skin cancer, but also that it was beautiful. Watching shows like America's Next Top model and reading fashion magazines had taught me that being tall wasn't something to be ashamed of, and for the first time, I gave in to my love of heels. Before that, I'd only ever worn flat shoes, and would sometimes even stoop so that I was more the same height as my friends. It also taught me that beauty comes in many, many forms. Weather you're black, white, tanned, skinny, curvy, blonde or brunette, you can find your own way to be beautiful. For the first time in my life, I realized that fashion wasn't about making boys like you or fitting in, it was about being yourself, and most of all- having fun.

I reveled in my new discoveries and growing confidence that summer. I tried new things and dared myself to step out of my comfort zone. I stopped being ashamed of what I'd previously seen as 'flaws' and finally learned to embrace my differences. The models on the pages of my copies of Vogue were tall, willowy and ethereal in their beauty- to me, they looked like something right out of a different world.  I wanted their perfect confidence, their grace and their ability to stand out on the page and make the clothes come alive. It was the first time I learned to take risks, and to try and stand out like my beautiful Vogue models. Sometimes I got it horrendously wrong, and people would laugh at me (like the time I cured my hair into ridiculously tight ringlets that bounced with my every step- BIG mistake) but at least I can look back now and say that I wasn't boring.

That summer I remember reading in Vogue or Elle that lipstick was making a comeback. I was so excited by the idea of wearing bold, matte colour on my lips, that was so different from the translucent, shiny lip-gloss I was used to wearing throughout my teens. I remember reading about how you should team your bold, fuchsia lipstick with pale skin, powdered to perfection, and a lick of black mascara for a fresh, minimalist take, and the words to me sounded like poetry. I remember telling my best friend about it in a random, old man pub we'd managed to sneak into one summer night, and how she laughed and told me I was talking too loud because I was drunk, and that everyone was looking at me sitting there raving about pink lipstick.

The Simone Rochas SS11 collection reminded me of the bright pink of that lipstick, and an all- white outfit I'd picked out to perfectly compliment the look. I had teamed together little white shorts from Zara, and a long, flowing, white top from Topshop that swung in the summer breeze when I walked.  Seeing the Simone Rochas SS11 collection and the white with neon pink accents makes me recall that summer with a perfect clarity. The heat, the freedom, the excitement, and the feeling of being just seventeen years old like the Dancing Queen, and of having the whole world at my feet.

This summer, I cannot wait to re-rock this look. Here are some more images that are inspiring me right now:
The beautiful Carrie in the first SATC movie

Classic Carrie in a white vintage- looking sundress. I want her sun parasol!

Carrie in the opening scene of SATC 2

I love the way the Simone Rochas collection is made up of simplistic, deconstructed pieces layered under gauzy, billowy fabrics with pops of fluorescent pink accessories in futuristic shapes and plasticky materials (pink plastic box bag, I covet thee.) The collection was inspired by traditional Chinese mourning, when everyone wears white. Simone Rochas described in an interview how "I visited my grandad’s grave in Hong Kong and it was stark white but had highlighted flowers and that’s where I got the colourful accessories from and the pink clothes. It’s tough but with a feeling of romance." (If you want to read more of this interview, go to http://love-aesthetics.blogspot.com)

Although this idea may seem slightly creepy, I actually think that it's kind of beautiful, if you think about mourning as a way of showing love and respect to lost loved ones. I like the idea so much more than wearing black. There's a purity to wearing white and decorating graves in bright, cheerful pink that to me seems to be more of a celebration of the person's life and your love for them than just sadness at their passing. I think the idea behind this collection is really unusual and beautiful- what do you think?

It wasn't just at Simone Rocha that white clothes were seen on the runway. White was also seen at Dolche & Gabbana and Stella McCartney.
  I love the floaty sheer dresses, pretty white cotton bloomer shorts and puff-sleeved blouses as seen at Dolche & Gabbana.
Long fluid silhouettes were seen in white at Stella McCartney.

Since I first read the Simone Rochas post on Love Aesthetics, I've been scouring the internet for pieces I can buy to take on the look. They're just ideas at the moment so I can decide what to buy come summer. Here's what I've found so far...

All the above are from www.topshop.com
white vintage dress from www.rokit.co.uk

Also from www.rokit.co.uk

I love these sunnies, from www.topshop.com

I've not managed to find many bright pink accessories yet, but I'm on the hunt! Come summer, I'll be strolling down memory lane in some of my bright pink lippy, for some more of those breezy summer days in white...

Please comment and let me know what you think :-)
The Porcelain Princess xoxoxo
          Egg Puff Yang Paling Laris Daripada Dairy Tooth Ice House        
Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Yerr hari ni kita pergi makan kat Dairy Tooth Ice House iaitu satu cafe dengan gaya Hong Kong sebenar. Cafe ini sekarang telah ada 3 cawangan di Malaysia tau. Kalau nak carai Egg Puff yang paling laris ada kat cafe ini.

Sebenarnya hari tu Maha dijemput untuk majlis memperkenalkan cawangan ketiga cafe ini iaitu di dalam Sunway Pyramid. Kalau korang datang shopping kat sini dah boleh beli Egg Puff ini sambil jalan-jalan shopping. Cafe ni terletak di level first floor atas sekali mall kawasan oren zone

Masa sampai hari tu ramai orang ada kat sana semua nak cuba sebab cafe baru dan kata ada pelbagai pilihan menu yang sedap-sedap. Salah satunya adalah paling sedap iaitu Silky Milk Tea. Dapat rasaa original dan kesedapan teh ais ni lain daripada kedai lain ok. Kalau ada kat situ boleh tengok bagaimana pekerja disitu membuat sendiri teh yang penuh kehebatan ini.

Silky Milk Tea

Kemudian korang kalau lalu sini singgah dan mesti kena beli Egg Puff mereka. Egg Puff ini datang dalam pelbagai variasi rasa iaitu original, chocolate, wasabi dan juga cheese. Ini semua memang membuat korang rasa santai sambil makan dan sambil beli belah kat mall ni.

DT Original Egg Puff

DT Chocolate Egg Puff

Yang Maha sempat cuba hari tu adalah yang original dan juga chocolate. Korang sambil order tu boleh tengok bagaimana mereka menghasilkan puff yang gebus lembut dan menarik. Ini kerana puff mereka bentuk bulat-bulat tak macam biasa selalu kita lihat kan.

Kalau nak cuba Waffles pun ada juga kat sini ada inti Peanut Butter yang Maha cuba ni lah. Juga ada French Toast yang korang boleh pilih dengan aiskrim, peanut butter, butter sugar, chocolate atau spicy meat floss. Satu lagi ni Polo Bun ni yang dalam nya ada butter bila makan cair kat dalam mulut ok hehehe.

Polo Bun

Waffle Peanut Butter

Maha suka datang sini sebab ia konsep lebih terbuka kepada pengguna untuk datang lihat dan rasa semua menu-menu mereka. Masa hari pelancaran tu mereka siap bagi Milk Tea percuma pada semua yang datang situ. Best lah rugi korang tak datang. Tak apa hari-hari mereka buka cafe ni kalau jauh area sini boleh pergi 2 lagi cawangan lain iaitu Berjaya Time Square dan juga Jaya One Petaling Jaya. Selamat mencuba semua.

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          Restoran Sana Sini Restoran Bertema Unik Dalam Dpulze Shopping Centre Cyberjaya        
Salam sejahtera kepada semua pembaca setia blog makan Mahamahu dan juga rakan-rakan sekalian. Restoran bertema unik itu yang menarik perhatian Maha bila datang ke restoran ni. Firstime nak tahu juga apa yang uniknya kat restoran ni sampai tema dia macam tu sekali. Jom kita terjah dalam tengok apa menu yang unik tu.


Nama restoran ni sebenarnya adalah Restoran Sana Sini yang terletak dalam Dpulze Shopping Centre Cyberjaya. Kalau orang sekitar Putrajaya atau Sepang nak datang kat sini tak jauh dan senang nak cari. Shopping complex ni pun banyak parking ada kat basement dan ada kat atas tapi biasalah ada bayaran mengikut jam. Restoran ni terletak kat level LG1 shopping complex ni.

First tengok dari luar restoran ni macam restoran-restoran biasa yang selalu kita pergi. Tapi bila tengok kat satu sudut restoran tu kita akan nampak bagaikan pintu masuk rumah tradisional yang menggunakan kayu. Kemudian satu sudut lagi ada ruang permainan kanak-kanak yang luas. Paling best mereka sediakan aiskrim percuma setiap hari. Boleh ambil berapa banyak yang nak dan makan sepuas-puasnya aiskrim tu.

Tu yang Maha suka kat sini makan aiskrim hehehe. Bila tengok menu kat sini memang unik lah sebab ada macam-macam campuran masakan dari pelbagai negara. Antara yang Maha sempat tengok menu-menu dalam list restoran ni ada masakan Thailand, masakan Korea, masakan Melayu, masakan Barat, masakan Cina dan macam-macam lagi. Ada lebih kurang 100 jenis juga menu masakan yang korang boleh pilih kat restoran ni.

Pineapple Seafood Fried Rice

Fried Kway Teow with Beef and Egg

Stir Fried Glass Noodle with Salted Egg Soft Shell Crab

Tom Yam Fried Rice with Spring Chicken

Pumpkin Fried Rice with Chicken Chop

Apa yang Maha lampirkan kat sini adalah sebahagian menu-menu yang ada. Harap korang tak rambang matalah nak tengok semua menu-menu ni. Nama pun Maha dah tak ingat sebab banyak sangat mana yang ada sempat Maha tulis nama tu ok lah mana yang tak ada tu pandai-pandai korang lah yer hehehe.

 Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Rice

 Salted Egg Yolk Prawn Rice

Hong Kong Oatmeal Fish Rice

Yang ni makanan goreng-goreng yang merangkumi masakan tempatan dan juga dari negara Thailand. Penyediaan makanan kat sini atau presentation juga unik kerana ada yang di serve dalam bekas, ada dalam buah dan macam-macam lagi. Buatkan makanan tu lebih nampak menarik dan sedap untuk dinikmati.

Macau Fried Rice With Shrimp

Korean Chicken Wings

Salted Egg Chicken Wing

Fried Fish Skin With Salted Egg

Popcorn Salted Egg Chicken

Paling best adalah korang kena cuba minuman kat sini. Tapi awas yer jangan ambil banyak sangat minuman kerana ia di sediakan dalam bekas minuman yang bersaiz XXL ok sangat besar. Kalau satau orang minum belum tentu habis silap-silap rasa nak terkencing sahaja.

Red Curry Beef Rice with Omelette

King Prawn Kway Teow with Ginger and Egg

Dragon King Prawn Fried Rice

Maha suka datang sini sebab pilihan makanan yang banyak dan rasa makanan tu tetap ada ia akan disediakan apabila dapat order dari pelanggan. Jadi banyaka makanan kat sini masih panas dan sedap. Kemudian dalam restoran ni pun luas dan selesa nak makan. Tapi paling best adalah aiskrim free tu hehehehe.

Ice 3 Layer Tea, Soya Bean Cincau, Soya Bean, Ice Blue Curacao with Lychee dan Ice Tea Lychee

Waktu operasi restoran ni adalah dari pukul 10.00 pagi hingga 9.30 malam setiap hari. So kalau hari biasa kat sini katanya penuh dengan orang yang bekerja area Cyberjaya. Hari minggu ramai datang bekeluarga atau dengan kekasih sebab nak tengok wayang kat shooping complex ni. Jadi ia sangat sesuai untuk semua peringkat dan situasi. Kalau nak tahu lebih kena datang sendiri cuba baru tahu ok. Selamat mencuba semua.

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Ranking Mahamahu :-
Kebersihan : 4/5
Kesedapan : 4/5
Harga : 3.5/5

          Chungking Mansions        
This time when I was planning a trip to Hong Kong I wanted a gritty ethnic experience, and decided to stay in the infamous Chungking Mansions. I had no idea how gritty and how ethnic that would turn out to be.

All my previous experiences of cheap Hong Kong hotels could be described as "small but livable" and I tend to assume that bad reputation of various places is overblown. Well, it wasn't.

I heard that the place was renovated, cleaned up, etc. All of this seems to refer only to fire alarms, sprinklers and security cameras, which is nice but not enough.

The building has 5 blocks, each of whom has two elevators: one goes only to he even floors, and one goes only to the odd floors.  The elevators are equipped with security cameras, and people who are waiting in line for an elevator get to see what the people currently in the elevator are doing there. This included, but was not limited to, checking their phones, and the cameras were conveniently located for all of us to see each others' security patterns and other passwords.

The true hell is the ground floor of the building, filled with all kinds of gentlemen from various countries trying to sell genuine fake watches and genuine fake SIM cards to everyone who walks by.

I had a reservation in a place called Peace Guest house. When I arrived there I showed the reservation to the guy at the reception, and he grabbed my phone and ran somewhere with it. I demanded it back, he said that it's OK, I said that it's most definitely not OK and ran after him. After consulting with a coworker he said that they have cancelled my reservation. I told him that that's not how reservations work, and he told me that he doesn't know or care what it says on Hotels.com, but my reservation is cancelled, they don't have any rooms left, and I should go elsewhere. I demanded some written proof that I was there and the guy said it was OK. I said it was most definitely not OK and told him to write it down. He said he couldn't write in English. I told him to write it in Chinese. He got scared at told me he cannot write anything at all without the permission from the big bosses on the Mainland.

Anyways, I found myself another hotel in the same building. It was fearsome to behold, but it had a working toilet, a working shower in the toilet a working internet and a bed that didn't do "bed kaput" every night, or indeed any night. The place even had a water boiler in the hall so one could even have tea. On the minus side, the place was overrun by little ants, and you could hear everything that you neighbors were doing. On the night that the restaurants downstairs served beans there was both the sound and the smell effect.

The security was fantastic, with the door code 987654, and the WIFI password abcd1234.

The most horrible thing were the restaurants downstairs. I usually like the food from the Indian subcontinent well enough; this was some evil cousin of the real Indian food, or maybe all the chefs were the people who were forcibly exiled from India and/or Pakistan for being a huge disgrace to the local food culture.

The most amazing thing was that at some point a couple of guys started to sell drugs outside the building.   I'd never seen that in Hong Kong before. I asked them if they would like to talk to the police about it, and they disappeared.

But hey, at least the location was good.

          Time to Share My Blog        
For five years, this blog has been about me, Kess, the Malaysian beagle. It started off as a way for my human to pass time and has evolved to a journal of my life - the daily stuff, the adventures and outings, the challenges of growing older, the big move from Malaysia to Hong Kong, and  a new addition to our family, Mia. Now that there are two beagles in the household, I thought it is timely to share my blog with my 10-month old beagle sister and what better way to kick off the new year with a new blog header picture of the two of us.

Friends say we look like sisters because we have similar faces. We've even had old friends who haven't seen me in years and never met Mia before confused. They were still expecting a deep tri-colour beagle and thought that Mia was me! Over the years, I have aged gracefully, turning a lovely gradual white. For a 11 turning 12 year old beagle, I am still going strong. I can still manage long walks in the lovely cool weather we've been having over the past couple of months even though stairs remain a challenge.

Since Mia came to our family, we share a lot of things. Apart from the fact that we're both beagles, we...
1) Strike the same pose

 2) Explore HK together - old Peak tram at the Galleria

3) Sometimes sleep together (although I prefer to have my own bed)
 4) Share the same buster cone (Mia had her surgery in September and I had mine in October)

5) Play together
So, all in all, having a beagle little sis (although Mia is not so little anymore - she is the same size as me and slightly taller) is not too bad after all.

          Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014        
What an eventful year it has been! We welcome Mia to our family in summer, two doggie surgeries in autumn, lots of work travel for my humans throughout the year and family visits in spring and winter. With such a busy year, we haven't had much time to blog. We still appreciate our blog pals and hope to find time to visit from time to time. Meanwhile, here's wishing everyone a wonderful 2014. May the new year bring you love, joy and peace!

Love from Kess & Mia
Hong Kong

          First Mia, then Kess        
From the desk of Kess' mama:

In the last 2 months, both our beagles have undergone surgery. Mia went first as we had decided to get her spayed after we took her to the vet for a check-up. We are aware of the benefits of spaying a female dog - reduction of risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer, as well as reduction of risk of unwanted pregnancy. Kess was also spayed, so it made sense to spay Mia too.

Mia was rather disoriented post-surgery, which is normal.

She did not like her buster collar, which was normal too as it got in the way of walking, sniffing, eating and playing. Plus she kept bumping into Kess each time she tried to play with her big sis, which Kess did not like...Thankfully, it did not stop her from enjoying a lie in the sun.
After a week, Mia was recovering beautifully and we we were able to remove her buster collar, which was a great relief to Mia (and us) and life was back to normal again for our happy-go-lucky beagle pup.
Next, it was Kess' turn. As Kess grew older, she started having lumps. A few years back, she had a wart-like lump on her left hip. We had it checked out by Kess' vet in Malaysia and at that time, it was not deemed to be a concern. It did however grow larger over the years. Earlier this year, we noticed two lumps, one near her left eye and one on the top of her head. Again, we got it checked out by Kess' vet in Hong Kong and at that time it was still quite small and not deemed to be a risk. However, the lump on her head got aggravated as Kess and Mia had their doggie sumo wrestling, as I like to call it. Mia would usually initiate their play/fight/wrestle and both dogs would head-butt, nip and chase each other around.
This sometimes result in bleeding, and then it would scab as the wound healed but it would occur again when they played next. Since the lump had increased in size, we consulted the vet again and decided to go for surgery to remove all 3 lumps. It was a tough decision due to Kess' age, and let's face it, nobody likes putting their dog through surgery. But it was the right thing to do.
I have to admit I was shocked when I picked up Kess post-surgery yesterday. Unlike Mia's spaying procedure which is on the belly, Kess' stitches were very visible as they were on her head, face and hip area. The cuts and stiches were also longer than I had anticipated, which looked worse because her fur was shaved around those areas. She looked like a patch up doll - my poor Kess. The upside was that she was full of energy, grabbing onto her leash, eager to go home. In the car, she knocked out and pretty much slept the entire journey home. Once home, she was hungry and wanted her dinner - she had to fast before the surgery and missed out on her breakfast. We were only supposed to feed her half her normal meal at 8pm but she was so hungry that we relented and gave her meal at 6 pm. She was still hungry after her half portion, that we gave her the other half since she did not seem to have any problem with keeping her food down. Anyway, the fact that she had her appetite was a good sign.
 This morning, Kess woke up early - because she was hungry! Typical beagle. She seems to be back to normal and is able to go for walks. We try to keep Mia from disturbing Kess too much. Mia misses her play mate! Kess' stitches looks less red today. Similar to Mia, we take pictures of Kess' stitches each day so that we can compare the recovery progress daily. Kess' lumps have been sent to be tested for cancer and we will know the results in about 4 weeks time. We pray that all will be well with our dear old beagle.

          Post Usagi - All is Well!        
As expected, the T8 signal was hoisted for Typhoon Usagi on Sunday evening. Thankfully though, the storm weakened as it approached Hong Kong from a severe tropical storm to a tropical storm. We were safe in our home and was well protected from the strong winds and rains. On Monday morning, the T8 signal was removed around 9.30 am and we were able to go for a walk. There were a lot of fallen leaves and branches, but no major damage.

          Where to start? Typhoons first...        
So much has happened since Mia joined our family, that I honestly don't know where to start...

Let's start with the weather...One week after Mia arrived, HK was hit with Severe Typhoon Utor, which resulted in a T8 warning signal hoisted. Utor was closest to the city at around 250 kilometres to the southwest of Hong Kong.
Whilst the winds howled outside our window, Mia was oblivious to the havoc Typhoon Utor was wreaking outside as she kept busy with her chew toy.

 After the storm had passed, we were finally able to take a walk after being cooped indoors for a whole day. As expected, there were a lot of debris on the road, with fallen branches and leaves all along the road.
We are now bracing for the second typhoon to hit Hong Kong since Mia arrived. Typhoon Usagi is going to be nasty. It is supposed to be the strongest storm on the planet so far, with winds as strong as 260km per hour. Unlike Utor, which did not directly head towards Hong Kong, Severe Typhoon Usagi looks to be heading directly towards our city. For the moment, the T3 signal is hoisted. We are expecting a T8 signal to be hoisted before night fall. We'll keep you posted.


          Grass Patch Box Retired        
My trusty 4ft x 3ft grass patch, which has served me well for the two years since I've moved in has been retired. Why?

My humans and I have moved.
I now have my very own little garden. It's much smaller than the garden we had back in Malaysia, but as you can see, it's bigger than my grass patch box.

Beagles love rolling in grass, as you can see below. The big difference between my grass patch and my new garden? Well, the grass patch did not have stinky dead stuff. Yesterday, when my humans let me roam unsupervised in the garden, I came in stinking to high heaven!!! I had sniffed out stinky dead stuff and had a lovely time rolling in it. Naturally, my humans did not appreciate the odor, and off I went for a bath, with double shampooing because I was so smelly. Sigh..

Apart from having my own garden again, it's lovely to explore new walking grounds - new scents and new dogs. On this particular day, it was very misty and dream-like.
It's taken me a couple of days to finally adjust to the disruption of the move (this old beagle does not like change). At least this time round, I didn't have to be separated from my humans, crated and flown thousands of miles, like the last time we relocated to Hong Kong. We just hopped onto our car and drove to our new place. The downside to our new home is the stairs. Similar to our house in Malaysia, it's a multi-storey house. Since I have difficulty climbing stairs but at the same time, want to be where my humans are, it's been a challenge as they have been going up and down to unpack. My humans try to keep me on one floor but if they forget to close the door, this beagle sneaks up and down. Hopefully, now that we're finally settling down, we'll be able to establish a routine which will minimize the stair-climbing.


          Arrangement under Inclement Weather Conditions        
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          Special traffic and transport arrangements on 1 July 2017        
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          My Escape to Hong Kong: Day II        
It feels so good to wake up...and realise tat u r no longer in Singapore..but in fabulous Hongkong!!!

"A good Dim sum brunch for the day keeps the hungry ghosts away": Old Chinese Proverb

Who are we to judge the wise knowledge passed on for centuries...so off we went to Times Square in causeway bay to this great place called Heichinrou...for some lovely dimsum with jasmine tea...now tis is wat i call 'Heaven'...guys..this place is really good...do try the Ha Gao and the Sui Mai...

After "The Brunch" we went back to Central..to take the bus to Ocean World!!! absolutely great place..sittin on the hills hugging the south china sea...with adrenaline-rushin rides..just wonderful!!

The scariest turned out to be the Abyss..which is a free fall over the ocean...pure 10 secs of terror...got a flash of my entire 25 yrs in these few secs...now that is wat i call..Theory of Relativity!!!

and who can forget the cute pandas...An An, Jia Jia, Ying Ying and Le Le...how i wish I could take one home with me...

well..after such a fun-packed day..it was obviously time to relax..enjoy some cocktails at The Cavern in Lan kwai fong (LKF)...this place is truly recommended by Packan..for its lovely atmosphere..the awesome band...and the sheer high energy!!

LKF is serioursly hands down the best nite-life area ever...and definitely beats Singapore any day!!

To sum up..day 2 was simply exhilarating fun!!!

Stay tuned for Day 3...
          My Escape to Hongkong: Day I        
So now that I have uploaded my snaps from my awesome new camera..let me teleport you back to Hongkong and share some of those wonderful moments spent there...

Friday was a bit free-n-easy..

Took the Airport Express to Central..easiest and most comfortable way to get to the heart of the city!!

Had a nice lunch at Pret a Manger...then just roamed around through the streets in Central..which reminds me so much of lower Manhattan...seriously Hong kong is like an Asian New york..bustling with people..buzzing with activity..and a strong energy floating in the air..

In the evening went to the Peak with Lehmunade..luckily it was a clear nite and got some wonderful shots of the Hongkong skyline...

after that is was time for some exotic Lebanese at Marouche in Soho...the food here is fabulous!!..remember to try the pita with hummus n goat cheese...

Stay tuned for Day 2!!
          Its the time of our lives        
Reporting from seat 5f of flight 3k 691:

Hong kong really captivated me ever since my last visit in March 2006..it is vibrant..it is lively..it is exciting...especially after dull drab monotonous Singapore...
I have always wanted to back and explore it more..comb through the streets..try more exotic food..and finally my Portkey has arrived..thanks to Lehmunade providing for the accommodation in Central HKG!! and JetStar for cheap airfare..I am off to Hongkong for the weekend..

There's so much to do..and so little time..maybe I should seriously contemplate relocating to this urban haven...

Update from Pacific Coffee in Admirality:

Yup...The Packan has Landed...
Flight was quite uneventful...immigration took some time..as usual the lady was scrutinising every single page of the blue passport...
Got my Octopus card..and took the quick and comfortable Airport Express to Hongkong...then a quick hop to the MTR to Quarry bay to met Lehmunade...

I feel elated!! I feel high!! I love this city!!!

Gonna go to the Peak later with Lehmnade...

Stay Tuned...

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          Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 25th        

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          The Dubai Model and the new Arab world         

Johann Hari’s article “The Dark Side of Dubai” in The Independent in 2009, crystallized the hyperbolic writing on the Gulf emirate in the recent past:

“This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history.”

Of course, Dubai did not crash into history and Hari was dislodged from his perch due to a plagiarism scandal a few years later. Yet, for many commentators and journalists, any mention of Dubai still evokes a sense of moralistic derision – Dubai the land without culture filled with a people without history. For the youth of the region, however, Dubai represents something different: jobs, a relatively open society, and a government (in progress) that works. As countries in transition, like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt look to transform their own societies, Dubai is an enigmatic model in the distance.  

What is the Dubai model? It is hard to fully capture the multi-faceted nature of it in just a few words, but there are several key dimensions. In addition, the unique (and transferable) aspects of the Dubai model, however, are less to do with its political system, and more about the policies pursued. In fact, too much time is spent in the region debating the political system rather than the impact of policies on the ground enacted by any ruling group or party.

Fundamentally, Dubai made itself open to people flows from around the world, with all its associated risks. This has meant that its small population – today 90% of residents are non-citizens – has been able to build an economy depending on an externally generated labor and consumer market. In addition, to unskilled labor, Dubai has also been keen to open itself to the best talent from around the world.  Take Dubai Aluminum (DUBAL) as an example, founded n 1979 and predicated on leveraging international talent and expertise. In fact, in its initial year of operation, few of the 1,386 employees were Emiratis. Yet that has changed over time, as DUBAL has grown to become the world’s largest aluminum smelter. Understanding its own labor market and taking advantage of regional and international labors flows and talent has been critical to the Emirate’s success. 

Despite being in conservative surroundings, Dubai has also ensured that it functions as an open society, in terms of social and religious practices. While this diversity can raise tension, like last summer’s #UAEdresscode campaign for example, there is an open coexistence, as can be witnessed while walking on JBR Walk, along the beachfront, with full-length niqabs side-by-side with what could well be described as the opposite of that! This openness has also contributed to Dubai becoming a global hub, and now the 7th most visited city in the world, with 10 million tourist arrivals annually. This did not occur overnight, and was linked to the gradual (and sometimes sudden) growth of the hospitality industry and expatriate population. Being an open society, however, does not just mean bottles and bars; the government has consistently emphasized gender empowerment in all fields as a matter of policy, including in key positions, political and economic.

In addition to people flows, Dubai has ensured an inflow of capital, by building a financial sector and set of institutions to leverage the capital-rich environment around it. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has created a separate regulatory environment and court system to provide security to investors and companies alike. In addition, while still not perfect, it is relatively easy for any foreigner to set up a local free zone company, allowing him or her to deploy capital, which subsequently generates employment (albeit more for non-locals than Emiratis). The stability of Dubai and the strength of its soft and physical infrastructure has meant that in times of uncertainty, capital finds its way there; last year that included $8 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), a 25% increase from 2011.

In order to spur growth and absorb investment, Dubai borrowed a page from several economic models (Singapore & Hong Kong among them) and cluster-based theories (see Michael Porter). Take a look at the growth of the aviation sector in Dubai, which in 2011, directly or indirectly contributed $12 billion towards the GDP, and accounted for 125,000 jobs (in a city of 2 million people).  The same can be said for the logistics (e.g. Dubai Ports) and retail sectors (e.g. Majid al-Futtaim & City Centres), all of which have benefitted from an ecosystem approach that has included new regulation, government-driven investment, and infrastructure development. Emirates Airlines did not become one of the world’s leading airlines by accident or in isolation.

Finally, on a consistent basis, Dubai has pushed excellence in public services, culminating in the Government Summit earlier this year, which convened public servants from across the country to “exchange best practices.” In Dubai, there are regular awards for government excellence given to high-performing departments. In fact if you go see the Director-General of the Dubai Courts, he will likely give you a PowerPoint presentation on their caseload, wait times, and improvements.

Lest, anyone think that everything is ‘perfect’ in Dubai, it is not. There are a number of issues, ranging from political prisoners in the country (due in part to a stifling intellectual/political climate) to the lack of legislative oversight to continued labor exploitation (far less than before but still problematic, given there is still no minimum wage). Societally, there are also a number of challenges, including naturalization, obesity, and a growing culture of materialism, none of which should be taken lightly. And, for the local Emirati population, there is a high rate of unemployment due to a mismatch between expectations and skills and the needs of the labor market. None of these should be under-estimated for both the moral issues they pose as well obstacles they may present to the viability of Dubai's success, as is the case in many transformative development contexts. 

The Dubai model works quite obviously, in Dubai. While other countries – especially those in transition – cannot copy-and-paste what Dubai has done, particularly on migration, cultural change, and government led-investment, they can still apply lessons from Dubai’s experience. Although it may seem that Dubai had the guarantee of Abu Dhabi behind it or capital flows in the Gulf to harness, every country has an advantage, which can be used as a foundation. Egypt has the largest consumer base in the entire Arab world that can drive industry. Tunisia has some of the highest literacy rates and education levels in the region, and an established tourist bridge with Europe. Libya has tremendous oil-wealth and a strong connection to the Sub-Saharan economy.

The fragility of transitional countries means that everything must be done to improve.  What Dubai has demonstrated is that there can be positive momentum and development on areas that affect the quality of people’s lives and their livelihoods. There remain critical challenges in front of it, but there is also something that works in Dubai, and it’s about time that some of these lessons are transferred to the wider region. 

          No salir de casa en todo el fin de semana rebaja la ansiedad e ilumina la mente        

No salir de casa en todo el fin de semana rebaja la ansiedad e ilumina la mente

Atrincherarse entre las cuatro paredes de su morada ya no es de muermos, sino la última tendencia de moda: el ‘nesting’

“Nuestras vidas están tan ocupadas, y el mundo a veces puede parecer tan espantoso por las preocupaciones económicas, políticas y ecológicas, que la casa se está volviendo un lugar donde realmente poder relajarnos, un antídoto. Y permanecerá así durante muchos años”. Quien habla es Lisa White, directora del departamento de Lifestyle & Interiors de la consultoría internacional WGSN, que ya en 2015 apuntó al housewarming (algo así como “calentarse en casa”), como una corriente de largo recorrido en la que los consumidores buscan redescubrir el arte de vivir el momento, de gozar de su espacio y de los seres que lo habitan o son bienvenidos a él. Fue el sector de la decoración el primero en clamar sobre esta tendencia sociológica, en la que la necesidad imperiosa de un refugio seguro en el el mundo occidental, empuja a reivindicar el papel acogedor y reconfortante de la casa. Y a disfrutarlo, sea esta fija o temporal. Gemma Riberti, experta en adecuación de viviendas de la misma compañía, anunció con estas palabras una tendencia relacionada para 2017 en una conferencia anual del sector en Hong Kong, el grounded living (“estar conectado a la tierra”): “La gente quiere sentirse en casa allá donde esté. Ha dejado de ser un lugar, es un sentimiento. Y el objetivo de su diseño es crear un espacio calmo al que siempre guste volver”. Y cueste mucho abandonar.

Hacer bizcochos o trasplantar macetas le hará más feliz

En este contexto, la actitud FOMO (miedo a perderse cualquier ocasión social) está siendo sustituida por el JOMO (la alegría de perderse) y el FOGO (el temor a salir), un recogimiento que, fundamentalmente, contribuye a potenciar un organismo más saludable. “Somos una máquina biológica, pero a diferencia de las electrónicas o mecánicas, no disponemos de recambios para su reparación o renovación”, explica el doctor Vicente Saavedra, de la clínica Medicina Integral de Barcelona: “Nuestras células y órganos necesitan del descanso para repararse. Un cierto grado de diversión es necesario. Pero si se vuelve una forma de vida es absolutamente insano, física y mentalmente. Cada persona tiene su propio punto de equilibrio. Para encontrarlo es necesario el autoconocimiento, pero la sociedad actual (con valores cada vez más alienantes y materialistas, de consumismo y prisas), no nos encamina a desarrollar la propia responsabilidad sobre nuestra salud. Somos infelices y ansiosos ”.
"La gente quiere sentirse en casa allá donde esté. No es un lugar, es un sentimiento. Y el objetivo del diseño pasa por crear un espacio calmo al que guste volver" (Gemma Riberti, de WGSN)
El nesting busca combatir esta dolorosa realidad, potenciando eso que los anglosajones llaman Me time: reservar momentos para uno y dedicarlos a la cotidianidad del hogar. La cocina ya es una herramienta terapéutica popular en países como EE UU o Reino Unido. De hecho, de todas las terapias ocupacionales para combatir la depresión, la repostería ha demostrado ser una de las más eficaces, según un estudio publicado en British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Por su parte, entregarse al placer de una buena novela reduce el riesgo de demencia, según BMJ. Pero si lo que le roba la paz es el estrés del día día, un estudio de Journal of Health Psychology se inclina por recomendar la jardinería en la terraza, que baja los niveles de cortisol (hormona que lo provoca) en mayor medida que la lectura. Cualquier cosa vale, incluso aburrirse, un sentimiento que lejos de adormecer la mente, vuelve al individuo más altruista y empático, según una investigación llevada a cabo por científicos de la Universidad de Limerick (Irlanda). “Pararnos en medio de este mundo de locos, conectar con nosotros mismos, con nuestros sentimientos y pensamientos para poder ver hacia dónde vamos, y orientar nuestra vida correctamente, es una absoluta necesidad humana para tener buenas relaciones, disfrutar de las cosas sencillas y gratis que ofrece la vida (la mayoría), así como para cuidar de nosotros, de los nuestros y afrontar los problemas eficientemente con una buena actitud”, concluye el doctor Saavedra.

Una buena decoración ayuda

Esta querencia hogareña tiene en la actualidad otras vertientes más allá del autocuidadio, porque posee, paralelamente, una dimensión decorativa potenciada por blogs y redes sociales, donde gurús del orden como Marie Kondo, o webs como Apartment Therapy o Gardenista, ayudan a redescubrir el placer de crear nidos prácticos y amables a través del embellecimiento y la organización. “Definitivamente, la crisis económica y los sitios web como el nuestro han contribuido a este creciente interés. Nosotros nos centramos en mostrar cómo vive realmente la gente, no hacemos un estilismo especial para nuestras fotos. Durante la última década a los ciudadanos no les incomoda compartir su estilo con el mundo a través de plataformas como Instagram o Pinterest. Y atestiguar los efectos positivos de transformar cualquier rincón en un lugar más agradable anima a otros a hacer lo mismo: el intercambio de inspiración a través de imágenes auténticas es clave”, opina Janel Laban, directora ejecutiva de Apartment Therapy, que anota estas ideas para lograr un oasis de serenidad: maximizar la luz, deshacernos de todo lo que no necesitamos, agregar autenticidad a través de objetos hermosos que evoquen buenos recuerdos y mantener un orden y limpieza regulares.
Cualquier cosa vale, incluso aburrirse, un sentimiento que lejos de adormecer la mente, vuelve al individuo más altruista y empático, según la Universidad de Limerick.
Muchas firmas globales abordan este nuevo concepto de mi casa es mi mundo, como la canadiense Stay at Home Club, cuyo lema es “El club que nunca se reúne” (porque no sale de casa) y que ha hecho del nesting su seña empresarial. Olive Mew, su creadora, confiesa que desde joven siempre prefirió parapetarse en su hogar antes que salir de marcha. “Descansar adecuadamente es vital para levantarse con energía”, comenta Beatriz Peralta, fundadora de Seda Sana, otra marca, en este caso española y ecológica y de ropa de cama. “Esto requiere un entorno adecuado con materiales libres de sustancias nocivas que permitan el proceso natural de regeneración. Una buena inversión en artículos del hogar de larga duración mejora la calidad de vida”, matiza. Ojo, esto incluye los calcetines de estar por casa, que traen consigo beneficios sobre las relaciones sexuales, que aumentan durante el nesting (más ventajas). “Cuando la temperatura de nuestros pies es lo suficientemente cálida y confortable, mantenemos la autorregulación de nuestro cuerpo y, de este modo, la sangre irriga de manera directa al clítoris y los genitales masculinos”, suscribe Cristina Callao, psicóloga especializada en Sexología Clínica y Salud Sexual. Es decir, orgasmos más potentes. Pues no todo va a ser ver de un tirón la segunda temporada de Stranger things en Netflix (que también).

          A Really Smart Card: How Hong Kong’s Octopus Card moves people        
A challenge for designers is to improve user experiences with public transportation to encourage people chose public transportation over cars and help reduce carbon emissions.
          Pablo Schreiber Joins Dwayne Johnson In ‘Skyscraper’        
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          Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi ile Kıbrıs’ı Kazan, Kıbrıs ve Ä°ngiltere’de oku!        
Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi, "Kıbrıs’ı Kazan, Kıbrıs ve İngiltere’de Oku" sloganı ile bütünleşen ve yurtdışı kampüsleriyle de öğrencilerine üç farklı kıtada eğitim fırsatı sunan öncü bir üniversite.

Eğitimde mobiliteye verdiği önem ve uluslararasılaşma sürecinin bir göstergesi olarak Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi; İngiltere, ABD ve Hong Kong’dan sonra küresel kampüslerine bir yenisini ekleyerek Türkiye’de İstanbul yerleşkesini hizmete açmıştır. Bu süreçte Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi, öğrencilerine 3 farklı kıtada eğitim imkânı sunmakta ve "Üç Kıta Tek Üniversite" sloganı ile de bir dünya üniversitesi olma noktasında bir hareketlilik içerisinde olduğunu kanıtlamaktadır.

Kazandıkları ÖSYM bursları ile GAÜ’ye yerleşen öğrenciler, Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi’nin yurtdışı yerleşkelerinde aynı burslarla ve ek ücret ödemeden programlarıyla uyumlu dersler yada ELA’da (English Language Academy) İngilizce dil eğitimi alıyor; geri döndüklerinde ise yurtdışında aldıkları dersleri GAÜ programlarındaki ders yükümlülükleri yerine saydırarak eğitimlerine devam edebiliyorlar.

Eğitimde 30 Yıl...

Geçtiğimiz günlerde görkemli bir törenle 30. Onur Yılı’nı kutlayan Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi için bu sene oldukça özel bir yıl. GAÜ, 2014-2015 Akademik Yılında tam 2260 yeni öğrencisine 7 yıl boyunca kesintisiz ÖSYM Bursu verecek.

GAÜ sosyal ağlarda da çok aktif; bu sene tercih dönemi boyunca facebook.com/girneamerican üzerinden tüm kampüsler ve öğrenci hayatı ile ilgili herşeyi paylaşıyorlar ve tüm sorulara resmi sayfa üzerinden cevap veriyorlar. Twitter takipcilerini de unutmamışlar @girneamerican üzerinden en güncel paylaşımları takip

GAÜ, şu anda küresel dünyanın yükselen meslekleri Denizcilik, Havacılık, Sahne Sanatları, Hukuk, Ä°leri Mühendislik Disiplinleri, Güzel Sanatlar, Mimarlık, İç Mimarlık, Uluslararası İşletme, Uluslararası Ä°lişkiler, Psikoloji, Psikolojik Danışmanlık ve Rehberlik, Türkçe Hukuk, Çin Dili ve Edebiyatı, Gastronomi ve Mutfak Sanatları, Sınıf Öğretmenliği, Sağlık Yönetimi, Ergoterapi, Enerji Sistemleri Mühendisliği, Ebelik, Ä°nşaat Mühendisliği ve Sivil Havacılık Ulaştırma İşletmeciliği, Pilotaj gibi programları barındıran; 9 Fakülte, 6 Yüksekokul, 2 Enstitü ve  2 Meslek Yüksekokulu’nda olmak üzere , 69 Lisans 21 Önlisans 48 Yükseklisans ve 17 Doktora programı sunmakta.

GAÜ’den saygın dünya üniversiteleri ile akademik işbirliği ve değişim programları fırsatı!

Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi, kampüsleri ve 200’ü aşkın dünya üniversitesiyle sürdürdüğü öğrenci değişim programları kapsamında, öğrencilerine yaşam boyu hatırlayacakları deneyimlerin kapılarını açmakta.

Uluslararası Denklik ve Tanınma

Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi sağladığı eğitimin kalitesini sürekli olarak geliştirmek için akreditasyonlarını ve üyeliklerini yenilemektedir. GAÜ yerel olarak Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti Yükseköğretim Planlama, Denetleme, Akreditasyon ve Koordınasyon Kurulu YÖDAK ve Türkiye Yüksek Öğretim Kurulu (YÖK) tarafından tanınmaktadır. Ayrıca dünyanın bir çok saygın denklik kurullarından akredite olan GAÜ’nün bir çok uluslararası üyeliği de bulunmaktadır.

Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi Eduniversal’ın En İyi Üniversiteler sıralamasında yer almaktadır. Avrupa Birliği Yükseköğretim Sistemi içerisinde üniversite eğitimini denetleyen uluslararası eğitim kuruluşu Eduniversal, 153 ülkeden 12 bin yükseklisans programının incelenmesi ve 100 bin öğrenci ile yaptığı “En İyi Yükseklisans Eğitimi Veren Üniversiteler” araştırmasının sonuç raporuna göre GAÜ "En İyi Yükseklisans Eğitimi Veren İlk 100 Üniversite" arasında gösterilmektedir.

GAÜ, YÖK onaylı programlarıyla geleceğin pilotlarını yetiştiriyor

4 yıllık Pilotaj eğitimi alan öğrenciler, GAÜ İstanbul Yerleşkesi Uluslararası Havacılık Akademisi’nde similatör ve uçuş derslerini tamamlayarak Pilot olma hakkını kazanıyorlar. GAÜ’nün, uluslararası standartlarda verdiği eğitimle yetiştirdiği öğrenciler, önümüzdeki 20 yılın en gözde mesleklerinden biri olan havacılık sektöründe kolaylıkla iş bulabilecekler.

Kıbrıs, dünyanın en güzel adalarından biri!

Kıbrıs Dünya’nın en güzel adalarındandır ve iklimi sayesinde bir tatil ülkesinde eğitim alma şansınız var, üniversite kampüsü plajlara çok yakın mesafede bulunmakta ve kampüse çok renkli bir yaşam hakim. GAÜ, adanın en turistik sahil kenti olan Girne’de kendisine özel plaj ve uygulamalı 5 yıldızlı oteli ile öğrencilerine eşi benzeri olmayan bir eğitim fırsatı sunmaktadır.

Peki kampüste hayat mı nasıl? Tanıtım filmleri için youtube.com/girneamerican ve vimeo.com/girneamerican

Bir boomads advertorial içeriğidir.

          Jacky Chan Died !!        
There has been rumors that Jacky Chan the famous Hong Kong and Hollywood actor died circulating on Facebook a few days back. It turned out that it was just rumors. I wonder how fast a rumor can travel on facebook about someone famous passed away.

Can someone start a new rumor and tell me how fast does it actually travels please.

Thank you.
          Standhouden Tussen Makaslang En Kapasi        

Winston Jessurun, voorzitter van DA91 en van het presidium van Alternatief 1 (A1), likt zijn wonden na de ‘lafhartige' aanval door Nieuw Suriname. Maar de scheuring heeft A1 meer goed dan slecht gedaan, zegt hij. Het Front en Bouterse vormen een moeilijk te doorbreken ‘symbiose'. Toch wil A1 alles op alles zetten om het internationaal aangezicht van Suriname te herstellen. "Je moet in feite beginnen bij de basis: de mens."

Tekst Iwan Brave/dWTFoto Hijn Bijnen - de Ware Tijd van 24 maart 2005

Jessurun wil er niet te veel woorden meer aan vuil maken, aan de openlijke, persoonlijke aanval van de Radjen Nannan Panday. "Ik heb tegen mijn vrouw gezegd: als je de politiek ingaat, dan vertelt men altijd lelijke dingen over je, waar of onwaar. Wapen je ertegen. Maar om nu aan je privéleven te komen, je gezin te belasteren, waardoor het ook je vrouw en kinderen raakt, dan doet het .-.pijn. En als men liegt dan doet het nog meer pijn. Maar we hebben heel wat stormen overwonnen."
Volgens Jessurun heeft het uittreden van Nieuw Suriname de A1 meer goed dan slecht gedaan. De partij van de gebroeders Nannan Panday zou altijd al een beetje moeilijk hebben gezeten bij bepaalde delen van de achterban van de andere partners. Jessurun kreeg regelmatig van mensen persoonlijk te horen dat ze om die reden niet op A1 zouden stemmen. "Alles komt nu weer terug", zegt hij. Hij kreeg ook steunbetuiging van politieke opponenten uit ‘alle hoeken'. Nieuw Suriname heeft zich politiek ‘compleet uitgeschakeld', weet hij. "Het komt vooral door de lafhartige wijze. Als men het uitsluitend over de boeg van de positionering van Nieuw Suriname had gegooid, dan had het de A1 nog enige schade kunnen berokkenen omdat zo'n argument nog enige oprechtheid uitstraalt."
Maar dit is niet eerste wat ter tafel komt. Het is Jessurun die het gesprek direct op koers plaatst met een recente anekdote. Op straat vroeg een kennis hem: "Wat hebben we aan een eerlijke president die zijn kinderen geen eten geeft? Is het niet beter een president te hebben die steelt maar wel zijn kinderen te eten geeft?" Dit onderstreept volgens hem dat veel Surinaamse kiezers bitter zijn en het spoor bijster. "Ik heb anders geen andere verklaring voor dat de VVV en de NDP nog aanhang hebben, afgaand op de ervaring met deze mensen en de consequenties daarvan voor het land. Anders hebben we een probleem met de interpretatie van hun aanhang. Als we een goed bestaan hadden, dan was het nog te begrijpen. Maar gezien de chaos en financiële verdoemenis is het onbegrijpelijk."

Idol hungry
Zijn broer Rudy, die psycholoog is, verklaart dit fenomeen als ‘idol-hungry'. "Dat zou een verklaring kunnen zijn voor de aanhang van deze twee partijen", licht Jessurun toe. "Het gaat om mensen die zelf niet zo'n sterk ego hebben en daarom graag geleid willen worden." Maar dat er zo velen hunkeren naar een idool, wijt hij aan het ‘falend beleid' van het Nieuw Front. "We hebben binnen het Gestructureerd Samenwerkingverband – waarbij iedereen en alles aangesloten was – kans gezien in 1997-1998 ruim 100.000 mensen in verzet te brengen tegen het financiële wanbeleid van de regering-Wijdenbosch, met als lichtpunt het naar voren schuiven van een interim-regering met Telting als president en Jharap als vice-president.
In die troebele situatie heeft Wijdenbosch de verkiezingen met een jaar vervroegd. Op het moment van bekendmaking daarvan, waren zij van de oude politiek niet meer te vinden voor het idee. Zo erg zelfs dat ze sindsdien geen enkele vergadering meer van het Gestructureerd Samenwerkingsverband hebben bezocht." Het woord ‘verraad' neemt hij niet in de mond, maar het spreekt voor zich. "Toen de kiezers het Nieuw Front weer een mandaat hadden gegeven, hebben ze het gezamenlijk uitgangspunt verlaten en zijn hun eigen dingen gaan doen. Een toonbeeld van de arrogantie van macht. Wie bleef achter? Het teleurgestelde volk, bitter en verpauperd."
Jessurun wijst erop dat het Front in 1987 van de 51 zetels er 41 behaalde – een dikke absolute meerderheid – en 33 zetels in 2000 – op één na wederom een tweederde meerderheid. En nu vraagt het Front weer een mandaat om het karwei ‘af te maken'. "Hoeveel willen ze dan hebben om inderdaad uit te voeren van wat ze niet hebben afgemaakt?" vraagt Jessurun zich in gemoede af over de gemiste kansen met zo'n riante meerderheid het land naar je hand te zetten. "De kiezer gaat nu maar zijn heil elders zoeken. Dat een aanzienlijk deel van jongeren, die niet geconfronteerd zijn met de jaren '80 en eind jaren '90, naar andere politieke partijen of combinaties gaat van krachten die we steeds hebben afgewezen, is de schuld van het Front."
Jessurun wil niets over horen dat het ook een financieel vraagstuk is.
Volgens hem is er geen enkele regering geweest met ‘zoveel mogelijkheden' en ‘steun uit het buitenland'. Maar als je blijft vasthouden aan partijpolitiek en niet aan maatregelen die genomen moeten worden, dan kom je niet verder." De voorzitter van het A1-presidium, wijst op het verziekte investeringsklimaat dat in stand wordt gehouden. In 1994 werd de eerste Investeringswet geconcipieerd. Dat het daarbij bleef, lag volgens Jessurun destijds aan een ‘conflict' tussen de Ministeries van Financiën en van Handel en Industrie – "dus tussen NPS en VHP". Dan volgt in 2001-2002 weer een concept-Investeringswet die in ‘grote vaart' wordt besproken en een ‘hoop onduidelijkheden' bevatte. "Daarom heb ik me uit protest onthouden van stemming. Nu hoor je bij monde van de minister van Financiën dat de investeringswet niet deugt en worden dure consultants in de arm genomen om het werk dunnetjes over te doen. Hadden ze zich dat niet eerder kunnen bedenken." Volgens Jessurun rennen de meeste investeerders ‘gillend' weg. "Ik kan je verhalen en voorbeelden vertellen, maar dan praten we morgen nog. Je komt als investeerder geen stap verder door het bureaucratisch gedoe."

Niet luisteren
Jessurun stelt dat je overigens voor geld bestemd voor productiedoeleinden op de kapitaalmarkt terecht kan. Daarnaast moet er flink worden geïnvesteerd in infrastructuur, onderwijs en gezondheidszorg, want dat is de basis voor een gezond volk om te produceren. "Maar deze regering wil sparen, en is het een volgende regering die dan het geld weer opmaakt." Tegelijkertijd dient men te participeren door middel van aandelen in de exploitatie van de grondstoffen. Overigens is Jessurun van mening dat Suriname de goudsector zelfstandig tot ontwikkeling kan brengen. Het is voordeliger om buitenlandse deskundigen te betalen die een mijn voor je opzetten, waarvan de opbrengst geheel aan jou toekomt.
Al deze zaken worden door DA91 aangekaart in de Nationale Assemblee. "Maar als iets van de oppositie komt, wil men niet luisteren", zegt Jessurun. Uit gesprekken met toppers uit de coalitie, blijkt dat het binnen het Front nogal aan wereldkundigheid schort. Ook bepaalde partijvoorzitters komen er niet genadig van af. Hij geeft tal van voorbeelden. Sommige liever ‘off the record'. "Bepaalde dingen wil je niet zo in pers gooien die je met elkaar in de wandelgangen bespreekt, dat kan pas als ze ook in de vergadering aan de orde komen. Sommige ministers hebben totaal geen idee om welke schaalverhoudingen het in de wereld gaat, omdat ze zo gefixeerd zijn op de enge partijbelangen."

Regelmatig kloppen buitenlandse investeerders bij Jessurun aan omdat ze eenvoudig weg geen gewillig oor bij de regering vinden. Zoals die ene consultant uit Hong Kong, die ten tijde van herinlijving door China met 170 miljoen dollar te leen liep tegen een staatsgarantie, een looptijd van 20 jaar en een zeer milde rente van 5 procent. Het geld moest coute-que-coute weg uit Hong Kong. Via Jessurun werd het aan Suriname aangeboden. "Ik heb het aan Rodgers doorgespeeld; er is uiteindelijk niets mee gebeurd."
En dan die miljardair uit Hong Kong die interesse had getoond om honorair consulair voor Suriname te zijn. Een investeerder met aanzien. "Als hij ergens investeerde, dan gingen anderen er achteraan", vertelt Jessurun. "Hij wilde elk feasable project in Suriname financieren tegen een 30-70-verhouding. Dit was ter sprake ten tijde van de regering-Venetiaan I en regering- Wijdenbosch. Bij deze regering is het weer ter sprake gekomen. Maar men heeft er geen oren naar. Een partijgenoot werd benoemd. En dat ‘killed' het land."
Ook in het plan West-Suriname had er voor Suriname veel meer ingezeten. "De man komt met zijn private-jet uit Pittsburg", vertelt Jessurun over de president van Alcoa. "Dan blijkt de immigratiedienst van Zanderij hiervan niet op de hoogte. Er moet eerst een brief van BUZA komen dat ze binnen mogen. Hoewel ze lang moesten wachten, komen ze alsnog met een aanbieding om 4 miljard dollar in Suriname te investeren, want in de VS is een wet die geïnvesteerd geld vrij stelt van belasting. Terwijl onze regering talmt zijn de Amerikanen ook tegelijkertijd bezig in IJsland waar er wel beslissingen worden genomen. Dat heb ik toen in het parlement aangekaart. In 2004, twee jaren later, komt er eindelijk een MOU." Inmiddels is besloten door Alcoa een smelterij in IJsland op te zetten, ook komt er een smelterij in Trinidad. "Het is maar de vraag of smelterij in West-Suriname er nog komt, want veel zal afhangen van ontwikkelingen op de wereldmarkt", zegt Jessurun. "Die traineringen, bureaucratie en ondeskundigheid maken dat we keer op keer de boot missen."

Twee uitersten
Jessurun spreekt over het Nieuw Front en de NDP van een ‘symbiose', die moeilijk te doorbreken is. "Het Front houdt Bouterse in stand en gebruikt hem om de mensen te bewegen om op hun te stemmen, waarbij Bouterse wordt afgeschilderd als een gevaar. Zonder Bouterse zou er geen Front zijn." Jessurun haalt een andere broer aan – Arti van Trefpunt 2000 – die een vergelijking maakt met de ‘makkaslang en de kapassi' die samen in één hol leven, waarbij de kapassi het hol graaft. "Alternatieven die zich opmaken hebben het moeilijk zich daartussen overeind te houden, omdat we ons – ook de media – focussen op deze twee uitersten", aldus Jessurun.
Intussen holt Suriname sociaal-economisch achteruit. In 1967 – volgens de ‘laatste officiële' cijfers – verdienden we 1 miljard Amerikaanse dollars. Nu, 37 jaar later, verdienen we met zijn allen 1,1 miljard dollar. Jessurun: "In al die jaren zijn we geen stap vooruit gekomen. Als we de geldontwaarding erop loslaten, dan verdienden we in 1967 zes miljard dollar. We zijn erop achteruitgegaan ondanks de verdragsmiddelen, de garantiemiddelen en alle andere donormiddelen die zijn opgegaan, alles bij elkaar zo'n vier miljard dollar."
Maar hoe valt dit te doorbreken dan te door breken? Jessurun: "Je moet in feite beginnen bij de basis: de mens. Daarbij moeten we de vraag stellen: waar willen we naartoe. Ons onderwijs moet naar een topniveau op basis van de ontwikkelingsdoelen. Willen we aan landbouw doen, dan moet er op zijn minst een landbouwhogeschool zijn. We hebben niet eens lage landbouwschool. Willen we de dienstverlenende kant op, dan moeten we ons onderwijs daarop afstemmen en zorgen dat we qua landbouw zelfvoorzienend zijn."
Maar ook het huidige politieke bestel moet op de helling. Op grond daarvan heeft A1 ook een concept-grondwet geschreven met ‘betere machtsverhouding' tussen wetgevende en uitvoerende macht, een ceremoniële president en een uitvoerende minister-president die verantwoording verschuldigd is aan het parlement. Nu hebben we een executieve president – naar het Amerikaans voorbeeld – maar zonder dat we onze president rechtstreeks kiezen. Ook het huidige aantal van zestien ministeries moet drastisch omlaag door middel van ‘clustering', waardoor je onder meer krijgt een ministerie van Welzijn (nu Volksgezondheid, Arbeid en Sociale Zaken), een ministerie van Productie (nu NH, HI en LVV) een ministerie van Opbouw, Verkeer en Waterstaat (nu OW en TCT). Ook Regionale Ontwikkelingen en Binnenlandse Zaken dienen te worden samengevoegd.

Leven en dood
Ondertussen is de NDP weer in opmars. Onbegrijpelijk voor Jessurun. "Bouterse had in 1980 tot 1987 absolute regeringmacht en kon beslissen over leven en dood, wat hij ook deed. Hij kreeg van de Nederlandse regering een half miljard tot zijn beschikking, meer dan welke regering ook. Wie geeft mij nu de garantie dat hij nu met weinig geld en een absolute oppositie iets zal kunnen betekenen. Je kan alleen slagen met leiderschap, visie en contacten in wereld."
Dat laatste kan Bouterse in elk geval naar fluiten, nu de VS duidelijk hebben gemaakt geen banden te zullen onderhouden met regering ‘geleid door een veroordeelde drugscrimineel'.
Wat vindt Jesserun van deze ‘inmenging' van binnenlandse aangelegenheden? "Als land mag ik zeggen met wie ik hand in hand wil lopen. We maken ons allemaal op als moraalverdediger. In een goede democratie zonder etnische en maatschappelijke kloven had zo'n Amerikaanse uitspraak niet gehoeven. Maar dat is bij ons niet het geval, met name als we kijken naar de rechtsstaat die nog steeds niet is hersteld. Je hoort mensen roepen: ‘Isolement of niet; Des for pres, neks no fout'. Maar de VS zeggen bij voorbaat dat álles fout is. Het is natuurlijk niet leuk voor Suriname, net als bij de 100-procentcontrole. Maar we hebben er zelf een puinhoop van gemaakt. We moeten het herstellen. Daarom is A1 er; voor het herstellen van het aangezicht van Suriname in de wereld."

          Daftar Rekor Sex Dunia        
Semburan Tercepat, Tertinggi dan Terjauh

Rekor Dunia untuk Ejakulasi tercepat, tertinggi dan terjauh di pegang oleh Horst Schulzt. Tercatat kecepatan semburan sperma saat ejakulasinya adalah 42,7 m/jam menjangkau jarak 6 m dengan ketinggian 8,5 m.

Ibu Termuda

Lina Medina, lahir di Peru pada tahun 1933. Menstruasi pada umur 3 tahun, kemudian hamil dan melahirkan pada umur yang sama melalui operasi caesar. Tidak diketahui siapa ayah bayi yang dilahirkannya, namun beberapa hari setelah melahirkan ayahnya ditangkap dengan tuduhan incest.

Orgasme Terbanyak

Dr. William Hartman dan Marilyn Fithian dari Martal Sexual Study Center, Long Beach Califonia AS melakukan penelitian selama 22 tahun mengenai fenomena orgasme pada pria dan wanita. Mereka mencatat wanita dapat bertahan dan mengalami 134 kali orgasme/jam sedangkan pria 16 kali untuk setiap jamnya.

Orgasme Terlama

Berdasarkan penelitian pada tahun 1966 oleh Master dan Jhonson mencatat, seorang wanita dewasa dapat mengalami orgasme selama 43 detik dengan 25 kali kontraksi pada otot liang senggamanya.

Penampung Sperma Terbanyak

Michelle Monaghan, wanita yang berasal dari Los Angeles AS merupakan pemegang rekor dunia untuk penampung sperma terbanyak. Pada tahun 1991 Ia berhasil mengeluarkan 1.7 liter sperma dari . Tidak diketahui cairan sperma sebanyak itu diperoleh dari berapa pria dan berapa kali session bercinta.

Bulu Terpanjang

Rekor ini agak sedikit unik. Maoni Vi, seorang wanita yang berasal dari Cape Town Afrika Selatan adalah pemegang rekor bulu “ketek dan jembut” terpanjang di dunia dimana masing-masing panjangnya adalah 80 cm dan 70 cm.

Vagina Terkuat

Untuk urusan ini mungkin Tatiata Kozhevnikova adalah yang terkuat. Wanita Rusia ini merupakan pemegang rekor “vagina” terkuat di dunia. Tatiata dapat mengangkat Sebuah bandul yang terikat dengan sebuah beban seberat 62 kg yang dibenamkan pada liang senggamanya.

Gang Bang Terbanyak

Lisa Sparxxx, Aktris film porno Amerika Serikat ini merupakan pemegang rekor “Gang Bang” terbanyak dunia. Pada tahun 2004 ia berhasil memecahkan rekor atas namanya sendiri dengan digilir 919 pria dalam satu hari.

Masturbasi Terlama

Kali ini rekor masturbasi terlama dipegang seorang Jepang berkebangsaan Amerika Serikat, Masanobu Sato. Ia mengikuti sebuah lomba masturbasi yang diselenggarakan Sex & Culture Center San Francisco dimana ia dapat bertahan selama 9 jam 58 menit. Tidak diketahui apakah pegang sendiri atau menggunakan jasa joki.

Tekhnik Bercinta Paling Mematikan

Jangan sekali-kali meniup liang senggama pasangan anda secara berlebihan sewaktu bercinta. Akibatnya sangat fatal dan bisa mengakibatkan kematian. Meniupkan udara pada liang senggama secara sengaja dan berlebihan mengakibatkan obstruksi pada pembuluh arteri sama seperti halnya symptom disemboli pada paru-paru. Tercatat kematian dapat terjadi 30 menit setelah perlakuan.

Eksekusi Penis Terbesar dalam Sejarah

Pada tahun 1300 SM, Raja Meneptha berhasil memenangkan peperangan atas kerajaan Libya. Sebagai selebrasi atas kemenangan tersebut ia memerintahkan tentaranya untuk mengeksekusi hampir 13.000 penis tawanan perang dan membangun sebuah monumen di daerah Karnak untuk mengenang momen tersebut. Pada monumen itu tertulis nama-nama siapa saja yang di eksekusi diantaranya para jendral perang, tentara, masyarakat Libya dan sebagian tentara bayaran yang berasal dari Yunani.

Penis Terpanjang

Rekor penis terpanjang di dunia dipegang oleh Jonah Falcon dengan panjang 34 cm dimana panjang penis rata-rata pria di dunia adalah 12 cm.

Vagina Terdalam

Kalau Jonah Falcon punya penis sepanjang 34 cm, maka Anna Swan (1846-1888) mempunyai liang senggama sepanjang 37.5 cm. Sayangnya pemegang rekor Vagina terdalam se dunia ini sudah berpulang sedangkan Jonah Falcon masih hidup hingga sekarang.

Daisy Style Terpanjang dalam Sejarah

Dinamakan spintriae atau gabungan beberapa orang pasangan yang bercinta dengan membentuk lingkaran. Ritual ini sudah dikenal sejak lama dan populer pada era kekaisaran Roma. Konon kaisar Tiberius dari Roma sangat menyukai ritual ini dan sering melakukannya bersama dengan anggota keluarga kerajaan. Tidak kurang dari 30 pasangan ikut berpartisipasi dalam setiap ritual yang diadakan dan menjadi populer kemudian banyak dilakukan oleh masyarakat setempat termasuk kota pompeii yang legendaris.

Orgy Terbesar

Rekor Jumlah orgy (ML berjemaah) terbesar di pegang oleh Jepang dimana tercatat 250 pasangan serempak bercinta dalam satu ruangan besar dan dinyatakan sebagai rekor orgy terbanyak yang pernah ada.

Parade Bugil Terbesar

Bermula pada sebuah event lari marathon yang diadakan Universitas Michigan setiap akhir musim panas menjelang libur semester. Banyaknya peserta yang menggunakan pakaian minim musim panas dari tahun ke tahun berubah menjadi sebuah parade bugil yang rutin dilakukan. Pada 21 April 1998 tercatat sekitar 1500 mahasiswa dan pelajar ikut serta dalam parade ini. Kepolisian mencatat sekitar 500-800 orang berpakaian nyaris bugil dan selebihnya bugil total dalam parade tersebut yang kemudian tercatat sebagai rekor parade bugil terbesar di dunia.

Penis Terkuat

Tatiata Kozhevnikova mungkin wanita yang memiliki vagina terkuat yang mampu mengangkat beban 62 kg. Begitu pula dengan Mo Ka Wang pria Hong Kong yang berhasil mengangkat beban seberat 125 kg setinggi 10 cm dari permukaan tanah dengan menggunakan penisnya. Ia mengaku berlatih tekhnik Tao kuno yang sudah berumur 2500 th guna meningkatkan vitalitasnya.

Bintang Film Porno Tertua

Beralih ke Jepang. Kali ini rekor bintang film porno tertua dipegang Shigeo Tokuda yang berumur 76 tahun. Walaupun sudah pensiun, Shigeo telah membukukan 250 judul film porno selama karirnya.

Bayaran Termahal

Seseorang yang tidak mau disebutkan namanya berani membayar $ 3.8 juta atau sekitar Rp. 41.8 M dalam lelang keperawanan yang diposting Natalie Dylan di internet. Beredar rumor yang menyatakan Natalie menolak tawaran tersebut.

Koleksi Porno Terbesar

Daniel Gluck sangat tergila-gila dengan sesuatu yang berhubungan dengan pornographi. Dari hobinya ini ia mengumpulkan kurang lebih 500 box besar yang berisi sejumlah mejalah, gambar, poster pono dan sejumlah barang yang berhubungan dengan aktivitas seksual. Melihat banyaknya koleksi yang dikumpulkan, sejumlah temannya menganjurkan kepadanya untuk membangun sebuah galeri guna menampung koleksinya yang semakin lama semakin bertambah. Jadilah kemudian geleri tersebut dikenal dengan Museum Sex pertama dan terbesar yang pernah ada.

sumber: http://www.i-dus.com/2010/10/20-rekor-seks-dunia.html

          Simon Holliday Is Making A Splash In Hong Kong        
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Simon Holliday has a deep and profound interest in human motivation and resilience.

His drive is both for himself and for others.

He has completed a 15 hour 2 minute crossing of the English Channel in 2011 as well as a 35 km, 10 hour 20 minute swim across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong to Macau in 2014 [see video above] and numerous other open water swim throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Holliday was the protagonist of the 19-minute documentary film called The Clean Cross.

He founded the Splash Foundation, an organization in Hong Kong that conducts swim and water safety courses for under-served communities who may not have the access or means for swim lessons. "The Foundation provides an opportunity to learn an important life skill which develops confidence, improves wellbeing and allows people to flourish both in and out of the water by bringing together experienced coaches in a supportive group setting.

By 2020, the Foundation aims to provide 5,000 people with the opportunity to learn how to swim and be water safe

He explains the core values of the Splash Foundation through OASIS:

Optimistic: We believe attitude is more important than ability. Positive mindsets find ways to succeed and flourish.
Active: We think an active lifestyle and healthy bodies lead to healthy thought patterns and constructive goals.
Safe: We create an environment where everyone feels safe, always.
Inclusive: We welcome everyone into the Splash community with kindness and respect.
Simple: We ensure everything we do is transparent and easy to understand.

For more information, visit the Splash Foundation here.

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          iPhone 4S arriving in Hong Kong, South Korea and a number of other locales on November 11th        
Apple is getting ready to add a whole slew of new locations to its iPhone 4S world domination plan. Starting November 11th, the company's latest smartphone will be available in Hong Kong, South Korea and 13 additional countries, including Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, and Romania. Pre-orders for those locations (save for Albania, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro and Panama) will begin on the 4th. The handset is currently available in 29 countries -- that number will increase to more than 70 by year's end. Press info can be found after the break.
          iPhone in 29 new countries; unlocked in Hong Kong        

Our sister site Engadget reports that Apple is now offering unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong via its online store. HK$5,500 (≈ US$700) will buy you an 8GB model, HK$6,200 (≈ US$800) gets you 16GB.

The Apple Store's terms and conditions limit sales to individuals in Hong Kong only, but who knows what the gray market will bring.

Three Russian carriers will also begin selling unlocked iPhones on October 3, with the 8GB model selling for over US$900.

In related news, 29 new countries will begin selling the iPhone, some today: Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey and Venezuela.

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I must admit that I used to be not into mobile apps for the sole reason of me foregoing "experiencing" the world and just rely everything that I need on technology. Online shopping? It was not for me. I wanna physically experience the thrill of the hunt. The interaction with the people. The victory of finding a good deal.

But that was then when I was younger (and with no credit card to my name -hehe). As I grew older, I started to slowly venture into the wonderful world of mobile apps. I actually downloaded around 30 in the past 3 months. Several of those were online shopping apps. I'm hooked! I guess, aside from age, it also goes with the amount of responsibilities that I have taken on putting physical shopping on the bottom of my priority list.

But I realized, I also need my exercise. Just armed with the convenience of mobile apps.

One mobile app that I recently discovered is Penshoppe. "Finally!" I thought when I found out about it.  It's not an online shopping app by the way. It's a balance between physical shopping and being updated on the latest about the brand with lots of perks and rewards!

So what's with the app?

Here's an overview:

After completing the first two steps, you can now start earning points and redeem rewards!

What I like most about the app is that aside from the usual features you see on other retail mobile apps like the Catalogue, Store Locator, etc.,

Penshoppe's also come with a beefed up MyPenshoppe Loyalty program where you can earn 1 point for every Php10 spent (Php1,000 = 10 points) and more! How do like a discount e-voucher on your Birthday? How about an invitation to Penshoppe's exclusive events? All that is in the app!

Plus, it's also nice to see your celebrity crushes and idols wearing the latest from Penshoppe on the home page enticing you to visit the store and shop now!

And as a launching treat, the Penshoppe App will give 10% off e-voucher welcome gift to new subscribers for a limited time only.

About Penshoppe
Founded in 1986, Penshoppe is the flagship brand of Golden ABC, Inc. Known for its fresh take on casual wear, Penshoppe has since evolved into an international fashion and lifestyle brand located not only in the Philippines but also in other countries in Asia and the middle East, including Indonesia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, U.A.E, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and in Taiwan through online retail partner Zalora. To know more about Penshoppe, please visit www.penshoppe.com or follow them on Facebook at Penshoppe, on Instagram with handle @penshoppe, on Twitter as @PENSHOPPE, and on Snapchat at @teampenshoppe.

           GuestLogix Secures 4-Year Agreement with Leading Asia Pacific Airline, Cathay Pacific and Subsidiary Dragonair in Major Duty-Free Agreement with Inflight Sales Group Hong Kong         
GuestLogix Inc. (TSX:GXI), the leading global provider of onboard retail and payment technology solutions to airlines and the passenger travel industry, has announced an agreement to deploy its onboar
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항공사 및 승객 여행 업계에 객실내 소매 및 지불 기술 솔루션을 공급하는 주요 글로벌 업체인 GuestLogix Inc. (TSX:GXI)는 Cathay Pacific 및 Dragonair의 객실내 소매 활동을 관리할 POS 휴대형 기기를 포함하여 자사의 객실내 소매 기술 플랫폼을 항공사 전체에서 사용하는 계약을 체결했다고 발표했다. 동사의 OnTo
          We Carry the Light with Host Dr. Susan Allison: Happy Foods with Karen Wang Diggs        
EpisodeDo you want to feel better about what you eat? Do you want to feel better all day long? Healthy foods do not only taste better but it is far less expensive and can change your mental outlook on life. Today's guest, author Karen Wang Diggs, has lived in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United States and brings a wealth of food knowledge, village wisdom and secrets to healthy living. From her travels as a chef, a nutritionist and cooking instructor, Diggs has helped hundreds of people overcom ...
          Comment on Trade, Currency, and International Cooperation by Karen Hudes        
Dear Professor Shaviro, I enjoyed your review on trade, currency and international cooperation. Your statement about the preeminence of the dollar as international reserve currency has missed entirely what the BRICS' proposal for a new development bank means for the dollar. These countries account for more than 25% of international trade, and they are jettisoning the dollar to finance their trade. There is alot to be said about gold at the moment, perhaps Lars Schall's latest article says it best. German / US gold in Hong Kong refineries? Juli 13th, 2013 You may have heard about William Kaye’s assertion that Western central bank gold is being recast for purchase in Asia. However, when asked about it in order to investigate the matter, Mr. Kaye seems to be a “NATO“ member: No Action, Talk Only. http://www.larsschall.com/2013/07/13/german-us-gold-in-hong-kong-refineries/ The National Taxpayers Union has a blog on my case at http://www.ntu.org/governmentbytes/government-reform/whistleblower-protections-a1220.html I am still waiting to hear back from NYUJILP on the attached submission. We are on track for a currency war, downgrade in the US credit rating, and dissolution of the North Atlantic trade alliance unless we combat the corruption that I have been reporting. At least the total censorship in the corrupt media is now beginning to crumble. For a current update, see https://t.co/kD0slcRk7F Sincerely, Karen Hudes Washington Square College Class of 1970 www.kahudes.net 202 316 0684 The best article on my story is at http://www.larsschall.com/2013/05/08/governance-issues-at-the-world-bank-a-security-risk-to-the-world-order/ Asia Times refused to run it Eric Holder's prosecution of me http://nsnbc.me/2013/06/02/trumped-up-charges-and-thinly-veiled-threats-against-world-bank-whistleblower-karen-hudes-2/ For more background see: 6/21/13 RTTV, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7E9SUwlooE House of Commons International Development Committee, Written Evidence for the inquiry into The work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, published July 7, 2012 available here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmintdev/writev/402/contents.htm House of Commons Public Administration Committee, Written Evidence for the inquiry into Public engagement in policy making, published November 2, 2012 available here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmpubadm/writev/publicpolicy/m03.htm The European Parliament Committee on Budgetary Control Hearing on Whistleblowing May 25, 2011 available here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/document/activities/cont/201105/20110518ATT19540/20110518ATT19540EN.pdf My Ripoff Report about this corruption is at: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/world-bank/washington-dist-of-columbia-20433/world-bank-gave-inaccurate-financial-statements-washington-dc-1050418
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          Global "Ease of Doing Business" Ranking        
Morocco gets the honors for "most improved", while Korea enters the top 10. Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, US and Denmark still rule.

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          SRW RP zintensyfikuje promocję polskiego mięsa        
Naszym głównym celem na 2014 r. będzie intensyfikacja eksportu głównie za pomocą naszego trzeciego programu unijnego skierowanego na kraje trzecie. Będzie to drugi rok realizacji tego projektu obejmującego Shanghaj, Hong Kong, Moskwę, Kaliningrad i Dubaj - mówi serwisowi portalspozywczy.pl Janusz Rodziewicz, prezes Stowarzyszenia Rzeźników i Wędliniarzy RP.
          Bird Flu Isn’t Just China’s Problem Anymore        
As the first human cases of H7N9 bird flu infection outside of China begin to emerge—in Taiwan and Hong Kong—health officials around the world are preparing for a potentially perfect storm for a massive flu outbreak. On Thursday, billions of Chinese will be on the move to celebrate the Lunar New Year, creating ripe conditions for the spread of the influenza virus from those already infected. And many of those celebrations will include chickens, the primary carriers of H7N9. In addition, with the Winter Olympics, one of the world’s largest sporting events, just two weeks away, the virus could find the ideal conditions for breaking out. And that means the next plane could bring a pandemic to the U.S. or anywhere else around the world. “The bottom line is the health security of the U.S. is only as strong as the health security of every country around the world,” says Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. “We are all connected by the food we eat, the water the drink and the air we breathe.” MORE: Many Americans Are Skipping the Flu Shot So far, the World Health Organization reports that 246 people, mostly in China, have been infected with H7N9 since the virus was first identified last year, and nearly a quarter of them have died. As the first cases outside of the China emerged, Hong Kong officials ordered the culling of 20,000 chickens from its primary poultry market after one bird tested positive for H7N9, and banned live poultry imports for three weeks from the mainland. In the meantime the Chinese government is shutting down live poultry sales in its eastern provinces after a spike in cases in recent weeks. Because H7N9 does not make birds sick, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish infected poultry from healthy animals, so officials aren’t taking any chances. Shanghai is closing its live poultry markets for three months beginning in February. What concerns health experts is that H7N9 meets two of the three conditions for becoming a pandemic—it is
          Here’s What You Need to Know About the Bird-Flu Case in Hong Kong        
Health officials say the situation is “serious” after a domestic worker was hospitalized in November. H7N9, an influenza virus that normally infects birds such as chickens and wild geese, first jumped to human hosts in China early this year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 20% of those infected have died, but the virus does not spread easily from person to person — at least not yet. So far, the World Health Organization says 137 people have been sickened by H7N9 and 45 have died. Here’s what you need to know about the latest bird flu and whether it poses a threat in the U.S. (MORE: Hong Kong on Alert After Woman Catches Bird Flu) How did the latest patient get infected? The 36-year-old woman had visited Shenzhen, China, where she slaughtered and ate a chicken, according to Hong Kong health officials. She felt ill, with fever, chills and breathing difficulty and was hospitalized after returning to Hong Kong. Has anyone in the U.S. been infected with H7N9? So far, no cases of the infection have been reported in the U.S., and the CDC says the risk of H7N9 infection is “low.” All of the human cases so far have been reported in Asia. But it is possible that travelers to Asian countries where the virus has been found in chickens and other poultry could become infected and bring this bird flu to the U.S. Will my flu shot protect me against H7N9? No, there is no vaccine against H7N9 yet, although researchers are working on developing one. This year’s flu shot protects against H1N1, H3N2, and either one or both of the B-group influenza viruses currently circulating around the world. Is H7N9 more dangerous than the previous bird flu, H5N1? That’s hard to tell so far, since so few human cases have been reported. But flu experts are watching H7N9 closely since the virus seems to be making genetic changes that might help it infect people more easily. What are Hong Kong officials
          Should You Be Chicken About the New Chicken Flu?        
Flu experts are always on the lookout for new strains of the flu, but it’s not often that they find one before it mushrooms to a potential pandemic. That’s the feat an international group of researchers might have pulled off. After the latest outbreak earlier this year from a new bird-flu virus, H7N9, the team collected samples from the mouths and throats of more than 1,300 chickens, geese, ducks, pigeons, partridges and quail in the area surrounding Shanghai to determine the size of the H7N9 strain’s reach. What concerned experts — led by scientists at the University of Hong Kong — about the virus was that it hadn’t been seen in people before, so it was critical to understand how it made the jump from animal to human hosts. By sequencing the genes in the flu viruses they found, the team was able to trace the journey that H7N9 took, and the likely genetic changes it made as it traveled from animal to animal. In the past, that type of pedigree work has only been done on influenza strains after they caused pandemic outbreaks, such as occurred in 2009 with H1N1, when scientists traced the genesis of H1N1 back to pigs. This is the first time that scientists have been able to sketch out such a lineage for a strain that could, but hasn’t yet, caused widespread and sustained disease in humans. Reporting their results in the journal Nature, they concluded the H7N9 that appeared last spring and sickened more than 130 people, killing 40, was likely born in ducks. It jumped from wild ducks to chickens, blending with flu strains already circulating among the chickens and triggering the formation of two new strains — H7N9 and a new influenza, H7N7. (MORE: Evidence Suggests New Bird Flu Spread Among People) Such genetic marriages between existing strains — especially those that jump from one species of animal to another — are the driving force for mutations in influenza, as the virus adapts to make itself more at home in its new host
          Most Recent H7N9 Flu Deadlier Than H1N1        
The first estimates of the severity of the H7N9 influenza virus show that about one-third of people who were hospitalized with the infection died. And flu experts warn that the strain could reappear in the next flu season. In February, Chinese health authorities first reported infections with the H7N9 influenza virus, a flu strain emerging from birds. While the virus did not seem to be as virulent as previous avian strains, public-health officials were concerned that it was the first time cases of H7N9 had been documented in humans. According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) H7N9 report in early June, there have been 132 lab-confirmed cases of human H7N9 infection in China. The majority have been reported in middle-aged men, most of whom had some exposure to poultry, and by June, 37 people had died from the disease. Flu scientists say that so far there is little evidence that the virus easily spreads from person to person. But they are not ruling out the possibility, since a few cases appeared to result from an infected person passing on the infection during close contact, such as occurs among family members or health care workers. Based on previous studies that confirm how easily influenza viruses can mutate, researchers are also concerned that H7N9 could morph to become more transmissible. (MORE: Bird Flu Is Back in China, but This Time It’s H7N9) “Should sustained human-to-human transmission occur with an increased number of clinically severe cases, health systems are likely to be strained. WHO is providing coordination and guidance regarding provisional vaccine candidates; there are currently no recommendations on the large-scale manufacture of H7N9 vaccine,” the WHO reports. Having such a plan may be critical during the coming flu season. In an analysis published in the Lancet journal, researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing and from the University of Hong Kong reported that H7N9 infection was fatal in about a third of cases that are severe enough to require hospitalization. The H5N1 avian virus that caused a
          Fotos del antiguo Hong Kong en la cámara de Fan Ho        
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The legacy of Roger Ebert's life, recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America .

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They are the voices behind the greatest Rock, Pop and R&B hits of all time, but no one knows their names. Now in this award-winning documentary, director Morgan Neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and more.

Investigates the torture and killing of an innocent Afghani taxi driver in a gripping probe into reckless abuses of government power. This stunningly crafted narrative demonstrates how one man's life and death symbolizes the erosion of our civil rights.

A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled.

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Killer whales are beloved, majestic, friendly giants, yet infamous for their capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of the notorious performing whale Tilikum, who, unlike any orca in the wild, has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. Blackfish expands on the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity.

In 1975, director Alejandro Jodorowsky began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12-year-old son alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including H. R. Giger and Jean "Moebius" Giraud, Jodorowsky's adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Dune was poised to change cinema forever. Through interviews with legends and luminaries including H. R. Giger (artist, Alien), Gary Kurtz (producer, Star Wars Episodes IV & V) and Nicolas Winding Refn (director, Drive), and an intimate and honest conversation with Jodorowsky, director Frank Pavich's film finally unearths the full saga of 'The Greatest Movie Never Made'.

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          Hong Kong (香港 Honkon?)        
Hong Kong. Viste un duangua de color rojo. Su cabello es marrón, y sus ojos son marrones oscuros. Es un chico introvertido. Estuvo bajo el control de Inglaterra durante muchos años, lo que provocó que Hong Kong se convirtiera en el hermano de Inglaterra y le crecieran las cejas. Casi no muestra emociones, por lo que se desconoce su verdadera personalidad. Suele ayudar a China en los negocios y le ha inculcado algunas de sus costumbres. Su seiyū es Motoki Takagi en Hetalia Fantasia
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          Comment on Record-breaking more than 1,000 Non-Muslims attended Kowloon Masjid’s Open Day in Hong Kong by “Thank you for this Mosque Open Day, my impression of Islam has changed,” says one of the 450 visitors to Hong Kong’s Kowloon Masjid Open Day 2017 – Muslim Council of Hong Kong        
[…] year. Last year, around 800 came to know more about Islam and were left with a pleasant experience. The year before that, the most ever, 1,000 people were recorded to have entered the masjid, […]
          Comment on “My impression of Islam has changed,” says one of the 800 visitors to Hong Kong’s Kowloon Masjid Open Day by “Thank you for this Mosque Open Day, my impression of Islam has changed,” says one of the 450 visitors to Hong Kong’s Kowloon Masjid Open Day 2017 – Muslim Council of Hong Kong        
[…] Kowloon Masjid who have been regular in arranging a Mosque Open Day at least once a year. Last year, around 800 came to know more about Islam and were left with a pleasant experience. The year before […]
          Comment on Masjid Al-Aqsa’s Friday prayer cancelled by Israel security force, first time in 17 years by First adhan called in Masjid al-Aqsa after Israeli forces reopened it, but with more prison-like security measures as tensions continue – Muslim Council of Hong Kong        
[…] Masjid Al-Aqsa’s Friday prayer cancelled by Israel security force, first time in 17 years […]
          Comment on Muslims of Hong Kong: 3 IKTMC Muslim Students achieved 5** in HKDSE exams by Several IKTMC Hong Kong Muslim Students attain the top 5** and 5* levels at HKDSE exams – Muslim Council of Hong Kong        
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          Health Survey Reveals That Hong Kong Residents Are the World’s Fittest People        

A recent health survey shows that Hong Kong has the most active population in the whole world. Statistics were gathered through the use of smartphone data that calculated the amount of steps taken by over 700,000 people. According to a Stanford University survey published in the Journal Nature, the average amount of steps taken by […]

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          Two Sentenced For Attack on HK Journalist Kevin Lau        
The New York Times’ Austin Ramzy reports that two men have been sentenced to 19 years in prison for their role in the violent February 27, 204 attack on Hong Kong journalist and
          Hong Kong + Auckland + Sydney = bundles of fun        
I recently had the opportunity to do a conference presentation in Auckland for work and take a vacation stopover in Sydney on the way back. On the way there a looong plane change in Hong Kong allowed me to do … Continue reading
          Northeastern raises Empower campaign goal to $1.25 billion        

This week, North­eastern announced it is taking the Empower campaign to new heights, raising its fundraising goal by 25 per­cent, to $1.25 bil­lion. The university’s his­toric cam­paign seeks $625 mil­lion in phil­an­thropy and $625 mil­lion in gov­ern­ment and industry part­ner­ships. We sat down with Uni­ver­sity Advancement’s Senior Vice Pres­i­dent Diane MacGillivray to dis­cuss Empower. Why are we raising our goal? Even as we have been carving out Northeastern’s next strategic plan, we have known that our needs exceed what we intended to raise through Empower. Raising the cam­paign goal now will enable us to fund more of the ini­tia­tives we deem vital to this university’s future. Increased resources will help faculty, who need to be able to master and teach sub­jects that are con­stantly emerging. They will buoy students, allowing them to add great value to their fields, and to blaze trails in professions that don’t now exist. More resources will also sup­port researchers, who will need to find solu­tions to chal­lenges that society hasn’t even real­ized yet. These aspi­ra­tions are going to require immense resources. Thanks to the tremen­dous sup­port we’ve seen so far—from alumni to par­ents, from fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents to friends both old and new—we have expe­ri­enced huge momentum. Raising the cam­paign goal will enable us to take fuller advan­tage of this momentum, so that even if we can’t fully fund every last one of our goals, we can stretch them that much further. You said at the State of the Uni­ver­sity that every gift includes at least two sto­ries: that of the donor, and that of the ben­e­fi­ciary. Is there a spe­cific story that you’ve found par­tic­u­larly inspiring? That’s like asking me to choose a favorite child! There are so many inspiring sto­ries. A recent one that comes to mind is about Olga Vitek, a math­e­mati­cian and sci­en­tist who was awarded the Sy and Laurie Stern­berg Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Chair. It was an incred­ible moment when Sy met Olga. His pride was palpable. He truly under­stands the power of endowed chairs to attract and retain the best fac­ulty at Northeastern. And there are count­less won­derful schol­ar­ship sto­ries. Recently, I had the plea­sure of meeting Toju Ome­toruwa, a recip­ient of the Amin and Julie Khoury Schol­ar­ship in Entre­pre­neur­ship. Toju’s pas­sion for music led him to launch Pick­a­sound, an online forum that allows people from around the globe to collab­o­rate and pro­duce songs together. His work has drawn the interest of local stu­dent ven­ture firms as well as our entre­pre­neurial groups on campus, making him part of the next gen­er­a­tion of Northeastern’s entrepreneurs. The Empower cam­paign has cov­ered 10 cities. How would you char­ac­terize our global community’s response to the cam­paign, and its impact so far? From San Fran­cisco to Fort Myers, from Hong Kong to Dubai, we have cov­ered the globe. To date, more than 86,000 indi­vid­uals have con­tributed to this cam­paign from 88 coun­tries. In short, the response has been astounding. And the sto­ries that come out of these events are ter­rific. I’ve seen alumni who haven’t been to campus since grad­u­a­tion just daz­zled by our stu­dents and fac­ulty. I’ve seen grad­u­ates from the 1950s having heartwarming—and some­times surprise—reunions with old friends. I’ve seen prospec­tive stu­dents making the deci­sion to attend North­eastern on the spot. I’d say that’s real impact. In your State of the Uni­ver­sity address, you also men­tioned that more than half of fac­ulty and staff have donated to Empower, while about 1,800 stu­dents made con­tri­bu­tions to last year’s senior class gift. What does this mean to you, and what does it say about our com­mu­nity, to see this level of investment? I have been deeply, deeply impressed by the strength of com­mit­ment from our fac­ulty, staff, and students. You have all answered the call. The level of fac­ulty and staff giving to Empower puts us in the top quar­tile of uni­ver­si­ties nation­wide. And the senior class gift par­tic­i­pa­tion has been out­standing. In addition to their phil­an­thropic giving, more than 100 stu­dents and 100 fac­ulty have taken the opportunity to show­case the exciting research and inno­va­tion taking place at North­eastern during Empower events all over the map. What this says to me is that our North­eastern com­mu­nity gets it: This cam­paign is about all of us and for all of us. It will deter­mine the path of our future. What have you learned about North­eastern from your involve­ment in the Empower campaign? I’ve seen that the North­eastern com­mu­nity has a remark­able ability to always think about what’s next. That’s our tow­ering strength. And that’s what we will need to suc­ceed in the future as a nimble, global, dynamic insti­tu­tion of higher education, grounded in our sig­na­ture expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion programs.      
          Hong Kong Wine? You Better Believe It        
          Architectenbureau ondersteunt creatieve proces op afstand, met dynamische tools voor netwerkbeheer        
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is in 1975 opgericht door de architecten Rem Koolhaas en Elia Zenghelis. Het bureau heeft vestigingen in New York, Beijing, Rotterdam en Hong Kong, en werkt aan verschillende projecten voor klanten in 45 landen. OMA vertrouwt op IT partner Asapnet Network Solutions als het gaat om de bescherming van haar waardevolle data en het leveren van applicaties aan haar 325 medewerkers wereldwijd. Microsoft Partner Asapnet Network Solutions heeft onlangs besloten tot een upgrade van het server operating system van OMA om te kunnen profiteren van de voordelen van Windows Server 2012 Datacenter en tools voor beheer en virtualisatie. Samen met Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager en de Virtual Machine Manager component van Microsoft System Center 2012, ondersteunt de technologie een IT-team van drie personen die moeten zorgen voor probleemloze toegang tot applicaties voor alle medewerkers.
          Roberto Cavalli Boutique, Hong Kong, 2005        
Roberto Cavalli Boutique, Hong Kong, 2005 In addition to the two existing multibrand stores, Roberto Cavalli reinforces his presence in the Far East opening on June 18 a new boutique in Hong Kong.
          7 New Natural Beauty Must-Haves        

Hey everyone! Please excuse the shorter post today, as I just moved from Dubai to Hong Kong and am settling in nicely to my new home. Lots of new and awesome articles (and videos!) have been drafted and recorded and I’ll be doing my best to get them into your hands and faces and eyeballs very […]

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          [7.18] Ecommerce News You Should Know: Shopee Expands to B2C Space with Shopee Mall        

Here’s what you should know today: 1. Alibaba-backed Grana takes aim at Mainland China Hong Kong online fashion retailer Grana has expand to mainland China via an official store on Tmall. The company has recently scored...

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          Hell freezes over: Sina Weibo now lets you post to Facebook        


For some strange reason, Sina Weibo's always required folks to log in to view some of its posts, but now there's more incentive for those who've yet to open a Weibo account. Announced yesterday, the website claims to be the first Chinese social networking platform to connect with Facebook -- the irony being the latter is still blocked in China, plus Tencent's WeChat already beat Weibo on this one.

Anyhow, both new and existing overseas users (including those from Taiwan and Hong Kong) can now register their Facebook accounts on Weibo, thus letting them post Weibo messages to the former simultaneously. Understandably, it doesn't work the other way round, but this should still somewhat help Weibo expand its user base of over 530 million.

As you can see in the above screenshots, this author took the new feature for a test drive and could only forward text-only Weibo posts to Facebook. That said, Sina's press release states that through Facebook's Graph API, Weibo users will eventually be able to also share images, videos, TV shows, music and mobile location to Zuckerberg World. For now, this Facebook integration is only available on the web client, but the Android and iOS clients will soon receive it as well. We've reached out to Sina to see what's up with the Windows Phone version, so stay tuned.

Via: The Next Web, Engadget Chinese

Source: Sina Digital (Chinese)

          Weibo services 'punished' for Beijing coup rumors, comments temporarily disabled        
For a country who doesn't really do April Fools' Day, you know China means business when it lays the smackdown on its weibo services. Here's the background story: about a week ago there was a rumor on the Chinese web about a military coup on one of the main streets in Beijing, and coincidentally I was in town around the time (for the Windows Phone launch). Funnily enough, I wasn't aware of this at all until my taxi driver in Hong Kong asked me about my visit, as he claimed that the passenger he picked up beforehand was actually a Chinese military officer who had several intense phone calls about said coup.

But of course, nothing actually happened. In fact, the guards at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City were pretty relaxed when I visited on that very day. As for the rumormongers, the Chinese government announced through Xinhua that 16 websites have been shut down and six people have been detained, while local microblogging platforms Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo have been "criticized and punished accordingly," though it didn't elaborate on the details. All we know is that comments under each weibo post are now disabled until local time 8pm on April 3rd, during which these two companies can, in their own words, clean up the mess. Well, at least we now know where to draw the line for China's April Fools'.
          What's Behind the Success of Satirical Media in Hong Kong?        
"The reason why Most100’s parodies are so popular is related to the reality that people cannot change society and so they can only take pleasure in satires."
          Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Ltd: Associate, IPO (3-5 yrs PQE) Hong Kong - 14155/LW        
Competitive compensation package on offer: Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Ltd: Join this London firm and its dynamic Hong Kong partner in his busy IPO team. Acting mainly for sponsors, we are seeking a 3-5 PQE lawyer who is ke... Hong Kong (HK)
          Jameson Legal: Corporate, Corporate Finance Associate - Hong Kong        
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          Jameson Legal: US Corporate, Hong Kong/ Beijing/ Shanghai        
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          Hughes-Castell (Hong Kong) Ltd: Private M&A Lawyer (NQ-6 yrs PQE) Hong Kong        
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          Hong Kong: Influenza activity notably drops in consecutive weeks        
Via the Centre for Health Protection: Influenza activity notably drops in consecutive weeks. The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (August 9) reported that the local seasonal influenza activity and influenza admissions to public hospitals...
          GLIM SPANKY新作ティザー映像公開、女性限定ライブ&初の海外ワンマンも決定        


GLIM SPANKYが9月13日にリリースする3rdアルバム「BIZARRE CARNIVAL」のティザー映像がYouTubeで公開された。

ティザー映像では本作のリード曲「吹き抜く風のように」などを試聴することができる。松尾レミ(Vo, G)はティザー映像にあわせて公開されたアルバムのジャケット写真、およびリード曲について「今回のビジュアルはタイトルの通り、いびつでおかしなカーニバルを表現した摩訶不思議な世界観とビビッドでサイケデリックな世界観を融合させたデザインにしました」「『吹き抜く風のように』は、一番スッとして聴きやすいメロディー+伝えたい意思を力強く表現できた曲だと思います」と説明。亀本寛貴(G)は「とてもいいアルバムができたのでジャケットとリード曲から内容を想像して楽しみに待っていてください!!」とコメントしている。

また9月10日に東京・WWWにて女性限定ライブ「GLIM SPANKY presents "CANDY CRIME" supported by 装苑」が開催されることが決定。当日は雑誌「装苑」の企画でGLIM SPANKYとコラボしたことのあるアートディレクター・矢島沙夜子と、ヴィンテージブティック「MARTE」のディレクターおよびバイヤーの野村仁美がトークゲストとして登場するほか、小物や古着を販売するフリーマーケットが行われる。松尾は本公演について「何度も出させて頂いている大好きな雑誌『装苑』とタッグを組んで、かわいいパーティーを開きます! 私の大好きなクリエイターガールズたちを呼んだ、とってもキュートで楽しい女の子のためのカルチャーのパーティー!」と紹介している。

さらにGLIM SPANKYは2018年1月13日に香港・Music Zone @ E-Max、20日に台湾・台北 The Wallにてワンマンライブを実施。初めて海外でワンマンライブを行う2人は「初めての海外ワンマンなので、どんな景色を見ることができるのか、本当にワクワクです! そして香港、台湾で楽しみに待っていてくれるファンの皆さんに、ガツンと響くライブをしに行きたいと思います!」と意気込みを述べている。

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GLIM SPANKY「GLIM SPANKY presents "CANDY CRIME" supported by 装苑」

2017年9月10日(日)東京都 WWW
トーク:松尾レミ / 矢島沙夜子 / 野村仁美

GLIM SPANKY「BIZARRE CARNIVAL Tour 2017-2018 in Hong Kong」

2018年1月13日(土)香港 Music Zone @ E-Max

GLIM SPANKY「BIZARRE CARNIVAL Tour 2017-2018 in Taipei」

2018年1月20日(土)台湾 台北 The Wall

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          Raj Prem Will Display Collection of Rare Beatles Photos in India        
Raj Prem's Fine Art Photography collection has been viewed in Hong Kong, Japan, the USA, the UK, Dubai, as well as the Netherlands, and now will be displayed in India.
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-11-2014 with Joel Davis        

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Anahata Sacred Sound Current- Wisdom Of The Ages - Vimanas Project Vol 1
Thomas Blondet- Tu Va Partir feat Leyla Chatti Zeb Remix - Futureworld Remixed
Deerhoof- Paradise Girls - La Isla Bonita
Kidkanevil- Rainstorm Pt 3 - Problems And Solutions
Kottarashky- Lament - Demo
Sheckys Jazzy Tofu- Butterfly - Tall Black Guy Presents Tempo Dreams Vol 1
James Reese And The Progressions- Jodys Freeze - The Funky 16 Corners
Stevie Wonder- Soul Train The Vibe Conductors Afrobeat Blues For Don - Vibe Conductor Vol 1
Hot Chip- Sexual Healing - Remixes Rarities
Johnny Roxx Doobious- Pull Up feat Miss Str8 - Pull Up feat Miss Str8 Single
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dunkelbunt Alix- Egal Radio Edit - Egal Single
Led Zeppelin- Bron Y Aur Stomp Hong Kong Ping Pong Remix - Icons Ghetto Funk Remixes Vol 2
Culture- Black Starliner Must Come - Two Sevens Clash
Verckys LOrchestre Vv- Bassala Hot - Verckys LOrchestre Vv Congolose Funk Afrobeat Psychedelic Rumba 19691978
Charleston Okafor- Revelations Under The Sun - America
The Very Best Ewau Mwamwaya Radioclit- Dinosaur On The Ark - The Very Best Mixtape
Mysterious Traveller- Serengheti - Mysterious Traveller Afroart
Serengeti- No Beginner - Kenny Dennis III
Stars- From The Night A Tribe Called Red Remix - No One Is Lost Tour EP
NIGHTMARES ON WAX- Nights Introlude - Bleep Selects 25 Years Of Warp
Yo La Tengo- Double Dare - Painful
Fantasma- Shesha Span Hell Yeah feat Ross McDonald - Eye Of The Sun EP
The Flying Lizards- Money - The Flying Lizards
Gaudi- Theremystical - Bass Sweat Tears
Ensamble Polifnico Vallenato Sexteto La Constelacin De Colombia- Chandeath - Fiesta Que Viva La
Ian Kamau- Heading Home feat Georgia Anne Muldrow - Heading Home Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix EP Single
Vakula Planet Lindela- Choborops feat Hannes Teichmann - Ten Cities
Moreno- Polaroids - Polaroids
Another Fine Day- Walk Tall - Waypoint
The Doobie Brothers- Long Train Runnin Kaminanda Remix - Kaminanda Soundcloud
The Soul Rebels- Get Lucky feat Big Freedia Gypsyphonic Remix - Get Lucky Single
Neguedmundo- Toca A Buguinha Remix - Kafund Vol 1
DJ Vadim Sabira Jade- Hope feat Rio Hemopo - Dubcatcher
Saqi- Puja feat Aima The Dreamer Robin Jackson - The Well
Mashrou Leila- ImBimBillilah - Mashrou Leila
Bonobo- Pelican - Flashlight Single
Eighty Mile Beach- Red Helicopters - Inclement Weather
Slimkid Dj Numark- What Are Words For - Slimkid Dj Numark
Tony Allen- Moving On - Film Of Life
The OJays- Love Train - Back Stabbers
Asha Bhosle Kronos Quartet- Piya Tu Ab To Aaja Lover Come To Me Now - Youve Stolen My Heart Songs From RD Burmans Bollywood
Mysterious Traveller- Smile Reggae - Mysterious Traveller Afroart

playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2014-12-11
          The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-27-2014         

Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic- Rodeo IV HoeDown Allegro - Bernstein Century Copland Appalachian Spring Rodeo Billy The Kid Fanfare For The Common Man Billy The Kid
King Crimson- 21st Century Schizod Man - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Pink Floyd- Heart BEat Pig MEat - Zabriskie Point
Can- Vitamin C - Ege Bamyasi Remastered
Sam Gopal- Cold Embrace - Sam Gopals Dream
The Gun Club- Sex Beat - Death Party
Thee Oh Sees- The River Rushes To Screw MD Over - Dog Poison
Fuzz- Sleigh Ride - Fuzz
The Gris Gris- Raygun - The Gris Gris
Ministry- You Know What You Are - Land Of Rape And Honey
Skinny Puppy- 200 Years - Mind The Perpetual Intercourse
Faust- Meer - 71 Minutes Of Faust
Beck- Blue Moon - Morning Phase
Harumi- Hunters Of Heaven - Harumi
Melanie- Lay Down Candles In The Rain - Beautiful People The Greatest Hits Of Melanie
Canned Heat- Poor Moon - The Very Best Of Canned Heat
Gong- Fohat Digs Hole In Space - Camembert Electrique
Wooden Shjips- Flight - West Deluxe Version
Amanaz- Khala My Friend - Music From The Comedy A Film By Rick Alverson
Exuma- Exuma The Obeah Man - Exuma Vol 1 And 2
Bob Marley- Dont Ever Leave Me Pt 2 - Destiny
Victor Olaiya- Everybody Needs Love - All Stars Soul International
Tinariwen- Toumast Tincha - Emmaar Deluxe Edition
Black Lips- Throw It Away - Black Lips
Bob Dylan- Meet Me In The Morning - Blood On The Tracks
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Spread Your Love - BRMC
The Rolling Stones- Memo From Turner - The Rolling Stones Singles Collection The London Years
The Beta Band- Dry The Rain - Music The Best Of The Beta Band
Soledad Brothers- Sons Of Dogs - Voice Of Treason
The Sonics- Night Time Is The Right Time - Here Are The Sonics
Compilation- Hong Kong Garden - Marie Antoinette Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists- Kamal Ahmed Feat Noor Jehan I Am Very Sorry - The Sound Of Wonder
Kashmere Stage Band- Burning Spear - Texas Thunder Soul 19681974
King Curtis The Kingpins- Memphis Soul Stew - King Size Soul
Lee Fields- Clap Your Hands - Problems
Compilation- My Babe - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Little Walter His Best
- Little Girl - The Cobra Records Singles Collection
Lloyd Price- Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price Greatest Hits The Original ABCParamount Recordings

playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2014-02-27
          Pertajam Penglihatan dengan Teh Hijau        

VIVAnews- Teh hijau memang memiliki sejuta manfaat. Sifat antioksidannya, tak hanya bermanfaat bagi kecantikan, tapi juga kesehatan tubuh. Teh hijau juga bermanfaat untuk kesehatan mata.

Seperti dikutip dari laman Telegraph, teh hijau dapat melindungi mata dari serangan glaukoma atau penyakit mata lain. Organ-organ mata seperti lensa, retina, dan jaringan mata lain memiliki kemampuan yang baik menyerap nutrisi baik yang terkandung dalam teh hijau.

Hasil studi yang dipublikasikan di Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, mengungkap kandungan catechin, satu jenis antioksidan dalam teh hijau. Salah satu peneliti, Chi Pang Pui, mengatakan, Catechin mengandung vitamin C, E, lutein, dan zeaxanthin, yang bermanfaat untuk penglihatan.

Para peneliti yang dari University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Eye Hospita itu melakukan ujicoba terhadap sejumlah tikus. Hasilnya, asupan teh hijau meningkatkan ketajaman penglihatan binatang pengerat. "Kami berkesimpulan, konsumsi teh hijau bermanfaat untuk melawan gangguan stres pada mata."
Ahh! Nu är jag så där härligt arg igen. Det är inte ofta jag är arg och därför får jag njuta så länge det varar, och som vanligt när jag är arg så handlar det om pengar...

Kortfattat handlar berättelsen idag om att jag sålt ett spel på tradera och idag fick sms om att cd-nyckeln tydligen var registrerad. Hmm tänkte jag. Vanligtvis ställer bara cd-nycklar till problem om två personer försöker ge sig ut på spännande internet samtidigt med samma nyckel.

Men denna nyckel var lite speciell, den var nämligen kopplad till en helvetesapparat kallad "Games for Windows - LIVE".

Alla som kört Xbox känner till Xbox Live, ni vet den där krångliga saken man måste vara med i för att få ta del av allt roligt, och som dessutom kostar pengar om man t.ex. vill spela med någon annan, varför man nu skulle vilja göra det. Microsoft nöjde sig dock inte med att enbart förstöra för alla xbox ägare. PC ägarna som alltid varit en glad grupp stämde inte alls in i Microsofts världsbild. - Vi måste komma på något så att de inte är glada längre. Tror jag att någon sa, och vips så var "Games for Windows - LIVE" (eller GFWL) skapat.

Vad som gör GFWL till en mardröm är, förutom att trams med profiler, inloggningar och bös som man måste gå igenom för att ens starta spelet, är att den äter cd-nycklar. Ja ni läste rätt. GFWL äter cd-nycklar. När du väl matat den med din cd-nyckel så är den borta *poff*. Skulle du få för dig att ta kål på monstret, formatera datorn, eller vilja installera spelet på en ny dator. Ja då får du minsann hoppas att de varit snälla nog att ge dig tillåtelse till det. Vanligtvis låter Microsoft en spelare att aktivera samma nyckel 3 gånger. Efter det så säger den glatt till dig att nyckeln är förbrukad och du måste köpa en ny. Så om du råkar ha en ostabil dator, eller får för dig att skaffa Windows 7. Ja då kanske du inte får spela dina gamla spel mer.

Om du dock verkligen vill spela dina spel igen så finns det ändå hopp. Om du ringer till Microsoft och ber riktigt snällt så kan de ge dig en ny nyckel som du får använda tre gånger till. Detta gäller dock bara personer som bor i den, enligt Microsoft, civiliserade välden, dvs :









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Råkar du bo i något annat land? Synd för dig. Efter att läst igenom GFWL forum så hittade jag flera sidor med ledsna trådar med barn som råkade bo i något annat land och därför inte var berättigad någon hjälp att få en ny nyckel.

Så hur gick det då med det sålda spelet? Jo eftersom nyckel var bunden till mitt konto gick det inte att ge bort den utan att ge bort hela kontot. Tänk dig att köpa en bil och sen inte få sälja den, om du inte väljer att ge bort ditt körkort. Därför fick köparen tillbaka pengarna, och dessutom behålla spelet. Jag kände inte för att äga något GFWL spel längre....
          Swine Flu Dangers - What Should You Prepare?        
It's no longer flash news. Spine Flu is no more a virgin word. It's caused by spine influenza virus that usually affects pigs. However, the new swine flu having prospective ecumenical affects is a new strain of virus, H1N1 strain, A type, containing genes of the swine influenza.

It is also no new news that this virus can spread through sneezing and coughing via aerial droplets. Saliva or feces may also be a cause.

There have been cases in Mexico reported to have human-to-human transmission.

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The Hong Kong authorities have gone mental over this case and have isolated this man and have tried to track every person which has come into contact with this man.

there shall be bad consequences. It's a critical time in Hong Kong.

The attendants in the hotels where the Mexican was staying were quarantined for seven days. It is however an international joke that the Metropark hotel has been locked up even though most people in the hotel have not even contacted with the infected man and overseas tourist are under vigilance for seven days.

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China is soon to suspend all flights from Mexico to avoid further prospective infects. These frenetic preventive steps are because they've been through a painful epidemic with painful nostalgia carrying it, the SARS breakout which had taken away many innocent lives in its vicious circle.

Gearing up to fight the disease with facial masks in restaurants and on public transport, the spirit of the city hasn't dampened as it hasn't canceled any concerts and shows that are scheduled to happen in Hong Kong. Prevention is surely better than cure, but there isn't any harm having fun while prevention. Don't you think?

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          Gold Bullion: Singapore, Hong Kong, London & New York Gold Vault Storage        
Gold Bullion Shines In The Light of Global Gold Developments In the past year gold has outperformed all the major currencies. Silver has fared even better. Gold rises in the wake of continued economic difficulties facing western nations such as the US and UK that are shackled by debt and teeter on the edge of […]
          United Nations Foundation's Girl Up Campaign Announces 2017-2018 Teen Advisors        

Twenty-one adolescent girls, from Hong Kong to San Antonio, selected to serve as Teen Advisors to the Girl Up campaign

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          Startup Chanje Emerges From Stealth Mode With a New Electric Truck        

“We’re trying to disrupt that thing over there,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of electric delivery truck startup Chanje.

Hansel nodded in the direction of a boxy, brown UPS truck -- the kind that roams city and suburban streets all over the U.S. -- that was parked on a street in downtown San Francisco.

A few spaces behind the UPS truck sat a bright-white electric delivery truck from Chanje (pronounced "change"), which was ready to be handed over to a customer. It is big enough to fit a smart car in its rear cargo hold, has a row of batteries under its floor to allow a 100-mile range, and features an integrated screen for delivery drivers at the center console. 

The company, based in Los Angeles, emerged from stealth mode on Thursday after having been working on the truck since 2015. Chanje has fewer than 50 employees. But executives said they’re taking orders today.

The first truck shipments are supposed to start in the fall of 2017. 

The company is targeting corporations with truck fleets in big cities that want a more environmentally friendly option. The trucks will be competitive with gas-powered delivery trucks -- if the cost of fuel and maintenance is factored in, according to executives. Chanje is not disclosing specific pricing at this time. 

Hansel was once CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles, an electric-truck startup going after similar customers. Chanje was originally a joint venture between Smith and FDG Electric Vehicles.

But Smith Electric Vehicles struggled. When it closed operations, publicly traded FDG stuck with the business plan. The first trucks are being produced in FDG’s Hong Kong factory space. FDG also provides battery lithium-ion phosphate batteries.

The Asia-California partnership is similar to other electric-vehicle ventures, such as NextEV and Faraday Future. The financing and battery tech come from Asia, while California talent contributes to car design and the digital gadgetry.

As companies like Tesla, Nissan and GM focus on rolling out electric cars for consumers, a subset of companies is focusing on electrifying commercial and municipal vehicles, which can be a more cost-effective addition to existing fleets. Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks all transportation will go electric -- with the exception (somewhat ironically in Musk’s case) of space-bound rockets.

Proterra is a burgeoning startup making electric buses, started by a former Tesla executive. Tesla, too, has an electric semi-truck in the works, which it plans to unveil in September.

While consumer-focused electric car companies look to hit a range of 200 miles per charge, Hansel said 100 miles is optimal for delivery trucks. Most delivery trucks don’t drive more than 50 to 75 miles a day, and the vehicles can be charged overnight. Chanje can also add extra batteries for future models if customers want a longer range.

Creating an independent electric-vehicle company from scratch is expensive and incredibly difficult, as Smith Electric Vehicles found out the hard way. Chanje plans to raise a Series B round of funding soon, while it leverages FDG's manufacturing expertise.

A handful of Chanje’s executives hail from electric-car companies like Tesla, Smith and Volkswagen. Hansel compared the lessons learned during his tenure at Smith to Tesla's experience building Roadsters, which used Lotus bodies stocked with batteries.

The newer Chanje electric delivery truck was designed from scratch, similar to Tesla’s Model S. That makes it a much more efficient and effective design, said the team.

Chanje will probably find its customers in big cities that have strong climate-change and air-pollution reduction goals -- particularly in California, where state subsidies have been generous.

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          FCJ-167 Spraying, fishing, looking for trouble: The Chinese Internet and a critical perspective on the concept of trolling        
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          Hong Kong & Macau Vlog: Must-Do's for First Timers        

In the hoards and hoards of travel vlogs out there, let me borrow 18 minutes (17:43 to be exact) of your time and ask you to watch my newest #KimmeWanders video.

Last February, I went to Hong Kong and Macau with my family and we celebrated Valentine’s Day there! Watch us eat Dim Sum everyday and hit up iconic, perfect-for-first-timers tourist spots: Ladies Market, Victoria Peak, Disneyland, Senado Square, The Venetian, The Parisian etc. in this vlog.

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          SaSa Hong Kong Beauty Haul: Asian Makeup & Skincare        

I love traveling and I always tend to be in the I-want-more mood whenever a trip comes to an end, but sleeping in my own bed after nights of hugging an unfamiliar pillow is also the best thing ever so I don’t really mind doing the cycle over and over again. My mom, sister and I had the best time in Hong Kong last February (You didn’t know? You should definitely follow me on IG: @kimlmendoza. Teehee!), celebrating Valentine’s Day, eating far too many delicious (albeit stinky) street food, doing all touristy things, and of course, shopping.

I actually didn’t go too all out on that aspect as my mindset of “Experience > Things” is at its strongest when I’m traveling, nonetheless, there’s something about stepping a foot in a SaSa Store that has my fresh-from-ATM Hong Kong Dollars fervently wanting to leave my wallet. So yeah, this post is all about makeup and skincare items that came home in a hastily packed luggage with me – my SaSa Hong Kong Beauty Haul!


Bifesta Foaming Whip – I did my research beforehand and listed things I really need. Part of that list was a facial wash; I was firm in repurchasing Shiseido Perfect Whip because it’s such a good stuff but I saw that Bifesta’s new arrival is similar: foam and whip. Uncanny! So I went for the Bright Up variant and so far so good, it smells divinely citrus and a good everyday cleanser.

Guerisson 9 Complex Cream – I saw this in Japan, I ignored it. Saw it again in Korea, I passed by it. But finally, its bright orange packaging called my name in Hong Kong. To be honest, I know very few things about this cream. One is that it has a horsemeat by-product and second a lot of locals are hoarding it so you can see it everywhere in Hong Kong. I’ll do a review on this for sure!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation & Concealer – The next two items were also on my researched list as these seem to be a favorite here in the blogosphere. But as far as first impressions go, I didn’t like them very much. Ooops! I only tried them for a few times (always hand in hand) and they slid every time. My blemishes are peeking through before the eight-hour mark. Any suggestions as to how I should set these? My shades are: 53 for the foundation and 52 for the concealer.


Sailor Moon Clear Compact Cheek Color – Okay, how pretty is this blush? This is the first item that grabbed my attention in the store. Because, duh, Sailor Moon. I mean, look at that pretty little compact! I can’t lie, I’m not in dire need of a peachy blush right now, but I couldn’t pass it up. I can’t want to play with it – or not. Just stare at it? Haha!


K-Palette Lasting 3Way Eyebrow Pencil – Fine, fine, I bought this because it’s Cinderella, my favorite Disney Princess. I let myself indulge considering I do my brows everyday. And I love K-Palette, with or without a special packaging.

Heroine Make Mascara & Mascara Remover Set – Funny Story: Of all the things I’d forgot, I didn’t remember to pack my handy mascara remover. My current mascara is extremely waterproof and I was already panicking if I should just give up wearing it for the whole trip. Then I remembered that I was in HK, not in some faraway island, and SaSa was just a few steps away from our hotel. Silly me! I got this set because it was such a great deal; for the price I paid, the remover almost came as free. Still, I slept with mascara on for one night.


Sexylook Disney Princess Mask – Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat? Who else here is a sucker for anything Disney? It was also not helping that my shopping day was after Disneyland day! I picked up: Cinderella (of course) for Baby Soft skin and Ariel for Hydration. Unlike the good ol’ facemasks, these are colored in Black. And I think it added some fun in the routine.

SaSa in Hong Kong was unquestionably an experience in itself, especially for tourists – shelves and shelves of Asian makeup and skincare brands. It was overwhelming as there’s so much to look at and even more to think through. I kind of wish I’d came in a little more prepared (I did last minute Googling), but oh well, Hong Kong is just two hours away and I’m delighted with what I got. Now it’s time to try find a place to store all these in my already brimming vanity area…

What are your favorite SaSa finds?



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          Obama Dropped the Ball on Economic Freedom        

President Obama presided over one of America’s darkest, anti-capitalist, pro-federal government administrations in decades. The federal expansion of power was at levels only previously seen perhaps since the Great Society of LBJ or the New Deal programs under FDR.

Obama hindered the ability for American ingenuity to grow with his countless regulations, executive orders, higher taxes, and all around harsh and un-American treatment of the private sector. Now to some, this may seem like a step in the right direction; it’s not. America is no longer the free, capitalistic, liberty orientated land our founding fathers dreamed of and worked tirelessly to achieve.

In fact, we have been losing freedom for a long time. Every year, several studies are published that grade the economic freedom of almost every country on Earth. These studies show the same thing, American economic freedom and prosperity is not what it used to be, and it was increasingly getting worse.

The most recent Fraser Institute Index of the Economic Freedom of the World, a report put together by a consortium of think tanks, has the United States ranked 16th in the world with a score of 7.75 out of 10. The Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of Economic Freedom ranked the United States as the 17th which Heritage categorized as mostly free.

These rankings take into account factors that affect the free being of the country's citizens like property rights, government integrity, free trade, monetary freedoms, tax burdens, and the regulatory state.

Relatively, these rankings don’t seem too disgraceful, but only 10 years ago, the same studies ranked the United States as the 5th most economically free nation. In the year 2000, the United States was ranked 2nd, just behind Hong Kong.

But once Obama took office, in his first year, the United States fell to 9th. By the start of his second term, the United States was down to 13th, putting countries ahead of us like Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Chile, the UK, Jordan, UAE, Qatar and many others.

In these reports, the drop in ranking is attributed to the Obama administration's increase in regulation, government spending, bureaucratic cronyism, and liberal policies that increasingly enriched the wealthy while economically costing middle class, average Americans trillions of dollars.

America, the country that was once a bastion of freedom for those across the world stuck under economically oppressive and restrictive governments has now started to join those ranks, or was at least headed in that direction under Obama.

American’s have caught on though, and the 2016 election was an eye opener to the DC swamp. Republicans took control of the House, the Senate, the Presidency, Governorships, and a majority of state seats in the 2017 election season.

The great, hardworking citizens of the America realized that the ideals of freedom, capitalism, liberty, and economic prosperity were being taken away by President Obama and his bureaucrats.

Congressional Republicans now hold a majority of seats due to campaigns that ran almost unanimously on platforms dedicated to repealing the vast federal overreach of Obama’s administration, they need to keep their word and get to work.

President Trump is nearing his first half year as President after running on a campaign dedicated to stopping the federal intrusion into Americans daily lives. Trump promised jobs, economic freedom, law and order, tax reform, and ObamaCare repeal, but Congress needs to take part in the responsibility to enacting this robust agenda.

As of now, Congress has still yet to pass an ObamaCare repeal or replacement. Fundamental tax reform has been discussed, but no real action has been taken on the floor. Bill’s like Sen. Rand Paul’s REINS Act have been proposed to limit federal regulation in the future, but haven’t been passed. It is these sort of bills Congress needs to prioritize and pass to get America moving in the direction of economic freedom.

President Trump has kept his promises of repealing regulations, approved the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines, while also beginning to pull back Obama era federal land grabs to spark the energy sector once again. He has signed air traffic privatization reforms, and the Paris Climate Agreement, and cut federal agency budgets and staff.

The opportunity is there to fix Obama’s mess. Congress needs to do its part in returning America back to the great, free nation we so long held the title of, and they need to support President Trump’s robust agenda in order to move America in that direction of the world’s most economically free and prosperous nation.

          Isaiah's Resilience        

Imagine a health affliction that ends a career but not a life: a surgeon contracts Parkinson's disease, a NASCAR driver goes blind, a world class sprinter acquires rheumatoid arthritis, or an orchestra conductor goes deaf. My last example is not hypothetical. It happened to Dr. Isaiah Jackson, music director of the Youngstown Symphony from 1996 to 2006. Isaiah, as he likes to be called, came to the Mahoning Valley with impressive credentials:

  • He had studied music since the age of four.
  • He had earned degrees from Harvard, Stanford, and the Juilliard School.
  • His mentors included Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein.
  • He had served conducting apprenticeships in major orchestras in the United States and Europe.
  • He had been guest conductor of celebrated orchestras in Toronto, New York, Rome, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Dallas, Cleveland, Boston, Washington, Vienna, Geneva, Australia, the Soviet Union, Prague, Stockholm, Berlin, Hong Kong, Cape Town, and Israel; and
  • He had served as music director of the University of Rochester Symphony, the Flint Symphony, The Royal Ballet in London, and the Dayton Philharmonic. Audiences at Powers Auditorium found Isaiah to be a Renaissance man at once erudite, witty, charming, and charismatic, who wielded the baton with grace, confidence, and energy. As is often the case with conductors, however, Isaiah's support within the organization faded as time passed due in part to personnel decisions that he made and critiques that he delivered during rehearsals, so that he had to move on before he wanted to.Isaiah's hearing loss came in two stages. In September 1995 he lost hearing in is right ear and in June 2004 he lost hearing in his left ear, a victim of what is called Sudden Sensory-Neural Hearing Loss. Thus, for years he led two orchestras, the Youngstown Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, with partial or total hearing loss, thanks to his resilience and to state-of-the-art hearing devices. His final performance as maestro was a concert in Boston in January 2007 which featured Yo-Yo Ma as guest artist.

A lesser person would be depressed and bitter after being wrenched from the podium by a hearing loss. This is not the case with Isaiah. He remains upbeat and engaged. His spouse Helen and their three children have been remarkably supportive, he finds strength in prayer, and he maintains a demanding professional schedule in the Boston area where he lives. He is president of a family music education enterprise called "Rhythm, Rhyme, Results" which produces innovative hip-hop and rap tracks to teach math, science, social studies, and language arts to middle school students. He also teaches a course entitled The Future of Music at Harvard, he teaches conducting classes at the Berklee College of Music and the Longy School, and he offers private conducting lessons to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students.

Isaiah has enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of young and old over a career spanning four decades. Perhaps the most important contribution that he has made, though, is showing us how to cope with personal tragedy.


© 2009 Tom Shipka

Note: The sources of information for this commentary are Dr. Jackson in a recent online interview, a Wikipedia article about Dr. Jackson, several musicians who worked with Dr. Jackson, and the commentator's own experience as coordinator of Dr. Jackson's appointment as Scholar-in-Residence in the College of Arts and Sciences at Youngstown State University from 2002 to 2006.

          Interview with Stiofan O'Ceallaigh        



q)Please tell us your name and where you practice.

a)Stiofan O’Ceallaigh based Salford (Manchester), UK.

q) Why do you make art?

a)I’ve been painting and exploring other means of expression since I was 7 years old. I make art because I have to; for cathartic means.

q) How do you work ?

a)Every day I try and create something new. A typical day is approximately 7-8 hours making works and/or research.

q) What´s your background?

a)Born in Ireland I re-located to Liverpool, England to study for a Bachelors degree in Fine Art & Drama and Theatre Studies. After achieving a First Class Honours I was given the opportunity to have solo and group shows in Liverpool. 1 year after my degree I moved to Manchester where for the past 14 years I have been promoting artists and working in the arts up to Executive level. In 2014 I decided to take a new road and started dedicating all of my time to making art and developing my own projects.

q) What role does the artist have in society?

a)To cause flux, a deeper understanding, push boundaries, present visions of the future and new realities.

q) What was a seminal experience for you ?

a)I have many and they usually involve travel. I have been very lucky to visit and live in places such as Ireland, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Iceland, Paris, Barcelona, New York....

q) Has your practice changed over time ?

a)It hasn’t no. I started painting when I was 7 years old. I’ve come back to painting. I suppose you could say that poetry is a new thing for me, but that’s just me writing down thoughts rather than trying to construct something.

q) What art do you most identify with ?

a)Video art.

q) What´s your strongest memory of your childhood ?

a)Strangford Lough. We lived just beside the Lough and most of my family is still there. The scenery back home is out of this world.

q) What themes do you pursue ?

a)Identity and aesthetics (relational and dynamic).

q) Describe a real life experience that inspired you.


q) What´s your most embarrassing moment ?


q) What jobs have you done other than being an artist ?

a)As I said earlier I have worked in the arts for fourteen years at management and executive level, this includes Front of House Management, Production, Fundraising, Finance and organisational deputy directorship. My main skills lie in strategy, income generation and rebranding.  I am also a Theatre Captioner which means that I provide access to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to theatre performances.

q) What responses have you had to your work ?

a)It’s always the same, people love the works I don’t like. Which is cool. My main aim in my work is to make the viewer feel how I felt when I made the work. A kind of transference. How the viewer interprets the content is up to them.

q) What do you dislike about the artworld ?


q) What research do you do ?

a)I’m always observing 24/7. I work VERY fast and I’m a bit of a sponge. I soak things, ideas, shapes, words and colours up very quickly and save them in my head for when I need them.

q) What is your dream project?

a)I’m doing it: Balaclava.Q. But to be honest any project which promotes social change, understanding, compassion and relationships.

q) What´s the best piece of advice you have been given ?

a)“You don’t have to like every piece of art or performer that you promote or introduce. Let the viewer/audience make their own mind up.” Another good one is to “let the art speak for itself”.

q) What couldn’t you do without?


q) What makes you angry?

a)The system.

q) What is your worst quality?


q) Dogs or Cats ?


q) Making art is a lot like being on lsd. Know what I mean ?


q) What does “ copy” mean to you ?


q) What´s your favorite cuss word ?


          Indian Actresses Wallpaper        
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Katrina Kaif (born Katrina Turcotte on 16 July 1984) is a British Indian actress and former model who appears in Indian films, mainly in the Hindi film industry.She has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. Being a British citizen, she works in India on an employment visa.
Kaif made her acting debut in 2003 with Kaizad Gustad's box office bomb Boom. In 2007, she earned commercial success with Vipul Shah's Namastey London and later earned public recognition for playing leading roles in such male-centric films as Partner (2007), Race (2007) and Singh Is Kinng (2008). Kaif subsequently played more prominent roles in such films as New York (2009), Rajneeti (2010), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Ek Tha Tiger (2012) which was a huge success and the second highest-grossing Bollywood film. Despite earning mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, Kaif has emerged as a commercially one of the most successful actress of Hindi cinema.

Kaif was born in Hong Kong,to a British mother, Susanna Turcotte and a Kashmiri father.Her parents divorced when she was very young. Kaif once stated, "My dad, unfortunately, and not out of choice, has had no influence on our upbringing, on our religious or social or moral bearings. When she came to India, she changed her surname to Kaif, because it was Indian in origin and easier to pronounce.Furthermore, her first film Boom's producer, Ayesha Shroff has maintained that the actress' original name is Katrina Turcotte. She also claims that they gave her the Kashmiri father and also the surname Kaif after cricketer Mohammad Kaif as he was on top at that time. She adds that they also had thought her naming Katrina Kazi.From Hong Kong, she and her family moved to China, then to Japan. From there she went to France when she was 8, and thereafter lived for a few months at a time in Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and other European countries. Then she moved with her family to Hawaii, and eventually to her mother's home country of England. Although it is often assumed that Kaif is from London, she lived there only for three years before finally moving to Mumbai.

Katrina Personal life including her relationships has been a great subject to the media. After years of speculations Katrina Kaif admitted in an 2011 interview for a magazine that she was in a serious relationship with actor Salman Khan for several years, which ended in 2010.
Religious views
Kaif has been to various religious places in India, including Hindu, Sikh and Islamic places of worship.She has been seen worshipping at Siddhivinayak temple, Hindu temples in Haridwar, Shirdi, Amritsar's Golden temple and Ajmer Sharif dargah.

Modeling and early film career (1998–2004)
Kaif began her modeling career at age fourteen; her first assignment was for a jewelry campaign. She continued modeling in London under a contract with the Models 1 Agency and did campaigns for houses such as La Senza and Arcadius, and even walked on the London Fashion Week.
Kaif's modeling work led to her discovery by London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who gave her a part in his film Boom (2003). The film, which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Gulshan Grover, failed to make an impact. She then moved to Mumbai and was offered a number of modeling assignments, but filmmakers were hesitant to cast Kaif due to her poor command of Hindi.
Breakthrough (2005–2006)
In 2005, Kaif made a cameo in Ram Gopal Verma's drama Sarkar, as Abhishek Bachchan's girlfriend. The same year, she landed her first major role in David Dhawan's adaptation of Cactus Flower, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, where she was paired opposite Salman Khan. The film also featured Sushmita Sen, Arshad Warsi, Isha Koppikar and Sohail Khan in leading roles. Upon release, the film became a moderate success with Taran Adarsh, a prominent film critic, mentioning Kaif as a "complete revelation".The following year, she was paired opposite Akshay Kumar for the first time (she subsequently appeared alongside Kumar in a number of successful films throughout her career) in Raj Kanwar's box-office flop Humko Deewana Kar Gaye. However, for her portrayal of Jia A. Yashvardhan, Adarsh wrote, "Taking giant strides as an actor, Katrina is, without doubt, the star of the show. It's her magnetic presence and dependable performance that you carry home once the show has ended." The film has often been hailed as the major turnaround for the better in her career due to her performance.

Katrina Kaif at Book launch of Raajneeti - The Film & Beyond, 2012
In 2007, Kaif appeared in four films, all of which were successful at the box office. Her first release was Vipul Shah's romantic-comedy Namastey London. Kaif portrayed the character of a British Indian girl named Jasmeet "Jazz" Malhotra, alongside Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Clive Standen. Upon its release, the film became a major hit, with Nikhat Kazmi, of the The Times Of India praising the chemistry between the leading couple. She next played a supporting role in Anil Sharma's melodrama Apne. Featuring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kirron Kher and Shilpa Shetty, the film was a box-office hit.Her next release was David Dhawan's unofficial remake of Hitch, Partner, where she starred alongside Salman Khan, Govinda, and Lara Dutta. Her final film of 2007, Welcome, directed by Anees Bazmee and co-starring Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Anil Kapoor, was declared a blockbuster in India,despite negative reviews from critics.
Her first release of 2008 was Abbas-Mustan's action-thriller Race; she played Saif Ali Khan's secretary, Sophia, who is secretly in love with his hostile stepbrother (played by Akshay Khanna). The film also featured Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Sameera Reddy in leading roles. Despite its success, Kazmi wrote, "Katrina is too pale as the blousy secretary who comes into her own only when she gets seductive with a Touch me, kiss me tenor. "
Kaif was next seen in Anees Bazmee's action comedy Singh Is Kinng, portraying Akshay Kumar's love interest and Ranvir Shorey's fiancée. After its release, the film was declared a blockbuster, making it Kaif's sixth consecutive success at the box office. The movie also emerged as the third highest grossing film of 2008.Kaif's final release of the year, Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj, was a commercial failure,but its script made its way into the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for artistic merit, original screenplay with a substance, and the film as a whole.
In 2009, she featured in Kabir Khan's terrorism drama New York, with John Abraham and Neil Nitin Mukesh. It was a critical and commercial success in both India and overseas.Kaif's performance was highly praised: Taran Adarsh wrote, "Katrina gives you the biggest surprise. Known for her glamour roles, Katrina proves that she can deliver if the director and writer offer her a role of substance. She's outstanding. In fact, people will see a new, different Katrina this time."For her performance, Kaif received her first Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.She next had a cameo in the star-studded action-thriller Blue, popularly known as India's first underwater thriller, with Akshay Kumar and Zayed Khan.However, it was declared a flop. In November 2009, she appeared along with Ranbir Kapoor, in Rajkumar Santoshi's blockbuster comedy Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, as Jennifer Pinto. Critics mostly praised her fresh chemistry with Kapoor rather than her performance as a whole. Her final release that year was Priyadarshan's star-studded De Dana Dan with Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal and Neha Dhupia. The film had a promising opening,although dropped in collections throughout the following days. Despite this, the film was a moderate commercial success, receiving an "above average" status at the domestic box office by Box Office India.
Recent work (2010-present)
Kaif's first release of 2010 was Prakash Jha's political thriller Raajneeti, where she appeared opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. The film was a modern-day adaptation of The Mahabharata set against the political backdrop of Delhi. Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai and Shruti Seth also played starring roles. Upon release, the film performed extremely well at the box office, and earned Kaif favourable reviews for her portrayal of the dynamic Indu Sakseria.A sequel of Rajneeti is expected to show Katrina Kaif as the queen sized politician.However Ranbir Kapoor would not be a part of the sequel.
Her final release that year was Farah Khan's brainless comedy Tees Maar Khan with Akshay Kumar.Despite receiving unanimous negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, the film was a moderate success at the box office, receiving "Semi Hit" status by Box Office India.However, Kaif's item number Sheila Ki Jawani became a major chartbuster.

Kaif (second from left) promoting ZNMD in Chandigarh with the cast of the film
In 2011, she was seen alongside Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin in Zoya Akhtar's dramedy Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which emerged as a major critical and commercial success. Kaif was praised for her portrayal of a fun-loving diving instructor Laila. Taran Adarsh wrote, "Katrina is a revelation...the actress continues tosurprise you with her performances in film after film."She next featured in Yash Raj Films' comedy Mere Brother Ki Dulhan opposite Imran Khan and Ali Zafar.The film was successful at the box office, and earned Kaif positive notice for her portrayal of vivacious punk-rock girl Dimple Dixit, with Rahul Gangwani saying "the film ultimately belongs to Katrina Kaif. She sparkles, sizzles and infuses energy into the film." Consequently, she received her second Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category.
Kaif's first release of 2012 was Kabir Khan's spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger opposite ex-boyfriend Salman Khan. The film opened on 15 August 2012, broke many record and was a huge success commercially. As of August 2012, Kaif is set to appear in two high-profile productions under the Yash Raj Films banner such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma and Vijay Krishna Acharya's adventure film Dhoom 3 alongside Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, and Uday Chopra.
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It should be noted that due to her poor knowledge of Hindi (and other Indian languages), Kaif's voice was often dubbed by dubbing artists such as Mona Ghosh Shetty. However, with the exception of De Dana Dan she has used her own voice for all of her films since New York. Earlier, she had dubbed for films like Namastey London and Singh Is Kinng.
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In the year 2002, Katrina Kaif was chosen as Coca-Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu along with Tamil leading actor Vijay. The Coca-Cola advertisement was popular in Tamil Nadu, with Katrina Kaif and Vijay dancing to a Tamil song called "Gullu Gullu".She has also worked for several skin products companies, particularly Veet, as well as several multi-national brands, such as Panasonic Katrina is now the brand ambassador of the national airline of the United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways.

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Faith and Dalmations: How I Learned to Believe God

It seemed every kid in our neighborhood had a dog. Every kid except me. I asked my parents on several occasions if I might have a dog too. They wisely explained that a pet meant responsibility, and they felt I needed to be at least ten years old before I would be ready for one. I was nine.

In the meantime, my mom encouraged me to research various dog breeds so I would be able to make an informed choice when the time came. It didn’t take me long to decide. I wanted a Dalmatian. Other kids had labs or terriers or common breeds. But I would have something special: a dog I had previously thought was reserved only for firefighters.

Unfortunately, Dalmatian puppies were expensive—a purebred cost around $400 at the time. Mom warned me that $400 was a lot of money, most likely more than our family could pay. This apparent obstacle set the stage for one of the most important lessons I have ever learned: how to ask God for something and then trust his guidance in the answer.

Like all kids, I had a dream. And like most kids, I lacked the resources to make that dream a reality. So I began to pray, petitioning God to give me a Dalmatian. I didn’t have much experience in prayer or a super-Christian faith. I just wanted a dog, and because my parents encouraged it, I decided to ask God.

God loves to answer prayer when people actually expect him to, when they believe he can. And most of all, he loves the faith-filled prayers of children. They have sway with him like none else.

And so it happened, that on a warm summer evening in suburban Fort Worth, God unmistakably inserted himself into my life. His answer to my little prayer did not come as a fuzzy feeling or some vague aligning of circumstances. Instead, it came in the form of a champion-quality adolescent Dalmatian trotting right into my front yard!

God loves to answer prayer when people actually expect him to.

Stray dogs were fairly common in our neighborhood, but a Dalmatian? It was exactly what I had been praying for! My heart raced as I observed this beautiful animal darting from place to place, sniffing out every tree and bush, seemingly oblivious to the stunned nine-year-old boy gawking from the porch.

I quickly recovered from my shock. As it became apparent that no owner was in sight, I caught the dog and brought her inside. Mom slipped an old collar from a former pet around our canine visitor’s neck. The tag on it was current, displaying our home address, phone number, and the name Tina. After releasing the Dalmatian into the backyard, we discussed how to proceed.

We knew from our research what a quality Dalmatian should look like. This dog was perfect. Too perfect, in fact, to be a stray. Dismayed, I listened sadly as Mom explained that the dog must belong to someone and we needed to do our best to get her back home. She was right, of course, and we set about trying to find the owner.

A little while later, I went into the backyard and discovered to my horror that my dream pet had disappeared! We later learned that she was a fence-jumper, and our short, four-foot chain link had been no match for her.

To say that I was heartbroken would be an understatement. I had been so certain that God had given me a Dalmatian. Despite our conclusion that she belonged to someone else, I still held out hope that I might get to keep her. Now she was gone. It was the first time in my short life I felt a keen sense of loss, and I remember vividly how I sobbed in my mom’s arms.

But the story didn’t end there. Could we not pray again? We did pray, but my faith was small. Surely this dog was gone forever, and prayer was merely our dutiful response to a hopeless situation. God, however, was just getting warmed up.

I thanked God for his goodness and faithfulness to a nine-year-old boy.

Only a short time passed before the phone rang. A man on the other end claimed that he had found Tina. Could we come pick her up? I was beside myself. Minutes later, this amazing Dalmatian was back at the Steele home, now confined more carefully to prevent escape.

In the days to come, we ran ads in the local newspaper and hung posters all over our neighborhood. No one ever claimed her. Finally, Dad gave his permission and the dog was mine to keep. I named her Ashlea, and as you might expect, she was the best pet a kid could ever hope for. But to me she was much more than a pet. She was the hand of God reaching deliberately into my life, showing me that he was real, that he was powerful, and that he cared about me.

Years later, while I was home on my first furlough from Ukraine, Ashlea passed away. I buried her myself on the back of my parents’ Texas farm. Through tears, with the shovel in my hands, I thanked God for his goodness and faithfulness to a nine-year-old boy.

Next Steps

Ashlea was a beginning. From there, God continued to mold my life in various ways, introducing greater tests of faith. When I was 12, my mom registered me for a large Christian conference that was held annually in our city. It was a big event, and I felt very privileged to attend at such a young age.

The speaker challenged us to follow God in many practical areas, even when it was hard. He told stories from his own life about learning to walk in faith. I found one example particularly poignant: obtaining and maintaining a clear conscience. I grew in humility as I began patching up relationships with others, admitting when I was wrong, and asking for forgiveness. It was terrifying at times. But God loves contrition. As he led me, I learned to value his approval far more than the approval of people.

Another significant area for me was submission to my parents. As a young adolescent I learned not only to obey my parents out of duty, but to value their authority as a sort of divine guidance. I knew God had placed me under my parents, and I began to realize that as I followed their direction, I was following his. The ability to hear God’s voice in this way became increasingly valuable to me, reinforcing my relationship with him and with my parents. Their wisdom protected me from many a pitfall during my formative years, and their training continues to benefit me and my family to this day.

Meeting Mike

God brought a second major event into my life at the age of 12: my first meeting with Michael Pearl. Mike came to visit our church in Texas and led a Bible study on Romans and Revelation. Everything about it fascinated me. The teaching was excellent, but I was most struck by Mike’s loyalty to the Word of God. I had never heard a preacher who was so confident in believing the Bible word for word, just as it was written. His speech was void of all-too-familiar criticisms such as, “This would be better translated as . . .” or “In the original Greek it actually says . . .” Instead, Mike seemed to hang on every word, every comma. These were God’s words, after all, and they were perfectly preserved for us. We could read them and understand them. We could search for meaning and find it. We could know for ourselves the doctrines of God without having to rely blindly on the private interpretations of others.

This approach to Scripture gave me confidence. Over the next few years, I listened to every Bible study from Mike that I could get my hands on. We had cassette tapes then, and I remember listening to them as I did my chores. I saw that Mike wasn’t trying to conform me into a belief system he had contrived. Instead, with Mike’s guidance, I was learning to follow God, and this thrilled me. I was learning to read God’s Word for myself and stand on its claims with boldness. Mike’s teaching on various passages of Scripture frequently left me thinking, “Why didn’t I see that before? It’s written right here in black and white!”

By the time I was 18, I had become fearless. I knew that I still had much to learn, but I had no doubt in my mind about how to learn it. I needed nothing more than my King James Bible, a good concordance, and time.

Hong Kong

As I progressed through my adolescent years, I gradually recognized that God was orchestrating significant events to lead me down a specific path. It was my job to discern his direction and obey. He would take care of the rest. In fact, this perception became a core part of my prayer life. “Lord, if you will only make your will clear to me, I will obey.”

One life-steering event came when I was 16 in the form of a phone call from Michael Pearl. He was inviting me to take part in a short-term mission project in Hong Kong. Mike’s son, Gabriel, was going and their family wanted someone to accompany him. Would my parents consider allowing me to go?

When I heard this proposition, I was excited, but I had my doubts that it would ever materialize. Our family didn’t travel much at all. Besides, this would cost money, and although Mike’s church had offered to pay for living expenses while I was in Hong Kong, the cost of the airfare would be up to us. Where would we get the money? After some discussion, my mom and dad agreed: if God would provide the funds, they would allow me to go.

I had a part-time job in construction, and I immediately began saving all I could. But there was another problem. It was now December of 1995, and due to squabbling in Congress, the U.S. government had shut down. Among other things, new passports were not being issued. Even if I could earn enough for my plane ticket, how would I get a passport?

I listened to the news on the radio. Reports told of people going to passport agencies and camping out for days, hoping that the government might open in time for them to receive a passport. Again, my situation seemed impossible, and again, God acted.

The government finally decided to open the passport offices for one week. If you showed up in time and got through the lines, you could get a passport. Mom loaded me and the other kids in the car, and we left for Houston. As we approached the city, I prepared myself for a dreadful sight. Based on the radio reports I’d heard, there would be impossible lines, tents everywhere, and a general feeling of chaos.

We timed our arrival so that we would reach the city in the pre-dawn hours, hoping this would help our chances. As we navigated the downtown Houston streets, I fumbled with an atlas trying to guide Mom to the right place. Finally, after asking directions, we found the passport office. Mom dropped me off to get a place in line, and then left to check in to our hotel.

I entered the building and went up several floors to the main entrance of the passport office. It was still closed. This much I had expected. What I did not expect was to find myself alone. There was not a soul in sight. Was I in the right place? Where were the lines we’d heard about? I did not have to wonder long. Minutes later the crowds arrived behind me. Soon a security guard came out and began explaining various protocols. This was indeed the right place, and I was first in line!

Mom managed to find me at the front of the line and we started checking all our paperwork. The security guard had assured us that if anything was missing, we would be passed over for the next applicant, losing our place in line and possibly our chance to obtain a passport.

To my horror, we suddenly realized that we had neglected to fill in my social security number on the application. We didn’t have it anywhere! Only minutes remained until the doors opened! After some discussion, we decided to call Dad in Fort Worth to see if he could find the number. This was before the days of smartphones and wifi, so Mom set off to find a pay phone. It seemed this whole crazy plan of ours was coming apart at the seams.

Yet once again, right on cue, God did what seemed to us impossible. Mom hadn’t gotten far when she was stopped by a man in line. He had overheard our conversation and to our amazement, he produced a cellular telephone! I had barely heard of such devices, let alone used one. In 1995, a cell phone was rare indeed.

Yet once again, right on cue, God did what seemed to us impossible.

Mom dialed home. A few moments later, she was back at the front of the line with the number in hand. Within half an hour, we had completed the application process, and by early afternoon, we were driving toward Fort Worth, passport in hand.

Against all odds, I flew to Hong Kong in January of 1996 and spent six weeks spreading the Gospel with a team of young missionaries. Gabriel Pearl had injured his leg just before the trip, and so I ended up traveling alone. But then, I was not alone. I was more convinced than ever before that God was with me. He was the God who heard and answered my prayers. He was the God who produced Dalmatians out of thin air, who revealed his Word to children, who provided money for mission trips, and who even dispatched his angels in Houston armed with cell phones. This was my God, and I would follow him to the ends of the earth.


Just 18 months after returning from Hong Kong, I discovered my next mission field: Ukraine. I spent five months there in 1997. God ultimately used that trip to lead me to the ministry I have today.

I could tell many more stories of God’s guidance, provision, and faithfulness. Someday, perhaps I will write them all down in a book. For now, let me close by challenging you, young man or young woman, to believe God. This little testimony is not a story about a special boy who achieved great faith. This is a story about a great God who built faith in a little boy. That same God is waiting for you. He is extending his hand to lead you. He is ready to part the Red Sea for you and show you wonders that will defy your imagination. Let him build your faith as you obey his Word. Seek God, believe God, and follow God as he transforms your life into an incredible story that will glorify his name and turn many to salvation.

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
- Hebrews 11:32-34


Joshua has been ministering the Gospel in Ukraine since 2001, and has also served in Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United States. Prior to her calling as a wife and mother, Kelsie took part in mission trips to Taiwan, Mexico, and Romania. She and Joshua were married on September 18, 2004, after which they returned to Ukraine as a couple.

Joshua and Kelsie are both founding members of Euro Team Outreach (ETO), a ministry dedicated to advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Eastern Europe. One of ETO’s core outreaches is Bible First!

During the summer months, ETO hosts Carpathian Mountain Outreach, an annual short-term project aimed at evangelizing remote mountain villages, expanding the impact of Bible First! in Ukraine, and providing hands-on missions training for young men.

The Steeles currently reside in L’viv, Ukraine. They have four children: Abigail, Rebekah, Hosanna, and Kathryn. Both Joshua and Kelsie speak the Ukrainian language fluently and are actively involved in the lives of the Ukrainian people.

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          Review: Crazy Rich Asians oleh Kevin Kwan        
Judul: Crazy Rich Asians
Judul Terjemahan: Kaya Tujuh Turunan
Pengarang: Kevin Kwan
Penerjemah: Cindy Kristanto
Bahasa : Indonesia
Penerbit : Gramedia

Tebal : 480 halaman
Diterbitkan pertama kali : Juni 2016

Format : Paperback
Target Pembaca : Dewasa

Genre : Chiclit
Series: Crazy Rich Asians, #1
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Sinopsis :

Ketika Rachel Chu, dosen ekonomi keturunan Cina, setuju untuk pergi ke Singapura bersama kekasihnya, Nick, ia membayangkan rumah sederhana, jalan-jalan keliling pulau, dan menghabiskan waktu bersama pria yang mungkin akan menikah dengannya itu. Ia tidak tahu bahwa rumah keluarga Nick bagai istana, bahwa ia akan lebih sering naik pesawat pribadi daripada mobil, dan dengan pria incaran se-Asia dalam pelukannya, Rachel seperti dimusuhi semua wanita.

Di dunia yang kemewahannya tak pernah terbayangkan oleh Rachel itu, ia bertemu Astrid, si It Girl Singapura; Eddie, yang keluarganya jadi penghuni tetap majalah-majalah sosialita Hong Kong; dan Eleanor, ibu Nick, yang punya pendapat sangat kuat tentang siapa yang boleh—dan tidak boleh—dinikahi putranya.

Dengan latar berbagai tempat paling eksklusif di Timur Jauh—dari penthouse-penthouse mewah Shanghai hingga pulau-pulau pribadi di Laut Cina Selatan—Crazy Rich Asians bercerita tentang kalangan jet set Asia, dengan sempurna menggambarkan friksi antara golongan Orang Kaya Lama dan Orang Kaya Baru, serta antara Cina Perantauan dan Cina Daratan.


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Saya tuh selalu ingat saat - saat masih rajin main game Summoners War (Kang Opan pasti tahu :), ada suatu waktu dimana seorang atau lebih player yang bisa summon natural born 5 aka monster super langka yang bikin banyak orang salty (alias iri), termasuk saya. Nah, setelahnya,  pasti akan ada yang ngomong:

"this dude must be crazy rich/ those asian rich/ those chinese rich kid!, bla de bla"

Saya awalnya ya heran dong...hubungan crazy rich ma asian apaan sih? Dalam pemahaman saya yang dangkal ini, kayaknya kami yang  Asian ini orangnya biasa - biasa aja deh. Dan kenapa mesti orang Asia yang dituduh "crazy rich?". Bukannya player Amrik atau Eropa paymentnya lebih gede yang harusnya dibilang kaya ya. Beli in-game goods yang harganya bikin saya pengen nangis (sekitar 10$ paling murah dan paling mahal 100$. Coba dikurskan rupiah, dan coba beli itu dalam beberapa waktu), bagi mereka ga susah kan. Why accused us Asians??

Pertanyaan saya baru kejawab lah pas tahu ada buku ini, wkwkwkw XD. Betapa saya terlalu memandang rendah bangsa Asia, atau mungkin saya terlalu memandang rendah bangsa gue sendiri, Indonesia, cuma karena ga bisa beli in-game goods aja :P. Tapi, sepengetahuan saya, emang untuk game model RPG mobile seperti Summoner Wars, kalau mau sukses ada istilah P2W aka Pay To Win. Simpelnya? Modalnya mesti banyak. Dan ya, emang yang top player biasanya dari Asia, dengan monster bagus. Tapi tentunya mereka ngga cuma modal doku aja :D.

Nah, intermezzo selesai, mari beralih ke buku Crazy Rich Asians yang diterjemahkan  Kaya Tujuh Turunan ini. 
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Goodbye Fukuoka

So, that's it! The time has come for me to leave Japan and with it must also end The Daily Shashin. It's been a fun little project and I'd like to thank all of you who have regularly visited this page and kept me motivated and encouraged by your comments and kind words.

I am now embarking on The Heneghan Half-World Tour which, after brief visits to Taipei and Hong Kong, will see me undertake the 14,000 km journey from Singapore to London by train and bus.

From Singapore I'll be passing through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and finally the UK, so it promises to be a fantastic adventure, especially from a photographic perspective. I will leave Singapore on August 1st and I aim to arrive back in the UK in the first or second week of September. You can keep up-to-date on my trip via my other blog and I will try to make posts there as often as possible as I make my way home.

In the meantime if you want to see more photos please feel free to check out my Flickr page.

That's all for now, I'll be embarking on a new project in the autumn once I get back to sunny England!

Take care everyone!
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          Wildlife Disease Journal Digest        

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A look at lead poisoning in bald eagles
Conservationist. 2014 Feb; Epub
Kevin Hynes
[Hey! Digest readers are the best! A fellow reader told us about this one.]

Comparison of the White-Nose Syndrome Agent Pseudogymnoascus destructans to Cave-Dwelling Relatives Suggests Reduced 
Saprotrophic Enzyme Activity. 2014; PLoS ONE 9(1): e86437. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086437
Reynolds HT, Barton HA

Potential Intercontinental Movement of Influenza A(H7N9) Virus into North America by Wild Birds: Application of a Rapid Assessment Framework
Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 2014; [Epub ahead of print 2014 Mar 04]. DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12213
R. S. Miller, S. J. Sweeney, J. E. Akkina, E. K. Saito

First Evidence of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) and Ranavirus in Hong Kong Amphibian Trade
PLoS ONE. 2014; 9(3): e90750. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090750
Kolby JE, Smith KM, Berger L, Karesh WB, Preston A, et al.

Abiotic factors affecting persistence of avian influenza virus in surface water from waterfowl habitats
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print]
Keeler SP, Dalton MS, Cressler AM, Berghaus RD, Stallknecht D.

Experimental Infections of Wild Birds with West Nile Virus
Viruses. Feb 2014; 6(2): 752–781. [Epub ahead of print 13 Feb 2014]. doi: 10.3390/v6020752
Elisa Pérez-Ramírez, Francisco Llorente, and Miguel Ángel Jiménez-Clavero

Morphological and molecular characterization of a new species of leech (Glossiphoniidae, Hirudinida): Implications for the health of its imperiled amphibian host (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis)
Zookeys. 2014 Feb 7;(378):83-101. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.378.6545. eCollection 2014.
Hopkins WA1, Moser WE2, Garst DW1, Richardson DJ3, Hammond CI3, Lazo-Wasem EA4.

Experimental infection of Eurasian collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto) with West Nile virus
J Vector Ecol. 2013 Dec;38(2):210-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1948-7134.2013.12032.x.
Panella NA, Young G, Komar N.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Special Issue Epidemiology of West Nile Virus
One Health: The Human-Animal-Environment Interfaces in Emerging Infectious Diseases
The Concept and Examples of a One Health Approach
Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology. Volume 365 2013
Editors: John S. Mackenzie, Martyn Jeggo, Peter Daszak, Juergen A. Richt
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    One Health: The Human-Animal-Environment Interfaces in Emerging Infectious Diseases
    Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology Volume 365, 2013, pp 101-125
    Melinda K. Rostal, Kevin J. Olival, Elizabeth H. Loh, William B. Karesh
Novel Bartonella Infection in Northern and Southern Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni and Enhydra lutris nereis)
Veterinary Microbiology. 2014; [Epub ahead of print 2014 Feb 24]
Sebastian E. Carrasco et al.

Francisella tularensis infection without lesions in gray tree squirrels (Sciurus griseus)
A diagnostic challenge

Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 2014 [Epub ahead of print 2014 Feb 20]. doi:10.1177/1040638713520541
Danielle D. Nelson et al.

The Role of the Toxicologic Pathologist in Academia [Commentary]
Veterinary Pathology. 2014; [Epub ahead of print 2014 Feb 19]. doi: 10.1177/0300985813519652
P. V. Turner et al.

Avian Pathology - January 2014
Volume 43, Issue 1
          The Power of People        

Yesterday I mentioned that Amazon had been allowing for the sale of whale meat on their site.  Environmental Investigation Agency brought this to the public's attention and all hell broke loose.  Amazon's Facebook page was overwhelmed by hundreds of people posting on their wall in protest, among numerous other places and numerous other news reports.  The word spread like wildfire and it appears the power of the people has spoken and Amazon listened.

Amazon has yet to release an official statement saying anything.  But just hours after I found out about it myself and joined the chorus of other protesters on their Facebook page, all whale meat products were quietly removed from Amazon's site. 

Australia was the first to report this last night / this morning at:  Amazon Backs Down

If only activism was this easy in everything else :-) 

A few days ago, Norway announced it was resuming whaling and set a quota for this year at 1,286 minke whales.  I wonder if Sea Shepherd will head over to Norway next to try to cut into this quota?  One can only hope.

Ric O'Barry of Save Japan Dolphins needs your help.  Please check out his latest post here: Letter From Taiji Whale Museum.   Sign the petition and please take a moment to email WAZA and ask them to release these two dolphins in the world's smallest dolphin tank.

Hong Kong Airlines is profiting from the sale of Taiji dolphins by transporting them on their planes.  See here:  Misery of the Dolphins in Flying Coffins.  There is a petition urging Hong Kong Airlines to please stop this practice.   It's never been easier being an armchair activist - please take a few minutes and make your voice heard too.

If you are a PBS supporter / viewer, you may already know this, but in case you don't ... Nature is showing a special on whales and dolphins starting tonight called Ocean Giants.  There will be repeated airings at various times so be sure to check your local listings.

BP continues to profit enormously despite last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the people living in that area continue to suffer.  Gotta love how the oil companies get richer and make certain politicians richer while millions of folks are suffering needlessly because of their stupidity.

A lot of discussion is currently taking place about giving cetaceans equal rights and recognizing them as non-human persons with basic rights such as life, freedom, and well-being.   One article here:  Dolphins Deserve Rights

I have to take issue with this quote: 

“I sometimes wonder whether we’ve got our priorities mixed up when we treat animals and the environment with more respect than human beings,” Paul Schratz said. “There are billions of people around the world who deserve our attention.”

One of the problems I personally see with humanity is our ego and misplaced sense of superiority.  All life is interconnected on this planet.  All beings deserve respect and humane treatment. I find it highly hypocritical and anti-compassionate to think that humans rule the earth and are far more worthy of life and liberty than non-human species.  Why is it that way?  Because we say so? 

I'm reminded of this wise Native American saying: 

Honor the sacred.
Honor the Earth, our Mother.
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we
share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds,
winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers,
plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.

~ Native American Elder ~

Far too many humans seem to know squat about living in harmony with nature and other species and treating all life with balance and respect.  It's no wonder our planet is so messed up.  It's not the mammals in the sea or the wildlife on the land that is causing all this misery, it's US!   Our oceans would be abundant with enough fish for everyone, both human and non, if we'd find that balance and use everything sustainably, humanely, and with respect.  We have the power people.  Please don't give up the fight.  

"If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals?"  ~Attributed to George Bernard Shaw

          KR386 Schifffahrt        
Jens Alers, 50, arbeitet seit 30 Jahren in verschiedenen Positionen für die internationale Fracht-Schifffahrt. Im Küchenradio spricht er u.a. über Piraten, die Ökonomie der globalen Schifffahrt, Klimaschutz und die Schiffsverschrottung in Indien.
Jens verkaufte Lade-Kapazitäten in Hamburg und London, vermittelte den Verkauf großer Containerschiffe in Hong Kong, besorgte von der Isle of Man die technische Betreuung sensibler Flüssiggas-Tanker und gründete in Bermuda schließlich eine eigene Reederei mit aktuell neun Massengut-Frachtern. Im Gespräch mit DocPhil erklärt Jens, dass drei Schiffe seiner Arbeitgeber von Piraten entführt wurden und erläutert wie das Lösegeld über den Schiffen aus Hubschraubern abgeworfen wurde. Reeder hätten ihre Schiffe mit Stacheldraht und anderen Selbstschutzmaßnahmen aufgerüstet, sagt Jens. Zusammen mit den internationalen Militär-Patrouillen sei das sei eine der effektivsten Maßnahmen gegen Piraten bisher. Während unterbezahlte Crews eine Ausnahme seien, erklärte Jens die Schiffs-Verschrottung an indischen Küsten zu einem "schwarzen Fleck" der globalen Schifffahrt. Hier müssten sich das Verantwortungsgefühl der betroffenen Reeder, lokale Gesetze und globale Abkommen - etwa über die WTO - ändern. In diesem zweieinhalbstündigen Gespräch geht es um die Ökonomie der Schifffahrt, neue Flüssiggas-Antriebe und Schiffsfonds. Natürlich erklärt Jens auch, wie er zum deutschen Honorar-Konsul auf Bermuda geworden ist - und was man da so zu tun hat. Nachfragen und Anregungen wie immer gern in den Kommentaren. Wer möchte, kann Jens aber auch eine Email schreiben: Jens.Alers@bs-shipmanagement.com
          Moin Khan leads Sixes squad        
Moin Khan will captain a strong Pakistan squad in the Hong Kong Sixes at Kowloon Cricket Club on October 22 and 23
          Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments, Prosperity, and the Good Society        

Stubborn%20Attachments.png Tyler Cowen of George Mason University and the co-host of the blog Marginal Revolution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Stubborn Attachments, his book-length treatment of how to think about public policy. Cowen argues that economic growth--properly defined--is the moral key to maintaining civilization and promoting human well-being. Along the way, the conversation also deals with inequality, environmental issues, and education.

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Podcast Episode Highlights

Intro. [Recording date: July 24, 2017.]

Russ Roberts: This is your 10th appearance on EconTalk.

Tyler Cowen: Yeah. That's great.

Russ Roberts: I know. It is. It puts you in the elite group of double-digit guests. Your most recent appearance was two months ago in May when we talked about your book The Complacent Class; and today we're talking a new book that you've written that's online--you can find it at Medium.com; we're going to be putting a link up to it. The title is Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. What's your central claim or claims? What are you trying to advance in this book?

Tyler Cowen: Since I was a graduate student I've been interested in the normative foundations of economics and political judgments. And in this book I try to argue we can actually solve the biggest issues in judging what makes a political or economic order right, why do we prefer one economic policy over another. So, it's a very philosophical book. And, unlike a lot of philosophy, which tends to lead to a kind of an anihilism or extreme skepticism, in this I try to suggest we actually have all the answers. We just need to be bold. And we can go through what those answers are. But, that's the overview of this fairly short book. I've worked on it for about 20 years, spending maybe a month or two a year trying to improve it. And then I figured finally it was ready.

Russ Roberts: Well, it's a really interesting book and it does make a bold claim--more than one bold claim--which your summary captures one of those claims. Which is: We've figured it out. So, that's a bit strong. It's a strong claim, not just a bold claim. What have we figured out? What do you think is the central way we should be deciding the policy issues that divide us?

Tyler Cowen: Economists for a long time have focused on economic growth, but most philosophers typically have not. I argue that if you systematically introduce the idea of sustainable economic growth into philosophy, welfare economics, social choice theory, that that allows you really to clear up a lot of different problems. And think of the fundamental problem in so much of philosophy as being what we call aggregation. If, you know, John wants one TV show and Sally wants to watch another show, and they only have one TV, well, how do we judge which is the better outcome? There's different attempts to solve that problem. Some people are egalitarians; other people want to maximize utility of the two. But I argue we should take a straightforward economic approach and basically ask, 'Well, what would they trade to do?' and then I aggregate this approach to the whole economy. And basically if you have one economy with a rate of compound growth over time higher than that of another economy, over some number of decades one of those situations will just very clearly be better than the other for almost everyone. So, that's the starting point of the book. The chapters cover a lot more issues. But that's kind of my entry point into the stuff talked about by John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Derek Parfit and other people.


Russ Roberts: How would you say that conclusion differs from simply saying we should pursue what's "efficient"? Which is a phrase I do not like. It has a very narrow meaning in economics: It basically means that we--well, I won't even try to summarize it. But help me out here. What's the difference between your economic approach and traditional economic welfare approaches?

Tyler Cowen: Efficiency typically is quite a static concept. One novelty in my argument is I claim we should use an intergenerational discount rate of zero. That is, the distant future we should not discount at all. There's positive time preference within a life, but over the course of generations no one is sitting around impatiently waiting to be born. And once you adopt that move, the further-out future becomes very important for our deliberations. And then the gains from getting this higher compound rate of economic growth, they really do just overwhelm anything else in the calculation. And the typical more static or a-temporal economic treatment of efficiency--it may be useful for some problems, but it doesn't give you this whole perspective across time about how to think about, you know, social choices in general.

Russ Roberts: I guess one way to think about it, now that I've gotten over stubbing[?] my brain there--it's earlier here in California where I'm recording this, so obviously I'm behind. One could argue that efficiency is making sure that the pie is as large as possible right now. And what you are suggesting is that we ought to make sure that the pie grows as fast as it can grow going forward.

Tyler Cowen: That's right.

Russ Roberts: Would you say that's a decent--?

Tyler Cowen: That's a good way to put it. Yes.

Russ Roberts: So, most people would say--I want to come back to the technical issue of discounting. I find your approach deeply appealing; and one piece of it deeply flawed--and I'll let you defend it. But let's just start with this idea that I think is not compelling to most people. It sounds very technocratic that we should just, 'Oh, let the economy grow as fast as possible; eventually everything will work out well.' A lot of people would find that unappealing, for one reason being it's mainly focusing on material well-being. And I know you have an answer to that; so I want you to answer that. The other, of course, is that it may leave a lot of people behind. People are very worried about that; rightfully so. So, try to deal with those two.

Tyler Cowen: Let me first say I do adopt the qualification that maximizing growth should be subject to respecting human rights; and some human rights are absolute. We shouldn't trample over those even if it will somehow boost the growth rate. But on top of that, I think if you look at long enough time horizons, say, even relatively poor people today are much better off than they were in less wealthy societies of the 18th, 19th, or early 20th century--that they have access to cheap food, partial access to antibiotics, a much cleaner and healthier environment, safer water. And that even though some people are going to gain much more than others, if you take a longer term time perspective--I don't think you quite get to a literal unanimity of all humans being better off. Say, some people who love power or who want to see the impoverishment of others--they'll be worse off. But, from a practical point of view, virtually all people are better off, say, in a society that has 5 or 7 times the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of an alternative course for economic policy.

Russ Roberts: So, if I might, I just want to defend you a little more, completely in your point about human rights. You also say that leisure counts. And the environment counts.

Tyler Cowen: Absolutely. And without the environment working, none of this will be sustainable. So, the long time perspective--it both puts a higher priority on the environment, but also a higher priority on economic growth. And it gives you some metric for trading those things off against each other.


Russ Roberts: So, I find the argument extremely compelling in many dimensions. I want to cast it in a different way, which is--I've used this in a couple of my books; I really think it's the right way to think about it--which is: If you asked a person in 1900 who suffered through economic change, who suffered through, say, the transformation of agriculture, the industrialization in the second half of the 19th century, there's a lot of hardship that that imposed. At the same time, the wellbeing of the children and grandchildren of those people were so extraordinarily and stunningly great compared to their lives that a lot of people--those people themselves would say this was a good deal. So, that to me is the logic of what you are talking about in taking a long-term perspective. But, for me, part of that requires a connection between the generations that's through love, which I think is often ignored, and it is there. And I'm wondering whether people alive today who maybe are less likely to have children than people in the past, whether some of those arguments don't work quite as well. What are your thoughts on that?

Tyler Cowen: Well, keep in mind, this book is in a sense a companion to my trade release, The Complacent Class. And that's a book about how we're less willing to incur one-off costs for a much better future. So, if you are just asking, you know, 'How are people behaving today?' I think we have less of that willingness to sacrifice for the future; more sense of entitlement: 'I'm not going to give up anything now, no matter what it may bring later on.' So, I think we're moving in the wrong direction. I think even people who don't have children or who maybe do not love their children should be able to see the morally forcing nature of, 'We should choose the outcome that will both enable civilization to last for longer'--which is really compelling when you think about what means--'and have a higher standard of living for virtually all human beings.' I think those are the strongest values we can possibly cite, especially when combined with this notion of inalienable human rights as a kind of binding side-constraint on what we can do.

Russ Roberts: Why is it important have a high standard of living? That sounds like a very--I know you have a much richer conception of that idea, but to most people that sounds very--it's something an economist would say who doesn't have much understanding about the human experience.

Tyler Cowen: Keep in mind this isn't just money we're talking about. It's leisure time. It's ability to maintain your health, your ability to control your time. What people value and are willing to trade off against other goods. But, people who have higher living standards, there's plenty of good evidence that they tend to be happier within their societies. They live longer lives. They suffer less pain. They recover better from trauma. They are better able to be charitable to the rest of the world or people less fortunate than they are. I think most of what we consider the virtues co-moves with having a much higher level of social wealth.

Russ Roberts: What about the argument that right now--I don't accept the argument but many people do--that many people are left behind in our economy. They don't share in the growth: the rising tide isn't lifting all boats any more. So your argument was great in the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s; doesn't hold today.

Tyler Cowen: Well, I think today we're doing a very bad job at maximizing the rate of economic growth. So, if a person is complaining that right now we're not doing what I'm suggesting, I'm fully on board with that. Do I think there are plenty of changes we can make to economic policy that would both boost growth and improve the lot of people who are less fortunate--say, starting with education, or deregulating building, or helping our society be less crony-capitalist, more mobile and so on--there's plenty we can do. We're not doing it. We're totally failing; and we're the complacent class. And we need to get our act together. And this gets back to the two books' being complements to each other: But of course we're failing at that.


Russ Roberts: I guess--let's take some particular issues. Other people would pick different issues that they think are holding the economy back. And I want you to use the framework of the book to try to deal with them. And, underlying some of your claims, I would say--at least the way I read it and correct me if I'm wrong--there's a view that the Left and the Right could come together on many of these issues and not disagree as much as they appear to. So, issues that I think about, that we fight about--Left and Right--or things like immigration, issues like minimum wage or labor market regulation, tax policy: Do you think there are choices--there are opportunities--choose a word--that there's low-hanging fruit in the growth sphere that we're missing that could make a big improvement and that in theory Left and Right could agree on?

Tyler Cowen: Sure. Just to take tax policy: American tax policy is one of the most complicated in the world. In some regards we tax capital at too high a rate; it slows down innovation. You have American firms shifting operations or just accounting profits overseas for the sole purpose of evading tax; that can really make sense. Most economists--and I include Democrats in this designation; Republicans, Democrats--think we could have a much better tax code and it would boost our rate of growth. So, we should do it.

Russ Roberts: Okay; well, I think the idea is--that's one I think there is some agreement on among economists. Examples like lowering the corporate tax rate or changing the way we treat profits overseas. But the height of marginal rates--I guess the thing that comes to my mind, when I was reading your book--when I was being trained as an economist, there was this so-called equity-and-efficiency tradeoff. It's kind of what your book is about, at least the way it was framed when I was younger. Which is that if we try to redistribute income on the grounds of fairness or political expediency, either one, that we're going to pay a price in either efficiency--the pie is going to be smaller than it would be--or, more importantly in your case, the pie is not going to grow as fast. What evidence do you think we have that there is this potentially much higher growth rate awaiting us if we had better economic policy?

Tyler Cowen: Well, let me first just go back a second and say I do think some redistributions could boost the rate of economic growth a lot, and they have in the past: Public health programs would be an example. Giving poor people more resources so they have more opportunity and they have a better chance to become creators or maybe even later, inventors. So, I don't think it means no redistribution. I think it says we should check redistribution by what kinds of redistribution will maximize the growth rate. I think in many particular individual areas in economics there is good evidence that particular reforms would boost economic growth. There is work by Enrico Moretti, for instance, that by deregulating building this would boost GDP and give people more opportunity that would be pro-egalitarian as well. Medical innovation: I think there's good evidence there that some policies have helped it; other policies have hurt it. Obviously, we should do more to help it. The tax code: I think there's some economic issues that don't fit into my book. So, you mentioned the minimum wage, what everyone thinks of that. And I tend to be skeptical of minimum wages. But I don't think there's anything in the framework of my book that clears up whether or not we should do it, because odds are it could well be neutral with respect to growth, even if there's this one-time reason not to put those people out of work. So, I don't think the framework handles all economic issues, but those that are growth-related or growth-sensitive, yes.


Russ Roberts: Let's talk about the mobility issue, and we'll start with inside the country. You referenced Moretti's work on regulation of housing supply; and a lot of people are starting to wonder about this. What's your take on this? Do you think we've made--it appears, it seems to me, and I don't have strong evidence for it, but it seems to me we've made a catastrophic set of mistakes in urban housing policy that, for reasons that--we can debate what the underlying cause is--but, a lot of people would be more productive living in the larger American cities. And those cities have become extremely expensive. I find it interesting that we--we have a lot of stories to tell about it, but the evidence is not so open and shut. Or, maybe you think it is. Talk about that.

Tyler Cowen: I wouldn't say it's open and shut. But here's the thing that happened that surprised many people, myself included. The extent to which clustering benefits--having so many smart tech people together in San Francisco, or so many people in the arts or creative industries together in New York or Manhattan--those lately have been a lot stronger than most people expected. I think there was a sense of, 'Well, maybe I don't favor these building restrictions, but maybe, you know, there'll be overflow: some people will move to Atlanta. They'll move to Tulsa, OK, or wherever. They won't be quite as productive, but, you know, we'll work around it.' And how wrong that's turned out to have been. I think information technology in particular, is remarkably clustered. It's a bit like movie project evaluation in Hollywood or finance in New York, London, and Hong Kong. So, we're moving more toward clustering. And that's made, you know, a more or less constant policy be a lot more costly. And I think, you know, there are studies, like the Moretti articles. But also, just intuitively, you see productive people who want to move to San Francisco and they tell you, 'Hey, I can't afford it.' You then go to San Francisco; you see there's plenty of room there. I don't want to quite call that a proof; but what I would refer to as the anecdotal dimension. It very strongly supports the statistical work.

Russ Roberts: Yah, let's talk about that clustering for a minute. It's a digression, but it's one that intrigues me. We invoke that--that clustering argument, that people are more productive around people like them. But, of course, you don't interact with most of them. You can't, almost by definition--just the physical constraints of human life and time. So, I happen to be in the Bay Area for the summer; I'm recording this on the Stanford campus, which sometimes feels like the center of the tech universe. And I meet a lot of really smart people here who are working in startups or in larger firms. And, is it really important that they are near other really smart people? It's hard to understand, for me. The place feels alive about these issues. It feels like a more dynamic place than, say, suburban Maryland where I live during the year. But, what's the underlying reality that's driving that productivity that we claim? I'm not sure that I understand what it is.

Tyler Cowen: Keep in mind, in an indirect way you do interact with all of them. So, there's some kind of aggregation mechanism for information, so the best ideas get passed along, and you are in closer contact with those ideas. You understand them better in context. So, maybe if, in only the course of a week you only speak to 10 people; but those 10 people have spoken to 10 people who in turn--and so on down a chain. And what gets passed along are the best ideas relative to, say, the Bay Area. It's like being the Think Tank world in or near Washington, D.C. In the course of a week or month, how many other Think Tankers do I meet? You know, it depends where I go. But even if I only meet a few, what I'm hearing are the best dribs and drabs that world is producing. And then, on the hiring side, when you are going out to give people a job and set them to work doing something, and your company might have to ramp up quickly--you know, in the tech world you can't do that in Tallahassee. Actually, in the public policy world, you really can't do that in San Francisco very well. So, you know, I even live some of that firsthand as having a role at Mercatus Center and George Mason University doing hiring; and you see just how important that clustering is. If you are doing public policy work, you want to be near Washington, D.C. And you do learn from everyone here, even if you only meet with 10 of them.

Russ Roberts: I don't think I've ever heard it romanticized that way, as "dribs and drabs." But I think you meant it in a positive way.

Tyler Cowen: Yes, absolutely. I was [?].


Russ Roberts: Let me think about it maybe a slightly different way, which ties into this point about mobility. If a firm did start in Tallahassee, and it didn't work out--which most of them of course don't--most startups don't make it--you've got to move from Tallahassee. You've got to leave. You've got to start over. I think one of these advantages of these clusters that we are talking about is that once you are there--and I'm talking now about the worker, not the firm, but of course the firm also have economies of scale in this. But for a worker, you know, if it doesn't work out at Google, there are other places I can work that demand my skills; and I don't have to relocate to Minneapolis or Boston or New York or Washington or Chicago. And that's nice. Maybe--

Tyler Cowen: Especially for two-earner couples, right?

Russ Roberts: Correct, where you've got to find that second--

Tyler Cowen: [?]

Russ Roberts: Yeah. That just reinforces the point. I just wonder: I feel like we've made everything just a little harder for people to relocate, both in terms of real estate policy, and maybe some of it's emotional--maybe some of it's a wealth effect, that we don't like to start over when we're successful. I'm just trying to figure out why it's different. Why is it different now than 25, 30, 40, 50 years ago? It's hard to understand. Right? It's easy to tell the story at a point in time. It's a little harder to make the claim over time, it seems to me.

Tyler Cowen: Well, look at what's grown in our economy. It's been information technology, finance, and creative industries, among other areas. Those are all very clustering-intensive. Something like cement production--you know, the cement producers are not all clustered in one part of Ohio. They are fairly spread out through the country because transporting cement is costly. So, so much of our economic growth has coming in clustering intensive areas. That's changed a lot. Schooling has become more of a race: there is a lot more credentialism. So, having your kid in the right school is more important. And that makes, say, Manhattan, San Francisco, much more problematic: you've got to pay for private schooling. For a lot of parents, that has changed and intensified. So, I think there are some things we can point to that seem pretty clearly in line with the overall story. The world being globalized, also. You want to reach global markets. Well, that's harder to do from Tallahassee. It's easier from New York or San Francisco. So, the value of being there is now much higher.

Russ Roberts: Why do you think credentialism has grown the way it has? Why is it so important? Why do parents suffer? And that slightly goes against your point earlier about being willing to sacrifice for the future. Right? Parents relentlessly sacrifice for their children, to get them into the best private schools, the best universities. And, I've always been somewhat of a skeptic on that for my children. Part of it's my educational past. And part of it's just I feel like I've been in the kitchen. And, I know what the differences are between the most prestigious and the not-quite-as-prestigious schools. And it's a big premium that people pay for it; and personally, it's not worth it for me. But what do you think--why has that gotten "worse" or, depending on your view of it, why has it changed so much in the last 20 years?

Tyler Cowen: Some of it is the law. So there are more licenses for more professions than ever before. Some of it is just overall growth of the service sector which tends to have more certification, even if it's of the non-legal sort. I think some of it is the greater complexity and indeed value of production: so, a lot of entrepreneurs, they don't want to take so many chances, so they want the Masters' degree or the Ivy League or Top 30 education, whatever it will be. And then some of it is this kind of signaling game where it inches up, what credential you need; in every generation it gets a bit worse. And it used to be to be an undergraduate degree; now it's a Masters'. Maybe someday it will be a Ph.D. And that's just institutions getting out of whack and no one really pulling the plug and really just saying, 'No.' I think all of those put together.

Russ Roberts: Isn't some of it just demographic? That a very large cohort of the offspring of baby boomers is going through the university pipeline and there isn't enough? The costs of entry are very high. It's very difficult to start a first-rate university from scratch--

Tyler Cowen: Sure. Harvard doesn't take[?] that many more people. Yeah--

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Which is a puzzle, by the way.

Tyler Cowen: Yes, I agree.

Russ Roberts: They've tried to, right? Implicitly. Most of the great universities now are using MOOCs (massive open online courses) in other ways to extend their franchise and market share in a different dimension. But it's not--if you think of university as I do, as a finishing school for certain types of people, that role is very difficult to get online. So, the networking and the socialization part of college, the--what people are really willing to pay for, and they want a certain kind of product that's very difficult to create from scratch, almost by definition.

Tyler Cowen: Well, the actual degree, the four-year degree with your name on it: Harvard admissions have gone up a bit; Princeton, Yale--they are working on it a little. But it's nothing compared to what a normal market would bring, which is this huge increase in demand stemming from globalization and higher return to skills--

Russ Roberts: Yup--

Tyler Cowen: and you would think, like, these schools would grow by a factor of 5, 10, 15. Whatever. But, of course, it's nothing like that. Maybe they boost admissions by 10% and then boast about it and say they are doing their best. And they cut tuition for the poorest students. But it's basically the same game but with more people trying to rush through the entrance.


Russ Roberts: Let's think about that just for a second. Why is it--and when I was at [the University of] Chicago in graduate school in the 1980s, in the late 1970s, Chicago had struggled in the late 1960s and 1970s with crime. And they thought about relocating--I think to Arizona. It's interesting that they didn't start a second campus. And then things got better. But--and they decided to stay. I think it was a threat to the city, basically: Rumor had it that the city punished Hyde Park, where the University is, for not supporting Mayor Daly and other Democratic candidates. So they would give them--they supported them in the election, but in the Primary they would always support the challenger. And so they'd give them lousy police service and lousy roads--no clearing--and garbage pickup. So the University created its own police department. Which was pretty effective. But they threatened to move--partially, I think just as a threat. But, why didn't they--not move, but why don't they create, why don't universities create franchises, extend the brand name? It's one thing to say, 'Well, Stanford wouldn't be Stanford if were 70,000 students.' That's true. But why isn't there a Stanford East, or a Harvard West, or a Chicago South? Why don't universities--or a George Mason West? You know, George Mason has a much better reputation than its sort-of on-paper quality--because it's distinctive. And its economics department is a huge part of that. Why wouldn't George Mason try to exploit that reputational advantage somewhere else outside of Virginia?

Tyler Cowen: I think it's hard to do. Keep in mind what makes George Mason, say, special, is faculty of a particular kind. So you can't duplicate those faculty in a Star-Trek-like machine. You might hope to hire the equivalent. But to tell people, 'Well, there's this new school, George Mason West.' And it's starting with near-zero faculty and you're the first one to go there; and the colleagues you really want to interact with, they are 3000 miles away. I'm not saying no one would take it. But it's not such a compelling offer if faculty is a scarce asset. Keep in mind: Many schools do now have branches. Most commonly you see this branching into Singapore. There's a bit into China. Some--George Mason has a program in Korea. These are all new. We're not sure how they'll go. I think some of them actually will work. So, the branching we're seeing is into this high-demand area of Asia. And I think there's also about admitting too many Asians into the main campus branch for a lot of schools. And this is a way around that.

Russ Roberts: Yeah, but I think you are--obviously, the faculty is a key part. I don't know how--it's quite as irreplaceable or unduplicatable as you might want to think. But, you'd think there would be some faculty who might want to live somewhere else other than Fairfax.

Tyler Cowen: I think that a Harvard/California could work. I believe normatively Harvard should do it. I see zero signs they are about to. It would mean a dilution of control, a lot of headaches, a lot of new legal issues. You know, some reputational risk. But you could increase the number of people getting into some version of Harvard by really quite a bit. And that would be a wonderful thing for the country. And the world.

Russ Roberts: So, I'm going to suggest a simpler explanation for this. Which is: Nobody has an incentive to do it. The faculty like where they are, mostly. There's no owner. The alums [alumni, alumns--Econlib Ed.] are something of a residual claimant. They are probably against this. They, as you say, they risk diluting their own reputational name.

Tyler Cowen: That's right. They are significant, the alums.

Russ Roberts: Yup, very. But it's just interesting how--it always bewilders my parents--that no one's really--there's no boss in a modern American university. The Provost or the President only give the illusion of control. It's a very strange enterprise. And it's interesting because it's something we ought to think about given how important it is, or at least how important it seems to be in our lives--both not just material lives, in the economic growth that we're talking about, but in other ways as well.

Tyler Cowen: But these universities, they do take other value-maximizing actions, like trying to improve the sports team or treating their donors better or having the lawn look nice on graduation day. So, they're not incapable of responding to incentives. So, I suspect this idea of control is quite central, and risk, and alums, and the administration and the board just not wanting the headaches. And it's like when a lot of departments grow, the previous incumbents lose control. Some similar issues.

Russ Roberts: But I really think it gets at the heart of what's dysfunctional about the non-profit sector, in general--and there are many wonderful things about them, the non-profit sector; I've sung its praises many times on the program, so don't misunderstand me. But the inevitable challenge of non-profits in my experience is that they want to grow. They just want to be bigger. They will sacrifice their mission, after a while. At first, the first founders of the organization and the early leaders are passionate about the mission; and they are very careful to make sure the mission is preserved. But after a while, the leaders care about just bigger. And they are willing to sacrifice the mission if bigger is the result. And that's just because there's no incentive for them to do something else, unfortunately, except for the passion of the people who care about that mission, either of the workers or the employees or the staff; sometimes the donors. The donors do care: that's why they give, generally. But if you think about the modern American university, the amount of money that they are sitting on in the endowments is shocking, really, as a social phenomenon. Because I think most people have a romance about the university--that it's created to help people and to allow people to educate themselves, and teach them, and help transform the world. And if that were true, they would do something really different from what they are doing.

Tyler Cowen: I like the [?] of the new university called Minerva. I don't know if you've heard of it.

Russ Roberts: I have--

Tyler Cowen: You spend 4 years abroad with peers in a setting--so, you live in like Istanbul, Buenos Aires. You learn things from living there, and then you take shorter, intense classes online with your group and receive instruction at a distance. That, too, is new. It's too soon to judge. But I have some hope that that will be a success and lead to some alternative models and more experimentation.

Russ Roberts: It's just interesting as a parent of a 17-year-old and two other college students who are in traditional universities, that, the idea of a parent saying, 'Oh, you ought to try this. This looks good,' the way you might say if a new car model came out, you might encourage them to try, or a new style of clothing. The amount that's at stake with your university degree is--at least it's perceived to be quite high. And so I think the challenge that Minerva has, and other innovators, is getting people to jump who might otherwise go to a first rate brick-and-mortar university. And maybe not get the return from it that they could get at a place like this one.

Tyler Cowen: I wish Harvard cared more about being bigger, actually. It seems to me, so many universities--they are willing to grow if they can grow in ways where they maintain some kinds of control. So, there's like new facilities; there's new external programs; there's new, say, athletics; new initiatives that require more administrators. But, just for the school to be bigger--I'm used to George Mason, which has gone from a few thousand students to 34,000 and improved quality pretty much the whole way through. Not that many schools are doing that. I'm spoilt, in a way. I know it's possible.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Well. It's hard to steer those cats on the faculty. We know that.


Russ Roberts: Let's turn to some of the questions--let's go back to your book, although it's been fun talking about something only related tangentially to it. But, let's talk about what you would say is the low-hanging fruit for improving the rate of economic growth. You know, I find it deeply distressing that our current economic policy debate is over whether we should renegotiate NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). It's sort of the central piece of what we're debating. I guess another piece would be our tax policy. None of which is going well. Could be political reasons for that, obviously. But some of it I think has to do with our ideological differences in the country. What would you recommend that we do to boost the economic growth rate?

Tyler Cowen: The United States--I think we should commit truly to free trade, which we are not doing now. I think our government actually should spend more supporting scientific research. You and I may disagree on that. I think we should radically deregulate building. I feel in almost all areas of the economy we should deregulate economic activity; I would say the environment and finance are more complicated stories there. Those are partial exceptions. Have systematic tax reform and treat capital income better. Those would just be a few things offhand that I would recommend.

Russ Roberts: What's complicated about finance?

Tyler Cowen: We have this thing called 'deposit insurance'--

Russ Roberts: Because I disagree with you on the science part; but if I got your whole platform, I'd be thrilled. I'd be happy to take a little too much science research that might be spent not so well, to get the rest of it. So, I'm sorry: I interrupted you. What's the issue with finance?

Tyler Cowen: We have this thing called 'deposit insurance,' which, even if you abolished on paper, the actual guarantee in my opinion will not go away as long as we have Congress in the modern world. So that means there's some kind of backstop. So, there's always a chance financial institutions take depositors' money or creditors' money and in essence bring it to the casino to take too much risk in non-productive ways. And I do think the government has to do something to control that. My favorite direction is to have higher capital requirements. So, in essence the banks are first playing with their own money. But even capital requirements--they are not a simple thing to see through and enforce. And I think this will require a fair amount of financial regulation. And if we don't do that, we'll end up with periodic crises that will lead to even more financial regulation and possibly nationalization. So, I think that's a very tricky issue. But I don't think just, you know, hands off laissez faire makes sense there.

Russ Roberts: What about environmental issues? You just mention them but you also spend a decent amount of time in the book talking them. How do they interact with the issues of growth that you are talking about? A lot of people would argue that growth is bad for the environment. Economists typically answer, 'Yeah, but countries that grow at higher rates and get wealthier tend to take care of the environment.' What's your take?

Tyler Cowen: Most aspects of the environment improve with economic growth. Clean water is an example. Clean air is an example. There's something known as the Kuznets Curve--that as societies become wealthier, they do a better job cleaning up. That's true; but keep in mind, in part we have the Kuznets Curve because some government regulation is used. It's by no means entirely due to regulation, but partly it is. But, I think on this one issue of carbon, we see a lot of countries getting wealthier and not really doing much, if anything, to clean up their carbon emissions. And in that instance I would consider something like a carbon tax. And, if need be, cut taxes on other capital income to make up for the difference.

Russ Roberts: So, you wouldn't say we should grow as fast as we can so we can adapt to the climate change that might be coming?

Tyler Cowen: Well, I think a carbon tax is the way to grow as fast as we can. Look at it that way. We've got to tax something, right? So, you can either tax productive labor or you can tax something that with some probably emits a negative externality. In almost any model, taxing the negative externality will give you higher growth.


Russ Roberts: At one point, you ask about what we can do to make our civilization more stable. What are you thinking about there? What do you mean by 'making our civilization more stable'? And, what kind of actions do you think would be relevant?

Tyler Cowen: Since WWII, we've lived in this funny upswing, where so many countries have had higher and higher standards of living, and more democracy, and in general a higher degree of public order. And we've started to treat that as historically normal. I don't know whether or not it's historically normal. But if you go back and you read classic history, or study antiquity, or for that matter, you know, read the Hebrew Bible, I think you get a very different perspective on what history normally looks like. So, I think there are key issues, such as cyber-security, nuclear terrorism, foreign policy. Hardly do we ignore those things. But I don't think they are sufficiently a civilizational priority. There are forms of existential risk that we could do more to protect ourselves against. But I think we're too complacent to actually do it. And furthermore, so much of the budget is spent on other things, it comes across to people as a difficult-to-swallow tax hike. I would much rather we spend more money limiting risk at the civilizational level than what we are doing now.

Russ Roberts: A lot of people are worried about inequality. We touched on this earlier but I want to come back to it now. And, a lot of people would argue that it's the central problem of our age; it does put our society at risk of instability because there's a pervasive sense of unfairness--is the claim. What are your thoughts on how we should deal with that and how it might interact with the growth rate that you are more focused on?

Tyler Cowen: Well, as we've discussed, there's lots we could do that would increase opportunity for people who now are less skilled or have lower incomes. But, I'm not persuaded by the view the inequality is somehow the root cause of political instability. If I look at a place such as Poland, which right now is flirting with semi-Fascistic idea or non-democratic ideas in a dangerous way, they've had a wonderful economic performance, for the most part. A lot of productive manufacturing jobs have come into Poland, actually, from Western Europe. It's a far, far nicer and better place than it had been under Soviet domination. And yet they are flirting with illiberal ideas. Now, I don't pretend to know why that's the case. But whenever I hear a kind of simple equation of, 'Here's this domestic tendency I don't like about American policy, so I'm going to say it's the root cause behind politicians I don't like, social movements I don't like, street crime, violence, collapse of public order.' When you actually look at the literature, the literature seems to suggest inequality gives rise to some disillusionment and some disengagement. Those are bad things. But if anything causes instability, you know, it can be rising expectations in some cases. So, I don't think we really understand the political consequences of inequality. But, I hear a lot of claims batted around that probably aren't true.


Russ Roberts: Let's turn to a philosophical question, which is utilitarianism, which you write quite a bit about in the book. I think you define yourself as a 2/3 utilitarian. What do you mean by that?

Tyler Cowen: Well, that was a little tongue in cheek. But, I think if you are looking at a public policy, the first question you should ask should be the utilitarian question: Will this make most people better off? It's not the endpoint. You also need to ask about justice. And you should consider distribution. I think you should consider, say, how human beings are treating animals. You might want to consider other broader considerations. But that's the starting point. And if your policy fails the utilitarian test, I'm not saying it can never be good. But it has, really, a pretty high bar to clear. So, when I said "two thirds," that's what I meant.

Russ Roberts: So, I like that, too. I mean, my view is it's sort of a starting point. It's not the end point. For a lot of people, it is the end point. But you write quite a bit--and I find it intriguing: Some of the more, harsher demands that utilitarianism might place on us. And, they are not so easy to answer. So, talk about what some of those are, about, say, having an ice cream cone when people are starving; or working selfishly at your job when you could relocate, say, as a doctor, and help poor people outside the United States. What are your thoughts on those? Talk about what some of what those issues are and then give us your take on them.

Tyler Cowen: Well, this is the Peter Singer conundrum: How can you enjoy that active personal consumption, that chocolate ice cream cone, when, dot-dot-dot people are starving? You've been hearing this from your parents when you are a kid: How can you leave food on your plate when there's hungry children in Africa? Whatever the tale used to be. That's a morally interesting question, but I don't think it's the most relevant question. I think the most relevant question is: What can you do so the global economy grows at a higher rate? And that's going to help the poor, including in other countries more than anything else because of technology transfer, remittances, immigration. Multinationals, hiring people at higher wages, and so on. And if you ask the question, 'Well, what can I do for the poor in my own country, and other countries?' the answers will be to work really hard; try to innovate; save a lot; contribute to highly productive organizations. I do think we should feel a greater compulsion to do those things than we do now. So, I'm willing to bite that bullet. But, that to me is the moral dilemma. You know--not the ice cream cone. If the ice cream cone is what motivates people to produce value because they love ice cream, I say, 'Full steam ahead' with the ice cream cone. I'm worried that we are not innovating enough.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. For me, the argument is, is really a failure to understand, I think the other side--that people would say--I think the example I remember from, I think it's from Will MacAskill, or he might be taking it from Singer, is: How can you throw a birthday party for your kid? That's just the most selfish thing in the world, because that amount of money could have an enormous impact on the wellbeing of a person elsewhere in a poorer society. And I guess the problem I have with that is: I don't think we have a very good understanding of how to make people's lives better who aren't living in our society. And, all these conundrums, all these puzzles and clever hypotheticals--they ignore that. They always assume: Oh, you can take this money and transform this person's life. As if there's just a box you could put the money in. We don't have that box. You know, people would say to--I love it when people say to me, 'Do you think we should give money to help education in poor countries?' and I'd say, 'No,' and they'd say, 'You are a selfish person.' And I said, 'We can't even figure out how to use money in the United States to make people's lives better in education. Why would I be so presumptuous to think I could do it in a different society, where the governance structure, the political institutions are designed often to steal that money?' I just don't see any evidence that there's such a mechanism. And to then--I'm willing to--the bullet I'd bite is to try and find mechanisms that will actually work. But the idea that somehow it's selfish of me to want to keep my money when I can't help people's lives--I don't understand it.

Tyler Cowen: I'm more optimistic about philanthropy, perhaps, than you are. But, I would just take the stance that the much richer society will generate more philanthropy. You know, a lot of voluntary. Look at what Bill Gates is doing in Africa. I don't know that that's all working. I'm not well-informed about it. But he's certainly trying. And we know immigration works. We know having large multinationals who set up plants in other countries and hire people at hire wages--we know that works. We do know some things. I think we know, like, some number of public health programs work--if you vaccinate kids, or if we can get rid of malaria, or, you know, polio in some places, smallpox in others, that works. So, we know some things that work. And we've done a fair amount in those directions. So, to me, it would be strange to think we'll never find more things that work. But I think our path there is not kind of moralizing to people, and telling them to close up the birthday party or put down the ice cream cone. But, my goodness: Just could everyone, you know, working more, harder, smarter, and cultivating a culture of philanthropy? Which America largely has. To its benefit.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Don't misunderstand me. I'm a big fan of philanthropy, and I try to give away 10% of my after-tax income every year, for religious reasons; and I think there are ways to do that that are smarter than others. And I think it's important, as a human being, and as a way to make the world a better place. I think the challenge is getting those to scale and doing it in an organized way--

Tyler Cowen: Sure.

Russ Roberts: So, I think the tougher criticism of my view would be: How can you only give 10%? And you make that point in your book: Given my relative material prosperity, I should be giving away maybe 40%. And I think that's--it's an interesting argument. I think I have to take that--I think a thoughtful person has to take that seriously who is living, you know, an incredibly rich life, not just in material wellbeing but in all the things that that material wellbeing brings, in terms of security and comfort. So, I think it's a legitimate question. And I do think that the way to do that is through private philanthropy rather than through the, sort of, government aid--which has a really bad track record.

Tyler Cowen: I know a person--he works in the financial sector in New York. He makes a lot of money; and he lives on almost nothing. He gives it all away. And I find that admirable. I think there should be more of it. But I wonder, given that human beings are what they are, how sustainable it would be to have too much more of it. I don't know. But I think the correct answer is to say, 'Yes, we should have more of this. Let's try a bit more and see how it goes.' I think that's right.


Russ Roberts: But, as you point out in the book, and I think it's related to your point just now about human nature and the human condition: If you are not careful, you become a slave. So, the argument would be--well, it's not 40%, but you'd be giving 75% or 80% away--because your standard of living is so much higher than other people's. We don't have to go to poor countries outside the United States. We're going to stick with the United States, actually.

Tyler Cowen: Fair.

Russ Roberts: So, people in West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, you name it--in your own state: you don't have to leave your own state, just different parts--it's immoral for you to live as comfortably as you do because there are people who live very badly nearby. And I do think it's not so straightforward to say, 'Okay, how can I help make their lives better?' But suppose I do find that way. It's a weird thing to become a, uhh, a servant of their wellbeing. Some might say it's the highest human experience you could have. You know, your friend in New York maybe is very happy. I don't know. Is he, or is she? I don't know.

Tyler Cowen: He seems happy. Always hard to know. I'm not sure everyone could be happy that way.

Russ Roberts: Yah. I think that's a challenge[?}. The more important thing to think about, of course: the time factor. So, you are going to go to school, get a medical degree, work for 8 years so that you can give away an enormous amount of money, and make lots of people's lives more pleasant. I don't know if that's an appealing marketing ploy.

Tyler Cowen: Hmm.


Russ Roberts: At one point you talk about the Arrow Impossibility Theorem. And I think, right now, we are in a very interesting time in American politics. And partly as a result of nature of the partisan divide we are in right now--I think I am older than you. I remember when this divide was like this before. This is nothing new. I remember when Richard Nixon was in office. He was despised beyond words by his political opponents. So, it's not quite as new as it, as it might feel. But, there is something alarming about the state of things. And part of it, I think--part of it is the result of having an Electoral College: victors who didn't carry the popular vote; and that's very misleading, because once the incentives, the rules, are there, you should follow the rules. You are going to naturally try to win the Electoral College vote. Doesn't mean you would have lost the popular vote if that had been the only criterion. But there is a certain unease, I think, about the American political system. And I think of Arrow. I think of public choice generally. You talked about the aggregation problem; the challenge of the fact that we want different things: There's no such thing as 'The will of the people.' There's almost never such a thing even though it might get invoked. What is your philosophy in this book? What does it have to say about these issues?

Tyler Cowen: One of the core arguments of the book is the way to resolve aggregation problems like the Arrow Impossibility Theorem is to move away from the static framework and think dynamically in terms of economic growth. And then, at the social level, the book is very much an encouragement for people to think big, and to believe in very significant--you could almost call them 'transcendent'--values. And that ethical thought needs to have what you almost might call the religious component; though I mean the word "religious" in the broad sense and not necessarily about a particular god. And that that's part of the path to getting to growth maximization--is changing how we think about our own social reality. In today's America, I see us in so many ways as moving in the opposite direction: being more petty, being more polarized, being more at each others' throats. Being actually less religious in the good sense. Being more complacent and more risk averse. So, our own values matter. They are one of the things that matter the most for boosting the rate of economic growth.

Russ Roberts: Martha Nussbaum, recently, she and I both talked about transcendence. We had different understandings of it. So, this is--I don't think that word has been uttered until now, until Martha Nussbaum, on this program. And now, here it is again. And you've also now invoked religion, with a wink and an asterisk and a--I don't know what else. So, what do you mean by 'transcendent,' how you say; and what do you mean by 'religion'--quote "the good kind"--not any particular god? What does that mean to

          today's leftovers        
  • Google Grabs Nielsen as Business Apps User From Microsoft

    For word processing and spreadsheets, Nielsen staff now uses Google Docs and Sheets instead of Microsoft’s Word and Excel applications from its familiar Office suite of software. For video conferencing and messaging, Nielsen dropped Microsoft’s Skype in favor of Google equivalents.

  • 3DR Solo Back as Open Source Platform

    Don’t play Taps for 3DR‘s Solo yet. 3DR’s CEO Chris Anderson tweeted today that the Solo is getting a second life.

    In an article title “The Solo Lives On,” on the ArduPilot Blog – ArduPilot is an opensource autopilot system – the team explains how a community of developers worked to give the Solo a “heart transplant.” The developer of the now-obselete Pixhawk 2.0 hardware flight system, the Solo’s stock system, has developed a bolt-on replacement which will allow for new ArduCopter firmware changes.

  • Bluetooth Mesh networks: Is a standards body right for IoT innovation?


    Mesh networks are not new. It is a network topology in which each node relays data for the network. All mesh nodes cooperate in the distribution of data in the network. The IoT-purpose-built Zigbee—a low-power, low-bandwidth ad hoc network—is a mesh network. Dating to 2002, Aruba Networks was founded to build Wi-Fi mesh networks. In 2014, student protesters in Hong Kong used mobile app FireChat to turn the crowd’s smartphones into a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth mesh network so authorities could not interrupt protester’s coordinating conversations by blocking 3G and 4G network access.

2008年的希望工程年度最佳進步獎入圍名單,包括了林文堂與林文鴻兄弟、連騼森、陳哲浩、龔怡萍、以及甫於台豐女子公開賽成功衛冕后冠的盧曉晴六人,至於誰能夠摘下這象徵「更上情趣用品一層樓」的獎項,就等待一月十三情趣日登場的「2008 HOPE年終餐會暨頒獎典禮」揭曉了。 除了曾雅妮之外,林文堂可說是2008年度台灣高壇另一顆最閃亮的星星。年初的Asian Tour Internation按摩棒al(亞巡國際賽)與年底的UBS Hong Kong Open(香港公開賽)兩場勝利潤滑液落袋,再加上另外七場比賽打進前十,讓他以累積獎金八十四萬餘美元,高居亞巡賽獎金榜榜眼。 當然,最情趣重要的就是隸屬於歐、亞巡迴情趣用品賽共同認可的香港公開賽冠軍入袋,讓林文堂不但成為繼2000年的葉偉志之後,首位贏得歐巡賽桂冠的台FleshLight灣選手,更讓他的世界排名一口氣逼進前五十大;接著在年終的Volvo Masters(亞洲名人賽)並列第六之後,情趣用品年終排名四十九,提前取得進今年美國名人賽參賽資格,成為繼二十年前的陳志忠之後首位挺進奧古情趣斯塔球場的台灣選手。 和2007年相比,林文堂在2008年的表現確實是大躍進。獎金榜從二十八名(美金142,729)一口氣跳到第二,各項球技數據也都相當亮眼,上情趣用品果嶺率名列第十五名(68.4%)、GIR平均每洞推桿數名列二十三(1.602)、平均桿數第六名(70.18)、平均每場博蒂情趣數更高居第二(4.21)。 哥哥在國際舞台亞巡賽大躍進,弟弟林文鴻在國內的希望巡迴賽表現則不遑多讓,林文鴻是2008年台灣希望巡迴賽的大贏家,跳蛋單季參賽五場摘下二勝,還有一場第二名與一場第四名,情趣同時以累積獎金139萬餘元摘下獎金王頭銜,外帶年度最低桿獎、年度博蒂王與年度推桿王,囊括情趣用品了四個個人獎項。相較於2007年沒有勝場入袋,獎金榜與平均桿數都名列第七,進步幅度著實顯著。 另一位入圍最佳進步獎的男子球員,是外型與球技兼具的連&#充氣娃娃39484;森。或許單從希望巡迴賽的獎金榜來看,2007年第十九名(新台幣232,084),2008年第十五名(新台幣264,000),僅僅前進步一個名次,進步幅情趣用品度微乎其微。然而,2007年連騼森是打滿了六場才賺進那些錢,而2008年則僅僅打了二場,其情趣中勝自慰套華公開賽於威而柔延長賽輸球屈居第二,而台灣禮情趣用品品盃錦標賽則是並列第十情趣。 此外,連騼森在其他台巡賽事表現也不差,台灣名人賽並列十九,高雄公開賽名列十八,而台灣PGA菁英邀請賽更是再次與冠軍擦肩而過,於延長賽敗給汪德昌。兩度於延長賽輸球,相較於2007年鮮少站上領先榜,成績確實大有提昇。 今年甫轉戰職業賽場,就在台灣希望巡迴賽有不錯成績的年輕新秀「浩浩」陳哲浩,也獲得評審青睞而獲提名。的確,比照業餘時期並不算太突出的成績,轉戰職業之後他的表現確實讓人刮目相看。去年參加希望巡迴賽六場賽事有四場晉級,最佳成績是友訊錦標賽的第十,最終獎金榜名列二十九。在新豐球場主辦的四十週年慶仰德盃職業暨業餘邀請賽,也有並列第八的優異成績。相信這位開球距離十足的新秀,如果能再強化短桿技巧並累積經驗,絕對值得期待。 兩位入圍最佳進步獎的女子球員,在2008年的美國LPGA都繳出了亮眼的成績單。曾經在2003年單季摘下三勝的龔怡萍,2007年陷入職業生涯最低潮,當季沒有半場比賽打進前十,且獎金榜滑落到七十八位。不過,在經過2007年下半年的休養生息後,龔怡萍終於在去年東山再起,二十九場出賽有六次打進前十,年底在南韓舉辦的KOLON Championship(柯隆錦標賽),龔怡萍摘下睽違五年的冠軍盃,並以八十七萬餘美元高居獎金榜第十六名。也讓2008年,成為史上首次有兩位台灣選手在美國LPGA摘冠的賽季。 至於長相甜美的盧曉晴,則有如鴨子划水般,加入美國LPGA三年來,年年都有進步與成長。去年曉晴在美國LPGA出賽了27場,雖然沒有勝場進帳,但是有四場打進前十,並以累積獎金五十餘萬美元名列獎金榜三十四位;其中四月份的Ginn Open(吉恩公開賽)更有機會奪冠,雖然最終僅名列第三。和2007年二場前十名(最佳名次第九名),獎金榜名列第六十三相比,盧曉晴確實又更上層樓了,而且別忘了,盧曉晴也在去年摘下生涯首勝,那就是在年初的台豐女子公開賽力克曾雅妮,搶下冠軍盃。 順帶一提,上週末結束的2009台豐女子公開賽,曉晴成功衛冕,而且是在落後的情況下,連續抓下博蒂追平對手並於延長賽勝出。能夠在最後關頭逆轉封后,證明了她的心理素質已臻成熟;可以期待今年的美國LPGA,除了曾雅妮與龔怡萍之外,盧曉晴應大有機會問鼎生涯的首頂LPGA桂冠。
          Airbus Demos Regular Customer Delivery Flights With Sustainable Jet Fuel        
Showing its strong commitment towards eco-efficiency, Airbus becomes the first aircraft manufacturer to offer its customers the option of delivering new jets using a blend of sustainable jet fuel. The 15 th A350-900 for Cathay Pacific departed Toulouse on June 1 st , bound for Hong Kong, with a 10 percent blend of sustainable jet fuel in its tanks. Since the first delivery in May 2016, all of Cathay Pacific's A350s have been delivered in this configuration. The biofuel delivery flight c...
          ''Private Stowage Compartment'' design wins Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2017 competition        
Team DAELead from The University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong has been selected by an expert team of judges as the winners of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2017 global student competition. Team DAELead beat fierce competition to win the EUR30,000 first prize with their effective design for a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passenger's feet. The final stage of the competition took place this week in Toulouse, France. Five short-listed teams of students - whittled down from 365 entries i...
          Ian Anderson Photo Gallery Added        

I’ve now added a photo gallery of my shots from Ian Anderson Plays the Very Best of Jethro Tull live at AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong. Find it here. Here’s a sample of the shots you’ll find there:      

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          Beertopia Hong Kong Gallery Now Up        

This was the second year for Beertopia Hong Kong – a festival of craft beers from around the world.  Last year it was held at the Western Market in Sheung Wan; this year it was outdoors at the West Kowloon Promenade.  Aside from the beers, there was a good selection of food and 10 bands […]

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          New Gallery – LiveVibe Hong Kong 2013        

Newly added to my Gallery pages is a set of photos from LiveVibe Hong Kong 2013.  Shot on March 2nd and 3rd, 2013 at the Jockey Club Auditorium at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the shows featured ten dance acts, headlined by the terrific Philippines Allstars.  Here’s a few samples, check the gallery page for more! […]

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Open Show, the global organization that organizes live events worldwide, is pleased to announce their first event in Hong Kong. The public will get a chance to see compelling works and interact directly with seven international photographers, each of whom who will be presenting projects featuring 20 images. The headlining presenter is renowned New Zealand street […]

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           To personalize or not: a risk management perspective         
Zhang, Weinan and Wang, Jun and Chen, Bowei and Zhao, Xiaoxue (2013) To personalize or not: a risk management perspective. In: The 7th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems, 12 - 16 October 2013, Hong Kong.
          8/10/2017: GLOBE SPORTS: Harvey scores five tries as Canada routs Hong Kong        
Canada is off to an impressive start at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup after posting a 98-0 rout of Hong Kong on Wednesday behind a huge game from Magali Harvey. Canada, ranked third in the world, scored its first try at the four-minute mark of the...

Estudos afirmam que a violência contra a mulher está aumentando no mundo inteiro.

Por que?

O que leva um homem a humilhar, subjugar, maltratar, bater, espancar ou mesmo matar uma mulher?

Vários são os motivos (ou as desculpas) que envolvem o aumento da violência de gênero. 

Segundo alguns especialistas, é mais provável a mulher ser morta pelo companheiro (ou ex-companheiro) do que por qualquer outra pessoa. Vários estudos foram conduzidos num esforço de coibir a onda de violência doméstica. 

Qual é o perfil do homem que bate na mulher? Seria esse homem muito agressivo? Era violento durante o namoro? Maltrata qualquer pessoa, sem motivos claros? 

Uma coisa que os especialistas constataram é que não existe um perfil típico do agressor. Por um lado há aqueles cuja violência é esporádica. Esse tipo não usa arma nem tem antecedentes de abuso. Para ele, o ato de violência é esporádico e ele parece ser influenciado por fatores externos. No outro extremo há o homem que desenvolveu um padrão crônico de agressão. Os espancamentos são constantes e ele parece sentir pouco ou nenhum remorso.

Exemplo na família

Como seria de esperar, muitos homens que batem na mulher cresceram em famílias onde presenciavam a violência. “A maioria dos agressores foram criados num ‘campo de batalha’ doméstico”, escreve Michael Groetsch, que passou mais de duas décadas fazendo um estudo sobre o assunto. “Eles passaram a infância num ambiente hostil onde a violência física e emocional eram ‘normais’.” 

Segundo especialistas, um homem criado em tal ambiente “aprende do pai logo na infância a desprezar as mulheres. O menino aprende que o homem sempre tem de dominar as mulheres e que a maneira de fazer isso é por assustá-las, machucá-las e humilhá-las. Ao mesmo tempo, ele aprende que a única maneira de conseguir a aprovação do pai é copiar seu exemplo”.

Influência cultural

Em alguns países, bater na mulher é considerado aceitável, ou até mesmo normal. “Existe em muitas sociedades um conceito profundamente arraigado de que o marido tem o direito de bater na mulher ou de intimidá-la fisicamente”, declara um relatório das Nações Unidas.

Mesmo em países onde esse tipo de abuso não é considerado aceitável, muitos adotam esse código violento de conduta. O conceito irracional que alguns homens têm a esse respeito é chocante. Segundo o jornal sul-africano Weekly Mail and Guardian, um estudo feito na península do Cabo mostrou que a maioria dos homens que afirmava não agredir a esposa achava que bater em mulher era uma conduta aceitável e que isso não era violência.

Evidentemente, esse conceito deturpado com freqüência é aprendido na infância. Na Grã-Bretanha, por exemplo, pesquisas mostram que 75% dos meninos entre 11 e 12 anos acham aceitável o homem bater na mulher quando provocado.

Machismo — um problema global

A palavra “machismo” foi cunhada na América Latina. Ela se refere ao orgulho masculino agressivo e denota uma atitude abusiva contra as mulheres. 
O machismo é o comportamento, expresso por opiniões e atitudes, de um indivíduo que recusa a igualdade de direitos e deveres entre os gêneros sexuais, favorecendo e enaltecendo o sexo masculino sobre o feminino. 

Mas o machismo não se restringe à América Latina:

Egito: Um estudo de três meses conduzido em Alexandria apontou a violência doméstica como a principal causa de lesões corporais em mulheres. Do total de mulheres que dão entrada no centro de traumatologia nos hospitais, 27,9% foram vítimas desse tipo de violência. — Résumé 5 of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Resumo 5 da Quarta Conferência Mundial sobre as Mulheres).

Tailândia: No maior subúrbio de Bangcoc, 50% das mulheres casadas são espancadas com freqüência. — Pacific Institute for Women’s Health (Instituto da Saúde da Mulher, do Pacífico).

Hong Kong: “O número de mulheres que dizem ter apanhado de seu companheiro aumentou mais de 50% no último ano.” — South China Morning Post, 21 de julho de 2010.

Japão: O total de mulheres que procuram abrigo em entidades aumentou de 4.843, em 1995, para 6.340 em 1998. “Cerca de um terço disse que procurava abrigo por causa do comportamento violento do marido.” — The Japan Times, 10 de setembro de 2000.

Grã-Bretanha: “A cada seis segundos uma mulher é estuprada, espancada ou esfaqueada no próprio lar em algum lugar na Grã-Bretanha.” De acordo com um relatório da Scotland Yard, “a polícia recebe 1.300 chamadas de vítimas de violência doméstica todo dia — mais de 570.000 por ano. Oitenta e um por cento são de mulheres agredidas pelo homem”. — The Times, 25 de outubro de 2000.

Peru: Setenta por cento dos crimes denunciados envolvem mulheres que foram agredidas pelo marido. — Pacific Institute for Women’s Health.

Rússia: “Em um ano, 14.500 mulheres russas foram assassinadas pelo marido e 56.400 foram gravemente feridas ou ficaram aleijadas em resultado de agressões no próprio lar.” â€” The Guardian.

China: “Trata-se de um problema novo que aumenta rapidamente sobretudo em áreas urbanas”, diz a professora Chen Yiyun, diretora do Centro da Família de Jinglun. “A pressão dos vizinhos não mais coíbe a violência doméstica.” — The Guardian.

Nicarágua: “Aumentam os casos de violência contra a mulher. Segundo pesquisas, só no ano passado 62% das mulheres nicaragüenses sofreram alguma forma de violência doméstica por parte do marido ou do parceiro.” — BBC News.

Homens que agridem as mulheres seguem um ciclo de violência, composto por três fases:

- Na primeira, surgem as agressões verbais, xingamentos, crises de ciúmes e destruição de objetos;

- Depois vem a explosão da violência, quando a tensão entre o casal atinge o ponto máximo e acontecem os ataques físicos;

- Na terceira fase, o agressor demonstra arrependimento e medo de perder a companheira. Ele tenta fazer de tudo para agradar a vítima, que muitas vezes, acaba fazendo as pazes, acreditando que as agressões não vão se repetir.

Perfil do Agressor

A maioria desses homens violentos tem entre 26 e 45 anos. A maior parte deles também tem estudo e trabalho. Além disso, eles costumam ser agressivos fora do lar e, em geral, têm algum tipo de dependência química, sobretudo álcool e drogas. 

Em geral, são pessoas inseguras e controladoras. Apresentam comportamentos agressivos, nas mais diversas situações. São ciumentos e possessivos. Procuram sempre isolar suas mulheres da família e amigos.

O controle é evidente em atitudes como críticas constantes, ofensas e o domínio financeiro da família. Ao invés de somente ser o principal ou único provedor, usa o poder do dinheiro com tirania. Com o tempo, esse caráter controlador pode se agravar – quando a esposa tenta ser independente, trabalhando ou retomando os estudos, por exemplo.

Esse tipo de homem tende a achar que tem privilégios especiais sem responsabilidades ou deveres que correspondam a eles. Quando tais privilégios não são satisfeitos, tende a justificar a violência como autodefesa, achando-se uma vítima das circunstâncias.

O egocentrismo é presente. Muitas vezes, o homem violento espera ser sempre o centro das atenções em casa, a ponto de achar que os outros membros da família têm de antecipar suas necessidades. Tende a ignorar o que as outras pessoas da casa dizem.

Ele se acha superior. Isso se percebe quando o homem tende a desdenhar a esposa, considerando-a ignorante, um objeto sexual ou somente alguém que deve servi-lo.

O sentimento de posse é exacerbado. Ele acha que a esposa e os filhos são sua propriedade.

Muitas vezes, ele justifica atos violentos como atos de amor. Assunto polêmico, mas real.

É manipulador. Distorce a realidade para quem está de fora da situação. Faz com que prevaleça a sua imagem de bom moço, e chega a acusar a esposa de insana ou até de violenta.

Tanto em comportamento quando em ações cai em contradição. Diz uma coisa, enquanto faz outra. É comum até mesmo ele criticar em público outros homens que praticam violência doméstica. Em suma, um hipócrita.

Ele não assume as responsabilidades por seus atos. As transfere, principalmente, para as mulheres, ou tenta justificar com alguns fatores externos, como o estresse causado pelo trabalho. 

Inversão da culpa é algo também frequente. Pode até dizer que a vítima inventou a agressão sofrida para prejudicá-lo. Ao mesmo tempo, também tende a minimizar os danos causados, recusando-se a reconhecer seu comportamento violento, com desculpas como “ela caiu” ou “isso é só um arranhão”.

Agressão em série: o homem violento geralmente é reincidente – não só uma mulher com quem se relacionou foi vítima de maus tratos. 

Em todas as características citadas, fica bem clara uma questão: a linha entre um homem com pensamentos machistas e um que chega a ser violento física ou psicologicamente é bem tênue.


Quase sempre o agressor é o companheiro, sobretudo os ex (70 por cento dos casos).  Esse dado mostra que os homens não sabem lidar com a perda da posse de suas mulheres. O sentimento doentio de posse domina os agressores de mulheres. 

Dependência química 

A metade também dos agressores sofrem algum tipo de dependência química e que isso incide claramente nos episódios de violência. A maioria consome álcool ou drogas e em muitos casos as duas coisas. 

Violência psicológica 

Todos os casos envolvem violência psicológica, seguidos pelos de violência física (80 por cento). Alguns também combinam violência econômica e patrimonial e em 25 por cento dos casos soma-se a violência sexual.

Segundo definição da OMS a violência psicológica é entendida como:

Qualquer conduta que lhe cause dano emocional e diminuição da autoestima ou que lhe prejudique e perturbe o pleno desenvolvimento ou que vise degradar ou controlar suas ações, comportamentos, crenças e decisões, mediante ameaça, constrangimento, humilhação, manipulação, isolamento, vigilância constante, perseguição contumaz, insulto, chantagem, ridicularização, exploração e limitação do direito de ir e vir ou qualquer outro meio que lhe cause prejuízo à saúde psicológica e à autodeterminação.

Principal causa para o aumento da violência de gênero:

Recentemente, um grupo de cientistas (Sociólogos e antropólogos) da universidade de Stanford (EUA) parece ter encontrado ao menos uma das causas para o aumento exponencial da violência contra as mulheres: O Empoderamento Feminino no Mundo. 

O empoderamento feminino é um conjunto de ações que busca promover a igualdade, de maneira a eliminar as diferenças que ainda subsistem nos dias atuais.

O assunto é tão importante que foi objeto de uma parceria entre a Entidade das Nações Unidas para a Igualdade de Gênero e o Empoderamento das Mulheres (ONU Mulheres) e o Pacto Global da ONU.

Aparentemente, apenas a possibilidade de igualdade de gênero, anda assustando tanto os homens, que desencadeou uma reação imediata, numa clara luta para se manter no poder.

Empoderar nada mais é do que permitir que essa mulher saia de uma situação de submissão e assuma o rumo de sua vida; é sair da inércia e assumir atitudes positivas diante de realidades adversas, é promover a ruptura cultural da dependência, seja econômica ou emocional. 

E é essa a questão: uma mulher assim assusta. Assusta o homem que foi educado para ser o "dono", para ter a posse absoluta de sua família, educado para ditar todas as regras, ter controle de todas as situações. Educado para se permitir a fazer o que quiser, ter emprego, ter família e poder “sustentar” a mulher e os filhos. 

Ao se deparar com a ruptura de todos os seus pseudos conceitos de superioridade, o homem deduz que seu controle sob a mulher está abalado.  E a unica forma de imprimir um pouco de superioridade sob a mulher é através da força física.

Empoderar-se é se revestir de direitos, que possa usufruir de forma igual, sem discriminação. O que isso significa? Significa gozar de liberdades, inclusive e tão importante, a liberdade sexual. Escolher seus parceiros e determinar quando e com quem deseja se envolver sexualmente, independente do casamento. 

E isso assusta e como assusta! Até bem pouco tempo, apenas os homens tinham direito a essa escolha.

O empoderamento da mulher assusta. E medo seria a palavra mais apropriada para definir a reação de alguns homens diante do poder que a mulher vem conquistando numa luta coletiva por direitos a ela negados histórico e culturalmente. 

Numa cultura masculinizada, esse processo de empoderar a mulher vem causando um verdadeiro temor numa sociedade resignada aos papeis sociais atribuídos de forma desigual. 

Medo de perder a autoridade concedida, medo de perder o status de provedor da casa, da ultima palavra. Medo de não ter competência sexual suficiente para dar prazer a essa mulher experiente. Medo de ganhar menos que ela. MEDO! MEDO! MEDO!

Em resumo, o medo de perder o controle sob a mulher, em vista de seu empoderamento social, é o que está levando ao aumento vertiginoso da violência doméstica, praticada pelos homens.



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          How The Peninsula Hotel Group Is Dominating Asia        

Hong Kong has borne two of the world’s top hotel groups, Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental. And while both brands, along with the Four Seasons, Rosewood Hotels and the Dorchester Group are handedly global leaders, The Peninsula always beacons me back more and more.

Take Hong Kong and Tokyo for example, two of the world’s most hectic cities and hypercompetitive hotel markets. It’s beyond a relief t...

          Statues - Part 2        
This week we have part 2 of a whopping 4-part series on statues.

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Angel in a Buenos Aires cemetery

Angel in a Buenos Aires cemetery -- from Flickr user Bruno Girin
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Surfer Statue in Galicia, Spain

Surfer Statue in Galicia, Spain -- from Flickr user J.C. Rojas
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Xochipilli (an Aztec God)

Xochipilli (an Aztec God) -- from Flickr user gripso_banana_prune
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A Burgher of Calais (by Rodin)

A Burgher of Calais (by Rodin) -- from Flickr user Jeff Kubina
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Modern Statue in Greece

Modern Statue in Greece -- from Flickr user dullhunk
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Sculpture in London's South Bank Area
Sculpture in London's South Bank Area

Statue by Botero in Milan

Statue by Botero in Milan -- from Flickr user Uqbar - offline until mid July
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Buddha in Hong Kong Fog

Buddha in Hong Kong Fog -- from Flickr user Ksionic
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Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

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Easter Island

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John Henry Statue, West Virginia

John Henry Statue, West Virginia -- from Flickr user jpmueller99
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Pegasus on Pont Alexandre III

Pegasus on Pont Alexandre III

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4 Continents Statue by Carpaux in the Musée d'Orsay

4 Continents Statue by Carpaux in the Musée d'Orsay

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Kiss Statue at St. Pancras Station, London

Kiss Statue at St. Pancras Station, London -- from Flickr user victoriapeckham
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Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg

Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg -- from Flickr user Sasha Petite
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Angel in Rio

Angel in Rio -- from Flickr user Crucsou-Barus
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          Statues - Part 1        
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Michaelangelo's David

Michaelangelo's David -- from Flickr user Kenny Miller
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Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong

Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong -- from Flickr user M3R
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Fountain statue in Tepic, Mexico

Fountain statue in Tepic, Mexico -- from Flickr user Christian Frausto Bernal
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Gargoyle in Valencia, Spain

Gargoyle in Valencia, Spain -- from Flickr user E. Carton
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Justice on the Old Bailey

Justice on the Old Bailey -- from Flickr user wit
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The Charioteer at Delphi

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Joan of Arc statue in Paris

Joan of Arc statue in Paris

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Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore -- from Flickr user jimbowen0306
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Statue at Musée Carnavalet

Statue at Musée Carnavalet

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Seashell Girl on Pont Alexandre III in Paris

Seashell Girl on Pont Alexandre III in Paris

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Batu Caves, Malaysia

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Mermaid Statue in Mazatlan

Mermaid Statue in Mazatlan -- from Flickr user Fire Horse Leo
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Angel with a Smile in Reims, France
Angel with a Smile in Reims, France

China's Terra Cotta Warriors

China's Terra Cotta Warriors -- from Flickr user tylerdurden1
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Shiva statue at Rishikesh

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          OVNI é fotografado em voo comercial na China – 12-12-2012        
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          Deepak Bajracharya        

Birth Date: 2nd May.
Birth Place: Binche Bahal Lalitpur, Nepal.
Occupation: Music Arranger, Performer, singer and Managing Director of Royal Tune Records Pvt. Ltd.
Sex: Male.
Education Qualification: Bachelor in Business.
Program or concerts attend: More Than 300
Marital Status: Married.
First song: Chodi Gayeu Priya.
First concert: City Hall in 1988.
Recorded Songs: More than 250 in countdown.

Some of the Solo Performances by Deepak Bachracharya are as enlisted below:

                                  CONCERTS                                                          LOCATION

          1.      A close encounter with Deepak Bajracharya                      Patan Durbar Square
          2.      Ma ra Mero Guitar                                                              Malla Hotel.
          3.      Let the children Walk  presented by Ashok Baskota.         â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..
          4.      Presented by NHEICC and WHO                                      Dasrath Stadium Kathmandu.
          5.      Deepak Bajracharya live in Patan                                        Patan Durbar Square.
          6.      Deepak Bajracharya Live in Bal Mandir                             Bal Mandir.
          7.      Deepak Bajracharya Live                                                     Biratnagar (2005)
          8.      Deepak Bajracharya Live in unplugged                               Royal Nepal Academy  (2004)
          9.      Deepak Bajracharya Performing  Live                                Pokhara (2003/2004/2005) 
          10.  World no Tobacco Day Mega Event by Deepak Bajracharya Live     (2003) 
           11.  Deepak’s Night                                                                     Hong Kong (2002)
Other Concerts attend by Deepak Bajracharya with Others Singers and artist is as follows:

ARTIST NAME                                            LOCATION
    1. Ram K Dhakal and J Rajani Kant                     Japan
    2. Lucky Ali                                                          Nepal (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
    3. Indira Gurung                                                    Japan
    4. 1974 A.D                                                         Hong Kong and Icon 2003 at Kathmandu Nepal
    5. Lujaw, Rovin and Mongolian Heart                  Dasrath Stadium Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nominated Song for Awards :
Bhannai Sakina 2011 A.D (2067 B.S)
Jhumi Jhumi 2005 A.D (2061 B.S)
Ritu 2004 A.D (2060 B.S)
Andhyaroma 2002 A.D. (2059 B.S)
Timi Nai Timi 2000 A.D (2057 B.S)
Samaya 1999 A.D (2056)
Mitighar, Sunshan 1998 A.D (2055 B.S)
Oh Amira 1997 A.D (2054 B.S)
Awards Received as a best Performer are as provided below:
1   1.      Taal Music Award as the album of the year in 2003 A.D (2060 B.S)
     2.      Icon 2003 A.D
     3.      Best Male Vocal Performance Award in Aaha Pop Music in 2003 A.D (2060 B.S)
     4.      Hits F.M Best Male vocal Performance in 1999 A.D (2056 B.S)
      5.      Best Music Video Award on Event Millennium Award in 2003 A.D (2060 B.S)
Brands Ambassador for:
1.      Samsung electronics.
2.      Anna Lifan Motorcycle.
3.      Bagpiper Whiskey.
4.      World link communication.
5.      Kodak Film
                            Released Album by Deepak Bajracharya:

1.      Aasai Aasma.
2.      Oh Amira.
3.      Samaya.
4.      Best of Deepak Bajracharya.
5.      Geet.
6.      Aashar.
7.      Jhumi Jhumi.
8.      On rush.

Some of the Popular Songs by Deepak Bajracharya:
      1.Oh Amira.
      2. Kati Baschau Maitighar Ma.
      3. Adhyaroma Chauchau Timi.
      4. Kaali Kalli Hissi Pareki.
      5. Samaya.
      6. Ritu.
      7. Ju Ju Na Na.
      8. Timilai Bhuleko Chaina.
      9.  Ritu.
      10. Jhumi Jhumi.

          Avaya and the Steam Injuns        

Established year: 2003 A.D

Members of this band are as provided below:

Rinchen Palzar: Lead Guitarist

Sarik Bogati: Drummer.

Nabin Thapa Magar: Drummer.

TsewangNamgya Chuzang Hyolmo: Bass Guitarist.

Sailendra : Keys

Abhaya Subba Weise: Singer and founder.

Hometown of Band Members: Kathmandu and Darjeeling.

Record label: Yuva and 360 degree Records.

This band is established on 2nd January 2003 A.D. Main duties of this band are to playing live gigs at lounge bars and hotels. It was basically an acoustic blues prior to it kicked off as a rock band. Abhaya Subba Weise is the singer and founder of this band, while in 2004; Rinchen Palzar joined the band as the lead guitarist. Later, Pramod joined the band in mid of 2009 as the bass guitarist and the member named Sarik Bogati lately joined te band than Sarik who have been playing with AATSI earlier for more than two years.

Abhaya had always been characteristic in well known bands such as Red Skywalkers, Parikrama, and Punchtatva but what she had been looking for was a group that would let her express herself completely and have a parallel vision. First album of this band was released in February 2005, was a runaway success and the band handle to slice a niche amongst the adult of the country Nepal. through their groundbreaking second album, Nayan, striking the Nepali charts and taking up a larger listenership, this band has recognized themselves as one of the best that Nepal has ever observe or perceive sound. 

Abhaya and the steam Injuns was nominated for numerous major music awards in Nepal and were reward the honour of being the Number one band of Nepal by media such as Radio Kantipur in 2009 A.D.

However, their best album is yet to release. Band members are in the development of recording their third album and are raring to drive the benchmark and to make music steamy affair thinking, and entertaining. Band performed broadly all over Nepal and has been request to major concerts in Australia, Hong Kong, and India. 

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Today is an exciting milestone for American Airlines and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with the launch of daily non-stop flights between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) as well as Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). The new flights open the door to Asia for businesses and consumers in the Dallas/Fort […]
          So why is China upset about Taiwan?        
Because Taiwan is, de facto, a separate country, but the mainland wants to keep up the pretence that it is entitled to do violence to it at any time if it so wishes.

It is the only a part of China that is not governed by the Communist Party of China (the People's Republic of China (PRC) because the Communists didn't manage to take over Taiwan and a handful of islands off of the mainland coast at the end of the Chinese Civil War.  The effect was that the previous government of China, the Republic of China (ROC), "temporarily relocated" its capital from Nanking to Taipei, with the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) putting Taiwan and other islands (Kinmen, Penghu and Matsu Islands and some others) under its control in a state of emergency for over forty years.

The effect was not dissimilar to that of the two Koreas, except the two Koreas are of roughly equal geographical size and at one time similar GDPs (indeed the Republic of Korea "south" was poorer than the Democratic People's Republic of Korea "north" until the late 1960s). 

So as mainland China suffered under the jackboot of Chairman Mao for nearly thirty years, and lost tens of millions to executions and starvation, and stagnated, Taiwan was under the less brutal jackboot of Chiang Kai Shek for a similar period and became a rapidly developing industrial country. Of course since Mao died, China embraced corporatist capitalism and its economy has grown much like Taiwan did since the 1950s, but Taiwan also reformed although spent many years under tough authoritarian rule. In 1969 the first legislative elections were held to have representatives of Taiwan elected (all others were legislators who were elected before the end of the civil war representing Chinese provinces under "occupation" by the communists).  As those legislators passed away they were not replaced so by the 1990s, the entire legislative assembly was subject to competitive elections.  Martial law was ended in 1987 by Chiang Kai Shek's successor and son Chiang Ching-kuo, as Taiwan moved to being a fully fledged liberal democracy.  By 1992, remaining mainland representatives were removed so the entire legislative assembly was subject to competitive elections.  
Taiwan, as such, is a role model for China as an open, relatively free, liberal democracy, with rule of law, capitalism and political power tempered by the separation of powers.  This, of course, is a complete anathema to the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Republic of China.

Of course, Taiwan (or rather the Republic of China in Taiwan - remember Made in R.O.C. labels on goods made a few decades ago?) has had an interesting history of international relations.   With the exception of the UK (primarily out of concern of Hong Kong), most Western countries did not recognise the Communist takeover of China immediately.  Australia and New Zealand did not until 1972, and even the United Nations seat for China was held by the Republic of China until 1971, as the United States vetoed the Chinese Communist regime (as it was called) from taking its seat despite strong efforts by friendly communist countries and developing countries lobbying on behalf of the PRC.  Albania became Beijing's biggest champion.  Both Beijing and Taipei regimes rejected each other being represented on the UN, but the US pushed for the PRC to be represented, not least because it seemed absurd that the world's most populous country (and a nuclear power) were not represented.  So the PRC was admitted, and the ROC expelled.   In 1979, the US switched recognition from the ROC to the PRC, but gave Taiwan a military security guarantee, as the PRC had always (and still does) reserve the right to reunify Taiwan by force.  

Both Chinese regimes refused to have diplomatic relations with any country that recognised the other, but the ROC on Taiwan dropped this in the 1990s, as it had lost recognition and embassies with almost all countries as few could refuse the commercial, diplomatic and strategic benefits of having good relations with mainland China.  Once Saudi Arabia (which had resisted the PRC because of its atheism) and South Africa (which shifted recognition not long after the end of apartheid) had dropped Taiwan, the ROC would only retain diplomatic relations with small Pacific Island, African or Latin American states, mostly through aid programmes (although this ended in 2000 as the PRC was able to outbid the ROC).

So Taiwan remains an oddity.  In every de facto sense, it is an independent country, with a military, government and informal diplomatic relations with many countries.  However, the PRC stops it from having formal diplomatic relations because it doesn't like the only part of China it didn't win in the civil war having a parallel status to it in international organisations or bilateral relations.  It claims that to do so would imply there are "two Chinas", which of course there are as there are two Koreas, and were two Germanys and two Yemens (and even two Cypruses) regardless of claims of legitimacy.

So Donald Trump accepting a phone call from the democratically elected President of the ROC should not be a big deal, except for Beijing, it ruffles their sensitivities over reality.  The US has a defence treaty with Taiwan, and should make it clear than any attack on Taiwan will be rebuffed by the US.  The ROC on Taiwan shares the values of the United States and other Western democracies, the values of freedom, individual rights and government that is determined by the consent of the governed.  The fact that this concerns the Chinese Communist Party is good, for it could do much worse than look at Taiwan and see an example of transition from one-party authoritarian rule to vibrant vigorous liberal democracy.   Peace between Taiwan and the mainland is critical for both, so I think there is little real risk of any aggression from the PRC, but it should be clearer than that.  A renewed US commitment to Taiwan because of its values.  

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          Killing us softly         

A recent public outcry in China, sparked by a damning documentary about air pollution, was based on well-founded fear:

Of the 100 million people who viewed the film on the first day of its online release, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases, according to regional trends.* 

Worldwide, pollution kills twice as many people each year as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined,** but aid policy has consistently neglected it as a health risk, donors and experts say. 

Air pollution alone killed seven million people in 2012, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures released last year, most of them in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the Asia Pacific region.*** 

In a self-critical report released late last month the World Bank acknowledged that it had treated air pollution as an afterthought, resulting in a dearth of analysis of the problem and spending on solutions. 

“We now need to step up our game and adopt a more comprehensive approach to fixing air quality,” the authors wrote in Clean Air and Healthy Lungs. “If left unaddressed, these problems are expected to grow worse over time, as the world continues to urbanise at an unprecedented and challenging speed.”

A second report released last month by several organisations – including the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution, an international consortium of UN organisations, governments, development banks, NGOs and academics – also called for more funding towards reducing pollution. 

“Rich countries, multilateral agencies and organisations have forgotten the crippling impacts of pollution and fail to make it a priority in their foreign assistance,” the authors wrote. 

Housebound in China 

A dense haze obstructs visibility more often than not across China’s northern Hua Bei plain and two of its major river deltas. Less than one percent of the 500 largest cities in China meet WHO’s air quality guidelines. Anger over air pollution is a hot topic among China’s increasingly outspoken citizenry.  

“Half of the days in 2014, I had to confine my daughter to my home like a prisoner because the air quality in Beijing was so poor,” China’s well-known journalist Chai Jing said in Under the Dome, the independent documentary she released last month, which investigated the causes of China’s air pollution.

The film was shared on the Chinese social media portal Weibo more than 580,000 times before officials ordered websites to delete it. 

Beyond the silo

Traditionally left to environmental experts to tackle, the fight against pollution is increasingly recognised as requiring attention from health and development specialists too. 

“Air pollution is the top environmental health risk and among the top modifiable health risks in the world,” said Professor Michael Brauer, a public health expert at the University of British Columbia in Canada and a member of the scientific advisory panel for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a consortium of governments and the UN Environment Programme. “Air pollution has been under-funded and its health impacts under-appreciated.”

Pollution – especially outdoor or “ambient” air pollution – is also a major drag on economic performance and limits the opportunities of the poor, according to Ilmi Granoff, an environmental policy expert at the Overseas Development Institute, a London-based think tank. It causes premature death, illness, lost earnings and medical costs – all of which take their toll on both individual and national productivity.

“Donors need to get out of the siloed thinking of pollution as an environmental problem distinct from economic development and poverty reduction,” Granoff said. 

Pollution cleanup is indeed underfunded, he added, but pollution prevention is even more poorly prioritised: “It’s underfunded in much of the developed world, in aid, and in developing country priorities, so this isn’t just an aid problem.”

Mounting evidence 

Pollution kills in a variety of ways, according to relatively recent studies; air pollution is by far the most lethal form compared to soil and water pollution. 

Microscopic particulate matter (PM) suspended in polluted air is the chief culprit in these deaths: the smaller the particles’ size, the deeper they are able to penetrate into the lungs.  Particles of less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter (PM2.5) are small enough to reach the alveoli, the deepest part of the lungs, and to enter the blood stream.  

From there, PM2.5 causes inflammation and changes in heart rate, blood pressure, and blood clotting processes - the precursors to fatal stroke and heart disease.  PM2.5 irritates and corrodes the alveoli, which impairs lung function - a major precursor to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It also acts as a carcinogen.

Most research looks at long-term exposure to PM2.5 but even studies looking at the hours immediately following bursts of especially high ambient PM2.5 (in developed countries) show a corresponding spike in life-threatening heart attacks, heart arrhythmias and stroke.

Asia worst affected

The overwhelming majority - 70 percent - of global air pollution deaths occur in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions.  South Asia has eight of the top 10 and 33 of the top 50 cities with the worst PM concentrations in the world.  


WHO says a city’s average annual PM levels should be 20 micrograms per cubic meter.  But cities such as Karachi, Gaborone, and Delhi have yearly PM averages above 200 micrograms per cubic meter. 

The main source of PM2.5 in indoor air, or household air, is burning solid fuels for cooking and heating, using wood, coal, dung or crop leftovers - a common practice in rural areas of low and middle-income countries that lack electricity.  

Almost three billion people live this way, the majority in the densely populated Asia Pacific region: India and China each hold about one quarter of all people who rely on solid fuels. For these people, the daily average dose of PM2.5 is often in the hundreds of micrograms per cubic meter. 

Filling the gaps

Unlike many other health risks air pollution is very cost-effective to address, Brauer said. Analysis of air quality interventions in the US suggests a return on investment of up to $30 for every dollar spent. 

“We already know how to reduce these risks, as we have done exactly that in high income countries, so this is not a matter of searching for a cure - we know what works,” he said.

But the World Bank report said that unless it starts gathering better data on local air quality in LMICs, the amounts and sources of air pollution and the full gamut of its health impacts, “it is not possible to appropriately target interventions in a cost-effective manner.”

Granoff said there are also gaps in government capacity to monitor, regulate and enforce pollution policy. 

Beijing hopes to bring PM2.5 concentrations down to safe levels by 2030, and has said it will fine big polluters. 

The World Bank report said China is also charging all enterprises fees for the pollutants they discharge; establishing a nationwide PM2.5 monitoring network; instituting pollution control measures on motor vehicles; and controlling urban dust pollution.

But enforcing environmental protections has been a longstanding problem in China.

“Pollution policy will only succeed if citizens are aware of the harm, able to organise their concern [through advocacy campaigns], and have a responsive government that prioritises public welfare over the narrower interests of polluting sectors,” Granoff said. 

While more people die from household air pollution than from ambient air pollution, the latter – through vehicles, smokestacks and open burning – still accounted for 3.7 million deaths in 2012, according to the WHO. 

A change in the air

Kaye Patdu, an air quality expert at Clean Air Asia, a Manila-based think tank - and the secretariat for the UN-backed Clean Air Asia Partnership, comprising more than 250 government, civil, academic, business and development organisations - said the aid community is finally starting to recognise the importance of tackling air pollution.  

• Last year’s inaugural UN Environment Assembly adopted a resolution calling for strengthened action on air pollution.  
• WHO Member States are planning to adopt a resolution on health and air quality at the upcoming World Health Assembly in May. 
• The proposed Sustainable Development Goals, which will set the post-2015 international development agenda, address city air quality and air, soil and water pollution. 

None of the experts IRIN contacted could provide a breakdown of total aid spending on all forms of toxic pollution (air, water and soil pollution that is harmful to human health).  So IRIN asked each of the major global donors for their figures.  

Three responded.  

A back-of-envelope calculation of all reported spending on toxic pollution by USAID, the European Commission and the World Bank suggests that between them they committed about US$10 billion over 10 years. This does not include aid spending on the diseases that pollution causes. The World Bank’s spending figures eclipsed those of other the other donors. 

By very rough comparison, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, with half the death toll of air pollution, received $28 billion via public sector commitments to the Global Fund – the world’s largest financier of programs that tackle these diseases – over the same period, a fraction of total spending on these diseases. 


*Based on WHO statistics for per capita mortality rates in the Western Pacific region in 2012. 

**The mortality figures for air pollution come from 2012 statistics and were released by WHO in 2014, while the figures for the infectious diseases come from 2013 statistics and were released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in 2014 (the Global Burden of Disease study).

***Includes deaths from both household air pollution (4.3 million) and ambient air pollution (3.7 million): the combined death toll is less than the sum of the parts because many people are exposed to both. 

For more: 

The relationship between household air pollution and disease

Ambient air pollution and the risk of acute ischemic stroke 

Cardiovascular effects of exposure to ambient air pollution 

Particulate air pollution and lung function  

Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and incidence of cerebrovascular events: Results from 11 European cohorts within the ESCAPE Project  

OECD's The Cost of Air Pollution report

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          Pope names coadjutor to Hong Kong as Cardinal Tong retires as bishop        
Vatican City

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal John Tong Hon as bishop of Hong Kong. Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, 70, succeeds the cardinal as head of the diocese, the Vatican announced Aug. 1.

Tong, 78, has led the Diocese of Hong Kong since 2009, when Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun retired as head of the diocese.

          La crisis de los huevos infectados afecta a 16 países europeos y a Hong Kong        

El escándalo afecta ya la mitad del bloque comunitario, aunque fuentes comunitarias advierten de que la situación no es la misma en todos ellos.

En España, la Agencia Española de Consumo informó este miércoles de que "hasta el momento" no se han distribuido huevos contaminados por fipronil.

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          SNSD’s Jessica to be getting Married to Tyler Kwon According to Insiders in Hong Kong!        
According to an exclusive report by Sports DongA, SNSD’s Jessica will be getting married with Tyler Kwon in May, 2015 with whom she had been rumored to be dating for a long time. Afterwards, she reportedly plans to go to New York to study fashion design.   Rumor claims that after leaving Girls’ Generation, Jessica will embark on a new […]
          Langkah Pengurusan Tekanan Emosi        

Kesedaran tentang perlunya menguruskan tekanan ini digambarkan dengan kajian-kajian yang banyak dijalankan sama ada di dalam ataupun di luar negeri. Antaranya ialah kajian oleh Nelson dan Sutton (1990) dan Jung (1995) di Amerika Syarikat; Cooper dan Kelly (1993) , Abouserie (1996) dan Cockburn (1996) di United Kingdom; Chan dan Hui (1995) di Hong Kong.

Di dalam negeri pula telah dijalankan oleh Noor Azzuddin (1990), Noriah (1995), Abu Omar (1996) dan Ungku Norulkamar (1997).Kebanyakan kajian yang dimaksudkan adalah berkaitan langsung dengan persoalan tekanan dalam kalangan guru-guru.

Gold dan Roth (1993) menggambarkan status profesion perguruan masa kini dianggap mempunyai tiga keadaan negatif, iaitu keadaan yang bertekanan, moral guru yang rendah, dan peletakan jawatan (mungkin bukan dalam keadaan kegawatan sekarang).

Antara contoh kajian tindakan mengenai stress ialah

Pengendalian Stress semasa kerja
  1. Buangkan perasaan ‘superman’ dalam diri
  2. Aturkan pengurusan masa
  3. Buat sesuatu yang baik untuk orang lain
  4. Pergaulan bersama rakan sekerja
  5. Belajar kemahiran atau perkara yang baru
  6. Hadapi masalah kerja secara terus
  7. Berbual mengenai tajuk yang tiada kaitan dengan stress yang dihadapi
  8. Membantu orang lain
  9. Berbincang melalui jawatankuasa di jabatan
  10. Maklumkan kepada ketua mengenai rancangan kita

Strategi Mengurangkan 'Stress' Aspek Kerohanian .
Kerohanian adalah faktor penting 'stress'.
Cara terbaik ialah merapatkan hubungan diri dengan Allah.
  1.  sembahayang
  2.  zikir
  3.  munajat
  4.  meditasi
  5.  berguru
  6.  berbincang dengan rakan
Proses Meditasi
  1. Tutup mata selama 10 hingga 20 minit
  2. Pusatkan perhatian kepada sesuatu rangsangan
  3. Proses meditasi berlaku sebaik sahaja fikiran kita ‘mengembara ataupun bergerak’
  4. Adakalanya fikiran kita mengembara jauh dari rangsangan asal
  5. Kemudian kembali ke rangsangan asal di mana penumpuan diberi dengan baik
  6. Munajat
  7. Bernafas perlahan-lahan
  8. Letakkan tapak tangan kanan ke arah kiri dada (kebahagian jantung)
  9. Tumpukan fikiran untuk pembersihan rohani kebahagian jantung dan hati
  10. Pejamkan mata dan mulailah dengan zikir munajat atau mendengar melalui kaset

Strategi Mengurang 'Stress' Aspek Fizikal
  1. Diet
  2. Urut
  3. Mandi air suam/berendam kolam air panas
  4. Menangis
  5. Bermain
  6. Menjerit


          May 9 is an important date if you are a Mossfon client        
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) funded by George Soros will release on May 9 what they claim are the actual emails of the people behind offshore companies formed by Mossack Fonseca.  More than 50% are not related to Panama companies, but IBCs from BVI and Bahamas, yet they are called the Panama Papers because they were formed by a law firm in Panama founded by a lawyer born in Fürth, Germany.   None of the funds from the companies reported so far were kept in Panama banks - instead they were kept at banks in Switzerland, Channel Islands and Hong Kong who requested those companies for clients on whom presumably they conducted KYC due diligence searches.  

None of that will matter because on May 9 the data base of all correspondence will be released, after being censored by ICIJ to make sure that no friends of its sponsors are disclosed (what they call "a careful release of basic corporate information").  Since ICIJ has threatened to release correspondence dating back to the formation of the firm in 1978, current and former clients should consult with legal counsel in their country about the consequences of this release.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will release on May 9 a searchable database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation.
The database will likely be the largest ever release of secret offshore companies and the people behind them.
The data comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the top players in the offshore world, and includes information about companies, trusts, foundations and funds incorporated in 21 tax havens, from Hong Kong to Nevada in the United States. It links to people in more than 200 countries and territories.
When the data is released, users will be able to search through the data and visualize the networks around thousands of offshore entities, including, when available, Mossack Fonseca’s internal records of the company’s true owners. The interactive database will also include information about more than 100,000 additional companies that were part of the 2013 ICIJ Offshore Leaks investigation.
While the database opens up a world that has never been revealed on such a massive scale, the application will not be a “data dump” of the original documents – it will be a careful release of basic corporate information.

See full text in www.icij.org.

          European Commission issues "black list" of 30 "tax havens"        

Action Plan on Corporate Taxation

On 17 June 2015, the Commission adopted an Action Planpdf Choose translations of the previous link for fair and efficient corporate taxation in the EU.
The Action Plan sets to reform the corporate tax framework in the EU, in order to tackle tax abuse, ensure sustainable revenues and support a better business environment in the Single Market.
See the timelinepdf. 

5 Key Areas for Action have been identified:

1. Re-launching the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
2. Ensuring fair taxation where profits are generated
3. Creating a better business environment
4. Increasing transparency
5. Improving EU coordination 
map of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions has also been published, in a move to reinforce the EU's response to external threats to Member States' tax bases.
The Commission also adopted a decision to prolong the Platform on Tax Good Governance, and revise its scope and working methods.
For further information

The map was drawn up on the basis of work done by the Platform for Tax Good Governance and the information provided by EU Member States.

Top 30 listed countries: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Guernsey, Monaco, Mauritius, Liberia, Seychelles, Brunei, Hong Kong, Maldives, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, Panama, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands.

Panama is listed by Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

Full text in the European Commission website http://ec.europa.eu/

          FXCM Micro        
FXCM Micro is a discount brokerage division of FXCM (Forex Capital Markets LLC). FXCM is a retail forex broker regulated in Canada, United States of America, Dubai, France, Australia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. It is a registered Futures Commission Merchant with the CFTC and is a member of the NFA. FXCM Micro has been there for the past three and a half years. FXCM Micro provides No Dealing Desk trading execution which eliminates any conflict of interest between the trader and the broker. It ensures that there is no dealer intervention in trades. No Dealing Desk trades are […]
          FXCM MetaTrader        
FXCM MetaTrader is provided for the clients of FXCM (Forex Capital Markets Inc.) who are one of the largest brokers in the forex market. FXCM is regulated in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Dubai and Hong Kong. FXCM has over one hundred and fifty thousand live accounts. FXCM clients can also opt to use the popular MetaTrader 4 platform nowadays to trade their account. FXCM MetaTrader can also be used in combination with other brokers so that the traders who want to work with different brokers can take advantage by using the same platform to trade all […]
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          ROBOT SPIRITS RX-78-2 GUNDAM VER. A.N.I.M.E. CLEAR SPEC VER. LIMITED di nuovo in vendita a Fukuoka        

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La manifestazione ha concentrato la sua attenzione sul mondo delle figure e delle serie TV, con grande spazio al cosplayer ma Bandai vi ha esposto molte interessanti…

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          Hong Kong means Fragrant Harbor — Hong Kong, China        
Red's journey around the world
          "Los Niños Virtuosos del Caucaso" Magos de la Danza ¡Se presentaran en Guatemala¡        
Danza y canto son una de las características de la vida del hombre georgiano y están genéticamente codificados en la espiritualidad georgiana que a lo largo de los siglos se transmiten de generación en generación.

Desde las lejanas tierras de Georgia llega a Guatemala este próximo 30 de Agosto, el espectáculo de los niños virtuosos del Cáucaso, el esquema tradicional de cada danza, trajes nacionales impresionantes, iluminación teatral original, aspecto distintivo de cada niño y profesionalismo impecable – es una integridad armónica que da la originalidad al espectáculo “Los Niños Virtuosos de Caucaso”.

La garantía de éxito del espectáculo es el profesionalismo y la disciplina estricta con los que se caracteriza el Director del conjunto, su fundador, coreógrafo jefe y gerente, el ex bailarín solista del Ballet Nacional de Georgia – Gia Davitashvili. Es él que se preocupa no sólo por la preparación de los bailarines, sino también por todo lo que hace que el espectáculo sea excepcional. Una presentación fantástica saturada del auténtico espíritu georgiano, no deja indiferente a nadie. Treinta niños virtuosos los chicos de formas atléticas y las chicas delicadas parecidas a las hadas , presentan un espectáculo exótico a nivel profesional. "Los Niños Virtuosos" cuentan la historia de Georgia mediante los bailes fogosos y canciones inolvidables polifónicas de una música encantadora y causan una impresión imborrable en el público.

Demostrar sus grandes habilidades en la danza, con acrobacias en el aire, giros sobre sus rodillas o sobre las puntas de sus pies, es parte del espectáculo que ha enamorado a los miles de personas que han podido deleitarse con el show del “Los Niños Virtuosos del Cáucaso” alrededor del mundo . Fue declarado Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad, y su arte se ha presentado en importantes escenarios alrededor del mundo.

En Georgia hay una gran cantidad de conjuntos coreográficos infantiles pero podemos decir sin reserva alguna que entre ellos "Los Niños Virtuosos" deslumbra como una estrella. Es un conjunto que presenta el espectáculo en el más alto nivel profesional. Realmente son virtuosos en el escenario. Aun así, como todos los niños del mundo, en la vida cotidiana son niños normales: van al colegio, estudian, sueñan, les gusta el fútbol, la música, viajar... Tienen ensayos cada día y esperan impacientes vacaciones de verano para presentarse una vez más ante el público georgiano y extranjero con su arte impecable. A lo largo de 20 años los niños de 8 a 14 años de edad ofrecieron su espectáculo a miles de espectadores de 43 países, dieron más de 1250 conciertos en los escenarios de los principales teatros del mundo. Hay que notar que las giras se organizan con unos años de anticipación. No conocemos otro conjunto infantil en el mundo que haya dado tantos conciertos y de tanto alcance. Es por eso que les han galardonado con un valioso premio de "Embajador de la Cultura Georgiana ". Verdaderamente son embajadores del antiguo arte de la danza georgiana en todo el mundo.

El espectáculo de " Los Niños Virtuosos del Cáucaso" es una fiesta del arte de la danza, un espectáculo fascinante... y feliz es aquel que vea por primera vez su arte. El programa del concierto se compone de 20 números de baile. Son 20 bailes completamente diferentes por su estilo interpretativo, vestimenta, música - acompañada por el canto polifónico. Son 20 bailes donde las niñas les encantarán y fascinarán con su gracia, ligereza y modestia y los niños les cautivarán con la virilidad, una sorprendente técnica del baile, movimientos y trucos vertiginosos - característicos a los mayores. Es un espectáculo fantástico verles bailar de puntillas, les dejará pasmados la caída de los bailarines en las rodillas dando saltos de altura y verles continuar bailando en las rodillas. Es la culminación el baile con puñales donde los niños bailarines utilizan con virtuosismo los puñales que al interpretar los movimientos vertiginosos los clavan en el suelo y también el baile con escudos y sables que es un reflejo de aquel espíritu guerrero que el pueblo georgiano siempre ha necesitado tanto a lo largo de 30 siglos de su vida para protegerse de los ataques de los enemigos violentos. Nos gustaría mencionar un hecho que indica la alta profesionalidad del conjunto: Cuando los dirigentes del circo de fama mundial "Cirque du Soleil" vieron el programa de "Los Niños Virtuosos" en Hong Kong, admirados por sus trucos acrobáticos, invitaron a los solistas principales del conjunto a participar en su espectáculo de circo.

Y por último, si le gusta en general el arte de la danza y desea unirse a la verdadera fiesta del baile, le aconsejamos ver el espectáculo de "Los Niños Virtuosos del Cáucaso" . Véalo y disfrute de su impecable arte del baile y lo más importante, el placer experimentado de esta fiesta del baile le acompañará durante mucho tiempo como uno de los recuerdos más agradables de la vida.

  • Fecha: Miércoles 30 de Agosto 2017
  • Hora : 20:00
  • Lugar : Teatro Nacional Miguel Angel Asturias
  • Puntos de Venta: Todoticket
  • Precio:
    • BALCON II Q280.00
    • BALCON I Q380.00
    • PLATEA LATERAL Q480.00
    • PLATEA CENTRAL Q580.00

          HTC One Max Released in a Red Avatar in Hong Kong        

HTC has been on a spree releasing color options of the HTC One Max across South Asian countries. Recently they released the HTC One Max in a golden hue (calling it “Amber Gold”) in Taiwan. We have also been seeing color options popup for their current flagship – the HTC One, including an 18 karat […]

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          #13 Edison Chen’s Scandal        
Just in case you haven’t heard about it, or you are not intersted in the stars’ scandals, one of the hottest actors in Hong Kong, Edison Chen has made headlines in every newspapers because he has been collecting sex photos… Not just some ordinary nude photos which most probably all guys keep… But of himself […]
          China’s disconnect with the future of automotive        

Mobile Geeks recently attended StartUp Launchpad in Hong Kong, a buyer focused show which showcases the region’s latest hardware startups looking for shops to sell their wares. In addition to a VR pavilion, gaming hall, and a ton of Chinese manufacturers, there was a Connected Car hall where we talked to several automotive suppliers. Many […]

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          OTCMKTS:AIOM Shareholder Alert: Lawsuit Against Axiom Holdings Inc Filed        

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors in Axiom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:AIOM) shares over alleged securities laws violations.

San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/08/2017 -- An investor in shares of Axiom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:AIOM) filed a lawsuit over alleged Securities Laws violations by Axiom Holdings Inc.

Investors who purchased shares of Axiom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:AIOM) should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call 858-779-1554.

On October 10, 2016, Axiom Holdings, Inc. entered into a Share Exchange Agreement (the "Agreement") with Hong Kong corporation CJC Holdings, Ltd. (together with its subsidiaries, "CJC") and the two shareholders of CJC Holdings, Ltd, Hu Dengyang and Yang Chuan (collectively, the "CJC Shareholders"). CJC Holdings, Ltd, through its subsidiaries, operates and constructs hydropower electric generation stations located in China with two in operation, a third under construction and a fourth in the planning stage and slated for operation in 2019. In addition, CJC Holdings, Ltd, through its subsidiaries, operates two hotels in China.

Pursuant to the Agreement, Axiom was to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of CJC Holdings, Ltd from the two shareholders of CJC Holdings, Ltd stated above in exchange for the issuance to the two shareholders of CJC Holdings, Ltd of 200,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock.

According to the complaint the plaintiff alleges on behalf of purchasers of Axiom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:AIOM) common shares between October 14, 2016 and June 19 2017, that the defendants violated Federal Securities Laws. More specifically, the plaintiff claims that between October 14, 2016 and June 19 2017 the Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that Axion lacked control over the merger process sufficient to ensure that the Agreement with CJC Holdings, Ltd would be completed, that accordingly, the Agreement with CJC Holdings, Ltd was never completed, that the Company's issuance of shares to the two shareholders of CJC Holdings, Ltd was thus improper, and that as a result of the foregoing, Axiom's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On June 19, 2017, Axiom Holdings Inc disclosed that it identified discrepancies related to prior news announcements in response to a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Specifically, Axiom Holdings Inc disclosed issues relating to the propriety of Axiom's December 2016 share exchange with CJC Holdings, Ltd., under which Axiom acquired all of CJC Holdings, Ltd's outstanding shares, and that the purported CEO of CJC Holdings, Ltd, who signed the share exchange agreement in December 2016, had actually resigned from that role a month earlier.

Those who purchased shares of Axiom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:AIOM) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
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          Bollywood Trivia        
1. In the movie Omkara, it was Saif's idea to chop down his hair for the role of "Langda Tyagi" but later on, he refused to cut down his hair as he had grown his hair. Finally, Vishal managed to convince him by telling him to sacrifice his hair to please the gods on the occasion of Eid.

2. The perfectionist Khan (Aamir Khan) loves to play games where he can think and apply his mind. Chess and Rubik's cube are his favourite games.

3. Shekhar Kapur's 'Mr. India' was originally written for Amitabh Bachchan. The film was also scripted keeping in mind Amitabh Bachchan's voice but Big B refused to be a part of the film and to do the 'invisible' role. Afterwards, Anil Kapoor accepted the offer and 'Mr. India' became a landmark movie in Anil's Bollywood career.

4. The first song to be recorded for DDLJ was Mere Khwaboon Mein Jo Aaye. Aditya Chopra wanted everything to be just perfect for his debut film. So he rejected 24 verses by Anand Bakshi before approving this one. The song went on to be a big hit amongst the masses.

5. Kajol's famous scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where her pallu flies and slips from its position thus making SRK realize his love for Kajol was actually scripted by choreographer Farah Khan and not director Karan Johar.

6. Swades is the first Indian film to actually be shot inside the NASA research center. For authenticity, Ashutosh Gowariker shot a scene at Launch Pad 39A, at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

7. Saif Ali Khan was offered the role of Raj Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. But he refused the role which then went to Shah Rukh Khan. King Khan had initially resisted playing the lead in this film. However, it was DDLJ that created his screen persona of a romantic hero.

8. Amitabh Bachchan is a very disciplined person in real life. He values time more than money. He is very punctual and always keeps time. Those close to him know how much he values time and strictly follows his schedules.

9. Before, John Abraham proved himself in the world of Bollywood, Karan Johar offered him to play the role of Robbie in 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham'. Robbie, who was later on played by TV actor Vikas Sethi tries to woo flippant Kareena Kapoor in the movie and probably John was not interested and declined the cameo offer.

10. The name of Shah Rukh Khan's character Raj Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was given by Aditya Chopra after the legendary Raj Kapoor. The name of Raj was synonymous to SRK in films like Chalte Chalte, Baadshah and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman.

11. Kareena Kapoor wanted to be a lawyer and after completing her 12th she took an admission in Government Law College at Churchgate. But being a Kapoor she couldn't resist her acting talent. And after completing a year she moved on to Bollywood.

12. Before the release of his debut film, Hrithik Roshan used weight training to bulk up for his role. Did you know that he was trained under the supervision of actor Salman Khan? The film went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of all times.

13. Aamir Khan had more girl friends than male friends when he was a kid. He was also nicknamed Kanhaiyalal by his family because he was always surrounded by girls. His mother was requested by Aamir's teacher to shift Aamir to a boy's school as he used to always argue with his girl counterparts.

14. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a true linguist. The actress is well versed with not just one or two but six different languages that include Tulu, Hindi, English, Marathi, Tamil, and Bengali.

15. Farah Khan wanted Nana Patekar to play the role of Raghavan in her directorial debut Main Hoon Na. But Farah was scared to approach him for the role and that's when Suniel Shetty was roped in to play the negative character.

16. Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice for the role of Munnabhai, but was forced to turn it down when he had back problems. After SRK, Vivek Oberoi was considered for the same role but Sanjay Dutt finally won it.

17. Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong, moved to Hawaii till she was about 14, then she moved to London. The actress got her first modelling assignment at age 14. Now, an A-League actress in Bollywood, Kat has shifted base to Mumbai, and has also bought a bungalow in London where her family lives.

18. The role of 'Daya Shankar' in Gangster, which was inspired from the real life of Abu Salem was originally offered to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. But, when Shoaib Akhtar turned down the offer, Shiney Ahuja accepted it.

19. Dimple was only sixteen when Raj Kapoor introduced her in Bobby . She got married to Bollywood Superstar Rajesh Khanna at the age of 16 and despite the enormous success of Bobby, took a sabbatical from acting to raise her children.

20. Reportedly each scene in K Asif's Mughal-e-Azam was actually shot thrice. The first was for the Hindi version, second had lips moving to Tamil dialogues while third in English. It's common knowledge that the Hindi version was a blockbuster hit but the Tamil version flopped badly. So the makers subsequently aborted the idea of dubbing the English version with British actors. Unfortunately no print of the English version is now in existence.

21. Hrithik Roshan was considered for the title role of Don, but upon completing the script, Farhan Akhtar realized that a more mature actor was needed and thus the role went to Shahrukh Khan.

22. Priyanka first appeared on the silver screen in India in a Tamil movie Thamizhan (2002). She made her debut in Bollywood with The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy in 2003, co-starring Sunny Deol and Preity Zinta.

23. Before filming her bikini scene in Dhoom 2, Bipasha Basu lived on oranges for three days prior to her shoot.

          How to Sell Gold Coins Mysterious and Gleaming        
Since the first prehistoric coincidence, raw materials and solar radiation golden color and metallic luster and charisma to attract a man. A unique flash of gold attracts the eye, so the seeker to determine the smallest grain of many other materials together. The smallest part is easy to find.

Anthropology Research Neolithic graves indicated that the first elements of the collection of gold and precious man. This unique metal, gathered in the form Nuggets seem to be very valuable, but useless in practical applications. Score 2.5 to 3 on the Mohs hardness scale gold too soft is hammered into a viable tool or weapon. Gold for prehistoric little value unless it is a wonderful and rare treasure, inner beauty.

However, as a man, he soon discovered a number of requests for the mysterious golden metal. The earliest record of Egypt gold research dates around 2000 BC Ancient records tell of the great alluvial gold Nubian Nile and Red Sea between south-eastern Egypt. This incredible discovery, including more than 100 square miles. Using the most primitive tools, and work an average depth of less than 6 feet, the first "miners" Priede estimated 1000 tonnes of gold from this rich discovery. Egyptian artisans, recognizing that it is very old-fashioned incredible plasticity of gold jewelry, ornaments and idols amazing.

During the whole of human history has been involved in gold, precious metals have been invaluable, not only for their beauty, but gold is the ability to withstand harsh weather. No matter seems to be a general nature will destroy gold. From the air, moisture, heat or cold, the precious metals will not change color, corrosion, rust, or discoloration. Gold glittering gold Nuggets of gold and brilliant vein occurred 45 million years to survive the catastrophic geological and climate changes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, problems and deposition. The treasures of gold jewelry, gold bars and gold coins, buried for thousands of years beneath the earth and sea, were found complete, as a glorious day, they were abandoned.

A relatively rare metal elements in the original, gold ranked 58th among the 92 rich natural factors make the Earth's crust. Although considered rare element, all gold, metals, except iron, mostly distributed in the face of the earth. Gold has found 90 percent of the Earth's surface, taking advantage of the high mountains, deep weathering of soil in tropical regions, in the harsh desert and arctic tundra permafrost.

Commercial exploitation of gold in all continents except Antarctica. Richest regions in gold production in the world is Witwatersrand in South Africa. This ultra-rich region has been made in 18,000 tons of gold, with no end in sight. Additional significant gold bearing area of Siberia, in the whole world in the former Soviet Union, porcupine District in Ontario, Canada and the United States, Alaska, the Yukon area and the famous Lord's mother in California district.

In the United States is very generous nature. 32 countries have recorded significant commercial gold production. Offering the highest in the western United States are in California, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada and South Dakota. Other rich areas for research, including Georgia, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington, New Mexico, Wyoming, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Vermont and New Hampshire. Entertainment gold ore gold can be found in the pan in almost all countries in the Union.

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          RISE & Shine: 5 reasons why RISE conference works for companies like Tyk        

Last week, 15,000 start-ups, tech influencers and entrepreneurs descended on Hong Kong for RISE Conference 2017. Here are 5 reasons why Tyk decided to join them. As any marketing team will know, every month we receive invitations to attend various tech conferences, each with a different theme, audience or location. Many of them sound like […]

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          La lunga strada di Lawrence Ferlinghetti        
Jules Guerin, A Bit of Broadway, Scribner’s 1905

Lunga strada
strada del mondo
piena fino in fondo
delle voci del mondo
e a rifletterci, in fondo
anche le voci
di tempi andati: felici
infelici, di vergini di amanti
ingegneri, commercianti
lattai, banchieri, possidenti
massaie pimpanti
pubblicitari e studenti
che parlano parlano e avanti
parlando vanno avanti
sempre avanzanti, e fra i tanti
c’è chi davanti a una finestra si blocca
e scocca sguardi sul mondo
cerca di vedere a fondo
che cosa mai, così in tondo
anzi in un gran girotondo
succede, se succede qualcosa a questo mondo.
Ecco la lunga strada
ch’è la più lunga del mondo
ma non così lunga, in fondo
come pensi… dove pensi che vada?
Va per tutti i paesi e le città
i viali e i boulevards; va
con luce verde o rossa
passa per continenti e villaggi
piogge scroscianti e tramonti
Hong Kong, langhe affamate, paesaggi
di Oakland e dei suoi ponti
Roma fatata, Berlino dei miraggi,
Dublino che non c’è mai stata:
ecco la lunga strada andare
girare intorno al mondo
un treno enorme
informe, gonfio, di fatti
passeggeri bambini
cestini per il pic nic, gatti
e cani e tutti pensano (sic)
chi guida nella prima vettura
che cosa sta succedendo
che c’è nella vettura del comando
e c’è chi addirittura
si affaccia spenzolando
cercando di vedere
ad una curva, il guidatore, che faccia potrà avere
che occhi: ma tant’è…
Nessuno, nessun viaggiatore lo può vedere
anche se si ha netta l’illusione
di una rapida visione
in qualche curva più stretta.
Ecco che la strada si inerpica, rampica
Il treno coi vetri tutti alzati,
serrati, ora, i vetri gli atri
le porte degli abitati
i viali morti del mondo
finestre, palestre, strade
ecco, strade, questa sera del mondo
lampade in tutte le contrade, fanali
luci smorzate
su folle radunate in carnevali,
guizzi, flashes dai finestrini
circhi, soglie disabitate
cantine fontane casini
sfocati lumini per figurine
allacciate danzanti
e ancora mondi, trenini
che stantuffano e sbuffano avanti.
Poi, sì, eccoci, entriamo
nel vicolo fondo, in cui, sappiamo,
svaria la strada, la parte solitaria
della strada e del mondo.
Qui non è permesso
cambiare treno, non possiamo
passare sull’Orient-Express
No, dobbiamo
andare semplicemente fino in fondo
perché questa è la parte di strada di mondo
che non consente
niente, solo che si vada.
ma bada…..da nessuna parte.
Ecco si parte
e non c’è più nessuno
in treno con te, sei uno
non hai nemmeno un vecchio specchio che
faccia due te, non la minima presenza
senza un’anima, o meglio, solo la tua
ma cos’è…….è già la stazione
sei già a destinazione
sei già in porto, spenti
i motori li senti
su andiamo, fuori
sei esanime
muori, quindi coraggio fuori.
Che hai, che ti prende
Sì, sei morto
Non te ne sei accorto?

Alt! Signori si scende.


The long street
which is the street of the world
passes around the world
filled with all the people of the world
not to mention all the voices
of all the people
that ever existed
Lovers and weepers
virgins and sleepers
spaghetti salesmen and sandwichmen
milkmen and orators
boneless bankers
brittle housewives
sheathed in nylon snobberies
deserts of advertising men
herds of high school fillies
crowds of collegians
all talking and talking
and walking around
or hanging out windows
to see what’s doing
out in the world
where everything happens
sooner or later
if it happens at all
And the long street
which is the longest street
in all the world
but which isn’t as long
as it seems
passes on
thru all the cities and all the scenes
down every alley
up every boulevard
thru every crossroads
thru red lights and green lights
cities in sunlight
continents in rain
hungry Hong Kongs
untillable Tuscaloosas
Oaklands of the soul
Dublands of the imagination
And the long street
rolls on around
like an enormous choochoo train
chugging around the world
with its bawling passengers
and babies and picnic baskets
and cats and dogs
and all of them wondering
just who is up
in the cab ahead
driving the train
if anybody
the train which runs around the world
like a world going round
all of them wondering
just what is up
if anything
and some of them leaning out
and peering ahead
and trying to catch
a look at the driver
in his one-eye cab
trying to see him
to glimpse his fave
to catch his eye
as they whirl around a bend
but they never do
although once in a while
it looks as if
they’re going to
And the street goes bowling on
with its windows reaching up
its windows the windows
of all the buildings
in all the streets of the world
bowling along
thru the light of the world
thru the night of the world
with lanterns at crossings
lost lights flashing
crowds at carnivals
nightwood circuses
whorehouses and parliaments
forgotten fountains
cellar doors and unfound doors
figures in lamplight
pale idols dancing
as the world rocks on
But now we come
to the lonely part of the street
that goes around
the lonely part of the world
And this is not the place
that you change trains
for the Brighton Beach Express
This is not the place
that you do anything
This is the part of the world
where nothing’s doing
where no one’s doing
where nobody’s anywhere
nobody nowhere
except yourself
not even a mirror
to make you two
not a soul
except your own
and even that
not there
or not yours
because you’re what’s called
you’ve reached your station.

Trad. di Vittorio Gassman
          Twist and Shout with THE FAB FOUR Ultimate Beatles Tribute        

Get ready to "Twist and Shout" when the Emmy Award winning Fab Four brings "The Ultimate Tribute" to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Saturday, September 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts members and go on sale to the public Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m.

The Fab Four elevate Beatles tributes to a new level with their precise attention to detail and uncanny, note-for-note, live renditions of Beatles' classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day In The Life," "Here Comes The Sun" and "Hey Jude." Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Tickets to The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute start at $35. Discounts are available to members of The Hanover Theatre, students, children and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online at TheHanoverTheatre.org, by phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or at The Hanover Theatre box office located at 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester.

About The Hanover Theatre

The Hanover Theatre continues to draw over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits ("Les Misérables," "Kinky Boots"), comedians (Dave Chappelle, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld), musical acts (Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Tony Bennett) and everything in between ("A Christmas Carol," Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Alton Brown, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson). POLLSTAR consistently ranks The Hanover Theatre as one of the Top Theatres in the World. After nine seasons, the award-winning, historic theatre continues to establish its place as a world-class performing arts venue, acting as a catalyst for the economic development of downtown Worcester. The Hanover Theatre's recently acquired 551 Main Street houses new function space, offices, rental space for a restaurant on the ground floor and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts on the lower level.

Worcester Center for Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts and Conservatory. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

          Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma Reveals Its Line-Up        
Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.

Opening and closing

The 40th edition of the FNC kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.

Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. Between the opening and closing dates, the FNC will be in celebratory mode, highlighting the social relevance of featured works.

International Selection: Louve d’Or presented by Quebecor

The International Selection is an opportunity for relative unknowns to make their mark. This year, there are 19 contenders for the Louve d’Or, which includes a $15,000 prize from Quebecor. The 19 films in competition are: Behold the Lamb, by John McIlduff (United Kingdom); Black Blood, by Miaoyan Zhang (China); Blue Bird, by Gust Van Den Berghe (France/Belgium); Elena, by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia); The Giants, by Bouli Lanners (France/Belgium/Luxemburg); The Island, by Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria/Sweden); The Last Christeros, by Matias Meyer (Mexico/Netherlands); Nuit #1, by Anne Émond (Quebec/Canada); OK, Enough, Goodbye, by Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia (Lebanon/United Arab Emirates); Oslo, August 31st, by Joachim Trier (Norway); Play, by Ruban Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark); Shame, by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom); Toll Booth, by Tolga Karacelik (Turkey); Tomboy, by Céline Sciamma (France); Twilight Portrait, by Angelina Nikonova (Russia); Volcano, by Runar Runarsson (Iceland/Denmark); Wasted Youth, by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Greece); White White World, by Oleg Novkovic (Serbia); and Without, by Mark Jackson (United States).

Special Presentation

Twenty-five films by established filmmakers will be screened in this year’s Special Presentation section, which features strong, committed works that reflect their creators’ bold vision: 30 tableaux, by Paule Baillargeon (Quebec/Canada); Les Amants, by Nicolas Klotz & Elisabeth Perceval (France); An Organisation of Dreams – Part 2 – Dangerous People, by Ken McMullen (United Kingdom); L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close), and De la guerre, Bertrand Bonello (France); Stopped on Track, Andrea Dresen (Germany); Norwegian Wood, Tran Anh Hung (Japan); Early One Morning, Jean-Marc Moutout (France/Belgium); Décharge, Benoît Pilon (Quebec/Canada); Faust, Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Almayer’s Folly, Chantal Akerman (France/Belgium); U2-From the Sky Down, Davis Guggenheim (United States); Hanezu, Naomi Kawaze (Japan); Hard Core Logo II, Bruce McDonald (Canada); Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont (France); Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi, Philippe Grandieux (France); Louis Martin, journaliste, Louis Bélanger (Quebec/Canada); Melancholia, Lars Von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany); My Paris Movie, Jonas Mekas (United States); Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey); The Skin I Live In, Pedro Almodóvar (Spain); Pina, Wim Wenders (Germany/France); Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (Canada); The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr (Hungary); and A Separation, Asghar Farhadi (Iran).

International Panorama

Festivalgoers can tour the world, exploring countless new realities through a wide array of works, including comedies, documentaries, road movies and dramas. The 27 films in this year’s International Panorama section are: Abderrahmane Sissako: Une fenêtre sur le monde, by Charles Castella (France); Absolutely Tame Is a Horse (Asb Heyvan-e Najibist), by Abdolreza Kahani (Iran); Acorazado, by Alvaro Curiel de Icaza (Mexico); Avé, by Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria); Chico & Rita, by Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba (Spain); Cultures of Resistance, by Iara Lee (United States); Do Me Love, by Jacky Katu & Lou Viger (France); End of the Night, by Daisuke Miyazaki (Japan); Flying Home, by Tobias Wyss (Switzerland); Pio’s Generation (La Generación de Pio), by Juan Rodrigo & Pedro Rodrigo (Spain); Goodnight Nobody, by Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland/Germany); The Furious Force of Rhymes, by Joshua Atesh Litle (France); Land of Oblivion, by Michale Boganim (France/Germany/Poland/Ukraine); Last Road to the Beach (A Última estrada da praia), by Fabiano De Souza (Brazil); Melting Away, by Doron Eran (Israel/Canada); Mike, by Lars Blumers (France); Mondo Lux – The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter, by Elfi Mikesch (Germany); Our Ancestors The Gauls, by Christian Zerbib (France); Policeman (Hashoter), by Nadav Lapid (Israel); The First Rasta, by Hélène Lee (France); Searching for Hassan, by Edouard Beau (France); The Terrorists (Poo Kor Karn Rai), by Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand/Germany); Three and a Half (Seh-O-Nim), by Naghi Nemati (Iran); A Life for Ballet, by Marlène Ionesco (France); The Life and Death of Celso Junior, by Panayotis Evangelidis (Greece); Vinyl (Tales from the Vienna Underground), by Andrew C. Standen-Razlrish (Austria/United Kingdom) and Y’a pire ailleurs, by Jean-Henri Meunier (France).


Turning the spotlight on homegrown talent, the Focus section presents original, unseen Quebec and Canadian works that wow, amaze and offer food for thought. This year’s lineup includes 9 films in competition for the Grand Prix Focus/Cinémathèque québécoise with a $5,000 prize, as well as 10 non-competing films. Opening the section on October 13 is the visually ambitious documentary Surviving Progress, by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks (Canada). Also in competition: Amy George, by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas (Canada); The Girl in the White Coat, by Darrell Wasyk (Canada); Fortunate Son, by Tony Asimakopoulos (Quebec/Canada); I am a good person/I am a bad person, by Ingrid Veninger (Canada); Laurentie, by Simon Lavoie & Mathieu Denis (Quebec/Canada); Marginal Road, by Yassaman Ameri (Quebec/Canada/Portugal); Peace Park, by David Bouthillier (Quebec/Canada); and Romeo Eleven, by Ivan Grbovic (Quebec/Canada). The non-competing films are: Alejandro Jodorowsky, grand rectum de l’Université de Foulosophie, by François Gourd & Matthieu Bouchard (Quebec/Canada); Another Silence, by Santiago Amigorena (Quebec/Canada/France/Argentina); National Parks Project, by Louise Archambault, Keith Behrman, Daniel Cockburn, Hubert Davis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Lafleur, Peter Lynch, Catherine Martin, Kevin McMahon, Scott Smith, Jamie Travis and John Walker (Quebec/Canada); Le Pays des âmes, by Olivier Godin (Quebec/Canada); Planet Yoga, by Carlos Ferrand (Quebec/Canada); Dust. A Sculptor’s Journey, by Jeanne Pope (Quebec/Canada); Rasta, A Soul’s Journey, by Donisha Prendergast (Canada); République: un abécédaire populaire, by Hugo Latulippe (Quebec/Canada); Les Tickets: l’arme de la répression, by Eric “Roach” Denis (Quebec/Canada); and Touch the Sky, by Adrian Wills (Quebec/Canada).

Temps Ø

The section opens with the North American premiere of Guilty of Romance by Sion Sono (Japan), a story of ordinary mental illness in the form of a psychosexual, neofeminist punk thriller, with powerful lead actress Megumi Kagurazaka in attendance. Other big names on the program: Takahi Miike with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (a 3D remake of Kobayashi’s masterpiece); Shinya Tsukamoto, who will present the much-anticipated Kotoko, about a mother on the brink of madness, which nabbed the Orizzonti prize at the last Venice festival. Must-see new discoveries include Our Day Will Come by Romain Gavras, a Thelma and Louise for redheads and a cross between Gaspar Noé and Bertrand Blier, starring Vincent Cassel. It’s no secret that Australian film is in a state of effervescence, represented here by two major works: the mysterious Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, with rising star Emily Browning, and Justin Kruzel’s monstrous Snowtown, which got a special mention at the 2011 Cannes Critics’ Week. And . . . (drum roll), don’t miss the long-awaited world premiere of Assassin’s Creed Embers, an all-new animated short by Ubisoft studios. Expect an evening of surprises, anecdotes and of course sneak previews of the new game by the Montreal mega franchise. On the US front, look for the astonishing The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, a beautiful love story told through one of the most radical artistic performances the world has ever seen. Director Marie Losier, the darling of New York’s experimental new cinema scene, will be in attendance. We’ll also be showing Take Shelter, by Jeff Nichols, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at Cannes and has everybody talking, as well as the documentary Last Fast Ride: The Love, Life and Death of a Punk Goddess, by Lilly Ayers, on punk icon Marian Anderson (with narration by Henry Rollins). Asia will also be in the spotlight with Gandu, by Quashiq Mukherjee, a proud representative of an all-new style of Indian films (Wong Kar-wai meets a pornographic ghetto rapper version of Gaspard Noé in Calcutta). Also showing will be Shirome, by Koji Shiraishi, a horror film that takes delight in terrifying a group of young female Japanese pop stars, offering a new twist on The Blair Witch Project. Finally, the latest wacky flick from Thailand — Saturday Killer, by Yuthlert Sippapak, about a hit man with severe erectile dysfunction — along with the superb Tatsumi, Eric Khoo’s tribute to renowned manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. And, last but not least, the first real 3D porn flick, Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, by Christopher Sun Lap Key, which smashed this year’s box office records in Hong Kong and has become a true Chinese cultural phenomenon.

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Date City/Country Remark
30 Sep 2012 Hong Kong –>  Paris Stay in Paris 201311563712705
Hotel London Opera Paris (€98)
1 Oct 2012 Paris–>Zurich, Switzerland  Stay in Zurich, Switzerlandinter_core_i5
Hotel marta  (CHF165)
2 Oct 2012 Zurich–> Luzern–>Interlaken Stay in Interlaken, Switzerlandinter_core_i5
Hotel Royal - St. Georges (CHF203)
3 Oct 2012 Interlaken–>Jungfraujoch–>Grindelwald Stay in Grindelwald, Switzerlandinter_core_i5
Hotel Derby Grindelwald (CHF158)
4 Oct 2012 Grindelwald–>Lausanne Stay in Lausanne, Switzerlandinter_core_i5
Château d'Ouchy (CHF401)
(Double room with Lake view)
5 Oct 2012 Lausanne–>Bren–> Lausanne Stay in Lausanne, Switzerlandinter_core_i5
Mövenpick Hotel Lausanne  (CHF196)
6 Oct 2012 Lausanne –>Paris Stay in Paris 201311563712705
Hotel London Opera Paris(€98)
7 Oct 2012 Paris
8 Oct 2012 Paris Stay in Paris 201311563712705
Solar Hotel (€69)
9 Oct 2012 Paris
10 Oct 2012 Paris
11 Oct 2012 Paris
12 Oct 2012 Paris–>Hong Kong
13 Oct 2012

Hotel London Opera Paris (法國巴黎)
評分: 地點非常好,離百貨公司非常近,精品選購族一定要考慮,地鐵也在旁邊,也是機場巴士RoissyBus的下車點,早餐免費,乾淨度一般,也還說得過去的,以€98這價位來說,算是OK的了,缺點是櫃台在2F,2F以上才有電梯,要能般行李上2樓,還有電梯很小。地點在麥當勞上面。

Hotel marta (瑞士,蘇黎世)
評分: 離車站進,有免費WiFi與早餐,乾淨,唯一的缺點是床比較小,可能我們是選Economy small room的關係吧。算是值得推薦了!
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Hotel Royal - St. Georges (瑞士,因特拉肯Interlaken)

Hotel Derby Grindelwald  (瑞士,格林德瓦)
評分:就在車站旁,陽台就能看到火車進出站,真酷阿~ 早餐還不錯。缺點是老老舊舊的,而乾淨度可能需要再加強。

Château d'Ouchy  (瑞士,洛桑)
Double room with Lake view
評分: 這天真的當好野人去,住城堡飯店,不過這400CHF種價位都可以住礁溪老爺兩次了><,
2012-10-04 13.13.26

Mövenpick Hotel Lausanne (瑞士,洛桑)
Lake Standard Room
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          The future of newspapers in a world of Capitalism 2.0        
I've blogged a lot about a publicly endowed public-to-private move by the NYT Company in order to save itself.

I just want to clarify something for a Think! reader who wrote to me about this.

Yes, one option is to go the non-profit endowment route.

But another, and one which is part of my thinking, is that pure endowment isn't the only play here.

Let's just consider for a moment that, after the recent financial meltdown, we're going to see new flora and fauna emerging, a bit like after a forest fire.

I think this is likely not just in the case of newspaper companies and their offerings, but also capitalism in general. It's what I call the birth of Capitalism 2.0. (I don't know if anyone else is using that term, but if so I haven't read about it.)

Capitalism 2.0 is a market place for profit-minded investors (yes, capitalists still want an ROI) within which different classes of investors emerge who are willing, for reasons of contributing to the broader base of social capital, to accept reduced, capped or fixed income returns on their investments.

In my scenario of 100 rich Americans/foundations/endowments/whoever stumping up, let's say, $10 million each to achieve this for the NYT Company, they would enable the NYT Company to survive in the short term and flourish in the long term (once the NYT Co. get with the programme of what is actually going on in the media world and what the market wants and come up with some new ideas). But a fully blown not for profit endowment is not what I have in mind.

What I have in mind is an investment class of managed profit expectations where investors are willing to accept, in return for a broader (can we say greater?) good, lower returns on their capital than they can achieve elsewhere.

Capitalism 2.0 will still leave plenty of investment classes for people who are driven purely by greed and profit, but in 25 years time, might we be asking each other at dinner parties whether we're into - to shorthand the idea - social capital class B investments or pure profit motive class A investments? Emerging social trends will determine which class of investment is called A and which class is called B.

This differential between investment classes can be applied to any company or sector you care to mention. Oil companies that are Investment B class or Investment A class for example, the former being one that caps its profit margins at a certain percentage, re-invests that money in alternative non-fossil energies and pays out, yes, a lower dividend.

Given the NYT families who own the voting stock are going to have to swallow considerably lower dividends for some years to come, even if (and it's an if) they survive, might they like to go for this model and at least claim some glory for developing the concept (after me that is)?

We're constantly told what terrifically socially minded and all round great people the family is (a bit like the Bancrofts, ho hum) so let's see them put their money where their mouth is. Sorry kids, some of you are going to have to get real jobs, but you've all got the nice Manhattan brown house/loft apartment/trust fund based on NYT dividends to date, so it's not all bad is it?

As for management and editorial staff, well, sorry too.

You're going to have to take a pay cut.

I would if I were you in this scenario because given the media meltdown, both re, media market B-side and editorial staffing cuts, there's plenty of members of the liberal media elite who would be more than willing and capable of working for a Capitalism 2.0 NYT Co. on a wage platform of, off the top of my head, at least 25% less than you're currently getting paid.

With the $10 million members of the liberal media elite poneying up to get the debt down by around a billion dollars, the company going public-to-private, the resulting drop in debt servicing fees and 25% off the biggest cost base without you losing your job, this could be one hell of an offer.

And we'll all get a chance to see just how liberal you and the Ochs-Sulzbergers really are. Which would be nice wouldn't it?

If you don't like the deal on the table you can always go and set up a blog, because boy, that's the future isn't it (not).

And let's not forget, that with NYT Company stock trading at as low as $6.90 yesterday, your performance related stock options aren't worth a bag of beans anyway, so no big loss on that front.

Naturally investor/employee participation is going to be a big part of the reward of being in Class B investments as an investor or employee, so we may need a few changes of management style. But judging by the mood music I'm hearing, no one would be worrying too much about that.

BTW: if something like this does happen at the NYT Co. I still want that place on the board. And given how much I've made out of the naked short selling of NYT Company stock in the last 24 months, I'm more than happy to put the first 10 mill on the table. Can't do fairer than that ;)

Today's article in the IHT about the Smithsonian (see below) is perhaps relevant in all this, but there are more thoughts beneath it about the future of newspapers in the world of Capitalism 2.0.

At meeting, Smithsonian practices new openness
By Robin Pogrebin
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
WASHINGTON: Fielding questions about its diminished endowment fund, the possibility of charging admission fees and the fate of its fabled yet shuttered Arts and Industries Building, the Smithsonian Institution held the first public board meeting in its 162-year history on Monday as part of its new commitment to openness and accountability. Sitting on the stage of a 565-seat auditorium at the institution's National Museum of Natural History, members of the governing body, or Board of Regents — including members of Congress — took questions from the audience present and online.
The two-hour meeting was a window on public concerns about the Smithsonian's shaky financial state and potentially endangered programs, rather than merely a forum for combative accusations after two tumultuous years in which the institution has been battered by mismanagement scandals. Museumgoers and Smithsonian staff members had the opportunity to ask whatever they wanted about the organization's operations and direction.
Although billed as an open board meeting, the session seemed more like a chance for the regents to hear from the public than for the public to observe the regents at work. Questions ranged from broad issues like the thrust of the Smithsonian's new strategic planning initiative, intended to draft a course of action for the institution's financial future and its programs, to whether a tram might be built at the National Zoo.
There were nonetheless more challenging moments.
"Why did you not all resign?" was the first question, submitted on a card by an audience member. It referred to the Board of Regents' decision to stay on after revelations about the lavish expense-account spending of Lawrence Small, the Smithsonian's former secretary, or chief executive, who resigned in March 2007.
Roger Sant, chairman of the Smithsonian's executive committee, replied that the regents had asked themselves, "Do we resign, or do we roll up our sleeves — and we chose the latter."
The question that drew one of the most emphatic responses from the regents concerned the viability of the Smithsonian's policy of free admission at all of its components, which include 19 museums and galleries, the zoo and 9 research centers. The Smithsonian draws 70 percent of its $1 billion annual budget from the federal government.
One written comment suggested that "the luxury of free admission must be a thing of the past." The audience booed.
Senator Christopher Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut and a Smithsonian regent, called the admission policy "one of the great hallmarks" of the institution.
Calling attention to the Smithsonian's unusual governance structure was the scheduled role of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., who serves as the Smithsonian's chancellor and traditionally presides over board meetings. At the last minute the chief justice was unable to attend and Sant presided instead. "We've been trying to do some fixing," Sant said upon opening the meeting. "The board views this meeting as an opportunity to directly engage with all of you about the issues facing the Smithsonian."
Many questions were answered by G. Wayne Clough, the former president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who took over in July as the Smithsonian's secretary.
He faces the task of restoring stability to an institution struggling with a $2.5 billion shortfall, crumbling buildings and a recent legacy of improprieties by leading Smithsonian executives. "We believe the Smithsonian is at a turning point," he said in his opening remarks. "The world is rapidly changing in so many ways."
Like other organizations, the Smithsonian has been seriously affected by the nation's economic downturn; the value of its endowment has dropped 21 percent since June. "Of course we can't predict the future," Clough said, "but we can prepare for it."
He said the Smithsonian had "to find ways to be more self-reliant." The institution raised $135.6 million last year, he said, an improvement on its goal of $115 million.
The developer and philanthropist Eli Broad, who serves as a regent, said the board had become more conservative about its investments.
The organization has also raised $400,000 toward the $1.3 million cost of its strategic planning effort, Clough said. But he said that fund-raising was not enough and that the institution needed to set about attracting a younger and more diverse work force and audience.
Clough said he had established a committee to ensure that executives at the institution — including regents, staff members and contractors — reflected the nation's ethnic diversity. "The Smithsonian is the treasure of America and it represents America," he said. "Therefore its Board of Regents should as well."
Several of the questions dealt with the Smithsonian's neo-Classical 1881 Arts and Industries Building, which has been closed for four years and is listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the nation's most endangered places because of its state of disrepair.
Clough said that the cost of repairs had been estimated at about $75 million and that the Smithsonian would conclude a study on its future use in January. One member of the audience suggested setting aside part of the building as an information center for all the institutions on the National Mall.
The Board of Regents plans to hold open meetings at least once a year. The next one is expected in June. Sant said the board might adjust the format in the future.
"We don't have it exactly right," he said. "But at least we're trying to tinker with it."


If you think all of the above is a load of old bollocks then you'll be cheered by these remarks by Mr. Capitalism 1.0s recent remarks:

Murdoch upbeat about the future of newspapers
By ROHAN SULLIVAN – 2 days ago
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Global media magnate Rupert Murdoch says doomsayers who are predicting the Internet will kill off newspapers are "misguided cynics" who fail to grasp that the online world is potentially a huge new market of information-hungry consumers.
Newspaper companies in the United States and elsewhere are facing fundamental changes to their businesses as more people get their news from the Internet and other sources, and advertisers follow the market away from the paper-and-ink format.
Murdoch, the Australian-born chairman and chief executive of News Corp., said in a speech broadcast Sunday titled "The Future of Newspapers: Moving Beyond Dead Trees" that the Internet offered opportunities as well as challenges and that newspapers would always be around in some form or other.
"Too many journalists seem to take a perverse pleasure in ruminating on their pending demise," Murdoch said in a speech, recorded in the United States and relayed nationally by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. It was the latest in an annual ABC series of lectures by a prominent Australian.
"Unlike the doom and gloomers, I believe that newspapers will reach new heights" in the 21st century, Murdoch said.
Murdoch grew a small city newspaper he inherited in 1953 into one of the world's largest media conglomerates that now includes 20th Century Fox, Fox News Channel and Sky Broadcasting, Dow Jones & Co. and the online networking site MySpace.
He said people now were "hungrier for information that ever before" and that papers have an edge over bloggers and other newcomers because they are more trusted by readers.
"Readers want what they've always wanted: a source they can trust," Murdoch said. "That has always been the role of great newspapers in the past. And that role will make newspapers great in the future."
He said newspapers would have to evolve from the physical item to "news brands" that are delivered in a variety of ways and are flexible for readers.
"I like the look and feel of newsprint as much as anyone," he said. "But our real business isn't printing on dead trees. It's giving our readers great journalism and great judgment.
"It's true that in the coming decades, the printed versions of some newspapers will lose circulation. But if papers provide readers with news they can trust, we' ll see gains in circulation — on our Web pages, through our RSS feeds, in e-mails delivering customized news and advertising, to mobile phones," Murdoch said.
"In this coming century, the form of delivery may change, but the potential audience for our content will multiply many times over," he said.
Murdoch cited two of his most prestigious newspapers, The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal, as examples of how newspaper brands can win large online readerships.
But he stressed that even these papers must recognize that online customers will decide what news they want and how they receive it.
"To compete today, you can't offer the old one-size-fits-all approach to news," he said. "The challenge is to use a newspaper's brand while allowing readers to personalize the news for themselves and then deliver it in the ways that they want."
To capitalize on online opportunities, Murdoch said The Wall Street Journal was planning to offer three tiers of content online — free news, a subscriber-level service, and a third "premium service" of reader-customizable "high-end financial news and analysis."
Murdoch was scathing of journalists who predicted the death of newspapers as self-pitying and "misguided cynics who are too busy writing their own obituary to be excited by the opportunity."
"The newspaper, or a very close electronic cousin, will always be around," he said. "It may not be thrown on your front doorstep the way it is today. But the thud it makes as it lands will continue to echo around society and the world."

That's all great Rupert but your share price is hardly crash hot either is it?

On that cheery note, I am taking a break from Think! for at least a week, if not more. Knee operation in hospital and other more pressing matters to deal with. I may or may not be back.

Can I just conclude by telling those people who edit the simply dreadful T magazine that, as reported in their piece on Amsterdam in their recent travel edition, Amsterdam is NOT the capital of Holland; The Hague is the capital of The Netherlands. (I think we can sadly take it as a given that the headline writers weren't thinking from their desks in Manhattan about the various provinces in The Netherlands when they called that one.)


I'm running a prize competition for the Think! reader who most accurately predicts the NYT Company share price on 31 December, 2008. It's a good prize and I'll send it out in the first week of January, 2009, as well as announcing the winner (anonymous you may remain if you prefer but your entries to ihtreraders AT gmail.com please - if you want to claim the prize I will need your postal address at some point.)

And please, if you are a reader of this blog, and there seem to be lots of you, particularly in Paris, London, Hong Kong and NY according to my stats, and if you haven't yet voted on the three polls on this blog that close at the end of this year, please take a minute to do so.

By far the biggest readership, as judged by the polls, is IHT subscribers but I have data and ISP addresses which would seem to suggest otherwise.

Time to fess up and vote!


"Books about cosmopolitan urbanites discovering the joys of country life are two a penny, but this one is worth a second glance. Walthew's vivid description of the moral stress induced by his job as a high-flying executive with the International Herald Tribune newspaper is worth the cover price alone…. Highly recommended."
The Oxford Times

Ian Walthew

'I read
A Place in My Country with absolute unalloyed delight. A glorious book.'
Jeremy Irons (actor)

‘Ian Walthew was a newspaper executive with a career that took him round the world, who one day did a mad thing. He saw a for-sale sign on a cottage in the Cotswolds, bought it, resigned and moved in. For the first few weeks he just lay on the grass in a daze. Then he started talking to his neighbours and digging into the rich history of this beautiful part of England. Out of his inquiries grew this affecting and inspiring memoir.What sets it apart from others of its ilk is the author’s enviable immunity to cliché and his determination to love his homeland better than he used to.
His elegiac account of relearning how to be an Englishman should be required reading for anyone who claims to know or love this country.’ Financial Times

Ian Walthew

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          Joyce & Stephen | Barnsley House Garden Wedding        

Joyce & Stephen, a florist and a landscape architect, both fell in love with beautiful Barnsley House and knew it was the perfect place for their destination wedding. Flying over from Hong Kong with their closest family and friends, the couple held an intimate garden party wedding one hot sunny Monday afternoon. The beautiful flowers […]

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          China slammed for delayed alert on palm oil spill        
A dozen Hong Kong beaches closed after lard-like clumps clog waterways
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Ancient maritime artifacts have been pulled from the waters near Basalt Island, including the upper part of an anchor believed to date back more than 1,000 years. A diving team from the Hong Kong Underwater Heritage Group recovered an anchor stock – the upper part of an anchor – around Basalt Island, and a cannon [&hellip
          China Want Military To Be Prepared To Move To North Korea Border        

China is not happy with North Korea multiple missile test, and the chaos its causing in the Peninsula at the moment. Last Sunday, US President ordered an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula in a show of force as North Korea prepares for its 6th missile test program.


China has now sent an alert to all its military bases to be ready to move near the North Korea border. The Chinese military in the provinces of Shandong, Zhejiang and Yunnan have all received the mandate.

According to Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, non-governmental organization in Hong Kong, abou 25,000 Chinese military from the 47th group army of the Ninth Armoured Brigade have been told to be ready to move long distances close to the North Korea border.

China is known to keep  12 Dongfeng-03 ballistic missiles and 24 Dongfeng-21 "Carrier-killer" missiles at the 51st rocket army station in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

China is not happy with North Korea missile threats, and have told the leader, Kim Jong-Un to stop, and even recently stopped the trading of coal, one of the biggest trades between China and North Korea, and also one trade NK depends on for its economy.



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          Best of Decade - Top 50 movies of the 2000's        

It has been a great decade. Life in one decade is quite different from another but the 00's or noughties as some would like to say it. It goes with movies too. The decade which just ended had a huge diversity in the way it unfolded. The word blockbuster was redefined and the BO expectations were re adjusted to a level way up north. A major part of this was the re emergence of the superhero movies. Superheroes never really had it good outside the comics and on kids' channels but the emergence and success of Spiderman paved way for a decade full of heroes. Then there were the animation flicks which laughed their way to box office and critical success at the expense of all those people who thought they were just for kids. They have an amazing potential and next decade will be even better. And finally I should also call upon the Independent film circuit to honour them for being so brave and resilient in the face of the studio moguls spending hundreds of millions on every other flick. As like in any other decade it is the independent small budget (comparably) ones which actually deliver on the potential of cinema but this time round they had help from digital technology which has become affordable and thrown the fencing between producers and consumers in to the recycle bin. The youtube generation can deliver the punch as well as the studios. You have heard of
Paranormal Activity, haven't you? 15000$ budget & 100 million$+ gross. It was good film making coupled with brilliant marketing. This is just the beginning to all such breakout movies.
We do not know how next decade is going to pan out. What will the movie watching experience be? Will theaters still hold their pull or are we going to just be addicted to Netflix? Will Avatar truly revolutionize the industry and will 3D reach our homes and be a part of it as they predict? But we do know how the last one has panned out for movies. Here in this article I try and capture the 50 best movies of the last decade ie 2000 to 2009. These lists are tough, especially when they spread across such a long time and across the world. So
though inherently flawed I try my best to keep a level head and chalk out the decade's finest.

(update: highlighting and minor sentence and position changes)
 How did I make this list? After perusal of extensive ratings on my vote history on IMDB, reading of various lists all over the web, I took into consideration the quality of film making, my personal favourites, cultural and overall impact of the movies. Then the movies were microscopically weighed against each other and rankings in this list were determined. Ask me after a couple of years and it might be different. Such is the case with all lists.

There are more blockbusters than I expected. Of course there might be many more movies out there definitely deserving a place in this but I havent seen them yet. Sure will do someday and maybe a decade down the line I can make this list really, really comprehensive.

50. Love Actually(2003)
This is a tie between two very different romantic movies. One is an outrageous mix of several stories, some sweet, some bitter but all wonderful. One of the best ensembles cast of the decade.

 Undoubtedly the contender for the sweetest movies of the decade. The latter is quaint independent movie capturing the life of two lost musicians who aren't exactly romancing each other. This movie took the industry by storm showcasing the power of the small movie.

49. Persepolis (2007)
Marjane Satrapi's digs into her own life and puts out a bildungsroman graphic novel of a young girl from Iran. The movie is unabashed story telling which has compelling visuals which seem pretty straight and simple.

48. High Fidelity (2000)
This movie should be hung on the walls of every rom com writer and shown how much character depth one can create in any movie regardless of its target audience. John Cusack and the music talk form the core of this movie.

47. Seabiscuit (2003) / Last Samurai (2003)
These two demonstrate the power, a legend can hold on screen. Brilliant captivating tales of 'beings' rather than just persons out of their element striving to achieve and make that difference for themselves and others. Get me every damn time.
The ideal recipe for a blockbuster. Take a Disney ride, wrap it in a brilliant story, get Johnny Depp to do the swagger and take the audience on a thrilling ride. You earn a ton of money. Redo it to earn billions!

Technically it is a simple bollywood film made with good film making values. But it changed the whole industry and influenced a new generation of filmmakers, paving way for a new Bollywood.

45. Casino Royale (2006)
Roger Moore almost killed Bond. Brosnan though made a really good Bond was part of some bad movies. Daniel Craig who is a brilliant actor steps and gives Bond a 21st century's typical makeover. Grim, troubled and flawed is the way to go.

Depp again this time with Kate Winslet delivers a magical movie about the making of a magical play, Peter Pan.
Maqbool (2003)
Vishal Bharadwaj’s take on Macbeth with a mafia twist surprised me beyond belief. Seldom have I seen a movie from the subcontinent being so majestic, dark and uncompromisingly intense and not once stooping down to please every man in the hall.

43. Sunshine (2007)
Sci Fi had been relegated to anonymity till the end of the decade after the disastrous Star War prequels. Among Danny Boyle's finest work this movie works wonders for a scifi geek.
42. Iron Man (2008)
When everyone is going dark and gloomy, Iron Man takes a comicbookish lighthearted yet somber at times approach to what is the most exciting new franchise. It had the Wow factor.

41. Cidade de Deus (2002) ie City of God
Loved by almost everyone and topped several lists like these. It is a compelling tale of 2 boys growing up in violent Rio but I dint find it jaw droppingly or devastatingly great.

Mr. & Mrs. Iyer (2002) 
A beautiful movie capturing a story of two very different individuals thrown together during a journey amidst communal strife. Several years since I have seen it but can  still vividly remember its finesse and intensity. One of my favourite Indian movies of all time.

40. Monster's Inc (2001)
Toy Story and Bug's Life were good but this movie marks the beginning of Pixar's imaginative genius coupled with compelling story telling. And of course it had Mike!

39. La science des rêves (2006) ie The Science of Sleep
How far and well can you capture all those weird and fascinating things in your mind? It is one of the toughest things to capture it on screen and Michel Gondry with such panache that for me it is truly enviable!!

38. In Bruges (2008)
Simple Premise, good plot, very good location, great cast and one fantastic movie. In Bruges has got everything a good movie needs and it makes you laugh, think and pulls your heartstrings effortlessly.